PC Magazine's 4-out-of-5 review of the new Power Mac G5 says that "the new dual-2.5GHz Power Mac G5 is a nice step up from the Power Mac G5s we've seen before. Graphics pros and media outlets that need the fastest available speed will want to upgrade now, but most users with recent-vintage G5 machines (especially dual-2.0GHz models) don't need to jump on this upgrade...Though the latest Power Mac G5's sleek, perforated tower doesn't look much different from previous models, the new system has a few new tricks under its hood. Chief among them are dual 2.5-GHz G5 processorsóa noticeable step up from the 2.0-GHz processors of the previous top-end Mac. And Apple's brilliant new Cinema Displays (a 23-inch in our bundle) knocked our socks off."
Apple's new iMac G5 has been named 'Gadget of the Week' by TIME magazine. Calling it a "'desktop replacement' replacement", TIME's editors say it offers much of what users are looking for in a computer (except for portability): "Rather than spend money on its silly "Switch" ad campaign, the company has spent it inventing actual reasons for people to switch from Windows to Mac, not least of all personal style. The iMac G5 is super suave, but it's also a pretty good deal. If you're big enough of an Apple fan to own an iPod, you probably already have a good idea of what the iMac G5 is all about: the familiar white sheen, the brushed metal L-shaped stand, the brilliant widescreen LCD."
Spamnix 2.01 ($30) for Eudora is a plug-in for Qualcomm Eudora that blocks unwanted spam email. It uses Bayesian filtering, a statistical machine-learning technique. Version 2.0 offers the abiilty to view the Spamnix report on any message (filtered or unfiltered), language-based blocking of messages, blocking of messages with executables, attachment name-based filtering, and more. [3.9MB] Pooch 1.5.5 updates the parallel-processing software for Macs. It adds "new technologies to access and run clusters behind firewalls. And it introduces support for using high-speed Myrinet hardware and the open-source LAM/MPI implementation." Pooch v1.5 is available for $175 for the first compute node then $125 for each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.5 is available for $200 for the first compute node then $150 for each node thereafter. Tinderbox 2.3 ($145) is an update to Eastgate's personal content management and outlining software that stores notes, ideas, and plans. Users can build relationships by arranging notes, organizing them with shape and color, linking them. It offers more than 80 improvements and enhancements, including better, more attractivetext, improved font rendering, better highlighting, border/gradients for mpas, new syntax searches, and more. [4.5MB] 4D Agenda 1.4 is a 4D plug-in that allows displaying calendar events in a day, week, and month view, dragging events to different locations within the calendar, creating calendars for multiple users, and querying to retrieve events. It adds full drag-and-drop support, 12/24 time, improved offscreen drawing, and dragging of new events. 4D Agenda is available for Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, and Windows with 4th Dimension 6.7 and later. [1.1MB] Chemika 2.0 (free) is a chemistry utility designed to help students learn the periodic table. Version 2.0 has an improved interface with a color coordinated table. [5.5MB] MovieEdit3D 0.92 ($10) lets you create a 3D scene showing multiple DV files moving and rotating through 3D space. It includes plugins that allow 3D warping or grid effects to be applied to any of the movies as well as allows users to export the final scene to a DV file (for iMovie import). It includes five bundled plugins: "wave, grid, nurbs test, multiple copies, and sphere." [720KB]
Record companies are taking such a large cut from tracks sold online that many of the burgeoning online music stores will go out of business, experts warned yesterday. The Independent reports that labels, who take home the largest share of revenue generated from online music, make more money per track than they do with CD sales: "But figures from the US show that Apple, the dominant legal download business in Europe and the US, retains just 4 cents from each 99-cent (55p) track sale while 'mechanical copyright' holders - generally the record labels, who own copyright in the song's recording - take 62 cents or more. Music publishers take the rest - about 8 cents." The article notes that while the number of online music services grows (and many are expected to close their doors in the coming years), Apple has the distinct advantage--i.e., it is profiting through sales of its iPod.
Allume today announced StuffIt Standard 9.0, the newest version of its file compression and access software for Mac OS X. The new version provides a redesigned user interface that allows users to create StuffIt, StuffIt X, Zip, and Tar archives from a single convenient location. Users can now save archives directly to CDs and DVDs as well as utilize the integrated FTP to upload directly to remote servers. StuffIt Standard 9.0 features a number of performance enhancements that improve compression and decompression speed on any Mac, and also offers dual-processor improvements for Power Mac G5 users. Version 9 brings improved archive management, Mac-friendly Zip archive creation, and more. It also includes the free StuffIt Expander 9.0. StuffIt Standard is $50 ($20 upgrade).
In Brief: Alpine has posted a Flash demo of its new KCA-420i iPod interface.... LightWork Design has released the LightWorks HDRI Starter Collection, a set of High Dynamic Range Image files for use with the LightWorks rendering engine.... Apple is integrating its online Apple Store into early (private) builds of Mac OS X Tiger, which also feature updated iCal and Font Book applications.... The new iMac G5 is drawing shoppers to Apple retail stores because of its space-saving design and power, according to store employees.
Morning tech: A "design anomaly" in SoCal's air traffic control system caused Microsoft server crash and an 800-plane pile-up... Google appears to be planning to launch its own Web browser and other software products to challenge Microsoft after hiring a key Java programmer from Sun and four people who worked on Microsoft Internet Explorer... Yahoo is developing its own music player software, backed by MusicNet-provided downloads and subscriptions, that it plans to run alongside the recently purchased Musicmatch... Computer code that takes advantage of a flaw in the way many Microsoft applications process JPEG images has been published on the Internet and could be a precursor to actual attacks on vulnerable PCs.
HighPoint Technologies has announced Mac OS X compatibility for its recently launched RocketRAID 1820A hardware-based RAID solution. The 8-channel PCI-X to Serial ATA (SATA) RAID 5 host adapter offers full Tagged Command Queuing support (and compatibility with WD Raptor 74 GB SATA hard drives). The RocketRAID 1820A offers RAID 5 data transfer rates of up to 480MB/sec (read) and 300MB/sec (write), while support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD as well. The 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X architecture supports total transfer rates of 1200 MB/s. HighPoint released drivers that are compatible with both G4- and G5-based Power Macs running Mac OS X Jaguar and Panther.
ColorVision today announced ColorVision Spyder2Pro Studio, the next generation of its color-management technology, which it will showcase at the Photokina International Trade Show in Cologne, Germany. The sleek, redesigned, dual-phase Spyder2 colorimeter delivers improved on-screen color accuracy and features precise calibration and highly accurate ICC profiles for CRT, LCD and laptop displays. Spyder2PRO software ofers improved white-point correction routines, automated black and white luminance adjustments, improved methodology for loading calibration data at startup, a Profile selection tool, and multiple monitor calibration. It will begin shipping on October 1 for $300 and includes nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 Standard Edition, Pantone colorist, and ColorVision DoctorPRO to enhance, edit, correct, and specify colors on images, screens, and printers.
Intuem has announced Intuem RW 3.0, an update to its audio application for Mac OS X. Version 3, now available as a preview, offers full ReWire 2 support, audio play-through, a newly designed Mixer, several new "Pro" features, and a host of convenience features. Intuem RW can receive almost any combination of audio channels from a ReWire device, and can send MIDI to any defined bus/channel on a ReWire device, while the new audio play-through feature lets users apply AudioUnit effects to incoming audio in realtime (including ReWire audio input). Other new features include new Mixer modes and appearance styles, control of playback speed, audio file preview (Mac OS X Panther), drag & drop support from the Finder, and more. It is available as a $40 upgrade until the final release ($50 thereafter). The full version is $80.
In Brief: Yahoo may use instant messaging to help itself compete with others in the online music market (after it acquired Musicmatch last week)... Kodak ranks highest in customer satisfaction in two digital camera segments, while Sony and Canon each rank highest in one, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Digital Camera Satisfaction Study released today.... More students are buying Macs because of the iPod and concerns of PC crashes, according to the Columbia Daily Spectator.... Apple has listed serial number ranges for PowerBook G4s (both "Titanium" and "Aluminum" models) that may exhibit faint white spots on the display, noting that users should contact AppleCare about possible troubleshooting and replacement.
WiebeTech today announced its ToughTech FireWire desktop enclosure, which features anti-shock FlexMount protection, fanless operation with venting, and FireWire 400/800 and USB2 interfaces. ToughTech also features air venting ports on the bottom of the drive to help prolong the life of the hard drive. The enclosure is also manufactured from aluminum to efficiently dissipate heat away from the drive as well. It is available with FireWire 400/USB 2.0 or FireWire 800/USB 2.0 interfaces with prices starting at $80 (case-only). Pre-configured models of up to 400GB are available.
Mediafour has released MacDrive 6, the latest version of its cross-platform file sharing software enabling Macs and Windows PCs to easily exchange files. It now offers support for Windows XP, 2000 and 2003, allowing users to burn CD-R and CD-RW Mac CDs and Mac DVDs and making it easy to transfer files and make backups. In addition to formatting, Windows users can now partition Mac hard drives and the suite also adds support for international file names (as well as Unicode file names). Version 6 also offers per-drive settings, large file names, and more. The full version is $50, while upgrades are $20. The boxed version is expected to ship at the end of the month.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: One member's problems with a refurbished Power Mac G5.... the decision between a Power Mac G5 and a PowerBook G4.... comparing the quality of Apple's latest iMac G5 display offerings to that of its Cinema Display and previous iMac models.... discussion of iMac G5 noise generation, with complains from some users, while praise from others.... the future of the iBook case design.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives