Managing Editor has announced the K4 Publishing System Version 5.0 U.S. Tour, which offers publishing professionals the first chance to see the new 5.0 version of K4. The K4 tour, co-sponsored by Adobe, will travel to five major cities between February and March and unveil the new standard in publishing workflow management that works with Adobe InDesign CS and InCopy CS. The locations are: New York, Washington, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
MacBand is an online directory that gives GarageBand musicians a forum to share their songs and loops. Songs are organized by category and loops are organized by genre, instrument and mood. MacBand features a rating system similar to the one built into Apple's iTunes software. The site automatically generates the top five highest rated song and loop tracks on the site. Every artist who has an account with MacBand has a personal Artist Profile page. This page lists a short biography and any other information the artist wants to release.
A MacNN reader reports winning a free iTunes song with the purchase of a Pepsi drink, but not being able to read the code printed on the bottle cap. "The code printed on the bottle cap is distorted and smudges as you loft out the cap liner." A Pepsi customer service rep acknowledged that there is a problem with the ink used in printing the code. Customers with unreadable caps are instructed to send the cap to Pepsi for a replacement code.
Sleepless 1.4 ($5) is a utilty that prevents your Mac from going to sleep without needing to change any system settings. The utility also allows PowerBooks to continue to run with the lid closed, although doing so can lead to heat problems in some units. Paid! 3.4 ($80) is a FileMaker Pro runtime database program which allows freelancers in the film and television industry to easily track Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. oXygen XML Editor 3.1 ($74) improves the outliner, updates the DocBook stylesheets, and fixes a number of bugs with the software.
Small Tree Communications has released its dual and quad port Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X cards for Power Mac G5 and XServe G5 systems. The Dual Port card sells for $250 and is available now, while the Quad Port will ship later this month for $550. Small Tree Communications is also an Apple Value Address Reseller that carries the full Apple product line.
Macworld UK today announced Macworld Conference 2004, a two-day event that will take place in London beginning May 17. Speakers include Deke McClelland, Jason Snell, and Andy Ihnatko, with more to be added as the date draws near. One day passes start at £125.
Apple UK grew its Q4 2003 marketshare by 25 percent year-over-year. According to IDC, Apple's desktop shipments grew 10 percent while portables jumped 50 percent. The UK PC industry as a whole grew 16.9 percent last quarter. Apple currently holds 2.3 percent of the overall UK market.
True to a MacNN reader's observation last month, the doors to Apple's newest retail location will open February 13 at The Shops at Mission Viejo, in southern California. Usual grand opening celebrations will be offered, including T-Shirts to the first 1,000 visitors.
Speed Download 2.3 ($20) brings significant new features to the robust download manager, including optimizations for Safari 1.2, a new software updating toolbar for tracking updates to your software, and full customization of the application's interface. iSticky 1.1 ($16) allows users to place sticky notes on the desktops of other Macs that are connected either on a local network or over the Internet. iSticky is billed as a "full-featured memo assistant." IntelliScanner Collector 1.1 adds barcoded printing tools, worldwide media support, and support for both console and computer video games to the cataloging software included with the company's Personal Barcode Reader. Additionally, a new Palm Synchronization Tool has been released for the software. MacZoom 2.0 is a free service that helps link Mac users around the world. The software and Web site allows you to search for Mac users in a particular city or country and also send messages to any members.
Primera Technologies today announced its Bravo II Disc Publisher, which burns and prints CDs and DVDs hands-free. An advanced robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in 52x CD-R recorder or optional Pioneer combo DVD+/-R/CD-R recorder. After recording, discs are transported to the integrated printer and printed in full-color at up to 4800 dpi resolution. Bravo II prints directly onto the surface of the discs, so no labels are required. The system supports up to 50 discs per job; the label design software runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. (Pricing not available.)
Gefen has released its new ex-tend-it SDI to DVI Adapter, an adapter that enables high definition serial digital video transmitted through SDI to be converted to DVI (digital visual interface) for output to DVI displays. It works with all SDI and serial digital video sources, which are commonly used in broadcast and post-production, and outputs a DVI signal compatible with LCD monitors, HDTVs (high definition televisions), video projectors and plasma displays with DVI. The $900 adapter outputs RGB DVI at 1280x1024 resolution and supports PAL, NTSC, 720p, 1080p and 1080I formats.
McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) will name Apple Japan CEO President Eiko Harada as its next CEO, "hoping his achievements at the computer company will bolster business at the giant fast-food chain, sources familiar with the plan said Friday. MacDonald's Japan will finalize the appointment of Harada, 55, at a board meeting Feb 13. He will succeed MacDonald's Japan CEO and Chairman Pat Donahue, who will keep the post of representative director," according to Japan Today.
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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