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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: 94.27 ( -0.72 )
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko