Chronos today released StickyBrain 3.3, an update to its all-new third generation note manager for Mac OS X. StickyBrain 3.3 introduces QuickNote, an innovative feature that allows users to compose notes while in any application. Users can use a user-defined hotkey to instantly create a note from within application without launching StickyBrain. In addition, version 3.3 aims to enhance the user experience with performance improvements and user interface refinements. A fully functional 30-day trial is available online. It is a free upgrade to the $40 utility. Version 3 features a tabbed, Safari-like interface, syncs with iPods/handhelds, integrates with .Mac, and more. It is a $25 paid upgrade for v1.x and v2.x users. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Topics on the MacNN Forums today include: Speculation regarding IBM's new "Cell" processor, and its possible future use in Apple products.... implementing new trackpad features introduced with the latest PowerBooks on older PowerBook and iBook.... The future of the eMac in Apple's product line.... Several topics in the Mac OS forum include discussion of the Mac OS X 10.3.8 update.... Ongoing concerns regading Mac OS X's interface performance.
Media Rage 1.7 ($25) is a collection of tools for audio enthusiasts. Media Rage can edit information stored in MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis audio files easily. It can assist in cataloging, organizing, sorting, and updating audio files. Additionally, it can read and write Unicode data, provides a multi-threaded user experience, features Dashboard and Toolbar windows for quick access to all tools, offers a Catalog Creator, and includes a Data Changer for batch file editing. Version 1.7 adds a FreeDB Query tool, a preference to not remember Pin states of Multiple File QuickEdit windows, the ability to edit "Encoder" field to the Multiple File QuickEdit window, and more.
East Bay Technologies recently announced iTube! ($24) for Internet television viewing. iTube! provides access to over 1500 channels of television programs, live video channels, and webcams. In addition, iTube! also includes an Internet Video Search function that gives users a search tool to access over two million Internet video clips. iTube! that allows users to access Internet television stations, as well as many mainstream television stations. These channels are divided by categories, which include uncensored news, music videos, science & education, religion, and entertainment channels.
Analysts at Caris & Company downgraded Apple from "buy" to "above average".... An Architosh article suggests Apple might pursue the workstation market.... MidnightMansion.org is a new community site for fans of Midnight Mansion, a new 2D Macintosh adventure game.... iDevGames recently launched its latest competition in which developers must create a video game that involves competing in a race.
Discreet today announced combustion 4, the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects software solution. combustion will feature a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools. Version 4.0 provides motion graphics and compositing artists new creative capabilities, interface improvements, new paint tools and enhanced interoperability with most 3D animation products including to Discreetís industry-leading 3ds max animation software, and Discreetís cleaner encoding software and its systems products including flint flame, inferno, fire and smoke.
myKeynotethemes has announced myPagesplus, a new resource for Apple's Pages application that offers stories, articles and photo essays from users in the form of a fully functional Pages document. A complete collection of resources for this issue of myPagesplus includes a Report template, an Essay template, a more complete Zine template and a comlpete Keynote theme. Additional resources with the same design format and elements will be available for $15 as complete templates. These will include additional templates, keynote themes and, in the future, graphical backgrounds and images.
MacSoft announced today that Dora the Explorer Animal Adventures has shipped and will be available in stores this week. Dora the Explorer is an educational game that children counting, matching, and memory concepts. "Join Dora, the bilingual heroine, and her play-along pals in exciting adventures that encourage and teach children valuable skills. Help Dora and her friends feed the animals, rescue Baby Jaguar, sing along with a familiar song, and learn Spanish!" Suggested retail price of Dora the Explorer Animal Adventures is $20.
nalyst Megan Graham-Hackett today reiterated a "hold" rating for Apple (AAPL), stating: "we had expected such a split but we believe nothing in Apple's story has fundamentally changed. We remain concerned about the stock regarding iPod sales growth potentially peaking, and valuation, as the shares trade at a premium to peers on both an enterprise value/sales basis and p-e basis. However, we think the opportunity to leverage iPod success into new markets make the shares worth holding." Meanwhile, Graham-Hackett reiterates Dell as a "strong buy" and says the PC giant is undervalued.
JamPlug, part of DVForge, announced today that its new GuitarPlug and MicPlug plug-in form factor USB audio interfaces for Mac OS X are now shipping. The GuitarPlug and MicPlug are both just 2.3" by .7" in size, are USB bus powered, with an on-off switch, and a blue LED power indicator. Each converts mono analog audio to 16-bit, 48KHz digital USB audio, is class compliant, and works with any Mac OS X application that accepts USB audio at that data rate. The GuitarPlug has a 1/4-inch guitar plug for use with any electric guitar or bass, and the MicPlug has an XLR plug for use with any dynamic handheld microphone. Both devices are $50 each.
Blackmagic and Apple equipment are being used to prepare rehearsal and backstage footage from this year's 47th Annual Grammy Awards. The editors are using a Blackmagic DeckLink SP to capture the analog video to Final Cut Pro on Apple G5 workstations, then encoding the video to Windows Media 9 and QuickTime 6.5. Additionally, Blackmagic Design recently revealed that its Decklink HD Pro and HDLink were used in the creation of "The Aviator." Integrated as part of the post-production workflow within Digital Neural Axis (DNA), a Venice, CA-based visual effects, design and digital post-production boutique, Blackmagic's Decklink HD Pro and HDLink were used to develop more than 60 visual effect shots for "The Aviator" and were "instrumental in ensuring tight integration between California and New York post-production sites."
Zonic today launched SwapTop 2.0, a major update to its desktop picture manager. SwapTop 2.0 allows users to schedule changes to the desktop picture, and can display pictures from any collection of images. Desktop pictures can be sourced from the SwapTop Archive which offers new images daily. SwapTop also contains a free "screen saver" module, allowing your SwapTop pictures to be displayed at full quality when your Mac is idle. SwapTop costs $25, including a year of free access to the SwapTop Archive.
Wolf Software has released Barcode Generator 2.4, an update to its software for creating common linear and 2D barcodes as EPS and high resolution raster images. Barcode Generator is fully scriptable via Apple Script to allow the automatic creation of barcodes and the generation of sequential barcodes. The latest version adds a dedicated dialog for output options and new output formats. Additionally, the user interface has been simplified and the manual and help system have been improved. Barcode Generator now comes in two editions: the standard edition at $80 will create all linear barcodes (EAN, UPC, Bookland), while the enterprise edition at $250 will also create the 2D barcodes PDF417 and Datamatrix.
macXware today released MacFonts 2 ($30), a new collection of 1000 classic, designer and refined fonts. The MacFonts 2 collection seeks to standardize the use of fonts in the OpenType font format. The format offers several advantages over the TrueType and PostScript formats, according to macXware, including: a single cross-platform file for improved font management and document portability between platforms; a smaller font file size; embedding fonts in PDF projects; superior print quality; an expanded set of international characters (Euro currency symbol and more); and, advanced typographic control where a single font file may contain many nonstandard glyphs such as small caps and stacked fractions.
Apple this morning announced that its Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one split of the company's common stock and a proportional increase in the number of Apple common shares authorized from 900 million to 1.8 billion. Each shareholder of record at the close of business on February 18 will receive one additional share for every outstanding share held on the record date, and trading will begin on a split-adjusted basis on February 28.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.02 ( -2.58 )
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