Dr. Bott's naviPod is the first wireless remote for the iPod consisting of a receiver that plugs into the top of the iPod and a 5-button infrared remote control that produces the same functions as the Apple iPod wired remote: "Just plug in a pair of self-powered speakers, or connect to a stereo receiver/amplifier, and the iPod becomes the centerpiece of a digital entertainment system. Play/Pause, Next, Previous and Volume, are all right at your fingertips." It sports an audio out port and chrome stand; models are available for generation 1 and 2 iPods (includes a pass-through FireWire port) as well as 3G iPods. Both models are $50.
Spiderweb Software has released Geneforge 2, its newest fantasy epic game title with a science fiction twist: "In Geneforge 2, you can explore a huge world, choose which side you will fight for, and, as always, make your own horde of completely obedient mutant monsters. You are an apprentice Shaper. You are being given the power to create life and mold it to serve your own needs. The whole world fears and respects the Shapers. Your secrets are many, and your power is absolute." Geneforge 2 is $25, or $32 with a hint book. It runs on Mac OS 8/9/X.
An updated Apple tech support document alludes to the widespread "dead FireWire ports" on Power Mac G4 machines, as noted by many websites and readers (see here or here or here). The problem is sometimes relieved by reseting the NVRAM from Open Firmware, booting into or Mac OS 9 or reformatting the drive, resetting the PRAM and PMU, and reverting back to Mac OS X 10.2.
StoneGarden 1.0 is a new $15 game title for Mac OS X: "Take part in a battle of two wizards who struggle to gain world dominance by capturing territories with magic stones in this puzzle game...The flexible scoring options allow you to choose 4 different scoring methods, and 3 different game lengths." [2.6MB] Game Show Presenter, a $75 tool that educators and trainers use to boost attention by making learning fun, is now available for Mac OS X. The software includes a quiz editor for writing questions and complete multimedia game show suitable for presentation in classrooms or meetings. [12.4MB] CasBaH today released SpamRoboCop 1.2, an update to its utility for finishing SpamCop reports on the web. SpamRoboCop is an AppleScript for mail applications that helps users complete spam reports. It adds support for Eudora 5 and Mailsmith 2 as well as improves Entourage and Mail support. [40KB] The free IPSecuritas 1.0 is a front-end to the Mac OS X built-in IPSec core and allows to configure and establish secure IPSec tunnels to remote networks with a easy-to-use interface. It's GUI can start/stop any number of secure tunnels and uses the RC4 algorithm for encryption. [430KB] LogMaster 4.3 is a system utility that offers users the ability to view log files as well as monitor them in a live status window. It offers search, filter, and email options. The $9 shareware runs on Mac OS X only. [527KB] Fountain Music 1.1 is an iTunes visualization plugin which animates particles to the beat of the music. Version 1.1 is "much more responsive," adds 6 different fountain modes, adds a menu feature, and custom control of particle sizes. [28KB] Burning Bytes has released Monitorer X 1.5, a $12 shareware extension that records every single keystroke in the background and saves it into a textfile. It also can take screenshots at periodic intervals or triggered by specific text entry. Users can now choose screen capture quality. [1.3MB]
MCE today began shipping the MCE Internal 2x DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM Drive upgrade for all PowerBook G4 models, several weeks ahead of its previously announced release date. The MCE drive is the first upgrade of its kind for the PowerBook G4 to implement cartridgeless DVD-RAM technology which stores and accesses data like a hard drive on removable 4.7GB or 9.4GB DVD-RAM media with drag & drop file support for the DVD-RAM volume. The drive is compatible with iDVD and other popular DVD authoring applications. Prices start at $350.
Quark has released Edit Original, a QuarkXTensions module for QuarkXPress and QuarkXPress Passport software on Mac OS that allows you to open pictures with a default application and update modified pictures. Edit Original is a replacement for the Open Publisher command provided by the Subscriber Options dialog box found in QuarkXPress 5 and earlier. Badia's OpenNow XT is a free XTension that lets you double-click on any picture to access file information, with options for updating, revealing and opening the image with its creator application. [updated]
Charismac today updated its high-performance Emulex Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) driver to support Mac OS X. Shipping for over three weeks now, the new optimized for OSX Fibre Channel driver supports the Emulex LP 6000, 7000 and 8000 series of Light pulse Fibre channel cards. The Charismac Emulex driver for OS X is available only as part of the FibreShare v2.0 solution, its SAN sharing that allows multiple users to access shared storage over Fibre Channel connections. Upgrade pricing can be obtained by contacting Charismac at email@example.com.
In response to whether Apple made the right decision by choosing IBM's G5 processor, Intel's senior VP and chief technology officer Pat Gelsinger said that "Steve Jobs has made the wrong CPU choice for 20 years, he just added a few more years to the life of his bad decisions. Steve's not an illogical guy, he's passionate and opinionated about the directions he wants is a poor path for the company as well as a poor path for the users.
Gateway has released its first (multifunction) MP3 player as it continues to expand into consumer electronics: "It can play MP3 files, it can be used as a portable storage device for shuttling data between two PCs, and it can also function as a digital voice recorder...Like Sony, Hewlett-Packard and to a lesser degree Apple, Gateway plans to come out with a wide variety of branded household gizmos that can be used, and sold, with its PCs." (Also see Apple's strategic shift.)
equinux today released VPN Tracker 2.1, an update to its VPN client for Mac OS X. Version 2.1 includes new encryption algorithms, advanced deployment supporting import/export of connections, and extended scripting support. It adds support for the AES algorithm (Advanced Encryption Standard), which has been approved by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use in U.S. government organizations and supports key lengths for IPsec phase 1 and 2 (128-, 192- and 256-bits). The Personal version is $90, while the Professional version ($200) can addiitionally create certificates and CA's and sign certificate requests.
Group Logic today announced a migration program for WAM!NET users to switch to MassTransit Enterprise, following the acquisition of the WAM!NET print media business last week by Savvis. MassTransit Enterprise is Group Logic's software product large file transfers and includes workflow and proofing features, including programmable e-mail notification of file arrivals and other key events; detailed, easily exportable logging and tracking of transmission data; and bandwidth usage prioritization. Group Logic is extending a special offer to WAM!NET customers who purchase before September 30, 2003.
Responding to the iPod shortage in Australia, a reseller in Ireland notes problems with Apple's distribution in some parts of Europe: "I am a major reseller in Ireland. Australia has not had half the problems that we have had. There have been less than 100 iPods delivered to Ireland since the launch of the 'G3' pods. It is a discrace. There have also been no G4s for 3 weeks as well as no PowerBooks. What are we suposed to sell?"
The $50 Auto Reply 1.2 plug-in for EIMS (Eudora Internet Mail Server) can specify users for whom an auto-reply email message is to be sent, with the plug-in maintaining a list of those addresses to which it has sent a message. Version 1.2 correctly handles the case where the Mail Folder is an alias, supports writing to its own log file, and fixes a couple of bugs. [101KB] Sheep Apps has released Manga Reader 0.7, an freeware "manga" viewer with simple keyboard controls: "[it] can open single pics, only supports JPEG and GIF at the moment, or can open a complete folder at once. So for your manga to read easy you should put all the pics in one folder and then open it. Also supports multiple windows, so you can read more then one manga at the time." [880KB] EOS Image Manager 0.9 is a Cocoa application that enables users to quickly view, thumbnail, rename, and manage (move, copy, and delete) images. This version now includes the option to view thumbnails for some/all files, iTunes-style alternate row highlighting, a new "Size" column, and standard printing and page setup support. [187KB] Old Jewel Software's My Favorite Things 0.8.2, now in beta, is a self-configuring launch utility that tracks commonly used files, folders, applications, terminal commands and URLs in a system-wide menu. [559KB] Northern Softwork has released Jaguar Cache Cleaner 1.8.5, a utility designed to provide easy access to numerous OS X maintenance and utility options. The $8 shareware adds the ability to restart system daemons, to clean archived system logs, and to customize select hidden OS X settings as well as the ability to automatically (on-the-fly) prioritize the frontmost application for better performance. [2.6MB]
Kodak today introduced two new digital cameras and an additional printer dock. The Kodak EasyShare DX4530 zoom digital camera ($400) is a 5-megapixel digital camera, the Kodak EasyShare CX6230 zoom digital camera ($200) is its new point-and-shoot, fully automatic zoom digital camera, and the new Kodak EasyShare printer dock 4000 ($200) is designed to work with the EasyShare DX4530 digital camera and other EasyShare CX/DX 3000- and 4000-series cameras to deliver durable, borderless 4 x 6-inch Kodak prints in as little as 90 seconds with or without a computer.
IOGEAR has launched its new Memory Mouse, a mini mouse capable of storing files of up to 32MB: "The tiny peripheral is a great tool for mobile travelers who donít want to lug around bulky laptops and have limited space to work. By storing PowerPoint presentations, MP3s, photos and other files, Memory Mouse enables users to transfer data to a Mac/PC by simply plugging the device into a USB port." It offers 800 dpi resolution, and features a retractable cable. The $50 device is available immediately from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets.
Metrowerks today announced CodeWarrior Development Studio 9.0, an update to its popular development environment. It includes Metrowerks PowerPlant X C++ framework, which allows developers to write native Mac OS X code using Mac OS X supported features; "the fastest" compiler and build system available for the Mac platform; a visual display of packages along with drag & drop support; and expanded Objective-C code development support. It is expected to ship in early September 2003 with a pre-sale special pricing ($50 off) for new Mac OS developers of $350 per license for the base product (Mac OS X host and Mac OS X target) and $200 for license renewals.
Rob Walker of Slate's Ad Report card deconstructs BuyMusic.com's latest advertisements, calling them a "me-too" copycat of Apple's iTunes Music Store Ads: "...BuyMusic is explicitly interested in underscoring that its service is a copycat. And that message ignores the fundamental truth that advertising is a form that's essentially antithetical to self honesty: It may be true that in real life 'the rest of us' are trend-followers, not trendsettersóbut none of us like to think of ourselves that way."
Steve Jobs is transforming Apple from niche PC maker into a high-end consumer-electronics and services company, according to a special report by BusinessWeek Online: "Indeed, the release of iPod for Windows last August established the demarcation line in an extraordinary strategic change for Apple, a company that over the past two decades has steadfastly refused to loosen its control over the creation, manufacturing, or distribution of its products...Morphing into a consumer-electronics company also capitalizes on a hip brand -- the cult of cool -- that Apple has spent billions building." Meanwhile, one analyst calls Apple's enterprise strategy an oxymoron: "companies are finding that OS X and Xserve are a viable, sometimes cheaper, alternative to Windows-based networks," boosting Apple's corporate sales to nearly 40% of its total revenue--which could help resurrect a falling market share: "That could be a life preserver for Apple, whose PC market share slipped from 4.1% of U.S. shipments in the second quarter of 2002 to 3.5% in the same quarter of 2003."
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives