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Previously, we noted that the band Phish had updated its Web site with new content, and several references to their use of Apple products. Since then, the band has announced that it will offer the option to create custom Phish CD at the IT festival in in Limestone, Maine. The band will have a tent with dozens of iMac computers running iTunes at the event, which fans can use to mix and burn custom CDs.
Unsanity announced today the availability of FruitMenu 3.1, and update to the Mac OS X "haxie" that gives you the ability to customize the Apple Menu and contextual menus. Version 3.1 offers several new improvements, including significant speed optimizations, updates for Application Enhancer 1.3, and numerous bug fixes. Registration is $10. [Download - 1.0MB] Germs 1.0 is a new puzzle game developed jointly by Mike Weyandt and Factor Software. It "combines quick thinking with even quicker reflexes" as players manipulate scads of colorful, killer pathogens in order to neutralize a biological threat and save humanity. The player picks up germ sprites from a "culture dish" and arranges them on the game board in patterns of the same color to make them disappear. [Download - 7.5MB] Marketcircle's DayLite 1.5 will previewed at the Business Solutions Day at the Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue this Friday. Version 1.5 is includes features to make data entry faster, usability smoother and navigation easier. Some of the features added to v1.5 include a new menu structure and a revised card layout, using tabs, to make working with your DayLite data more efficient. Version 1.5 will be a free upgrade available later this year. DCIT Corporation announced today that it will unveil the latest version of its BusinessMind for Jewelers software suite at the JA International Jewelry Show in New York City, July 27 - 30, 2003 (booth 2887). The latest release introduces new features and technologies. Version 3.8 will be available in the second week of August. Photo to Movie 2.1.1 enables users to create a movie by zooming and panning over a photo. The latest version fixes bugs whereby: widescreen wouldn't be properly exported; the inccorect version number appeared in About Box; full-quality DV frame size was set incorrectly. Photo to Movie costs $30.[Download - 1.1MB]
Bella today began shipping its new series of USB keyboards with integrated editing technology: the DV Keyboard Series for the consumer, and the Professional Series EZ Keyboard for the power user. The DV Keyboard ($100) has a built-in jog/shuttle controller and programmable Specialty Keys along with sticker sets for Apple's Final Cut Express as well as built-in USB hub. The Professional Series ($170) is designed for the professional editor with both color and icon-coded keycaps are standard and an integrated jog/shuttle controller. It is available for Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress DV and Adobe Premiere.
Planar today launched a new value PE line of flat-panel monitors, which feature a thin-bezel design and built-in power supply for greater space savings and are compatible with VESA wall-mounting standards as well as a 3-year "Customer First" warranty, featuring free 2-day-air advance replacement. The PE monitors are available now in black or white one of three models: The 15-inch PE150 ($290) offers a 400:1 contrast ratio, 200 Nit brightness, and 1024x768 resolution; the 17-inch PE170 ($430) offers a 350:1 contrast ratio, a 300 nit brightness, and 1280x1024 resolution; and the 19-inch PE190 ($600) offers a 600:1 contrast ratio, a 300 Nit brightness, and 1280x1024 resolution.
Nikon today introduced the new D2H professional digital SLR camera, designed for photojournalists and sports/action photographers. Featuring the "fastest full system performance" in a digital SLR camera, the D2H offers high speed and accuracy while achieving "exceptional" image quality. The D2H is capable of continuously shooting 8 frames per second and buffers up to 40 JPEG images. The D2H will be available in the 4th quarter of 2003. Pricing has yet to be announced.
MacNN reader Mike Kaufmann provided us with a photo of the Burlingame, California Apple Store, currently under construction. It is scheduled to open on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. The Apple Store is located on the corner of Burlingame Avenue and Park Road next to Peet's Coffee in Burlingame, CA.
Gefen's newest ex-tend-it ADC extender eliminates the "heavy metal hardware," relying instead on an active circuit cable to transmit power plus ADC display and USB signals to Apple's line of flat panel digital displays. Each ex-tend-it cable is 16-feet in length, and two cables can be paired to reach distances of 32-feet. The ADC Extender ($250), designed specifically for Apple's ADC displays, including the 23-inch HD display, is a response to consumer demand for a streamlined extension solution.
The Seattle Times has posted a short article profiling Seattle-based Mac developer the Omni Group. A few years ago, the Omni Group -- headed by Wil Shipley -- shifted from consulting to writing software for the Mac. The company's products include OmniWeb, a Web browser; OmniGraffle, a diagramming program; OmniOutliner, an organizer; and OmniDiskSweeper, a hard disk utility.
G5 Drives, The Iconfactory's newest freeware icon set, has been released. Drawing inspiration from Apple's newly-introduced G5 tower, "G5 Drives" include the hard drive icons needed for the relevant categories in CandyBar, plus many extras: "Dave has even thrown in some preview icons from upcoming, related sets. Now you can have the G5 look - rows of tiny holes and all - right on your desktop."
Creative Technology is now shipping its "slender, cool-looking Creative I-Trigue L3500 and also announced the August shipment of its Creative I-Trigue L3450 2.1 speaker systems: "With killer looks and an exceptional 100 watts of system power, the Creative I-Trigue L3500 and L3450 incorporate a winning combination of design and technology. Each new Creative I-Trigue speaker system features bi-amplification for optimum performance in specific frequency ranges and more accurate sound reproduction."
Victor Kulesh's PortTerm 1.0 is a tool for writing to and reading from serial ports under Mac OS X. I mostly use it for serial communication with my PIC projects. Version 1.0 adds writing from file and data logging to a file. [448KB] izi4u has released izi-Course 1.5, a tool to manage trainings and courses; it helps register and grade students, manage actions (send mail, billing, etc.) and generates necessary reports. Version 1.5 adds more than a dozen custom fields. Pricing for the FileMaker Pro-based solution starts at $175. [Classic, OSX] Thumnailer 2.0 is a freeware application that creates and displays picture thumbnails as well as creates slide shows (to music). It will also convert any image that Quicktime can read into a PICT, BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG, JPEG 2000, Photoshop, TGA, or MacPaint format image. [779KB] Hydra 1.1.1 is a Rendezvous-based, collaborative text editor with developer support. It features an industry's first Safari-powered live-updated HTML preview. This release of Hydra contains localizations for French, German, Japanese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese and Ukrainian. [1.2MB] dot software's Link Checker 1.1.6 "goes through your web site and finds any broken links or images. It also displays any redirected links it comes across so the links on your web site are not outdated." The $20 Mac OS X also features improved HTML reports. [Classic, OSX] David Dahl's Audio Recording Database (ARDB) is a database/recording application that allows users to record interviews, phone calls, or any type of sound. The built-in database allows for handy searching of all recordings. A network-wide version is in development. ARDB is available for Mac OS X and Windows. Pricing is not yet available. [688KB] The Babel Company has updated Impression 1.66, its $25 backup utility for Mac OS X that can backup to multiple optical disks securely. It adds an option to encrypt disk images with the AES-128 encryption standard and now allows passwords images to be store in the Keychain. [562KB]
Iomega today announced a new 1.5GB digital capture technology (DCT) platform designed for future digital entertainment products, including camcorders and portable video players, as well as portable PCs and smart handheld devices. Iomega says that working samples of its new breakthrough DCT drive and fully rewritable magneto-optical cartridge are now being evaluated by a select OEMs: "The DCT cartridge, which is about the size of a half-dollar coin, weighs only 9 grams and employs a rugged stainless steel cartridge designed to protect important digital content from data loss." Iomega's DCT platform partners include Fuji, Citizen Watch, and Texas Instruments (TI). The company says that DCT-integrated products may ship as early as the second quarter of 2004.
A new online music service, BuyMusic.com, is expected to launch later today, offering a catalog of more than 300,000 songs from the five major record labels in Windows Media Format, according to the Associated Press: "BuyMusic is charging 70 cents for individual song downloads -- 9 cents lower than MusicNow, which previously had the lowest per song price. It's also undercutting competitors' price for a full album download at $7.95. The iTunes' service charges $9.99 for most full albums...[However,] BuyMusic suffers from some of the same licensing drawbacks that the other PC-based digital music retailers have," as it was unable to obtain uniform licensing rights from the record labels and artists.
If Then Software has released Status Symbol 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.2, a stand-alone application that can manage your iChat AV status. The application can display stock, weather, system, personal, iTunes, iChat and system information as your iChat statusĖwithout "hooking" into the system. [2.3MB] Foto Trimmer 2.2 ($25) scales, stretches, squishes, rotates, flips, and trims digital images. It adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color level of your image az well as scale/trim images to common sizes. [Classic, OSX] LimeWire 3.3.3 is an update to the popular peer-to-peer file sharing client, offering users the abiilty to download and share file with other users on the Internet (Gnutella network). The 'Pro' version is ad-free and costs $10. [4.6MB] CalendarCreator (CLC) 1.01 is a service for Mac OS X that offers the ability to add any selected text as an event in iCal in a new calendar called "CalendarCreator", while ContactCreator (CTC) is a Mac OS X service to add any selected text as a contact in your Address Book. [CLC, CTC] Mergemill 2 is an update to Cross Culture's versatile content merging shareware. It works by merging format files (or templates) with content files to generate the desired output with customizzed selection, insertion and reiteration of output files. The $60 software runs on Mac OS 9/X. [7.1MB] FmPro Migrator 1.46 EE ($50) for Mac OS X adds support for generating Perl CGI scripts for FileMakerdatabases migrated to MySQL and Oracle. Perl CGI scripts,generated for each FileMaker layout, can include customized data entry and data validation for each layout field. It also adds support for migrating FileMaker to Access, SQL Server, Sybase and DB2. [1.2MB] MIHE-Software has released a $15 shareware for Mac OS X, Rundy 1.3.0, in which users must "pilot a ball and find the way to the target. At the same time, you have to avoid many dangers. But with the right mixture of skill, endurance and logic, you will make it. The full version includes 100 exciting levels." [550KB]
Nikotel has released Mac2Phone 1.9, an update to the Voice over IP phone for Mac OS X 10.2 that offers both Internet-to-Internet (free) and Internet-to-phone (paid) dailing: "Be surprised by our lowest rates while calling the world. Download and usage of Mac2Phone is free, you will only be charged with our worldwide lowest rates for calling regular phones." Version 1.9 features Mac OS X Address Book integration, support for DTMF (touch-tones) to send proper tones to answering machines and systems, a new outbound jitter killer for reduced trip delay in a voice conversation, a NAT timer to "keep alive" conversations, and a new Sound Box for storing up to five recorded sound samples. [form]
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Following on the heels of the addition of the service to Turkey, Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived. http://apple.co/1Q3yI2e
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ¬≠Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
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