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Amit Singh has compiled a complete history of Apple's Operating Systems, starting with Apple's earliest efforts (DOS, Pascal, CP/M, SOS, ProDOS), extending to the Macintosh (System 2-7, A/UX), Apple's initial next generation options (Star Trek, Raptor, Copland, BeOS, and more) and finally the coming of Mac OS X and the last versions of the original Mac OS.
Renowned Dreamweaver writer and teacher David Sawyer McFarland has teamed with Missing Manual creator David Pogue to produce a guide to the latest version of Dreamweaver MX. "Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual" ($35) gives Web designers "all the tools and techniques they need to get their work onto the Web faster and more professionally," while brining "stunning, interactive Web sites to life." Unique features of the book include: "live examples," tricks of the trade, design guidance, and more than 500 illustrations.
Apple's surge to a 52-week high today may be due in part to vague takeover rumors circulated over the past few days. Apple's stock hit a high yesterday, and rose even higher today, to close at 26.74 (peaking at $27.49). The stock rose today amid persistent takeover speculation, with the purported suitor this time being consumer electronics giant Sony, analysts said. Since at least the mid-90s, Apple has been posited as a takeover target, with suggested bidders ranging from Sony to Sun. A strong response to its iPod mini has also helped drive Apple's stock higher -- Last month, Apple said it had received 100,000 pre-orders for the device.
A fee/tax should be imposed for sending email, to curb rampant junk mail distribution, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and others suggest; state officials have designated discarded laptops and flat-screen computer monitors as "hazardous waste'' and are asking consumers to drop off unwanted products at proper recycling centers and not toss them in the trash; The head of Israel-based flash memory maker M-Systems, Microsoft's new hardware partner for the Xbox, confirms that the next version of the game console will not have a hard drive.
nova media today unveiled Mobile High Speed 3.23 ($50), the first Mac OS software to support online connections using the EDGE protocol as well as adds support for a Nokia 6620, Motorola T725E and SonyEricsson GC82 PC Card Modem. EDGE, currently available from AT&T in the US, supports download of up to 110 kbit/s and upload speeds of up to 40 kbit/s, depending on the device and the load of the network. Mobile High Speed completes the set up of Mac OS X for an EDGE or GRPS connection by creating a new location with all connection details already in place. It includes more than 200 network settings for most mobile network carriers worldwide and supports more than 87 phones and PC Card modems.
CandyBar 1.6.3 updates the system icon customization utility with "full qualification for Mac OS X 10.3.3" as well as fixes a few bugs and adds drag and drop support for the impending release of Pixadex 1.5. It is a free update to the $13 utility. [3.9MB] Apple's NVidia FCode flasher 1.1 is available via the company's website (after being moved to a different location). The update is for owners of the Apple Cinema HD Display and a Power Mac G4 with one of the following NVIDIA graphics cards: GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 MX TwinView, GeForce3, or GeForce4 MX. [562KB] ChronoPhoto 1.02 is a new digital photograph viewer for Mac OS X. The €25 shareware offers fast photo import, large thumbnails, full-screen slideshow, EXIF info display, and more. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. [797KB] MultiMode OS X 4.6 ($90) adds ASCII transmitting, ACF Auto-Correlation Function, TCP/IP connections, to receive a stream of decoded text, and several additional SSTV modes. It can decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. [895KB] Sound Byte 2.1 ($24) allows users to quickly and easily play a variety of recorded sounds, such as jingles, advertisements, songs, sound effects at sporting events, and more. This version adds the ability to fade the currently playing track, as well as a graphical display showing the elapsed time of the currently playing track. [Classic, OSX]
Feral today announced that it is including a new calibration utility with its games: Zonic's Input Calibrator is designed for Feral's Mac games, allowing users to improve the input control (steering wheels, joysticks gamepads, etc.) for any supported game. The utility currently supports Rayman 3 and Total Immersion Racing and is included in the new updaters for both games. The company also released new patches for F1 Championship 1.04, Warrior Kings 1,01, Ghost Master 1.02, Total Immersion Racing v1.01, and Rayman 3 v1.01--all of which fix outstanding bugs in each game. Finally, the company has posted a XIII In-game Video taken from the Mac version of XIII.
Shares of Apple hit a new intraday 52-week high of $27.49 in morning trade after a report in The USA Today said "the company's new iPod mini digital music player has been a runaway success. The paper said the mini iPod is virtually sold-out, with nearly 100,000 snapped up since its launch two weeks ago: "'I've never seen a product line sell like this," says Jack Wahrman, senior merchandising manager at New York's J&R Music World. "The iPod is a phenomenon.' On its Web site, Apple tells shoppers to expect a one- to three-week wait. 'We're asking people to be patient with us,' says Greg Joswiak, Apple marketing vice president. It's not a component shortage that's causing the backlog. "We're making and shipping them as fast as we can," Joswiak says. He says teens are taking to the cool colors. And the mini is appealing to athletic fans, who like exercising with an ultralight device."
Citing gains made combatting piracy, the music industry Friday announced that wholesale shipments of CDs, music videos, and other format in the U.S. during 2003 fell 2.7 percent, considerably less than the 7.8 percent decline in the previous year. That translates to a 4.3 percent decline overall in the value of music shipments to retail outlets, or $11.05 billion in 2003 compared with $11.60 billion in 2002, according to The Financial Times.
Universal Music Publishing Group is giving away 15GB iPods to promote the launch of its new site, synchExpress. Designed with music supervisors in mind, the site allows users to search, listen, and license tracks that span from 1920 to the present. Users who license a song for a fee of at least $25,000 through synchExpress from now through April 1, 2004 will receive a free iPod. While the site will not load natively in Safari ("requiring" Internet Explorer 5.0 or later), Safari users can access the page with details on the iPod giveaway.
Interarchy 7.0.1 ($40) brings several small modifications and bug fixes to the robust FTP client. Interarchy 7 is fully Mac OS X native, features tabbed browsing, a new icon view, and a wealth of other features. [2.7MB] getTunes 2.0 (free) is a free iTunes plug-in that allows users to download music from Rendezvous-shared music libraries, instead of simply streaming the songs. The new version has been completely rewritten in Java, features a graphical UI, multi threading support, and includes the source code [107KB]
Roku has dropped the price of its HD1000 set-top digital media player to $300 and introduced a new $500 Gallery Collection bundle that includes six Art Packs, normally $70 each, with the unit. The HD1000 integrates into a home network to pipe music, photos, and art stored on a computer to a television. The device supports HDTV and can read a variety of flash-based storage mediums. The Art Packs include a series of high definition art work and screen savers.
Apple finds many of its products in CNET's new Editors' Top 100 Tech Products list. The Power Mac G5 is naturally the best desktop for creative pros while the 12-inch PowerBook G4 takes top honors in the curious category of best Apple notebook. Final Cut Pro 4 and iLife '04 both land in the top 10 software products. In digital music, the iPod is CNET's best overall MP3 player while the iPod mini is the best ultraportable hard drive player; iTunes Music Store is the best online music service.
Audible.com and Micro Center today announced a co-marketing relationship that will see Micro Center promote and sell Audible's flat-rate AudibleListener membership plans at its retail stores and through its catalog. In conjunction with the promotional campaign, users who sign up for 12 months of AudibleListener through Micro Center will receive $100 off an iPod. Two AudibleListener plans are available: PremiumListener for $20 includes two audiobooks per month while BasicListener for $15 includes one audiobook each month and a one-month subscription to audio digests from leading publications.
MacMice has started shipping The Mouse AL, a two-button optical scroll mouse designed to match Apple's PowerBook G4 and Power Mac G5 offerings. The Mouse AL features a silver-Aluminum case with a clear acrylic outer shell and a solid, unbroken top mouse surface. It sells for $40.
Griffin Technology today released Final Vinyl 1.1, its software that allows the recording of vinyl records using just the Griffin iMic or PowerWave and a turntable. Version 1.1 also adds several new features including sound waveform based cue editing and complete Panther compatibility. Griffin also introduced the Griffin Turntable Connection Cable ($13) with built-in grounding. The six-foot cable offers stereo RCA jacks and a turntable grounding screw on one end, and a mini-jack on the other to connect a turntable to the Griffin iMic or PowerWave.
Apple will open a new retail store in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m. The Apple Store SouthPark is located at the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads in Charlotte. The Apple Store is located in the new Nordstrom wing. The store was first reported in September 2003.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.7 ( -0.57 )
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe