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Apple may announce a new special edition U2 iPod promoting the band's forthcoming album at next week's Special Music Event by Apple and U2, according to a report by Forbes: "Sources close to the group say the U2 edition of the popular digital music player will come preloaded with the band's new album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, along with portions of the Irish supergroup's 25-year catalogue. The iPods will be black and will be made available the same week as the band's 11th studio album, which is slated to be released in the U.S. by Universal Music Group's Interscope Records on November 23." The reports says the custom iPods are part of a larger agreement, which will give Apple exclusive rights to sell all the songs from the new album online through its iTunes Music Store for at least the first few weeks following the release.
In Brief: iRip debuted today as the "least expensive CD-to-iPod transferring (ripping) service to date" ($1 per CD).... DrunkenBlog writes: "I'm a big fan of RSS, and while ago I decided I wanted to do one of my chats with the author behind one of the RSS aggregators for Mac OS X, and hit a conundrum: there were too many cool apps to choose from."... Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer explained on a conference call Wednesday, "We're not focused on market share because we're really not participating in the low end of desktops at $800 and below. We don't think we can make a lot of money there."... Apple has published a "tip" on how to carry an iMac G5.
Evening tech: Both Google and AOL are testing new desktop search technology.... Sony is quietly opening its 11th and 12th retail stores across the US, worry retailers about price competition and product exclusivity.... SBC will offer access to its network of 3,900 public wireless hotspots to its high-speed Internet subscribers for $2 per month, a significant discount from the regular price of $20/month.... Price declines for U.S. consumer electronics continued to fall in August, fueled by discounted price cuts for the popular iPod digital music player and traditional DVD players.... Shipments of PCs in the third quarter rose 12 percent, driven by strong corporate demand and ongoing strength in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Dell (18.2%), HP (16.2%), IBM (6%), Fujitsu (3.9%), and Toshiba (3.6%) among the top 5 vendors during the quarter.
Vara Software has released Videocue 1.0, a new application designed that combines a teleprompter with a webcam to deliver movies with custom narration. Announced at Apple Expo in early September, it offers an ultra-smooth teleprompter, integration with popular blog systems, slick 3D graphics with transitions and effects, over 20 built-in professional broadcast quality titles themes, the ability to publish a movie with a subtitle track overlayed on top of the video, GPU-based acceleration, extensive file support using QuickTime, AppleScript support, and the ability to integrate photos placed in the storyboard. It is $150 with a $50 off introductory offer available for a limited time. It runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Au Naturel 1.1 ($100 ) is an update to the popular plugin for After Effects that "allows you to work on footage in a 32-bit per channel floating point linear RGB color space giving you much more natural looking results when compositing, blurring, or correcting your footage." The update adds a Time Lapse filter which simulates long exposure times. [Download - 5.5MB] DropCopy uses OpenTalk (Rendezvous) technology to help easily and quickly share files and folders between multiple machines across your LAN. "You simply drag to where you would like it to go from a list that appears in a popup window." [Download - 575KB] Pro Fortran 8.2 Service Pack 4 contains all previous updates plus new updates to components of the Pro Fortran 8.2 package, including several improvements and bug fixes. Pricing of Pro Fortran starts at $900. [Download - 5.4MB] WindowShade X 3.5 ($10) brings many window management capabilities to Mac OS X. This update offers 'Float on Top,' a new interface, new icon, better compatibility, and many bug fixes. "From the ever popular windowshade functionality to Minimize-in-Place and custom shadow control, you won't lack for options to customize your window work space in Mac OS X ever again!" [Download - 1.4MB] ichi 1.0 ($5) allows users to view movies in full-screen without QuickTime Pro, giving you an "uncluttered interface that has a familiar feel." Version 1.0 is the debut application from Nito, and can be used for free with absolutely no demo limitations or nags. [Download - 168KB] Steam 3.0 reads and stores the schedules for the user's choice of BBC Radio and TV stations and displays a list of what's currently on in a small window. New in this release is: integration with iCal, improved control of RealPlayer, major interface improvements and improvements for users without an always-on internet connection. [Download - 1.2MB]
The Adium team has updated Adium 0.7, its free multi-service instant messaging client for Mac OS X. Version 0.7 includes a major revamp of the contact list, improved group chat support, contact grouping, Rendezvous support and numerous other additions and improvements. Adium supports all the major instant messaging services -- AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, ICQ, and more -- and features an attractive, customizable interface with user-downloadable themes. The contact list can now display user icons, service icons, away messages, group gradients, and more; however, current list layout & theme settings won't transfer over into the new version and old theme files will no longer work.
Corel today began shipping Corel Painter IX, the company's Natural-Media painting and illustration software; it is now available across North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Painter offers performance enhancements such as significantly improved speed, new and enhanced Brush Control palettes, frames-per-second control, and customizable shortcut keys. Other enhancements include a new Artists' Oils Painting System, Snap-to-Path painting, improved Digital Watercolor, and Quick Clone. Corel also said the new package offers enhanced Adobe Photoshop support, enhanced Wacom support (including the Wacom Intuos3), and enhanced color management. It ships with a revitalized User Guide, access to free training videos from lynda.com, and academic courseware specifically designed for educators. Pricing is $430 (full), $230 (upgrade), or $100 (education).
Widget UK today unveiled a new leather iPod carry case. The Covertec Case for Apple iPod III features luxury Nappa leather and will snugly fit the contours of iPod, while leaving all functions easily accessible. It is available in red or black, featuring the company's "saddlery" finish, a natural beige overstitching that embroiders each case. Each Covertec carrying case comes with convenient built-in storage, including pockets for credit and memory cards as well as a handy snap non-magnetic closure and its "Wips" swivel-mounted belt clip. It is available for £30.
In Brief: Apple has announced a special invitation-only event at the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif on October 26th at 10 am PT to be held with "Steve Jobs, Bono, and The Edge.".... The Autumn European Revolution Conference, which will be held in Malta during November 14-16, 2004, will feature Rev CEO Kevin Miller and two full days of Rev presentations and discussions by expert Rev developers.... Aspyr today announced that Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of World War II ($30) expansion pack will begin shipping Monday, October 25.... Apple has earmarked the Bullring in the UK as the home for its fourth international store, which "set to open in early 2005".
SwitchXS 1.6 ($250) provides access to Mac OS X and other applications for people who can only use one or more switches, offering full mouse and keyboard emulation through its 'scanning mode.' Version 1.6 offers improved scanning rhythm accuracy, higher maximum scan speed, enhanced game compatibility, new special Games scan panel, and LayoutKitchen for building custom scan panels. [2.5MB] PopChar X 2.2 ($30) updates the sysem utility for "typing" unusual characters easily without having to remember keyboard combinations. Version 2.2 makes automatic font detection now available for all applications that have a regular Font menu in the menu bar, including Word, Excel, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, InDesign, FileMaker and BBEdit. [1.2MB] Plugin Galaxy for AE 1.5b ($100) is a collection of 21 plugins containing more than 150 different animatable video effects that work with various video and animation applications that support After Effects plugins. It now supports After Effects 6.0 and 6.5. It offers effects, such as transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring, warping, and more. [demo] Navicat 5.2.3 updates the Mac database tool that features an integrated GUI to perform MySQL administration and database development. Advanced features allow users to import/export data, backup, transfer database from server to server, create query and manage local or remote MySQL server. It enhances the Batch Job and Scheduling feature, supports MySQL version 4.1.6, and more. [2.0MB] CGIScripter 2.35EE ($50) has been updated to generate Perl CGI scripts for FileMaker Pro 7 and FileMaker Server 7 Advanced databases. Data from FileMaker 7 databases can be integrated with query results from other database servers or custom written Perl calculations without regard to scripting length or complexity. Developers can also write more sophisticated scripts to process FileMaker 7 data by selecting from thousands of open source CPAN Perl modules. [1.8MB] ID Image Catalog ($20) is an image catalog generation program designed to work with Adobe InDesign CS. Users can quickly create multi-page document created in InDesign, with all images placed, scaled, and labelled. Also now available is a collection of useful AppleScripts for InDesign CS ( $10) targeted at Prepress, production, and graphic designers to help clean up ID files for output.
GeeThree has released two new volumes of its Slick iMovie plugins as well as updated its web site with over 250 new QuickTime examples. Slick Volume 7 ($50) adds over 70 new 3D transitions based on OpenGL, spinning cube effects and 25 animated titles to iMovie. The Scoreboard effect adds professional style scoreboard text and graphics and the Text Block effect adds presentation-style text where fonts, size and styles can be mixed. Slick Volume 8 ($70) includes over 10 powerful editing tools for iMovie, includin image stabilization, advanced pan and zoom of still images over a curved path, Morph and Warp plugins, and Slick Ani-Mattes, which adds over 100 animated backgrounds, masks and lower third titles. A bundle of both is $100.
Group Logic today announced ExtremeZ-IP Print Accounting Add-on, a new product in its ExtremeZ-IP product line. Expected to ship later this year, it works in conjunction with ExtremeZ-IP Print Server to deliver increased control over enterprise-wide printing through advanced tracking features that more accurately measure and allocate the costs associated with expensive printing resources. The ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 Print Accounting Add-on supports printing via TCP/IP or AppleTalk and is fully compatible with Mac OS X.
e.p.i.c. interactive today began shipping "8th Wonder of the World," its sequel to "Northland" realtime strategy game: "One day the powers of darkness and evil slowly began spreading all over the world. At the beginning, nobody noticed this or paid any attention, but people soon felt that suspicion, hate, war and harm were returning to humanity. More and more parts of the known world were attacked by the evil that nobody could grasp or fight against. When the end seemed close and the world stood on the brink of eternal chaos, the chiefs of all countries gathered in the Council of Nations." It features three difficulty levels, extensvie economic simulation, a new assistant to help micro-manage villages, and more. It runs on Mac OS 9/X.
An interview with Apple Europe's Pascal Cagni says that the UK is leading Europe in iPod sales and pushing Apple's revenue: "In Europe, the UK is at the forefront of this phenomenon. Pascal Cagni, Apple’s European boss, has recently relocated to Britain, which has just overtaken France to become the biggest market in the region. Cagni said: 'The UK is our strongest country now, no question. We have been performing superbly with the iPod. The adoption curve is much stronger than in other countries in Europe. The Christmas to come will be immense.'...The success of the iPod has given Apple the confidence to forecast that sales in the current quarter will approach $2.9 billion. In other words, in the space of 18 months, Apple will have gone from being a $6 billion-a-year company to a $12 billion-a-year company."
In Brief: Despite being widely accused of code theft, fraud and other chicanery, the author of the controversial CherryOS Mac emulator says his product is legitimate, although the product was never made available after its announcement earlier this month.... Steve Jobs has found several buyers interested in his moving his 78-year old mansion off his Woodside property.... Readers have posted photos of the Apple Store mini openings in Rockaway, NJ and San Jose, CA.... The Great Ad Divide says that Apple's iPod is dominating because of its superior advertising rather than better product quality.
Managing Editor Inc. has released Page Director Classified Layout System (CLS) 3.5 and ClassForce 3.5 for Mac OS X--both of which bring Mac OS X compatibility as well as enhanced import/export, new "Behaviors" to help organize production and streamline workflow, and a revamped "Make Action" function for automating workflow. CLS contains a powerful and customizable rules-based pagination engine that allows users to define layout rules and automate classified page building, while ClassForce offers fewer customization optons. Completed CLS and ClassForce pages are opened in QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign for final output. Both are available as free upgrades for Mac OS X 10.3 for current owners with support contracts.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k