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MacRetreats today announced that they have extended the early registration discount deadline for people to attend The Mac Networkers Retreat, to be held July 7 - 9 on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The deadline has been extended to Friday June 11, and provides a savings of $100. The Mac Networkers Retreat features a series of lectures, discussion groups and workshops covering topics of interest to Mac Network and IT Managers. The all-inclusive pricing for the Retreat is $695 before June 11 and $795 after - and provides retreat tuition, housing and meals.
Aspyr has released a demo version of Call of Duty, the World War II Action Game from the perspective of American, British and Russian troops. "Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an American paratrooper on D-Day, or a member of the British Special Forces, or a Russian tank commander in the middle of World War II?"
More than 200 new fonts and font packages from Agfa Monotype are now available from Fonts.com. The collections are from MacCampus, Outside the Line, Pizzadude and Typodermic. Individual fonts from said font creators are $25, $36, $22, and $38, respectively. Fonts.com is the "most comprehensive and convenient place to preview, purchase and download fonts."
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Special Edition is now available from some distributors; a potential problem with FireWire on Apple's latest PowerBook G4s and Mac OS X 10.3; laptop suggestions for a graphics arts student; the Mac OS X 10.3.4 update, which was released yesterday; discussion of Adium X Public Beta, the major update to the instant messaging client for OS X.
Apple may be looking to open a store in the Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY, according to The Post-Standard: " Apple and Carousel aren't confirming it, but apparently talks are serious again and might mean an Apple-owned store at the mall is imminent. The prime location? Near the mall's food court. Talk about Apple has heated up in retail and other circles recently. It even heated up in this space, as I recently told you of Apple's on-again, off-again talks with Carousel owner The Pyramid Cos. to bring a store to Syracuse. Pyramid has Apple stores at its malls in Albany, Buffalo and West Nyack."
BIAS this week began shipping SoundSoap Pro, its high-end audio restoration plug-in aimed at professional audio producers (complementing SoundSoap, which is targeted at entry-level users). SoundSoap Pro uses a unique, integrated interface that allows the user to access one of four different tools from within a single plug-in window, including "Hum & Rumble," "Click & Crackle," "Broadband," and "Noise Gate". It offers a unique method for multi-band noise reduction, real-time spectrogram monitoring, and more. Pricing is $600 for a plugin that supports virtually any plugin host (the entry-level SoundSoap is $100).
LogOutScreenSaver 2.0 ($10) is a screen saver module that will automatically log a user out after being idle for a user defined time. "When the screen saver gets activated you will see a black screen with a warning message and a countdown timer. When the timer reaches zero, the user is either logged off or brought back to the login screen via Apple's Fast User Switching." Version 2.0 adds an admin-configurable timer, audible alert settings, configurable warning messages, and the ability to add your own logo, lock the System's Screen Effects Preference Pane, preview customizations, export settings, and more. A demo is expected next week.
Apple's Director's Special promo offers a $300 savings when users purchase DVD Studio Pro along with Director MX: "Buy DVD Studio Pro 3 and Macromedia Director MX 2004 between May 28, 2004, and July 31, 2004, and get $300 back via mail-in rebate. Add a Power Mac G5 and get an additional $200 back, for a total rebate of $500...All qualifying purchases must be made within 14 days of the earliest qualifying product purchase date."
Nikon today introduced the Nikon Coolpix 4100, a 4-megapixel camera that boasts Scene Assist and Blur Warning, PictBridge, and in-camera cropping functions as well as a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, 14.5MB of internal memory, SD card compatibility, 15 different scene modes, a panorama assist mode, macro shooting (1.6"), voice memos (20 sec) Nikon's Best Shot Selector, three movie modes (up to 640x480 at 30fps), USB connectivity, and video out for displaying photos directly to a TV. The Nikon Coolpix 4100 incorporates PictureProject, a new software package aimed at creating a simple, intuitive and seamless photographic experience. It will ship this summer with a wrist strap, USB cable, video cable, Li-ion rechargeable battery and quick charger for $300.
Digistor today announced the availability of its 4X Ultra Slim External, DVD Super Multi Drive. This latest offering extends the company's award winning slim drive lineup to now provide users with 4X DVD-R write speed in a slim line form factor that measures less than one-half inch in height, weighs about one pound, and includes both USB 2.0 and FireWire (bus-powered) interfaces. In addition to writing and reading DVD-R (4x/6x), DVD+R (2.4x/6x), DVD-RAM (2x/2x), DVD-RW, (2x/6x) DVD+RW (2.4x/6x), CD-R (16x/32x) and CD-RW (8x/24x) discs, the Multi Drive can also play DVD-ROM (12x), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and CD-ROM (32x) discs. Pricing starts at $245.
iTunes and other music download services are helping drive a recovery in the music industry, according to the BBC. "While downloaded music accounts for 1% or 2% of sales currently, Mr Jopling said it could account for 4% or 5% by next year. He said the global industry was looking to the United States see how the market could recover. CD sales in the US have risen 9.4% in the year to date, said Mr Jopling....He said that the online services were also informing people about new music something, something the industry had struggled with previously."
Sonnet today announced the new Sonata SD PCI graphics card. It is specifically designed to drive a second (or third) display, and is compatible with virtually all Macs with PCI slots, and almost every analog monitor. Although built around Mac OS X, it also offers a unique Screen Doubler feature for users of the Classic Mac OS. This is a panning mode feature that provides a virtual desktop up to four times larger than the display connected to the Sonata SD card. Sonata SD will be shipping in early June, with estimated retail pricing of $100.
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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
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko