MacForce, in Portland, Oregon is holding a special event this Friday, May 2nd from 6:00-9:00 p.m. to celebrate the announcement of Apple's new iPods and Music service. There will be new iPods both on display and available for purchase. A new 15GB iPod will also be given away to a lucky attendee.
Time has posted an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs that includes discussion of Apple's previous 'Rip.Mix.Burn' slogan, the influence of Apple's new music service on the industry, and the future of digital music. Jobs says the user experience of the iTunes Music Store is better than that of any other pay or swapping service. Jobs also says the ability to download and own music is far more appealing to users than some services' limited rental schemes. Mr. Jobs also said that Listen.com's downloading "sucks," and Apple has a far superior infrastructure than any other service.
SnapFonts today introduced a number of new low-price font-sets. Each 100 set has ten fonts. "Besides our complete font library, we are offering [...] 7 Supersaver Font Packs. They are all limited editions and will be available for a short time unless popular demand forces us to keep them running longer." They all include international character sets and are "among the highest quality fonts you can license." They are: Supersaver, Britsaver, Autosaver, Big Easy, Money Honey, Popsaver, and Lovesaver. Similarly, Fonts.com has released Chank Fonts, a collection of 70 fonts and packages. Most fonts in the collection cost $22 each.
Collaborate 2.0 is a combination chat and whiteboard program through which individuals in disparate locations can interact to work out ideas. It functions as a distributed network allowing an arbitrary number of individuals to be involved. The $10 shareware is free to students, faculty and staff of educational institutions as well as to staff of non-profit and charitable organizations. [563KB] Everyday Software's Bookit 3.2 is a bookmark managing solution for Mac OS X. It now includes complete support for Safari 1.0b2, support for the keywords feature in Mozilla & Camino, German and French localization, and a few bug fixes as well as a new Bookit Dock Menu for easy access to bookmarks. [522KB] LightWork Design has created the new LightWorks AEC Pack to provide application developers with a complete solution for integrating its rendering and visualization technology into their AEC CAD applications. The LightWorks AEC Pack has been designed to meet the needs of developers of all types of AEC application, including those used by architects, builders and re-modellers, civil and structural engineers. Retrospect has released a Driver Update 3.5.104 for Retrospect 5., which includes new drive support, including drives from EZQuest, Philips, Panasonic, Mitsumi, OWC, Quantum, Sony, Toshiba, and others. [502KB] Daryl Hawes has released LogOutAE 0.2.2, a freeware screen saver designed to log the current user out of their Mac OS X session. You can configure two timeout periods for both "gentle" and "forced" logouts. It is based on the Matthew Swann's open-source LogOut.saver. [option-click] Bruno Blondeau has released the first public beta of MacResponder 1.0b1, an "automated email responder for when you're unavailable. MacResponder scans email accounts periodically and automatically sends replies to tell people you're away or in vacation. For advanced users, MacResponder features rule-based settings to trigger actions based on the sender or the subject." [424KB]
Several readers note an Apple job posting at Monster.com: "Apple Computer is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to design and build one of our newest Consumer Applications, iTunes for Windows." Apple said that it would offer a Windows-compatible version of its iTunes Music Software (presumably through an iTunes interface) by the end of the year.
Terra Soft is now shipping Yellow Dog Linux 3.0, a new generation of Linux for the PowerPC architecture. Version 3.0 features a friendly and powerful graphical installer built from Red Hat's 'Anaconda', an integrated KDE 3.1 and Gnome 2.2 desktop environment, the gcc 3.2.2 compiler, improved support for ATI and NVidia graphics cards, 3 Install and 3 Source CDs. The complete box set ($85) with 6 CDs also includes printed Companion to Installation, a completely revised "Getting Started with Yellow Dog Linux, Second Edition" book, 60-day installation support, and a t-shirt; while the Geek Edition ($25) offers all 6 CDs without printed guide, book, or support at a reduced cost.
Griffin Technology today announced its PowerPod iPod Auto Charger is fully compatible with the new generation of iPods in addition to the original iPod models with FireWire ports on top: "Priced at $20, the Griffin PowerPod is nearly half the cost of the only other compatible charger available today. It comes with a stand-alone charger module and a separate high quality FireWire cable for use with the original iPods."
MacNN reader Jason Fried has posted some ideas for improving Apple's iTunes Music Store, including a method for marking already-purchased songs, purchasing multiple songs at once, bookmarking/saving album references, and email an album reference to a friend, drag & drop buying, and alerts for new songs by a specific artist. Meanwhile, several readers have uncovered the hyperlink structure for the iTunes Music Store.
Automated Workflows today released Folder Manager X, a $15 AppleScript-based application that can be used to batch process folders, performing common repetitive tasks. It allows users to automatically build folders using a specified naming convention, including the ability to build nested sub-folders in each folder that it creates. In addition it can also be used to rename folder items by adding or removing prefixes and suffixes. Oxalyn Software has released Virtual Volume Manager 1.04, an update to its utility for REALbasic developers that streamlines the process of creating, maintaining, and optimizing a Virtual Volume, providing a Finder-like interface for browsing and an optimize function to eliminate wasted space. Virtual Volume Manager is $15. [Classic, OSX] Ricci Adams today released version 2.1 of his $5 shareware Check Off, a to-do list that resides in your menu bar. The list can now shrink and expand automatically so that all items are displayed and users can select display info as well as toggle between brushed metal and Aqua. Version 2.1 also adds export options. [370KB] Bluestream has released a major upgrade to its native XML database. XStreamDB 3.0 adds shared resource management with URIs, resource checkout to disk, faster full-text search and indexing, built-in WebDAV server, event triggers, automated backup, and the new XStreamDB 3.0 Server Console application for easier server administration. Pricing for the Java-based application startss at $500 for the developer version. PowerEasy has introduced PowerEasy ERP, a suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications powered by Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE): "The PowerEasy ERP suite leverages the scalability, availability, and reliability of the Sybase ASE data management system, bringing the same high performance that Wall Street depends upon to the Mac community. It also embeds Apple's WebObjects frameworks, and was designed to fully compliment the Xserve platform."
Willow Design has released two new backpacks specifically designed for the 17" PowerBook, rounding out its line of five other cases for the 17" PowerBook. The "short" Edgewater ($162) will comfortably fit customers from 5'3" to 5'7", while the second larger Garibaldi ($165) fits those with longer backs, or those who want to carry more extras. Both feature extra padded internal dividers to isolate the Powerbook on all sides within the computer compartment and now incorporate a new corrugated plastic stiffener within the the pack body to provide even more stability. The new packs feature two main laptop and paperwork compartments with a host of organizer pockets scattered through the packs as well as a removable accessory pouch to maximize space utilization in the paperwork compartment.
Dr. Bott today announced the AMP Interface for the new iPod., which allows owners of the Burton Amp Jacket to use their new third generation iPod (with dock connector) with the integrated SOFTswitch technology. AMP Interface relpaces the interface of the jacket with one that incorporates the remote connector and headphone jack of the new iPod. The $25 interface is expected to ship in May and is compatible with both the new 10GB, 15GB, and 20GB iPods.
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Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW