Topics on the MacNN Forums today include: A new thread in which members can share photos of their Power Mac setups.... Reports of AppleCare removing third party RAM from machines and claiming it is incompatible.... Members' Mac mini setup pictures.... People who have switched to the Mac platform, but decided to switch back to Windows.... Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger discussion, now that it has reportedly reached "gold master."
Apple has added a 17" 1.6GHz iMac G5 to its collection of refurbished items at the Apple Store. It features a Combo drive and 80GB hard disk and is available for $1100. Apple is also offering its 17-inch Studio Display for $600. The now-discontinued display features a 1280 x 1024 optimal resolution with an ADC display connector and two USB ports. Also available are more sub-$800 notebooks. The iBook G4 1.2GHz, available for $800, 12-inch display, a CD drive, and a 30GB drive. A slightly slower 1.GHz version with a combo drive is the same price ($800). Apple is also offering 1GHz version with a Combo Drive and AirPort Extreme for $850.
MaxUpgrades has released the MaxProtect, an impact resistant carrying bag for PowerBooks (17 inch, 15 inch and 12 inch Models and iBooks (14 inch and 12 inch Models). It’s made of Visco-Elastic Memory Foam, which is designed to resist impact and shock. The MaxProtect encloses the whole notebook, providing padded protection on all sides from external impact or shock during daily usage, It features high impact resistance polyurethane foam for shock absorption from all sides; thick foam padding throughout the entire surface of the notebook; a two-zipper, pull apart design; protected zipper closure (zippers don’t come in contact with the laptop); and handles for portability.
FastMac has cut prices on all items for its 3-Day April Fools “No Fooling” Sale, including G4 processor upgrades for G3 and G4 PowerMacs and 16X Dual-Layer SuperDrives, both starting at $100. Prices have been slashed up to 40%. The “No Fooling” sale lasts from Friday April 1st to Sunday April 3rd. “We’re excited to be the first to offer a G4 upgrade for under $100” said Michael Lowdermilk, Business Development Manager for FastMac Performance Upgrades. For $100, the FastMac ZIF processor upgrade replaces the original CPU in a Beige or Blue & White Power Mac G3 with a G4 CPU operating at up to 500 MHz. It also doubles the backside cache from 512k to 1 full MB, resulting in a 3 to 4 times boost in speed and performance. Optical drives start at $100 for a 16X Dual-Layer SuperDrive upgrade for Power Macs.
Sonnet has reduced pricing by $20 to $50 on several G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards and PCI adapter cards for various PowerBook and Power Mac computers. Prices are now as low as $200 for the Encore/ST G4 1.0GHz, the first time a 1.0GHz upgrade has been in this price range.
iCompositions has partnered with Bandmateloops to give away another package of free loops for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack. The collection, available exclusively for registered users of iCompositions, consists of 121 loops and joins existing free packages available from iCompositions, bringing iCompositions members 417 free Apple Loops. The collection includes loops from instruments such as the Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Drums and Percussion, various Synths, and Electronic Drums from Bandmateloops' Apple Loops Collections. The Bandmates free loops package joins the recent AMG+iC package from loops producer AMG and one from Drums on Demand as the third batch of loops offered through iCompositions.
OpenOSX today unveiled its new "OpenOSX GrassPro" product and is offering its "OpenOSX Grass" application, included with its GrassPro product, as a free download. The "OpenOSX Grass" standalone application is based on the open-source "GRASS 6.0.0 GIS" software with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. The package also includes a host of ready-to-use GIS software and utilities, such as MapServer for publishing dynamic, navigable maps with layers over the Internet; Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), a collection of more than 60 tools for manipulation of geo-spatial data; a suite of BLM command-line utilities and more. It is available for $25 on CD-ROM and also includes documentation, tutorials, sample-data, limited installation and getting-started support.
In brief: Added: For the month of April, customers who buy True Crime: Streets of LA will receive Space Colony, 007 Nightfire, Chamber of Secrets, or Jedi Outcast free using promotional code ASPYR6FFAPRL.... Apple CEO Steve Jobs remains atop Forbes' CEO approval rating list, with 94% this month, as voted by the online community.... Gmail is expanding its free email storage to 2GB per user, in celebration of its one-year anniversary today.... We've posted a review of Data Rescue from ProSoft, which is "much less expensive than professional recovery services and may well save your bacon."
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NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg