Apple Corps has provided a few more details on its lawsuit against Apple Computer, which we noted yesterday, while Apple says that the companies "have differing interpretations" of the original agreement signed over a decade ago: " 'Specifically, (the) complaint is made over the use by Apple Computer of the word 'Apple' and apple logos in conjunction with its new application for downloading pre-recorded music from the Internet.' Apple Corps first tussled with Apple Computer over trademark issues in 1989, claiming that the computer company was illegally using the band's name and logo to sell music-related products, such as digital music software. Apple Computer settled the case for $27 million and an agreement that generally precluded Apple Computer from entering the music business," according to CNET News.com.
As anticipated earlier this week, Macromedia has posted its FreeHand MX 11.01 update, which it says "contains fixes for issues identified since the release of FreeHand MX (version 11) and includes product activation." The update requires Mac OS X 10.2.6. Users will need their serial number and Macromedia membership informtion (free). Update: While Macromedia's Web site will accept FreeHandMX serial numbers, it will not accept StudioMX Serial numbers. Macromedia customer service is closed until Monday. [form]
MacNN Forums users today discuss the following: benchmarks comparing the single-1.8GHz Power Mac G5 to the dual-1.4GHz Power Mac G4; the expected ship date for Power Mac G5 dual-2GHz orders; speculation about Apple's PowerBook-related announcements at the upcoming Apple Expo in Paris, France; G5 memory management under Mac OS X 10.2.7 and OS X 10.3 "Panther;"and a preview of a new "Water" interface theme for Mac OS X. Be sure to explore the rest of the MacNN Forums to take part in the hundreds of active discussions each day.
Dr. Barry Adams, director of strategic alliances at Apple will keynote North Carolina State University's EDTECH conference in Raleigh, NC at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on September 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Afternoon tech news: For the first time in the United States, BMG Music will release a music CD loaded with anticopying protection, which includes computer-ready files that can be transferred to a PC, a Macintosh computer and to many MP3 players; in the murky underworld of computer crime, investigators rarely uncover a "smoking gun" as they did in the Jeffrey Lee Parson case; some observers say the music industry's lawsuit campaign could spark a consumer backlash spurred by discontent music fans, already angry over soaring CD prices and the shrinking number of retailers offering varied music titles.
Apple resellers around the country are celebrating the G5 arrival with a small supply of 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz Power Mac G5s arriving as well as pending launch of the new 40GB iPod, which is scheduled to hit Australian stores in two weeks, according to ARNnet: "Managing director of Apple Centre Taylor Square, Ben Morgan said his store was receiving a slow trickle of 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz stock but he expected that supply would free up over the next two months."
Wired News reports: "On the eve of a big reunion of Apple employees, a former Apple marketing director is blasting his former co-workers for failing to make the company a success. In an open letter to the Apple Computer History Weblog, former marketing director Michael Mace calls his ex-colleagues 'the Keystone Kops of computing.' He accuses them of 'group stupidity' and says the company was destroyed by a 'diseased and dysfunctional culture. Apple Computer as a whole was a massive failure,' he writes in a post titled 'Who Killed Apple Computer?'"
Aurora Video Systems has released its new Aurora Pipe video capture and editing card designed specifically to "take advantage of Apple's RT Extreme capabilities while utilizing all of Final Cut Pro's real-time effects. Integrating seamlessly with Final Cut Pro and After Effects, Aurora Pipe provides a low-cost, easy-to-use solution for offline editors working with uncompressed applications that do not require the power of hardware-accelerated real-time effects." The $800 card offers composite and S-video I/O and 16 bit, 48 kHz, dual-channel RCA unbalanced audio as well as support real-time previews with Adobe After Effects.
MacEnthusiasts, a Mac dealer in Los Angeles is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. As part of the celebration a storewide sale will run until September 27th. This month also sees MacEnthusiasts debuting a new and bigger rental department, while continuing to offer the same "great service and sales that they have built their reputation on." "After receiving tremendous support from the Mac community for the last decade, we have decided to give something back. The prices on new Macs are at our cost while everything else is being reduced by up to 20%," owner Mark Greenblatt said.
X-Builder is an authoring tool specially designed for creating multimedia projects and applications for Mac OS X. It offers a powerful, intuitive multimedia authoring environment with the ability to save royalty-free projects as standalone applications: "X-Builder distinguishes itself from other authoring systems with its modern, simple and intuitive project development environment...Using a single menu command or function key shortcut you can instantly switch between run mode and X-Builder's development environment; no compilation required." Registration is $50 with upgrades from iBuild only $20.
DVDxDV 1.061 updates the software that extracts video from DVD. It adds the ability to extract DVDs with MPEG audio, a format used by many PC-based DVD authoring programs: "Unlike other software, DVDxDV contains everything you need to start extracting video from a unencrypted DVD." [525KB] Microfinch's QuickReach 1.0 is a $14 Mac OS X utility for launching Finder items easily and quickly. It can create a single alias for a group of files/folders and/or applications. [348KB] Macabinet 1.3.6 ($10) adds support for Text Clippings, file renaming, executing compiled AppleScripts through a contextual menu, custom interface options, and a new fade style ("Fade"). The Macabinet desktop utility stores commonly used text, documents and other items in "hideaway cabinent". [1.2MB] Sillysoft has released version 3.2 of Lux ($15), its Risk-like game of universal domination. Version 3.2 offers better stability and a new Battle of Europe map as well as Panther compatibility. [3.4MB] MaBaSoft has released Euro Assistant Pro 2.6.1, its $15 currency converter for both European and non-European users. Euro Assistant Pro updates exchange rates over the Internet; logs, prints, saves and exports conversions; imports and automatically converts series of amounts; and calculates and converts the result of algebraic expressions. [Classic, OSX]
Canon has introduced its new PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 digital camera, which it says is the "world's smallest four megapixel camera." It weighs 3.5 ounces, measures 3.6" x 1.9" x 0.7" and features a 5.7x digital zoom. It is available in four art deco-tech colors, including lacquer ("like shine of grand piano black"), iridescent white, satin bronze patina, and a platinum silver finish. The new cameras will ship in mid-October for $450.
MacNN reader Gary Allen has posted photos and notes on the Apple Store San Francisco, which began construction last month near Union Square in downtown: "This site is just two blocks south of Union Sqare, the traditional center of the San Francisco's downtown district. It's one block away from the Powell Street cable car turnaround, which is a haven for tourists. Just a block in either direction is a Gap store and a CompUSA (which has Apple posters in the window!)."
Electric Rain has announced Swift 3D Xpress, a new 3D extension accessible directly from within the Macromedia Flash MX 2004 interface. Swift 3D Xpress allows Flash MX 2004 users to select any vector object on the stage in Flash, open it into the Xpress editing interface, customize their 3D scene by extruding, rotating, lighting and animating the vector object, and then render it out to a self-contained Movie Clip in either vector or raster form. The Mac OS X version is due soon, according to the company.
Pinnacle today announced CineWave 4, a powerful hardware and software combination for Final Cut Pro 4, that provides full support for the Power Mac G5. CineWave offers real-time, all-the-time online and offline editing features and also now features enhanced support for PAL video. Other new features include high-quality offline support with real-time HD and SD capture into PhotoJPEG, DV25/DV50 and CineOffline; new real-time effects and functionality; new high-precision 32-bit floating-point rendering; "film friendly" support; and improved audio support as a new TARGA Cine Codec for PC delivers cross-platform flexibility. Upgrades to the $4,000 application are $300. A free 4.01 updater offers Power Mac G5 support.
Apimac Address Book 5.4.1 updates the telephone and address application for Mac OS X. Version 5.4.1 is a maintenance release that corrects a handful of reported issues. Apimac Address Book allows users to manage addresses, phone numbers (via modem or by playing touch-tones to the phone), URLs, and e-mail addresses, quickly and easily. [Classic, OSX] myPhoto 1.3 adds a new installer, a theme/skin support, selectable iPhoto album photos, an additional cache system for improved speed, an option to disable to disable the search engine and other features to PHP program that will generate a full-featured photo album viewable via the Web. [2.0MB] BIAS has posted an update to its stereo audio editing, processing, and mastering application, Peak 4.01 and Peak DV 4.01. It is available to registered users. [form] FindFilesX is a search engine for finding files or folders on your computer (or on a networked drive). It allows AppleScripts to quickly search an entire volume without using UNIX commands (grep). [456KB] Tri-Edre has released Tri-BACKUP 3.2.2 ($50), an update to its backup application for Mac OS 8/9/X. It adds auto-launch when a volume is inserted (if actions are programmed to trigger when volumes are mounted), a new option in Incremental Backup programmed actions that allows users to save all files (not only those modified since the last backup), and a new option in Preferences allowing the copy (or not) of the owner, group and permissions of each file and folder to/from a server. [form]
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu