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Apple is opening a retail location in Seattle on Friday, September 26th. It is located at the University Village near the University of Washington campus. The Apple store is located next to the restaurant, the Ram, directly in front of the parking garage and Crate & Barrel.
Cocktail 2.5 is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X 10.2 that offers access to advanced UNIX functions and hidden Mac OS X settings as well as optimize your system. Version 2.5 of the $10 trialware adds an activity log, a new output window for system messages, new droplets and scripts, and other improvements. [1.1MB] netTunes 2.01 is $20 application that lets you control iTunes running on one Macintosh from another, using iTunes' native interface--using the same main window, the same playlists, the same capabilities. The client/server application uses Rendezvous technology under Mac OS X and also allows clients to scale remote iTunes windows. [2.2MB] OmniSaft 1.0 adds full-screen browsing feature to OmniWeb. It is freeware for private use and works only with Mac OS 10.2.6 and OmniWeb 4.5 (v496). [116KB] Color Pilot 1.0 is a simple $40 utility that provides simple color correction based on a user-selected color. [510KB] LAJ Design has released eOrdering Professional 2.1, an update to its $450 cross-platform application that creates online eCommerce stores. It adds new theme buttons, the ability to watermark images, more custom page colors, and update checking. The udpates is $30. [Classic, OSX] Yenco.com's $20 shareware Archive 5.1.2 improves support for multiple user accounts in Mac OS X, fixes a search bug, and has other enhancements. Archive enables you to quickly catalog your disks and perform instant searches for files on any volume/media. [Classic, OSX]
Aspyr announced today that Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer for Mac ($40 pre-order), and Zoo Tycoon Marine Mania expansion pack ($30 pre-order) have reached "Golden Master" development stage. Zoo Tycoon offers 10 new scenarios and also includes the Dinosaur Digs expansion pack with more than 20 prehistoric beasts, 100 building materials, and 6 challenging scenarios. Both will enter duplication shortly, and should be shipping late September, according to Aspyr.
MacNN reader Brent Pepper notes that Apple has shipped his dual-2GHz Power Mac G5, which he ordered on the 26th of June. Previously, Apple had only shipped orders of the dual-2GHz model to educational customers. Apple recently began shipping single-1.6GHz and -1.8GHz machines.
A new OpenSSH exploit is being "actively exploited" to gain root access on several platforms, including Mac OS X, FreeBSD, RedHat, Gentoo, and Debian Unix: "The attack makes an enormous amount of ssh connections and attempts various offsets until it finds one that works permitting root login. The suggestions I have heard are: Turn off SSH and (1) upgrade to lsh or (2) add explicit rules to your edge devices allowing ssh from only-known hosts or (3) put ssh behind a VPN on RFC-1918 space." One MacNN reader notes that the hole is reportedly fixed by OpenSSH v3.7 or a patch on earlier versions. Apparently the vulnerability extends to Mac OS X, which on my 10.2.6 system is running OpenSSH v3.4."
Afternoon tech news: Microsoft announced Tuesday that it has updated its line of wireless-networking products to include devices supporting the latest 802.11g Wi-Fi standard; The Sun Java Desktop system runs on the open-source Linux operating system and includes a variety of programs that replace Microsoft's Internet browser, productivity suite and other parts of the Windows package for as little as $50 per user; and The Internet Software Consortium, the nonprofit organization that develops BIND software for Internet domain name directories, is writing an "urgent patch" for Internet service providers and others who want to block customers from a new Site Finder service from VeriSign Inc.
Sony today announced two new "floating frame" consumer LCDs: the new 17-inch SDM-HX73 and 19-inch SDM-HX93 models feature high-performance LCD panels with integrated speakes that feature SRS WOW audio technology. Both models include one-touch adjustable performance settings and are available in either a metallic gray or a matte black finish; both also come with Sony's ErgoBright technology, which automatically adjusts brightness as ambient lighting conditions change in the home -- brighter by day and softer by night. Sony's displays feature a 800:1 (19-inch display) and 500:1 (17-inch) contrast ratios; 1280 x 1024 native resolution; both analog and digital connections; and high brightness (450 cd/m2). They are due later this month for $620 and $1,000--before $50 and $100 mail-in rebates, respectively.
Canto today announced that it is showcasing pre-release versions of the Cumulus product line running on Mac OS X at Apple Expo 2003. Canto is displaying the Single User Edition of Cumulus, as well as the Cumulus client applications on Mac OS X. The server products and many Cumulus Options such as Web Publisher Pro, Internet Client Pro and HELIOS Companion are already available for Mac OS X. Mac OS X versions of Cumulus Client Software, Workgroup and Enterprise Editions, as well as the Single User Edition, will be available at the end of November 2003. (Pricing will be announced at a future date.)
Prosoniq has introduced PROSONIQ morph, a MIDI-controllable, fully automatable VST/VST X and RTAS/RTAS X compatible plugin for the Mac, which it says "achieves an exclusive and novel effect: it is the world's first realtime audio morphing plugin that allows creating seamless morphing transitions and hybrid sounds by in-betweening the character of your audio tracks... PROSONIQ morph recognizes important features in your sounds and automatically matches them to create a musically pleasing morph." The $180 plugin runs on Mac OS 9/X with Cubase 5 or other VST compatible application installed.
Auto FX Software has released Photo/Graphic Edges 6.0, a suite of 14 photographic effects designed to give images a unique, artistic look. This new version of Photo/Graphic Edges includes dozens of new features and effects. PGE 6 includes SmartLayers, Visual Layer Presets, Brush Effects, Unlimited Undo and lots of new creative content. It includes a stand-alone imaging application as well as a plug-in that works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and Corel Draw. Upgrades are $80; while the full version is available for $150 ($30 off) for a limited time.
Apple will not launch a European version of its popular iTunes Music Store (iTMS) this year, according to Steve Jobs: "We're clearly working on it (but) I think we'll do it next year," noting that it took time to sort out distribution rights with the music publishers who own the songs, according to Reuters. Microsoft, however, last month formed a partnership with OD2 to bring an a la carte music download service to Europe. Yesterday we noted that Apple is expected to launch the Windows version of iTunes in mid-October, opening up the iTMS to virtually all PC users in the US.
e-on software is shipping Vue 4 Professional for Mac OS X, its application that provides a complete, professional natural 3D studio. It integrates with leading 3D applications, including Discreet 3D Studio MAX, Alias Maya, NewTek LightWave, Maxon Cinema4D and Softimage XSI and also exports data to compositing applications such as Discreet Combustion and Adobe After Effects. Users can now create wind-swept SolidGrowth 3 trees and plants, volumetric atmospheres and rich terrains in fully animated scenes that can be customized and rendered within Vue 4 Professional. It is available for $500 ($100 off) for a limited time with sidegrades available for $300.
NewerTech and Other World Computing today introduced a new line of high-capacity batteries designed for Apple's PowerBook G4 and G3 models. The NuPower line of Lithium Ion batteries from NewerTech offer up to 30 percent more capacity than stock batteries standard with the PowerBooks and at prices as low as $140. "The NuPower batteries set a new standard for battery life for G4 and G3 users everywhere. Whether you'd like to replace an older battery that just isn't performing like it used to or are in the market for a spare, our NuPower Li-Ions deliver the longest run times of any stock replacement batteries available today."
We have some preliminary photos from the Apple Expo Keynote by Steve Jobs, where he updated the entire PowerBook line and debuted a new Bluetooth wireless Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse. Jobs also showcased the Power Mac G5, new iPods, Panther, iSight and iChat AV (see brief report below). Separately, Apple also announced a $50 Keynote rebate offer.
Microspot Ltd today announced MacDraft 5.5 Quartz Edition, the latest version of its 2D CAD software for Mac OS X. MacDraft is a 2D design, drafting and technical illustration application. The Quartz Edition offers improved line and fill quality, adjustable transparency for lines, fills, double line fills, text and bitmaps as well as improved quality rotated text. Users can also modify drawings in Adobe Illustrator as well as import PICT, TIFF, GIF, JPEG/JFIF and Windows BMP formats. It also adds the ability to use the resize palette with pixel maps and paragraph text and 100 levels of Undo. The electronic version is $315, while the CD-boxed version is $350.
As anticipated, El Gato has posted EyeTV 1.3 update, an update to its EyeTV DVR software. It now integrates with Roxioís Toast 6 Titanium and also adds support for the new program guide TVTV by FAST TV Server AG. [7.8MB] Glucose today updated WeatherPop 1.8.5, an update to its free menubar weather application for Mac OS X. It has been "comprehensively optimized, resulting in greatly reduced CPU usage and up to 50% faster response time while updating weather information or searching for a location." WeatherPop Advance 1.8.5 ($8) is available as a 14-day demo. [WP, WPAdv] Everyday Software has released Maquarium 1.6, its $12 shareware aquarium management software for Mac OS X. Version 1.6 adds dynamic graphing of aquarium chemicals and adds the ability to search for fish by latin name. It also includes UI improvements for "Panther" and other enhancements. [1.2MB] Site Turbo 1.1 updates the $40 web site optimization software for Mac OS X with Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" support, faster white space optimization system, and other changes. Site Turbo optimizes HTML, scripts and images and also includes additional automatic optimizers and tools and the ability to encode e-mail addresses to hide them from spam harvesters. [680KB] DVDRemaster 1.1 is an utility for Mac OS X to recompress large DVDs so that they fit on standard DVD5: "Since video accounts for most of the data found on DVDs, it recompresses the video stream and leaves the other streams untouched. Recompression of the menus is optional." The update includes performance enhancement, bug fixes and a progress indicator. [581KB] Runtime Revolution will preview the French version of the user-centric Revolution at Apple Expo Paris. Revolution is a multi-platform development environment for Macintosh, Windows, Linux and Unix which includes support for databases, XML, multimedia, Internet protocols, report generation and more. Shared Space 2.0b2 is a $25 Mac OS X tool for visual thinking, group working and content management. It allows users to create visual maps of information using web-like structures with visual links to related documents. It offers import of many types of documents and document revision tracking as well. [2.4MB]
Apple has released a patch to the December 2002 Mac OS X Developer Tools, which provides gcc 3.3 and associated tools for that developer tools release. This August 2003 gcc Updater is now available for download from the ADC Member Site (membership required). Meanwhile, Apple has also posted a note on Optimizing for the Power Mac G5.
Willow Design has released a new line of handbags for the 12" Powerbook and iBook. The four different handbags feature removable 12" Powerbook or iBook sleeves along with pockets for paperwork, personal items, accessories, two key chains plus a business organizer panel. handbags are available in black, charcoal, navy, burgundy and taupe and feature Willow's lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.
Early morning tech: A new Heliodisplay modifies the air above a video projector, creating a working, 27-inch screen that can display any kind of 2D video that can be seen from several angles, and can be manipulated by hand; IBM and Marvell are introducing a PPC 970 chipset for embedded applications; Microsoft's Steve Ballmer praised Apple for its innovation--particular its wireless networking, but says he doesn't see its "basic position in the market changing;" and Verisign has implemented a new wildcard card system on top-level domains that redirects mis-typed domain names its website.
Xerox today launched new laser printers: the new color Phaser 6250 is targeted for medium-to-large workgroups, featuring 26 ppm color/black print speeds, 2400 dpi printing, Postscript Level 3 support, and greater paper capacity. It also offers advanced Web-based printer management tools and Automatic Color Calibration to ensure consistent color print quality. It is available in five different configurations, starting at $2,000 and includes a one-year onsite service warranty. The black-and-white Phaser 3450 offers 25 ppm laser printing with 1200 dpi image quality, a front-panel display, 500 sheet capacity, and automatic two-sided printing on two of the three available configurations. Pricing starts at $550 with options for networking also available.
Apple today announced a new Winning Presentation promo, in which customers who purchase any new Mac aloing with its Keynote ($100) presentation software will receive a $50 instant rebate at the time of purchase. This offer is available to customers worldwide starting today and is good through December 27, 2003: "Keynote raises the bar for presentation software by making it easy for everyone to create elegant, sophisticated and powerful presentations," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Marketing. "Now everyone purchasing a new Mac can immediately start creating amazing presentations while saving money at the same time."
Apple today introduced the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, new Bluetooth-based peripherals that provide reliable performance at up to 30 feet and offer secure 128-bit, over-the-air encryption. Apple says it is the first to deliver Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) software which eliminates interference between Bluetooth devices and other wireless networks and devices, enabling the devices to perform reliably in home, office, school and lab settings where other wireless devices and networks may be in use. Both are expected to be available in two weeks for $70 each and require Mac OS X 10 10.2.6.
Apple today introduced its new 15-inch PowerBook G4, offering a sleek aluminum design weighing just 5.6 pounds, a 15.2-inch widescreen display, speeds of up to 1.25GHz, a backlit keyboard, and advanced connectivity including AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. The new 15-inch PowerBook G4 starts at $1,999. Apple also updated its other PowerBooks: the new 17-inch model features a faster 1.33 GHz G4 processor with double the amount of on-chip level 2 cache and is now available for $2,999, a $300 price reduction. The new 12-inch model features a 1GHz G4 processor and includes a Digital Video Interface (DVI) port.
MyKeynoteThemes has released The Whyte Album and Brochure System, which is available only as in a 1024x768 slide size. It includes four themes and two Album Covers: The Whyte Album set is $10 and includes a separate theme of photo corners, designed to allow you to use them as cutouts and an included ripple-edged frame--with or without corners. The Whyte Brochure System, which relies on a borderless page that can be extended from one slide to the next using the push or cube transitions, is available for an introductory price of $15 until October 1st--after which it will be $20.
Apple's Emagic has introduced Space Designer, a premium reverb plug-in for Logic 6. Featuring a real-time convolution process using reverberation samples - impulse responses, the company says it is now possible to produce reverbs that are virtually indistinguishable from real rooms or halls. In addition to sampled reverbs, Space Designer is equipped with a synthesis engine creating custom impulse responses. It ships with more than 1,000 high quality impulse responses and synthesized settings, including real rooms and halls, as well as legendary classic and contemporary reverb units. It is expected to ship next month.
Palm today announced a new line of fall accessories, includes an innovative wireless infrared (IR) keyboard (battery-operated with full-sized keys for $70); the pen-sized Executive Multifunction Stylus (integrating writing, laser-pointer, flashlight, and stylus functions for $20); six stylish handheld cases (Zire Hard Case, $15; Zire Slim Leather Case, $20; Universal Tough Case, $15; Executive Serries Cases, $30-$70); a plug-and-play, 1.3 megapixel camera card (with adjustable focus, digital zoom for $100); handheld protection products; and complete accessory kits ($10-$30). The accessories are expected to ship in October, while the new camera card, compatible with the Tungsten C/T/T2, is due in December.
Apple's Steve Jobs this morning delivered the keynote at Apple Expo (see images, offering an overview of the Power Mac G5, its new architecture and its performance advantages and a demo of Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther", showcasing the PDF performance of the updated Preview application ("fastest rendering and searching in the world" as well as on-the-fly Postscript to PDF conversion") Fast User Switching, and iChat AV ("one of the best things I've seen in my life"). Jobs also showcased Apple's iSight digital FireWire camera, demonstrating its audio and video capabilities. Jobs said the G5 processor would hit 3GHz by the end of Summer 2004, noted that 42% of Macs are mobile, and said that it had over 500,000 downloads of iChat AV.
Ovolab today introduced its new InTouch telephony product for Mac OS X, its RemoteTunes utility for controlling iTunes playback, and an updated version of its Achoo ACC ecoding utility.
Avid's Digidesign has unveiled several new products at this year's IBC in Amsterdam, including its new HD Accel PCI cards and corresponding Pro Tools 6.2 software, the new 96i I/O audio interface for Pro Tools|HD, and Digidesign's new Impact compressor TDM plug-in--all of which are now available. Digidesign will also be previewing the new DigiDelivery network digital transfer solution, AVoption|V10 video hardware, Pro Tools' upcoming support for Avid Mojo, and the new TrackPunch functionality slated for an upcoming release of Pro Tools software. Upgrades from Pro Tools||HD to Pro Tools|HD Accel are only $2,500 and offer a free Impact compression plugin ($700) as well as Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k