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Elgato and ATI today unveiled the jointly developed EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0 analog TV tuner for the Mac. EyeTV Wonder combines ATI TV tuner technology with the Elgato's EyeTV software to offer support for 240 MBit/sec of video recording using USB 2.0 connectivity. It offers a 125 channel analogy tuner, S-Video and composite video input, and EyeTV software, which features on-demand recording as well as remote programming via the included electronic program guide, TitanTV and other features such as video editing, digital stereo audio, and more. EyeTV Wonder will begin shipping at the end of January 2005 for $150. It will ship in North America, Europe and later this year in Asia-Pacific including Japan. It requires a G4/G5 Mac running Mac OS X 10.3 or higher.
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XtremeMac today released AirPlay, a new FM transmitter designed especially for Apple's iPod (mini). The company says that AirPlay is "the first and only" iPod-powered FM Transmitter that works across the full FM frequency band without the need to install software and allows iPod users to play audio wirelessly from their iPod through any FM radio. AirPlay features an easy-to-read illuminated digital frequency display, which turns off automatically after tuning to conserve iPod battery power and automatically powers off when not in use. "AirPlay is a marvel of miniaturization, packing more features and better performance into a smaller package than any other FM transmitter." It is designed to work universally with all dock-connector and click-wheel iPods.
Aspyr today announced that it will publish Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 for Mac OS X. Expected to ship in May 2005, PGA TOUR 2005 is licensed by Electronic Arts and will be developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios. "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 challenges you to take on the man who has changed golf forever - Tiger Woods. The new Tiger Proofing course alteration technology allows you to modify course dynamics and call out your PGA TOUR rivals by adding lengthier Tiger Tees, tighter fairways, dramatic undulations to greens, deeper bunkers, higher rough, and more. An enhanced EA SPORTS Game Face featuring non-proportional bone scaling and texture blending creates incredibly realistic looks, right down to the bags under your eyes." It will require Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and will be available for $40.
Apple today released iTunes 4.7.1, a security update to iTunes which it says resolves a problem where malicious playlists can cause iTunes to crash and could execute arbitrary code. Noting that iTunes supports several common playlist formats, Apple says "iTunes 4.7.1 fixes a buffer overflow in the parsing of m3u and pls playlist files that could allow earlier versions of iTunes to crash and execute arbitrary code." The update is available for Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000. Apple today also released iPod Updater 2005-01-11, which includes iPod shuffle Software 1.0 for iPod shuffle. iPod Updater 2005-01-11 also contains the same iPod software included in iPod Updater 2004-11-15 for all other iPod models.
Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit today unveiled four new enhancements for Office 2004: the .PST Import Tool to migrate data from Outlook 2001 for Mac to Entourage 2004; updates to Entourage 2004 and the next version of MSN Messenger for Mac that will make collaboration in the enterprise even easier; and fresh Office tools and templates for greater efficiency.
Apple has posted a QuickTime stream of Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld Expo this morning where he introduced the flash-memory based iPod shuffle, its Mac mini low-end "BYODKM", iWork productivity suite, an updated iLife '05, Final Cut Express HD with integrated LiveType titling and Soundtrack music composition tools, and made several announcements with major car companies for iPod integration.
Apple today announced Final Cut Express HD, a major upgrade to its advanced video editing application. It allows users to capture professional-quality HDV over a single FireWire cable, without requiring any additional software or hardware. It also supports Digital Cinema Desktop, a feature that enables HD and DV preview monitoring on a primary or secondary Apple Cinema Display. It also features LiveType for adding sophisticated, HD-quality animated text and motion graphics to videos quickly and easily as well as direct iMovie file compatibility, Soundtrack integration, and more. It will ship in February for $300.
Apple today announced iLife ‘05 a major upgrade to its suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand and including the latest version of iTunes. "iLife ‘05 continues to lead the industry with the most innovative and comprehensive suite of software for organizing, editing and sharing digital photos; creating stunning digital movies and DVDs; and purchasing, managing and creating digital music."
Apple today unveiled iWork '05, its next-generation version of its AppleWorks productivity software. The new suite is a complete overhaul and designed to work with Mac OS X and iLife '05. Designed to help users easily create, present and publish professional-looking documents and presentations. iWork '05 introduces Pages, a new word processor with "a sense of style," as well as features Keynote 2, a major new version of Apple's presentation software. iLife '05 is expected to be available in the US on Saturday, January 22 and worldwide on Saturday, January 29. It will be available for $80 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.6. It is available for pre-order from the Apple Store.
Apple and Volvo today announced two iPod connectivity options for Volvo's entire 2005 US model line, allowing iPod users to listen to their music collection through their Volvo audio system. Mercedes-Benz USA also annouced an iPod Integration Kit for Mercedes-Benz, offering full iPod music navigation through the Mercedes-Benz audio system as well as the ability to select music using artist, album or playlist with the multifunction controls on the steering wheel and the integrated multifunction display on their instrument cluster. The iPod Integration Kit ($300 plus installation) for Mercedes-Benz will debut this April in the US with the newly redesigned 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and for most other 2005 and 2006 models later this year.
The Apple Store has been updated with the new products announced today at Macworld San Francisco. New items include the Mac mini and iPod shuffle.
Apple today introduced Mac mini, "the most affordable and compact Mac ever." Starting at just $500, Mac mini is aimed at "anyone looking to get started with Mac OS X and features iLife '05." Just two-inches tall and weighing only 2.9 pounds, the Mac mini offers either a 1.25 GHz or 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 256MB of RAM, and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics with 32MB of dedicated DDR memory. Both models come with a slot-load Combo drive for watching DVD movies and burning CDs, and up to an 80GB hard drive for storing digital media creations. It features two USB 2.0 ports, in addition to DVI and VGA interfaces, Ethernet connectivity, AirPort support, and an internal modem.
Apple today introduced iPod Shuffle, a new flash memory-based digital music player based on iPod's shuffle feature which lets users "experience their music in a million different ways." Smaller and lighter than a pack of gum, iPod shuffle comes with its own lanyard so it's ready to wear right out of the box. iPod shuffle works seamlessly with iTunes' AutoFill feature which automatically selects songs from a user's music library to fill up iPod shuffle with just one click. iPod shuffle is the most affordable iPod ever and is available in two models: 512MB holding up to 120 songs for $100 and 1GB holding up to 240 songs for just $150.
Intego (MWSF booth #610) today announced Remote Management Console, a program that allows administrators to manage and configure Intego security software on Macintosh computers across a local network or via the Internet. Pricing starts at $100. Intego also announced the release of Internet Security Barrier X Antispam and Platinum Editions. These two packages enable home and business users to fully protect their Macs. The 'Platinum' edition includes: Personal Antispam X3, NetBarrier X3, VirusBarrier X, Personal Backup X3, ContentBarrier X, and ChatBarrier X3. At its Macworld booth, Intego will be presenting the above mentioned products, as well as WiFi Locator
Bare Bones today announced the availability of TextWrangler 2.0, a major upgrade to its general purpose text editor. Version 2.0 introduces syntax coloring and function navigation for eight new languages, a new Documents Drawer and Navigation Bar, a new Shebang menu, SFTP support, enhanced multi-file search and replace, the ability to apply Text Factories created with BBEdit 8, significantly enhanced text transformation tools, improved Unicode support, and more. Bare Bones also announced its Macworld Expo Show Special (booth #849) with a 20% discount available on all end-user orders for attendees and non-attendees alike.
G-Tech today introduced G-Safe, a new line of fail-safe FireWire 800 RAID systems, G-Play a personal multimedia player that lets you take your movie, music and photo libraries with you wherever you go, G-Drive mini, a new line of portable storage solutions for people on the go, and G-SATA, a new line of serial ATA (SATA) external storage solutions.
Wiebetech (Booth 1348) today debuted five new products at Macworld Expo, including its bus-powered UltraGB+ desktop FireWire enclosure; the Super DriveDock+ for connecting drives via FireWire without an AC adapter; the G5Jam+, which can mount up to 10 drives in a Power Mac G5; and the BittyDock, which can connect mini 1.8" and 1.0" Microdrives to any PC using a USB connection. It also launched RackFire+, its hardware-based FireWire RAID with "Two Big FireWire Drive Trays" in a 1U rackmount enclosure.
Sonic's Roxio today announced that it would add HD support to a future version of its flagship Toast authoring software. "Support for HD content in future versions of Toast will enable users to import HD program files, such as those created from HDTV capture devices, and automatically create anamorphic widescreen DVDs that preserve the 16:9 aspect ratio." The company will demo Toast with HD support, Toast with Jam, and Popcorn, the latest addition to its consumer software line, which enables users to copy non-encrypted DVD-Video discs. Roxio will also offer 'how to' tutorials, as well as offering special Macworld pricing.
wondertouch today began shipping particleIllusion 2.0SE for Mac OS X. The standalone application offers the ability to customize and modify quality, complex particle animations with library of more than 750 preset effects (smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colorful artistic effects, etc.) It features OpenGL hardware acceleration to provide realtime (or near realtime) previews of most effects and ultra-fast rendering of final output. particleIllusion 2.0 SE is an introductory version of wondertouch's particleIllusion 2.0 engine (also used in Discreet combustion) and the company said that particleIllusion 3.0, the most current version of the software, is scheduled for release on Mac OS X in the first quarter of 2005. particleIllusion 2.0SE is available for $80, after a $20 special January 2005 discount or as a free upgrade.
ART VPS (Booth 2345) today announced the latest release of PURE, its accelerated rendering hardware for Mac OS X and the Power Mac G5. The new system employs a modular ray-tracing architecture that accelerates 3D rendering by distributing it across an array of chips. Users can now generate full-frame previews in seconds and utilize advanced features that include multiple area lights, accurate 3D motion blur, secondary illumination, camera properties, and special RenderMan shaders. The latest generation of the PURE PCI card containing eight ART VPS AR350 ray-tracing processors is being demoed at Macworld Expo and can be purchased immediately for £1900. It comes with full support for the Mac OS X version of Alias Maya.
EZQuest has introduced the Thunder Pro A/V FireWire 400, the first product its new family of Pro A/V hard drives as well says it will preview its Thunder Pro A/V RAID FireWire 800 drive (expected to be formally introduced later this month). Designed for audio/video professionals, the sleek drive features an anodized-aluminum enclosure and is one-third smaller than competitive drives. It offers a fan-less design and offers data transfer rates of up more than 34MB/sec (read/write) as well as features a front-access FireWire port for a total of 3 FireWire ports. It will be available in four configurations in late March 2005: 160GB ($250), 200GB ($290), 250GB ($350) and 400GB ($700).
Sorenson Media today announced Sorenson Squeeze 4.1, an update to its lineup of video encoding and compression applications for DV professionals. Version 4.1 introduces AAC Plus Audio, an audio compression feature providing the same audio fidelity as the AAC standard, while compressing audio file sizes to half its original, uncompressed size. Additionally, it supports the new Telestream Flip4Mac plug-in (separately available for $180), which allows video encoding of Windows Media 9 format directly on the Mac as well as an optional task dialog to send video files to multiple applications and locations on a single computer (via a network or FTP). It will ship in the first quarter of 2005 as a free upgrade.
Speck Products (Booth 433) today unveiled ToughSkin, "the first" ruggedized iPod skin. Designed with shock-absorbing, rubberized bumpers and a tear-resistant plastic skin, the ToughSkin provides active iPod users with a unique, personalized cover that can withstand the dust, knocks and scratches associated with even the most extreme lifestyle, according to the company. The ToughSkin cover fits all fourth generation iPods and will soon be available for iPod mini as well. Its slim, protective case features ruggedized bumpers, detachable belt clip, and screen and scroll wheel covers. It is available in five colors (clear, black, blue, red, and orange) for $35.
Keyspan (Booth 842) today announced that its new Express Remote, announced in November, is now available at Apple's online store (and retail locations) retail stores as well as other retailers. Keyspan's new USB infrared remote control includes support for Apple's AirPort Express, allowing users to take remote control of their wireless music. In addition to its support of iTunes over AirPort Express, the Keyspan Express Remote also serves as a convenient infrared remote that enables users to control media applications on a PC or Mac just as they control their TV or VCR. It is shipping now for $60.
Kano Technologies has announced a new family of external SATA II storage systems with up to 1.6TB of high performance storage. Along with increased throughput, the X-SPAND PRO fully utilizes the performance of the next generation SATA II connectivity. The X-SPAND PRO desktop towers include two or four next-generation SATA II removable drives as well as supporting SATA II cabling that can be striped as RAID-0 for better performance. The X-SPAND PRO will be offered as a removable two- or four-drive desktop tower system as well as a fixed four-drive 1U rack mount model for enterprise level storage. They will be available in February with multiple storage capacities, starting at $750.
Silicon Color (Booth 2217) announced that it will showcase FinalTouch HD, its realtime HD color correction and grading solution for QuickTime. It features primary in with advanced correction controls (shadows, midtones, lift, gamma, gain, hue), integrated vectorscopes, Waveform monitors, "secondaries" (with keyframes, HSL controls, saturation curves, etc.), node-based color effects, primary out, geometry controls (pan, scan, scale, flip, rotate) and still store for saving unlimited shots for comparison via dynamic split screen. FinalTouch HD will ship later this month for $5,000.
Nearly two dozen "raucous" demonstrators in mock hazardous-material safety suits held a noon-hour vigil Monday outside Apple's main Cupertino headquarters, protesting Apple's policies on electronic waste recycling. Claiming that Apple's policies are lagging behind PC industry rivals, such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell, "they hoisted placards criticizing Apple, including one reading 'iPod = iWaste.' A banner depicted an arm tossing an iPod into the trash. Organizers said they planned a larger rally today at San Francisco's Moscone Center," according to the Mercury News. The article notes that Apple now offers its customers a fee-based computer take-back program and that last week it joined eBay's "Rethink Initiative," which promotes e-waste recycling and provides consumers with information on how to dispose of junk electronic goods.
Ovolab (Booth 749) today released version 2.0 of Ovolab Phlink, its innovative telephony software with functions for both answering machine and telephone information center. Ovolab Phlink greets callers with personalized greetings, plays caller-specific ringtones, sends voice messages by email and more. Version 2.0 adds a call log window which allows you to play back and annotate calls, create smart lists, sort calls, etc. The new version also offers a new 148-page manual. The software also features personalized greetings for each caller, notification of incoming calls over the network via Rendezvous, and the ability to create custom phone trees. Ovolab Phlink ($150) includes the software and the USB telephone adapter; upgrades are $30.
Pressure Drop announced the next product in its "Art-Techo movement:" TrestleHub is the first combo hub and electronic device organizer. "Designed with elegant, sweeping lines, constructed of aluminum and glass, and finished in brilliant eye-catching colors, TrestleHub is the most artistic computer peripheral ever made. With a midnight black foundation, two arching aluminum beams, and beautiful shelves, it's hard to imagine a combo hub is hidden inside." The device features integrated 4-port USB 2.0 hub as well as a 4-port FireWire 400 hub, while its shelves are perfectly sized to hold various electronic devices, such as iPods, cell phones, and PDAs. TrestleHub utilizes a single power supply; it will be available in Spring 2005 in a variety of colors.
SoundPix (Booth 2628) today announced SoundPix Plus Mac, which allows users to instantly capture and share sound-enhanced pictures, or "soundpix." It utilizes SoundPix's unique All-in-One-JPEG sound capture and integration technology to encodes sound directly into the JPEG file along with the image data, which eliminates the need to manage, transmit and assemble multiple files. Users can then share the resulting soundpix via email, conventional file sharing methods, via audio-enhanced slideshows, beaming between devices, or posting to the web. It is available for $40 for Mac OS X 10.0 or later.
Circus Ponies has annnounced NoteBook 2.0, the next major version of its outlining and organizing software. Version 2.0 offers more than 150 new features, including integration with Apple's iApps and iPod, a customizable Toolbar with exclusive Page Path navigation, major Voice Annotation and Clipping Services enhancements, new Point-and-Click Linking system, advanced HTML Export options, and dozens more cutting-edge note-taking and annotation features. It will be available in March for $50 (and as a free update to customers of NoteBook 1.2).
Mariner Software has unveiled MacJournal 3.0, an update to its recently acquired journaling application. Version 3.0 offers nested journals, manual sorting of entries, Wiki links, text manipulation functions (sorting, change case, remove line breaks, text clean-up, etc.), copy as HTMl, full-screen, menu item reorganization, and more. The application runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later and will initially be offered in English--with support for nearly a dozen other language versions is expected in the near future. It is available for $30.
Planetside Software has released Terragen 0.9, a major update to the photorealistic landscape visualisation application, used commercially in a wide range of industries as well as by home users. Version 0.9 offers improvements to rendering, with a much faster rendering engine, enhanced antialiasing modes and improved shadow rendering. as well as user interface additions and improvements. It includes support for distributed animation rendering using Apple's Xgrid technology. Terragen is free for personal non-commercial use. Commercial registration ($100) gives access to expanded capabilities.
AppleInsider and PowerPage have retained the legal services of The Electronic Frontier Foundation as they fight subpoenas from Apple that hope to force the journalists to reveal their sources: The New York Times writes: "As part of a lawsuit filed by Apple in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Dec. 13, the company obtained a court order allowing it to issue subpoenas...The three Web sites published or linked to information on what they said was a future Apple audio device that was code-named 'Asteroid.' The subpoenas are aimed at getting the operators of those sites to disclose the sources of the information that was reportedly leaked. An attorney representing AppleInsider and PowerPage asserted that bloggers ought to be extended the same protections as mainstream journalists, who have traditionally been given some latitude by the courts in protecting the identities of confidential sources."
Griffin (Booth 1917) has unveiled its Xpress Stand ($25), a desk accessory for AirPort Express that increases effective range and signal efficiency for AirTunes by raising the base station up in the room. It also makes it easier to check the network status light at a glance. Griffin also introduced the the SmartDeck Intelligent Cassette Adapter ($25) for iPod. SmartDeck allows users to control their iPod using the built-in controls of their cassette player. SmartDeck determines which commands the cassette player sends to the iPod, allowing users to utilize the cassette deck's forward and rewind buttons to advance to the next or prior songs in the iPod playlist.
FileWave today released FileWave 2.0, an update to its flagship software suite as well as Asset Trustee 7.0, an SQL-enabled version of the its hardware and software reporting tool. FileWave 2.0 allows businesses of all sizes to distribute Macintosh and Windows software as well as System Updates easily and rapidly across their multi-platform distributed networks using FileWave 2.0's Patch Installer. FileWave XServer, one of its several modules, centrally stores all data relevant to end users, while intelligent FileWave Clients are installed on the end-user systems, allowing distribution of software and updates from a single location at any time.
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Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.