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Apple submitted a patent application in February to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a computer enclosure that changes color depending on user settings or the system's current state or system actions. As noted first by TMO, the "Active enclosure for computing device" features embedded LEDs that can be used to change the color of the computer housing. Dubbed a "chameleonic electronic device," the patent notes that the casing and multicolor LEDs could be uniquely positioned or the intensities changed to vary coloration, create an outward design (spots/stripes), make a portion of the housing "glow" or simply light the outline of the casing itself.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: user recommendations for the best hard drive manufacturers; Power Mac G5 problems causing frozen screens and fan revving; suggestions for carrying bags for PowerBook owners; one member's trade-in experience with CompUSA; speculation about pricing of the much-anticipated G5-based iMac; Mac OS X 10.3.5 bugs (see Mac OS X Forum for similar topics).
Apple today released Safari 1.03 for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar uses. The company says the update improves the Safari rendering engine to expand third-party application support and delivers the latest security enhancements.
IntelliPoint 5.1 is the latest version of the software that enables users to customize the features of a Microsoft mouse; IntelliType 5.1 is the latest version of the companion keyboard software. [Download - IP, IT]Backdrop Folders 1.2 ($19) is an add-on for the Finder that was designed to take advantage of Mac OS X 10.3 "Exposť" feature. With Backdrop Folders, you can open "views" of your folders at the desktop level and interact with them. Version 1.2 adds auto-positioning. [Download - 233KB] File Wrench 1.0. Beta provides access in Mac OS X to the file attributes and more that were easily accessible from ResEdit in Classic. The batch-based format allows users to change various settings on 1 to 300 folder items. [Download - 1.1MB] QPict 6.1.1 ($35) offers an attractive and inexpensive way to view, organize, search and batch process media files. This is primarily a minor bug fix release and also includes new features such as Canon EOS-1D Mark II RAW support. [Download - 5.2MB] Color Inspector 1.0 is a $35 color browsing application. Its purpose is to help users find colors they need for projects quickly and easily. The application is built using Filemaker Pro and is enhanced using a few FileMakerģ Pro plug-ins from Comm-Unity Networking Systems. [Download - form] MiMovies is a new movie management application for Mac OS X. It manages a user's movie database by populating it through searching the Web for movie data. It contains built-in web browsing capability for sites the user associates with stored movies, and has a built-in media player. [Download - form 1.1MB]
In Brief: dinc has released Kong and Fay Wray: two new fonts "dedicated to Fay Wray in her memory with love and thanks;" Apple describes how to fix your Bluetooth connection if it fails while syncing data to a Sony Ericsson P800 mobile phone; Apple details a problem whereby a Power Mac G5 1.8 GHz single processor (SP) computer's fans can continue to run in sleep mode after updating to Mac OS X 10.3.5; Organizers of the PhotoshopWorld Conference and Expo said today that the event has completely sold out, and Apple has joined the exhibitor roster.
Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a glimpse of the company's long-awaited tablet computer, reports The Register. The filing, made in May this year but only published this week, covers a "handheld computer" and contains sketches of what look like an iBook screen minus the body of the computer. The filing lists Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the company's industrial design chief, Jonathan Ive. Hints that Apple might be working on such a product emerged in 2003 when a source close to Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta claimed that the company had been hired by Apple to build what was dubbed a "wireless display."
Avid Technology today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Midiman, also known as M-Audio. At closing, Avid will pay approximately $80 million in cash, issue approximately 2 million shares of Avid common stock, and assume all outstanding M-Audio stock options. Under the terms of the agreement, M-Audio will become a business unit of Avidís Digidesign audio division and market its line of computer audio peripherals, PCI sound cards, keyboard controllers control surfaces, microphones, and so on alongside Digidesignís award-winning digital audio workstations.
Reflecmedia has released Mattenee, a new line of software plug-ins designed for use with its studio and portable Chromatte solutions. Developed by The Pixel Farm--producers of the innovative PFTrack, PFMatch, and associated plug-ins--Mattenee 1.0 is designed for NLE and compositing applications including Apple's Final Cut Pro and Shake, Adobe's Premiere Pro and After Effects and also Digital Fusion from eyeon. "The release of Mattenee 1.0, as a plug-in for established digital video applications, maximises the benefits of Chromatte to provide an unrivaled keying solution." It is available now for $400.
MacWireless is now shipping its High Power 11g Access Point. The 802.11g wireless access point offers 200 mW of output power, which the company says is six times the normal output of most access points, such as Apple's AirPort Base Stations. It supports a data transfer rate of 11Mpbs at the highest power output (200mW) and 54Mpbs transfers at 50mW. It supports 64- and 128-bit encryption, Web-based administration, built-in Power-over-Ethernet (POE), MAC address filtering, Hidden SSID, DHCP, and Apple's WDS protocol for sharing/extending a network (configuration); the router includes a single Ethernet port, but does not support PPPoE, which is used to as authentication for many broadband services, including DSL. It is available now for $200.
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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 Herm√©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
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL