SlimBatteryMonitor 1.2 (free) updates the laptop and UPS battery monitor for Mac OS X. Enhancements in this release include the addition of a new, more modern battery icon; improved support for 2 battery powerbooks and an improved display for recent powerbooks. SlimBatteryMonitor is a space-efficient replacement power gauge that offers different views. [330KB] Text Count 1.1 ($70) is a plug-?in for Adobe InDesign and InCopy for performing word counts and empty space word count estimates. Version 1.1 allows users to overset text display frames, overset preflight functions, and more. [Download - 4.4MB] BackTrack 1.3 ($15) allows Mac users to log all the text that is typed over a period of time. BackTrack can log the window name that was in the foreground while the text was being typed. Version 1.3 corrects a minor bug with encrypted files. [Download - 880KB] LimeWire Basic 4.2 is the latest version of the free file-sharing software for Mac. As noted yesterday, this version brings new firewall-to-firewall transfers, a completely new MP3 player, iTunes integration on Windows, faster downloads and network connections, new icons, new file views, and more. [Download - 880KB] ExhibitionX 2.6 is a tool to view picture folders and iPhoto albums in a 3D environment. It consists of 8 easy to navigate 3D environments: the walk-around gallery, octagonal carousel, book view, multi-cube, flat ,disc view, flyby and beach view. The update improves the OpenGL to QuickTime record function. [Download - 880KB] simple caption ($3.50) is a plug-in for iMovie that allows you to place any short text message onto a clip. It provides a host of important features, such as placing text anywhere, font selection, text size, and transparency. [Download - 985KB]
Afternoon tech: Major Hollywood movie studios today sued hundreds of people suspected of trading illegally copied movies on the Internet.... Walt Disney Studios is actively proceeding with a second sequel to Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise and is in the process of setting up a digital animation facility in Glendale that will be used for the production of "Toy Story 3.".... Sony BMG is in early talks with file-sharing network Grokster in what could lead to a legalized Internet music service.... SBC will introduce an Internet-based calling service for its local telephone customers early next year and will consider offering the service nationally later.
Apple has tweaked the name of its newest iPod, the iPod photo: the 'p' in photo a lower case to match that of the iPod mini. Apple says it is updating its electronic and web-based materials to accomodate the name change and has already made change on its own website. Apple began notifying its partners earlier today of the marketing change.
Freeverse Software is now shipping Big Bang Board Games, a suite of games that includes Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, Reversi, Tic-Tac-Toe, Mancala, and 4-In-A-Row. All of the games feature tight integration with Apple's iApps, including iTunes, Mail/Address Book, iChat, iSight, and Freeverse's GameSmith service for finding online opponents. Demos of the individual games are available for download from the Freeverse website. Big Bang Board Games is $25 and runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later. It will be available at the Apple Stores and other retailers "soon."
Formac Electronic today announced its next-generation FireWire DVD burner, the Devideon 16x DL. The new drive features the latest DVD/CD combination drive with speeds of up to 16X for DVD-R and DVD+R media. The Devideon 16x DL also takes advantage of a new dual-layer technology, allowing Macintosh users to store up to 8.5GB of data or video on one single media. Bundled with Formac's proprietary DVD authoring software, the drive provides a complete and easy-to-use solution to create professional looking DVDs. The drive offers 16x/4x/12x (Write/Rewrite/Read) for both DVD formats, and 4X for the second layer (DVD+R) as well as 32x/24x/40x (Write/Rewrite/Read) for CD-R/RW burning. It is available for $200.
In Brief: Apple's iTunes Music Store has signed an exclusive deal to distribute digital versions of Oasis' tracks.... Three dozen Maine high schools that opted to use local money to pay for laptops for ninth graders have received the computers.... The NBA has banned the iPod during pre-game warmups, saying it did not conform to the league guidelines on proper attire on the court.... MSN Music is teaming up with music site Garageband.com to distribute free music from artists that aren't signed to traditional music labels.
J.P. Morgan maintained an "overweight" rating on Apple, but raised earnings estimates, saying it has "increasing confidence" in Apple's digital music business. The research firm raised fiscal 2005 and 2006 per-share earnings estimates to $1.48 and $1.91, from $1.28 and $1.53, respectively. "The success of Apple's digital music initiatives has been established, but its sustainability is still a hotly debated topic," J.P. Morgan said. "We believe the potential profitability of Apple's music business is highly dependent on whether or not the company can maintain its dominance in the portable music player market and avoid profit compression from commoditization." The research firm said Apple can avoid profit compression by maintaining its "closed system" approach, as well as technical and legal barriers to entry.
IDG World Expo today announced that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote address for Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco 2005 on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. Macworld SF will be held at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center January 10-14, 2005. "This is the biggest Macintosh community event of the year and we're looking forward to a great show," said David Korse, president & CEO of IDG World Expo. "We are thrilled that Steve is going to kick off another exciting Macworld with a keynote address." Additional event highlights and registration information are available at the Macworld SF Expo website.
Griffin Technology today announced it has begun shipping the iTrip Black FM Transmitter for the iPod. Like the original white iTrip, the new iTrip-Black offers unlimited station frequencies and battery-free iPod mating design. The new model features a jet-black exterior and red LED light to match the new iPod U2 Special Edition from Apple. It also works fine with all other dockable iPods for a unique 'Ebony-and-Ivory' look. The new iTrip-Black costs $35 and is available now.
Sony today introduced a new double-layer, dual-format DVD burner. The new DRX-710UL-T will begin shipping next month with Roxio's Toast 6 Lite for Mac compatibility. The drive will allow users to record up to four hours of high-quality MPEG-2 video or up to 8.5 GB of data, music and/or images on compatible DVD+R DL media. It supports 2.4X DVD+R DL, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD-R, 4X DVD+/-RW, 48X CD-R and 24X CD-RW recording speeds and also features a unique vertical design for easy placement and portability, and offers connectivity with both FireWire and hi-speed USB (USB 2.0) interfaces. It will ship in December for $230.
REALVIZ today began shipping ImageModeler 4.0 for the Mac, its solution to measure and create 3D scenes using photographs. Using advanced algorithms, ImageModeler extracts 3D information from stills to help measure the 3D space created and construct accurate 3D models with highly realistic textures. Version 4.0 offers a new 3D/2D Integration Tool, a new UV Mapping Editor, the ability to apply textures obtained from other sources, new Calibration Constraints, Quicktime VR Object Movie export, and the ability to export an image of the 3D scene as a jpeg file. It is available for $1,400 with upgrades priced at $520 for registered v3.5 users and $700 for others.
PocketMac Lite 3.0 is a new "lite" version of the PocketMac technology that allows Mac users to sync their Pocket PCs to their Macs. The application can quickly sync information with the Mac OS X Address Book, iSync, and iCal, including calendar info from multiple calendars and to-do/tasks. PocketMac Lite offers complete support for wireless synching over Bluetooth or AirPort (802.11b) as well as USB connections. It has full support for the newer Pocket PC 2003 devices, can mount the Pocket PC's memory and/or any of the Pocket PC's storage cards on the desktop, offers one-click installation of Pocket PC themes, offers sync-on-connect functions, and supports Internet passthrough for sharing a desktop internet connection with a Pocket PC device. It is available for $15 and runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Apple today released AirPort 4.1 for Mac OS X 10.3, which supports all models of Apple AirPort base stations including the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express models. It now supports Keyspan Express Remote for use with AirTunes (AirPort Express only), adds support for WPA security on WDS networks, and offers the ability to rename a USB printer connected to a base station. Apple also released AirPort Express 6.1 firmware, which includes support for the Keyspan Express Remote, USB printer renaming, WPA security on WDS networks, improved reliability on WDS networks, the ability to disable either the wireless/Ethernet interfaces, better audio playback for AirTunes, performance improvements, and several fixes related to PPOE, DNS traffic, device freezes, a variety of IP protocols, and more. [AirPort 4.1, AE 6.1] [updated]
PhotoBooth 1.2 ($20) updates the digital photo printing software with more precise cropping through the use of the arrow keys. The update also fixes several bugs, improving print quality. PhotoBooth allows users to print full-size or cropped pictures directly from iPhoto without altering the original image. [Download - 192KB] Blender 2.3.5 (free) is an open-source application for 3D modelling, animation, rendering, visual effects, and interactive 3D. The latest release adds a new full undo system, completely rewritten and upgraded mesh modeling tools, Outliner tool, new deform features, and more. [Download - 4.4MB] GSFTP 1.2 ($20) is the latest version of the FTP/SFTP client from Gideon Softworks for Mac. Version 1.2 offers internal optimizations, new icons by The WackyPixel Company, better bookmark management code, and more. [Download - 2.1MB] SteamTRAIN ($25) from Nostalgic Software is a steam locomotive and train simulator. "Engineer a vintage train consisting of steam engine, tender and passenger coaches. Old fashioned 2D side scroller for all ages and most Macs up to 5 years old." [Download - 781KB] Magnolia 2.0 is a new generation of open-source content management software built for the enterprise strength J2EE platform. "All actions can be performed directly in the web-browser using the right mouse button. Content elements can be moved or sorted using drag & drop." [Download - 32.6MB] Game Server Configulator MoHaa for Aspyr's Medal of Honor: Allied Assault has been update. The update adds support for auto-kick and server messages. "The GSC is a handy aqua interface around Aspyr's recently released Mac OS X executable (mohaa_server) for running a dedicated Allied Assault game server." [Download - 1.0MB]
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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