The Register writes: "Mac OS X 10.3, aka Panther, will not be a 64-bit operating system, despite running on a 64-bit processor, the PowerPC 970 aka the G5. Instead, the next major release of the Mac operating system will be a hybrid, much like version 10.2.7, codenamed 'Smeagol', which Apple has running on its pre-production Power Mac G5 machines and with which it will almost certainly ship production units. Smeagol is a 32-bit operating system, though certain libraries and other elements have been recoded to allow applications - and the OS itself - to make use of the 64-bit addressing and datapaths."
Apple has the exclusive U.S. rights to distribute the soundtrack to 20th Century Fox's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Apple is selling the album for $9.99 as an online download, with no physical CDs being made for the U.S. market, according to c|net: "The soundtrack includes a score by composer Trevor Jones and features performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and Ladysmith Black Mambazo."
Apple today officially announced the July 11th grand opening of Apple Store Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. Located on 1248 Third Street Promenade, the store will feature several live events, including a live radio remote by Lightning (from the KROQís Kevin & Bean show) at 6 pm; musical artist Less Than Jake spinning tunes throughout the night on an iPod, and live appearances by Maverick recording artist The Rising. Meanwhile, readers also note that Apple will open a retail store this November at the Aventura Mall in Aventura, Florida at the The Aventura Mall, which is located at 19501 Biscayne Blvd.
Speck Products is now shipping its new accessories for the "3G" (third generation) iPod. The iPod Skin ($20) provides protection against dust, knocks, and scratches using a superior shock-absorbing, tear-resistant KRATON plastic. It is available in clear, charcoal, and cobalt blue. Speck's iSport hip-pack allows users to enjoy the iPod while excercising and features a built-in safety light for higher visibility in the dark. The $40 accessory features a zippered pouches for easy storage of credit cards, money, and ID and a separate pouch for keys.
LaCie today announced a new dual compatible DVD+/-RW drive, which offers Mac users supporting both DVD-RW and DVD+RW formats, as well as, the ability to burn CD-R and CD-RW. The LaCie Dual DVD+/-RW Drive features either a FireWire/USB 2.0 interface for a FireWire-only interface; it ships with Pixela's CaptyDVD, a full-featured authoring software that offers seamless DVD creation capabilities. The drive also gives users buffer underrun protection to reduce failure during DVD burning. Using LaCie's d2 design, the LaCie Dual DVD+/-RW Drive is encased in a sturdy metal alloy that dissipates heat to prolong drive performance and includes an external AC adapter to keep the drive cool without the need for a fan. The new drive is expected to ship later this month for $300.
Last week, we reported that Scotia Bank was no longer supporting Safari for access to its Direct Investment accounts. MacNN reader Phil Robbie contacted the company, and was informed that Safari access had been discontinued for security reasons.
Photo Control Corporation is now shipping the new BookEndz Docking Station for the new 12-inch Apple PowerBook. BookEndz is a popular line of docking stations for Apple PowerBook and iBook computers that enables the user to convert from a portable system to a complete desktop system (or back) in seconds. The 12-inch docking station will be featured at the Macworld CreativePro Expo July 16 Ė 18, 2003, The Javits Center, NY, Booth No. 229. Currently, BookEndz Docking Stations are available for the Apple iBook, the 2001 and 2002 G4 Titanium and G4 Titanium with DVI PowerBooks, and the 1999 and 2000 G3 PowerBooks.
Apple will release its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday, July 16 at 5:30 PM ET. Mac analysts and enthusiasts can listen in on the conference call via Apple's QuickTime stream. In related financial news, shares of Apple hit a new 52-week high today of $20.01.
Shinza today announced the availability of two new cases for the Titanium PowerBook G4. Specifically designed for the Apple Titanium PowerBook G4 (15-inch screen), the TiBook Case is an "excellent match" for the "elegant design of the PowerBook G4." Each case is hand-made from brushed aluminum. The TiBook Sleeve features a snug fit with the PowerBook Titanium G4, protecting it from the dust and grime that accumulates in backpacks, briefcases, and suitcases. Extra padding on all sides of the notebook provide protection against shock and scratch damage, and the TiBook Sleeve also features two convenient CD-sized pockets on the back of the case. The TiBook Case is available now in limited quantities from Shinza for $200; the TiBook Sleeve is also available now for $25.
EasySoft Creations has released MacAstronomica 2.0.2 for Mac OS X. MacAstronomica generates sky maps at any time, from anywhere on Earth. The maps show all the planets and stars visible to the naked eye, as well as some galaxies and nebulas, the Ecliptic, meteor showers and the Milky Way. This new version "embraces Mac OS X's Aqua interface" and uses Apple's Quartz graphics engine to render "even better-looking sky maps." Registration is $25.
Ableton has announced Live 2.1, an update to its audio sequencer that integrates complete multitrack recording and editing functionality. Version 2.1 features full ReWire support for Mac OS 9/X, support for Sound Designer II files, and Direct I/O and connection to Digidesign hardware. It brings full ReWire Master and Slave support, even under OS X, allowing Live 2.1 to run seamlessly with Digidesign Pro Tools 6.1 or any other ReWire application. The free update will be available later this month as a free download. The company is also offering a public beta to all users.
KissWorks recently released updated public beta versions of its two most popular add-ons for Lotus Notes on the Mac: LipSync, the conduit for sync'ing Lotus Notes on the Mac, and NiniX, a free "notes.ini" editor. LipSync 2.0 beta features faster sync times, tighter integration with iSync 1.1, and improved reliability and accuracy. The NiniX update fixes an issue that prevented it from launching on some systems, and makes it easier to add new items. [Download - LipSync, NiniX] DEVONtechnologies today released version 4.0 of Christian Grunenberg's famous tool PhotoStickies. PhotoStickies displays one or more photos located on local drives or on the Web as frameless windows on the desktop, shows webcam pictures, acts as a fast image viewer, and records and replays slideshows. Additionally, DEVONtechnologies has released ThumbsUp 3.1, its freeware thumbnail generation utility. ThumbsUp is a simple, drag-and-drop based utility to create thumbnails for a bunch of pictures and supports all image formats of Mac OS X and Quicktime (including PDF documents). [Download - PhotoStickies, ThumbsUp] Epson has updated its printer drivers for Mac OS X. The latest version offers borderless printing and minimum margin printing. Further details were not available. PopChar Pro 1.6 is the latest version of ergonis software's tool for "typing" unusual characters easily without having to remember keyboard combinations. Version 1.6 is a recommended update for all users of earlier versions of PopChar Pro. It offers automatic font detection for Adobe InDesign, and other small enhancements. [Download - 1.2MB] Personal Trader 1.8 is an update to the $20 stock management software for Mac OS 9/X. It can manage portfolios in US dollars, euros, Australian dollars or UK pounds, and set up tracking-lists of up to 256 stocks. It also includes a database of more than 10,000 tickers from 10 different stock markets. This version adds the ability to sort a portfolio using any of the criteria and revert all operations related to a line. [Download - 850KB] Webmin is a Web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any browser that supports tables and forms (and Java for the File Manager module), you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and so on. Version 1.100 includes a handful of minor updates. [Download - 6.3MB] Orator is a small application used to convert typed text into a sound file. The application is simple and uses only one window. Type, paste, or drag text to the window, and pick a voice and save the text to a file. It can also read text aloud. [Download - 79KB] StarfishX 2.0b5 is a Mac OS X-native application that generates "cool" desktop patterns. It is based on Mars Saxman's Starfish pattern generation engine. Version 2.0b5 is G4-specific; fixes a bug that triggered a crash when dragging to rearrange palettes and/or colors; and removes a beep when you edit (but don't rename) a palette. [Download - 435KB]
A MacNN reader let us know about a possible Apple retail store in South Africa: "I just spotted two Apple logos at the Sandton City Mall in Johannesburg, South Africa. I hung around awhile and when someone opened the door I got a glimpse of a nearly complete Apple Store."
MacNN reader Jason Greene notes Apple new "Hands on Learning" in its Apple Studio Series: "Designed for customers who want more hands-on instruction, our paid Studio Series provides in-depth, interactive training in a small 12-person classroom setting. These multisession series are taught by Apple Experts in our specially-equipped Studio Training Center and build progressively upon the lessons learned in each class. In addition to instruction, attendees receive a Student Guidebook and Course CD." Five different series are offered: Getting Started I Series, Getting Started II Series, Digital Moviemaking, Digital Photography, and Digital Music. They are currently offered at the Chicago Apple Store only.
MacNN readers note that Apple's .Mac iSync service has been down for a number of days without any notice or acknowledgment by the company: "it appears that .Mac's iSync service has been unavailable since the evening of 7/3 for a large number of users. This was confirmed by an Apple Store employee and has been tracked on a few threads on the discussion boards at .Mac [members-only, but also available on the Apple Support boards], though there has been no official word yet."
Sony has launched a new line of DeluxePro flat-panel computer displays that feature brighter panels and easily adjustable hardware designs that are ideal for an office environment. The new 15-inch SDM-X53, 17-inch SDM-X73 and 19-inch SDM-X93 models feature the company's exclusive ErgoStand control system and ErgoBright technology, which improve both energy efficiency and desktop space. The displays are expected to ship at the end of the month.
ACD Systems International (formerly Deneba Systems) today announced the launch of Canvas 9, its cross-platform, technical drawing program that seamlessly integrates professional-level image editing, advanced vector illustration, page layout, web graphics and presentation features. It is available in three versions: Canvas 9 Professional, Canvas 9 Scientific Imaging Edition and Canvas 9 GIS Mapping Edition.
MacNN reader Derek Kent writes: "NASA recently benchmarked Apple's dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 at its Langley Research Center in Virginia. The main purpose of the tests was to compare the G5 to the G4 for 'computational fluid dynamics applications" however they also compare it to the Pentium 4. The test was well documented and concludes that "the G5 has about 22% better scalar floating point performance per clock cycle than the G4 systems tested and 32% better floating point performance per clock cycle than the P4 systems tested.' Even more interesting is that NASA's benchmarks come close to mirroring Apple/Veritest's results for SPECfp_rate_base2000. Apple's benchmark lists the dual 2GHz G5 as having a 194.5% performance advantage over a 3GHz Pentium 4."
MacNN reader Tadd Torborg has posted photos of the grand opening of the Apple Store Boca Raton: "This was a very well attended event with 500 or more people on line to get into the store. This is more than any other Florida store opening or event and is especially unexpected because there are two other stores within an hour of the Boca Store location." We also have our own (small) photo gallery from the opening. Meanwhile, Apple will hold the grand opening for its Apple Store Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek, CA) on July 12th.
Adobe today announced Adobe Premiere Pro, a Windows-only upgrade to its nonlinear video editing application, Adobe Premiere, according to c|net: "David Trescot, senior director of Adobe's digital video products group, said the new edition of Premiere is a complete rewrite of the application and it didn't make financial sense to support the Mac anymore. 'We were rewriting Premiere from scratch, and it would have taken a lot of work to have cross-platform support,' Trescot said. The Mac already has several competing video-editing applications, including Apple's Final Cut family of products, making for a small and crowded market, he said."
Adobe today announced After Effects 6.0, an upgrade to its motion graphics and visual effects software. The release integrates a "revolutionary" new text engine for creating unique and compelling typographic animations" as well as OpenGL support, major performance improvements, and integrated support for vector paint, a new motion tracker, keying tools and scripting support. It is expected to ship in June starting for $700 (Standard Edition).
Miglia today announced the immediate availability of 400GB and 500GB versions of its MediaBank MT-R, a dual bay external FireWire hard drive case made out of aluminium and features dual Oxford 911 ATA-to-FireWire bridge boards, offering support for a single drive or RAID 0/1 using up to two hard drives in the same enclosure. The 240 GB version ships with IBM 180 GXP 7200 rpm drives (2MB cache, $480), while the 400GB ($700) and 500GB ($1000) versions ship with Maxtor 7200 rpm drives (2MB cache). All units carry a full 2-year warranty.
FireWire Depot is now shipping its SlimLine 3.5" 1394a FireWire External Hard Drive Enclosure and the MantaRay 800 1394b 3.5 FireWire/USB2 External Hard Drive Enclosure. The SlimLine 3.5" enclosure sports a fanless design and an all-aluminum chassis. It uses the industry standard Oxford 911 FireWire chipset and supports ATA-ATA6 compliant drives of any capacity. The kit comes with a Firewire 400 cable, power cord, and all necessary mounting hardware. It is on sale for $100 ($20 off) for a limited time. FireWire Depot is also shipping its MantaRay800 3.5 FireWire/USB2 External Hard Drive Enclosure with FireWire 800 (2), FireWire 400 (1), and USB 2.0/1.1 (1) ports. The $160 kit ships with a Firewire 800 cable, USB2.0 cable, power cord, manual, and all necessary mounting hardware.
WiebeTech today announced a 7200RPM version of its MicroGB+ pocket drives, which offer a 30% performance improvement over other drives in the line, according to the company: "Using Hitachi's latest notebook drive, this new configuration produces performance benchmarks that are directly comparable to desktop drives. First benchmarking is producing read and write benchmarks of 34MB and 30.5MB/sec., respectively." The new MicroGB+ model has a capacity of 60GB and is is available in a FireWire-only version (MicroGB+, $470) or a version supporting FireWire and USB2 (MicroGB+Combo, $500). It will ship starting the week of July 7.
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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
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl