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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE