Apple today announced it will open three new retail stores in early November. The company posted a grand opening announcements for new stores in Washington, Iowa, and New York. The Apple Store Carousel, located at 9553 Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY, will open on Saturday, November 6. The Apple Store Jordan Creek is located at 101 S. 74th Street in West Des Moines, Iowa and will open on on Saturday, November 6 as well. Finally, the Apple Store Alderwood will open in Lynnwood, Washington on Thursday, November 4. AppleInsder also reports on a forthcoming retail location in Canada at the Yorkdale Shopping Center located in Toronto. Last week, we noted the opening of new retail stores in Southern California and Connecticut later this week.
BarcodeReaders.com today announced that it has begun shipping a new rugged barcode laser scanner. These barcode readers can read barcodes at a distance into any application on Mac OS X. The Peninsula Eagle II allows you to scan directly into applications without the need for additional software and offers controls for code type, prefixes and suffixes, and other options via a simple menu-driven programming manual. It reads all standard 1D barcode types including large ITF and EAN128 codes. Peninsula also bundles its QuickTrack Start loan tracking software. It is available for $350.
Redstone Software today announced Eggplant 2.0, the Mac OS X tool for automated, cross-platform testing. Designed specifically for GUI-level testing, Eggplant combines image-capture-and-compare technology with a powerful scripting language that allows QA teams to automate tests and other repetitive tasks. Version 2.0, due in early November, provides many enhancements, including a full-featured script debugger; autocompletion of commands, functions, variables, and other keywords; and one-click lookup of script resources. In addition, Rendezvous support allows Eggplant to automatically discover available test machines that are running either the OSXvnc 1.4 server or Apple Remote Desktop 2.0 (ARD) clients. The Mac OS X application can test applications on Windows, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and Linux.
BIAS today released SoundSoap 2, an update to its "one-click" audio cleaning software for Mac OS X that provides high-quality noise reduction. Version 2 offers a new Remove Click & Crackle and Enhance features as well as plug-in compatibility with Audio Units and RTAS/AudioSuite host applications. SoundSoap 2 also offers plug-in compatibility with DirectX and VST host applications. Based on a sophisticated multi-band compressor and equalization algorithm, the Enhance slider achieves in a single parameter control what would otherwise take advanced knowledge and a combination of tools to produce, according to BIAS. The full version is available now for $100, while upgrades are $50.
Jumsoft has released Process 1.1 ($25) for Mac OS X, an update to its outlining application, capable of "seamlessly linking projects with the elements needed to complete themóall with single-window simplicity and a user-friendly Aqua interface." With its Source Taking feature, Process 1.1 utilizes a simple field to link plans and schedules with project-specific resources such as web sites, PDF files and text documents. The update adds custom columns, keyboard shortcuts when editing items, and filtering by label.
Edirol today announced the R-4, a 4-channel portable digital recorder and wave editor designed to offer cost-effective single-unit solution to multi-channel field recording. The R-4 records directly to an internal 40GB hard drive providing storage capacity for 58 hours of 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo recording or over 17 hours at 24-bit/96kHz. Alternatively, recordings can be made directly to Compact Flash. The R-4 can record at audio resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz on all four channels; it features a built-in limiter and 5 different dynamic processors; 3-Band Parametric EQ, 6-Band Graphic EQ, Noise Gate, Enhancer, and Compressor / Desser. Input/Output options include 4 XLR/TRS combo microphone jacks with phantom power, RCA analog output, S/PDIF Coaxial in/out, built-in stereo microphones, built-in speakers, and USB 2.0.
SyBrowser 6.0 ($90) is a suite of native client applications that provide an overview of the tables in Sybase, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS SQL databases. It allows the execution of SQL queries and the ability to save queries. Version 6 adds an ERD properties palette, multiple undo's when creating ER diagrammes, faster loading/saving of query files, and auto-completion of SQL commands. [6.6MB] SuperDuper 1.5 ($20) is the latest update to the disk duplication utility for Mac OS X. SuperDuper! performs backup and clone operations quickly and easily. The new release includes AppleScript support, pre-authentication, on-the-fly permission verification, interface improvements, copy improvements and an expanded manual. [2.4MB] iClock 2 Time Hub for Mac OS X is a replacement for the Mac OS X Menubar Clock. Version 2.0 adds hot keys, recurring alarms and new chiming options, new floating clocks faces, and calendar theme downloading. [6.1MB] Formation 1.1 ($30) is the latest release of the software for organizing personal information, ideas, lists, notes, and projects. New in this version are options for password protecting document as well as true 448 bit Blowfish encryption for data stored in password columns. Auto save and save on close preferences have been added. [2.2MB] SuperCard 4.5, a major upgrade to the popular authoring environment for Mac, is now available to the public in a Beta release. "We didn't just add a few bug fixes and cosmetic touchups and slap on a dot-five version number here, this new release adds eye-popping performance increases plus scores of cool new features that take xtalk to places it's never been before!" [form] 4D 2003.5 is a significant update for current users of the 4D 2003 Web development suite."We are delighted to show our commitment to our legacy products", said Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc. "Although 4D 2004, a significant upgrade, was released two months ago, we are proud to show our customers that we continue with our history of providing updates to our legacy software." [67.3]
In Brief: Readers note that the 60GB iPod Photo is in stock at some local Apple Stores, including Glendale Galleria, following shipment confirmation from the online Apple Store earlier this week (it should also be available in South African stores in time for Christmas).... Apple claims the expansion of the iTunes Music Store to nine more countries in Europe means that it now reaches almost 70 percent of the global music market... The iPod has 92 percent of the market for high-capacity music players, according to a New York Times report.... MacSpeech has announced it has appointed Application Systems Heidelberg as its distributor for Germany.
MacJams.com has announced the opening of its new "Loop Store," an online site where musicians can browse, listen to, and immediately download over 40,000 loops and sound clips in a variety of styles and instrumentation. Loops may be purchased with credits costing as little as 40 cents each, and loops are available in a variety of formats for nearly any audio program for the Macintosh platform. To celebrate the grand opening of its Loop Store, MacJams is giving away 10 free 10-credit accounts and 10 free PowerFX Apple Loops Disc Jams CDs. Loops and audio clips for the Loop Store are professionally recorded and produced by PowerFX, which provides audio content to Apple, Sony Pictures, Propellerhead, and others.
Apple today announced it has begun shipping Logic Express 7, the next major release of its $300 music composition and production software that delivers professional quality audio and MIDI tools. With new Apple Loops support, software instruments and high-quality effect plug-ins, Logic Express 7 allows musicians to create, record, edit, and mix music. Logic Express 7 can open songs from GarageBand, enabling consumers seeking to step up to a more advanced application with a studio-style mixer, movie scoring capabilities, and the ability to edit and print performances using music notation. Projects and skills learned in Logic Express 7 are directly transferable to Logic Pro 7, Apple's professional music creation and audio production software.
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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