einsteinís legacy has released of Cinematics 1.0.1, an update to the new media player that allows you to build and manage playlists of digital movies. It features a QuickTime-based engine, advanced keyboard shortcuts, detailed move controls (e.g., frame-level playback, movie playback speed, and random access to movie information), full screen playback, context sensitive playback menus, and fixed and adaptive movie playback sizes. Cinematics is $25. [Download - 1.6MB] Software developer Arizona has released a new version of its sound analyzer software AudioXplorer for Mac OS X. Version 1.0b17 brings several new features to the application, including support for Audio Units effects, the new Mac OS X plug-ins architecture. [Download - 1.9MB] iLink 1.1 is an important update to the $15 'Browsers-Integration-Oriented' Bookmark Manager for Mac OS X. The engine that imports bookmarks from all browsers has been completely rewritten and now is more stable and "a lot faster than before." The update also adds support for Camino 0.7. iLink is a bookmark manager designed specifically for people who use more than one browser. [Download - 1.2MB] ComChart, an electronic medical record program, has been update to version 6.4. Among many new features, ComChart EMR gives the physician the ability to fax virtually any component of the patient's medical record, including prescriptions, progress notes, selected lab results and order slips as well as the ability to utilize voice recognition software, automatically file lab results, schedule patients and is integrated with a Palm or Handspring PDA. [Download - see form] RealCADD 3.05 is an update to the "easy to use" 2D CAD design software. You can now use fractional feet and inches; when one object is selected, you can use the key Tab to select the following object in the list or the key shift+Tab to select the precedent in the list; two new options with the quotation tool, one to rotate text or no, the other to remove nonsignificant zero have been added. RealCADD is made with REALbasic. [Download - Classic, OS X]
WaterField Designs today introduced a new model of its Racer-X carrying case for Apple's 12-inch PowerBook notebook. The 12-inch Racer-X is 12.25" wide, 10" tall, and 4.5" deep and features two zippered, interior compartments: one that encases and protects the PowerBook with layers of plush neoprene, foam, and corrugated plastic and another for documents and files that also has pockets to keep accessories such as DVDs, spare batteries, and ac adaptors organized. It also has an exterior pocket for magazines and files and another pocket that conveniently slips over most carry-on luggage handles. Racer-X computer cases have an exterior lined with wear-resistant military grade ballistic nylon and trimmed with Indium fabric that come in a choice of five colors. The 12-inch PowerBook is available for $130. Cases for the 17-inch and 15-inch Apple PowerBook models are available for $140 and $135, respectively.
In a survey of 39,000 Consumer Reports readers, Apple emerged on top with the fewest number of defective computers, and the highest rated technical support. Four percent of consumers bought a computer that "was completely inoperable within the first month; another 10 percent had problems that month but could use the computers." Dell trailed Apple's ratings the closest of any PC maker.
MacNN reader Peter Balint let us know about a job listing on Monster.com that seems to indicate Apple has plans for a Cleveland, Ohio retail store. The post by Apple's retail division says the company is seeking full-time sales people.
Kano Technologies today introduced its SureVAULT desktop RAID storage systems. The SureVAULT RAID Desktop Mirrored Solution writes data simultaneously to two drives, creating and maintaining a constant mirror-image of all data. The SureVAULT RAID 5 Desktop Solution stripes data to three drives simultaneously. Both systems feature USB 2.0 or FireWire 1394A connections and the latest generation IDE hard disk drives. The portable units feature hot-swappable drive bays, automatic fail-safe recovery to the remaining drives, and automatic data array rebuild functions. A FireWire 800 version of the SureVAULT will be released in 60 days, SureVAULT RAID systems are available in storage capacities ranging from 80GB to 600GB, starting at $800.
KB roundup: Apple notes that passwords created in the Open Firmware Password application while using a keyboard layout other than U.S. may cause recognition problems during the startup process; Certain privilege settings that make Mac OS X easier to use can cause the sendmail process not to run properly; Apple describes how to avoid sending clear text passwords over the network in Kerberos Environment With LDAPv3; and Mac OS X 10.2 sometimes cannot create an AFP (AppleTalk) connection over wired Ethernet if AirPort is your preferred network port.
A MacNN reader offered more information on the unannounced Apple retail store in Tucson, AZ (as noted here earlier this week): "The store will be located at the La Encantada Center, which is scheduled to open in October 2003 (opening of the Apple Store itself is unknown). The shopping center is the open-air mall project."
Fidelity Media has released an update to MegaSeg 2.6.3, its music mixing automation software. The update allows it to read the annotation tags of AAC compressed audio files used by Apple's new iTunes Music Store. Also new to this version is a fix for the fade-in/out preferences to work on international systems that use a decimal separator rather than a period, and the 'Refresh Library' command adds a progress dialog while it builds the folder list. MegaSeg 2.6.3 is a free update for v2.5 owners (and $50 for other registered users); the full price is $170.
Apple was awarded a Silver D&AD Award (Yellow Pencil) for its iMac G4 in the Product Design category, according to Macworld UK: "D&AD describes its Yellow Pencils awards as "the Oscars of the creative industry This year was the first since 1995 when no company won the highest D&AD accolade, the Gold Award (Black Pencil)."
Mike Bombich's Carbon Copy Cloner 2.2 is an update to his useful Mac OS X system utility that offers drive cloning, synchronization functions, scheduled backups, pre- and post-flight shell script support, and create a NetBoot image. The donationware utility adds new documentation, better support for volumes with OpenAFS, improved downloading of psync, better space management, and other bug fixes. [806KB] MiCal 1.0 "provides a system-wide menu in Mac OS X 10.2 or later which quickly displays the user's schedule for today based on selected iCal calendars, and provides an icon in the menubar which shows the current date. The free nagware application is fully functional except that registered users do not have to manually refresh the menu to reflect changes to their iCal calendars." [253KB] Security Services 1.02 is a $15 security utility for Mac OS X, featuring 192- and 256-bit AES encryption, "Guttman" file shredding & name mangling, an internal compression engine, and the ability to create password-protected self-extracting archives. [162KB] Forms To Go 1.5 is a $10 shareware utility that will create a form-to-email PHP or ASP script: "This program will create a PHP or ASP script that will process an HTML form and send the fields thru email. Optionally, the program includes many validation options to check for proper formatted fields." [Classic, OSX] Nemetschek North America announced this week that it is introducing an additional eight CADsymbols libraries in VectorWorks native .mcd file format, comprising more than one thousand new symbols, according to Architosh: "these new libraries allow VectorWorks users to access CADsymbols libraries directly through the VectorWorks Resource Browser, making it easy to add realistic 3D symbols."
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.6.1, a bug fix release to the popular desktop launcher utility. It also adds a feature that lets you use your own custom icons for the DragThing Desktop Trash on Mac OS X and also greatly improves support for running AppleScripts within DragThing. It is a free upgrade for existing registered users of DragThing 4, $10 for registered users of previous versions, and $25 for new users. Five and ten-packs of licenses cost $100 and $150, respectively. Competitive upgrades are also available from other utilities for $20. [1.5MB]
The New York Times looks at the success of the Apple iTunes Store: "pple Computer seems to have the future of online music in its hands for the moment. Its new service, iTunes Music Store, has been the first real success story in the long effort to sell music over the Internet. In just its first month of operation the service, by the company's estimate, has sold three million songs online, at 99 cents each. This is an impressive figure considering the limited access that music fans now have to the service." The article also notes a few shortcomings such as a limited music collection, major-label only representation, the lack of community building functions, and no affiliate program.
Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the expansion set to the fastest-selling PC game ever, has gone gold. With initial orders of over 2.5 million copies, the game will be available at retail outlets worldwide in multiple languages beginning on July 1, 2003: "[It] provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga. In the single-player campaign, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land."
Infinisys today released an updated version of its popular Mac OS X screensaver product, After Dark X + Fish. It adds the popular "Fish", "Mowing Man" and "Mandelbrot" modules to the existing "Space Toasters", "Starry Night" and other user favorites contained in the previous version. The new version is priced at $10. The application uses the built-in OS X screensaver engine and leverages OpenGL for "a variety of angles and views for each graphic display."
Iomega is offering a new 30-day free trial of its Iomega iStorage Online, its online storage system for Internet users, providing secure file access from any Internet connection. Internet users in the U.S. can now receive a free 30-day trial usage of 50MB of disk space. Regular Iomega iStorage Online accounts start as low as $2.50 a month for 50MB of online storage, with two months free for purchasers of a 12-month annual subscription. User data is encrypted for security and stored in a redundant storage infrastructure with dedicated security processes and software, telco-grade disk drives, multiple tape backups, and offsite tape storage.
Calendar Snap is a new, free snap-in to add a pop-up calendar to any FileMaker solution. It integrates with any FileMaker database. Users can customize the unlocked version for $15. [21KB] Babel Company's Impression 1.14 is a backup utility for Mac OS X that authors full and incremental backups to multiple optical discs (CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD-R). It features a streamlined interface, session-based backup management, MD5 checksum generation to verify files and a handy utility for erasing CD-RW. [469KB] PowerFile is now shipping MediaFinder X for OS X, its software for its PowerFile optical libraries (models C200S, C200, R200S or R200). The software provides easy administration of discs, security functions for limiting access to specific media, and integration with other applications such as Canto Cumulus and Extensis Portfolio. The software includes license for Portents' DiskTracker, a media cataloging and labeling solution for Mac OS X. MediaFinder X is available for $400 (50% off) for a limited time. WebLight 3.03, formerly Website Illuminator, is an easy to use web analysis tool that helps web developers build and maintain reliable, accessible web sites. It checks entire sites for HTML problems, accessibility problems, and links (broken and otherwise). It allows users to prioritize categories of problems, locate effected documents, and check their repairs. [3.1MB] Orange Loft has announced ArchiOffice, a comprehensive management software solution tailored specifically for professional architectural firms. Developed with FileMaker Pro, the solution manages all the workflow needs facing the professional architectural services firm: contact and project management, time and expense tracking, billing and invoicing, calendaring, reporting and document management.
FirewireDirect.com has introduced a series of FireWire 800 cables (a.k.a., 1394b) designed for both legacy FireWire (1394a) devices and the new class of faster 800Mbps FireWire devices. The company is now selling a family of FireWire 800 cables that include 'beta' and 'bilingual'.... 'Beta' refers to true FireWire 800 cables, with new 1394b 9-pin connectors on both ends and designed for connecting new 800 devices and peripherals to 800 equipped computers. 'Bilingual' refers to cables used to connect legacy FireWire to the new FireWire 800, and have a high speed 800Mbps connector on one end and either a 4-pin iLink connector or a standard 6-pin FireWire connector on the other. Firewire 800 is backwards compatible, but legacy devices connecting to FireWire 800 ports will require these special cables."
Apple has posted Slot Combo Drive Update for Xserve servers and PowerBook computers with an internal slot-loading Combo drive: "This update installs new firmware on PowerBook and Xserve Combo drives. The update prevents Combo drives from intermittently failing to eject discs. It's recommended that you install this update to ensure that your Combo drive avoids this problem." [686KB]
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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
Carl Icahn dumps Apple stock on China worries
Carl Icahn has sold all of his stock in Apple, citing concerns over sales in China. While he called Apple a "great company" and praised Tim Cook for "doing a great job," Icahn sold his shares after the Apple investor results, garnering a profit of $2 billion over three years. Icahn said of business in China that the Chinese government could "come in and make it very difficult for Apple to sell there." Should the market steady in China, Icahn said that he will re-invest in the company, regardless of the market price. http://cnb.cx/1SCfEdI
August Home HomeKit compatible Smart Lock ships
Smart lock developer August Home today began shipping its second generation Smart Lock, with HomeKit support. In addition to full Siri support, the Smart Lock is also compatible with third-party HomeKit apps like Insteon+, Lutron, and iDevices, allowing for multi-step actuations, like turning on a light when the door is locked or unlocked. The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled retails for $229. http://bit.ly/1SvADlG
Triby third-party speaker with Alexa Voice Service
Speaker and telecom device developer Invoxia has announced the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is now integrated and available on Triby, its device that combines music, messaging and communication functionality in one family-friendly, voice-activated product. Starting today, Triby becomes the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. The Triby retails for $199, with a limited time $30 launch discount. http://amzn.to/1SC4zJG
EDGE shutdown plan on track for 2016 completion
AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stevens has reported that the company is continuing to migrate its customer base as it moves forward with plans to shut down its 2G EDGE network by the end of this year. According to Stevens, the carrier has already repurposed some of the 2G network spectrum in areas where 2G device traffic has dropped off. This incremental approach, he said, means some markets will only have small chunks of spectrum left that need to be repurposed. The freed bandwidth will be used to expand the 4G network. http://bit.ly/1Tyj7w9