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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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