Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: concerns over Power Mac G5 operating temperatures.... speculation about the timing of the next PowerBook update.... a poll on members' favorite iMac design of all time.... members' experiences with software over-clocking for the iBook.
Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 G5 Processor Plug-in is designed to optimize Photoshop for use with the Power Mac G5 processor. This plug-in update was originally posted in August 2003. The plug-in installer has subsequently been updated to support the Dual G5 2.5GHz model. [11.1MB] iSynCal 4.2 is built to synchronize events and todo from iCal calendars between two or more Mac computers using the standard Apple File Sharing shipped with Mac OS X. Version 4.2 offers improved the "File Copy" synchronization the calendar backup, a Spanish ReadMe file, and fixes to cosmetic glitches. [856KB] Pod2Go 1.0 ($12) allows users to read the news from thousands of Web sites, get weather forecast for cities around the world, view movie showtimes for local theaters, find driving directions, and view lyrics, all from your iPod. "Pod2Go turns your iPod into a PDA. Calendars, contacts, to-do's, notes, and much more can be quickly accessed." [1.8MB] ScopeDriver 2.2 ($30) is a planning, logging, and control interface for an astronomical telescope. "It places modest demands on your system, runs quickly, and does not clutter your screen with unnecessary user interface features. It has been designed and refined by active, serious observers." The latest version allows users to instantly add orbiting bodies from Autostar or MPC, automatically update and load the latest comet and asteroid data, and more. [6.1MB]
In Brief: Ben Spink has published a how-to article detailing his experiences getting TiVo broadcasting on a Apple webserver with a remote control interface simulating the TiVo remote.... An audio interview with dotmac.info founder, August Trometer, has been posted on the dotmac.info Web site.... IT-Enquirer has published an extensive review of Publicon 1, the software that uses Mathematicaís presentation power to support every aspect of the scientific publishing process.... "Mac OS X for the Traveler" is a new series by the O'Reilly MacDevCenter that explains how to most effectively pack, use and manage a Mac and mobile peripherals while on-the-go.
Tunewear today introduced the Prie Podwallet, a new iPod carring case that offers additional room for wallet items, cables, headphones, iPod peripherals, name cards, credit cards, bills, coins, documents IDs and an extra battery, including the company's forthcoming 20 hour Super Tunemax 20 battery (120g). It also features the ability to charge and control the iPod without having to pull the iPod out of the case as well as connect Apple's 30-pin cable without removing the iPod. The front of the Podwallet has a transparent vinyl window for visual access the iPod screen and to control the iPod without having to open the case, while the side headphone and accessory hole allows users to set the 'Hold' switch as well connect headhoned and/or a wired remote. It is available in pink and black. (Pricing not available.)
Despite confirmation with Symantec and a posting on the company's website, readers report problems obtaining the updated Norton disks for the lastest Macs, as reported earlier this week. The updated Norton Utilities 8.02 and Norton System Works 3.01 CDs will not be available until later this month, according to Symantec support. Readers are directed to call a different number (888.265.4922)--not the one originally quoted on Symantec's Website, but are being told that they can not place orders for the disks until September 20th.
Apple offered Sony a partnership deal opportunity, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper today. Steve Jobs reportedly offered Nobuyuki Idei, chairman and group CEO of Sony, a chance for Sony to partner with Apple's ITunes Music Store service, the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun newspaper reports in its September 2 edition. The offer would have allowed for joint operation of the service and was made when the two met at the Sony Open golf tournament held in Hawaii this January: "Jobs is reported to have wanted to bring the Sony brand into the service to maintain a competitive advantage over Microsoft, which launched a beta version of its MSN Music store earlier this week."
Harman Multimedia today debuted JBL On Stage, a desktop speaker station specifically designed for both the iPod and iPod mini. Shown at Macworld Boston in July, On Stage is "the sleekest and highest quality docking spot for iPod, allowing for crisp-sounding tunes, synchronization and charging in one unit. Combined with iPod, On Stage is lightweight, compact and provides rich sound for at-home or at-the-office environments. On Stage also provides power to charge iPod when the system is in 'off' mode." Comprising four Odyssey transducers, On Stage delivers 12 watts of total power and is also equipped with easy-to-use touch volume controls, and additional cables for connecting it with other digital music player devices, CD players and laptop and desktop computers. It is available for $200 through Apple (both retail and online Apple stores) through December.
The North Coast Mac Users Group is holding its 20th Annual Mac Computer Expo at the Santa Rosa Junior College Campus in Santa Rosa, CA. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18th in the Cafeteria/Student Lounge. It is open to the public and there is no charge for entrance (however, parking on campus is $3). For Mac and Windows users, the expo features guest speakers and workshops on applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Dozens of vendors will be present, including 4D, Inc., Adobe, Apple, Avondale Media, Circus Ponies, CompUSA, MicroMat, SoftRAID, Wacom, and more.
Arbor Bits has released iCamShare 2.0, a webcam application for sharing videos and pictures with family and friends. Users can capture videos and pictures from your iSight or other webcam, and send them in e-mails, publish them on your .Mac HomePage, drag & drop them into other applications, and more. iCamShare can also digitally zoom iSight and other FireWire webcams up to 300%. Version 2.0 also adds support for trimming of unwanted portions at the beginning or end of videos, access to camera and audio controls, and includes many interface improvements. iCamShare ($15) works with Apple's iSight, and most other webcams (and some camcorders) that work on Mac OS X.
SubRosaSoft.com today released VolumeWorks 1.2, the latest version of the company's software that incorporates a new streamlined user-interface, improved help file, volume repair and a new User Guide. VolumeWorks for Mac OS X includes features for setting up and managing drive partition: Resize Partitions On-the-Fly allows you to modify partitions on your drive without erasing them; volume testing and repair; comprehensive support (SATA, ATA, SCSI, FireWire and USB); a new, streamlined UI; and the ability to hide partitions for privacy; custom Icons; a bootable CD-ROM; partition moving without requiring you to erase the volume; and partition map reconstruction for full access of a newly device copied drive using hardware such as Diskologyís Disk Jockey. It is available for $50.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN