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As noted earlier this week, M-Audio has announced its JamLab virtual guitar system. The JamLab system consists of a simple, compact USB interface designed specifically for guitarists, plus DSound GT Player Express software that combines the functionality of a guitar amp, effects pedals and standard audio file player. The JamLab hardware connects easily to a Mac computer via an integrated USB cable, and features a 1/4-inch jack for guitar input. An 1/8-inch jack can be used as either a line or headphone output, allowing users to practice in complete privacy. In addition, volume control is handled using the JamLab driver control panel. The virtual instrument interface delivers 24-bit fidelity at 44.1kHz or 48kHz.
USB Dock Cable for Shuffle
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today introduced the DLO USB Dock Cable for iPod shuffle. The DLO USB Dock Cable is a 4-foot USB cable that allows an iPod shuffle to connect conveniently to any computer, especially those with recessed or closely spaced USB ports. Unlike standard USB extension cables, it mounts to any surface and it features a connector that matches the iPod shuffle perfectly. The DLO USB Dock Cable for iPod shuffle costs $20 and is available immediately.
SF Chronicle podcast
The San Francisco Chronicle is expanding its offerings of online content today by providing podcasts on its website. "We are pleased to provide this new way for Chronicle readers and Gate users to get useful and compelling information about the San Francisco Bay Area that they cannot find anywhere else," said Chronicle Executive Editor Phil Bronstein. "Whether it's about food, music or the story behind the story, we'll continue to use the latest technology to define this region and its unique character."
AMD v. Intel
Industry analysts are downplaying speculation that AMD's recent lawsuit against Intel might affect Intel's relations with Apple, which recently announced that future Macintosh computers will be based on Intel processors, reports eWEEK. On June 27, AMD filed suit in Delaware, claiming that Intel violated provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Business Act and the California Business and Professional Code. The alleged violations include anticompetitive acts such as pressuring PC manufacturers to reduce or eliminate AMD-based products and influencing retailers to favor Intel-based PCs over ones using AMD chips. This move comes after the Japan Fair Trade Commission delivered a warning in March to Intel about violating antitrust laws. Examples of such violations included giving rebates to five Japanese PC manufacturers who agreed to limit or eliminate use of AMD processors.
In a recent research note, investment analyst PiperJaffray speculates about the future of podcasting, which could be "going mainstream" now that iTunes 4.9 makes podcasts easily accessible. "iTunes Integration Could Be A Catalyst. Yesterday, Apple introduced iTunes 4.9 with podcasting. Podcasting is prominently featured within the new iTunes music store. We were surprised at the amount of podcasted content available in iTunes, and we would expect that the volume of podcast content in iTunes will grow significantly, given iTunes allows for posting of podcasts from the general public."
The Sanyo C5 is a stylish and thin 5-megapixel digital camera and full-motion MPEG-4 video camera offering built-in digital image stabilization and a 2-inch trans-reflective LCD screen. Users can also select real-time interpolation up to 10 megapixels which allows photos to be enlarged to "bigger than life" proportions without sacrificing image fidelity. The C5 employs Sanyo's proprietary digital optimization technology to remove color moirés and reduce aliasing and noise caused by dots. This technology improves the high-frequency characteristics of the image and enhances diagonal resolution for higher-quality images. Available nationwide at The Sharper Image, Apple Store and Amazon.com, the SANYO C5 has a suggested retail price of $700.
ABC.com interviews Jobs
Steve Jobs says that Apple's is focused on growing its Mac business is as well as its iPod/iTunes market, following yesterday's announcements of a new color iPod line, reduced pricing, and iTunes 4.9 with podcasting features. In an interview with ABC.com, Jobs said that while podcasts are free, users should expect advertising 'tagged into them' into the coming months. Meanwhile, Jobs defended the company's dual focus on the iPod and the Mac: "Well, you know, all I can say is that our Macintosh computer sales are growing at— you know, three to four times the rate of the rest of the industry. And— we continue to be the leader in innovation. I think everybody's copying us. So— you know, we're working really hard to make the best personal computers in the world. And we're working very hard to make the best portable digital music players in the world. And I think both are very important to us."
BeLight Swift Publisher
BeLight Software today announced Swift Publisher, an addition to the BeLight's product line for home and small business needs. Swift Publisher is an easy and quick Macintosh page layout application for designing and printing colorful flyers, newsletters, brochures, etc. Featuring a variety of templates and editing tools, the company says that users can quickly create attractive documents without any particular learning. The application includes a collection of images, masks, vector shapes as well as supports column balancing, text wrapping around objects, adjustable layout guides, multipage documents, photo editing tools (crop, transparency, tile, rotation, etc.), and more. Swift Publisher offers iPhoto integration and can export to PDF, TIFF, and JPG. It will run on Mac OS X 10.3 or later and is expected in July. (Pricing not available.) [updated]
WiebeTech SATA drive bays
WiebeTech today announced its TrayDock Extreme and TrayDock eSATA, affordable RAID storage solutions with either 2- or 4-bay reloadable drive trays. TrayDock Extreme provides a hardware based "striped" RAID for IDE/SATA drives and attaches to any FireWire host, while TrayDock eSATA offers a software RAID for SATA drives and attaches to eSATA hosts. The 2-bay versions start at $350 and the 4-bay versions start at $450. Both are expected to begin shipping July 6, 2005.
SketchBook Pro 2
Alias announced today that SketchBook Pro 2, the newest version of the paint and drawing software application, is available for purchase globally from the Alias website and authorized Alias resellers. Version 2 offers better usability and improves the "power and potential" of digital creations with: fast, reactive pencils, markers and brushes; pen-driven layers; background templates; a 75-brushstroke undo/redo option and unique tools for move/scale/rotate and pan/zoom. Alias SketchBook Pro 2 is priced at $200. Current users can upgrade to version 2 at a special upgrade price of $100, or download the upgrade version for $80.
MegaSeg, Gmail widget
- VirtuFrame 2.7 (free) is a virtual photo frame application that displays selected pictures in various animated frames. Version 2.7 offers several new frame styles, including the return of the Glass frames, as well as cleaner interface elements. [Download - 730KB]
macstl 0.3 ($100) is a major new version of the portable SIMD toolkit. Highlights of this version: Mac OS X Tiger (Universal Binaries) and Yellow Dog Linux support, "macstlizer" technology to ease the transition from PowerPC to Intel for SIMD programmers, and new min, max, select and rsqrt functions. [Download - 226KB]
FTPKit 1.0 ($30) is a set of REALBasic classes that implement the FTP protocol. The package automatically parses FTP listings, allows for directory downloads and uploads, changing file permissions, custom commands, and features a powerful queue system. [Download - 363KB]
Tidy Up! 1.0.2 ($30) lets users search for duplicate files and packages; by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, date modified, date created, name, label, visibility and more. Version 1.0.2 adds a French localization, cosmetic enhancements, and bug fixes. [Download - 2.1MB]
MegaSeg 3.1.3 ($200) is a Mac based DJ and radio automation application. Included in the free update are fixes for Discrete Output Mode and the Mixer, better playback of MP3 files encoded by "unknown" encoders, and fixes a bug when importing iTunes playlists, among 20 improvements. [Download - 6.1MB]
Gmail Widget (free) is a very simple dashboard widget that displays the status of a Gmail account. "As you can see it takes the form of a British postage stamp. The stamp will turn red when you have gmail waiting - the number will also increase to display the number of unread messages." [Download - 220KB]
New educational games
1|2|0 Digital today announce the pre-release of two new educational entertainment titles: Secret Agent: Europe and Kids Kitchen. Expected shipment dates of pre-orders is Monday 12th July. Secret Agent Europe is a crime solving game in which players travel around Europe following trivia based clues in order to catch up with crooks. Kids Kitchen is a "fantastically fun" and informative guide to cooking, nutrition and hygiene. Secret Agent: Europe is priced at £14 (?$21) with an additional work sheet pack available and Kids Kitchen is priced at £12 (?$18). Pre-orders will be accepted immediately at the 1|2|0 Digital website.
RHEM 2 available on web
Virtual Programming has released its newest graphic adventure game as a digital download: RHEM 2 is the company's "pure-puzzle" first person adventure game, and the sequel to the popular RHEM: "RHEM 2 rejoins Zetais and Kales as they now explore a hidden city far beneath the earth’s surface. Having discovered entry to a hidden underground city, you will venture ever deeper as you explore a maze of clandestine caves, secret rooms, and intricate walkways, tunnels and water systems. As you marvel at beautifully detailed environments and solve clever puzzles, you must search for an enigmatic artifact that must be found and photographed before you return to the surface." Much like the original, RHEM 2 features non-linear gameplay, non-violent story, and mind-bending puzzles. It runs on Mac OS 9/X and is available now for £20.
iTools 8 released
Tenon today announced iTools 8, a new version of its web hosting control panel software. iTools simplifies and automates Apache configuration and can be used as a website management system, allowing full automation of tasks and delegation of administration: sub-administrators can manage their own name or IP-based web sites and view their own logs, without compromising the privacy of the multi-server machine. iTools offers secure, domain-specific , browser-based Apache administration, using a sixth generation suite of tools. The new iTools 8, includes Apache 2.0.54 and the latest proFTPD with TLS/SSL support, enhanced DNS management, enhanced sub-administration, and a suite of pre-packaged, pre-configured open-source applications for blogs, discussion boards, photo albums, and more.
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