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iTunes Music Store lands another exclusive
Dashboard Confessional has made the first single from its upcoming Vagrant album, "A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar,"--"Hands Down"--available for paid download exclusively from Apple's iTunes Music Store, according to Billboard.
Mark/Space ships Missing Sync for Pocket PC
Mark/Space (Booth 465) today shipped Missing Sync for Pocket PC 1.0, which enables Mac users to connect and synchronize information between a Pocket PC handheld and Mac OS X. It allows Pocket PC to synchronize with iCal, Mac OS X Address Book and AvantGo, as well as transfer music and photos from within iTunes and iPhoto. Users can also share their Mac's Internet connection with the Pocket PC handheld to browse the web or download favorite web pages using AvantGo. Missing Sync supports synchronization wirelessly via Bluetooth or 802.11. It is available for $30 through August 15th (regularly $40).
Magma offers 64-bit/66MHz PCI Expansion
MAGMA has released its first 64-bit/66MHz PCI Expansion System. This system provides the capability to add seven 64-bit/66MHz PCI slots, on a single bus segment, to any PCI based desktop computer or server. MAGMA's 64-bit/66MHz PCI Expansion System offers the capability to add seven, fully functioning, 64-bit, 66MHz PCI slots, capable of data transfer rates up to 5Gbps full duplex, according to the company. It connects to the host computer with a 64/66 PCI host interface card and high-speed cables. Server, desktop, and OEM configurations are available with pricing starting at $2,600.
Q3 2003 earnings conference call roundup
We've posted a roundup of Apple's third quarter 2003 financial analyst conference call with Apple CFO Fred Anderson.
MOTU announces Digital Performer 4.1 update
MOTU today announced Digital Performer 4.1 (DP), a free update to its flagship integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. Version 4.1 adds support for the Digidesign Audio Engine (DAE) as well as runs both Audio Units plug-ins and virtual instruments. MOTU says that Digital Performer 4.1 can now serve as a complete software front-end for a Pro Tools HD or Mix system, giving users full access to their TDM plug-ins and automated Pro Tools mixing environment. The free update is expected to be available to registered users next month.
PTC debuts Pro/CONCEPT design solution
PTC today announced its conceptual and industrial design solution, Pro/CONCEPT, which allows designers to capture, explore and develop product designs and create realistic digital product models: "It is the first solution to combine sketching and modeling in a single, easy-to-learn and environment." Pro/CONCEPT contains tools for free-form sketching, image retouching, curve and facet modeling, painting directly onto 3D models, and real-time and photo-realistic rendering." It takes advantage of Mac OS X's OpenGL support to provide real-time interactive 2D and 3D graphics. It is expected to ship in October for $1,500.
Apple reports third quarter results
Apple today reported quarterly earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2003 ended June 28 of $19 million, or 5 cents a share, down from the year-ago quarter in which it had a net income of $32 million, or 9 cents a share. Revenue rose to $1.55 billion from $1.43 billion, but the company experienced an increase in overall costs. Apple said it shipped 770,00 Macintosh computers during the quarter. In the same period a year ago, Apple sold 808,000 Macintoshes, but this year's third-quarter number is an improvement on Q2's 711,000 units.
CreativePro show floor photo gallery
We've posted a photo gallery from the show floor of the Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo in New York City. Apple's PowerMac G5, and the booths of third-party peripheral makers are among the highlights. Update: We've posted a second photo gallery with more images from the show floor.
WiebeTech debuts SATADock device for Mac
WiebeTech has introduced SATADock, its Serial ATA Dock that allows transfer of IDE drive contents to Apple's new Power Mac G5 computer. PC users will be able to mount IDE drives on PC systems using the Serial ATA Dock and the Serial ATA PCI host card. The host card has an internal and an external port, and we include a 2 meter shielded Serial ATA cable with the host card to allow easy attachment. Pricing starts at $120; availability will begin later this month.
Red Rock demos DeltaGraph, offers discount
Red Rock Software will showcase DeltaGraph 5, a graphing, charting and data analysis program for the Mac OS X platform, this week at Macworld CreativePro Expo. Red Rock will demonstrate the award-winning data graphing software in The Javits Center, MacTech Pavilion. Red Rock DeltaGraph 5 is a data analysis tool for Mac OS X designed to easily create charts and graphs that help users analyze collections of data and deliver high-quality graphical results in an easy-to-understand manner. Visitors to the pavilion will receive a coupon giving $50 off on any purchase of DeltaGraph 5 for the Mac.
Epson launches two new Photo scanners
Epson today unveiled the Perfection 3170 Photo and Perfection 1670 Photo scanners. The Epson Perfection 3170 PHOTO will be added to the scanner line up, while the Epson Perfection 1670 PHOTO replaces the popular Epson Perfection 1660 Photo scanner. The Perfection 3170 and 1670 deliver maximum hardware resolutions of 3200 x 6400 dpi and 1600 x 3200 dpi, respectively. The new scanners will both be available this August; the 1670 is $130 while the 3170 is $200. The 3170 includes: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, EPSON Smart Panel, and Epson Scan. The 1670 only includes Epson Scan.
Apps: Captain FTP, SpamSlam, Bittorrent...
Captain FTP 2.7 ($25) is an update to the Mac OS X FTP client, adding support for SSL as well as better SFTP connectivity, improved Passive mode connectivity, more support text editors other then BBEdit, better stability, and full localized versions in English, German, French, Japanese and Chinese. [Download - 2.4MB]
SpamSlam ($20) is a convenient tool designed to "completely" eliminate unwanted spam emails from your in-box. It downloads all of your mail and uses a whitelist combined with a challenge/response system to send response to unknown senders, who must respond to the message only to finaly deliver their message and be placed on the whitelist. It requires Mac OS X 10.2. [Download - 2.8MB]
Publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 5.8 Macintosh Finder, which now allows offers customization of the hot key combination used to start the tool from within the Finder. The $15 shareware contextual menu plugin for Mac OS X only allows users to quickly rename multiple files. [Download - 1.6MB]
Bittorrent 3.3.2a for Mac OSX is a new version of the peer-to-peer download application that allows users to share and distribute bandwidth costs. Version brings better network utilization, more even and consistent download rates, read-only files now supported for seeding, support for command line arguments and other several bug fixes. [Download - 1.0MB]
Digital Cow Software has released AlJoiner 2.02 (AJ), a freeware utility that joins together files split by Mastersplitter on Windows; Weblock 1.5.1 (WL), a $5 shareware System Preferences module for password protecting folders shared via Apache; and Wraparound 1.2.1 (WA), a small system daemon which "wraps" the mouse cursor from one side of the screen to the other. [Download - AJ, WL, WA]
Fuji Film recently released its RAW File Converter EX2.0 Updater for Mac OS X 10.2.4 and its Camera Shooting Software for Mac 10.2.4. No other information is available on the updates.
Epson recently a driver update for its Stylus Photo 2200, enabling several features not available on Mac OS X before. Improvements include borderless printing and roll paper handling. [Download - 9.7MB]
Runtime Revolution 2.1 -- which was demonstrated at the CreativePro expo today -- is the latest update to the user-centric, multi-platform software development environment. Revolution 2.1, now in beta, will contain dozens of improvements. Mac OS X developers will benefit from the addition of "metal" appearance, dra wers, and other interface creation improvements. It is available for half-price ($200) until July 23.
AppleMusic.com selected for innovation
AlwaysOn, a media company that covers innovation in technology and business, has chosen Apple's iTunes Music Service as well as several other companies (Google, Salesforce.com). The companies were selected from a field of 100 leading technology companies on the basis of profitability, market traction and the potential of its innovative software-as-service model to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. Award recipients were chosen by AlwaysOn in partnership with KMPG's emerging business practice, KPMG 1Start, based in part on a survey of more than 1,000 venture investors, investment bankers, top entrepreneurs and executives.
MacKiev debuts The Print Shop for Mac OS X
Software MacKiev today announced a Mac OS X edition of Broderbund's The Print Shop. The application features integration with Apple's digital hub applications and also provides "quick-start" templates, wizards, and tutorials. The Mac OS X version can browse iPhoto albums and place photos into project layouts, import iCal events to create calendar projects, import iTunes playlists to make custom CD labels, and use Address Book to merge-print addresses on envelopes, labels, business cards, and more. It is expected to ship in early August for $50.
Some continue to resist iTunes Muisc Store
Bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, and Metallica need to "face the music" and end their resistance to online music services such as Apple's iTunes Music Store, says Charles Haddad of Business Week. The 'Chili Peppers have been outspoken on the issue, suggesting that allowing users to pick and choose songs will only lead to the "demise of the album format." While some bands "craft albums whose span of titles are consistently good," other bands create filler under pressure from record labels. If customers demand to pick and choose their music, the music industry will not continue to compel bands to produce filler, Haddad says.
Oki offers new C9500dxn Pro Studio Edition
Oki Data Americas today announced its OKI C9500dxn Pro Studio Edition digital color printer, which it says has been specially configured to meet the needs of the graphic arts and commercial printing community. It provides several color management tools and other support, including MonacoEZMatch, iProof TrueSpot, SWOP, Euroscale, SNAP, and ICC color profiles for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. The C9500dxn Pro Studio Edition also comes with 320MB of RAM standard with an optional upgrade of a maximum 1GB of RAM.
Intuit file conversion offered at AppleStores
Intuit has announced that its service to help small businesses convert QuickBooks financial data from Windows to Mac is now available in Apple retail stores nationwide. Customers can simply bring a copy of their QuickBooks Windows data (on CD or Zip disk) to any Apple retail store where a Mac Genius will convert the customer's data using the Intuit Windows-Mac Data Converter tool. The cost for the conversion service in the Apple retail store is $75. Intuit also offers a full-service Windows-Mac data conversion service, starting at $100, for a converted file within 10 business days after receipt (express 2-day service is $250). A free converter tool is also available online.
Groxis debuts first Mac title
Groxis today announced the release of Grokker for the Mac platform, the developer's first Mac application. The $100 software title is used for exploring vast collections of documents, journals, photos, and Web pages, -- visually. "Mac users now have a powerful new Internet research tool that lets them search the Web more deeply and more meaningfully than with a Web browser alone." Built for Mac OS X 10.2, Grokker is "one of the first" programs to leverage Apple's Safari SDK. A trial version is expected in the near future.
JBL Encounter speakers deliver 5.1 surround
Harman Multimedia today introduced its JBL Encounter 5.1, the company's first 5.1 surround sound speaker system for the home computer. The 5.1 multichannel audio system comprises four self-powered satellites, a clip-on or freestanding center channel and a powerful subwoofer. that delivers 200 watts of power through Harman Multimedia's own APG Slipstream port design, and leverages a proprietary Emperor transducer for full bass sound. JBL Encounter 5.1's optimized 50-watt Quad Odyssey I center channel and Dual Warrior satellites deliver uncolored mids, highs and center channel dialogue. The JBL Encounter 5.1 system is due in November for $400, while a 2.1 system is due in December for $300.
Elgato, PowerFile announce bargains
In celebration of this week's Macworld Creative Pro exposition, Elgato will be offering its award-winning EyeTV digital video recorder at a special price of $180.
PowerFile announced today that it is offering a limited number of light blue C200 read-only optical library solutions available at greatly reduced prices. The move is designed to help promote the launch of the company's new Mac OS X products launched June 14 at Macworld CreativePro in New York City. Prices for the Mac OSX compatible units range from $1500 to $2000 for refurbished and new units, respectively.
D-Link offers FireWire/USB 2.0 hub
D-Link today released a multi-port hub that delivers USB 2.0 and FireWire ports in one compact device. The D-Link DFB-H7 QuickMedia USB 2.0/FireWire 7-port Combo Hub allows you to connect four USB 2.0 and three IEEE 1394 FireWire external devices. Because the hub is externally powered, the D-Link DFB-H7 can support multiple devices via daisy chaining through the hub. It will be available early next month for $50.
Verax addresses overheating issue
Verax, maker of Power Mac G4 "silencer" kits, has posted an explanation of an overheating issue associated with its upgrade. The company has posted diagrams and remedy information.
Apple launches Premiere upgrade promo
Apple launched three "great deals" this morning that offer incentives to Adobe Premier users to make the switch to Final Cut Pro or Express. The Apple Store is now offering: Final Cut Express free in exchange for an Adobe Premier Install CD; $500 off Final Cut Pro 4 when upgrading from Premier; Final Cut Express for $100 to purcahsers of new Macs.
Apple is also offering $20 off the purchase of "Dungeon Siege" with "Unreal Tournament 2003 " and $15 off the purchase of "Medal of Honor" with "Medal of Honor Spearhead."
Kensington debuts new Expert Mouse trackball
Kensington today introduced its 7th generation Expert Mouse trackball, with advanced features such as a Scroll Ring feature, which circles the ball to provide precise scrolling functionality right at your fingertips. It also offes improved cursor accuracy and control using its DiamondEye Optical Technology and the large, high-density Expert Mouse ball. Included with the Expert Mouse trackball is Kensington's MouseWorks software. It connects to both USB and PS2 ports. Pricing starts around $90 for the corded version and $120 for the wireless version.
Apple offers Soundtrack as standalone app
Apple today announced that Soundtrack, the royalty-free music production tool previously available only with Final Cut Pro 4, will be available in August as a standalone product for $300. Soundtrack includes more than 4,000 royalty-free, professionally-recorded audio loops and sound effects: "Soundtrack scales to meet the needs of audio producers, DJs and remix artists who start their projects in Soundtrack and then migrate to a digital audio workstation, such as Logic or Pro Tools, for the rest of their work." Soundtrack will match the audio loops and sound effects within a composition in real-time. It ships with over 30 professional, high-quality audio plug-ins from Apple and Emagic.
Nikon discounts Coolscan Film scanners
Nikon today launched new mail-in rebates on its Coolscan Film scanners, offering up to $200 on its desktop film scanners: the Super Coolscan 4000 ED and Coolscan IV ED. Nikon is offering an additional $200 mail-in rebate off the purchase of Super Coolscan 4000 ED ($1300 before rebate), its high-performance desktop film scanner that features an optical density of 0 to 4.2 and 4000 dpi resolution. Consumers are also eligible to receive an additional $100 mail-in rebate on the purchase of a Coolscan IV ED ($700 before rebate), which offers 2900 dpi resolution. Nikon will also be showcasing its 5.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5400 and its other Coolpix digital cameras.
Creo upgrades Synapse prepress software
Creo (Booth 239) today announced an upgrade to its Synapse Prepare software, the automation tool for designers that generates perfect PDF files ready for print production. Version 2.0 introduces an enhanced Quark XTension, a new plug-in for Adobe InDesign, integration with the Synapse InSite Internet portal into prepress, platform support for the Mac OS X, and application support for QuarkXPress 6 and Adobe Acrobat 6.0.
FirewireDirect.com launches new 2.5\" drives
FirewireDirect.com today introduced its newest series of portable 2.5" hard drives, the MachIV. The new drive line features both FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity in a "small and sleek Titanium-style form factor only half an inch thick." It ships with FireWire and USB cables, a full range (110-240V) power supply and includes a stylish and compact carrying case. It is available in capacities from 20GB ($190) to 80GB ($385) using 4,200 rpm drives or as an enclosure kit (case-only, $100). Mac users also receive the SpeedTools Utility Suite, which includes DeviceTuner, Disk Defrag, Integrity, QuickBack and QuickBench.
Macromedia debuts Contribute 2 for Mac OS X
Macromedia today announce Contribute 2 with new Mac OS X support, as noted yesterday. Contribute offers the ability to easily update and manage information on Websites. Version 2 also offers high performance site connections, support for SFTP for secured FTP transfers, drag-and-drop integration with PayPal ecommerce functions and merchant tools, and Macromedia FlashPaper technology, a new low-bandwidth way to display documents online as an intrinsic part of web pages (Windows only). It is due in August for $100, while upgrades are $10 for registered users.
LightWork Design new automotive CAD solution
LightWork Design released LightWorks Automotive Pack, a new product designed to meet the needs of automotive stylists, designers and engineers. It contains a unique range of rendering technologies and services that are not available with any other rendering engine. The LightWorks Automotive Pack includes the SDK, documentation and a support services. It offers sketch rendering for styling, real-time hardware-assisted pre-visualization, Interactive Image Regeneration, and advanced photorealism as well as Rendering of NURB surfaces, LWA-Enabled support, and exclusive visualization of Mold-Tech surface finishes. Pricing is not available.
iDVDthemePAK.com launches 2 new ThemePAKs
iDVDthemePAK.com today released two new ThemePAK collections of eight menu themes each for iDVD 3.0. ThemePAK 5 ($50) includes one full set of 8 Wedding Themes, while ThemePAK 6 ($30) includes a grab bag of theme including Party, Music, and Picnic. Each theme includes completely custom button designs and composite graphic backgrounds as well as 4 motion themes and 4 still background themes. It also released two new free themes--one of which requires purchase of both collections together ($70). All 6 ThemePAKs can be purchased for $160.
BitJazz releases SheerVideo Pro video codec
BitJazz has released SheerVideo Pro, its nondestructive software video codec designed to replace uncompressed studio-quality RGB[A] and Y'CbCr[A] formats, SheerVideo doubles both the speed as well as the capacity of storage and transmission devices while encoding and decoding on-the-fly with "perfect fidelity." The company says that SheerVideo encodes and decodes nearly instantaneously: "On a single-CPU 1GHz G4, SheerVideo compresses 110MB/s in RAM, 60x faster than Apple's excellent PNG codec, and 4x as fast as Photo JPEG. [It] is faster than the fastest hard drive or tape drive. The QuickTime codec, optimized for multiple processor and AltiVec, is available for Mac OS 9/X for $150 (single license).
Microsoft offers free PowerPoint templates
Microsoft's MacBU today released 17 new PowerPoint templates designed specifically for Mac users. The new templates come in a variety of business and fun themes, such as Schmooze, Showtime, Pressed Leaves and Mimosa. They are available for free download via Mactopia. "These templates give Mac users a new way to turn their information into captivating presentations that give them the power to make their point in a more exciting, imaginative manner -- whether they're sharing sales data on charts easily imported from Excel, unveiling a new creative concept, or simply bringing their lesson plans to life."
Griffin launches RadioSHARK, iFire
Griffin Technology (Booth 240) today launched its RadioSHARK, an AM-FM Radio with time-shift and Internet recording capabilities. It can record AM or FM radio broadcasts, allowing users to schedule the recording of radio events or 'pause' live radio. "The fin-shaped device acts as the antenna and can be adjusted and positioned for best reception. Once connected, all radio tuning and control is through its full-featured front-end application." The USB device is due this fall for $50. Griffin is accepting pre-orders now.
Griffin also launched the iFire ($40), which allows any computer with a FireWire port to connect and power the popular and stylish Apple Pro Speakers: "With iFire, any FireWire equipped Mac like the new PowerMac G5 and the PowerBook can use the Apple Pro Speakers. Even iPods can play directly through a pair of Apple Pro Speakers with the use of the iPod FireWire power adaptor and the iFire."
ATI launches Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition
ATI's new Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition will be available as a build-to-order option on the Power Mac G5, while the Radeon 9600 Pro will be included in the highest-end Power Mac G5 desktop. The new Mac Edition "delivers all the performance and power of the Radeon 9800 PRO with the added feature of VERSAVISION display rotation, the new versatile dual display available in landscape or portrait configurations. With eight parallel rendering pipelines, industry leading 256-bit memory interface and 128MB of DDR memory, the Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition is capable of executing up to 8.4 billion instructions per second and delivering an astounding 21 GB/sec memory bandwidth" via AGP 8x support. It supports multiple displays through its VGA, DVI and s-video outputs.
Loud releases Loud Bugs, new animation apps
Loud (Booth 451) has released Loud Bugs, the first part of the Loud Management system. Loud Bugs, a complete bug-tracking and fixing solution for developers, will initially primarily target REALbasic coders; however, the company said it would develop integration tools will support a multitude of languages and platforms in the coming months. Loud Bugs integrates program- and web-level bug reporting with client software- and web-based bug tracking and management. The company is also showcasing its new animation software for both professionals and amateurs, which we noted yesterday.
Macromedia to release Contribute 2 for OS X
Macromedia plans to update its light-duty Web publishing application, adding support for Mac OS X and integrating controversial antipiracy technology (product activation) with the introduction of Contribute 2.0, which will also introduce FlashPaper, a new implementation of Macromedia's Flash animation format that uses Flash to produce attractively formatted pages of text for Web display, according to c|net: "Rumored by some in the publishing industry to be a potential challenger to Adobe's portable document format (PDF), FlashPaper is a Web-only format that does not have the ability to save, transmit or send documents."
WiebeTech debuts FireWire 800 portable drives
WiebeTech today made several product announcements, including its BayDock FireWire Storage System for multiple IDE drives, its realtime encryption drives supporting up to 128-bit key lengths, and its new FireWire 800-based portable storage drives.
PACE releases InterLok 5.0 for Mac OS X
PACE Anti-Piracy has released version 5.0 of InterLok for Macintosh. The new release adds the ability to apply copy protection to Mac OS X native Mach-O executables without requiring source code modifications. In addition, PACE is now offering a Mac OS X font copy protection system based on the InterLok tool set.
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