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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GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
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