Apple has added yet another exclusive benefit to its .Mac membership, offering "13 .Mac-exclusive web page designs (a $50 value) free, plus $20 off the $100 of Contribute 2 web publishing software. Create a full-featured site using the templates and Contribute, or use Contribute alone to edit existing web pages."
MacGadget, a Macintosh news service for German-speaking users, is reporting that beginning October 24th, all new Macs will ship with Mac OS X 10.3. According to a spokesperson of Apple Germany, all new Macintosh models will include a Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" kit, the site says.
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is scheduled to speak at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's annual Reflections|Projections student conference, held Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19. "Woz has personally assured the conference administration that he will be there, though his PR people are not saying anything officially," says one organizer.
HELIOS has added DeviceN color space support to HELIOS ImageServer 2.5, which enables the printing of files with spot colors as high-res composite Postscript 3/DeviceN output that is compatible for in-RIP, PostScript 3 separations or PDF generation. HELIOS ImageServer 2.5 (with all updates installed) replaces images that have OPI comments and produces DeviceN PostScript output whenever needed to preserve spot color information. DCS-2, TIFF and PhotoShop CMYK images with spot colors can now be converted into composite high-res PostScript 3/DeviceN images to be used for in-RIP separations or PDF generation.
Caboodle 1.0b1 is a tool to help store and organize information. Users can arrange the items in an outline-like hierarchy, and include both structured fields and free-form text and pictures in each entry. It currently supports the Services menu, while future versions will add a fast search feature, import/export, and more. [722KB] Measles 2.2 is an updated new version of the popular "desktop critter" that offeers a "fun, bouncy desktop companion that can act as a CPU monitor" using customizable Aqua-style spheres that can change colors to indicate the load on the user's processor, free memory or disk space. The $10 shareware runs on Mac OS X. [573KB] Kanex Group has released QuickPopup 4.1, its private cross-platform LAN messenger for businesses and schools. It offers a sent message archive, message encryption, clickable URLs, automatic user discovery, custom notifications, and other advanced messaging features. Pricing starts at $25 for a single user. It works on Mac OS 7/8/9/X. [form] iVCD 1.1 is a free update to the $30 application tha allows you to easily make Video CDs and Super Video CDs. This release adds support for AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 input. (AVI requires the divx component and may require the AC3 Codec. MPEG-4 requires the Apple MPEG-2 Playback Components. It also adds a user-selectable encoding quality feature. [2.7MB] Mark Douma's Repair Disk Utility's Permissions 1.0 fixes several problems: "It turned out that copying [Disk Utility] from my friend's machine actually altered (corrupted) the file permissions of the Disk Utility application itself." [102KB]
Apple is expected next week to debut iTunes for Windows and a Windows-compatible version of its online music service at an event scheduled for next Thursday (October 16) at San Francisco's Moscone West convention hall, according to AppleInsider and CNET's News.com. "The year's biggest music story is about to get even bigger," Apple said in an invitation to journalists. Apple is expected to launch the long-awaited Windows version of the iTunes Music Store at the event, according to Wall Street brokerage Needham.
The Iconfactory has released iPulse 2.0, a free upgrade to its its $13 system monitoring utility for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 adds pop-up info windows with more info; the ability to load/save the application's appearance as custom iPulse Jackets; new mobility gauges let you monitor battery power and wireless signal strength; new disk activity gauges show when your disk is being accessed; peak indicators for disk and network activity; system hotkeys to show or hide the iPulse window; mouse transparency; reduced CPU usage, and Panther compatibility.
Destineer's MacSoft today announced that Microsoft Game Studios' best-selling real-time strategy game, Age of Mythology for Mac OS X, is in the final stages of development and will ship on November 5, 2003: "Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Age of Mythology was created by Ensemble Studios, the makers of Age of Empires series of titles, which have sold more than 11 million units." It will be available for $50 for Mac OS X.
e-on software has released Vue d'Esprit 4.2, a free update to its 3D natural scenery creator and animator. It includes basic support for direct import of native Curious Labs Poser 5 scenes and improvements to Mover 4 to allow import of animated Poser 5 content. The company notes, however, that certain features such as hair and cloth are not supported in this release. Vue d'Esprit 4 is $200, while Mover 4 ($100) allows for inclusion of fully animated digital characters, enhanced, new motion effects, and network rendering.
Arboretum Systems has released HyperEngine-AV 1.2.3 (formerly known as Montage), a Mac OS X native multimedia editor that offers an innovative trackless, free-form interface. It allows the seamless combination of video, audio and text for the creation of full DV quality multimedia content. Version 1.2.3 offers improved stability, a free Reverb plugin (in addition to the other included Hyperprism plug-ins), and corrects an attenuation export problem in Ray Gun. The software is available for $80 ($60 discount) through the end of October.
Quasar Technologies today announced version 1.2 of its cross media publishing system GetReady, which it says "addresses the current gaps between existing content management functionality and the industry's real needs. Version 1.2 offers additional functionalities and new modules such as a comprehensive flatplan tool that manages multiple publications and editions with automatic folio management and updating and an automated retro-planner that schedules and manages all types of events and tasks. It runs under Mac OS X.
Miglia Technology today announced a Black & White Capture Enabler for Director's Cut. The companys says the B&W INabler "acts as a bridge between your Director's Cut and your Black & White video source. Many medical, security video camera, microscopes and other devices do not output a color signal... The B&W INabler has now bridged this gap and enabled users of Director's Cut to source video footage in any format from most video output devices. This makes Directorís Cut possibly one of the most complete solutions on the market." It is available for $160 ex VAT and carries a full 2 year RTB warranty.
MYOB today released MYOB AccountEdge 2004 for Mac, which features new suite of integrated business services, including credit card authorization and direct deposit of payroll checks. "We're bringing features to the Mac platform that only Windows users have had before," said Cynthia Mackewicz, General Manager, MYOB US, Inc. "MYOB recently introduced MYOB SurePayroll, the first online payroll solution that integrates with a Mac small business package, and now with fully integrated credit card processing, direct deposits and electronic vendor payments, this represents another first-to-market exclusive business opportunity from MYOB."
QuickTime is being downloaded 350,000 times a day, according to The Age: "In the 14 months since the introduction of QuickTime 6.0, Apple has given it away 141,325,656 times - plus the 2 million or so more that have been downloaded since the time of writing... QuickTime is available from 18,000 referring sites and is on tens of thousands of software titles, games, promotional discs, websites and those eCDs that can play music on your car system, and a video show on your TV or home computer. More than 200 digital cameras bundle QuickTime as part of their software and, perhaps most significant of all, the technology is embedded in the latest mobile video phones." [link updated]
Apple has posted its newest iPod TV Spot, which uses the new print ad motif it introduced several weeks ago. The new ads bring animation to the black silhouettes on colorful backgrounds. Now available in QuickTime, several readers also noted that it debuted during several primetime shows last night, including the West Wing.
Apple should have used Intel's chips when it had the chance, former chief John Sculley said Tuesday: "In the late-1980s, when Apple was using Motorola Inc. 68000 series chips and considering its next step, Intel co-founder Andy Grove tried to convince the company to migrate to Intel chips, Sculley told a standing-room-only crowd at the Silicon Valley 4.0 conference, held at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, Calif. An experienced team from Cupertino, California-based Apple studied the idea but turned it down. Apple concluded that Intel's CISC architecture ultimately would not be able to compete against RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) processors, which had a more advanced instruction set, he said. Apple later adopted RISC."
SubRosaSoft today announced HomeGuardian 2.0, a new version of the home security software with both motion and audio detection. Version 2.0 adds multiple camera support, audio detection, movie capture, a panic button, and variable compression settings. The new audio detection abilities allows the software to detect any sudden change in the surrounding noise level and trigger an alert which will be notified by e-mail/ftp with an audio recording. As an added bonus, all HomeGuardian users will receive Computer Guardian, which monitors changes in the machines LAN (for laptop security). HomeGuardian is $35 and runs on Mac OS X; upgrades for current users are free.
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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