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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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ