PowerMacResQ today announced a new Mac mini repair and upgrade program. The new service offers Mac mini owners premier upgrade services nationwide. PowerMacResQ will receive the unit, install the upgrade within 24 hours, and return the mini back to the customer overnight. The upgrades are installed by an Apple Certified Technician, and all pulled parts are returned to the customer. Additionally, PowerMacResQ will purchase unwanted or otherwise upgraded parts if the customer does not opt to have them returned.
Brenthaven yesterday announced new shoulder cases and backpacks for Apple laptops. The redesigned cases are available for Apple’s PowerBook and iBook range. The "Pro" 12/15 is adjustable to fit both the 12- and 15-inch PowerBooks and the "Pro 17" provides a custom fit for 17-inch PowerBooks. The new Brenthaven cases now feature "CORE" padding system to protect the computer from damage by conforming to its dimensions. All the cases feature a dedicated iPod pouch, as well as storage for a mouse, spare battery, and disks. Additionally, the cases feature storage space for paperwork and other items. Brenthaven "has been producing the finest shoulder cases and backpacks for Apple’s PowerBook and iBook range of notebooks. Now the line of cases has been redesigned to make a carrying case that is the best Apple case ever."
Apple has updated its Xsan enterprise server software to take advantage of the 64-bit file system in Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger.” Xsan 1.1 does not add any new features, but improves performance and allows users to share files and volumes up to two petabytes (2PB) in size. Xsan is an enterprise-class storage area network (SAN) solution that lets multiple computers concurrently access storage on an Xserve RAID over high-speed Fibre Channel. By connecting users directly to a high-speed Fibre Channel network, Xsan eliminates the need to transfer files over slower Ethernet-based networks. Using Fibre Channel multipathing -- in which two Fibre Channel cables connect a computer to the SAN -- an Xsan client can theoretically achieve throughput of up to 400MBps. Xsan costs for $1000 per node.
Chaotic Software today released an update to its web downloading software, designed specifically for Mac OS X. Web Devil 6.0 is a tool for downloading web sites for offline browsing, extracting web sites, helping to maintain web sites for content authors, and more. It has filtering capabilities, offers a simple-to-use interface, can download an entire sites with a single click, and offers useful tools for viewing and sorting downloaded content. Version 6 is completely rewritten for Mac OS X, offers new Image Browser and Media Viewer/Sorter tools, a new Event Log with details of downloads, and more. Web Devil 6.0 is available for $35 ($10 upgrade from previous versions).
Mythix recently released the iWand Presenter Remote. The remote control is designed for use with presentation and slideshow software. The iWand is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote. It can be used to control many aspects of the software, including mouse navigation. Major functions are accessible from dedicated buttons on the remote. The remote features an integrated laser pointer. It includes unique features such as Invert Page Up/Down and Laser Disable quick-switches, RF Signal Indicators LEDs, full function mouse navigation, and toggle function. It offers up to 75 feet of "reliable" range. Mythix also released the iChant, a small speaker that plugs in to the top of the iPod.
Mythix has released a new mini speaker for the iPod that enables users to "finally free your ears and share your music." The iChant is a small speaker that plugs in to the top of the iPod. It is styled to mach the iPod, and is made of durable ABS plastic with a metal grille. The device offers "crystal clear quality sound" with up to 8 hours of playtime on one AA battery. The iChant features an On/Off switch to save battery life. "Eliminate the hassle of always being connected to your iPod.[...] Maximize your listening and sharing experience with the iChant Active Speaker."
Red Giant Software today announced the availability of Magic Bullet Editors 1.1, a $300 plug-in for popular editing applications that enables moviemakers to add film treatments right on the timeline. Magic Bullet Editors now supports Avid Xpress systems or any AVX 1.5 application on Mac OS X 10.3 or later, in addition to the existing support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas. Based on The Orphanage’s Magic Bullet technology, Magic Bullet Editors delivers film stock emulation, diffusion filter, and easy-to-use film-look presets inspired by popular productions, such as The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, Traffic, and Amelié.
Podcasting is growing at "incredible pace," says Dick Costolo, the CEO of FeedBurner. "Last September, I couldn't have told you what a podcast was. Now it's 10 percent of our feeds," he says. Podcasting, which takes its name from the iPod, is a method of publishing sound files to the Internet. It has enabled many to produce self-published, syndicated radio shows. FeedBurner works with 40,000 Web content publishers to make it easy to subscribe to audio and RSS feeds. The company's free services also provide statistics on circulation and advertising clickthroughs. Since November, when the content distribution company pointed to 505 podcasts, the number has grown to almost 6,000. Costolo said podcasting is, "Clearly something that's taking off," and eventually it will be turned into a money-making business.
Apple has released Desktop Video Update 1.2.1. Desktop Video Out Update addresses an issue with Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 and Final Cut Express HD 3.0 when using Digital Cinema Desktop Preview (Main). This update is recommended for Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 and Final Cut Express HD 3.0 customers. The update requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is available for 15 different languages.
Xupport 3.0, the latest version of the "swiss army knife" for Mac OS X, will be available in July, the developer said today. Xupport is a multipurpose system utility for Mac OS X that provides many features to configure hidden options, to increase system security and performance, to maintain and backup Mac OS X, and to access Unix features. Xupport 3 will be fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), and provides a brand new user interface with plenty of new features. Version 3.0 adds native authorization technology, more hidden Settings, extended file deletion functionality, improved virtual memory optimization, and more backup options. It will cost $20 for new users, or $10 to upgrade.
Wrigley UK has launched an iPod and iTunes giveaway. Customers can win a prize by entering a contest code found in packages of Extra chewing gum. Prizes include iPods, iPod shuffles, iTunes vouchers, concert tickets, and more. There are a total of 100,000 £5 iTunes download vouchers, 5,000 20 GB iPods, and 5,000 iPod shuffles. There are also 100 pairs of front row seats to "any gig in the UK," and 1000 pairs of concert tickets. 10,000 £15 CD vouchers are also up for grabs. There are also "daily prize draws" that don't require the purchase of Extra gum.
FileMaker will demonstrate FileMaker Pro 7 database solutions for creative professionals at the 2005 HOW Design Conference. FileMaker's exhibit is located at booth 711, June 11-14, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL. In addition, Robert MacKay, president of MacTutor, will lead a seminar entitled "FileMaker: Managing Your Entire Creative Business," Sunday, June 12, 3:45-5:00 p.m. which will provide tips on organizing a creative studio/ad agency and boosting employee productivity. Two additional classes providing hands-on FileMaker Pro 7 training for both beginners and advanced users will also be held on Sunday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. and on Monday, June 13, at 3:00 p.m.
Apple this week awarded its Apple Design Awards 2005 at WWDC. Although not officially announced, winners in each category won a 17-inch PowerBook G4, a Power Mac G5, a 30-inch Cinema HD Display, and a ADC Premier Membership. Macworld UK offers a list of winners: Panic's Transmit FTP (Best Mac OS X Tiger technology adoption); Delicious Monster's Delicious Library (Best Mac OS X User Experience); plasq's ComicLife (Best Product New to Mac OS X); Blizzard's World of Warcraft (Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product); Visual Data Tools' DataTank (Best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution); OsiriX (Best Use of Open Source) Small Tree's Quicksilver InfiniBand Software (Best Mac OS X Server Solution); and Simon Bovet's GraphClick (Best Mac OS X Student Product).
Apple is planning on opening two more retail stores in the UK, bringing the total number of Apple retails stores in UK to give. According to Apple's UK jobs page, the company is hiring for two new stores, which it says are set to open in Sheffield and Manchester later this year. Apple is looking for Mac Geniuses, Mac Specialists, and Inventory Specialists for each store. Other stores in in the UK include London Regents Street, Birmingham's Bull Ring Centre, and Bluewater in Kent.
Native Instruments (NI) today announced that Reaktor 5 is now available in stores worldwide and said that it is offering a special limited-time upgrade for Reaktor Session customers. Reaktor 5 is the next-generation of the modular sound design studio that fuses synthesis, sampling and effects. The latest version introduces the new "Reaktor Core Technology" that broadens the scope of Reaktor-based instrument design. Version 5 features a "massive" instrument library, new routing options, expanded panel design options, a revised user interface and a host of other improvements. It is available now for $580; upgrades from Reaktor 3/4 are $170, while upgrades from Reaktor Session are available for $170 (through the end of August 2005). NI also said it would discontinue development of Reaktor Session.
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Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu
KnowRoaming network now extends to 86 countries
KnowRoaming customers can now use its global SIM sticker to take advantage of its unlimited data plans when travelling in 86 countries. The SIM sticker is, as its name suggests, a special sticker that is applied to the back of an existing SIM card for use outside the US in supported countries. It works in conjunction with the KnowRoaming smartphone app. The latest expansion of its network came with the addition of 12 Latin American countries where travelers can now also enjoy its unlimited data plans, which are available for $8 per day. http://bit.ly/27KkXli
BMW to start supporting CarPlay this fall
BMW will add CarPlay support as one of the entertainment add-on for its X5M and X6M models, the first BWM models to do so, starting from this summer. A German-language catalog for the manufacturer spotted by Bimmerpost advises the option will arrive in August. It is unclear if the support will only be included in European versions of the car, or for further afield. The display in the vehicles will be among the largest thus far seen for CarPlay, at 10.25 inches, and hinted at possible wireless CarPlay support. The X5M currently sells for â‚¬96,470 (US$108, 275), while the X6M retails for â‚¬99,327 ($111, 453). http://bit.ly/1XnZ4DJ