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"Office 2004 for Mac: The Missing Manual" provides a detailed guide to Microsoft's Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage applications. The $30 book is published by O'Reilly, and written by authors Mark H. Walker and Franklin Tessler. "Office 2004 doesn't come with a single page of printed instructions," but this new book promises to "help readers use all four programs in Office 2004 to do their work and organize their lives more quickly and easily than ever before." Walker and Tessler deliver on their promise to use "very little jargon or nerd terminology" in this "funny and friendly" reference.
Apple's PowerBook 100 is ranked first in Mobile PC's list of the "Top 100 Gadgets of All Time." The article says, "until Apple unveiled this 5.1-pound machine, most 'portable' computers were curiosities for technophiles with superior upper-body strength ... the first PowerBooks captured an astounding 40 percent of the market, but more important, they turned notebook computers into mainstream products and ushered in the era of mobile computing that we're still living in today." Additionally, The PowerBook 500 ranked 22nd, the Newton MessagePad 120 ranked 39th, and the iPod ranked 12th: "the original iPod cracked the portable audio market wide open with its ease of use and to-die-for aesthetics. Some estimates peg Apple as now claiming an astounding 92 percent of the mobile audio market." Other popular products among the list include the original Pilot 1000 from U.S. Robotics, and the Rio 300 from Diamond.
In the coming months, Apple will change the name of its Rendezvous networking technology to "Bonjour," according to documents shown to AppleInsider. Last year, Tibco Software entered into a trademark dispute with Apple over its use of the Rendezvous name, alleging that the Apple technology, used in products such as Mac OS X and the iTunes Music Store, infringed on its exclusive rights to the Rendezvous name. In July 2004, the two companies agreed to end the dispute through a mutual out of court settlement. Sources close to the negotiations said that, as part of the deal, Apple agreed to phase out its use of the "Rendezvous" name in time.
Document Palette allows users to create new documents directly in open folders, using a keyboard shortcut. It holds document types that frequently created and allows users to create documents without launching an editor and without "fumbling around in awkward save panels." Users can add any type of document to the palette. Simply create a blank document using an editor, then use the add button in Document Palette's Preferences window. The trial is fully functional, but can only create 15 documents. The full version costs $15 to register. The current version is a beta release. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Apple has added more refurbished 12-inch iBook G4s ($800), previous-generation 12-inch PowerBook G4s ($1,100), and 1.2GHz 14-inch iBook G4s ($900) to the special deals section on its online Apple store, but no longer offers refurbished iMac G5 models. The 12-inch PowerBook is also available with a SuperDrive for $1,300, while Combo ($1,500) and SuperDrive ($1,800) versions of the 15-inch PowerBook are also available and faster 1.33GHz versions of the 14-inch iBook G4 are available in Combo ($1,100) and SuperDrive ($1,300) models. Apple has also added dual-processor versions of both its 2GHz ($2,100) and 1.8GHz ($1,700) Power Mac G5s. The configurations of the eMac are also available: CD-ROM ($550), Combo drive/modem ($650), and SuperDrive ($800).
In Brief: The online Apple Stores in the US, France and Germany have abruptly extended their estimated ship times for all iPod mini models--up to 8 days, suggesting that a refresh may be imminent; in addition, iMac availability suddenly has been extended to 3-5 days, after recent reports of 'same business day' delivery. The Chicago Sun-Time says that Apple's compact Mac Mini is sure to lure Mac-phobic buyers.... IconBase's iToolBar Stock Icons ($360) is a new Aqua-styled icon collection with over 153 icons available in all native Mac OS X, Windows and Linux formats an in all normal sizes up to 128x128.... iPod shuffles will be soon available Target retail stores and are now available in both 512MB shuffle and 1GB shuffle versions at Circuit City's online store.
Conference Recorder 1.0 ($15) allows users to easily record and save your iChat AV video and audio chats. Conference Recorder saves chats as QuickTime movies for future viewing. [Download - 616KB] Xj3D M10 (free) is an open source toolkit for X3D (the XML and network-savvy successor to VRML). The M10 release is the first version for Mac OS X, completely written in Java and using OpenGL for hardware acceleration. [Download - 10.1MB] InDesign Font Catalog 1.0 ($10) is an application for makimg compact grouped font samples using Adobe InDesign CS. Font Catalog is different from other font sample generators because it displays the "regular" version of the font family as the large primary sample in one line/sentence, and groups the remaining styles in a short, name-only listing (in the style's style) below the main sample of characters. [Download - buy] Sound Byte 2.4.0 ($24-$100) turns a Mac into a" cart machine" for playing sound recordings, aimed at DJs, radio stations and audio productions. The latest version of Sound Byte adds the ability to display fewer but larger carts, offers fade times for individual carts, and allows carts to be set to be disabled after being played. [Download - 529KB] FmPro Migrator Enterprise Edition 3.02 ($100) has been updated to add a new Microsoft Access 2003 to FileMaker 7 conversion feature, and offers a new drag and drop interface for Access to FileMaker 7 migrations. FmPro Migrator converts FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, and more. [Download - 240KB] Capture One 3.6 ($100-$500) allows users to open and edit RAW files from the most commonly used DSLR cameras and convert them into TIFF or JPEG. Version 3.6 supports Konica Minolta 7D, A1, A2, Olympus C8080, Fuji S3 Pro, and Canon 1Ds MKII, 20D, Pro 1, G5, G3, G2 cameras. [Download - 55MB]
Gary Allen of the ifoAppleStore, a site that closely follows Apple's retail efforts, says that Apple's mini-stores are not living up to expectations: "The stores seem to have been hastily rolled out, are expensive to build, have nearly-useless point-of-sale machines, and suffer from a sterile design. The stores were inspired by the Mini Cooper auto, Apple said. 'This design will help us carry our philosophy to even more people,' Steve Jobs said at the official unveiling at the Stanford Shopping Center (N. Calif.). The 'cool' and 'hip' design was intended to attract a younger and hipper visitor, the company said. But in reality, the stores don't live up to any of that."
A new class action lawsuit filed on Thursday against Apple alleges that the company has engaged in acts of unfair and unlawful business practices, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets. The lawsuit was filed by three firms and five defendants as a class action on behalf of both resellers and consumers in the San Francisco County Superior Court. The 26-page complaint includes allegations of violations of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Song Beverly Act, warranty abuse, unfair and unlawful competition related to delivery and pricing of goods to resellers, improper repair/warranty costing, unfair price competition, and more. The suit seeks injunctive and compensatory damages as well as legal fees and punitive and exemplary damages for some violations.
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Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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