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O'Reilly has released the "iPod Fan Book" ($15) a full-color book for "anyone who wants to live the fullest iPod lifestyle possible." It delivers everything from connecting the iPod, loading music, ripping CDs "the right way," using iTunes with Windows, optimizing sound quality, protecting the iPod, saving the battery's life, burning iPod tunes onto CDs and DVDs, using the iPod as a hard drive, and more. This compact guide includes tips, tricks, and plenty of resources for: creating playlists, connecting the iPod to a household or car stereo system, and traveling with the iPod.
Western Digital today unveiled its new line of Passport portable USB hard drives. The device is available in two models for $200 (40GB) and $250 (80GB) starting next month. The device does not require a separate power supply, and uses low-power, quiet power Scorpio 2.5-inch 5400 RPM EIDE hard drives. The device features a rugged, protective case and Data Lifeguard protection to provide maximum safeguard from data loss. "WD Passport Portable Drives are able to withstand the rigors of mobile professionals and other users who prefer to take their data with them. Safety tests make them one of the few external drives with certification to meet all applicable safety requirements."
The French Competition Council has dismissed a case brought by Virgin's French arm against Apple in June for alleged abuse of market dominance, due to a lack of "sufficiently convincing elements." The Virgin complaint alleged Apple had wrongfully refused to license the FairPlay DRM (digital rights management) technology to competitors. Although dismissing the claim, the council noted that lack of interoperability between different download sites and music players is "a disadvantage for consumers."
Several readers note that the Apple Store is now accepting orders for the iPod Socks, which made their debut at last month's Apple special music event. "Dress your iPod up in any one of six vibrant color socks (green, purple, grey, blue, orange, and pink). This set of knit socks provides a stylish, fun, and practical way to protect your iPod. Fits all iPods. It doesn't matter which iPod model you have because iPod Socks fit all of them. And it doesn't matter what your mood is because each iPod Socks package includes six bright colors so you can pick the one that feels best." The six-pack of socks are priced at $29 and will begin shipping in early December.
The Southern California MacFair 2004 is set to kick-off at Cerritos College in Norwalk California this Friday. Over 40 Mac related companies are participating at the weekend event. There are 43 presentation seminars and 25 workshops scheduled that are being taught by some of the top instructors in the world including Colin Smith, Michael Descher, Scott Immerman and Beverly Houwing. In addition, there are numerous door prizes to be awarded including a brand new 40GB iPod Photo. The deadline for advance registration is this Thursday, November 11th at 10:00 pm.
Peachpit Press today announced "Apple Pro Training Series: Motion" US($50) by Damian Allen. "This Apple-authorized guide to Motion lifts the curtain on Apple's revolutionary new software for motion graphics design. A comprehensive book-DVD combo, it starts with motion graphics fundamentals and takes you step by step all the way through Motion's powerful advanced features, delivering comprehensive training--the equivalent of a three-day course--in one project-based book. Professional, hands-on projects help you learn as you go. All the files you need are on the DVD. Whether you're just entering the motion graphics field or are already an accomplished designer, this book will have you working in Motion in record time."
Redlien Account Executive 1.0 ($70) combines powerful features with an easy to use interface to make tracking and managing your business contact relationships easy and productive. You can track, time and set follow-up dates for phone calls, schedule events, record meeting notes and more using the software's activity tracking capabilities. Redlien Account Executive also allows you to create custom views, group contacts easily, use preview and info panes to easily find the contact you want. [Download - 5.7 MB] EvoBarcode 1.0 ($25) is new product which allows you to use your iSight camera as a barcode scanner with any application. The application supports UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13 and EAN-8 barcode symbologies, and can send scanned barcodes to another application, to the clipboard, or to an AppleScript. EvoBarcode 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. [Download - 236 KB] TaskTime 3.0 ($15) provides a straightforward method of tracking time spent on jobs you do for your clients. It can generate personalized invoices which can be emailed, printed, and saved to disk. The new version is a major upgrade from previous versions, featuring a projects menu, 12 or 24 hour clock support, enhanced session and controller windows, and more. [Download - 2.4 MB] iUnit 3.0.0 ($20) is a measurement unit conversion program that converts between 1545 different units of distance, mass, volume, velocity, density, currency, and other types of measurements. The latest version of iUnit adds additional unit conversions and constants, as well as a new user interface. iUnit is available for both Mac OS X as well as MacOS 8 and 9. [Mac OS X - 366 KB] [Classic - 386 KB] Troi File Plug-in 3.0.3 ($29) is a FileMaker Pro 7 plug-in for Mac and Windows that lets you manipulate your files and folders directly from your databases. This new version adds a "New Folder" button to the TrFile_SelectFolderDialog as well as an TrFile_Exists function that will return 1 if a file or folder exists. The release also fixes several bugs associated with Unicode paths, TrFile_DeleteFolder, TrFile_SetContents and TrFile_Append. [Download - 1.7 MB] J2SCatalog is an automatic page layout and tagging solution for publishing recurrent pieces of information associating texts and images from XML files. This InDesign CS plug-in should prove useful to those who need to set up catalogues, directories, ads, portfolios, etc. with a creative layout starting from XML input. A free demo of the plugin is available for download. [Download - 4.8 MB]
Alien Skin Software today announced Eye Candy 5: Nature, a set of 10 plug-in filters for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro and Macromedia Fireworks. The second of a three-part upgrade to Eye Candy 4000, Nature simulates a variety of phenomena, including fire, smoke, rust, snow, ice and more. Nature features four all-new filters and reincarnates six Eye Candy classics. Nature will be available in December of 2004 for an estimated street price of $99. Registered users of other Alien Skin Software products will be eligible for discount pricing when ordering direct from Alien Skin.
The QVC home shopping network is now carrying both the 20 and 40GB versions of Apple's HP 4G iPod...AOL is about to split its operation into four divisions--Access, Audience, Digital Services and AOL Europe--in an effort to cut bureaucracy and improve efficiency at the ISP, making the decision making process "much crisper"...In the 24th edition of the "TOP500 List of World’s Fastest Supercomputers"released on November 8, nearly half of the systems included (232) are powered by Intel Xeon processors. This figure has risen from just one Xeon-powered system in the June 2002 list...Vodafone is targeting the iPod generation with its 3G mobile phone service, by putting music and video downloading at the heart of its sales push...According to widespread media reports citing unnamed sources, Microsoft plans Thursday to debut its long-awaited search engine.
Apple has released a software update patch for its server-based system. The Fibre Channel Utility Update 1.0.3 addresses the issue of Wide Port Name (WWPN) and World Wide Node Name (WWNN) not being displayed in the user interface, and corrects a cosmetic issue with regards to multi-byte text getting improperly truncated. The update also resolves an issue with incorrect port status being reported on a Brocade SilkWorm 3800 switch. The patch is available for download from Apple's Web site.
Soft Solutions has announced version 6.0 of its 4-Sight FAX Mac OS X fax server. The new version delivers a 5x speed improvement, automatic fax notifications, and Apple address book support. Other new features include the ability to centrally monitor and manage all faxes from a single client, built in Caller ID capabilities, and a new fax line control feature that lets users specify the outgoing fax line for individual faxes. 4-Sight Fax is slated fo ther 1st quarter of 2005, but a public beta of the software will be available in late December.
Keyspan today announced that its new USB infrared remote control now includes support for Apple’s AirPort Express. The Keyspan Express Remote is an infrared remote that enables users to control media applications on a Mac or PC just as they control their TV or VCR. "AirPort Express featuring AirTunes is the best way to play your iTunes music on a stereo located anywhere in the home," said David Moody, Apple's vice president of Mac Hardware Product Marketing. "Now with Keyspan's Express Remote users have a way to remotely control their iTunes -- taking the wireless music experience to the next level." Retailing at $59 and shipping in mid-November, the Keyspan Express Remote will be available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores, as well as from other leading resellers of computer accessories.
Absoft Corporation has announced that Visual Numerics' IMSL Fortran Numerical Library version 5.0 will be available in mid-December of this year bundled with the high performance IBM XL Fortran Advanced Edition compiler Version 8.1 for Mac OS X. The IMSL Fortran Library is the gold standard mathematical and statistical library for Fortran programmers developing high performance computing applications, which saves development time by eliminating the need to write code from scratch. The bundled developer tools will be available to commercial customers for $1700. Government licenses start at $1300 while academic licenses start at $800.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
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