Waterfall Software today released iVideo 2.0, a revision to its advanced video organizer for Mac OS X. iVideo 2.0 features a revamped user interface, video exporting, a new "Gallery" view which displays both a thumbnail and information about the video, a rating system, a "Quick Search" feature, and many bug fixes. Version 2.0 also features a new database format for improved stability. It is a free upgrade to the $17 application. iVideo runs on Mac OS X and requires QuickTime 6.
Apple today released AirPort 3.4.1, an update to its wireless networking software that update "provides improved AirPort wireless networking software, and is recommended for all users with an AirPort Extreme and AirPort enabled computer or an AirPort Extreme base station," including improved antenna output control, enhanced logging from your base station which is compatible with syslog, and performance improvements for WPA security implementations.
Evening tech news: A Web site meant to promote upcoming film drama "Godsend" is stirring controversy among people who oppose human cloning and want the site shut down because they think the site is real, the film's makers say; a controversial anti-Semitic site has disappeared from Google, but the search site says it had nothing to do with disappearance, and does not attempt to remove offensive content; A growing number of federal and state legislators are expressing doubts about the integrity of the ATM-like electronic voting machines; David Bowie has invited fans to remix his music -- and he's offering prizes for the most creative "mash-up."
Apple Senior Engineer Dave Marra will offer his third annual Apple Product Overview on May 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Hogdon IRC Lecture Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The overview is organized by MUG ONE (Oneonta, NY) and will explore recent product announcements from Apple and "have fun with iLife '04 [...] as well as Final Cut Express 2.0 for professional-quality digital video editing.
The organizers of ADHOC (the conference formerly known as MacHack) have announced two featured speakers for this year's Macintosh developer's conference (July 21-24). One of our featured speakers is Jordan Hubbard, Apple's manager of the Darwin (UNIX-based) core of Macintosh OS X. The official keynote speaker will be David Pogue, an author of many Mac-related books, guides, and articles. For attendees, discounted registration is available for early action. Full attendees can register for $500 online (before 05/30/04), a savings of $50 off the regular registration rate.
GRBand Assistant 2.0 ($15) is a collection of three utilities designed to enhance the funcionality of Apple's GarageBand. GB DrumLoops can be used to create drum loops in the Apple loops format, GB Import imports standard exs files (as used by Apple's eMagic Logic package) into GarageBand as new Software Instruments, and MidiMaster uses information from a Midi file to play music through a sample based synthesizer. [458KB] dincTYPE has released five new free fonts: Skyway, Ladybug, Shoelace, Truth, and Jump. A new Mac OS X retro icon collection has also been posted. Tasks Pro 1.1 is a web-based hierarchical task manager with multi-user functionality, hierarchical organization, e-mail notifications and reminders, Version 1.1 adds time-tracking, file attachment support, user permissions, and mobile/PDA access, RSS feeds and iCalendars, and more. Pricing starts at $125 for 5-users. DragThing 5.1.1 ($30) updates the popular dock application for Mac OS. The release works round a reported problem with the recent McAfee Virex 7.5 beta and adds new features including enhanced contextual menus and AppleScript support, greatly improves saving and loading of docks and other files, and improves startup performance. [3.2MB] BitWise Chat 1.0.1 (free) is a cross-platform, interoperable and secure instant messaging service. Features include file sharing, a tabbed interface, automatic encryption, whiteboards, logging, offline messaging, invisibility, and more. New in 1.0.1 are XML logging, log viewer with text, user and date search, improved whiteboards and tree-based shared file viewing. [2.9MB] Stock Investment Guide 1.5 ($40) is a new stock club analysis software for OS X. Version 1.5 adds online integration with the Online Premium Service database of more than 10,000 companies; new Company Performance Analysis for both quarterly and trailing 12-month periods; and automatic links to a company's SEC filings and earnings estimates; and new automatic alerts for earnings announcements. [1.2MB] FileWIZ 1.1 (free) is an application for editting the File Type and Creator for Mac OS files. Users can work with two files simultaneously, set the type/creator for the first file based on the second or vice versa, drag & drop files onto the window, and either manually edit the type/creator or select one from a custom listing. [Classic, OSX]
Native Instruments has announced a special limited-time upgrade offer for the NI Komplete 2 bundle, which will be officially launched on June 1st. NI Komplete 2 is an extensive collection of sound generators and effects with eleven critically acclaimed software synthesizers, samplers and effects: Absynth 2, Reaktor 4, B4 Organ, Fm7, Pro-53, Kontakt 1.5, Kompakt, Intakt, Battery, Vokator and Ni-Spektral Delay. Registered owners of any single product can upgrade to NI Komplete 2 for $580, while owners of four or more products can upgrade for $340. The offer is good through May 31st, when NI Komplete will be available for $1150; upgrades will start at $800.
Web Crossing today announced a new Brainstorm Plug-in, which facilitates team problem solving using a three-stage brainstorm process: "Now, teams can solve problems with an efficient online tool to guide them through the fundamental process, including distinct modes for brainstorming, discussing and rating the options. Free for a limited time, Web Crossing installations incorporate the new Brainstorm plug-in through the sysop control panel in just a few clicks." Web Crossing is available as a hosted service, or as licensed software. A free license is available for low-volume sites.
Apple today announced that it hold a special iTunes Anniversary conference call on Wednesday, April 28, 2004. Apple CEO Steve Jobs will offer an update on the iTunes Music Store one year after its launch.
Sonnet Technologies today announced PodFreq, a portable FM transmitter for Apple's iPod (with dock connectors). PodFreq broadcasts iPod music on any available FM frequency (via digital turning in 0.1MHz increments), utilizing the line-out signal. "The attractive and integrated design of the PodFreq encases the iPod in a durable, translucent shell, providing added protection to the iPod, while maintaining convenient access to the iPod controls and the headphone jack." Integrated FireWire and mini USB ports allow the user to synch with iTunes and/or charge the iPod using industry-standard cables without removing it from the PodFreq. It will ship in May for $100.
Apple's strong iPod sales is not helping grow the company's computer business, as the PC market share has dropped from 4 percent last year to 2.8 percent (IDC numbers). Bears Stearns analyst Andrew Neff writes: "Our concerns are that the G5 cycle has disappointed, Apple is still ceding PC share, and at some point iPod mini supply will catch up with demand, which could derail the stock's momentum and temper further earnings per share [growth]," Neff wrote in a note to investors released Monday. Supplies of the original iPod, the one in the white case, have already caught up with demand, he said."
Autonomic Software today announced launched its Autonomic Network & Security Administration (ANSA) system, offering a transparent "system managing systems" technology to augment patch and asset management. The cross-platform, agent-based system can scale to support thousands of Windows, Linux, UNIX-variant and Mac OS X computers from a single ANSA Inoculation Server. It features an Asset Discovery Engine, an automatically updated Global Update Repository, and Inoculation Server (running on Windows), Inoculation Clients for managed computers (including Mac OS X), and a System Administration Management Console. Pricing starts at $35 per agent.
Aspyr today announced that it will publish Homeworld 2 for the Mac with Beenox handling the conversion: "Homeworld 2 continues the epic struggle of the Hiigarans and their leader Karan S'jet. Join the valiant journey of the Mothership and its crew into the oldest regions of the galaxy to confront their new foe and discover the truth behind their exile." The title will run on Mac OS X 10.2 and is available for pre-order for $50. Homeworld 2 is expected to ship this summer.
Digital Mind Corp. today announced that it will be bringing MultiChannel Labs' DMC-Xclef 500 MP3 player to the U.S. Currently available in Europe, the DMC-Xclef 500 comes in 40GB and 80GB models and includes features such as an FM tuner, FM recording, line recording, up to 20 hours of battery life, and a USB 2.0 interface. The device measures 129x81x22mm (the 40GB iPod measures 104x61x18.5mm) and weighs 255 grams, about 80 grams more than the iPod. The DMC-Xclef 500 also features an upgradeable hard drive interface that accepts any 2.5" laptop drive. The 40GB model will cost $350, while the 80GB model will sell for $450.
Between April 19 and April 22, six Apple executives sold 2,378,400 shares of the company, valued at about $102 million, according to SEC filings. With shares of Apple flirting at three-year highs, Tim Cook (Executive VP) sold about $33 million, Fred Anderson (CFO) sold about $22 million, Sina Tamaddon (Senior VP) sold about $19 million, Jon Rubinstein (Senior VP) sold about $14.5 million, Phil Schiller (Senior VP) sold about $7 million, and Nancy Heinen (Senior VP) sold $5.6 million worth of stock. Most of the sales came from exercised options.
With the iTunes Music Store celebrating its first birthday on Wednesday, CNET takes a look at the online music business and the giant transformation it has undergone since Apple's launch. Of note: some labels have started charging more for both singles and albums, although to date services have only passed on the higher charges to consumers who purchase albums; Walmart.com's 88-cent music store has come the closet to duplicating Apple's success, with the store garnering about half as many customers as iTunes had in March; and Apple's competitors continue to believe that Apple's closed approach to the iPod/iTunes will be what unseats both from their dominant positions, while the music industry itself would like to see more interoperability between all services and devices.
CNET, which last year acquired MP3.com, today launched Download.com Music, a free music service that takes a page from the former service. Download.com Music features free tracks from numerous independent bands and allows new artists to contribute their works to the site.
FairTunes is a new application that strips the digital rights management (DRM) protection from songs purchased at the iTunes Music Store. Unlike PlayFair, a similar utility that Apple has twice had removed from the Web, FairTunes does not require an iPod and is packaged as a simple Cocoa application that converts the song into an uncompressed WAV of AIFF file, which can then be encoded or burned as the user desires. FairTunes is free.
CNET has published a short editorial on Apple's transition to services and gadgets, from the strict computer sales business of the past. "Gone are the posters and graphics accenting the company's sleek personal computers [at Apple's corporate HQ]. In their place, in the main lobby, is a striking, three-story-high billboard celebrating Steve Jobs's new billion-dollar consumer electronics business--the iPod digital MP3 music player." Meanwhile, a New York Times story on the development of the iPod reports that the device was developed in just six months by a 35-member team. The team was headed by Tony Fadell, an engineer who had worked at RealNetworks on a similar (but failed) project.
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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj