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, Apple’s 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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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
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