Graphing Calculator 2.5 ($60) is now available as a native Mac OS X application. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.6. It is a " a tool for quickly visualizing math" and allows users to "graph functions in two, three, and four dimensions, explicit, implicit, or parametric.". [Download - buy] SyBrowser 6.2 ($90) is a table browser and alternative "isql" client for Sybase databases. The latest version adds FrontBase database support, "Bachman" style ERD features, and many bug fixes. [Download - 2.4MB] iView MediaPro 2.6.2 is a digital asset management solution for digital photographers who need to streamline their processes, shorten time to market, and eliminate costs from the production cycle. It now supports the Digital Negative Specification (DNG), the new public archival format developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated for digital camera raw files. [Download - 5.5MB] OsiriX 1.5 is a free application for post-processing in medical and scientific imaging. New features include segmentation, registration, orthogonal reslicing, OpenGL-based texture mapping, and more. [Download - 23.1MB] Cinematize 2.0.1 ($70) is the latest version of the DVD movie clip extractor for Mac. The new version includes several new features such as improved clip selection and complete Japanese language support, as well as some bug fixes. [Download - 1.1MB, demo] The HSC Calendar Templates ($20) allow users to modify and print professional 2005 calendar templates. It includes four sets of templates with twelve months each. "With the 2005 Templates you can fully customize the full year or per months templates, change font types/sizes/colors easily. Insert your own graphics within any template as a new layer. [Download - buy]
Apple will release "the first ever" digital box set with collection of U2 album and songs on November 23. First announced along with the iPod U2 Special Edition, The Complete U2 includes the bandís 15 official albums with more than 400 songs and over 25 rare, previously unreleased tracks. It also includes a digital booklet (PDF) containing band photos, album art and song lyrics. The U2 iPod, which has already begun shipping and is only available from the Apple Store, is bundled with a $50 savings voucher, allowing users to receive a discount of the digital box set, which will be priced at $150. [updated]
Apple today released its iPod Updater 2004-11-15, which includes iPod mini Software 1.2 for iPod mini and iPod software 3.0.2. for iPods with a Click Wheel. Apple says that the iPod Updater 2004-11-15 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2004-10-20 for all other iPod models. Version 1.2 of the iPod mini software includes compatibility with iTunes 4.7 and iTunes Music Store, shuffle and play song library with one click (using the Shuffle Songs item in the main menu), sync & go with improved disconnect performance, and the ability to create multiple On-The-Go playlists (as well as delete songs from the playlists), select reading playback speed for audiobooks, hear Click Wheel clicker through headphones. Version 3.02 of the software brings compatibility with iTunes 4.7 and iTunes Music Store and improved USB 2.0 connectivity.
Acme Made has announced its line of designer iPod cases. The distinctive iPod cases combine high style with practical functionality to create what the company refers to as "designed protection." The cases are made with high-quality materials, including imported leathers, suedes, and a unique "cashmere-finished" micro-suede lining from Japan. The Wallet is available in blue, pink, and lime box leathers which complement the colors of the iPod mini, while the Traveler case comes in black or red leather. Both cases are available in mini and regular iPod sizes. Pricing starts at $50.
Newer Technology and Other World Computing (OWC) today announced availability of the NuPower AL15 high-capacity replacement battery for the 15-inch Aluminum G4 PowerBook. The 53.3 watt-hour NuPower AL15 battery is available for $130, offering "the longest run-time of any battery currently on the market for the Aluminum G4 PowerBook (1.0GHz, 1.25GHz, 1.33GHz and 1.5GHz models). The high-quality cells also allow for more charge cycles than other batteries, and the companies say that "stringent quality control measures make sure that the batteries will not be recalled as others have been."
In Brief: A new site by Disney dedicated to the Muppets features iPod-style poster images in its "Club Mayhem" section.... thieves mugged six Miramar High students at gunpoint in Florida and stole 'take-home' iBooks they received as part of the school's one-one-one initiative.... Aspyr this morning announced that it is set to release the "Stubbs the Zombie" soundtrack on March 15, 2005....Following today's closing by McAfee's of the public beta of Virex 7.5.1, Apple has quietly released Virex 7.5.1 to .Mac members. [updated]
Microsoft has began requiring Hotmail customers to purchase premium subscriptions in order access email from desktop email clients. Users of Microsoft Entourage, which features direct integration with Hotmail, this morning began receiving alerts noting that they would need to purchase a paid Hotmail subscription in order to access their Hotmail accounts from within Entourage. As noted by MacNN in September, Microsoft said it would disable direct access to Hotmail from desktop clients such as Outlook, Outlook Express, and Entourage in an attempt fight spam. "Microsoft says that spammers have been abusing the Outlook feature and creating false Hotmail accounts using an automated process from which they can send huge batches of unwanted commercial messages."
Other World Computing (OWC) today announced its new generation of OWC Mercury Extreme G4 Processors. The new models are immediately available with reduced pricing and with speeds up to 1.4GHz. The 1.467-1.5GHz original model is also still available for $480. Featuring Smart-Bus technology, the new upgrades feature 256K of 1:1 on-chip L2 cache and 2MB of L3 cache; they are compatible with PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics (Sawtooth), Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio and Quicksilver models. Speeds include the G4/933MHz-1GHz ($230), which replaces the 867-933MHz model ($250); the G4/1.0-1.2GHz ($300), which replaces the same speed model that was previously priced at $320; and the G4/1.3-1.4GHz ($390).
Apple today confirmed it plans new retail outlets across the UK and Europe, according to Macworld UK. Apple's senior vice president of retail Ron Johnson confirmed the company's plans, saying that Apple will be "'opening two new stores in the UK next year.' The new outlets will be situated at Birmingham's Bullring and Kent's huge Bluewater shopping centre. 'We want to open as soon as possible,' Johnson said, confirming the company to be 'working closely in Europe' to open additional outlets there." Johnson said that Apple chose to launch in the UK's busiest street, Regent Street, the Bullring and Bluewater, because Apple "wanted to be where the people go to be part of their lives."
FileMaker today announced FileMaker Creative Pro Starter Kit, a free bundle of five ready-to-use database solutions for creative professionals and managers. The Starter Kit solutions help creative teams manage everything from jobs and billings, images and collateral, clients and vendors. The free solutions are designed for creative teams in advertising agencies, direct mail companies, film and video production companies, photography studios, graphics design agencies, animation studios, publishing houses and TV studios and more. The free kit comes with a 30-day free trial of FileMaker Pro 7. In addition, FileMaker offers a Creative Pro website that features stories about many well known companies that have used FileMaker.
Within the next few weeks, Apple's iPod is expected to face stiff competition from a cheaper alternative made by German white label manufacturer Medio, which is rumored to be available in UK supermarket chain Tesco, according to Red Nova: "the supermarket chain is gearing up for a pre-Christmas launch of the device, which will carry the supermarket's branding. The player will not be a low-quality clone of the iPod, but an alternative developed by technicians at Medion, which makes volume high-tech products such as PCs for HP....The player will be about the same size as the iPod Mini, and will store the same number of songs, roughly 1,000. The difference is that Medion's player will be able to download a wider variety of music files." Pricing may be lower than 100 pounds, signficantly cheaper than the iPod mini (179 poinds). Tesco has already taken aim at Apple with its new music download service, which features 500,000 tracks priced at 79p each.
MacFair 2004, which took place November 12-14, drew over 800 Macintosh enthusiasts to Cerritos College over three days, bringing together 40 Mac related companies, 43 Mac seminars and 25 intensive Mac workshops. For the third year in a row, it was the largest Mac community get together in the southwest US. In addition, this year the Southern California MacFair 2004 made arrangements to provide attendees free disposal of their old computer equipment including monitors, CPU, fax machines, printers, servers, phone systems and virtually any office electronics product. In two days, attendees disposed of over 11,280 pounds of electronic waste.
Apple today announced that its first retail store in Europe will open on Regent Street in London's West End shopping district Saturday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. The Apple Store Regent Street will offer Eurpean customers the first opportunity to experience Apple's unique retail stores: "We're bringing the world's most amazing retail experience to London on November 20 with the Apple Store Regent Street," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "This new store will provide millions of people the opportunity to experience Apple's newest products like iPod photo and the iMac G5, and get help from the most knowledgeable Mac experts around." The store features a new "creative hub', which the company calls 'The Studio'. Customers can get free one-on-one help with their creative projects from highly trained Apple Creatives who specialise in photography, publishing, movie-making and music.
Elgato Systems today announced EyeTV 610, which it says is the world's first digital TV recorder for DVB-C, the upcoming digital cable standard. The EyeTV 610 offers the broadest selection within the entire industry for watching digital television, including the digital terrestrial TV standard in USA (ATSC) and for European and international markets digital Cable (DVB-C), digital Satellite (DVB-S) and digital terrestrial (DVB-T) standards. EyeTV 610 lets users watch, record and edit perfect PayTV and digital cable television (DVB-C) on the Mac. According to Elgato, Digital Cable (DVB-C) is widely available in Europe and currently has a base of approximately 10 million households. It is available for Ä330 where the DVB-C supported.
Digital Heaven today announced Multicam Lite, a multicamera editing solution that can cut up to three cameras in realtime. The standalone application works in conjunction with Final Cut Pro (v4.1 and later) for the input and output of sequences via XML files. DV, DVCPRO25 or OfflineRT source clips can be directly manipulated using comprehensive trimming and camera swapping features. The resulting XML file can be imported back into FCP where all the cuts are automatically recreated ready for further effects work or output. Multicam Lite is currently in beta testing and is expected to ship in December for $300. The company also announced Multicam Pro, currently in development and expected to ship in the first quarter of 2005. It suppors up to 20 cameras and has additional features to cater to multicamera projects.
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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