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The Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) will host the First Annual HAAUG MacFest in Houston, TX at the Courtyard (by Marriott) on Saturday, April 26. Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will be a featured guest. Additionally, in-depth sessions on Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office for OS X will be presented. Admission is $20 ($25 at the door) for HAAUG members, and $30 ($35 at the door) for non-members.
Troll Touch today announced that it is now taking orders for its touch-screen upgrades for Apple's 20- and 23-inch Cinema Displays. "Touchscreen systems eschew input from mice or trackpads in favor of direct contact with the computer screen itself." Troll Touch's touchscreens use PSR-1, Pressure Sensitive Resistive technology. The company said the units will work with any non-sharp pointer -- a fingertip, for example, eraser or gloved hand.
Several MacNN readers report receiving replacement power supply/fan units from Apple in recent days. Replacements were sent to owners of Apple's latest Power Mac series (MDD), to address noise output issues.
IGG Software has released iWork 1.3, an update to the time-billing and invoicing application. Version 1.3 includes a new set of graphical reporting tools so that users can "quickly assess how they are spending their time, what activities are making them the most money and how income is changing through time." Other new features include a mouse idle timer, the ability to check for updates over the Internet, and several other small enhancements. iWork costs $20. [1.6MB] Hydra 1.0 is a Rendezvous-based, collaborative text editor with developer support. It allows users to simultaneously work on text documents on a local network. "Hydra is a collaborative distributed text editor, combining the simplicity of TextEdit and the power of Rendezvous." It allows to share documents on a local network (with Rendezvous) or over the Internet. Every participating user can type simultaneously and see what others are typing. "In addition to its rich networking capabilities, Hydra does everything you'd expect from an advanced text editor," the developer says. [667KB] Northern Softworks today released version 2.1.1 of Lights Out, its new $8 Energy Saver utility for Mac OS X. This release offers improved user feedback; the Dock icon now provides visual indication of the applications status; Dock menus are available to provide manual control of Lights Out's features. Lights Out is an application designed to give users more control over Apple's Energy Saver. [1.2MB] SignalScope 1.05 is an audio signal analysis software designed to work with Mac OS X compatible audio hardware. It functions as a spectrum analyzer as well as an oscilloscope. Version 1.0.5 includes much-improved labeling of the Voltage, Frequency, and Time axes. The $25 shareware also includes the ability to select any audio input device, user-definable full scale voltage, the ability to save Oscilloscope trace data or spectral data, and a choice of five possible frequency spans (dependent on the current sampling rate). [655KB] As noted yesterday, Soybo is now available for Mac OS X. Download links became functional today. [1.5MB] Version 2.0 of Script Timer, an AppleScript and application scheduling product for Mac OS, will execute scripts or applications at any time of the day on a daily, weekly, weekdays only, monthly, or one time basis as well as at regular time intervals ranging from minutes to weeks with specifiable start and stop times. . Version 2.0 now has a runtime engine (background operation) and a GUI for scheduling. It also supports start/stop times for interval actions and can also invoke actions when the computer is idle. [350KB]
QuickTime 6.1.1 is now available via the Software Update utility. It offers improved MPEG-4 streaming. Further details are not available. Apple today also released QuickTime 6.1 for Windows, resolving a security issue: "A potential vulnerability in Apple's QuickTime Player for Windows could allow a remote attacker to compromise a target system. This exploit is only possible if the attacker can convince a user to load a specially crafted QuickTime URL. Upon successful exploitation, arbitrary code can be executed under the privileges of the QuickTime user. Versions affected: QuickTime Player versions 5.x and 6.0 for Windows. QuickTime Player for Mac OS and Mac OS X are not affected. Recommendation: Install QuickTime version 6.1 for Windows."
Buena Software has updated its Effect Essentials suite of plugins for Adobe After Effects. Version 1.5 of the suite adds live dragging in the Super RGB Curves, HSV Curves, Feedback, and HSV Manipulator plugins; colored backgrounds in Super RGB Curves and HSV Curves show you what changes will look like, and expanded host application support for 7 of the plugins, including Final Cut Pro, discreet Combustion, and Adobe Premiere. (The remaining 3 plugins - Super RGB Curves, HSV Curves, and HSV Manipulator are not yet supported in other applications, but we plan to add support soon.) The free update also offers improved speed and multiprocessor support in HSV Curves and better stability in all the plugins. It is $200 before (20% off) for all purchases before April 15th.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore received 30,000 stock options for joining Apple's Board of Directors, according to a regulatory filing released on Monday. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Apple said it gave its new director Gore the stock options with an exercise price of $14.95, according to Reuters. AAPL is trading at $14.14 as of this morning.
John Eric Fu notes that Iomega's HotBurn Software is not compatible with Mac OS 9.2.2: "A little warning to readers out there who are thinking of buying an Iomega external CD-RW for use on their Macs: the included Iomega HotBurn for Mac software is *not* compatible with Mac OS 9.2.2. I just bought an Iomega CD-RW 48x24x48 USB 2.0 external drive for some cross-platform use (with USB 1.1) with a Mac and PC. The Mac is a Beige G3DT running 9.2.2. Basically, I couldn't get the drive to work with Iomega's included HotBurn, Toast, or Disc Burner. I checked the Iomega Knowledge Base to learn this shocker: their "OS 9-compatible" HotBurn software doesn't work with 9.2.2. So basically, they are advertising an OS 9-compatible product that doesn't work with the latest version of OS 9."
Apple has placed No. 381 in the Forbes 500 2003 listing, dropping 92 places from No. 289 last year. Apple is ranked No. 285 by sales, 443 by assets, and 301 by marketvalue (with no ranking given for its profit ranking). General Electric, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, AIG, and Bank of America were among the top 5 companies, while other computer industry players fared much better: IBM is No. 9, Microsoft is No. 15, Dell is No. 50, HP is No. 109, Sun is No. 213, and Gateway is No. 632.
Westfield and Apple today announced that they have partnered to provide over $500,000 worth of computers, and associated educational equipment to New Zealand primary and intermediate schools. The new Shop for your School campaign offers points for each purchase from any retailer in the nine (9) Westfield branded shopping centres. At the end of the campaign, the top ten schools with the most points per student at each centre will receive computers and other electronic equipment such as digital cameras. Westfield has fun the campaign for over 2 years, providing over $3 million in computers. The new campaign will run from May 1st to July 14.
mark/space recently announcded an updated version of its Missing Sync software, which now provides Mac OS X Support for the Samsung i330 phone, allowing users to HotSync the Samsung handheld with any USB equipped Mac and your Samsung handheld USB cradle or cable. The $30 softawre bundle includes HotSync (for Mac OS X to Palm Desktop 4.0 HotSync support), Mark/Space Mail (for checking multiple pop accounts), and SplashPhoto (mobile image viewer).
Rendezvous Beacon 1.0 is a freeware product that allows users to publish Rendezvous services on a computer or to serve as a proxy for Rendezvous services on other computers or devices. It is available as a free download and requires Mac OS X 10.2. [150KB] Serial Storage 2.6.2 adds German-localization and several bug fixes to the $20 shareware that securely stores and organizes serial numbers, passwords, credit cards, into different folders. Version 2.6.2 now includes a German version, and a few interface modifications and bug fixes. [2.6MB] Fifth Wave has released Convert 2.0.1, a complete upgrade/rewrite of its conversion application for Mac OS 9/X. It converts temperature, velocity, time, radix (base), mass, currency, bartending, and other units in over 45 different conversion categories. Version 2.0.1 adds support for the "Windows" menu, new conversions for the Time and Radix, and other bug fixes. [185KB] Waterfall Software's new "elegant, and secure data storage solution titled Wallet can store passwords, serial numbers, contacts, or whatever you want it to store with a few clicks of the mouse." It features 448-bit Blowfish encryption and password protection. A demo of the $15 shareware is available for Mac OS X only. [1.5MB] Yenco.com's Archive 5.0.2 fixes a Mac OS X catalog issue with certain volume names. Archive enables you to quickly catalog your disks: "then when you need to find a file, just type in what you are looking for and it will return a list of all files that match your search criteria, what disks the files can be found on, and even detailed information about the files." The $20 shareware runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. [731KB]
Ableton and PowerFX today announced the enclosure of a specially compiled PowerFX Sample CD with Ableton's LIVE 2.03 audio software. The sample CD includes over 500 MB free Samples and Loops and users are entitled to an online account with 10 free Downloads from PowerFX's downloadable library.
Blue World Communications has released Lasso Professional 6.0.4, a free update to the Mac OS X version of its Web development and delopyment environment. It provides new features and several fixes, including support for "catalog-less" datasources, such as OpenBase and an improved JDBC connector. [32MB] kokorozashi today announced iMage 1.0, a free image file format translation utility software with support for JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, Photoshop, PICT, BMP, MacPaint, and other file formats, including PDF import and import/export of JPEG 2000. It runs on Mac OS 8/9/X and requires QuickTime 4 or later. [64KB] The StudioSystem 4.3 is an all-in-one administration package for recording studios and musicians. The $60 FileMaker solution features an integrated archive module, contact/invoicing/inventory databases, a studio calculator, calendar functions, label tracking, and a track sheet printer. All printable forms can be customized (English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian templates already included). [Classic, OSX] Audiocorder 3.7.1 adds additional Applescript support and several bug fixes to the sophisticated audio recorder utiity for the Mac. The $20 shareware can operate as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder (with customizable sound triggers), offers scheduled reocording functions, can record telephone conversations using a Mac's internal modem (Mac OS 9 only), and playback AIFF, WAVE, and mp3 sound files. [Classic, OSX]
LaCie last week announced it began shipping its new line of desktop d2 FireWire 800 hard drives in capacities of up to 500GB. The drives use LaCie d2 slim, aluminum case design and feature two FireWire connectors to permit daisy-chaining additional drives without the use of a hub. The drives also include a USB 2.0/USB 1.1 connection. The drives are now available in 200GB ($470 for 2MB buffer/7200 rpm drive), 250GB ($600 for 8MB/7200rpm), 400GB ($850), and 500GB ($1100). Each drives includes a one-year warranty, three cables (USB 2.0, 6-pin FireWire-to-FireWire 800, and FireWire 800-to-FireWire 800), and LaCie Silverlining Pro for Mac OS 9 (although drive operation at 800Mbps speeds requires Mac OS X).
Apple's Emagic has announced Version 6 of Logic Gold and Logic Audio, which Incorporate many of the new features found in Logic Platinum 6 and also adds "a new level of processor efficiency and extensive enhancements to the Arrange window that offers more editing and mixing power." In addition, the update debuts two new setup and file management solutions — the Setup Assistant and the Project Manager as well as a superior sounding new Channel EQ and MP3 import/export functionality. The company says it plans international shipments of Logic Gold 6 and Logic Audio 6 in late April 2003.
CMS Peripherals today began shipping its new ABSplus storage devices with integrated scheduling and One Button Restore for Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar." The advanced configuration options allow users to backup sets of specific files at specific times, or schedule complete unattended backups as well as a single-click interface to a range of restore options, including a "redirect restore" function for those who prefer to restore a copy of their backed-up data to an alternate location. The pocket-sized ABSplus is available in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB at a starting price of $300 (with either FireWire or USB interfaces). The ABSplus for Desktops ships in 80GB, 120GB, 200GB and 250GB capacities starting price of $350.
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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
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe