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Larry Wheeler of Memphis, TN writes: "WHBQ, Channel 13 Memphis, reported that Apple Store, Saddle Creek was broken into, early this morning. They showed surveillance video of a vehicle smashing through the glass doors, and the "bandits" made off with several laptops and digital cameras. The store was closed for repairs today. They mentioned no arrests."
Gordon Anderson of CNN/Money writes "Apple CEO Steve Jobs couldn't have been happy when recent headlines trumpeted his revised compensation package as the latest innovation in corporate excess.... It's the latest trend in CEO compensation: swapping out-of-the-money options for restricted stock. In effect, what Jobs and scores of other corporate officers have done is to accept the bird-in-hand virtues of direct stock ownership over the more ephemeral prospects of option grants."
MacNN Forums roundup: Readers continue to discuss Apple's Power Supply Exchange Program; a poll attempts to determine which SuperDrive firmware respective PowerBooks models are shipped with; readers discuss the most popular cellular phones among Mac users.
Steve Jobs declined to comment on its forthcoming online music service and its reported talks to buy Vivendi's Universal Music label at the computer maker's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, according Reuters: "There have been a lot of rumors in the last few weeks. Many of them are not true and some of them are true."
Evening tech news: Microsoft hopes to rival UNIX server dominance with the release of its Windows Server 2003; Iraq is shaping up to be a "rare opportunity" for U.S. technology companies to build a digital infrastructure; "Linux is rapidly graduating from a small cult to a mainstream religious movement."
Screen Movie Recorder 1.0 offers the ability to record movies of what happens on your screen. it can be set to automatically start at launch, can record the full screen or selected portions, and offers a user-customizable frame-per-second setting. The OS X utility is $10 for personal use and $20 for commercial use. [838KB] AppendNote 1.0 is a Mac OS X system service which takes selected text (in any service-supporting application) and saves it to a text file on your hard drive. The text will be saved to a plain-text file named 'Notes.txt' in your home directory. Both the file name and the note storage file format can be customized. The OS X-only utility is free. [53KB] Boswell 3.1 is a $100 application that flexibly archives, organizes, manipulates, and retrieves text: " original writings, e-mail, instant messages, web clippings, research, and class notes among others. When they are "Boswellized" they become items that can be automatically cross referenced among thousands of categories, grouped, sorted, and searched in very powerful ways." [2.9MB] ProjectHQ 1.2 is designed to manage project resources. Version 1.2 adds a Projects menu, has better export functions, an improves searching.. The $12 shareware also offers access to Web tools (dictionary, thesaurus, grammar help, etc.) and integrated Sherlock functionality. [1.8MB] 3D Nature has announced its new landscape rendering technology, World Construction Set 6, according to Architosh. It offers tools for transparent water, real volumetric clouds and atmospheres; bump mapping for surface details; a new network render controller; and new support for JPEG, PNG, TIFF, AVI, and QuickTime files as well as OBJ support, LightWorks support and other 3D formats. It is $1000. izi-Applicant 1.0 manages the job application review process. Users can input lists of requirements, create simple checklists for each job and score applicants. It offers mail merge templates, personalized email generation, application material tracking/storage, and other functions. The FileMaker-based application is $245.
USA Today reports on the pending announcement of Apple's online music service, noting that existing pay music services have fewer than 300,000 customers and Real Networks' recent acquisition of Listen.com: "Though Apple declined to comment before the announcement, those who have used the new service say it's as easy as buying a book on Amazon.com. Recommendations based on listeners' preferences are plentiful; the system seamlessly interplays with Apple's free iTunes jukebox software and with the iPod."
Microsoft today unveiled four new special edition mouse and keyboard products. The Wireless Optical Desktop Special Edition ($85) "delivers six feet worth of wireless freedom with a gleaming white and chrome-accented mouse, keyboard and shared receiver." The Wireless Optical Mouse Special Edition ($45) features a shining white finish, features an ambidextrous design and a wider scroll wheel. Microsoft's MultiMedia Keyboard Special Edition ($45) has a matte black finish, offers one-touch multimedia controls and time-saving Hot Keys. Finally, the Optical Mouse Special Edition ($35) with a matte black finish offers ambidextrous comfort and a wider scroll wheel. All are available now except the Optical Mouse SE, which is due in May.
Alias|Wavefront today annnounced the availability of Maya 5, the latest version of its 3D software package which was introduced at NAB 2003 earlier this month. The upgrade is available now for annual maitenance customers, while Maya 5 for new and upgrading customers will begin shipping on May 1, 2003. Maya 5 includes enhancements in areas such as character animation, dynamics and polygonal modeling as well as improved data exchange, including support for Macromedia Flash (SWF), DWG, DXF, Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), IGES, OpenFlight, StudioTools and OBJ (MTL). Other new features are listed on the Website. Maya Complete is $2,000 and includes modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Maya Artisan, Maya Paint Effects, mental ray for Maya and Maya Embedded Language (MEL).
Apple says that "an audio application may unexpectedly quit when you disconnect or turn off a USB- or FireWire-based audio device. "Audio applications" include applications that access the USB or FireWire audio device, including iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and the Sound pane of System Preferences." The solution offered is to "quit all applications that can access the audio device before disconnecting it or turning it off."
Studio Boss 3.6.4 uses a FileMaker Pro data engine to manage projects, clients, activities, expenses, and invoices. Studio Boss users can also track their time using a Palm-compatible PDA and create customized reports. The latest version of Studio Boss includes the ability to email an invoice, several new forms, an updated manual, and a new auto-backup feature to protect data. It is available for $40 through April. [Classic, OSX] JediKnight 2.1 is an update to the full-featured, Cocoa-based and Aqua-compliant IRC client. It supports multiple server connections, file transfer, window transparency, rules-based message filtering, text-to-speech, and more. The application is $20 "donationware". [4.3MB] SlipStream today announced Version 3 of its Internet acceleration software, SlipStream Data. The new version provides compression for email, as well as tighter integration with both Microsoft Explorer and Netscape web browsers and a new Mac OS X client for for web browsing as well as new reporting features for ISPs and overall speed improvements. This version is available for testing immediately and will be generally available in early May of 2003. Realmac Software today announced AudioX 3, a $20 sound recording application that can record sound from any input source under Mac OS X, including a built-in microphone, USB microphone, FireWire video camera or via the audio-in port. It offers AIFF export, speed control of song playback, the ability to add/export notes, new toolbar icons, iTunes-like file management, and other enhancements. [2.0MB] Ellipsis has released Safari Bookmark Exporter 1.0, a freeware utility designed to export Safari bookmarks. It supports export to OmniWeb, Camino/Chimera, Mozilla, Netscape, and Internet Explorer browsers. [212KB] DropDMG 2.1 is a utility to create ".dmg", ".img", and ".smi" disk images under Mac OS X. It can encrypt images and encode them with GZip, BZip2, or MacBinary and can also create images with rich-text license agreements. It adds support for Internet-enabled disk images, simplified preferences, an improved UI, and other changes. It is a free update to the $10 application. [830KB]
Apple today announced it would offer a satellite broadcast of the April 28th special event, which promised announcements that would be "music to your ears." Apple said the presentation will be available via satellite at the following coordinates on Monday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m. EDT:
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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