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Windows Media Player 9
Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X: "Sporting a new brushed steel skin for Apple's newest operating system, this new version of our player opens the world of Windows Media 9 content to Macintosh users, enabling them to access the best audio and video on the Web. New plug-in support added for Internet Explorer, Netscape and Safari enables playback of Windows Media files right from the browser."
Tech: Gateway stores; more
Evening tech news: Gateway plans to hold a grand reopening for its remodeled retail stores next week; one year after the launch of the first Windows-based tablet PCs, the market is taking a dive, with analysts and manufacturers blaming Microsoft; U.S. senators today abandoned an attempt to vote on a bill to permanently ban Internet access taxes, but said they hoped to agree by next week on a controversial definition of Internet access.
New version of VPC coming
Microsoft is readying the release of Virtual PC 2004, an update to its recently acquired emulation product that allows users to run multiple operating systems on the same computer simultaneously, according to IDG News Service: "On Monday, the vendor plans to release Virtual PC 2004 to manufacturing, the product's final phase before becoming commercially available... Virtual PC 2004 should be on store shelves before the end of the year, Microsoft has said. Virtual Server is being finalized and is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of next year, a slight delay from the original plan to release the product in the final quarter of 2003."
5 reasons not to buy an iPod
c|net columnist Eliot Van Buskirk has published an article on the "five reasons not to buy an iPod." "With about 1.5 million units sold, the iPod is the most popular MP3 player in the world, and it still makes other players look and feel inelegant in comparison. Don't get me wrong; it's still our favorite overall MP3 player. Although everyone can think of reasons why they want an iPod, I've decided to use this column to list a few reasons why not to buy one."
Notes from Apple Retail Update
We've published highlights from Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson's presentation to analysts at a meeting this week. Yesterday we published notes from Apple Executive VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations Tim Cook's presentation.
Iconfactory releases IconBuilder
The Iconfactory has released a free update to its $70 icon creation tool, IconBuilder Pro 4.1 for Adobe Photoshop CS. It has been updated to work with Adobe Photoshop CS as well as Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Version 4.1 adds the ability to support Photoshop Actions and also now supports Command-F to re-run processes, greatly improved adaptive 8-bit palette handling for Windows icon creation and other bug fixes. IconFactory also launched its a new "Developer Zone", new, free FAQ page that contains answers to our most frequently asked technical questions regarding anything icon related.
Battery 1.3 for Mac OS X
Native Instruments has released Battery 1.3, bringing Mac OS X suport as well as Pro Tools support to the drum-sampler application. The company says the update fully supports OS X's modern technologies and interfaces, including AudioUnits, RTAS, VST, and standalone operation with CoreMIDI and CoreAudio. Battery offers sample-accurate timing, internal 32-bit resolution, up to 128 velocity layers per instrument and can play samples at any pitch. The Battery 1.3 update is immediately available to all registered users for $30 and available on CD for $50.
Sonnet Tempo SATA PCI card
Sonnet Technologies is now shipping its Tempo Serial ATA PCI host adapter, a new addition to its Sonnet Tempo line of PCI host adapter products. It allows Macintosh owners to take advantage of the market's latest offerings in Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) storage technologies offering data transfer rates of up to 150MBytes/sec or 1.5Gbits/sec. The Tempo Serial ATA host adapters feature fully self-contained Macintosh booting functionality, and supports Mac OS 8.6/9/X (Mac OS X 10.2 and later). The are compatible with PCI-based Power Macs and Clones. It is now shipping for $100.
Apple Store in Tigard, OR
Apple will open its Apple Store Washinton Square in Tigard, Oregon on November 15. It is located in the Washington Square shopping center on the lower level near Meier and Frank: "o celebrate our Grand Opening, we're featuring a week of exciting events. In our store, we'll have a variety of unique and educational presentations, demonstrations and workshops -- all free of charge. The first 1000 people to visit the Apple store receive a free Apple T-shirt."
SATA RAID storage system
Robust Digital Solutions today introduced its L-Series RAID system, which combines a 2Gbps fibre channel interface with the new Serial ATA technology. The high-performance RAID solution offers options for Instant Copy, Remote Mirroring and Path Cruise (path failover) and is available in three versions--with two ports per controller: a Standard Performance model using a single RAID controller, a High Performance single RAID controller model and a High Performance dual active/active RAID controller model. All L Series disk arrays can be used in a Storage Area Network (SAN) or as Direct Attached Storage (DAS) / Server Attached Storage (SAS) solutions. Storage capacities of up to 3.75 Terabytes per RAID unit are available with pricing start at $11,000.
Ground Zero releases Pop the Wheezil game
Ground Zero Software's Pop the Wheezil is a new tetris-like arcade game: "It is an energetic and stimulating game that is sure to be loved by the entire family. The object of the game is to rack up as many points and complete as many levels as you can. It will require lightning-fast reflexes and quick thinking to achieve your goal! You must align different colored balloons in rows and columns as they float to the top. Your balloons will pop and disappear when four of the same color are together." The $16 shareware runs on Mac OS 8/9/X.
NoteBook 1.2 offers HTML export, security
Circus Ponies Software has updated NoteBook 1.2, its Mac OS X application for organizing, accessing, and sharing notes. Version 1.2 adds 1-step HTML export, a security framework, multidimensional sorting, enhanced searching, color-coded action items, and a fully illustrated online help guide. Other features include annotation with keywords, stickers, and highlighting; text clip management; dynamic indexing; and support for Rich media. The application is available for $50 per user (a $20 discount is offered to education). It runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later.
Cyclops 1.1 offers video analysis under OS X
Cyclops 1.1 is a Max object for analyzing and tracking live video, allowing users to track performers and users with a video camera and analyze greyscale and color information from the live image. The resulting Cyclops data can be used to control MIDI, audio, video and other Max functions. Version 1.1 offers an easy-to-use GUI for specifying zones, analysis modes and tracking colors, eight analysis modes (four grayscale and four color modes), QuickTime input hardware support (video capture cards, USB and FireWire), and compatibility with Mac OS X. Upgrades to the $100 application are $30.
Babel Company offers primer on OS X backups
The Babel Company has put together a primer for approaching the issue of running backups under Mac OS X: "Since the introduction of Panther folks have been reporting issues of data loss from many separate issues, and after seeing these reports I decided to assemble a practical primer to help folks make good choices when backing up their data under OS X. This document is not focused around supporting any particular backup scheme or product, rather it addresses the topics of: media choices, backup types, common pitfalls and data recovery."
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