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Apple this week received two MIPA awards for its GarageBand and Jam Pack audio products. MIPA is a prestigious international award in the professional music production industry, presented by 58 international magazines. The sixth annual MIPA awards were presented for the best products of 2004/2005 in over 40 categories on April 7th. GarageBand, Apple's application for performing, recording and creating music, won in the "Best Innovative Product" category, making it the first software program to win in this category--although many have been nominated over the past five years. GarageBand 2, released earlier this year, is bundled free with all new Macs and is available as part if iLife '05. Apple's Jam Pack, which offers more that 2,000 Apple Loops and dozens of playable software instruments, received a "Best of" award in the "Sound Libraries" category as well.
Topics on the MacNN forums today include: Has the iPod shuffle changed how you listen to music?... Comparing "state-of-the-art" technology from the last decade to today.... Members discuss Sony's PSP handheld gaming and multimedia device.... Members' favorite gadgets and other pieces of technology.... Deciding when to buy a new Power Mac G5 as updates approach.... Members' PowerBook G4 setup pictures.... Ongoing discussion of the Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" release date.
SlidesNow! 3.0 is an application that allows Mac OS X users to deliver slides in a live webcast right next to live video from QuickTime Broadcaster. A built-in chat board allows viewers to communicate back to the presenter. The new version can now display live Web pages that may include content such as QT movies and Flash animations, can archive live or pre-recorded presentations for on-demand playback, and fixes bugs. Additionally, a View All Slides window allows viewers to peruse all the slides in the presentation at any time, while a Personal Notes window allows viewers to take notes and print them out. SlidesNow! features a very simple interface and is designed to be easy to use. It is aimed at the small group webcasting market. The software is priced at $50.
Apple is again offering its legacy 17-inch flat-panel iMac G4 for $1,100. The G4-based iMac features 256MB, an 80GB drive, and a SuperDrive. Apple is also offering two 12-inch iBook models for under $800--each with 256MB of RAM and a 30GB drive. The 1.2GHz model features a CD-only optical drive, while the 1GHz model features a Combo drive. The 14-inch iBook models feature a 1.33GHz G4 processor, 256MB of RAM, a 60GB drive, and built-in AirPort Extreme. The Combo drive version is $1,100, while the SuperDrive version is $1,300. Several models of the eMac line (starting at $530) and Power Mac G5 line are also available as well as refurbished version of its AirPort Express Base Station for $100.
M-Audio has unvieled, iControl, which gives users total tactile control over GarageBand. It provides users with dedicated transport buttons and jog wheel, eight rotary encoders for track functions like volume or pan, or effects parameters in GarageBand's EQ or any other AU plug-in. Also available is dedicated mute, solo, and record-enable buttons. The USB-powered iControl is automatically recognized by GarageBand; it will ship in May for $180.
O'Reilly has published "Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual" ($40), by Barbara Brundage. "The very best way to learn Elements is just to dive right in and play with it," assures Brundage. She helps readers do that by avoiding unnecessary technical jargon and delivering straightforward guidance and instruction on everything Elements newcomers--and even power users--need to know. She explains why and when someone would want to use or avoid certain features of the program and delivers tutorials throughout the book with downloadable files for practicing. "Even Grandma wields a digital camera these days ... that's where Photoshop Elements 3 comes in."
Tim Bluntel, ColdFusion Product Manager at Macromedia, has posted a survey about ColdFusion support for Mac OS X. "Many people ask me about the platforms we support; why this one and not that; when will we finally support such and such? My answer is always fairly consistent: we support platforms based on customer demand. If there is inadequate demand for a supported platform, we may drop it: if a new platform is being requested by many customers, we may add it. Of course, there's one platform that seems to always come up ... if you're interested in ColdFusion support for Mac OS X, please fill in this brief survey. If we are to consider platform support for any future versions of ColdFusion, we need something more than anecdotal evidence that a market exists for it."
Panic has released Unison 1.6, the latest version of its Usenet client/reader software for Mac. The update adds support for SSL (secure) NNTP servers, offers automatic MacBinary decoding, and reduces the required memory. Printing has also been improved, as have download resuming and text encoding support. Usenet contains tens of thousands of groups catering to every imaginable topic. Unison offers several advanced Usenet features, including live MP3 streaming, complex file grouping, image thumbnails, quick search, Dock status, customizable favorites, and signatures. Unison is $25.
CNS Image 1.0 ($65) is a FileMaker add-on that can import images into container fields and export images from container fields. It also allows users to apply effects to images, extract layers from Photoshop, and download images directly from the Internet. [Download - 8.0MB] MacDopplerPRO 2.9.0 ($100) gives the user a "seat right in the heart of the Operations & Command Centre for every satellite in orbit." The new version adds Tuning Dial tracking, hy-gain DCU-1 Pathfinder driver, a Locations editor, and more. [Download - 8.3MB] InDesign Image Catalog 2.0 ($20) creates an InDesign document of all images in a folder, automatically. New features in the update include: Drag and drop to set the source folder, automatic frame and number of pages calculation, and long file name support. [Download - buy] ShowMacster 1.0 ($20) is an extension to Apple's iChat AV which enables the user to stream pictures, Quicktime movies and live screen captures during video conferences. ShowMacster is seamlessly integrated into iChat AV, adding a drawer to the video chat window. [Download - 336KB] iPatch 3.5 (€10) can compare the resources of two applications to produce a self-applying patch to update an older version of an application to a newer version. iPatch is able to compress data using zlib and fully supports prebinding and is able to launch Applescripts before or after patching. It includes a tool to compare files and folders. [Download - 5.0MB] iTerm 0.8.1 (free) is a full featured terminal emulation program written for Mac OS X using Cocoa. iTerm was merged from two projects, CTerminal and TerminalX, both of which were based on JTerminal project. This release fixes a few issues from the previous version, adds support to show bookmarks in a drawer of terminal window, and more. [Download - 5.2MB]
In brief: Recent rumours that Apple is preparing to update its consumer hardware product lines were given added weight today when sources close to Taiwanese contract manufacturer claimed it has won a deal to build a new, widescreen iBook.... Compuquest has shipped a $50,000 Apple Xserve cluster order to a film and television special effects firm in Toronto (known for its work with Sony and Disney).... Plans to change the way UK singles charts are compiled by combining store sales with online downloads have hit a setback after independent labels raised "massive" concerns over the move, saying iTunes, with its estimated 80% market share, will favour the big four labels.
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
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