Apple has announced that it will open two new retail stores next week. The Apple Store Victoria Gardens will open in Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Thursday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. It is located at 12442 South Main Street between JCPenney and Robinsons-May and across the street from Banana Republic. The Danbury Fair Mall location in Danbury, CT will open Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. at 7 Backus Avenue next to Bath and Body Works.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: the possibility of Power Mac G5 updates in January.... speculation about future low-end PowerBook offerings.... some benchmarks from the high-end 20" iMac model.... Reaction to the new iBook offerings from Apple.... discussion of a possible trojan horse or virus encountered by one Mac users.
Feral today announced that Ford Racing 2 has gone 'gold' and is expected to be available in 2-3 weeks. The new game features 35 vehicles, including "the best Ford cars since 1949, from legends like the 1956 F-100 pickup and the 1968 Mustang GT to future classics like the super-car slaying Ford GT." The Ford Challenge section contains 34 tests of your skills offered in several different categories. It offers replays, race tracking/history, a driver rating, split-screen multi-player racing, Standard and Elimination races, up to four computer-controlled opponents, different tracks, and more. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later and is available for pre-order for $30.
PeekIt 3.4 allows users to open, examine, and change (as raw or hex values) the contents of a file. Version 2.4 allows Resource Fork Peeking, Keyboard navigation, and Sharing Notes. [Download - 959KB] Chameleon 1.5.1 ($20) is the "Halloween Edition" of the "innovative application for transforming digital photographs into works of art." Version 1.5.1 includes a set of six themed Halloween borders, ideal for creating spooky images for the holiday season. [Download - 5.9MB] iURL 1.3b6 is a universal URL management system for Internet power users and multimedia designers. The latest version includes, in addition to graphics preview, a new Quicktime preview feature, which reads files from local volumes or streams media through the Internet. [Download - 1.9MB] iCuistot 1.1 is a "complete recipe and nutrition management" application for Mac OS X. This update adds Ingredients scaling, Full recipe content searching, MasterCook Mac recipes import, and more. [Download - 5.8MB] Mariner Write 3.6.4 ($80) is a powerful easy-to-use word processor for the for Mac OS X. Version 3.6.4 adds new graphics and icons, Architecture enhancement to RTF translation, and fixes for a number of issues, including a crash with certain Input Methods when deleting, and redraw issues. [Download - form] Mariner Calc 5.3.1 is a "powerful, yet streamlined" spreadsheet for the Mac OS designed for the analysis, simulation and forecasting of numerical data. This update fixes online help display, a redraw bug when editing in cells, and an Application Tab error. [Download - form]
In Brief: XM Radio is launching a wearable device next Tuesday, the same as the previously announced Special Music Event by Apple: "uch a device would 'also get investors thinking about future combinations of sIPOD/TIVO-like satellite radios, which would increase the value of the monthly subscription.'"...O'Reilly has announced the release of "Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition" ($25) by Rob Griffiths... The new "Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One" (O'Reilly, $45) offers private InDesign lessons-like lessons with Adobe Certified Expert and world-renowned digital publishing guru Deke McClelland.... Graphisoft of Hungary announced this week that ArchiCAD 9, its BIM (building information modeling) CAD software, has drawn critical acclaim from architects practicing across the globe.
Recosoft today announced PDF2Office v2.0 Professional Edition, a major upgrade to its PDF document data extraction and conversion tool. PDF2Office v2.0 dramatically improves the conversion of PDF documents to Microsoft Word, RTF and Appleworks formats - recreating the original construct of the document. PDF2Office recreates the original construction and layout of the document. Versoin 2.0 adds the ability to open PDF documents in Microsoft Word, improved layout reconstruction, forms processing, Acrobat 6 PDF document support, image compression and resolution support, and more. It will ship in December and will be a free upgrade all new purchases of PDF2Office 1.1. Pricing will be $130 (full), $60 (upgrade), and $90 (education).
In Brief: The Apple Store is now offering BTO configurations of the Xserve G5 with the new 400GB drives, following public release of larger-capacity Xserve RAIDs...The MacEnterprise.org (formerly MacOSXLabs.org) group will be presenting a Wireless Security Webcast on Tuesday, October 26 at 1:00 pm EDT.... Two new icon kits are available, including Iconkits.com's Soul Developer Icon Kit Vol. 2 ($90), which features 80 new icons rendered in the popular "Soul" style and the Iconfactory's Satin stock Database Add-On collection ($180), which includes 52 databases-related icons... The October 25 registration deadline is approaching for developers who have not yet registered to compete in the uDevGames 2004 Mac Game Developer Contest.... The First iDJ iPod Party in the Netherlands will take place on November 27, allowing users to bring their own digital music playlists.
Yet another columnist says that Apple's refusal to license FairPlay (i.e., open up the iPod/iTunes system) is detrimental for both the company and users and that Apple has a very large number of competitors in the burgeoning market: "Apple is making corporate enemies by refusing to license FairPlay, its bought-in digital rights management system. FairPlay is intended to stop rival music services from offering protected downloads that can be moved straight to an iPod, and makes it impossible for hardware manufacturers to make digital players that work with iTMS....But in the long run, it could be bad news for consumers, even if most of them have not yet realised it."
In an interview with The Guardian: Jef Raskin, one of the creators of the Mac and inventor of the click-and-drag interface, says that the Mac interface has lost its edge: "the Mac is now a mess. A third party manual (Pogue's The Missing Manual) is nearly 1,000 pages, and far from complete. Apple now does development by accretion, and there is only a little difference between using a Mac and a Windows machine...[And on the iMac]: The unfoldable portable-shaped box on a stalk? It is a practical and space-saving design. But the interface needs fixing. One only cares about getting something done. Apple has forgotten this key concept. The beautiful packaging is ho-hum and insignificant in the long run."
Thomas Weisel market analyst Jason Pflaum reiterated his belief that Apple is set to launch a flash-based music player before Christmas: "I recently spent two weeks in Asia meeting with a number of folks who are in a position to know details of SigmaTel's supply chain. Based on our industry contacts, we are confident that, one, Apple is planning to launch a flash-based player, and two, SigmaTel is the provider of controller chip for that device."
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
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