e2Sync 0.9 is a utility to synchronize data between Entourage and and your mobile phone using Apple's iSync application. "e2Sync brings your Entourage Contacts, Tasks and Calendar items to over thirty cell phone models, as well as multiple Macs, your iPod, PDA, and .Mac." A latest public beta version is now available. [Download - 329KB] More iChat Smileys 2.5.1 includes 150 smilies for iChat, Adium, Proteus and Fire in more 15 languages. "Smilies" are small icons that can be used in text conversations to represent emotions. [Download - 2.2MB] MenuStrip 3.0 ($20) is a multi-purpose utility that can exist either in the menu bar or as a control strip placed anywhere on the screen. MenuStrip allows you to create any number of fully customizable drop-down menus full of files, folders and applications, as well as 'Action Buttons' that perform scripts of actions such as launching, hiding, or quitting applications. [Download - 455KB] Spider-Man 2 The Game follows the same storyline as the blockbuster feature film, and "places the gamer into the Web-slinging, Web-swinging world of the Manhattan metropolis." A demo version of the game is now available. [Download - 174MB] SimpleMovieX 2.0 ($12) is a basic movie editor that operates on any QuickTime-supported format. With SimpleMovieX, you can merge two movies into one, extract a fragment from a movie, resize a movie, and more. [Download - 418KB] fmSQL Synch 1.0 ($130) is a utility to synchronize data from your FileMaker and (SQL) web databases. Data is compared on a record by record as well as field by field basis. Existing databases can be configured for synchronizing with few modifications. [Download - form]
Adobe today posted comprehensive information on the new Adobe Solutions Network (ASN) Premium level†membership for print service providers on the†ASN Web site. Registering online gives users easy access to an email application form for signing up or upgrading existing ASN membership. Benefits for Premium level ASN members include complimentary Adobe Creative Suite software, unlimited toll-free technical support calls to product and prepress specialists, eligibility for co-hosted seminars, on-site training, and participation in the product development cycle, enabling print service providers to articulate specific needs to Adobe.
The Apple Store is offering several models of refurbished Power Mac G5s for up to 34% off of standard pricing. A dual-processor 2GHz Power Mac G5 (512MB/ 160GB/ SuperDrive/ GigE/ 56K) is $2,000, or "34% off the $3,000 standard pricing." A PCI-X version with a Nvidia GeForce 5200 CPU is $100 more at $2,100. Other models include the high-end dual-processor 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 (512MB/ 160GB/ 8x SuperDrive/ PCI-X/ Rad9600XT) for $2,800 as well as dual-processor 1.8GHz Power Macs with 256MB, 80GB, SuperDrive, and a Nvidia GeForce 5200 CPU for $1,700 (or $1,800 with 512MB of RAM and 160GB but without the GeForce 5200). Apple is also offering refurbished 17" iMac G5s--both the 1.6GHz combo ($1,100) and the 1.8GHz SuperDrive ($1,300). Prices on refurbished iBook G4s also start at $950.
Apple has officially confirmed plans to expand its retail stores to Canada in a message to employees and members of the Canadian Apple reseller channel, according to AppleInsider. "Apple Canada is announcing today that an Apple Branded Retail Store location will be opening in Toronto, mid year 2005. Apple currently has ninety-six retail stores in the US, two in Japan, and one opening in London, England this weekend. The stores have been incredibly popular, attracting more than fifty million visitors since the first store was opened in May of 2001." The report also indicates that the officially announced location maybe in the previously confirmed Yorkdale Shopping Center located in Toronto, however, no specific location was noted by Apple. The company is expected to open more stores in Canada, including those in shopping malls in and around the Ontario area.
SuperMegaUltraGroovy has released FuzzMeasure 1.0 ($50), the "first-ever" MLS measurement software package for Mac OS X. "MLS stands for Maximum Length Sequence, and it's a great way to measure the dynamics and impedance of loudspeakers. Using the hardware you already have, you're able to capture your own industry-standard frequency response graphs for speakers, rooms, filters, and much more!" FuzzMeasure can export all its measurement data to be used by scientific computation packages, such as Octave.
Inspired Broadcast Networks (IBN) CEO Norman Crowley has pledged to support all DRM-protected music formats, including Apple's FairPlay, when his company rolls out its fleet of pound-a-download digital music vending machines, according The Register: "Inspired Broadcast Networks (IBN) CEO Norman Crowley has pledged to support all DRM-protected music formats, including Apple's FairPlay, when his company rolls out its fleet of pound-a-download digital music vending machines. Formally launched in London this week, IBN's UDV roll-out will see coin-operated vending machines sited shortly in the capital's King's Cross and Waterloo railway stations."
Alex Wilson Studios today released an update to its freeware AWS Guitar Tuner 2. Version 2 features a complete redesign, nine alternative tuning options, more keyboard shortcuts, and a three-octave note player, and also includes a supplemental set of "Digital Pitch Pipes" for portable nonchromatic tuning via any MP3- or AAC-playing device, such as the iPod. AWS Guitar Tuner 2 is available as a free, ad-supported application or as a ad-free version for a $1 donation; the "Digital Pitch Pipes" supplement is also $1. Users can also tune online for free without downloading the software.
Epic Interactive today announced that "Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood" for the Mac has gone 'Gold' and has been sent to duplication. "Play the role of the hero Robin Hood or the roles of his faithful vassals and take them to the battle field against the nasty Prince John Lackland. In doing so you are able to enjoy the fabulous English landscape of 1190 as well as the giant castles and funny characters." Published by Freeverse in the US, it features 30 non-linear missions, nine different with specific abilities and qualities, mouse-driven sword action, and more. The $30 title, available for pre-order now, is expected to ship within the next 2 weeks.
Aspyr today announced that MTX: Mototrax is now available in retail stores. Licensed from Activision and developed by Beenox Studios, MTX: Mototrax delivers "thrilling, mud-slinging, fast-paced racing action at 60 frames per second. Players become further involved in their quest for track domination with authentic environmental effects, realistic sound engines and a pulsating rock soundtrack developed for the game. Slipknot, Dope or Pennywise, among others, blare from your sound system as you race through such locales as the Hawaiian Islands, the Bayou and the Australian Outback. The more money you earn as a racer, the better gear you can buy." The $20 title requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 and a 1GHz G4/G5 processor.
In Brief: iPod chipmaker PortalPlayer's initial public offering raised a more-than-expected $106.25 million on Thursday after the chip maker's shares were priced above the recently increased range....Radical Breeze is offering 35% discounts to .Mac members between now and December 31st as well as offering two new discount software bundles: "The Data Pack" (5 data-centric applications for $40) and "The Visual Pack" (3 graphics/video applications for $25)....DV Graphics will be giving away twenty Iconize Me! Premium packages ($35 value), ahead of the company's plan to launch a revamped version of its Iconize Me! service in the coming weeks.... MacExpo plans a dedicated Mac event in Amsterdam, which is scheduled from April 19-21, 2005 at the RAI Centre and will take place along with the business-focused TINE event there.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak offered words of praise for Steve Jobs' and Apple's technology leadership. In an interview at the 8th annual CRN Industry Hall of Fame event at the Computer Museum in Mountain View, Calif. , Wozniak said "Apple is the best bar none at developing technology that 'fits how a human being is and thinks. I still see that going on at Apple more than any other company in the world.' Wozniak, who developed the Apple II, said he still stays in touch with Jobs, but doesn't advise Apple on new products or initiatives. 'I may someday,' said Wozniak. 'I love Apple. I love what [Jobs] is doing,'" according to a CRN report.
Primera Technology today announced its BravoPro Disc Publisher, which is designed for hands-free, automated production of up to 100 CDs or DVDs. An advanced robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in 52x CD-R recorders or optional Pioneer combo DVD R/CD-R recorders. After recording, discs are transported to the integrated printer and printed in full color at up to 4800 dpi print resolution. It also offers improved tray in/tray out speed, print speed and DVD recording speed. Two CD or DVD drives are integrated for maximum throughput using either a 52x CD-R drive ($3,500) or Pioneer's new DVR-108 ($4,000) for 16x DVD-R, 4x dual-layer DVD+R, and 32x CD-R burning. In addition, it also prints CDs and DVDs direct-to-disc at up to 4800 dpi print resolution. The drive is bundled with CharisMac Discribe 5.2 Mastering Software and offers USB 2.0 connectivity. A printer-only version is $2,500.
Blackmagic Design today released DeckLink for Macintosh v4.7, a free software update that provides Varicam capture and over-cranking support on all DeckLink HD models. This new software update also adds a new hardware based HD down converter on DeckLink HD Pro 4:4:4 models that allows simultaneous playback in both HD-SDI and SD-SDI and SD analog component video. Also available is 14-bit 5x over-sampled composite NTSC/PAL video output on DeckLink HD Pro models. Blackmagic Design offers 4 models of dual rate HD-SDI and standard definition SDI video cards. Starting at a $600, DeckLink HD is billed as an entry-level SDI card for both HD and SD. It is available as a free update from the company's website.
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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e