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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Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi