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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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Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.