The 2003 Digital Television/TV Broadcast Awards, Vidy Awards, Government Video Salutes and Digital Cinema Awards, were "presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology" this morning at NAB. Apple's Final Cut Pro 4 won in the "Vidy Awards" and was picked in the "Government Video Salutes."
Casady & Greene has released Tri-CATALOG, a powerful tool that catalogs all your media, so it can be quickly searched and browsed. "With the huge amount of content contained on internal and external drives, you can save a lot of time by using Tri-CATALOG to find and browse files and images," the developer says. [Download - form] Virtuoso 3.0 is the latest edition of OpenLink Software's cross-platform 'Virtual Database' for SQL, XML, and Web Services. The new release enables transparent and concurrent access in real-time to heterogeneous data sources that include ODBC/JDBC/OLE DB/.NET-accessible databases, XML documents, and data-set oriented Web Services. [Download - form] Felt Tip Sound Studio has been updated to version 2.1. The latest version includes G4 optimization, Mac OS X Core Audio implementation, and a number of bug fixes, including one whereby preview mode would produce skipping. [Download - 1.3MB] IPNetTunerX 1.1.3 adds a number of new features and bug fixes to the $30 Internet performance enhancer for Mac OS X. Version 1.1.3 adds a second popup to group parameter settings, adds more parameters, only writes non-default settings when saving documents, and fixes error message for unknown parameters. [Download - 336KB]
Mac OS X 10.2.5, which was released earlier today via the Software Update panel, is now available for direct online download. [Download - 38.2MB] Additionally, Apple has outlined security updates included with the 10.2.5 update. Security-related improvements have been made to Apache, Directory Services, File Sharing, OpenSSL, Samba and sendmail.
VendorNation today released ARR! 1.0!, a new $20 game for Mac OS X. The objective is to "collect as many doubloons as you can by destroying enemy ships." With each successful raid, the other territories become "more aware of your reputation," and you will have less time to complete your raid. By Design has update its Gettysburg war game for Mac OS 9/X. Specific details of the update are not available. Gettysburg features Battalion-level conflict, in which you command hundreds of units, simple yet numerous graphics and animations, and easy game play. [Download - 3.4MB]
Apple today said that the recent contract disputes that have led to both Dell and Target discontinuing sales of the iPod is part of the "normal renewal process" and that the resellers who have not renewed make up less than 1.5% of its worldwide revenue in 2002, according to c|net: "According to sources, some of the dealers in question were unhappy with new clauses inserted by Apple into its contract, including one that gave Apple the right to inspect its resellers' business records even after a dealer was no longer selling the company's products. ...A group of smaller dealers is suing Apple over its business practices, alleging, among other things, that the company gives preferential treatment to its own retail outlets."
PodPod, an "elegant and affordable" acrylic easel for Apple's iPod, is now also available in Smoke Black acrylic. The newly enhanced design sports a beautiful hand-polished finish and is still available in Crystal Clear acrylic, The company says that PodPod is now formed and engraved by laser from heavier, more lustrous stock. Chally Micro Solutions offers the PodPod for limited-time pricing of $13 (plus shipping and handling) through April 30, 2003.
Sorenson Media today announced that Avid will integrate a customized version of Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite encoding software into the new Avid Xpress Pro nonlinear editing software. The customized version of Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite for Mac OS X enables Avid Xpress Pro editors to easily deliver encoded video for QuickTime, Macromedia Flash, and MPEG-4 (including Visual Simple Profile and Visual Advanced Simple Profile).
Freeverse is now shippping Legion, the epic strategy game set in ancient Rome. The turn-based strategy game puts users "in control of vast armies as you seek to conquer your neighbors through military might. With huge, historically accurate maps of the Ancient World, large battlefields, and units ranging from Praetorian Guards to Celtic Cavalry, Legion is the ultimate test for would-be Caesars!" The title is $20 is available for Mac OS 9/X. Freeverse has also partnered with Apple to offer its Deluxe Board Games (DBG), a suite of eight classic board games--Chess, Checkers, 7th Fleet, 4-In-A-Row, Go, Mancala, Tic Tac Toe, and Reversi (a $20 value), as a free download to Apple's .Mac subscribers.
Other World Computing today added four new high-capacity drives to its line of Mercury Elite FireWire + USB 2.0/1.1 Combo storage solutions and reduced prices on the entire line of products. With new capacities of 160GB, 180GB, 200GB and 250GB, the 7200RPM combo drives feature two FireWire ports and one USB port. The 8MB cache versions are available in 250GB ($480), 200GB ($390), 180GB ($340), and 120GB ($250, $30 reduction). The 2MB cache versions are available in 160GB ($340), 120GB ($230, $30 reduction), 80GB ($200), 60GB ($180), and 40GB ($170). OWC also announced today a price reduction of up to $20 on all Mercury Elite FW 400 FireWire-only storage solutions. All OWC Mercury Elite FireWire + USB 2.0/1.1 Combo and Mercury Elite FW 400 storage solutions ship with a two-year warranty and Intech HD SpeedTools.
Budget 4.0 adds the ability to budget funds from multiple bank accounts, a new setup assistant, an integrated preferences and settings window, text file output of reports, and more keyboard shortcuts. Budget 4.0 is a free upgrade to the $30 personal finance tool for Mac OS X. [2.2MB] Apimac English-Spanish Dictionary 4.1 is available in both English and Spanish versions for both Mac OS X and Mac Classic. The $25 all-in-one dictionary and phrase book application combines a comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary with grammatical notes; a phrase book containing thousands of English phrases with Spanish translation; an exhaustive business dictionary. [Classic, OSX] ScrapX 1.1 is a shareware scrapbook utility built for Mac OS X. It stores, displays, and dispenses content that can be copied and pasted or drag-and-dropped among Mac OS X and classic Mac OS applications. It now supports multiple views, import of Classic scrapbooks, new item information (memo and source), support for more file formats, new preferences, and a "primary" scrapbook option. The $10 shareware runs on Mac OS X. [893KB] ARTIS ScreenTools 2.5 is a collection of four popular utilities for Mac OS X, including (1) ARTIS Screen Ruler, a desktop utility displaying translucent rulers on top of all your windows on your screen; (2) ARTIS Small Screen, displays the size of smaller screens on your desktop; (3) ARTIS Screen Loupe, a desktop utility that displays a magnified view; and (4) ARTIS Screen Guides, which displays visual guide lines on your desktop. The $10 shareware adds new enhancements, including support for Camino and Safari browsers. [315KB]
Thursby Software has announced ADmitMac, a new Mac OS X application that allows Macs to participate in Microsoft networks. "Now Macintosh computers using Mac OS X can be easily integrated into Microsoft networks that are based on Active Directory and even older domain services... this can be accomplished securely with no increased workload for the administrator." With ADmitMac, users' home directories can be kept on Microsoft servers and are all managed from one place (the directory). Users may log into Macs or PCs using the same account and password and have full access to their files and desktop settings. ADmitMac is currently completing beta testing and is scheduled for release in May.
United Developers today announced the general availability of Snowball Run, which was previously only available as an exclusive holiday version at the online MacPlay Store during the month of December: "In Snowball Run, players are tasked with guiding the snowball-riding penguin on a bold adventure through 75 fish-packed levels. Players roll up & down ramps, around curves & obstacles, and over jumps for an exciting challenge that will keep them on the edge of their seat!" Mumbo Jumbo, wholly owned subsidiary of United Developers, is shipping the title for $20.
Corel today announced Corel Painter 8, a new version of its new version of popular digital sketching and painting application due this Spring. It includes new features for mixing colors, over 400 new brushes for more than 30 different mediums, a new custom Brush editor, a new Sketch Effect to convert photographs to pencil drawings, and a new Digital Water Color hand painting line drawings, touching up photographs, and creating simple water color washes. Version 8 also features a redesigned interface, a brush tracker, enhanced support for opening/saving Adobe Photoshop files (including layer sets, layer masks, and channels), hide/show portions of each layer, create/store masks, and other features. It is due in early May for $300. Upgrades will be $150, while Corel will offer a special price $100 version to educational institutions.
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.2.5 via the Software Update System Preferences. The major changes are noted below and Apple has provided a more detailed change list on the Web. As reported this morning, the Apple Store is offering a Mac OS X 10.2.5 Update CD for $20, indicating that the update is available via the Software Update Control panel (although the linked documentation is not yet available online). The Update CD has an estimated ship time of 7-10 days from the Apple Store with the following descrption. [updated]
MacNN reader Timothy Wilkinson notes that Aspyr has begun shipping Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment in the popular game series: "I just got my FedEx email with a tracking number saying it shipped yesterday and should be delivered today." The project status still lists the $40 game as in "duplication" with an estimated ship date of March 2003. The title runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R