Creativepro and David Blatner have announced InDesign Magazine, the first electronic magazine devoted to Adobe InDesign. Published by Web content provider Creativepro, in association with page-layout authority David Blatner, InDesign Magazine will provide the growing community of InDesign users with "expert advice about this revolutionary product for designers, publishers, graphic artists, and visual communicators." InDesign Magazine will be available by paid subscription. Bi-monthly issues will be delivered electronically in PDF format ($80 annual subscription).
Afternoon tech news: A new report raises doubts that Linus Torvalds could have launched Linux without using an earlier operating system; digital download service Napster scored a victory over archrival iTunes by launching in Britain today, the first of the high-flying Internet music stores to make a European debut; Sexually explicit Internet spam must now carry a warning label, the U.S. FTC said.
Apple and the upscale W Hotels are launching iTunes Days, a series of monthly special events scheduled for San Francisco, Chicago, and New York that offers an iTunes CD with free iTunes music downloads, "AppleiTini" drink specials while DJs spin music off iPods, and iPod/iMac giveaways at each event. During the summer, W Hotel guests can also download an exclusive iTunes playlist, featuring new tracks each month: The W Hotels' Wonderland Collection is dubbed "the perfect compliment to every mood, emotion, and experience: Sexuality, Fantasy, Intrigue, and Romance." The W Wired Package for guests also bundles 3 free iTunes song downloads with high-speed internet access, a 3-month Wired Magazine subscription, and unlimited local and long distance calling.
The surprise hit of the Cannes film festival is a movie made by a first-time director using Apple's iMovie video editing package, according to the Guardian Unlimited: "Tarnation was created by 31-year-old jobbing actor Jonathan Caouette, using the Apple Macintosh package iMovie. It is a touching and often disturbing family history pieced together via photographs, home movie images from the 1970s and 80s, and interviews by Caouette with his mother and grandparents. The film, part of the directors' fortnight section of the festival, received a standing ovation." (The same movie was profiled by Wired Magazine earlier this year during the Sundance Film festival).
OsiriX 1.1 brings many new features for 3D reconstructions, supports more medical file formats and allows the users to download images from a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) network. It can be used to view and reconstruct in 3D CT scans or MRI exams. [19.6MB] Sync Entourage-iCal 1.0 synchronizes Entourage 2004 [only] and iCal. It allows you to maintain Entourage as your centralized Personal Information Manager while at the same time taking advantage of the direct access provided to iSync, iChat, iPod, .Mac online, and more by OS X's iCal. [1.7MB] Sole Possession 2.0 ($15) is a home inventory cataloger, allowing you to track where all your possessions are as well as providing you with estimated worth reports for insurance purposes in case of fire, theft, etc. It can store multiple pictures of all your possessions, print lists of possessions (and their estimated worth), etc. [17MB] RailModeller 2.1 ($30) is a solution for designing trackplans for model railroads and similar systems; it includes more than 100 libraries which provide tracks and accessories from various vendors and offers a 3D view of the trackplan, the ability to export the plan as a picture in various file-formats and the automatic creation of partlists for the current plan. [3.4MB] On-Target Reports 4.0 ($200), due next month, is a reporting tool for popular databases that offers rapid visual report building and printing. The Professional version adds new graphics support, watermarks, a new graphing engine, PDF export, support for SQLite and REALbasic Database formats, and Linux support. DVDManager 2.1 (donationware) adds the ability to retrieve DVD details from the Internet (instead of adding them manually), create box sets easily, and Address Book integration as well as additional localizations (Czech, German, Italian & Spanish). DVDManager helps maintain your DVD library. [684KB] Sync Entourage-Address Book 2.5 synchronizes Entourage and Apple's Address Book in Mac OS 10.3. It has been upgraded to use the new features of Entourage 2004 (and will continue to work as an update in Entourage X as wel), adding syncing of email labels (home/work/other) in 2004, Instant Message fields, etc. [2.1MB]
Unsanity's Paranoid Android is the second solution ("GURLFriend!" was released earlier this week) designed to protect users agains the recently indentified security exploit in Mac OS X: "Paranoid Android can protect you from this potential vulnerability until Apple makes an official fix available. It does this by watching the URL schemes that are requested and delaying them until you've had a chance to say whether you'd like to proceed or not... It is designed to shield you from a different exploit approach than described in the recent Wired article and other sources (we do not disclose the details of the exploit method publically, but Apple has been notified of the issue)."
Nelly Furtado will be performing an acoustic session at Apple's retail location at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA, Friday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. PT. Furtado will be performing songs from both her debut album, "Whoa, Nelly!," and her latest release, "Folklore."
Blizzard has posted a Diablo II Mac OS X Installer (25.1MB), which allows users to install Diablo II under Mac OS X from the original CD without needing to boot into Classic. Blizzard has also said that a Mac OS X Installer for StarCraft will be available soon, as well. Diablo II sells for $20 direct from Blizzard.
MainConcept has released its standalone MPEG Encoder for Mac, which converts QuickTime to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2. The encoder supports DVD, Video CD, and Super Video CD formats; features two-pass encoding and batch processing; and supports multiple processors. The encoder requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later running QuickTime 6.5 and sells for $250. A demo is available.
TikiMac has started shipping the LavaPad (also known as the FX Game Pad), a mousepad with a USB-powered multi-color LED light system around its border. The LavaPad is available for ordering today for $30 and will begin shipping on June 1.
Napster Thursday launched its music service in the UK, beating Apple to the punch overseas and surprising analysts who had only been told the service would debut by the end of summer. In response, OD2, Europe's leading online music store, announced that it will be cutting prices by up to 50 percent to remain competitive. Napster, meanwhile, boasted that its catalog of 500,000 songs is the largest in Europe, and said it would expand its offerings to 700,000 songs within 30 days. Apple declined to comment on Napster's UK launch, telling Reuters only that it plans to launch its service in Europe by the end of summer.
Harris & Baseview today made several new product announcements, expected to debut at the NEXPO show, which runs June 19-22 in Washington, DC. The company will unveil its IQue Editorial Server designed for the mid- to high-end market. It features an SQL database for multiple publications and multiple platforms within the same newsroom. Paginators, using Macs, can opt for either Quark or Adobe's InDesign CS. IQue Server now also features remote administration capabilities that allow systems staff to access and configure the IQue Server from any TCP/IP computer, Mac or PC. The company also announced a Mac OS X page-design client for Jazbox, its enterprise-class editorial system with support for InDesign, and a new a budgeting and resource system.
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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