Jupitermedia today announced that its Jupiter Plug.IN Conference & Expo -- "the digital music business event" -- will be held July 28-29, 2003 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event brings music executives "from the old and new economies" together with artists and analysts. The event offers "spirited debate and in-depth analysis into the business opportunities and legal issues surrounding the digital music scene." Keynote speakers are expected from a number of companies, including Apple's Peter Lowe, Director of Marketing for Applications and Services.
Sibelius announced today addition of Sibelius Instruments to its educational suite. It includes complete information on every orchestral and band instrument, with full details of their characteristics, how to write for them, and hundreds of high-quality recordings. Sibelius Instruments also explains all about different orchestras, bands, and ensembles, including their historical development and repertoire. With its extensive audio examples, images, interactive quizzes and teachers' lesson plans, Sibelius Instruments is "ideal for schools, colleges, universities, libraries, teachers, students, composers & arrangers."
MacWireless today announced Power Over Ethernet Extreme, which allows users to mount an "AirPort Extreme base station where there maybe no electric power outlet, up to 331 feet away. No software involved. It provides its own 24 volt power supply. If you've ever had a dropped connection or found yourself just outside of your AirPort coverage area, here's your solution." It will ship in the first week of July for $90. The company also introduced its Outdoor Box ($100), which is designed to your base station from the weather or indoors from dust. The Complete Outdoor solution ($380) is also a new weatherproof enclosure that contains a Linksys WET11 access point, a built-in 15 dBi directional antenna, Power Over Ethernet circuitry, and a power supply.
Apple today told said that a final version of its Safari Web browser is "coming soon," according to an Apple statement sent to c|net (and other media outlets). "Safari is the fastest browser on the Mac, and has become the browser of choice for millions of Mac users....The Safari beta program has been an incredible success, and we will be releasing Safari 1.0 soon.' Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit felt that it should reassign its IE resources to revenue-producing Mac products, 'such as the next versions of Office, Entourage (including an Exchange client) and Virtual PC.'"
John Fraser's one-man Mac clone business has been put on hold after a key parts supplier became the target of Apple Computer's legal team, according to Wired News: "However, Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of Other World Computing, said Fraser is negotiating with a new motherboard supplier and should be back in business shortly....O'Connor said Fraser's business has been doing so well that Fraser hasn't been able to keep up with orders. He also hasn't had time to develop his idea for a low-cost, pizza-box-shaped Mac called the iBox."
TheCodingMonkeys has released Hydra 1.1, a Rendezvous-based, collaborative text editor with developer support. Version 1.1 adds several new features including line numbers, "hydra://" URLs, integration with FTP clients and Project Builder. Hydra 1.1 also introduces a blockedit, which allows to edit multiple non-contiguous lines at once. [614KB] MySQL4X Manager 2.2 for Mac OS X is a database management client for MySQL that offers control over MySQL3.23 and MySQL4.x databases, displays administrative information, including a graphical manager for users and access privileges. Users can check/repair damaged tables, schedule backups and monitor the database server (including current client processes). The Basic ($50) supports up to 2 database servers, while the Professional ($90) supports an unlimited number of servers. [3.2MB] Mireth today introduced iVCD, a $30 application that allows you to easily make Video CDs and Super Video CDs. iVCD creates Video CDs from iMovie or Quicktime movie files and can be used to author Video CDs (MPEG-1) or Super Video CDs (MPEG-2), supporting both NTSC and PAL output formats. It also plays .mov files, and erases CD-RWs. [2.5MB] Nano Software has released Accounts 1.5, an update to its $30 personal finance manager and small business accounting application for Mac OS X. The new version sports an updated interface, allows duplication of transactions, adds new preferences, and improves support for German and French languages. [1.8MB] Zebra has released a collection of technical symbols for use with Adobe Illustrator 10, including thousands of unique symbols in 81 different libraries are available in Architecture, Building Services, Landscaping, Electrical, Mechanical, Fasteners, and General categories. Each contains detailed isometric views of fasteners, mechanical and structural components. Pricing starts at $20 per library or $90 for special bundles. Sybase says it will integrate Quadbase Systems Inc.'s graphic reporting software with its Adaptive Server Enterprise database, according to eWeek. "EspressReport 3.0.2 is a Java reporting tool that takes real-time data across any platform and turns it into reports on such things as Web site click-through rates or customer demographics." As noted yesterday, MacSoft today released a demo of the Neverwinter Nights 1.0b, described as "the most complete software adaptation ever of the classic pen-and-paper Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game... Players will enjoy a fast-paced adventure, revolving around an epic story of faith, war and betrayal." [240MB] Export Artwork v1.1 is a script will process the selected tracks from a playlist or library in the iTunes windows and will output only 1 .pict file for each given album. Users can customize the save location, the name of each file, and view the log file. It requires Extra Suites, a background scripting application (similar to OSAXen additions) that enhances and adds functionality to the script. [10KB] FTPeel 1.0b2 is an ftp client from Freshly Squeezed Software. It offers "intelligent mirroring" functions, advanced bookmark management, both list and column views, and other features. The public beta will expire August 1st, 2003. [1.3MB]
Planar today introduced the PX212M, a 21.3-inch flat-panel LCD monitor. The PX212M is the latest in Planar's premium PX-line of monitors, and features multiple video inputs (S-video, composite video, analog and digital), picture-in-picture capability and integrated speakers as well as UXGA (1600x1200) resolution. The monitor's picture-in-picture functionality allows users to perform multiple tasks at once. The PX212M also features the innovative QuadStand base, allowing for simple height, pivot, swivel and tilt adjustments and offers a 400:1 contrast ratio, brightness of 250 cd/m2 and viewing angle of 170 degrees. It also features a 3-year "Customer First" warranty featuring free 2-day air monitor advance replacement. The $1,400 LCD will be available July 18th in black or silver/black finishes.
Big Nerd Ranch has released "Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming," co-authored by Mark Dalrymple and Aaron Hillegass. Previously available only as a student guide for the Big Nerd Ranch class by the same name, the new 541-page book shows programmers the underpinnings of Mac OS X. Topics covered are the same as those in the $3500 training class, including Advanced C, GCC, Sockets, Authorization and Authentication, Distributed Objects, Rendezvous, and others. It is $100.
Trolltech today announced that Qt/Mac will be released under the GPL at WWDC 2003 next week. Qt/Mac is the Mac port of Qt -- a single-source, multiplatform C++ GUI toolkit that allows applications to run natively on Windows, Linux/Unix, and Mac OS X, all from the same codebase. The GPL release of Qt/Mac allows Mac free software developers to use Qt free of charge. Any software produced with the GPL version of Qt/Mac (and any derivatives of this software) must also be released with full source code available under the GPL.
Keynote Gallery has added new Executive Blue and Executive Navy Keynote themes" "Each of these themes resemble the original Executive theme. Executive Blue contains light blue masters with the addition of 6 navy masters. Textured navy masters make up the Executive Navy theme. The Executive Blue and Executive Navy themes come complete with 27 masters and 23 masters respectively in both 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 formats. With their clean, corporate feel, these two new themes are ideal for many different fields such as business, law, consulting, finance and more." Each is $10 and both are available together for $17 ("Collection 3").
Apple will provide a live satellite broadcast of Steve Jobs' keynote address from its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. The event will take place Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) in San Francisco's Moscone West. The presentation will be available via satellite at the following coordinates:
Notes 3.0 makes storing, organizing and searching for notes, images, movies and other files easy with its elegant and intuitive interface. Version 3.0 of the $20 application features clickable links formatted as you type, drag and drop, search improvements, and performance, interface and printing upgrades. [1.3MB] WebPics 2.6 adds iPhoto album import, offers improved layouts, and adds multipage title text editing as well as other improvements to the $16 shareware. The web gallery utility features both thumbnails and captions for each picture, custom background colors or images, and many other options. [Classic, OSX] Joerg Bullmann has posted MacCVSClient 1.8, a free CVS client running on Mac OS 7.1 and later. It features easy viewing of diffs, logs and annotations and can also resolve conflicts before committing changes. Version 1.8 adds UI tweaks, SSH1/SSH2 access, Keychain support, and documentation updates. [Classic, OSX] John Haney's CryptoQuote 1.1 is a word puzzle game which contains hundreds of quotes for users to solve. It now features drag & drop support, undo/redo functions, online help, word search, integration with online hints and solutions, and other bug fixes. The $5 shareware runs on Mac OS X only. [493KB] Global Moxie's Big Medium 1.1.1 is a maintenance release addressing a handful of bugs in its content management system for web sites. The suite of Perl scripts creates a browser-based interface for adding/editing web content, manages content for multiple web sites, provides content syndication, offers a choice of pre-formatted skins or custom templates, and support multiple contributors. [demo] Ellipsis Productions has released Safari Bookmark Exporter 1.02, its utility designed to export Safari bookmarks to either OmniWeb, Camino/Chimera, Mozilla, Netscape, and Internet Explorer formats. Version 1.0.2 of the freeware now exports to iCab and Opera formats. [147KB] BEST Software Design has released PolyPhontics 1.5, a new version of its SoundFont and DLS authoring tool. It can create, edit, and preview SoundFont and DLS sound banks for use with MIDI files and live performance. New features include a graphical loop editor, support for multiple sample rates, reverb, dramatic build and preview speed improvements, and other changes. It is a free upgrade to the $60 application. [Classic, OSX] Xochi Media has released a public beta of iScreensaver Designer 3.1b, a cross-platform screensaver editor. It adds new license options, new features, ease of use improvements and bug fixes as well as a new "Wizard", which helps new users create a screensaver with a few easy steps. It includes support for Mac OS X and Windows XP, as well as a Slide Show editor. A free, limited trial is available. [6.2MB]
Sustainable Softworks today released IPNetSentryX 1.0, an Internet firewall application for Macintosh computers running Mac OS X. IPNetSentryX rules can be based on IP addresses, ports and protocols (services) as well as on the content of incoming datagrams (e.g. to detect worms). It also lets users define which actions to take when rules are met, including the ability to block an intruder (trigger), send an email warning of the intrusion, and/or executing an AppleScript. The $40 application includes free registration of IPNetSentry Classic. Upgrades are $20. A 21-day trial is available.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN