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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE