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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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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