Olympus today introduced the C-5000 Zoom digital camera, featuring a 3x optical zoom lens in "a unique ergonomic. This camera is the ideal photographic tool for digital enthusiasts looking for a compact, stylish camera with enough functionality to match their growing skills. With a unique ergonomic design, and a hot shoe for more flash options, the C-5000 Zoom provides great value in a compact form." It will be available October 2003 for $500.
Apple has released Final Cut Pro 4.0.2 via the Software Update utility in Mac OS X. The update to the professional video editing software is "strongly recommended for all users working with DV and DVCPRO50 devices." The update resolves an issue whereby "certain Final Cut Pro configurations would generate repeated frames during Edit to Tape operations." A Web-based download has yet to be posted.
SanDisk today introduced a new line of single slot ImageMate card readers for a variety of popular flash memory cards. The four new ImageMate models, all with hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, were introduced at the CeBIT trade show where SanDisk is showing several new products in Hall 21, Booth B24. The new single slot readers have a suggested retail price of $20.†SanDisk Corporation today introduced Cruzer Mini, an embedded USB 2.0 hi-speed "key chain" flash drive about the size of a lipstick case. Cruzer Mini is one of the world's smallest flash memory drives and uses the latest USB interface technology to achieve the maximum data transfer rates possible today. Pricing ranges from $50 to $80.
Tech: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed an antitrust lawsuit against the music industry trade association Wednesday, accusing the RIAA of "manipulating" the industry in an attempt to stifle growth and control content and distribution. "Their ruthless campaign has also had the devastating effect of destroying the hopes and dreams of thousands of independent Internet radio stations." Earlier today, TIBCO Software announced that it had filed suit against Apple for infringement of the 'Rendezvous' trademark. In other litigation, Earthlink filed a federal lawsuit against a spam ring which accuses the virtual pests of sending millions of commercial email messages.
IDG World Expo today confirmed that the Macworld Conference & Expo will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) July 12-15, 2004.†Macworld Conference & Expo spent 13 of its 19 years in Boston before relocating to New York City in 1998. On October 17, 2002, IDG World Expo announced plans for the event's 2004 return to Boston to be held in the new BCEC. David Korse, president of IDG World Expo, said, "While there was some uncertainty about the event coming to Boston after the successful launch of Macworld CreativePro in New York this summer, we have decided to continue the Macworld tradition on the East Coast as originally planned."
Members of the MacNN forums today discuss a number of topics, including: Power Mac G5 delivery delays; continued speculation about the future of the 15" PowerBook G4; the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther;" Roxio's new Toast 6 for Mac OS X; a GUI theme for Mac OS X inspired by the design of the Power Mac G5; the best strategy for maintaining an iBook's battery; a customized 600MHz classic iMac with performance and aesthetic enhancements.
Aspyr announced today that it will be be publishing The Sims Superstar for the Mac. The conversion is being done by Westlake Interactive and is currently at beta. "Players can live their fantasies of fame and fortune as they pursue the dream of being a Rock Star, Movie Star, or a Supermodel, live the lifestyle of a celebrity, and even mingle with the rich and famous."
Reindeer Graphics has announced the release of Optipix 2.0, a set of image enhancement tools for digital photographers. Optipix includes tools for correcting common problems in digital images. The Optipix package works on both 8 and 16 bit images and includes tools for automatically improving contrast, image averaging, blending bracketed exposures, enhancing edge detail, sub-pixel nudging, and color-safe sharpening. Version 2.0 adds a completely revamped Auto Contrast tool, exposure value compensation labeled according to the Zone system, and adjustable tail-clipping, a new Detail Sharpener, and more. Pricing starts at $135.
Morning tech news: U.S. investigators have identified a teenager as one author of the damaging 'Blaster' virus-like infection unleashed weeks ago on the Internet and plan to arrest him early Friday, a U.S. official confirmed; the recording industry is providing its most detailed glimpse into some of the techniques it has employed as part of its secretive campaign against online music swappers; makers of instant messaging clients must buy a license to offer MSN Messenger connectivity.
Advanced Web Ranking 2.0 is an application that helps check any web site position on all major search engines. It generates tabular and graphical reports to "check not just the position of your website but the position of your competitors' web sites as well!" Version 2.0 adds automatic search engine updates, new report formats (PDF, HTML, Excel, CSV, and text), a new swap function for the Query and Search Engine panels, and other features. A 15-day trial of the $50 tool is available.
The X Lab has published Troubleshooting Mac OS X, a new e-book dedicated to preventing or resolving common problems with Mac OS X: "The e-book format enables the reader to quickly find the solution to any of the numerous Mac OS X problems addressed in the 300+ pages book of Troubleshooting Mac OS X. The book is extensively hyperlinked and cross-referenced, both within the book itself and to some of the best Mac OS X troubleshooting information on the Internet." Pricing begins at $15 for a single-user license.
Orange Micro today said it introduced a new FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Drive Enclosure: "To transfer or backup your files at the groundbreaking speeds of FireWire 800/1394b or USB 2.0, simply insert your IDE hard drive into the enclosure from Orange Micro and connect it to your computer. Any 3.5" IDE hard drive is compatible with the Hard Drive Enclosure." The $130 drive enclosure will ship on October 13th; it features two FireWire 800/1394b ports and one USB 2.0 port. Power supply, installation screws, and internal cables are included.
Several MacNN readers note that Apple has delayed its dual-2GHz Power Mac G5 shipments from the original "end of August" ship date: "I ordered my dual 2.0GHz G5 seconds after it became available after it became available on the Apple store. Up until about 5:00pm today (8/28) it was listed with an estimated ship date of Aug. 29. Tonight, I checked the site and they've given a new estimated ship date of September 26! Quite a change for one day!" New orders at the Apple Store have an estimated ship date of "4-6 weeks". Update: One reader says his ship date was changed back to on or before August 29th without any explanation: "Order status started out today as 'on or before (OOB) 8.29.03', then late evening date changed to 'OOB 9.26.03' and then after 12 AM PST order status changed back to 'OOB 8.29.03'! Order placed minutes after APPLE STORE updated for G5 orders."
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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,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†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