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Apple today released iMovie HD 5.01, an update to its recently released application (available as part of iLife '05). Introduced at Macworld Expo, the video editing applications brings support for HDV HD standard to home video. In addition, it offers dramatic performance improvements, the ability to create movies automatically, more powerful editing features, and includes an assortment of new audio and video effects and transitions. Version 5.0.1, available via thte Software Update in Mac OS X, addresses issues related to video and audio synchronization for DV projects and other minor issues.
DarkAdapted 1.3 (free) is a gamma control application program that enables users to modify screen gamma settings. Version 1.3 adds AppleScript support, keyboard selection of the Presets pop-up menu, and the ability to save and load Presets Files. [Download - 1.4MB] GarageSale 1.3 ($25) is a client application for eBay that allows Mac OS X users to create auctions using an intuitive Mac-like interface, integrated with iPhoto and offers WYSIWYG text editing. Changes in version 1.3 include support for 'Item attributes,' auction start time specification, a search field that lets you filter templates, and eBay Switzerland and Austria support. [Download - 1.5MB] SyBrowser 6.6 ($90) is a table browser, SQL generator and ER diagramming tool for OpenBase, FrontBase, MS SQL, Sybase, PostgreSQL, Oracle and MySQL databases. The latest version adds a pie graph showing data distribution, UTF-8 support, and more. [Download - 2.8MB] Rondo ($25) is a midi application with many features including a vertical piano roll with live scrolling and a pull down piano that will play along with the music. Other features include multiple columns for viewing any type of Midi data, per column track filtering and the ability to slow down and loop a piece of music. [Download - 2.9MB] Family Bank ($10) can help you manage financial transactions between family members. It was especially designed to help children learn how bank accounts and interest work, by allowing them to manage real money, under the supervision of their parents. [Download - 1.2MB] iStabilize 2.0 ($60) is a software video stabilizer for Mac. It stabilizes movies by removing unwanted shaky motion and smoothing the image path. iStabilize 2.0 brings several improvements, including a completely new designed motion tracker that provides better accuracy and performance, a new extrapolation filling method, and more. [Download - 1.6MB]
DigiCad 3D 8 is a tool for dealing with images, drawings, photographs of building facades and maps. It operates either directly on raster images or by digitization. It is used in photogrammetry, cartography and, increasingly in architectural photogrammetry, offering powerful, easy-to-use instruments. DigiCad 3D includes features for elimination of perspective distortion, partial transformation, mosaics, and more. Version 8.0 allows irregularly curved surfaces to be straightened, can eliminate optical deformation caused by photo lenses, and features a new user interface. Pricing is $1,200 (CD documentation) or $1,350 (hard copy documentation) or $360 (1-year 'rental' license).
OSDir.com has posted an interview with the current maintainer of the open-source hymn/jhymn project offers some interesting details on Apple's FairPlay DRM scheme, which it uses to prevent unauthorized copies of songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store: "hymn is a decryption program based on the work of Jon Lech Johansen , who first reverse-engineered Apple's DRM scheme (called "FairPlay"). The original author of the hymn code, which he released under the GNU General Public License, has never come forward, and prefers to remain anonymous. The current maintainer of hymn goes by the handle 'FutureProof,' [and] developed JHymn, a more user-friendly Java implementation of the original command-line version of hymn. His present goals for the project are to improve the JHymn user interface, and the effectiveness of its removing of the FairPlay DRM."
The Apple Developer Connection has posted information on its free .Mac SDK, which includes the DotMac Kit, an embeddable framework that allows you to tightly integrate the Internet-based .Mac services with any application: "he SDK gives you everything you need to build applications that take advantage of the .Mac services. And if that weren't enough, by embedding the DotMac Kit into your application you also stand to collect a significant bounty on each new .Mac member you bring in." It discusses the components of the .Mac SDK, how it works, why you want to use it, and how you use it to build applications integrated with .Mac services as well as provides real-world examples of .Mac integrations.
In Brief: One report says that hints at Apple's website (based on embedded HTML code referencing the yet announced product) may foreshadow the introduction of a PowerBook G5.... Following up on our note about lowered BTO Mac mini pricing, several readers note that Apple has corrected its 8x SuperDrive BTO option on the Mac mini to a 4x SuperDrive (as noted in our update to the orginal story).... DashboardDeveloper is a new community for developers of "widgets", mini-applications for Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger.... A Linux Geek Embraces Mac OS X talks about on ExtremeTech editor's experience switching to (and staying with) the Mac.... Affirming that the US contractor and developer market is primarily Windows-centric, Graphisoft has announced that its latest ArchiCAD Residential BIM application will be initially available for Windows only.... Aspyr is now offering pre-orders of Sims Party Pack ($50), a four-title bundle (The Sims, The Sims Hot Date, The Sims House Party, and The Sims Livin' Large) that is expected next week.
Sonos today announced that its Sonos Digital Music System has begun shipping to pre-order customers in the United States. The Sonos Digital Music System is dubbed "the first and only" multi-zone digital music system with a wireless, full-color LCD screen controller that lets consumers play all their digital music, all over their home, and control it all from the palm of their hand. The company says it expects that all pre-orders will be filled within 10 days. Sonos is offering an introductory bundle of two Sonos ZonePlayers and a Sonos Controller for $1,200 with additional ZonePlayers available for $500 and additional Controllers for $400. It is now available for purchase online and will be offered at consumer electronic retailers across the US over the next several weeks.
The USA Today is impressed with the Mac mini's universal compatibility and its versatility. In his latest review, Edward Baig writes "This might be dubbed a BYOS computer, as in 'bring your own stuff.' You can, as I did, use whatever equipment you've got lying around. The beauty of the Mac [mini] is that it recognized my PC peripherals, without my having to reboot or load software. In a way, buying a Mini is analogous to flying a no-frills airline that makes you pay for a sandwich. So you board the plane with your own." In his review, Baig cites only two minor complaints: a single, but unsatisfying built in speaker, and a shortage of USB ports. This thing is assuredly not a coaster. It's the slickest little budget computer I've seen."
London-based bluebroc ltd. has introduced a new line of innovative IT furniture, which offers integration with an iMac: "The concept is simple –whether gaming, surfing the web, working or watching a movie, the C-Station is designed for comfort and relaxation. The C-shaped workspace wrapped around the ergonomically designed chair provides space for a remote control, mobile phone, book and drink. In addition, a Mac system can be installed with adjustable flat screen monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse for the ultimate work or relaxation space." The website features photos with an arm-mounted iMac G5 and Bluetooth wireless keyboard. Pricing starts at £2600 for the fabric C-station and £2900 for the leather C-station.
Apple's quiet introduction of a "Made for iPod" program has several smaller iPod accessory manufacturers worried; however, Apple says that it is no plans to enter the accessory market--beyond the $29 water proof case that it announced at Macworld Expo--and says the "'Made for iPod' program seeks to formalize how accessory makers work with Apple -- while also preventing consumers from getting stuck with knockoff products that don't perform as advertised. ... Accessory makers that have been briefed about Apple's plan say it will help more than hurt....Made for iPod is essentially a way to make sure all electronics accessories work properly with the iPod. It doesn't apply to nontechnical products, such as cases or polishes. Those who agree to follow Apple's technical specifications will be able to include a 'Made for iPod' logo on their packaging," which should start appearing within a few weeks, according to the report.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k