disclabel 2.2 ($30) is an update to SmileOnMyMac's CD labeling software. The update adds more downloadable templates in memory of artist Terence Nordyke, improved performance and reliability, and some bug fixes. [Download - 4.8MB] Peek-a-Boo ($20) is a utility to monitor and manage all of the processes running on your Mac. Version 2.1 introduces the new Process Throb window, an OpenGL-powered, intuitive way to view process activity, as well as other new features. [Download - 1.0MB] Conversation is a unique IRC client developed with ease of use in mind. Version 2.0 allows multiple servers, direct chats, CTCP messages, and more. The software can be used for free, but donations are welcomed. [Download - 1.3MB] BottomFeeder is a news aggregator client (RSS and Atom) written in VisualWorks Smalltalk. It offers full support for CSS, news in 3 pane or 2 pane modes, and supports HTTPS, HTTP Authentication, and HTTP Digest Authentication. [Download - 9.9MB] Retrospect 6.0 adds Panther support, removes the limit to the size of volumes that can be backed up, and supports SCSI and Fibre Channel tape libraries. Retrospect Driver Update version 5.9.104 resolves an issue where Retrospect could associate a barcode label to an incorrect tape when tapes without barcode labels are manually removed from a library and replaced with unknown tapes containing barcode labels. [Download - Restrospect, Driver] iGet 1.1.1 ($25) is a maintenance update to the innovative file transfer application for Mac OS X. "We've improved keyboard navigation, updated the internal documentation, and also eliminated a couple of unusual but potentially annoying problems with skipping items during file transfers." [Download - 3.0MB]
MCE Technologies has added a 100GB hard drive its MobileStor line of PowerBook hard drive upgrades. The 100GB drive is the highest capacity drive available for the Apple PowerBook and sports an 8MB cache buffer. The MCE MobileStor 100GB PowerBook hard drive upgrade is compatible with all Apple PowerBook G4 models, and can also be installed in iBook G4, PowerBook G3, and iBook G3 models. MCE says that the MobileStor 100GB drive's fluid dynamic bearing technology reduces acoustic noise by up to 20% and that it also features a low-power idle mode to help conserve PowerBook battery life during non-hard drive intensive activities. The drive is $280 and is available for immediate shipment.
Aerielle today announced its newst iPod automotive accessory--an all-in-one FM Transmitter/Auto Charger designed for Kensington. When plugged into a car's cigarette lighter, the FM Transmitter/Charger enables consumers to listen to their favorite music from their iPod in full stereo sound on their car stereo system, while charging the unit at the same time. The Kensington FM Transmitter/Auto Charger (model 33159) contains patented technology, which it says provides "crisp highs, deep lows and up to 50db stereo separation." LED indicators signal that the unit is plugged in and charging, and a safety fuse protects against power spikes. The device is compatible with the iPod or iPod-mini with dock connector, and comes with a 5-year limited warranty and free technical support from Kensington. It is available under the Kensington brand for $60.
In Brief: Amazon is now showing a release date of June 30, 2005 for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger--which is consistent with Apple's previously announced date ("first half of 2005"), after briefly showing a March 30, 2005 release date earlier in the month... Apple says that it has no plans to revamp the PowerBook line before the holiday season, after it announced new iBooks earlier this morning... Apple Pro Applications Team member Bill Foster will be on hand to outline the various hardware and software offerings at the Portland Mac Filmmakers' User Group on October 25th.... The CinemaFactory, posting a recent iPod/iTunes commercial casting call, says it "looking for dancers, performers, and uniquely talented people of all ethnicities and ages who enjoy using iTunes/iPods for an upcoming non-union commercial shooting in early November in Los Angeles."
Apple is offering a developers a new early development kit for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, which is expected to ship in a final version in the first half of next year. The Apple Developer Connection (ADC) is offering a Tiger Early Start Kit for $500, which includes the benefits of ADC Select Membership as well as pre-release versions of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger and Xcode 2.0, downloadable updates of the latest Tiger documentation, one-on-one access to Tiger support engineers, special developer discount on the latest Apple hardware, and the final versions of Mac OS X v10.4 and Xcode 2.0 when available. Apple is also offering a DVD-ROM filled with Tiger session videos from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2004.
Formac today announced its new Gallery Xtreme LCD line, with improved feature specs at a lower price point. The new display comes in either 19.0-inch or 20.1-inch viewable screen models, incorporating Formac's 4th generation ColorProof VA TFT, The new TFT technology offers an improved brightness (up to 300 cd/m2), better contrast ratio (700:1) and faster pixel response (15ms). The company says that the new displays can be calibrated accurately for use in color-critical applications. Both displays are strictly digital and come with DVI or Apple Display Connector (ADC). The new LCD monitors are available for $600 (19-inch) and $900 (20.1-inch).
In Brief: The Apple Store is once again offering free custom laser engraving (through January 10, 2005) with the purchase of 20GB and 40GB iPods as well as the iPod mini.... FileMaker today announced that FileMaker Server 7 and FileMaker Server 7 Advanced have achieved Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard certification following testing conducted by VeriTest.... Peachpit Press has released "Take Control of Apple Mail" ($17), a book covering the bundled Mac OS X email application... The Iconfactory has released Snappy Hour Halloween, this week's freeware icon collection, based on licensed artwork from artist Derek Yaniger. .... Photoshop Elements 3 for Digital Photographers ($35) offers inside tips and tips of the trade for correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos like a pro.
Seapine Software today announced TestTrack Pro 7.0 for software defect and issue management. Version 7 includes several new features, including a configurable database, LDAP and Active Directory support, issue linking, and seamless integration with Surround SCM. TestTrack Pro now offers a configurable backend database, supporting both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server for data storage. Additionally, users can use an LDAP or Active Directory server to validate user logins or retrieve user information such as phone numbers and email addresses. It can also link tracked issues issues together in a parent/child relationship and/or a peer group relationship. TestTrack Pro is avaialble starting at $300 for named license.
Targus this week introduced the Notebook ChillHub, a fan-based notebook cooling pad that features an integrated four-port USB 2.0 hub. The ChillHub addresses the excessive heat generation by implementing a two-fan cooling system to silently draw heat from the notebook and prevent the CPU from overheating during use (and may also prevent activation of the notebook's internal fans). The USB 2.0 hub features overcurrent protection on all four ports. The device weighs 18 ounces and measures 11.75 x 9" x 0.8", fitting directly under a notebook; it can be powered by the computer using the included upstream cable or by the included AC adapter and also features an on/off switch for its fan system. It is available for $50 and includes a one-year warranty.
Always On Wireless has begun shipping its WiFlyer WiFi base station for dialup and broadband Internet connections. The sleek, pocket-sized WiFlyer plugs into a standard telephone line or Ethernet cable to instantly create a 802.11b wireless network. It offers storage of U.S. access telephone numbers from leading dialup service providers, browser-based configuration, WAN and LAN Ethernet ports to support sharing over wired connections, 300 feet of connectivity using internal antennas, manual volume control for telephone line monitoring, a miniature power supply, and support for 128-bit WEP, NAT, and multiple levels of password protection. It is available for $150.
equinux has releasd TamTam, a Mac solution for its GPS navigation system TomTom GO. The software allows for easy management of the device's maps, allowing users to download new maps, save new voice tones and to make a system backup. "Thanks to TamTam, Mac users have all the features of TomTom ́s own Windows software.", commented Till Schadde, CEO of equinux, Inc. TamTam works with Mac OS X. The TomTom GO navigation system is managed by a USB cable connectionn to the Mac. To upload additional maps and voices, TamTam accesses information on the TomTom CD, which is included with each device (along with the USB cable)." TamTam is available for $15 (Ä13).
Aspyr Media today announced it has signed an agreement to publish The Sims 2 for Mac. Dubbed the "fastest selling PC game ever" by the company, the title is under development for the Mac under by Aspyr Studios. In The Sims 2, players are offered control of their Sims over an entire lifetime "taking them through life's greatest moments. Every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim. Players can now fulfill their Sims' life dreams as they take them from cradle to grave. More life-like Sims, all-new aspirations gameplay, and the ground-breaking addition of genetics, with the DNA of Sims passed down through generations, gives players a more vivid, realistic, and in-depth Sims experience. All of this takes place in a new amazingly realistic 3-D world." Pricing and availabilty were not available.
Apple today updated its Xserve RAID storage system, a 3U high-availability, rack storage system designed to deliver a up to 5.6 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity--at an aggressive price point of just over $2 per GB. Apple says it also offers expanded support for heterogeneous environments with certification from Cisco and SUSE Linux and optimized the system to work with its Xsan Storage Area Network file system. The Xserve RAID features fourteen independent 400GB Ultra ATA drive channels along with dual-independent RAID controllers for throughput of over 380MBps0-high enough to support two streams of uncompressed 10-bit HD video editing using protected RAID level 5. It is now available at the Apple Store and other reselers in three standard configurations: 1TB (4x250GB) for $6,000; 2.8TB (7x400GB) for $8,500; and 5.6TB (14x400GB) for $13,000.
Apple today also added a 1.8GHz single processor Power Mac G5 desktop priced at $1,499 to its 64-bit Power Mac G5 line. Complementing the existing lineup of dual-2.5GHz, dual-2.0GHz and dual-1.8GHz Power Mac G5 models, the new single-processor 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 provides an expandable tower configuration at an affordable price. It ships with a NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra graphics card with 64MB of RAM. Other features include 600MHz front-side bus, 80GB drive, AGP 5x Pro graphics slot, 3 PCI slots (64-bit, 33MHz), an 8x SuperDrive, and 256MB of RAM. The new configuration is available immediately in a single standard configuration at the Apple Store and other authorized resellers.
Apple today officially updated its iBook G4 product line, featuring built-in AirPort Extreme, G4 processors running up to 1.33GHz, and ATI's Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics with 32MB of dedicated DDR memory and AGP 4X support for gaming and watching DVDs, as well as VGA video out. Available at the Apple Store, The new iBook G4 also includes either a slot-load SuperDrive or a slot-load combo drive. Three models are available with built-in AirPort Extreme, 256MB of RAM, and either a 12-inch or 14-inch screen: 12.1"/30GB/1.2GHz/Combo ($999), 14.1"/60GB/1.33GHz/Combo ($1,299), and 14.1"/60GB/1.33GHz/SuperDrive ($1,499). The special deals section at the Apple Store is also now selling the refurbished 1GHz 12"-inch iBook with 256MB/30GB for $700 (CD-ROM) and $800 (Combo drive).
Apple later today is expected release updated iBooks with faster processors and built-in wireless networking, according to AppleInsider. The company is expected to introduce a single-entry level 12.1" iBook for $1000--with 1.2GHz G4 processor, 256MB of RAM, 30GB drive, a DVD/CD-R "Combo" drive, and built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking. The larger 14" iBooks models will feature a larger 60GB drive and a faster 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 and will be available in "Combo" ($1300) and "SuperDrive" ($1500) models. They will also feature 256MB of RAM, built-in AirPort Extreme networking. The Apple Store has not yet been updated and Apple has yet to make any official announcement; however, the company will be exibiting at Educause 2004 (booth No. 308) in Denver as a "Gold Partner."
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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