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Apple on Thursday evening released iPod Updater 2004-08-12, which includes iPod software 3.0.1 for iPods with a click wheel. The company says that the updater contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2004-07-15 for all other iPod models. According to the release notes, iPod Software 3.0.1 provides improved connectivity with some FireWire cards using the VIA chipset, improved performance with the optional external battery pack, improved power management, and improved connectivity with FireWire hubs, and with 4-pin FireWire ports. The updater will also correct a glitch that would awake iPods when a user removed the headphone jack while the hold switch was turned on. iPod users may obtain the 10.6 MB updater through Apple's Software Update mechanism. [Apple's Software Update also called this 'iPod Updater 2004-08-06 and said it was v3.02]
Griffin Technology today announced the Griffin RoadTrip, an all-in-one iPod charger, FM transmitter, and cradle. The compact device allows you to play your iPod or iPod mini music through your car's FM stereo, while simultaneously charging and positioning the unit for easy access. The RoadTrip plugs into any auto power outlet or lighter adapter and provides an adjustable cradle to charge and hold any docking iPod, including the new 4G iPods and the iPod mini. The RoadTrip also features a detachable Transmitter Module and cable that can broadcast users' Mac or PC music to any FM stereo. It will begin shipping September 1 for $80.
D-Link today announced the D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP, a portable wireless 802.11b/g networking solution for business travelers wanting to access and share hotel Internet connections, wirelessly connect Ethernet devices or secure shared information from potential hackers. The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP is smaller than the average PDA, measures 3.25" x 2.5" x.75" and ships with a convenient carrying case; it can also be powered over USB if power outlets are not available and offers access to three wireless modes via switch on the device: Router/Firewall, Access Point and Wireless Client modes. It will ship in mid-September for $100.
In Brief: "WWiSE" is a new consortium collaborating on 802.11n wireless networking proposal that will WiFi data transfer throughput in excess of 100Mbps, while Belkin announced new WiFi devices that use pre-802.11n MIMO antenna technology to provide four times faster speed and coverage area than 802.11b/g...One reader has provided instructions on sharing an internet connection via Bluetooth with a Nokia 6600 under Mac OS X 10.3.5...Creative Cow's Peter Wiggins takes a thorough look at Motion from Apple, offering "insight into the creative capabilities, workflow and speed of Motion."... PC Magazine's largely positive review of the new iPod says it offers 'incremental progress' in the evolution of the MP3 player.
Imagineer Systems has announced the availability of its two post-production products on Mac OS X. Debuting at Siggraph, monet is a new unique post-production tool offering a start-to-finish solution for replacing elements in moving images. Imagineer says it will also be previewing a future version of monet that can share projects with the compositing system in Shake. The company also re-launched of mokey for the US film and television post-production markets. Imagineer's mokey offers a toolset for tracking, object removal, matte creation, stabilising, grain management, lens distortion, and colour keying to visual effects artists and editors. Both monet and mokey 3.12 for Mac OS X will begin shipping in September.
Verbose Coma takes a look at a forthcoming CITY magazine spread showcasing Luxury iPod cases from high fashion designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Paul Smith and more. "Dior started the luxury case trend nearly 3 years ago when they launched a limited edition iPod case for the original 5GB model. Since then, there have been dozens of companies vying for our custom - with cases made of everything from plastic and aluminum to crocodile skin to faux fur [...] CITY has championed the iPod since it's original release in 2001, showcasing accessories for style conscious music lovers everywhere."
MacSoft's latest Neverwinter Nights expansion packs are now available from the Apple Store. Both expansion packs for the role playing game offer new monsters, spells, prestige classes, weapons, and more. Shadows of Undrentide takes you to a remote mountain village to train under Master Drogan, a dwarf mage, while Journey to Underdark takes place in and below a city called Waterdeep, where the wizard Halaster built an underground dungeon known as Undermountain. The expansion packs require a full version of Neverwinter Nights and run on Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Each pack is $30.
Apple has announced the grand opening of its new store in Osaka, Japan. The second store in Japan, Apple Store Shinsaibashi, will open on Saturday, August 28th at 10 am. The first 1500 people to visit the store receive a free Apple t-shirt and Apple is also offering the special grab bags: "Purchase one of 250 Grand Opening gift bags for just ¥30,000, filled with approximately ¥90,910 worth of Apple products. A few bags will also have a special surprise inside."
InMath 1.5 is the latest version of the plugin that allows users to create and edit mathematical expressions within Adobe InDesign CS and InCopy CS. Using the applications' native design tools, authors can directly edit complex mathematical expressions. The plugin offers a Wizard mode for automated expression creation, InMath style management, and more. Version 1.5 adds visual feedback; full and unlimited InCopy CS--InDesign CS roundtrip support; several new, valuable templates; and an enhanced "Operator" tool for switching between display and text styles. A single license starts at $600.
PHP 5.0.0-13 for Mac OS X is the latest version of the Web development environment. The updated package fixes installation problems experience by some people with the previous release. [Download - 20.5MB] ToDo X 1.6 ($15) is a dedicated to-do list application for Mac OS X. Version 1.6 adds a number of user interface refinements and user-requested features, and is a free upgrade for registered users of earlier versions. [Download - 227KB] DAQ Plot 9.5.7 allows users to view data from sensors and laboratory equipment with voltage connectors. The update increases the number of channels and curves shown from 4 to 16, adds a curve-width adjustment, and adds DAQ hardware multiplexing on one USB connector. Platypus is a developer tool for creating application wrappers around scripts (applications that execute a bundled script). The new version adds a 'Runs in Background' option when creating applications, unique bundle identifiers for each created application, an Edit Types window, and a Help menu for the documentation. [Download - 511KB] AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X that allows users to troubleshoot a computer even if they can`t load the GUI, or don`t have a startup CD handy. This release fixes the long-problematic issues with diskutil hanging when run on systems with 10.3.x installer. [Download - 64KB] Firewall Builder 2.01 is multi-platform firewall configuration and management tool. Version 2.0.1 is a maintenance release that corrects bugs found in the previous version. [Download - options]
Britannica has released an update to its multimedia reference library designed for both children and adults: Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2005. Featuring over 100,000 articles, the suite is available on DVD and CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh computers. The new version adds more video clips (for a total of 3 hours); Britannica BrainStormer to visually browse articles using a web of logical relationships; and better Mac Integration. Britannica's 2005 reference suite offers a new Mac-friendly UI with updated scroll bars, icons, window borders and other design elements. It due later this month for $70 (before $20 mail-in rebate).
Microspot Ltd. has released Microspot Modeler 3.5 for Mac OS X. Modeler is an interactive 3D modeling application that makes it simple to create and render models in real world dimensions and view the results as you are working. It can be used on its own or as a companion product for Microspot Interiors, enabling users to create their own furniture items and accessories. Modeler has six simple and four more complex modeling tools to create basic shapes and a 3D text tool. These shapes can then be changed using modifier tools and further enhanced using color, lighting and textures. It is available for $130 (boxed) or $115 (electronic). A 40% discount is being offered to existing Interiors owners.
SOYO has announced the Cigar HD20, a mobile 1.8” hard drive with a USB 2.0 interface and 20GBs of storage capacity. The Cigar Pro 2 HD20's USB 2.0 interface is backward compatible with USB 1.0. The device is powered by the USB port and does not require a battery or power adapter. The rugged magnesium casing protects data physically with 'G-shock' absorbing capability. The drive measures 4.02 x 2.36 x 0.43 inches and weighs 2.8 ounces. It retails for $200.
Firewheel Design and IconBuffet have unveiled Manhattan: Upper Management ($80), a stock icon collection for Web designers and developers building Content Management Systems. The collection features over 70 intricately detailed icons in two sizes and a variety of industry-standard formats for Mac, Windows, and the Web. Update:: The Iconfactory has released "Sprite", a new collection designed using simple shapes and gradients: "The hand-drawn style of the collection lends credibility and immediacy to any project." Standard ($350) and scalable EPS ($250) versions are available.
Parliant Corporation today released a free software upgrade with significant enhancements. PhoneValet 2.0f brings full message management features over the phone, including the ability to listen to, save and delete recent messages, as well as capabilities for management of historical messages listed in PVMC’s permanent call history. It also adds supported for email servers requiring encryption and password authentication, bundles integration scripts allowing logging of incoming calls directly into Now Contact and Up-to-Date's database, and also provides a remote-control script to call in and check today's Now Up-to-Date events. A full version of the hardware/software solution is available for $200.
The Apple Store has revamped its search engine, improving its speed and offering multiple new ways to sort the results, including by price (highest/lowest), "Best Match", or Name. The results show a mini-icon of the results as well as offer customers the ability to refine their search by price range, product category, and manufacturer. Apple has also posted a survey asking for feedback on its new search engine.
NitroAV.com has introduced its new 23GB FireWire 800 DVD AfterBurner dives, the latest generation of blue laser-based Professional Disc for DATA (ProDATA) drives as well as new FireWire 800 repeaters and new FireWire 800-based hardware RAID solutions. Based on blue laser technology, the AfterBurner stores up to 23GB of native capacity per rewritable or write-one, read-many (WORM) single-sided media, delivering an advanced optical storage and archiving solution for professional data-intensive applications. It is available now with pricing starting at $3000.
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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
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh