Epic Games has created a Universal Binary version of its Unreal Tournament 2004. In addition to support for Intel Macs, the updated application for Mac OS X brings Unreal Tournament 2004 current to the 3369.2 patch. Unreal Tournament is a multiplayer first person shooter game with ten game modes, both team-centered and individually-based. "As the ultimate techno-gladiator of the future, players will take their fates into their hands, battling against up to 32 other players online in action-packed, frag-filled arenas." Unreal Tournament 2004 costs $37.
KeynotePro announced the immediate availability of the OM 2 themes for KeynotePro 3. The new OM themes received a revised framework, all new master slide options, and HD variations. Presenters can customize every aspect of OM 2's colorization with modifications to the slide background or via shape objects pushed behind the platform layer. OM 2 also has an expanded master slide library to include more variations of layouts from the original, including a slate of remixes to the mosaic slides. Registered OM Theme users can update to OM 2 for free, and new licenses cost $30 for a single OM 2 Pro Theme, $20 for a single OM 2 Standard Theme, or $50 for a bundle.
Apple has applied for a touch-screen gesture patent, extending a similar patent application filed in July 2004. The patent application is titled "Gestures for touch sensitive input devices," and features illustrations of a hand making a dialing motion much like that used to control the iPod's clickwheel controller. This suggests perhaps a touch-screen iPod in the works, or the return of an Apple PDA device, replacing the once-popular Newton PDA, which featured a touchscreen. The patent states that "the invention relates, in one embodiment, to a computer implemented method for processing touch inputs... the method includes reading data from a touch sensitive device having a multipoint capability. The method also includes identifying at least one multipoint gesture based on the data from the touch sensitive device."
Forbes.com's Executive Toy Box today revealed that Channell Commercial's CIO favors the iPod integration kit for his Mercedes R500 more than any other gadget. A dealer-installed option that costs roughly $250, the kit seamlessly integrates Cameron Forbes' iPod into his vehicle, negating the need for an FM transmitter or other device. "Living in the Los Angeles area, I spend a lot of time on the road and in traffic. My iPod has been my loyal traveling companion for a few years now. I can catch up on the latest music and podcasts I've downloaded. [...] When I decided to purchase a new Mercedes, one of the key factors in the purchase was the ability to integrate my iPod directly into the car's Harmon-Kardon sound system. The results are incredible. I feel like I'm driving in a concert hall, even at freeway speeds." When asked what the executive would change about his favorite gadget, Forbes cited his older 20GB iPod, and said he might upgrade to a video iPod. Forbes also voiced his hopes to integrate the iPod's video capability into the navigation display of his Mercedes. "I'd love to watch the last episode of The Office on the way to the office!"
Apple has taken the lead in the Western European education market with 15.2 percent of the market share, according to reports. Macworld UK has confirmed that Dell now trails Apple in second place with 14.7 percent of the market, followed by Hewlett Packard at 14.2 percent, Acer at 9.5 percent, Fujitsu at 7.8 percent, and the remaining PC vendors taking 38.6 percent. Dell is still outcompeting Apple in the US, where Apple reportedly garners 22-23 percent of the education market share. Macworld UK reports that Apple's biggest European success is in Switzerland, where Apple holds 54.4 percent of the market-- Apple also ranks number one in France with 19.5 percent, Sweden with 15.2 percent, and takes second in Germany with 15.6 percent.
Apple has signed a deal for the entire 116,830-square-foot building at 10400-10450 Ridgeview Court in Cupertino, California. Approximately 56,315 square feet resulted from a direct deal with the landlord, while the remaining 60,515 square feet is a sublease from IBM, according to CoStar National. Gregg von Thaden of Colliers International in San Jose represented Apple in both leases, while Frank Friedrich, Don Lonsinger /Doug Beck of CB Richard Ellis, and Randall Brown of CB Richard Ellis of Los Angeles represented IBM. Brad Martin and Rich Hardy of Cushman-and-Wakefield of San Jose represented the landlord, Grosvenor International. Apple is also set to open its Apple Store Garden State Plaza this Saturday, February 4th, which will mark the seventh retail outlet for the tech giant in New Jersey.
Vara Software is shipping Wirecast 2.6, its webcasting solution for Mac OS X Panther and Tiger. It has been designed for building detailed multimedia broadcasts with many cameras, images, titles and movies for unicasting or multicasting to clients. Wirecast 2.6 features specific, native optimizations for the Intel processors as a Universal binary, as well as faster Greenscreen/Bluescreen features and several other improvements. The program requires a webcam or DV camera to allow the user to perform complex transitions, overlay Titles, bring in various static meida, and live recording. Wirecast 2.6 is available for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and costs $450 for the full licensed version. [updated]
Vara Software is now shipping Videocue and Videocue Pro 2.5 for Mac OS X Panther and Tiger. Videocue is a webcasting tool featuring an on-screen teleprompter to allow the user to record while facing the screen. Videocue integrates with blog systems such as LiveJournal, MovableType, Blogger, and TypePad. Videocue is now a Universal binary, and features a "core image" library for photo effects, podcasting abilities, 3D graphics, subtitle text track, .Mac publishing, AppleScript and QuickTime support, and more. Videocue 2.5 costs $40, while Videocue Pro 2.5 costs $90.
In brief: Apple has removed the 17-inch iMac G5 from its online store.... CBS, upon making its hit reality-TV series Survivor available for download, has left Mac users out in the cold by offering the video as a Windows Media file.... InterfaceLIFT has released two new stock icon collections for Mac developers, dubbed Aquality Base Kit and < a href="http://interfacelift.com/icons-stock/details.php?id=1781">Aquality Add On Kit.... Auran today announced that it is seeking beta testers to bring Trainz simulator to the Mac.... The FastIcon today released a new icon set for desktop use containing eight freeware icons, entitled "Pink Folders".... Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld will close New York Fashion Week on February 10th with his Fall/Winter '06 line, to be made available as a Podcast via the iTunes Music Store.
Morse Mania 3.2.0 ($20) is a morse code tutor for the Macintosh, helping the user learn morse code at speeds ranging from 5 to 40 words per minute. The application generates morse code through the computer's speakers, using drills and allowing complete text messages to be sent for practice, and simulating morse code conversations (called a QSO in ham radio lingo). It supports the Farnsworth mode, and allows the Koch method of code learning. Morse Mania 3.2.0 is available for Mac OS X, OS 8/9, and older. [Download - [options]] Tiger Cache Cleaner 3.1 ($9) is a utility designed to simplify system maintenance chores with a point and click interface to many OS X functions. It can improve system performance by tuning internet and file caching setting, implementing RAM disks, eliminating duplicate or orphaned Login items, cleaning and rebuilding Spotlight metadata, providing set and forget automation of common maintenance chores, and more. Tiger Cache Cleaner requires Mac OS X 10.1 and higher and the BSD subsytem, and is compatible with both PPC adn Intel platforms. [Download - 6.1MB] High Priority 1.11 ($6) is now a Universal binary and features several big fixes as well as the ability to hide subscribed calendars. The application allows the user to create, edit, and remove iCal To Do items directly from the menu bar, with or without iCal running. High Priority requires Mac OS X Tiger and iCal. [Download - 320KB] Sticky Windows 1.2.1 ($15) updates the previous version with more stability, fixed bugs, and better support for Mac OS X Tiger. Sticky Windows is a utility for Mac OS X Panther and Tiger which extends the tab browsing experience to the desktop. Sticky Windows transforms the user's windows into tabs when a window is dragged towards the edge of the screen, where it can then be clicked to hide/show the window. [Download - size] MouseWorks 2.8 (free) is a disk image archive of the full version of Kensington MouseWorks software for Mac OS X. MouseWorks 2.8 supports Kensington BlueTooth mice and trackballs, and requires a BlueTooth enabled computer running OS 10.2.8 or higher. [Download - 3.65MB] Sonar 1.1 ($18) is a file monitor utility program for ac OS X Tiger. The application reports file change acitivity on the hard drive, and allows the user to delete files reported by Sonar. Sonar can be used to monitor how frequently a software writes onto the hard drive, allowing the user to optimize their program's hard drive usage. [Download - 2.1MB]
CBS announced that it is making its reality-TV show "Survivor" available for download on its own website--CBS.com--for $1.99 per episode, even as the network offers many of its other popular titles via Apple's iTunes Music Store. Larry Kramer, president of CBS Digital Media said CBS is likely to make more of its content available, depending on the success of the "Survivor" effort, according to MarketWatch. "If it does go well, you will definitely see more content going up on the site." Kramer said the show, which will be available after its premiere on Thursday, will be commercial free, but CBS is looking into potential sponsorship arrangements.
Adobe has released a warning about recently discovered vulnerabilities in Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, and Adobe Illustrator CS2. The problem occurs in both Mac and Windows computers, wherein the file and folder permissions for Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2 and Adobe Help Center can permit non-privileged users to change key program files, presenting a risk for shared, multi-user systems. Adobe is providing update utilities to correct the access permission issues and prevent manipulation. The list of downloadable updates can be obtained in Adobe's Support Knowledgebase.
Zarra Studios announced the release of its Simply Elegant Sales, a small business point of sale (POS) application designed for Mac OS X Tiger. The program can track in-store credit, utilize PayPal as a credit card clearing house, cache all of the credit card transactions and do a bulk submission at the end of the day or week. A cashier can choose the most efficient process, avoiding delays while searching through cascading menus to find the correct option for the customer's order. Simply Elegant Sales is a native Cocoa solution, priced at $130 for the entry level edition, and $250 for the standard edition.
Macgamesandmore.com today debuted its free game entitled "Antigen," a fast-paced action game for "die-hard traditionalists." Antigen takes players into a world of germs, viruses, bacteria, and toxins that are attempting to destroy their ship. Players must annihilate these villainous substances in order to survive and continue on to a potentially long journey. A radar minimap at the bottom of the screen provides an overview of enemies approaching the ship, while a running count located at the bottom-left of the screen indicates the current wave, how many enemies are left, and how many lives remain. Graphics showcase hard, metallic edges juxtaposed against soft, drippy germs, while the audio backdrop features three quick-tempo rock tracks. Antigen is available for free (system requirements were unavailable).
Zevrix Solutions today released MenuKeys 1.0, a solution for customizing FileMaker menu shortcuts within Mac OS X. MenuKeys allows to users to assign keyboard shortcuts to any FileMaker menu, and edit the existing menus via its interactive user interface. All FileMaker menu commands can be activated instantly with a single keyboard shortcut, eliminating the need for countless mouse trips to the menus. The application provides a comprehensive interactive reference to all FileMaker menu shortcuts, while a "Custom Menus" feature enables users to assign shortcuts to non-permanent menus such as fonts, scripts, or recent files. MenuKeys is based on a FileMaker database, ensuring that the software opens as any other FileMaker file without requiring extra plug-ins. MenuKeys requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and supports any version of FileMaker from 6 to 8, excluding FileMaker Developer 6. The software is available for $10.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R