GPSPhotoLinker 1.3 (free) can be used to save location and GPS position data to a photo. New to version 1.3, GPSPhotoLinker automatically records the city, state, and country to the photo. Using Spotlight in Mac OS X 10.4 and Spotlight, users can quickly find photos by searching for these annotations. [Download - 2.7MB] pzizz 1.0.1 ($40) allows users to create more than 100 billion combinations of personalized powernaps in one simple application. This update features Tiger support and is free for current registered users. [Download - 52MB] Synergy Classic 1.9 is an update to the popular and iTunes accessory that puts buttons to control iTunes in your menu bar, provides global control over your music using system-wide hot keys, automatically handles cover art downloads, and displays a highly customizable semi-transparent "floater" so that you know what's playing. Today's update delivers a number of key bugfixes and eight free new button sets. [Download - 1.1MB] Jon's Phone Tool 2.3 ($12) is a versatile phone dialer that can dial a Bluetooth mobile phone or a regular land line through a Mac's modem or speakers. This is a major upgrade with Mac OS X 10.4 compatibility as well as other new features & fixes. [Download - 2.6MB] Mobile High Speed 4.12 ($90) eases the set-up of Mac OS X for an UMTS, EDGE or GPRS connection with a mobile phone or PC Data card. The new version includes compatibility with a host of new mobile phones and PC Data Cards, including the popular Treo 650 device from PalmOne. [Download - 5.6MB] PhoneValet Message Center 2.2.1 ($200) turns any Apple computer running Mac OS X into a telephone communications hub for homes and small businesses. The update adds Address Book dialing support for Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" users, and improves the performance of searching operations in the Phonebook and Call Log. [Download - 21MB - update only]
In brief: Aspyr will be showcasing the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, Friday, May 20th at the monthly Aspyr game night at Austin's Apple store.... Playlist Club is inviting iPod DJs, dancers, and judges in the U.K. and U.S. to its events in London (May 21st) and Philadelphia (May 23rd).... Apple is offering a "buy 4 get 1 free" bargain for groups attending WWDC.... WWDC attendees can also save $100 when they buy a Tiger Developer Kit and register for WWDC 2005.... Firefox engineer Ben Goodger has posted his thoughts on Safari and the KHTML rendering engine, on his weblog (see Goodger's previous comments).
Apple's future is more than iPods, according to one analyst who believes that recent launch of Yahoo's music service does not represent a threat to the iPod/iTunes ecosystem. In a research report to clients, Merrill Lynch said that the current weakness in Apple's stock represents a "buying opportunity" as the research firm believes that Apple could easily create a subscription model to counter Yahoo's service and also said that the iPod "halo effect" will significantly drive more Mac revenue. PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster expressed a similar view earlier this week.
Microsoft yesterday unveiled the much-anticipated Xbox 360. The new gaming console debuted on MTV during a red-carpet Hollywood extravaganza. The Xbox 360 features PowerPC processor with three 3.2Ghz cores. The Xbox 360 features a minimalist enclosure, reminiscent of Apple's products. "We did lots of color studies," says J Allard, corporate VP of Xbox, "Most people actually came back and said, 'This reminds me of iPod'." Taking "further minimalist cues from Apple's iPod," the Xbox 360 keeps most of its functionality hidden, a 1UP.com article explains. "Inspired by Apple's audacious iPod campaign, Microsoft hopes Xbox 360's minimalist industrial design and frosty white appearance will appeal to more than just hardcore gamers."
Fire investigators are probing a small explosion that burned a hole in the bed of a Melbourne†teenager who tried to repair his damaged Apple iPod. The boy was treated by paramedics at his Bayswater home for breathing difficulties after ingesting fumes emitted by†the device as he pulled it apart in his suburban bedroom on Wednesday. Country Fire Authority spokesman Peter Philp said the leaky iPod had been taken away for testing by CFA investigators. "His mother did the washing and the iPod was in the clothing so it went through the washing machine [...] It wasn't working, the young fella tried to undo it or fix it with a screwdriver [...] It was more smoke than fire but it did leave a burn mark on the cover."
In brief: Enterprise technology analyst Butler Group says, "Apple has produced the best desktop operating system in the world to date, and with the server variant it is a serious contender for the data centre."... Firefox lead engineer Ben Goodger backs Apple in its dispute with open-source KHTML developers: "Safari's renderer is vastly superior to the KHTML used by Konqueror," he said (see previous report for background).... iCompositions has partnered with PowerFX to give away a package of free loops for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack.... Rob Schoeben, Appleís vice-president of applications marketing, says the new Final Cut Pro Studio will make 2005 "the year of HD."... An Australian teen's iPod "exploded" after he put it through the washing machine and tried to fix it.
Wired News has published a lengthy excerpt from "iCon," the controversial and unauthorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In the excerpt, authors Jeffrey Young and William Simon look at the creation of the iPod. "How many companies could tackle a project in a brand-new category, create a groundbreaking widget that looked great and worked better than anyone else's -- and do it all in under a year? It happened only because Steve Jobs cracked the whip in his usual roles of slave driver, taskmaster and ringmaster." The "creative genius" behind the look and feel of the iPod was Jonathan Ive, according to the book. "From early on, we wanted a product that would seem so natural and so inevitable and so simple, you almost wouldn't think of it as having been designed," Ive said. "Like everyone else on the project, I knocked myself out, not so much because it was a challenge -- which it was -- but because I wanted to have one," he said.
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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