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QuickTime on cell networks
Apple's QuickTime won't likely be used on mobile phones in the near phone, despite pushes its competitors to have players installed on mobile handseets, according to CNET News.com: "While Apple competitors Microsoft and Real prefer to attack the burgeoning market for cell phone entertainment by having handset makers embed their media players directly into phones, Apple doesn't see the need, Cassanova said. Major cell phone carriers Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and Japan's NTT DoCoMo and KDDI already use QuickTime on their servers that manage media for photo e-mailing and other new services. In a way, Apple's found its way into the core of cell phone carriers without having to build a single handset, primarily by selling servers to manage media on a cell phone operator's network..."
Apple event in QuickTime
Apple has posted a QuickTime video stream of Tuesday's special music event with U2's Bono and The Edge at the California Theatre in San Jose, CA. The event played host to several music-related announcements, including the EU iTunes Music Store, iPod Photo and a special edition U2 iPod. The video-on-demand stream is broadcast in MPEG-4 and requires QuickTime 6.
London Apple store opening
The Apple Store Regent Street in London will open on November 20 at 10 am, as noted earlier today. The store is the first European store, although Apple has already announced a second store in the UK and has plans for other countries in Europe. Apple says it has planned over 250 special events for November, including giveaways, music events, special workshops and guest appearances from well-known members of the Mac community. A live performance by Stereogram is scheduled for November 21: "Come and meet our amazing multi-lingual team. Stop by the 14-metre-long Genius Bar and talk to the smartest Mac people in town for advice, problem-solving, repairs and technical services. Check out the state-of-the-art 64-seat theatre where we’ll be hosting free workshops and presentations for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros."
Mac OS X Innovators
O'Reilly today announced the winners in its second annual Mac OS X Innovators Contest. "Delicious Library" (media/asset tracking) and "FotoMagico" (live presentation/slideshows) took first place in the US and International categories respectively, while Curio (freeform apps for ideas/notes) and iDive (digital video management) took second place in the same categories (respectively). Nicecast (Internet radio broadcaster) and Process (outlining) received Honorable Mentions. First and second place winners in the U.S. category received ADC Premier and Select memberships.
SE Jam Jacket Pro-Black
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today announced that it is offering the SE Jam Jacket Pro-Black, a new version of its silicone iPod case designed to protect and enhance the new iPod U2 Special Edition from Apple. Now available for pre-order, DLO says it is "the only silicone case on the market to feature a micro-thin, built-in, transparent screen protector to eliminate scratching of the iPod’s display screen. The SE Jam Jacket Pro-Black also features a sturdy, completely removable, swivel belt clip system. This limited edition case also provides protection for the engraved U2 band members’ signatures on the back of the iPod U2 Special Edition."
ShapeShifter 2.0 update
Unsanity today announced ShapeShifter 2.0 ($20), a major update to its system customization utility that includes new features such as icon customization, cursor changing, and massive speed improvements. ShapeShifter allows users to change the overall appearance of a Mac using 'themes'. Users can change the look of windows, menus, apps, buttons, and virtually everything else. The new update also brings support for multiple users, allowing each user to have different themes, icon sets, cursor sets and so on.
Apple color iPod socks
Apple today also introduced a set of colored "socks" for carrying iPods at the special music event this morning. Apple said will sell a set of six differently hued socks for $29, according to CNET News.com: "Before showing off the new iPods, Jobs noted that Apple will open its London retail store on Nov. 20 and also predicted strong iMac sales this quarter. 'We think this is going to be a very good Christmas for the iMac,' Jobs said."
iTrip Black FM Transmitter
Griffin Technology today announced the iTrip Black FM Transmitter for the new iPod U2 Special Edition. Like the original white iTrip, the new iTrip-Black retains its most popular features such as unlimited station frequencies and battery-free design. The new model with its jet-black exterior and red LED light match the new iPod U2 Special Edition. The iTrip-Black is controlled by the iPod itself and can broadcast to over 200 possible frequencies on the FM dial. It draws its minimal power directly from the iPod and automatically shuts off after 60 seconds without music. This latest iTrip contains new power saving features that keeps the iTrip-Black in sleep mode until music is actually being played – at which time the iTrip-Black automatically comes on. It is due in November for $35.
Jobs on photo, video iPod
At today's music event, Steve Jobs touted the iPod Photo as the "next big thing," while downplaying video: "We think photos are the next big thing. Everyone has the content" because of the rapid proliferation of digital cameras among consumers "and there are no copyright issues," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said at a news conference. Apple also continued to "buck conventional wisdom, not having added video capabilities along with the photo playback. In order to keep the iPod small, Apple needed to keep to a small screen size--one that doesn't work for watching a movie: "No one has any video content to put on them, and even if they did, the screens are much too small," Jobs said, adding that the iPod is the "wrong place" for video."
Apple launches iPod Store
In Brief: Apple has launched a new 'iPod Store' at the online Apple Store, listing all of the accessories and related items for users.... Apple's new iPod Photo boasts a battery life of 15 hours.... PlasmaDesign today added six new ultra-high resolution desktop wallpapers to their "30 inch gallery," a collection of digital artwork rendered specifically for use on Apples new range of displays.... Aspyr's Battlefield 1942 server, free to use for all Mac owners of Battlefield 1942, is now running with the recently shipped expansion pack Secret Weapons of WWII (server is called "Aspyr BF1942").
QuickTime 6.5.2 updater
Apple today released QuickTime 6.5.2, which brings security fixes, bug fixes, and enhancements to the Apple Lossless Encoder and AAC codecs, and better support for iTunes and other QuickTime-based applications. A standalone QuickTime 6.5.2 installer is also available.
U2 Event satellite info
Apple will rebroadcast highlights via satellite of this morning's Special Music Event where it unveiled the Special Edition U2 iPod and iPod Photo. The event took place this morning at 10 am PT at the Foxcorp California Theatre in San Jose, CA. The rebroadcast will take place at 12:30 pm PDT. Apple said the material will repeat.
Lasso 8, DataCheck...
iBar 1.1 (free) is an application that sits underneath the system menubar to provide complete control over iTunes. Users can play, pause, rewind, fast forward, scrub, go next, go previous, shuffle, change EQ settings, see track information, change song ratings, and even search your library for just the right song. It features new iChat integration. [1.7MB]
Lasso 8 beta, due later this week, will bring new multi-site features to isolate processes for each site for independent data sources, security settings, global variables, and more. Other changes include on-demand tag loading, POP support, built-in SOAP client, tag namespaces, support for compound data types, encryption tags, deprecated tag logging, and more.
DataCheck v4 (€320) is a powerful 4D data checking and data fixing tool. Version 4.0 offers major speed boosts, easier international usage, and is built for 4D 2004 structures and data files. [Download - 968KB]
PhotoBooth 1.0 ($20) enables users to print perfectly sized pictures from an iPhoto library. It allows users to "print a cropped section of your picture without altering the actual image. PhotoBooth will size images perfectly for fitting in standard frame sizes or printing onto photo paper." [Download - 145KB]
VelaTerra ($23) is an interactive almanac and world clock that displays and compares local times, daylight hours, and moon info for time zones and cities throughout the world. It offers a clocks window with several world clocks at once, as well as a daylight chart for comparing time zones. [Download - 2.9MB]
Mulberry v4.0a1 is a high-performance, scalable, and "graphically groovy" Internet mail client. This new release features calendaring and internationalization support, as well as new icons, a configurable toolbar and a message quick search capability. [Download - 2.9MB]
iTunes 4.7, iPod updater
Apple today released iTunes 4.7, which brings support for the nine new iTunes Music Stores as well adds a new 'Artist Alerts' feature. Users can now be automatically notified via email when an artist has a new song available at the iTunes Music Store. iTunes 4.7 also includes "support for copying photos to an iPod photo, the ability to show duplicate songs in your library, and other performance improvements." Apple also released its new iPod Updater 2004-10-20, which includes iPod Photo Software 1.0 for use with iPod Photo as well as the same iPod software included in iPod Updater 2004-08-06 for all other iPod models.
More EU iTunes stores
Apple today launched a European Union version of its revolutionary iTunes Music Store, bringing its industry-leading store to users in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. It offers pricing of €0.99 per song, as iMix playlist sharing, integration with iPod and more. Apple today also announced it will launch the iTunes Music Store in Canada in November. "We're excited to bring the iTunes Music Store to even more music fans across Europe, and with this expansion we now reach customers in almost 70 percent of the global music market," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Applications. "iTunes is the world's number one online music store, with more than 150 million downloads and over 70 percent market share in the US and UK."
Apple debuts iPod Photo
Apple today introduced iPod Photo, a new version of the iPod that offers a high-resolution color screen. iPod Photo lets you combine your music and your favorite photos to create slideshows on your iPod and also features TV-out for sharing the slideshows on big screen televisions and projectors. iPod Photo comes in 40GB or 60GB models and will be available from the Apple Store. They will begin shipping today for $500 and $600, respectively, iPod Photo includes a dock with audio and video out, earbud headphones, 1.4m AV cable, 1.2m 30-pin to FireWire cable, a 1.2m 30-pin to USB cable, AC adapter, black carrying case.
Apple intros the U2 iPod
Apple today introduced the iPod U2 Special Edition as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group (UMG) to "create innovative new products together for the new digital music era." The new U2 iPod holds up to 5,000 songs and features a black enclosure with a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The new 20GB iPod U2 Special Edition is expected to be available mid-November for a suggested retail price of $350 from the Apple Store.
Nine new iTunes stores
Apple's iTunes Music Store now lists several new support languagges, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxemborg, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. Apple is expected to make several music announcements during this morning's Special Apple Music Event. Separately, Wanadoo has signed a deal with U.S.-based digital media firm Loudeye to bring its online music service to subscribers in the Netherlands and Spain.
4Gb/sec FC adapters
ATTO Technology has announced its 4-Gigabit per second Fibre Channel storage adapters. The Celerity FC-42XS is a 4-Gigabit dual-channel Fibre Channel Storage Adapter that offers up to 800 MB/sec. performance, per channel, in full-duplex mode. The company says that it will demonstrate Celerity FC-42XS interoperability with 4-Gb/sec. Fibre Channel hard disk drive prototypes from Hitachi GST at Storage Networking World in Orlando, Florida, October 25-28, 2004. It supports the SNIA adapter API and offers complete driver support for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.
MacA&D for Mac OS X
Excel Software today announced version 7.5 of MacA&D OS9 as well as a beta version for Mac OS X. MacA&D is a software engineering tool that automates requirements management, software modeling, code generation, reengineering and flexible report generation. Popular design methods are supported including structured analysis/design, object-oriented design with UML, data modeling of information systems and real-time, multi-task design. Customers that purchase the Developer edition of MacA&D OS9 7.5 this year are also being invited to participate in the Beta Program for MacA&D OSX. They will receive a free upgrade to MacA&D OSX when it ships in January 2005. In addition to modeling enhancements, MacA&D OS9 7.5 adds a new mode for evaluating MacTranslator and a command to export documents to the new XML based format used in MacA&D OSX. It is available in Standard ($500), Education ($850), Desktop ($1300), and Developer ($2000) editions.
iTMS price shifts?
In Brief: Readers note that Apple is continuing to shift its iTunes Music Store pricing to a per-song price point of $0.99, as many have noticed the dissappearance of $9.99 albums over the past few weeks.... Creative Manager Pro, Ad Agency Software and Project Management Software for Creative and Design firms, released today version 7.3.2 adding support for the Mozilla Firefox browser.... The Iconfactory has released another freeware collection: "Halloween 2004".... Analysts say that Apple's iPod could do more than just boost the company’s bottom line, but some say that the thin iPod margins could hurt the comany's core Mac business.... Hewlett-Packard inked an HP iPod distribution agreement with Sears Roebuck earlier this month.
Dual-G4 for MDD Power Macs
Giga Designs today announced what it says is the industry's first G4 processor upgrade for Mirrored Drive Door (MDD) Power Macs. The new dual-processor upgrade uses two Freescale (Motorola) 7455B (G4) CPUs clocked at 1.42GHz for 167MHz bus systems, and 1.4GHz for 133MHz bus systems. It features 2MB of L3 cache per processor and is compatible with the original MDD (2002), FireWire 800, and MDD 2003 models of Apple's Power Mac. The upgrade features a copper cooler with a quiet 80mm fan which allows the Power Mac's 120mm system fan to run in low speed mode and provide quieter operation. Giga Designs says that no software or firmware updates are required, and "the installation can usually be performed in less than 10 minutes." The upgrade will be available in November 2004 at a retail price of $700.
Primatte Keyer for Avid
Red Giant Software today announced that Primatte Keyer now supports Avid non-linear editing systems and Discreet combustion 3 desktop compositing software. Previously available as an After Effects plug-in, Primatte Keyer's enhanced versatility adds increased functionality to the production pipeline of independent filmmakers and visual effects artists. Primatte Keyer enables users to extract keys from any color background. The software overcomes matte extraction challenges including uneven lighting, subtleshadows, and edge light contamination (spill) prior to compositing. Three versions of Primatte Keyere 1.6 are available: Adobe After Effects and Discreet combustion 3 ($500), Avid Media Composer Adrenaline ($1000, AVX version), and Avid Xpress Pro ($500, Editors version).
SynthEyes supports Shake
Andersson Technologies today announced three Shake export scripts for its SynthEyes 3-D camera tracking application as well as new Virtual PC (VPC7) compatibility. The scripts can be run on SynthEyes under Virtual PC to produce scripts for Apple's Shake compositing application, running on a Mac or Linux. The company says that it has hopes native Mac version, but development has not yet started and a release date was not given. SynthEyes runs on a G4- or G5-based Mac running at 1.6GHz or faster --under Virtual PC 5/6/7 with Windows XP/2000 (with 512MB of RAM). SynthEyes 2004.5 may be purchased for $350.
Big Bang Board Games
Freeverse Software today announced that Big Bang Board Games has been declared "gold master" and been sent to duplication. This suite of classic board games, which includes Chess, Checkers, Reversi, Tic-Tac-Toe, Mancala, Backgammon and 4-In-A-Row, features an award-winning interface that utilizes a host of cutting-edge Apple technologies. Big Bang Chess was the recipient of two prestigious Apple Design Awards earlier this year, including the top award of "Best Mac OS Product". The company has expanded the same engine to power a half-dozen other games. The games feature integration with iTunes, Mail/Address Book, iChat, iSight, and GameSmith, the online game matching service from Freeverse. Demos of each game are available now. It will be available for $25 in the coming weeks.
SanDisk ups flash storage
SanDisk today doubled the capacity of its some of its flash-based memory media. the "world's largest capacities" of Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD cards with 4GB, 1GB and 2GB capacities respectively. These new cards are double the current maximum capacities and are designed to fit into a broad range of flash-based consumer devices. With higher performance and embedded MagicGate technology, the SanDisk Memory Stick PRO and Memory Stick PRO Duo feature high capacity, high-speed data transfer and built-in security for the secure transfer of copyright-protected content and realtime recording of high-resolution images and video. Both SanDisk's Memory Stick PRO ($800, 4GB) and Duo ($205, 1GB) are expected to ship in November. The 2GB SD Card will also ship in November for $200.
IGG Software has released iWork 2.2, an update to its flagship time-billing and invoicing application for Mac OS X that features Address Book and iCal integration. New features in iWork 2.2 include a to-do manager with iCal integration, several new preferences, invoice export, improved server/client administration and many other features and bug fixes. The iWork Server/Client also adds the ability to manage job events on the server, assign to-do items to users and the ability to work off-line and synchronize with iWork Server at a later time. iWork is $30, while the client/server version is $75. A free 10-day trial is available.
Woz in CE Hall of Fame
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak yesterday was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and leaders from throughout the consumer electronics industry honored 11 new inductees in to the class of 2004 of the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame at an awards dinner held Tuesday, October 19, 2004. The dinner took place during CEA's annual Industry Forum held in San Francisco, CA. "Steve Wozniak was the engineering genius that developed the first recognizable personal computer. He helped to design the Apple IIe, the world's most popular PC for many years. Wozniak co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment."
\"Big Mac\" achieves 12.25TF
Virginia Tech today announced that the rebuilt System X, its supercomputer cluster now built from 1,100 Xserve G5s, is now operating at 12.25 teraflops, an increase of nearly 2 teraflops over the previous official record of 10.28 teraflops. Virginia Tech says the system became the fastest supercomputer at any academic institution last November and that the institution will "learn of its new ranking when the list is unveiled in November of this year at SuperComputing 2004 in Pittsburgh." Last year "Big Mac" ranked third among the world's 500 fastest supercomputers.
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