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Apple UK jobs, iPod award
In Brief: Apple is soliciting staff for its next UK retail store at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent....Apple's iPod has won the Experts' Choice award at the BIMA Awards (British Interactive Media Association), which recognize "products, services or initiatives that have influenced the digital sector in the past 12 months."... Many airlines have free Palm OS conduits for the Mac that provide up-to-date schedule information for any handheld (using The Missing Sync for Palm OS v4.0.2 software).... Formac has announced a new bundle promotion ($400), which includes the Studio TVR, a FireWire media converter with built-in TV Tuner, and the Devideon 16x DL, Formac's new DVD Authoring solution with 16x DVD burning speeds (DVD-R) and dual-layer technology.
CodeFutures has shipped a Mac OS X version of its FireStorm/DAO code generation product for data persistence. FireStorm/DAO increases Java software developers more productive by generating the business logic for accessing databases. FireStorm/DAO is an alternative to traditional object-relational mapping data persistence products that adopts a more pragmatic approach of generating Java source code for data persistence by leveraging a direct mapping of a particular relational database schema. FireStorm/DAO is available in Standard ($200), Enterprise ($600), and Architect ($3500) editions. The Architect Edition allows new custom code generation templates to be developed and integrated with the FireStorm/DAO Studio environment.It also includes the source code for the Java code generation templates.
iTunes song pricing policy
Apple has refused to sell the charity Band Aid song via its iTunes music service. A new report says that Apple's iTunes Music Store has refused to sell Do They Know It's Christmas? because of pricing issues, according to the UK newspaper The Times Online: "The track costs £1.49 on other major online sites which have agreed to donate their profits to relief efforts in Africa. Apple sells individual tracks at 79p but has refused to raise its price for the charity song. Because of iTunes's dominance of the online market, Apple's refusal to sell the track could reduce the revenues raised through online sales by 70 per cent. Millions of iPod owners will not be able to play the track over the Christmas period."
M-Audio Keystation 88es
M-Audio has begun shipping Keystation 88es, its newest USB MIDI controller that features 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys. The Keystation 88es is designed to appeal to "computer users who appreciate the full range of a piano keyboard in a lightweight package." The 22lb, bus-powered unit incorporates a built-in USB MIDI interface, including a separate MIDI Out jack for controlling MIDI hardware. It also features pitch-bend and modulation wheels as well as an assignable volume/control slider, advanced function button for programming and assignable data up/down buttons, as well as sustain and expression pedal inputs. It ships with M-Audio's Maximum Audio Tools software bundle, as well as a 6-ft USB cable. It is available now for $300.
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