Market research body NPD Group found that Apple's iTunes music service registered the highest awareness, with 20% of consumers aged over 13 knowing of the service, according to NewMediaAge: "Among Macintosh users, the initial target market for iTunes, the awareness level jumped to 46%. 6% of Mac users also said they'd paid for a song or album via iTunes. In contrast, services like Rhapsody and Pressplay, which have been on the market for longer than iTunes, only showed 14% awareness among consumers. Less than 1% said that they had downloaded music from either site."
Trans Intl. today announced a 1GB DDR266 memory modules for the 12" Powerbook G4: "The Apple 12 inch Powerbook (867 MHz G4 Model) has one memory expansion socket for main memory expansion, with 128MB RAM soldered on the logic board, Trans Intl's 1GB DDR266 memory modules allow the system's memory to be upgraded up to 1152MB (maximum), which was earlier limited to 640MB bringing the 12-inch Powerbook memory capacity equal to other Apple Powerbook G4s." It is now available worldwide for $500 (while a 512MB RAM module is $100).
Wolfram Research has released an update to its grid computing application, gridMathematica 1.1, which now includes Mathematica 5, Wolfram's technical computing software. The update delivers large performance gains in dense numerical linear algebra, support for sparse numerical linear algebra, large-scale linear programming, arbitrary precision computation, and interprocess communication speed. Pricing is per eight nodes.
Peachpit has published "Secrets of the iPod, Third Edition" ($20) by Chris Breen. "To get the inside skinny on all you can do with the latest iPod models, you need this fun, practical, thoroughly updated volume." Topics include the reengineered, all-touch interface; customizable menus; on the-go playlists; support for more audio formats; a new travel alarm clock; wired remote control; convenient charging and syncing dock; and the trio of fun games.
For the third time in four years, Apple has been honored by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). Following the success of the iMac DV (Best Multimedia Product) in 2000, and Final Cut Pro (Best Video Editing Product) in 2002, EISA has named Apple’s iPod digital music player Best Internet Audio Product for 2003-2004.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple Expo 2003 in Paris on Tuesday, September 16th at 10:00 CET at the Palais des Congrès. Apple Expo 2003 will be held at the Paris expo in Porte de Versailles, Hall 4, from September 16th to 20th.
Apple will attend "Visa Pour L'Image," the 15th annual International Festival of Photojournalism, which takes place in Perpignan, France, from September 1st to 6th. Visit the Apple booth and discover "how Mac-based solutions can revolutionize your photography workflow." Also catch the Apple seminar at 10:30 each morning in the Salle Jean-Claude Rolland.
Business Week writer Charles Haddad comments on the Mac's immunity to viruses such as the SoBig.F worm, which flooded the Internet last week. "And though I was tethered to the World Wide Web, I was spared this ordeal. What saved me? These worms have no appetite for Macs, especially those running the latest operating system, OS X. And, it seems, I'm among the few here who uses a Mac ... Neither the disgruntled nor the crusader wants to bother attacking a computer that represents only 3% of worldwide PC sales."
Even though Apple's iTunes online music store is "doing boffo business" and its new Power Mac G5 "has been met with mostly great reviews," the First Call consensus rating among Wall Street analysts for Apple's stock is a 2.9, according to CNN/Money. "So this is essentially a Hold recommendation which, as most investors know, is a nice way of saying Sell....'Apple has always been the oddball in the computer industry,' said Matthew Kelmon, president of Kelmoore Investment. The criticism that Wall Street often makes when evaluating Apple's prospects is that it's a niche company that will never supplant Microsoft.'"
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions, gives access to hidden Mac OS X settings and lets users easily optimize their systems. [Download - 555KB] Galerie is a freeware program for Mac OS X that allows users export the current iPhoto album as a Web page. It offers: accented character export in HTML; EXIF data in Web pages; pictures quality selection; HTML templates; watermarking, image-shape control, and dozens of templates. [Download - 572KB] Unsanity has released WindowShade X 3.0, which finalizes the new Minimize in place functionality, and fixes several bugs. WindowShade X brings the familiar window-collapsing effect from Classic Mac OS to Mac OS X, and allows users to control window shadow settings. [Download - 1.8MB] xDNS builder 2.1 is a Web server utility that allows users to set up and maintain Domain Name Service (DNS) on Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server via a graphical interface. Version 2.1 offers better performance, new options for Mail servers, English and French version localizations, and bug fixes. [Download - 6.6MB] Eudora Internet Mail Server (EIMS) 3.2 is the latest version of the popular Internet mail server software for the Mac. EIMS Server X 3.2.2b3 fixes a bug that caused EIMS to incorrectly add groups to a users group list; adds a check in EIMS X BTree manager for out of order keys; and other bugs. [Download - 212KB] iVisit is a real-time videoconferencing application for Mac OS X. It is available in "Plus" ($25) and "Lite" (free) variations. The "Plus" version adds priority support, the ability to host rooms, and priority choice of user names. Registration is required to download iVisit. [Download - see site] BitVice 1.3.3 ($40) is the latest version of the MPEG2 encoder for the Mac. Version 1.3.3 adds support for SVCD and XSVCD, and fixes a bug in the "feedback" class in rate control causing an illegal exception thrown. [Download - 903KB]
The Iconfactory today announced the availability of "One-bit", the latest addition to the growing collection of ready-to-use icons at Stockicons.com. One-bit is a simple, but flexible collection. These aliased, 1-bit icons are Intended for cell phone or PDA-based applications. Because of its simple nature, the One-bit collection is easy to customize. One-bit is available today as an electronic download for $200. Stockicons.com provides developers and designers with high-quality, affordable royalty-free collections of icons.
Stone Design today announced the availability of new a new version of Stone Studio, its popular design suite for Mac OS X. The new version delivers support for Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther," in addition to other new features and improvements. Included are Create 11.1.4, PhotoToWeb 1.6.1, SliceAndDice 2.7.3, PStill 2.8.1, PackUpAndGo 2.4, TimeEqualsMoney 2.3.5, GIFfun 3.7, StampInStone 2.4.1, and FontSight 1.3.1. Stone Studio is available for $300.
SanDisk today introduced its Extreme CompactFlash line of high-performance digital filmcards, which deliver a minimum write speed of 9MB/sec and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec. They are available at retailers now in capacities of 256MB, 512MB and 1GB for $110, $230, and $440, respectively. SanDisk also introduced the SanDisk Ultra II line of CompactFlash and SD flash memory cards. The new SanDisk Ultra II CF card will initially be available in three capacities - 256MB ($105), 512MB ($210), and 1GB ($430). The 256MB and 512MB SanDisk Ultra II CF cards started shipping this month while the 1GB cards will be available in the next thirty days.
IBM has released a beta version of its XL C/C++ compiler for Mac OS X, as noted on the MacNN Forums. It is based on the "proven technology" of its VisualAge C++ compiler for AIX. Update: IBM has also released a beta of XL Fortran V8.1 for Mac OS X.
In response to our posting of DownhillBattle's parody of Apple's iTunes, MacNN reader "Aaron" has published an article explaining why artists receive the lowest portion of the money from song sales, and why the parody could be misleading.
FOCUS Enhancements today began shipping its newest portable DV disk recorder, the FireStore FS-3, an external drive storage system that can be directly connected to a DV camcorder to record video, audio, and time code in non-linear editing (NLE) native formats (DV-OMF, QuickTime, AVI 2, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI, etc.). It weighs approximately two pounds. The FireStore FS-3 includes a shock protection buffer, a full-featured control panel, a backlit LCD, 4-pin XLR power input, 6-pin external FireWire drive connection and a 6-pin DV video input/output port. The FireStore FS-3, which includes a 40GB FSHDD-1 removable FireWire disk drive, is $2000.
Pixture Studio has released QuickImageCM 2.1, an update to the freeware contextual menu item for retouching and editing photos without launching an additional application. It features basic photo retouch/editing feature (scaling, triming, filter conversion with 18 filters), printing, undo, revert, etc. Version 2.1 adds a Red Eye removal filter, area-specific filtering, and a new French localization resource. [588KB]
TIBCO Software announced today that it has filed suit against Apple for trademark infringement of TIBCO's 'Rendezvous' trademark. The suit, filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Apple has carried out acts infringing on TIBCO's trademarks, with the intention to trade on TIBCO's goodwill and harm TIBCO's business. It days that it seeks remedies for the competitive and economic harm caused by Apple's acts, according to a press release.
Secure.cc has released eShox 3, an update to its flagship product. The complete PHP/MySQL ecommerce solution offers support for Apache, Tenon iTools and now 4D WebSTAR V web servers. The upgrade adds multi-user administration with multiple user levels; support for manufacturer logins for order processing; real-time statistics of store revenue (with cost/profit graphs); unlimited pricing and cost levels for products; and support for FedEx, UPS and Airborne tracking number. It is available now starting at $300.
A TechNewsWorld review of the Xserve concludes: "While decidedly Apple, Xserve puts to shame many of the Linux distributions available by tying together the diverse number of applications that are needed to administer an equivalent Linux server into a simple, GUI-driven interface. Xserve plays well in a Windows network, but also accommodates a variety of network constructions -- all from a tight 1U package." Separately, the Federal OMB, which oversees the Federal Enterprise Architecture, has added Mac OS X and Linux to its list of supported platforms.
A MacNN reader has posted a set of PSBench7 benchmarks of the 1.6GHz PowerMac G5: "In comparing these results to others from Ace's Hardware, it seems as though the 1.6GHz G5 is roughly about as fast overall to an Athlon 2400+, but if you notice, on some of the benchmarks, the G5 creamed even the P4 3.0GHz with HT [HyperThreading] on. So I think with the dual-2GHz and a lot of RAM, the G5 is going to cream everything that's out there right now."
WiebeTech today announced price reductions--of up to 37%--on many of its most popular storage products. The company's popular MicroGB+ pocket drive with a 40GB/5400RPM/8MB cache drive has been reduced by $40 to $230, while its high-end 1.2 Terabyte Quad BayDock FireWire storage system has been cut by nearly $1500 to $2540. WiebeTech said that more than 35 different product configurations have been permanently reduced in price and that it has simplified its product line. "In addition, we are bundling all of our BayDocks storage sytems with an extra tray insert. This allows users of the removable BayDocks to always have the ability to store or swap an extra drive."
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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
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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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