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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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ