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In Brief Blueworld is selling electronic versions of pre-Lasso 7 products in response to customer demand; through June 16, customers can get a free LaCie 6-in-1 Media Reader when they buy a LaCie d2 Hard Drive Extreme; dincTYPE reiterates that all its fonts are are limited editions and cannot be made available once they're gone (this week see "No Pen Fontset"); LightWork Design has released a set of material libraries for accurately visualizing a range of carpets and carpet tiles; and NJFCPUG will hold its next meeting ("Inside the HDV format") on June 22 at 7pm at Odyssey Tek NJ (Mahwah, NJ).
The new Power Mac G5 models are the first to include Apple's new "System Migration" feature, which allows easy transferring of data from an old Mac to a new one. As reported by MacFixIt, Apple's website states: "Apple simplicity lets you add a Power Mac G5 to your creative studio without days of downtime configuring a new system. The new Mac OS X setup assistant helps you effortlessly move user accounts, system preferences, documents and applications from an old Mac to a new Power Mac G5 -- and the transfer is FireWire fast."
Managing Editor today announced the release of Roundhouse 3.5 Ad Tracking System which offers complete support for InDesign CS, QuarkXPress 6, and MultiAd Creator 7. The newest version comes with an expansive new feature set and will be shown at NEXPO 2004 in Washington, DC (booth 2439). In addition to the sophisticated deadline management functions of Roundhouse, the new "time-spent-on-ad" function allows a threshold to be set so that users know when they are exceeding a time limit for working on a particular ad.
Rax ($30) turns a Mac into a virtual rig for live performance, slaving instruments and effects from another app or offloading DSP to a second computer. Rax comes with many features such as multiple synths per rack, flexible effect routing, send and master effects, a 16 channel mixer, and support for live audio inputs. [Download - 1.4MB] iPod.iTunes 2.6 provides synchronization of MP3, AAC, Protected AAC and Audible tracks and even playlists from your iPod to your Mac. iPod.iTunes 2.6 offers a "Consider Unicode" option, improved playlist synchronization, and compatibility with iTunes 4.6 . [Download - 275KB] Shockwave Player 10.0.1.4 is the latest version of the vector animation viewer for Mac OS X. Specific details of the release were not published. [Download - 4.8MB] Image Browser 1.1 is a simple program for viewing and organising images. Version 1.1 implements configurable zoom amount, copy/move for dragging and dropping, optional thumbnail creation when an image is viewed, and an 'Edit with Default Application' menu command. [Download - 4.8MB] iMount 0.9b automates the Terminal command for mounting drives. iMount is free, and can mount drivers or partitions. [Download - 848KB] Firefox 0.9 RC and Mozilla 1.7 RC 3 are the latest releases from the Mozilla open-source project. Mozilla 1.7 RC 3 is the third and possibly final testing candidate of the update to the browser. Firefox 0.9 RC is a testing candidate for the newest and best preview release of Mozilla's next generation browser. [Download - Firefox, Mozilla]
Apple today began notifying select customers of a preview program for its forthcoming new spoken interface for Mac OS X. Customers who completed an online survey and were approved were sent an email about the new technology and given an opportunity to download the software. Announced in early March 2004 and expected to ship as part of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Apple says the Mac OS X spoken interface provides "an additional way to use your Macintosh computer that does not require using a mouse or seeing the screen."
Apple today released iTunes 4.6, which includes support for playing your music wirelessly using AirPort Express with AirTunes. It also includes a number of other minor enhancements. It is available via the Mac OS X Software Update. Apple first announced iTunes 4.6 on Monday and said that it would be available this week.
Tech news: Two new vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (for Windows) allow a complete bypass of security and provide system access to a computer with a single click; readers also note an older vulnerability in the Windows Help and Support Center, which is similar to the problem Apple patched a few weeks ago; Bluetooth EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) with better performance (up to 2.1Mbps) is expected to be finalized later this year, and will appear in products sometime in 2005. EarthLink launched faster DSL speeds of up to 3.0Mbps, noting that existing EarthLink DSL subscribers will be automatically upgraded in June with no additional fee or added commitment.
@Last Software will offer a sneak preview of SketchUp 4.0 in its booth at the AIA National Convention and Expo (June 10–12 in Chicago). The tenth release of the sketch-based design tool will feature a new Texture Tweaker to stretch and manipulate photos or textures across any continuous surface. Users can also use 'Face me' technology to position 2D models so they always face the camera and appear to be 3D without creating additional bulk. Version 4.0 will also offer 'The Intersector' for Boolean modeling and performing multiple changes in rapid succession as well as a New Ruby Scripting Interface that can automate almost any task. SketchUp 4.0 is due in July for $500 (upgrades will be $100). [pricing added]
In Brief: Rapid Group Plc are holding a series of free photography and design workshops in London, Bracknell and Birminigham during July; The MacOSXLabs.org group will be presenting an "Apple Xsan" WebCast on Thursday, June 17 at 1:00 pm EDT with host Eric Zelenka, Apple's Sr. Product Line Manager for Server and Storage Software; DLO is providing gift bags with iPod mini accessories (TransPodFM, Jam Jacket Pro, and Podfolio) to accompany Apple's iPod mini for the presenters and performers at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards (June 10 at 9pm ET); one user has written a guide on how to exhange the power supply in a 15" Flat Panel iMac.
Apple's new dual-2.5GHz Power Mac G5 features "an innovative liquid cooling system that's more efficient than a traditional heat sink. This system provides a continuous flow of thermally conductive fluid that transfers heat from the processors as they work harder. The heated fluid then flows through a radiant grille, where air passing over cooling fins returns the fluid to its original temperature." Apple says that the sophisticated liquid cooling system takes off the heat without creating additional noise that Mac OS X dynamically adjusts the flow of the fluid and the speed of the fans based on temperature.
Apple today discontinued the Power Mac G4, following the debut of the second generation Power Mac G5 machines, according to Macworld UK: " The Power Mac G4 was the choice of those in professions that required Mac OS 9 – for example publishers still using QuarkXPress 4 or 5 – as the dual-boot facility had been removed from the G5 models. Apple says that the 1.25GHz Power Mac G4 will be available while stocks last on the Apple Store and at Apple Authorised Resellers." (The Power Mac G4 family, however, is still available from the Apple Store and estimated pricing on the older G5 models is $2,500, $2,200, and $1,600 for the dual-2.0GHz, dual-1.8GHz, and 1.6GHz models.)
Apple said that it does not expect the G5 to be available in PowerBooks "anytime soon..certainly not before the end of the year" and noted similar challenges for the iMac. Apple also admitted that it would not meet the 3GHz promise made by Jobs last summer, saying that the challenges moving to 90 nanometer were "much bigger than anyone expected. All-in-all, no we are not getting to 3GHz anytime soon."
FireWire Depot today announced the FireWire 800 Cardbus PCMCIA host adapter ($90), which features two 9-pin 1394b ports, one 6-pin 1394a port and a DC input power connector. It includes a switching power adapter (DC 12V/1.5A output) which provides sufficient bus power for 1394b and 1394a device operations, a 6-6 pin 1394a cable and a 9-9 pin 1394b cable. The 1394B FireWire 800 Active Repeater/Hub ($90) is a 3-Port repeater/hub for FireWire 800/1394b devices that can extend and expand the FireWire 800 interface with additional ports and longer cable distances. The hub comes with an international external power supply. A new FireWire 800 3 Port PCI Host Card Adapter ($80) has two 9-pin FireWire 800/1394b ports as well as one traditional 6-pin FireWire port and a FWBU2-IDE11 bridge board ($90) features both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity for any two IDE drives (Master and Slave).
ATI Technologies today announced that its Radeon 9800 PRO Mac Special Edition is now shipping. Announced at MacWorld in January as the first 256MB retail card for the Mac market, new and existing Power Mac G5 users can now upgrade to the realize graphics performance improvements. It offers a 680MHz data rate and a core engine speed of 380MHz as well as dual output connectivity with both ADC and DVI connectors. It is available now for $400.
CDS advanced technology has announced two new DMX products: the LanBox-LCE is a mini DMX controller that offers both networked (via Ethernet) and stand-alone operation. The compact controller (105x45x85mm) supports 512 lighting channels, multiple sequencers, infrared connectivity. It is avaialble for 340€ with an AC adapter and 10BT cross cable. The 788-LD+ is a heavy duty, compact quad 5 Amp DMX dimmer pack with four independent dim/switch channels; it is designed for applications where a reliable DMX dimmer, and/or isolated DMX (to prevent ground loops)is required. It is available for 320€ and incluides four GST18-3 plugs.
Apple today unveiled its new Power Mac G5 desktop line, featuring a $3000 dual-2.5GHz processor with a front-side bus running at 1.25GHz per processor and "advanced liquid cooling". The dual 1.8GHz ($2,000/256MB/80GB) and dual-2.0 GHz ($2,500/512MB/160GB) Power Mac G5 models are available now, while the dual-2.5 GHz ($3,000/512MB/160GB) Power Mac G5 model is expected to be available in July. All three models ship with an 8x SuperDrive; the two low-end models include a NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra with 64MB DDR SDRAM. The high-end model will ship with a 128MB ATI RADEON 9600 XT (also available as a BTO option on any model). The entry model features 3-PCI slots (64-bit, 33 MHz), while the other two offer 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz).
Apple has been rebuked for its G5 speed claims again by the UK's advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority, who received two complaints about Apple's ads, both "challenging not only the Mac maker's speed claim but its insistence that the G5 was 'the first [computer] with a 64-bit processor' and that 'the systems built around the G5 can shatter the 4GB memory ceiling that limits every other PC on earth,'" according to The Register. Apple was told not to make across the board claims about the G5 speed, saysing that the independent tests may have configured the Power Mac G5 with an "unfair advantage."
Keynote Theme Park has released its new da Vinci theme, offering the "look of Leonardo's famous notebooks. It includes three fonts and includes 61 of da Vinci's notebook illustrations. A Photoshop Action has also been included to turn any image into a sepia illustration, along with sketch textures for the charts. Da Vinci (1024x768) is available for $20. The company also posted a new free theme, Titanium Jr. (800x600), which offers five photo cutouts and a bit brighter look to it than its standard Titanium 2.
In Brief: Toshiba on Tuesday began shipping its Satellite series laptop computers pre-installed with Napster's online music service; iCon is an add-on that can display the Constitution Of the United States on your iPod; Representatives of the Beatles -- one of the biggest holdouts in releasing their catalog for sale online -- are said to be in discussions with various online music services about licensing their songs; UK-based digital music operator OD2 will hold its own special event the day before Apple's music announcement, noting a "major new announcement heralding a second generation of digital music services" (on June 14).
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Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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