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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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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko