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NoteList 1.1 ($15) stores notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities in RTF format. The application displays a list of notes on the left side of the window, and the content of each selected note on the right. Notes are searchable, and the contents of all notes is offers Spotlight support. [Download - 402KB] GraphicConverter 5.7.4 ($30) updates the graphic conversion software, adding local email support, print preview, and import analysis. Version 5.7.4 can also merge all frames of a movie into a single image, allows the tool size to be modified, adds an option to display the preview window in a browser on a second monitor in full-screen mode, and more. The new release also incorporates many updated features, as well as numerous bug fixes. [Download - 8MB] disclabel 3.0.1 ($30) updates the CD labeling software with media list interface enhancements and better montage performance. Disclabel offers the ability to import tracks from iTunes, iPhoto, iDVD, Finder, and Toast, as well as images from iTunes, iPhoto, and Finder. The application can print to a wide array of label and paper types, while also making use of direct-to-CD printers and printable CD's and DVDs. [Download - 6.5MB] Process 2 Beta ($40) is a project management application that features a one-window concept of merging outlines with the resource materials needed to implement them. The update includes a radically redesigned process interface, and the software's shared project capability allows a project to be instantly shared with all Macs on a local area network. New "Smart Projects" offer Spotlight integration, and are kept up-to-date as necessary, automatically. [Download - 3MB] RadThumbnailView 2.0 ($30) is a control for displaying thumbnails of pictures in a customizable way, released as part of the Radical Breeze Developer Pack. The REALbasic control uses no delcares or plug-ins, while size, color, and spacing can be defined and modified at runtime. Version 2.0 supports thumbnail sizes between 5-200 pixels, and the picture property of RadThumbnailPicture is automatically scaled down to a maximum of 200 x 200 pixels when a picture is added. [Download - 607KB] DragThing 5.6.3 ($30) updates the alternative dock software, adding support for Intel Macs. Version 5.6.3 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 on existing PowerPC Macs, due to changes required for Intel support. DragThing makes various items such as files, folders, applications, disks, URLs, and more easily accessible while taking up very little space on the desktop. The application's docks are highly configurable, and offer hotkey support. [Download - 5.6MB]
Shure today launched the latest in its high-end earphones: the E500 Sound Isolating Earphones are the new flagship for its E Series product line. The new sound-isolating and noise-canceling headphones offer a new "Push-to-Hear" option that lets users alternate between complete isolation and a connection with the outside world. Shure's new modular Push-to-Hear (PTH) accessory allows consumers to alternate between complete immersion in their music or a connection with outside ambient sounds by activating an external microphone, while simultaneously muting the music. Shure's PTH is also sold separately for $60 and can be used with any sound isolating earphones. Shure says its sound-isolating earphones block 30-37dB of outside noise with a good seal and the earphones utilize 3 miniature precision-engineered drivers -- one tweeter and two woofers -- to offer accurate audio reproduction. The E500 will begin shipping in May for $500.
Clarion today announced new products for 2006, including enhancements to their newest VRX765VD and MAX675VD multimedia units, featuring iPod control and integration. iPod integration is a main feature of both products, highlighting the trend towards iPod-friendly media everywhere. The MAX675VD features touch screen control, DVD playback and voice recognition control of the optional HDD navigation system, has the only true 2-DIN iPod controller in the industry with 5.1-channel surround processing capabilities, Satellite Radio connectivity and additional component connectivity for CD/DVD changers, TV tuner and additional video monitors, and iPod integration that displays the iTunes library.
SanDisk Corporation introduced a new, gaming-oriented USB smart drive at the CES in Las Vegas. The SanDisk Cruzer Crossfire is intended to serve as a method of accessing stored information for use on the new generations of multi-purpose gaming consoles. Users can save game levels and interactive game content on the Crossfire as well as their other digital files. "The new gaming consoles are multimedia centers," states SanDisc. "As such, people can also use them to view their digital photos and play digital music, and a smart drive is a fast and convenient was to access this content." The Cruzer Crossfire can be plugged into the USB port of any gaming console, and information stored will display on any TV screen connected to that console. It is U3 enabled, providing a platform to store a variety of applications. Suggested retail prices for the SanDisk Cruzer Crossfire are $55 for 512MB, $100 for 1GB, $170 for 2GB and $330 for 4GB.
IDG World Expo today officially announced that Macworld Conference and Expo is set to kick off next week in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, featuring over 300 exhibiting companies and hundreds of new product introductions. Macworld will include five days of educational content with conference sessions appropriate for Mac users of all levels and backgrounds. The conference program runs Monday through Friday, January 9-13th, while the exhibit hall opens on January 10th at 11 a.m. and runs through January 13th. The exhibit hall is expected to feature the latest products and software for the Mac from companies such as Adobe, Canon USA, Epson America, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Microsoft, Nikon, Quark, Xerox, XtremeMac and many others. Exhibit hall passes are available for $30 until January 8th, or $45 at the door.
The Danish HI-FI producer Scandyna, makers of the Pod Speakers, have created a new docking station for the iPod. The Dock is an iPod amp, charger, and sound system all in one, and will be available in the US this fall. It is specially designed to complement the iPod, with various inserts available to make The Dock useable with any iPod model. The Dock has built-in short circuit protection, one input and two output jacks, weighs 0.77 pounds, and has dimensions of 4.76 x 5.11 x 1.61 inches. The Dock ships with a remote control and is currently available for $200 on European audio/video sites.
In brief:The 1GB iPod shuffle is back in stock at the Apple Store with shipment times of 3-4 days, following its discontinuation--which lead to much speculation about a new Shuffle model.... MacNN has reviewed the Insten Battery Charger Kit ($60), designed to handle most digital camera, camcorder, and digital video batteries.... Recosoft is expected to preview PDF2Office Professional 3.0 at MacWorld Expo San Francisco.... Sirius is introducing a new satellite radio receiver designed to interface with multiple radios, audio systems and home theater systems.... Bruji.com recently sold its time management application, MyTime, to another shareware development company dubbed Kakuweb.
Google is expected to announce an upgrade to its video-search service, and will soon allow users to purchase videos from content partners in direct competition with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Wall Street Journal reports that the search giant will unveil the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Friday, in Las Vegas. Google will likely reveal partnerships with CBS and the National Basketball Association (NBA), allowing customers to purchase television shows and other video content that can be downloaded onto PCs. Additionally, Google plans to introduce a software package dubbed "Google Pack" with offerings from Google and other companies, according to the report.
MATTI Math today announced the release of the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) Plug-In for AquaMinds NoteTaker. The plug-in enables NLVM’s interactive math activities to be used within NoteTaker notebooks, enabling student math lessons to be stored and saved as interactive portfolios. “The NLVM’s interactive Java ‘applet’ activities cover such math principles as number operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and probability, with adaptations for students from kindergarten through high school,” said Heal. “Making these available from within the framework of NoteTaker opens the door to expanding their application by enabling connection to related resources.” It is available for $30 and requires NoteTaker.
Investment research firm PiperJaffray today issued some new predictions regarding Apple's highly-anticipated announcements at Macworld Expo next week. Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver a keynote address in San Francisco to Mac fans and the press on Tuesday, January 10th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. The firm believes Apple will introduce an updated iPod shuffle, an Intel-based Mac mini and iBook, iTunes video content, and a new consumer electronics device. The firm also expects nearly all Macs will be updated with Intel by the end of calendar year 2006 or early 2007.
Belkin today launched its TuneFM for iPod and iPod nano, allowing users to play an iPod through any FM stereo receiver--such as a car stereo. TuneFM plugs into the dock connector of the iPod, and uses the player's LCD display to indicate the FM frequency and memory presets. The device does not require batteries, as it draws power from the iPod. TuneFM offers channel up/down, the ability to scan through multiple FM channels between 88.1-107.9MHz, four programmable memory slots, and a mini USB connector for constant charging while on the road. The TuneFM for iPod nano will ship in North America in January of 2006, while the TuneFM for iPod will ship in March of 2006. Both models are priced at $50.
PhotoVu has launched an upgraded version of its digital picture frame. The 19-inch PhotoVu PV1955 comes with built-in support for Apple's iPhoto photo management software, as well as Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 and can be controlled remotely from the browser of any computer on the consumer's network. The PV1955 displays thousands of photos from any Macintosh computer that has a network connection. The digital frame features a 24-bit color, high resolution LCD TFT display that supports sizes up to 1280x960 (4:3 ratio); it also features secure wireless WEP transmission via 802.11b standards. The new version also adds support for more powerful digital cameras (up to 16.7 megapixels), USB 2.0, optional upgradeability to Wi-Fi wireless-G networking and WPA security, advanced screen transitions, commercial applications, and Internet services. An optional 1GB USB flash drive or USB 80GB removable hard drive can also be used for stand-alone play. PhotoVu PV1955 retails for $1200.
Belkin today unveiled its new TuneCommand AV for iPod, allowing users to watch and listen to their iPod through a home entertainment system while simultaneously powering and charging the iPod via a docking station. The wireless handheld RF (radio frequency) remote control maintains an operating distance of up to 120 feet, regardless of barriers such as walls and ceilings. The device can hook up to home stereos through RCA left/right, 3.5mm line-out, and S-Video jacks, and is compatible with all iPod models except the Shuffle. Belkin's TuneCommand AV for iPod will begin shipping in North America during April of 2006 for $80.
ElectricSheep.org today released latest version of the Electric Sheep Screen Saver for Mac OS X. Electric Sheep, created by Scott Draves, is a free, open-source screen saver run that can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. "When these computers 'sleep', the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as 'sheep'. The result is a collective 'android dream', an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." Version 2.6.4 delivers smooth animation with no delay between movies, options to randomly choose the next or replay the last sheep (using the right/left arrow key), and more. It is free and runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
A week before Steve Jobs delivers another keynote address at a Macworld Expo, an ex-Apple employee has offered an inside look at the preparations that lead up to the presentations. Mike Evangelist, in an article for UK publication The Guardian, offers readers an insight into the world of Steve Jobs, glowingly portrayed as a "perfectionist" who has "little or no patience for anything but excellence from himself or others." Evangelist describes the events that lead up to the main event of the Expo, in which thousands of hours are spent on a few minutes of presentation--minutes that will be discussed for months after. Teams of Apple employees make last minute adjustments to various products to be unveiled and slideshows which will be witnessed by not only the thousands of fans actually at the Expo, but the tens of thousands participating via webcast.
Belkin today announced its form-fitting Sports Sleeve for iPod nano, a carrying case designed to protect the iPod while exercising or participating in outdoor activities. The Sports Sleeve preserves the Nano's original slim profile while maintaining access to all ports, and features durable silicon construction with a protective screen overlay. The iPod can be docked while in the Sleeve, while a detachable armband offers a convenient, hands-free carrying option. Velcro fasteners run nearly the entire length of the armband, allowing for a snug fit with most arms. Offered in frost white and black (shown at right), the Sports Sleeve for iPod nano is available in North America for $25.
Miglia Technology today announced TVMini HD, a new desktop device that allows users to watch, pause record and rewind HDTV on any Mac. Powered by Elgato’s EyeTV software, the new TVMini HD is "smaller and less expensive than any comparable product, and compact enough to take with you on any journey." Miglia’s TVMini HD supports free-to-air or free cable Digital TV on your Mac (not compatible with paid digital or satellite TV). The DVR-like device supports full HDTV resolutions of up to 1080i (requires dual G5 processor), supports USB 2.0 connectivity, and includes a portable digital TV antenna to watch TV on-the-go using its ATSC/Clear QAM decoder. TVMini HD includes an infrared remote control that allows users to switch channels and perform other basic VCR/TV-like functions. The included EyeTV software allows users to edit TV shows and remove commercials as well as export recorded conetnt shows to Apple's iPod and/or Sony's Playstation Portable device. It is available now for $250.
Belkin today introduced two new TuneBase FM devices for Apple's iPod that power, charge, and allow users to listen to music simultaneously via a swivelling cradle. The TuneBases connect through any cigarette-lighter port, and transmit audio wirelessly on multiple FM channels from 88.1MHz-107.9MHz while utilizing the iPod's LCD for tuning. Both feature programmable memory slots to toggle between four channels. The TuneBase FM also ships with interchangeable trays for each iPod model, making it compatible with all iPods except the Shuffle. The TuneBase FM for iPod nano is specifically designed with a smaller form-factor to match the Nano's small, sleek design. TuneBase FM for iPod and TuneBase FM for iPod nano are both priced at $80. Both models are expected to ship in North America this month
Sonos today released its third software feature update, version 1.3, adding Apple lossless compression and full-screen album art. Sonos, which yesterday introduced its second ZonePlayer, is a digital music system that allows users to play digital music in any room of the house, and control it from a wireless remote. The software update includes German language support, queue/playlist management, and fixed line-out support for home theater integration. Sonos software Version 1.3 also offers support for Audible.com, an internet-based provider of spoken audio content, as well as Apple's Lossless codec and detailed track information. All Audible.com .AA (format 4) file programs are accessible via the Sonos controller, and can be played in up to 32 rooms. Sonos does not currently support audio content downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
NovaMind Software has announced the upcoming release of the new NovaMind 3, which will be showcased at Macworld Expo next week (booth #2432). NovaMind is designed to conduct and record the outcomes of brainstorming sessions, allowing workgroups or teams to generate ideas for marketing, KPI's, goals and problem resolution. Version 3 features a revamped interface, reduced file sizes by about 90 percent, increased performance of Mind Map manipulation by up to 90 percent, and over 50 other new features, while maintaining simplicity of use, according to the company.
Aspyr Media today that it has begun shipping Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, which includes the original game, Civilization III, plus both expansion packs, Conquests and Play the World. The bundle also introduces for the first time Civilization III multiplayer capabilities to the Macintosh platform. "Gaming fans can now enjoy Civilization III, the highly addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Civilization III: Play the World, as well as all of the great new Civs, Scenarios, and Features from Civilization III: Conquests! Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to win, more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, and more exciting modes of play all in one box." The title requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 and is available for $50 from Amazon.
Hewlett-Packard today is expected to announce that it will stop bundling Apple's iTunes software with its new PCs and laptops, in favor of RealNetworks' "Rhapsody" music subscription service--one of Apple's leading competitors in the digital music industry. The move has been expected for some time, following the company's decision last summer to stop distributing HP-branded iPod music players. Rhapsody is now expected to be the default music-playing software on HP's new PCs and laptops. Beginning in the spring of 2006, HP customers will get a free 30-day trial subscription to RealNetworks' Rhapsody, according to a report from CNET. Additionally, RealNetworks may find further opportunity in the new deal to continue its drive into music services beyond PCs. The rocky relationship between Apple and Hewlett-Packard wore thin after Apple's own iPod overshadowed HP's special branded model. [updated]
Maxtor today announced a new family of Maxtor OneTouch III external storage and backup solutions. Due later this month, the line of Maxtor OneTouch III storage solutions range from capacities of 100GB to one terabyte (1,000 GB), providing easy-to-use, automated backup and restore capabilities for PC and Mac users. New software tools, including the ability to synchronize data between two or more computers. The Maxtor OneTouch III solution features either a triple (FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0), dual-interface (FireWire 400 and USB 2.0), and single interface (USB 2.0 only). The Maxtor OneTouch III family sports an innovative new industrial design, an improved consumer friendly user interface and a redesigned retail package from award-winning consulting firm frog design inc. as well as improved acoustics, an inner disk drive casing and shock mounts for additional durability and drive protection.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermĂ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir