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.
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 Itís 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 iTunesís dominance of the online market, Appleís 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 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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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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