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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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