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NewTek and RealViz have announced a special offer providing purchasers of NewTek's LightWave 3D for Mac platform with RealViz's Interactive Studio bundle, at no additional charge. The Interactive Studio consists of RealViz's Stitcher 3.5 (for building panoramas), ImageModeler 3.5 (create 3D scenes using photographs), and SceneWever (for adding 3D to panoramas)--a $1,500 value. LightWave 3D 7.5 (and the free Interactive Studio bundle) is available for $1,600.
Stairways Software today announced Interarchy 7.0, the new version of its Internet application for Mac OS X. Interarchy can download and upload files via FTP, SFTP, and FTP over SSH (FTP/SSH). In addition, it can download files or whole web sites using HTTP, display detailed Internet/LAN connection information and help you work with remote servers across the Internet. Version 7 offers tabbed browsing, an icon view, full bookmark management, internal file mapping, drag & drop support, toolbars, enhanced scheduling, a new history menu, improved Internet connectivity tools, and bandwidth monitoring/graphing. Pricing starts at $40 (and free to purchases after October 1, 2003). It runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
iTuner 1.4 is a small application that controls iTunes via a small window, instead of the large iTunes window. Version 1.4 fixes Smart EQ, simplifies export options, and adds a status indicator for Quick Scripts. [Download - 195KB] Cocktail is a $12 utility for Mac OS X that offers a mix of maintenance tools and interface tweaks. The update allows users to easily view and manage log files, modify hidden Login Window settings and browse an entire file system. [Download - 1.5MB] FinFlow ($15) is a general purpose financial application for solving time value of money problems and analyzing cash flows using present worth, annual cash flow, or internal rate of return analysis. The latest version offers interface enhancements and new features including a time graph. [Download - 1.1MB] Infinite Nexus Software has released Compare Folders 1.0, a full featured folder comparison utility for Mac OS X. This $9 utility is available now; the demo allows for 15 launches. [Download - 428KB] Apimac has released Secret Folder X 2.6, the latest version of its shareware application that allows users to hide a folder and its contents. The new build required a major code optimization for further Panther compatibility. Additionally, it offers protection against accidently deleting hidden folders. [Download - 1.7MB] AirPort Monitor Utility 1.1 (Beta 1) ($10) allows users to view information about an Apple AirPort Base Station. It adds support for multiple AirPort Base Station, Keychain, Rendezvous, auto refresh, and notification for events. [Download - 515KB] OnDeck 1.6 displays iTunes album artwork in a large separate window. Version 1.6 adds basic FTP information upload support, a sleep timer, the option to hide the window after a few seconds, upload support for Listen-To.com, and bug fixes. OnDeck is free. [Download - 182KB] iSparx is an $8 utility that allows users to share information from the Address Book with others in a network. Version 1.4 offers a new Dutch localization. [Download - 552KB] chatSearch is a free open-source utility that indexes iChat transcripts and imports them into an SQL database. It provides searching by contact, and can also Exports chats to HTML format. [Download - 610KB]
Jasmine Audio today released a Mac OS X version of its Macintosh-based audio editor, Jasmine Audio 1.8. Completely rewritten for Mac OS X, it now includes a new Mac OS X interface, new import/export features, help tags, bug fixes and more. Version 1.8 also now supports multiple file formats including MP4/AAC, WAV, AIFF, AVI, 3GPP, System 7, µLaw, and several QuickTime formats--which allows for changes in sampling frequency (up to 48 kHz), bit depth, stereo interlacing, and common compression/streaming protocols. A 14-day trial of the $30 application is available.
ATEN Technology has announced its dual interface KVMs with audio switching. The CS1758 eight-port USB/PS2 KVM Switch supports Windows, Mac and Sun Solaris computer systems and allows users to cascade to three levels, controlling up to 512 computers using up to 73 CS1758 units. The unit is rackmountable, supports resolutions of up to 2048x1536, and offers audio support for sharing multimedia speakers and a microphone. The CS1758 is priced at $500 and is now available.
Panasonic last week announced its 5-megapixel digital camera, the DMC-LC1 Lumix. The camera offers Leica optics, a large 2.5-inch LCD display, a 3.2 optical zoom (in addition to 3x digital zoom), a burst shooting mode, three different light metering modes, USB connectivity, and an SD Memory Card/Multimedia Card slot. It is expected to ship in March for $1600.
MacResQ announced today the launch of a unique new nationwide repair service for Apple iPods. The service, known as iPodResQ, will provide iPod users throughout the United States with a source for 24-hour repairs and battery replacements on their iPods. The cost of the iPodResQ 24-Hour Repair Service is $29 for a basic repair or $79 if your iPod needs a new battery.
Apple is one of 20 tech companies for investors to watch, according to the latest issue of Fortune (paid subscription required). "The only clear winner in this new world is Apple, which has leveraged its computer platform to make it easy and fashionable for consumers to get with the digital-music age. Apple today sells almost as many iPods per quarter as it does Macs. Microsoft wants in on this business badly, but as HP's decision to shift its loyalty to Apple illustrates, Microsoft doesn't have much leverage just now." The February 24 issue also features a piece on Steve Jobs and the possibility of him taking Apple and Pixar to either Disney or Sony. The likelihood of either happening, the article concludes, is unlikely, as Jobs likes to be in control of his companies, something he'd have to sacrifice in part if he merged with a larger multifaceted entity.
4Peaks 1.1 is an updated version of the DNA sequence viewer. The new version includes a number of improvements including: Better file compatibility, faster zooming and editing functions, better support for foreign characters in filenames and paths, support for mixed base calls, and a number of bug fixes. Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes has added several new and updated scripts, including one for downloading NetNewsWire subscriptions to the iPod. MacLoggerDX 3.9.1 ($95) logs into your favorite Telnet or TNC DXCluster and as DX Spots are received, tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the DX station on the real time grey line Map with distance and bearing from your station. Cunning Fox 1.0.1 ($15) is a tool to stop and continue running applications under Mac OSX, so that you can "pause" other applications to gain optimal performance for a specific application. switchResX 3.3 ($10) allows users to easily manage the resolutions of their monitors through a simple, customizable menu. MovieEdit3D 0.89 ($10) creates a 3D scene showing multiple DV files moving and rotating through 3D space. The end result can be exported to a DV file for use in iMovie.
Apple's flagship San Francisco store, set to open in twelve days on February 28, has already attracted Apple fans bent on taking photos of the store's construction progress. "I had to roust some people a couple of days ago. They wanted pictures, but that's not allowed," one security guard told Wired. Apple has two security guards posted at the store at all times, who have also prohibited construction workers from taking photos. "'I told [a worker] 'I know it's absurd, but that's Apple's mentality, not mine,'' he said. 'Apple acts like it's the Pentagon.'"
With the iPod Mini's arrival this week, the press is once again jumping on the opportunity to praise and publicize Apple's MP3 players. The Washington Post applauds the smaller iPod: "The old iPod worked fine, but this is better. This kind of painstaking perfectionism [with the ClickWheel] explains why the iPod continues to sell so well -- the rest of the industry runs on a 'get it working, then move onto something else' mentality." Meanwhile, the Sunday New York Times included a feature in the Fashion & Style section on the proliferation of people wearing those white headphones around the city. "Michael Gitlitz, an iPod-wearing art dealer walking down Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, put it another way: '[Listening to an iPod while walking] is the next best thing to being transported from place to place in a pneumatic tube.'" Finally, a MacNN reader snapped this photo of an iPod snow sculpture on display this weekend at the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A MacNN Reader reports that his iPod Mini, ordered from the Apple Store on January 7, has shipped, according to the order status page. iPod Minis are to officially start shipping tomorrow, but aren't expected to arrive in large quantity until towards the end of the month.
A MacNN reader writes: "Recorded messages at various Apple retail stores confirm that iPod mini's will be in stock on Friday the 20th of February. One may go down to an Apple store to be added to a product notification list and be contacted once the items begin arriving into the store. While it is unknown if one can sign up for the list via telephone, it is expected that the iPod mini has a heavy demand. To listen to a recording of the message on the Apple store machines, click here."
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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