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Adobe today reported record earnings and revenues for its first quarter ended March 5th. Adobe achieved record revenue of $423.3 million, compared to $296.9 million reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Net income was a record $123.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2004, compared to $54.2 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2003. "Our outstanding quarter was driven by strong global revenue from the new Adobe Creative Suite and record revenue from our Intelligent Documents business."
Virtual Programming today launched a new Web site, and made a number of announcements related to its latest games. "Virtual Grand Prix 2" has reached gold master and is moving into production. Pre-orders are being taken for shipping in April.
Web Dumper 2.0 is a $17 Internet tool† that† allows† users to download Web sites for offline browsing. The latest includes a standard toolbar with most used functions; offers a new Pause/Resume function; features minimum cookie handling; is available in an Italian localized version; and features a redesigned interface with significant performance enhancements. [Download - OS X, Classic] Barcode Producer 2.6 ($130) is a new functionality update to the barcode generation suite for Mac OS X. This update adds support for, and fixes several issues related to Mac OS X 10.3.3. Also included is a new PostScript name reference sheet, an Asset Tag Maker; and an Inventory Printer. [Download - 2.0MB] MacMemoriesManager 0.4 ($67) is a radio memory manager that "wrestles unruly rig memories to the ground, saves multiple memory files for different situations, and switches easily from profile to profile." It must be registered to work beyond the 5 minute time limit for some features to work. [Download - 2.5MB] iCan 3.0 is a $10 multi-featured trash utility with a desktop trashcan and a new system-wide trash menu. Version 3.0 adds many new features, including full compatibility for OS X 10.3, a new system-wide menu, and a much improved trashcan appearance - Quartz graphics is now used for drawing iCan themes. [Download - 2.0MB] AE Monitor 1.5 ($30) helps developers understand Apple Events and integrate Apple Event functionality into their applications. This major update delivers many new features, including automatic code generation to replicate Apple Events; the ability to monitor applications one at a time; event rules; enhanced performance and customization; and more. [Download - 2.5MB] Audiocorder 4.0.1 ($20) is a program that allows a Mac to act as a sophisticated audio recorder. The latest version includes some bug fixes to recording in the WAVE file format. [Download - OS X, Classic]
Tech News: The European Union said that last-ditch settlement talks with Microsoft had failed and would propose a "precedent-setting ruling against the U.S. software giant be adopted next week;" new "mesh system" technology allowing hotspots to talk to eachother could extend the range of Wi-Fi networks; Nearly three of four people in the US have Internet access at home, Internet audience measurement service Nielsen/NetRatings said on Thursday; and Google Zeitgeist reports that 4% of Google users used the Mac in February.
Apple has released Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.3, an update to Xserve RAID's remote management software. The Java-based application provides an interface for creating protected storage volumes, logging events, managing preferences, and monitoring storage hardware from virtually any networked computer over TCP/IP. MacNN readers also note that Apple has released a Xserve firmware upgrade via the Software Update function in Mac OS X.
Aspyr today announced that The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King has gone "gold", finishing development on the third-person action/adventure title; Due early next month, it "puts the fate of Middle-earth in the hands of the gamer... players must destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Crack of Doom, freeing Middle-earth from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron." It offers eight playable and secret characters including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam and Frodo with exclusive voice-over provided by the actual actors from the films as well as an all-new co-op multiplayer mode, 12 interactive environments, and seamless movie-to-game transitions. The $50 title will be available on April 2.
Konica Minolta today introduced the new DiMAGE G600, a new 6 megapixel digital camera that features a 3x optical (along with a 3x digital) zoom, a Rapid Response with a 1.3-second start-up time in "an ergonomic and easy-to-use design." The camera features a GT HEXANON lens, a newly developed Signal Processing Engine, magnification of photos up to 12x on the camera's LCD panel, a redesigned exterior ("stainless steel and aluminum design elements combine to create a modern, yet timeless design"), dual card slots (Memory Sticks and SD Memory Cards), and a macro mode that allows photographing objects just 2.4 inches away. (Pricing not available.)
CompuCable/Addlogix has updated the product page for the firePod, its adapter that will simultaneously charge all iPod models (original, 3G and mini) as well as various USB devices (cell phone, PDA, etc). The site now includes application diagrams for 3G iPod and iPod mini, and comparison diagram between firePod against other car adapters. It also introduced two new firePod accessories, USB charger for Gameboy Advance SP ($20 bundle) and USB Beverage Warmer ($15).
EMI today launched Play, Singapore's largest online music store. As reported by The Straits Times, the store uses Windows Media 9 technology and sells its 50,000 tracks for US$1.17 each, or US$9.70 per album. The service is not Mac-compatible.
Olympus today unveiled two new digital cameras: the C-60 Zoom, an ultra-compact 6.1-megapixel model; and the D-395, an affordable 3.2-megapixel model. The C-60 Zoom packs a 3x optical and 4x digital zoom into its seven ounce (without battery) package while the D-395 features just a 2.5x digital zoom. Both cameras utilize xD-Picture Cards and will ship in April for $450 and $150, respectively. Additionally, Olympus announced the DS-2200 digital voice recorder, which also uses an xD-Picture Card (for up to 17 hours of Stereo High Quality recording to a 512MB card) and includes a Mac-compatible USB dock for downloading recordings. The DS-2200 sells for $290.
On the heels of Apple's Spoken Interface technology announcement, O'Reilly's MacDevCenter has published a detailed article on speech and Mac OS X. The article traces the history of speech synthesis and speech recognition, how the two work, and offers advice for people looking to use the technology.
Impression 2.1 ($25 shareware) is a substantial update to the backup software. The burn engine has been rewritten and now supports multiple drives as well the saving of disc images. A $10 discount is also being offered for a limited time to those willing to participate in a rather unique promotional idea. dincTYPE Six New LE Fonts (free) consist of the following new fonts: Little Black Book, Seventy-Three, Liars A To E, Magic, Lipstick Killers, and Murder 101. BugOff 1.0 ($30) is a graphical debugger for Palm OS and Mac OS applications. The software essentially provides a Mac OS X graphical front-end to the open source PRC-Tools development package, which normally runs from the command line. Aki Mahjong 1.0.1 ($20) is a maintenance update to Ambrosia's solitaire game. The new version provides bug and compatibility fixes and allows for system-wide registration.
Sony today announced two new LCD displays that feature dual-inputs so that users can connect them to two systems. The 17-inch SDM-S74 and 19-inch SDM-S94 have one digital and one analog input, feature Sony's adjustable ErgoStand, and will be available in black and silver bezels. The S74 and S94 will ship in April for $520 and $750, respectively. Sony yesterday announced two new dual-layer DVD-R drives, which can store up to 8.5GB of data. While not specifically Mac-compatible at the moment, they mark the company's first dual-layer offerings.
Microsoft Thursday is expected to introduce its own music/video handheld device to compete with the iPod as well as a link it to several online music services. The International Herald Tribune reports the announcements will include "a series of partnerships linked to the planned introduction of its new hand-held combination music and video players in Europe, a development that the company hopes will give it an edge against Apple and others in the market for portable media devices. Microsoft is expected to announce that the British units of EMI Music and the online music and video service Napster are set to unveil content-sharing agreements that would support the Microsoft devices by the end of the summer.
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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 ¬≠Power 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
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t