Apple is offering its refurbished 14-inch G4 1.42GHz SuperDrive iBook for $1,049, a 20 percent savings, as well as the 17-inch eMac 1.42GHz Combo Drive for $639, 21 percent off the original price. The company is selling a wide array of refurbished iMacs that includes the 17-inch G5 1.6GHz 256MB 80GB Combo for $749, 43 percent off the new $1,299 price tag, the 17-inch G5 1.8GHz 256MB 80GB SuperDrive for $799, 47 percent less than the original $1,499, the 17-inch G5 1.9GHz SuperDrive for $999, a $300 savings, the 17-inch Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz for $1,099, $200 less than the list price, the 20-inch G5 1.8GHz 256MB 160GB SuperDrive for $1,099, a 43 percent savings on the original $1,899, the 20-inch G5 2GHz SuperDrive for $1,249, $550 less than retail, and the 20-inch 2GHz Intel Core Duo for $1,399, 18 percent less than the original $1,699. All refurbished items come with free shipping, and are backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty.
In brief: One company appears to be selling iPod accessory clones that resemble name brand products, such as Apple's own iPod Hi-Fi.... Some teachers in Scotland say children should be banned from bringing iPods and hand-held computer games to school because they cause too much disruption.... ABC today reported that over 3 million viewers have watched its television shows since it launched the service just two weeks ago.... Two hip-hop radio stations, Power 106 KPWR-FM, Los Angeles, and HOT 97 WQHT-FM, New York, have integrated the iTunes Music Store into their websites.... Bare Bones Software today confirmed the engagement of CEO Rich Siegel and Kerri Hicks.... Take Control today unveiled "Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X," as well as its 120-page companion volume, "Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X."
Goldfish 1.2 ($35) is software designed to create websites in a few simple steps. Users can drag items for a website onto a freshly created Goldfish template, and the application includes numerous pre-made templates. Designers choose properties for items on the page and add content using text, links, and pictures. [Download - 6.7MB] Knox 1.1 ($30) updates the universal data security solution for the Mac, adding a new Spotlight Control feature that allows users to control the search criteria for encrypted files. Knox 1.1 includes integration with Path Finder, and extends the 30 day trial. [Download - 1.9MB] HoudahSpot 1.1 ($15) adds French localization to the file search tool based on Apple's Spotlight technology. The update allows users to copy, move, or open files from the result list via drag-and-drop. Version 1.1 also supports finding content by type, as well as various bug fixes. [Download - 1MB] DiskTester 2.0 ($22) is designed to test disk performance, and is specifically geared toward RAID setups. The utility performs internal testing on hardware by several manufacturers of RAID and SATA cards to view performance statistics. DiskTester can also test digital camera storage cards and network drives. OnyX 1.7.0 (free) allows users to run miscellaneous system maintenance tasks. The application supports configuration of various hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Safari, Dashboard, Expose, Disk Utility, and others. OnyX 1.7.0 natively supports Intel Macs as a Universal Binary. [Download - 6.6MB] PreMaster CD ($800, on sale for $500) is a host–based premastering application that opens AIFF, WAV, BWF and SD2 stereo files. The software edits, sequences, and provides essential PQ support. PreMaster CD features Sonic Studio's NGC user interface, allowing any Mac OS X 10.4.3 system to open, play back, edit, and adjust gain of audio files. [Download - [form]]
James Associates today released MacGPS Pro 6.4, a new Universal version of its software that connects GPS receivers and Macs. It works with Garmin and Magellan GPS receivers for transferring Waypoints, Routes, Tracklogs, and GPS satellite Almanacs. It works with many brands of GPS receivers for a realtime display of GPS information on a moving map. As a Universal Binary, Version 6.4 gives Intel-Mac users full native performance. It also adds several geodetic datums to complete Universal coverage for any spot on the globe. The software, which requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later, is available for $50 ($10 extra on CDROM).
Phelios today released its latest game entitled "Kickin' Soccer" developed for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary. Kickin' Soccer is a fast-paced arcade soccer game set in an athletic backdrop of a soccer stadium filled with enthusiastic fans. Players can dribble the opponent players, slide into their defenses with quick and accurate passing, score with shots from a distance, or use crosses and try to head the ball in the back of the net. The game features one-player arcade mode, one-player cup mode, and two-player friendly match mode. Kickin' Soccer is priced at $10, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Maki Enterprise today released Kids GoGoGo 10.3, an update to the parental control application that can block both RSS feeds and websites. KidsGoGoGo 10.3 introduces monitoring and archiving of instant messengers such as iChat, AIM, and MSN. The update offers the ability to disable filtration for the administrator while adding support for Camino, Sea Monkey, and Flock browsers. The software improves restrictions on applications, enhances the "check history" feature, offers better network throughput, and includes filtering options for multilingual sites in addition to unwanted Blog sites. Kids GoGoGo 10.3 is priced at $30, and requires Mac OS 8.6 or Mac OS X 10.2.8.
Aspyr Media today declared Call of Duty 2 for Mac gold master. Developed by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty 2 attempts to re-define the cinematic intensity and chaos of battle as seen through the eyes of ordinary soldiers fighting together in epic WWII conflicts. The first person action game features enhanced graphics, a new engine, improved artificial intelligence, and choice-based innovations that simulate real warfare. The game feature snow, rain, fog, and smoke, combined with dynamic lighting and shadows to create realistic effects. Call of Duty 2 is priced at $50, requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is scheduled to begin shipping over the next few days.
Some teachers in Scotland say children should be banned from bringing iPods and hand-held computer games to school because they cause too much disruption. The NASUWT annual conference in Peebles heard that children using gadgets in the classroom created a persistent problem of low-level indiscipline, according to The Herald. "No-one needs games or musical gadgets," said Bill Cook, president in Scotland. "Rather than spending money on an iPod or a make-up bag for their children, parents would do better to give them a pencil case." The union wants local authorities to back headteachers who ban students from carrying iPods, mobile phones, and other devices, and wants the Scottish Executive to mount an advertising campaign warning parents not to send their children to school with electronic gadgets.
Foof has announced its fabric sleeves for 13-inch MacBooks as well as 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The sleeves are hand-made in Australia and use unique fabrics designed to offer style, as well as "in bag" protection to guard the laptop from dust and scratching. Sleeve fabrics include Acrylic tuft, Corduroy, Faux Fur, and in late June 100 percent Wool Irish Tweed. Foof styles include "blue split," "hot pink," "red fire engine," "kind of blue," "I ate the giraffe," "purple people eater," "inverted urchin," "flaming madness," "I've been fleeced," "bluebone," and "blueherring." The foof sleeves are priced from $36-42, with "bluebone" and "blueherring" slated for shipment in mid-June.
Boinx FotoMagico 1.6 is the latest version of the company's presentation tool for photographers. The slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X adds ColorSync, which ensures that the photos stay the color they were meant to be" as well as adds new transitions and improves export. The new transitions "Shuffle" and "Topple" complement the 12 other transitions that work at the full resolution (including pan, zoom and rotation). "I've always considered ColorSync to be one of the great things on the Mac platform," says Peter Baumgartner, lead developer of FotoMagico. "The Apple technology makes sure that colors look the same across a wide range of output devices. To achieve this, pictures have a profile of the color properties of the camera or scanner embedded with which the picture was taken." A five day demo of the $80 Universal application is available online.
In brief: Ars Technica has reviewed the new 13-inch MacBook, comparing the notebook to other Power Mac and Intel-based Apple systems.... Dell announced that it will begin using AMD processors in its computer systems, veering away from its long-time exclusive relationship with Intel.... MacBUS today announced the 2006 winners of the "MacBUS Student Award" scholarship program.... Advanced Computer Innovations has expanded its "instant online conversion" service, adding support for Microsoft Office 2003 XML as well as several other new file formats.... iProng will be showing off a new black MacBook this Friday and Saturday at the MacGathering in Southern California.
Parallels has released a final candidate of its virtualization solution specifically designed to work with Intel-powered Macs. Parallels Workstation for Mac RC allows users the ability to use Windows, Linux and any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X--either in a separate Window or full-screen. It supports any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside Mac OS X. The company says the latest release candidate offers a new look and feel, improved performance and stability, better and broader USB support, an improved Shared Folder tool, better networking in virtual machines, better sound support, improved fullscreen mode, resolved Suspend/Resume issues, a new uninstaller introduced, and more. The $50 application, which requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.4, is available for $40 during the beta period.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives