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Forbes.com speculates on the upcoming release of updated iPods in its business roudup for upcoming week: "...the Apple rumor mill is bubbling up with buzz about an upgrade to Apple's popular iPod digital music player. Japan's Toshiba is said to have developed a 40-gigabyte version of the 1.8-inch hard drive that would be the heart of the new iPod. Neither Apple nor Toshiba has said anything about either the iPod or the existence of the drive... new iPods do see the light of day, chances are it will happen on a Tuesday. If the last few months are any indicator, Apple tends to favor Tuesdays for new product announcements."
PodPod, an elegant easel for your iPod, is now available from Chally Micro solutions for an introductory price of $13: "For as little as one third the price of alternatives, the PodPod protects the iPod's surface with small rubber bumpers to apply wherever you like, and holds it at a comfortable and convenient angle. It works great with most covers, such as the Groove Jacket."
The Iconfactory has released IconBuilder Pro 4.0, its professional icon construction filter for Adobe Photoshop. Version 4.0 adds support for Open/Drop folder states in Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar, featurs to improve speed and ease-of-use with QuickBuild, an expanded User's Guide with new tips and tricks, and improved user interface. Upgrades to the $70 product are $20. It requires Photoshop 7 and Mac OS X. [2.7MB] DiVA 1.0b3 features new GUI layout, datarate calculation improvements, improved framerates with NTSC, and new aspect ratio calculation based on ITU standard. DiVA is High Speed, High Quality MPEG-2 to QuickTime transcoder which features an all YUV graphics pipeline and pro-level image scaling, for maximum image fidelity. The built in crop/scale panel and support for NTSC 3:2 pull-down makes video manipulation simple: "Combined with 3ivx D4 4.0.3 DiVA achieves framerates in excess of 40fps on a Dual-1GHz G4." [581KB] Black Cat Systems has released Diet Sleuth 4.0.1, which includes improvements to the report package, as well as several bug fixes to the company's $35 nutritional database and personal health logbook. It allows you to keep track of what foods you eat each day, and their nutritional value. [Classic, OSX] The freeware PictureMe 0.98 provides an easy way to add pictures to the people in your Address Book: "Simply open a picture file or drag a photo from iPhoto. Crop the picture and drag and drop on the Address Book panel. Perfect for adding multiple people images into your Address Book from one group photo." It works on Mac OS X 10.2 only. [196KB] August Software has updated its Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) networking system, ODBC Router, adding full support for the new ODBC features built-in to Mac OS X 10.2 and FileMakerPro, as well as providing substantial performance improvements, a free evaluation mode, enhanced network database browsers and special support for applications that pass images as SQL query-parameters. ODBC Router connects Macs, Linux boxes and PCs to standard Windows database drivers installed on a central Windows computer. Pricing starts at $100.
REAL Software today released REALbasic 5 for Macintosh, its development tool for creating software for Macintosh and Windows. The new version includes enhanced support for Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" including drawers, brushed-metal windows and toolbars.
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Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq