Power outages struck IBM's computer chip fabrication plant in East Fishkill, N.Y., affecting production as key products for Nvidia and Apple ramp up, according to eWeek: "With power restored, IBM engineers on Friday afternoon were bringing up the tooling equipment, and preparing to begin production. "'At a guess, I'd have to say later Saturday,' O'Leary said of the production timetable."
Akumen Online today debuted the Ascent XHD 800, an external drive enclosure with both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. The Ascent XHD 800 case, which also has a legacy 1394b port, uses the Oxford 922 FireWire/USB bridge. The includes both USB and FireWire 800 cables, and drive formatting software. The drives are available as an enclosure kit ($140) or in capacities of 80GB ($230), 120GB ($250), 200GB ($370), 250GB ($440), and 320GB ($550).
The lack of Mac adoption at the enterprise--despite the turn to Linux--level may be in part due the IT Department Full Employment Act, according to Robert Cringely: "I am not claiming that every organization should throw out its PCs and replace them with Macs, but the numbers are pretty clear, and the fact that more Macs don't make it into server racks has to be based on something, and I think that something is CIO self-interest. Macs reduce IT head count while Linux probably increases IT head count, simple as that."
GyazMail 1.1 is an email client ($18) for Mac OS X with support for multiple accounts, individual file messages, custom font display, 2- or 3- pane display, sync with Apple's Address Book, and auto-completion. Version 1.1 adds basic HTML display, keyboard shortcut customization, and Keychain support. [2.6MB] VVI's Vvidget graphing system v8.5.8 is an update to its graphing system for Mac OS X: Vvidget Pro is used for realtime visualization, process control and analysis systems; Vvidget Builder is used to layout graphs; Vvidget Palette is used to build graphs into developer's custom applications, and the Peer Visual Server is used to generate dynamic graphs and reports. LogicalVue's Schema 2.0 ($50) is an IDE for use with REALbasic databases, It connects to REALdb, MySQL, OpenBase and any database for which you have an ODBC driver, including Oracle and Access and can copy/convert any database to a REALbasic database as well as display tables, columns and scripts. [Classic, OSX] WallStreetMenu 1.1 ($8) is a customizable Mac OS X menu item which enables users to keep track of Stocks, Mutual Funds and Indices. Data is supplied by Yahoo! Finance and has a 15 minute delay from realtime. [140KB] LoudK 1.0 is described as the "premier MIDI input device for the Mac OS that uses your computer keyboard for input. Now you can trigger software and hardware samplers and other MIDI software with just your computer." [OSX] The freeware Classic Window Management 1.1 gives "you the option to have windows in Mac OS X behave like they did in Mac OS 9, where all of an application's windows stayed grouped together. So when you click on one window, all windows belonging to that application come to the front." [91KB]
Aspyr today announced it has begun shipping Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, which "lets players take on the role of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and 13 other professional skateboarders as they skate through enormous free roaming levels, choose from 190 progressively harder goals and build their skills to perform 14 of the greatest skateboarding stunts of all time." The Mac OS X title is $40.
Apple's ChangeIPAddress v.1.0 script allows you to change the IP address of a computer using Mac OS X Server versions 10.2 to 10.2.6 when "you experience issues after having changed the primary IP Address of a Mac OS X Server." [45KB] Sophisticated Circuits has released beta versions PowerKey 4.2b (for PowerKey Pro 650 Admin), and Kick-off! 1.6b, adding a new type of crash recovery and a separate log for activity (in addition to compatibility with the built-in "syslog" utility). Ben Bird's SecuritySpy 1.0b28 is an update to his multi-camera video surveillance software that offers FTP support and motion detection. It offers a new timelapse feature, support for the Canon VB-C10 network camera, and other bug fixes. Pricing starts at $50 for a single camera. [684KB] PHP iCalendar is a php-based iCal file parser that displays iCal files in a "nice logical, clean manner with date-based navigation, printer view, RSS-enabled, and searchable." It supports 12 languages, is fully theme-able, and has complete timezone support as well as now supports multiple calendars. [150KB] WebCalX 4.3 for Mac OS X allows you to publish your calendar as HTML-site on the internet. It supports custom designs, recurring events and large calendars. The update to the $5 shareware offers revamped FTP functions and other enhancements. [1.3MB] Abscissa 3.2.1 is a program for scientists designed to make 2D-plots from data given in an ASCII table form. Data can be created and modified by means of a user defined formula. A least-square-fit routine helps to optimize the parameters of this formula in order to fit the given data best. [496KB]
SanDisk today introduced its new, more compact SanDisk Memory Stick Duo flash memory cards, which will ship next month. The new Memory Stick Duo cards are designed for 2.5G and 3G mobile phones, while the higher performance Memory Stick PRO Duo cards are targeted for digital music players, digital still (e.g., Sony's new DSC-U50) and video cameras.
Sony today announced the latest model in its line of Cyber-shot F-series digital cameras: With its lens-centric design, the new 8 megapixel (MP) DSC-F828 camera is encased in a black, magnesium alloy body and offers four-color filter CCD technology, Carl Zeiss T optics, 7x optical zoom, and extensive manual controls. It is due in mid-November for $1,200. Sony also introduced its new pocket-size Cyber-shot DSC-U50 (photo above) featuring a 2MP CCD and a 180-degree rotating lens. The $200 camera is due in October in black, silver and metallic orange.
Microspot has announced MacDraft 5.5 for Mac OS X, the latest version of the 2D CAD software. Version 5.5 of the 2D design, drafting and technical illustration application was developed exclusively for Mac OS X, and adds Quartz Graphics support, picture import, the ability to use the resize palette with pixel maps and paragraph text, and and up to 100 levels of Undo. Pre-orders are $300 (boxed) or $270 (electronic delivery). No release date was available.
BIAS released Peak 4, a new version of the stereo waveform editing application. Peak 4 offers support for Audio Unit plug-ins, new sample-based reverb technology (ImpulseVerb), multi-processor support, direct Redbook CD burning, new DSP tools, a mastering-quality compressor/limiter (Sqweez), and a streamlined interface sporting a new brushed metal look. Upgrades to the $500 Mac OS X-only application are $150.
Apple has extended its Mac OS X District License program through September 27, 2003. Districts with 1000 or more Mac OS X-capable systems can upgrade all of their systems for $25 per system. This includes a license to run Mac OS X, iLife, Keynote and "Getting Started with Mac OS X" self-paced training; districts, however, must purchase Apple Maintenance Program at $50 per system for a free upgrade to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Apple, however, says that it is "interested in moving all of our valued K-12 customers to Mac OS X. If your district has less than 1000 Mac OS X-capable systems, please call 1-800-747-7483" for special assistance.
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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