Syncro Soft today released oXygen XML Editor 5.0, an update to its XML Editor and XSLT Debugger. Version 5.0 adds XSLT 2.0 Editor and Debugger, XPath 2.0 evaluator, XQuery Editor, WSDL Editor and SOAP Analyzer, SVG Viewer and several other new features and improvements. It provides complete XSLT 2.0 support including editing, validating and debugging XSLT 2.0 stylesheets as well as transforming XML documents using XSLT 2.0 stylesheets. It also offers short documentation along with XSLT 2.0 element or attribute in the content completion. It can be run on Mac OS X or an Eclipse plugin. It is available for $100.
M-Audio today announced its new PCI card in its Delta line: the Audiophile 192 digital audio interface card. Building on the M-Audio Audiophile 2496, the Audiophile 192 is a PCI 2.2 digital audio interface featuring high-definition 24-bit/192kHz sampling rate via analog and digital I/O. The unit also incorporates a standard 1x1 MIDI interface. It also features analog connectivity via 1/4" TRS balanced connections. A second set of 1/4" TRS outs is dedicated to direct hardware input monitoring. The S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O features 2-channel PCM with SCMS copy protection control, as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS pass-through. It will ship later this month for $200.
Apple Logic Node Performance Patch 1.0 increases Logic Node performance under Mac OS X. The Logic Node application allows distributed audio processing. You can expand the processing capacity of your Logic system by offloading calculations for software instrument and/or effect generation to other, networked Macintosh computers. [Download - 320KB] AirPort 4.0.2 for Windows provides compatibility with Windows XP with Service Pack 2."AirPort Express with AirTunes allows users to play music from their Mac or PC directly to their home stereo or powered speakers. The highly portable AirPort Express can be used alone or added to an existing Wi-Fi network." [Download - 7.5MB] ClipClavin is a small utility that sits in the menubar and allows users to quickly copy and send Safari text, Safari URL's and even the clipboard to any e-mail address. The demo version lasts for 5 launches; registration is $5. [Download - 286KB] Search Monkey Pro ($10) allows users to" quickly and conveniently" search the Internet from any application. "No more flipping between applications to get the spelling or punctuations correct. No need to first load a Web page just to get the site's search box loaded. Just click your Control key twice, and Search Monkey Pro comes to the foreground." [Download - 1.5MB] DVD Database X 1.4 ($20) is a full-featured database program designed to help you keep track of any size DVD collection. New features in version 1.4 include: multiple record selection and printing, multiple IMDB.com lookups, custom printing with WYSIWYG templates, Address Book Integration, and bug fixes. [Download - 1.9MB] MRWFormat 2.1 ($30) is plug-in for Adobe Photoshop (and other compatible software) to open and pre-process raw images taken by Minolta DiMAGE digital still cameras. With version 2.1, the User Guide was updated, it is possible to override "factory defaults," and support for Dynax 7D was added. [Download - 1.4MB]
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include:the manufacturing and assembly origins of Power Mac G5s.... speculation about upcoming PowerBook updates.... a new Mac user's impressions of their new iMac G5.... speculation about a color-screen iPod or similar device rumored to be released by Apple soon.... users experiences with Office 2004 Service Pack 1.
In Brief: The Apple Store has added refurbished models of the 30GB iPod (non-click wheel for $280).... Amazon.com has posted a March 31, 2005 ship date for Mac OS X Tiger, although there has been no official announcement from Apple.... This year's NBC 10 Technology & Lifestyle Expo will feature a presence by MacBUS, Philadelphia's only business-oriented Macintosh User Group.... Rogue Amoeba will be demonstrating its products at the next SJAUG (South New Jersey) meeting on Friday, October 22nd.... A PC World columnist wonders if the recent focus on the security of Mac OS X will attract more hackers to the platform.
KeynotePro has released two new themes: OM for Keynote and Proof (+) and (-) for iDVD. "The OM theme style is light & soothing - creating a defined structre around the interplay of color and accent. The layouts are designed with a an eye toward simplicity - a crisp contrast of Sage & Cucumber on white breaking components of each layout into its principal parts." Proof (+) and (-) for iDVD includes 4 distinct themes in both (+) and (-) palettes -- for a total of 8 complete theme files, in a mix of menu-style and Drop-Zone themes, which offer horizontal and vertical orientations in the 35mm Negative style. Each is available for $20.
Calerga today announced Sysquake 3, a major update to its flagship scientific software. SysQuake is flexible software for the design and simulation of dynamic system that provides interactive graphics to understand and solve complicated problems in mathematics, physics and engineering. Version 3.0 features a revised interface to offer an integrated environment for development and applications. It now supports databases (MySQL, SQLite), TCP/IP, and audio input/output. Sysquake also now includes Sysquake Application Builder, a new tool to create stand-alone royalty-free applications. Pricing is around $1900 with 30% discount to v2 users.
UK game development studio Feral Interactive today said that it is in the final stages of completing development on Chessmaster 9000 for the Mac and may ship the title as early as November. "Chessmaster 9000 introduces players to the rules and strategies of chess while building skills through fun yet comprehensive tutorials. It features the complete gameplay of more than 800 classic chess matchups, an improved chess engine for more than 150 different opponents with varying skill levels, a new 'Psychology of Competition' chess course, online/multiplayer game options, 3D gameplay, and more. The company has posted new screenshots of the Mac interface, saying it has spent considerable effort to bring Mac-like Aqua look to the "original game's 'rugged' Windows-like interface."
jzmo today announced the availability of a limited edition Think Pink Ribbon Keychain ($30) in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. jzmo also sells a limited edition Think Pink laptop case ($250). Proceeds from the sale of both items will be donated to fund research, education, screening, and treatment programs.
Primera Technology today announced that all of its Composer and Publisher-series DVD duplicators can now record DVD-R media at up to 16x speeds and offer 4x dual-layer functions. Utilizing Pioneer's new DVR-108 drive, all of Primera's duplications now record both DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x and CD-Rs at 32x. Primera offers its Composer line of CD/DVD duplicators, Signature line of CD/DVD printers and its flagship CD/DVD publishing system called the Bravo II Disc Publisher.
The iPod Perspective says that Apple's business model may be too heavily dependent on the iPod: "Apple now makes more from its top line from iPod sales than from any single line of its computers. By revenue, the PowerBook notebook line is Apple's second most important product, accounting for $419 million, or just less than 18%, of sales for the quarter.... Take the iPod business away from Apple, and what's left? A company that sold 3.3 million computers in its fiscal 2004. That's less than 2% of the 176.5 million computers that market research firm IDC forecasts will be sold this calendar year. Apple's unit sales have improved a paltry 7% since 2002."
Belkin today annnounced TunePower, a rechargeable battery pack, and TuneBase, a device that holds and charges your iPod mini in any vehicle. The TunePower ($100) provides 8-10 hours of additional play time--even when the iPod's internal battery is drained. It includes three sleeve sizes to accommodate all iPod and iPod mini players with dock connectors as well as offers a power-level indicator. Its detachable DC/FireWire cable can charge both the iPod and the TunePower simultaneously, when used with the Apple-supplied AC wall charger (bundled with the iPod) or when used with any FireWire port. The TunePower also features a protective case design. The TuneBase ($50) for the iPod mini features a cradle with a flexible-steel neck that powers and charges your mini simultaneously from any cigarette lighter outlet. Both products will begin shipping in North America on October 25, 2004.
breve 2.0 is a free, open-source software package which makes it easy to build 3D simulations of decentralized systems and artificial life. Users define the behaviors of agents in a 3D world and observe how they interact. breve includes physical simulation and collision detection to simulate realistic creatures as well as includes a rich OpenGL display engine to visualize your simulated worlds. Version 2.0 includes a full integration of the "Push" language for evolutionary computation, a new API to interface with breve simulations from other languages, a revamped garbage collection system, improved graphics and rendering capabilities, and major optimizations.
MaxUpgrades today announced the iMove for the iMac G5, a computer display positioning table that enables users to change the position of the iMac G5, for optimum viewing angle and distance relative to user posture. The iMove is available for bptj iMac G5 (20-inch and 17-inch models). "Dynamically positioning your iMac G5 brings a new level of interactivity between man and machine. It breathes life into a stationary computer. iMove gives the iMac G5 complete freedom of movement in virtually every direction across the desk." The iMac G5 stand foot fits in the groove of the iMove which is supported on spherical rollers that allows effortless movement of the iMac G5. With iMove, motion in virtually any direction is possible and every position allows the user to swivel (rotate) the display a full 360 Degrees.
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu