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MacHack today announced a number of new technical sessions that will take place at the MacHack 18 conference June 19-21, 2003 in Dearborn, Michigan. "Openings for speakers are still available, so don't hesitate to check the conference website for details on how to participate," the content committee says. A preliminary list of technical sessions includes such topics as: Bash Metrowerks, Hacking Objective-C, Porting Applications, BSD Security on Mac OS X, Video Digitizing, to name a few.
Adobe Systems reported first-quarter net income today that rose nine percent from the year-ago quarter, beating analysts' targets. For the quarter ended Feb. 28, the software maker earned $54.2 million, or 23 cents a share, compared to $49.8 million, or 20 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding investment losses, Adobe's pro forma profit was 25 cents a share. By that measure, analysts polled by Thomson First Call had been expecting earnings of 22 cents a share. Adobe shares fell 15 cents to $28.37 in after-hours trading. The company's stock had risen $1.03, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $28.52 on Nasdaq. Adobe said that for its second quarter, ended May, it expects earnings before charges in a range of 24 to 27 cents.
Mozilla 1.3 adds junk-mail classification, newsgroup filters, image auto sizing, "dynamic" profile switching, and preferences for the "find as you type" feature to the open-source Web browser for Mac OS X. Version 1.3 also includes fixes for performance, standards compliance and site compatibility.
SanDisk today introduced a 4GB CompactFlash (CF) card, the world's largest capacity CompactFlash memory card as well as a 2GB CF card at CeBIT 2003. With the new announcement, SanDisk is utilizing 0.13 micron NAND flash technology and a new advanced high density component package to quadruple the capacity of its largest capacity CF card. The card, which is in the popular Type I CF format, will be $1,000 and is expected to start shipping this summer. The 2GB CF card is expected to start shipping in May 2003. Other capacities are now available: 32MB ($30), 64MB ($35), 128MB ($55), 192MB ($75), 256MB ($80), 512MB ($160), and 1GB ($300). SanDisk also introduced a 128MB MultiMediaCard, a flash memory card targeted mainly at the growing demand for MultiMediaCards in audio players and new multi-function cell phones. The new card, which also can be used in most portable devices that have a slot for SD memory cards, is the highest capacity MultiMediaCard capacity offered in the industry. SanDisk also sells 32MB and 64MB MultiMediaCards. The 128MB MultiMediaCard has a suggested retail price of $75 and will start shipping to retail stores later this month. SanDisk also introduced 1GB ($330) and 512MB ($170) SD Cards. The 512MB SD card is expected to be available in the second quarter, while the 1GB SD card is expected to be available in the third quarter.
NPD Techworld reports that Apple is No. 5 in the MP3 player market in January 2003 with 6.1% of unit sales, behind RIO (18.8%), RCA (12.7%), Samsung (7.8%), and Creative Labs (6.9%), respectively. The total dollar volume for the month was more than $350 million. The marketshare is based on sales at electronic/appliance stores, A/V specialty stores, and "Mass Merchants."
myPhoto 1.1 complements iPhoto by automatically sharing all of your photos, captions, albums, etc from iPhoto on to your personal web site with a search engine and much more. This release adds a preferences page with many more settings, including support for large photo libraries, international users, newer versions of PHP, Mac OS X Server, and other bug fixes. The freeware requires Mac OS X and iPhoto 2. [666KB] NoName Scriptware's Repair Shop 1.0b is a free AppleScript utility that will repair your startup disk's file permissions or verify your disk's file permission settings, completely bypassing Apple's Disk Utility program. It also offers the option of displaying a log of all the files with permissions set incorrectly, what was fixed, and how. (Requires the 24U Appearance OSAX Scripting Addition, which is included with the distribution.) [240KB] Mount Me! 1.2 is an "AppleScript that quickly mounts .toast, .image, .dmg, .smi, and .img images, then quits, providing seamless integration of disk image mounting without any app-launching. You can drag disk images onto the script or select them from the Finder and launch the script." [72KB] xGates 1.3 is an update to the "sophisticated and outrageously bloody action game that pits you and your trusty chainsaw against the evil forces of corporate monopolist tyranny." It brings more levels and new gameplay elements. It runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [2.1MB] Tri-Edre today released Clone'X 1.1, an update to its system and volume cloning utility for Mac OS 8/9/X: " [It] is specially designed to create a copy of your system, to duplicate it on other disks or computers, and to repair and reinstall the system in case of problems." The $50 utility can support removeable/burnable media, compression, history logging, undo features for repairs, and other features. [771KB]
Iomega today announced its new Iomega CD-RW 52x24x52x USB 2.0 external drive ($160), which includes the company's Iomega HotBurn Pro software for two-step CD creation. It also features a digital audio extraction (DAE) rate of 48x and features buffer under-run protection. Iomega's HotBurn Pro software offers drag-and-drop file recording, an integrated console interface, integrated CD copying and CD imaging functions, compilation creation, and a jewel case and CD cover editor. It also adds a graphical audio layout editor; pop, click and hiss removal filters; bootable CD creation; and an advanced data manager for control over file system and multi-session recording options. The drive also bundles MusicMatch Jukebox software. (Hot Burn for Mac only supports USB 1.1.)
Teradactyl has announced Mac OS X client support for all versions of its True incremental Backup System (TiBS). TiBS is an advanced software package that provides centralized backup of computer data for distributed computing environments. It supports operating and file system clients for Mac OS X, Windows, the Andrew File System (AFS) and other UNIX and Linux platforms. TiBS provides HFS+ and HFS file system support, including resource forks, attributes, and aliases. UFS support includes the backup of symbolic links and other special files. Users can backup machines manually, schedule backups, and perform secure backups via encrypted network transfer. It also offers command line control of applications and snapshot technologies before and after backup. License are per platorm (rather than per-client).
MacNN readers noted that Apple has recently cut the price of engraving an iPod at the Apple Store to $19 (from $49 previously). The cuts follow a similar price reduction at the Apple Store UK earlier this week. Macworld UK notes that the 5GB iPod is still unavailable at the Apple Store: "Due to significant demand, the 5GB iPod is temporarily unavailable."
Apple is holding its next set of Demo Days this weekend, March 15-16. The Apple product-focused days will showcase the recently released 12" Aluminum PowerBook, and AirPort Extreme products. In conjunction with the event, Apple is offering $50 off an Epson photo printer when purchased with any new Mac.
Apple has announced new software distribution program for Mac OS X developers, SoftwareToGo, which offers custom-burned CDs with user-selectable software at retail CompUSA outlets: "SoftwareToGo is a just-in-time electronic software distribution system for getting your latest software products, or even your entire software catalog, into your customers' hands without the hassle and expense of production and packaging, distribution, warehousing, inventory management, and shelf space limitation issues. SoftwareToGo and CompUSA, one of the largest software retailers in the country, have teamed up to bring developers and publishers a revolutionary way of getting their software products to market. Best of all, ADC Premier and Select members with software products can take advantage of this revolutionary program with absolutely no up-front costs."
EZQuest today debuted its Cobra+ FireWire 800 external hard drive. The high-performance FireWire 800 (1394B) drive is available in capacities up to 250GB and also offers a USB 2.0 port. The Cobra+ 120GB FireWire hard drive is housed in a light-gray, streamlined case that is fully shielded with 0.6mm metal. It comes ready to use, and includes a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a cable and software as well as a one-year warrancy. . Cobra+ FireWire 800 drives are stackable and ship with Intech Hard Disk Speed Tools, which offers RAID level-0 striping. Cobra+ FireWire hard drives are also available with standard FireWire (1394a) ports in 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 100GB and 120GB sizes. (Pricing not available; site not updated.)
Nvidia today introduced its GeForce FX Go series, which "share the same cinematic computing feature set, including CineFX architecture with advanced vertex and pixel shaders for stunning special effects. These new mobile processors also include PowerMizer 2.0 technology for advanced dynamic power and battery management." The GeForce FX Go5600 and Go5200 GPUs are due in April. Meanwhile, ATI unveiled the Mobility Radeon 9600 family of mobile graphics processors: "Using an extraordinarily efficient 3D core delivering 12 pixel shader operations per clock cycle, [it] easily outperforms the competitor's fastest mobile graphics chips, and astonishingly, delivers up to 50% more performance than the fastest competing desktop graphics processors in key benchmarks, including the industry-standard 3DMark 2003 Pixel Shader 2.0 test." It also offers the ability to design notebooks with user-upgradeable graphics, supports GDDR2-M memory and support for AGP8X.
Tech news: Flat-panel displays for desktop computers are expected to surpass traditional CRT monitors in revenue this year; ABCNews.com plans to launch a 24-hour news service that will be streamed live on the Internet for a monthly fee; and Retail clothing chain Benetton will soon add ID chips to its garments that allows for real-time tracking of its inventory.
CourseForum Technologies has released CourseForum 2.0, its web-based software for e-learning content creation, sharing and discussion, which can be used for posting and sharing course materials, class discussions, and student collaboration. It now provides full support for content that includes international characters, such as in European or Eastern languages. Licenses start at US$80 for a single course (a free version is also available). [1.0MB] Totally Hip has released HipFlics 1.2 for Mac OS X with support for MPEG-4 video and AAC audio encoding, offering the ability to author ISO compliant MPEG-4 video and AAC audio files. It also offers a faster compression engine and an expanded codec view as well as ll support for QuickTime 6 effects and transitions. HipFlics offers unlimited custom settings for codecs and filters, batch processing, multiple video codec application, custom watermarking, live previews, crop/resize functions, and other advanced features. The $50 application is available for $35 to education customers. It is a free upgrade for existing customers. [3.2MB] Formac has updated its devideon v2.1 DVD authoring software for its Devideon Superdrive ($400). The software for Mac OS 9/X allows users to convert iMovies and QuickTime files and also create custom DVD menus with different chapters, images and text. Version 2.1 offers improved video/audio synchronization, encoder improvements by using YUV-Colorspace when encoding DV-movies, interlaced frame detection, contextual menus, and an improved screensaver. [1.5NB] David Kopec has released B-Prolog 6.4, described as "one of the fastest Prolog compilers with a cutting-edge CLP(FD) system." Version 6.4 offers a "state-of-the-art implementation of tabling, a feature that has found applications into many fields. The new tabling system is significantly more efficient than the previous one thanks to newly implemented strategies and optimization techniques." Individual licenses start at $115. [557KB] Mek&Tosj has released LabAssistant 1.0.1, its program that helps scientists organize their experiments and notes. This version brings a number of bug fixes, including the correct display of time and date, correct behaviour of sheets, and correct logging of reminders as well as an automatic routine for checking for new updates. [900KB]
Marathon Computer today introduced a convenient, integrated system for rackmounting a flat-panel display, keyboard and touchpad together in a single slide-mounted console. The 2U R-Console for standard 19" racks lets users turn an existing flat-panel display into a slide-rail-mounted command center for the equipment rack. It comes with the company's USB keyboard/trackpad combination pre-installed and fits almost any 15" flat-panel monitor. The $500 R-Console includes a completely Mac-compatible Marathon USB R-Keyboard, with its built-in TouchPad, pre-installed in a rigid aircraft-grade aluminum chassis and smooth-action ball-bearing slides.
SanDisk today introduced a new line of single-slot ImageMate card readers for a variety of flash memory cards. The four new ImageMate models, all with hi-speed USB 2.0/USB 1.1 connectivity, support CompactFlash Type I/II cards along with the IBM MicroDrive cards (SDDR-91); SD and MultiMediaCards (SDDR-93); SmartMedia and the xD-Picture Card (SDDR-95); and the Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO (SDDR-97), which the company says is the first card reader in the industry for both the Memory Stick and the Memory Stick PRO. Each is $20, except for the SmartMedia/xD model, which is priced at $25. These new "driverless" readers will be available early in the second quarter.
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Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5