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A MacNN reader provided the following report: "Adobe's new Creative Suite seems to be having difficulty installing on certain configurations of Macs, possibly in relation to Panther (unconfirmed). I have had no trouble installing on my Dual 867 MDD, but my new Al Powerbook won't get much beyond the bouncing icon of the installer before dying out. Others are having similar problems."
c|net confirms that hundreds of owners of Apple's new 15-inch PowerBook G4 are complaining about an apparent design fault that causes white spots to show up on the notebook computer's liquid crystal display. MacNN Forums users have discussed the issue in past weeks, as have users of Apple's technical support forums. Apple said on Friday that it is looking into the problem. More than 650 individuals have signed an online petition demanding that the company address the issue.
Aspyr is now shipping a new combo pack -- "Medal of Honor Allied Assault Deluxe Edition" -- which includes "Medal of Honor Allied Assault" as well as its expansion pack, "Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead." It costs $60.
Evening tech news: Microsoft, seeking a foothold in the Internet search business, approached Google within the last two months to discuss a partnership or even a merger; a copyright law designed to curb the unauthorized exchange of music, film and software on the Net takes effect in Britain, reigniting the debate over the proper way to tackle digital piracy; an IBM team is researching handheld designs that incorporate a folding hinged screen, providing a viewing area nearly as large as a desktop monitor's.
MacNN reader "Bill" points out that the new version of Apple's "Mail" application, included with Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther," includes a new feature that enables users to manually load images in emails. "The Newest Version of Mail now does not display those vulgar disgusting sex images that flood my Junk Mail folder unless I ask it to load the images by pushing the 'load images' button." This feature is not documented by Apple in its Panther promotional material, but many sensitive users plagued by junk mail may find it useful. It is also useful to prevent the automatic loading of image-rich spam, thus decreasing navigation lag.
Alias Systems announced today that Maya 5 users who desire extended functionality can now download the free Bonus Tools Booster Pack. Developed to enhance the Maya software, the Bonus Tools Booster pack contains more than 100 mini-features in the form of plug-ins, scripts and UI enhancements. The updates in the Bonus Tools Booster pack provide artists and programmers with improved Trax workflow with clip trimming and easier access to characters and weight curves; enhanced polygonal texture mapping; the ability to delete construction history while maintaining the skinning of the model; and a total of 10 procedural shaders.
After the success of previous limited-time campaign, cyan is offering its eProof PDF online proofing solution for free again to registrants within the next 30 days. cyan is providing this offer again to "help more Mac and PC users avoid communication hassles and delays in proofing process and establish online proofing as the mainstream proofing solution." It is expected that users who obtained eProof PDF for free will see further benefits from purchasing the enhanced proofing features of eProof RapidImageView and therefore upgrade their free eProof PDF server.
Bodelin Distribution, makers of The ProScope USB digital microscope, have teamed up with Lenox Softworks to create optional ProScope software that makes more scientific use of video, stills and time lapse images captured by the ProScope. LX-ProScope will measure objects captured in video or stills, allow on-screen annotation, add graphics and labels in still and video, offers a project-oriented approach, supports simple video editing and much more. A 14-day demo is available. It is available for $130.
Dension Audio Systems is advertising a new iPod-based audio integration system for cars: "ice>Link:iPod is the ultimate car kit for your Apple iPod. iPod audio is routed through your head unit's CD changer port and keypresses including FF & RW are passed from your head unit (and steering wheel controls in suitably-equipped vehicles) to your iPod resulting in safe control of your iPod while driving." It is available with an optional cradle manufactured by Brodit (for classic and 3rd generation iPods: "We recomend Brodit's range of ProClip damage free mounting brackets which are available for a wide range of vehicles and mounting locations.") Pricing was not available.
The Apple Store is offering Free iPod Custom Laser Engraving on all iPod models ordered through the Apple Store, according to a new promotion: "Customers must purchase qualifying Apple products, from October 22, 2003, through November 5, 2003, or while supplies last from the Apple Store online. Savings will be included in the purchase price...iPod personalization must take place at the time of the original order."
dvGarage has released dvMatte Pro 1.5 for Final Cut Pro 4, a plugin designed to "key," or remove blue and greenscreen backgrounds from digital footage, dvMatte Pro is specifically engineered to handle the artifacts created by video cameras, including artifacts are present in Beta, HD and DV video footage. It uses a 3-pass keying method to achieve clean key--even from DV footage that was once thought unusable for professional keying, according to the press release. dvMatte Pro has been available for Adobe After Effects (AE); however, dvMatte Pro 1.5 for FCP adds many new features, such as Color Matching, Edge Blending and Light Wrap. A $50 discount on the $200 plugin is available through November 11th. The AE version will later this year.
PowerLogix today announced the PowerForce G4 1.4GHz upgrade card for the PowerMac G4 Cube: "Running at a speed of 1.4 GHz, this new CPU card has twice the L2 cache (512K) of the previous 7455-based cards (256K) for additional performance. In addition, the new 7457 draws an incredible 40% less peak power than the previous chip for cool and reliable, high-performance operation. The card includes 2MB of L3 cache." The $600 upgrade will start shipping in 1-2 weeks.
LaCie today noted serious problems when using FireWire 800 drives and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther: "With the retail release of Mac OS X Version 10.3 Panther, LaCie has learned that a compatibility issue exists with FireWire 800 drives and Apple’s new operating system release. We believe this problem affects all manufacturers of FireWire 800 drives." LaCie recommends that users not use external FireWire 800 drives unless specific instructions are followed, noting that dataloss could occur. MacNN readers note Apple has confirmed the FireWire 800 dataloss issue under Panther and is working on a solution to the problem that affects "all drives Oxford 922 bridge chip-set with firmware version 1.02 that can result in the loss of data stored on the disk drive." Both WiebeTech and OWC have also offered firmware updaters.
Apple's AirPort 3.2 software is available via the software update. It provides provides support for the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) specification for the AirPort Extreme base station and AirPort Extreme client. Also included in this release is v5.2 of the AirPort Extreme base station firmware. Apple's description also reads "Instructions for updating the base station firmware can also be found in AirPort Help. The AirPort Extreme base station and AirPort Extreme client are Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11b and 802.11g interoperability."
Boinx Software has released iRecordNow ($15), a new utility that allows users to use Apple's iSight Web camera to record video. "The goal of Boinx iRecordNow is to turn your iSight into a digital camcorder that is as easy to use as a real world camcorder," says Florian Albrecht, Software Designer at Boinx Software. The format of the clips and the compression can be determined by choosing one of several predefined settings. The movie clips can then be imported into iMovie or Final Cut Pro for postproduction.
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Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram has formally announced that it will roll out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in it's iOS app with an update that will bring the program to version 7.1.5. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app, and some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y