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\'Mac Pro\' trademark filing
In Brief: A new (second) Apple trademark filing for 'Mac Pro', this time in the United States Patent and Trademark office, suggests that Apple will drop the "Power" moniker from the names of its professional computer lineup--rumored to be unvieled later this summer at WWDC--and suggests that it may use 'Mac' brand in its future product name, as it has done for the MacBook and MacBook Pro product lines..... Several sites have posted information and a direct download for what they claim is Apple's new widget development application, Dashcode, which they said has been leaked.... The man who was named as the lead plaintiff in the iPod nano "Scratch" class action lawsuit filed against Apple on October 19th of 2005, has written an open letter to the Mac community in an attempt to clarify his lack of involvement with the lawsuit.... Griffin Technology today unveiled TuneBuds nano, an earbud and lanyard combination for iPod nano.... Apple's iTunes Music Store has helped to fuel broadband value-added services revenues, which jumped up 74 percent during 2005.
EyeTV, Amadeus, Knox
EyeTV 2.2.1 ($80) updates the software that enables users to schedule, record, and organize video recordings from PVR devices. EyeTV offers support for the EyeTV 250, which features a built-in hardware encoder and a game mode. Version 2.2.1 is a Universal Binary, running natively on both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs.
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Printer Setup Repair 5.0.5 ($25) is designed to help in situations where the Printer Setup Utility will not open, printers cannot be added, CUPS fails to operate, and numerous other errors occur. The software can also delete unwanted printer drivers, remove a buildup of spool files, and re-create the /tmp symbolic link. [Download - 535KB]
Amadeus II 3.8.7 ($30) is a sound editor for Mac that supports MP3 and OGG Vorbis codecs, allowing users to achieve small file sizes while preserving most of the original sound quality. The application also supports MP4 and M4A formats, as well as VST audio plug-ins. [Download - 2.8MB]
Knox 1.1 ($30) stores files in encrypted "vaults" and allows users to backup those vaults on Apple's iPod. Knox uses AES-128 encryption to protect data, and supports enabling or disabling Spotlight functionality on a per-vault basis. [Download - 1.9MB]
QCad 2.1 (€24) is a 2D computer aided drafting application that works with Mac OS X, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. QCad features include layers, blocks, 35 CAD fonts, metrical and imperial units, DXF input/output, and the ability to print to scale. [Download - 13.6MB]
iPod lawsuit uncertain
The man who was named as the lead plaintiff in the iPod nano "Scratch" class action lawsuit filed against Apple on October 19th of 2005, has written an open letter to the Mac community in an attempt to clarify his lack of involvement with the lawsuit. "The truth is that I never sought out nor did I ever hire David P. Meyer & Associates or Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro to represent me in any case, much less the iPod Nano Class Action suit," said Jason Tomczak. Tomczak said he received a phone call from the senior partner of David P. Meyer & Associates two days after the lawsuit was filed urgently requesting his signature on an attorney-client agreement. Tomczak says David P. Meyer & Associates and Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro violated his request for privacy, mistakenly file the iPod Nano Class Action suit with his name, failed to correct their press releases, and never offered an official apology.
The partnership between Apple and Nike, which was announced yesterday, was originally conceived by Nike. Nike came up with the idea of an intelligent running shoe and asked Apple to develop the driving technology, according to a report from BusinessWeek. "A while back we asked a big question: Could we harness the power of digital technology to improve a runner's experience," said Nike CEO Mark Parker at a news conference. The answer appeared to be a smart running shoe rigged with a small sensor that could track motion, distance, and other information important to runners. The fact that the information would only be available after a run, however, became an apparent issue. "We quickly realized that making a smart shoe wasn't smart enough," Parker said.
Apple attends WinHEC
Apple has apparently made an unexpected appearance at Microsoft's WinHEC hardware engineering conference. CNET News.com reports that four Apple employees are attending the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle this week to check out what Microsoft is up to: "I am attending WinHEC to keep tabs on what is happening in the industry and what Microsoft is looking to do over the next year," David Harrington, manager of the hardware technology group in Apple's worldwide developer relations department to CNET News.com; however, he declined to make any further comment, citing Apple's public relations policy. "WinHEC is meant for companies that develop hardware to work with or run Microsoft's Windows operating system, according to the report. "Apple is flirting with that with its trial release in April of Boot Camp, which is software that enables Windows XP to run on Intel-based Macs. However, an Apple representative last week reiterated to CNET News.com that the company has no plans to ship Windows on any of its systems."
Refurb MacBook Pros, LCDs
Apple is currently offering refurbished MacBook Pro 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo notebooks for $1,599, a $400 savings, MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo notebooks for $1,999, $500 off the list price, and MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo laptops for $2,199, a $600 discount. The company is also selling refurbished AirPort Extreme Cards for $79, a $30 savings, AirPort Express Base Stations with AirTunes for $99, also a $30 discount, and AirPort Extreme Base Stations with modem and antenna port for $169, $80 off the retail price. Refurbished displays include the 20-inch Apple Cinema Display flat panel with aluminum enclosure for $699, the 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display flat panel with aluminum enclosure for $1,099 as well as the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display flat panel with aluminum enclosure for $2,099. All Apple refurbished equipment comes with free shipping and a standard one-year warranty.
Astro IIDC v3.0 update
Aupperle Services & Contracting has released Astro IIDC v3.0, a major upgrade to its Mac OS X Astronomy, Microscopy and High Speed image acquisition software. "Astro IIDC" works with a wide variety of low- and high-end FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 IIDC cameras. It has a simple intuitive interface, can record movies at up to 240 frames per second or as slow as 1 frame exposures per hour, grab frames (single, multiple stacked or multiple sums), has extensive Altivec optimization for real time processing, has 8- or 16-bit image alignment with stacking and has 16-bit or RGB48 image editing tools.
AC3D 6.0 released
Inivis Limited has released AC3D 6.0, a 3D modeler designed for educational and commercial environments. AC3D 6 is a fully integrated subdivision-surface modeler with polygonal control that functions seamlessly within a subdivision environment. The software features a faster real-time 3D editing engine, intuitive new controls, and a host of changes that enhance selection, handling, and 3D shape creation. The application offers fast real-time OpenGL graphics views, multipoint polygon and line editing support down to the vertex level, and a software development kit with a plug-in interface. AC3D 6 is priced at $70, and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
PictureItPostage 2.1 ships
Endicia today released PictureItPostage for Mac 2.1, an update to its software solution for creating customized USPS postage on the Mac. The new version now features the ability to print PictureItPostage for Business; customers can now use company logos and advertising on customized postage. The postage works just like regular stamps. PictureItPostage is an easy, cost-effective way to promote your business with every letter you send, according to the company. The new release also offers finer image control, an updated postage-preview area, quick access to your previously ordered images, and the ability to order large quantities of postage sheets.
Gluon ProScale ID
GLUON has released ProScale ID 7, its powerful scaling plug-in that offers resizing tools for QuarkXPress and now for InDesign. ProScale ID features the unique IntelliScale technology, allowing users to scale to constrained or non-constrained proportions without distorting text and graphics. Users can also resize an entire multi-page document with one click. ProScale ID provides control over all facets of resizing. It offers an easy-to-use interface that allows users to go through a simple series of steps to get results and a unique "Fit-to" pop-up menu that allows scaling documents to virtually any size (page sizes, columns, other sizes, etc). It also offers preset management allows convenient recall of settings, supports InDesign's powerful Undo/Redo engine, can scale on any level (entire multi-page documents, groups or selections) and can scale an entire page range. It supports InDesign 2 through CS 2 and is available for $140.
\"SmackBook,\" memory kits
In brief: YouTube is hosting a video entitled "SmackBook," where a MacBook user slaps the side of the notebook to switch windows with software that apparently utilizes the built-in motion sensor.... Other World Computing (OWC) today began shipping new 1GB and 2GB memory upgrade kits for MacBook and MacBook Pro models from $100.... Deliver2Mac has added five new puzzle games to its digital download offering.... Apple's retail stores are hosting Apple Camp workshops consisting of two and a half hours of hands-on learning for kids ages 8 to 12, including Podcasts, iWeb, Music, and Movies (kids can sign up for up to two workshops).... Apple has reportedly agreed to sell its PowerSchool student information system (SIS) division to SASI's Pearson Assessments.... Targus has introduced the Targus Eyelet Security Lock for iPod ($20, shown at right), a unique adapter lock designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with legacy or pre-installed Targus cable locks.
Contour updates drivers
Contour Design today released the latest ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress drivers for Intel-powered Mac systems. Contour's Shuttles, with optimized settings for Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress Pro, and other editing packages, are among the first programmable editing devices to be compatible with the new Macs, according to the company. "The ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress are the ideal tools for editing efficiently and we're committed to keeping up with Apple's innovations," Mike Jackle said, company spokesman for the Mac/Media division. "Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress Pro, and other users can be assured of full compatibility, and our ShuttlePRO will continue to complete Mac based editing stations." Both the ShuttlePro and ShuttleXpress feature programmable jog/shuttle wheels and buttons for keyboard shortcuts. The new driver is available for download from Contour Design for free, and requires Mac OS 8.6 or later.
Proxi 1.0 released
Griffin Technology today announced that Proxi, its shortcut software for Mac OS X, has graduated from beta status to version 1.0. Proxi features a graphical user interface that allows users to "teach" Mac OS X to perform assigned tasks. Users can perform complicated scripting tasks quickly and easily by connecting pre-built "blocks," called Triggers and Tasks, which can control other software and hardware. Proxi supports custom hotkey definitions as well as repeating tasks, can configure devices, and can monitor mail, iChat, and RSS feeds. Users can save Blueprints -- complete sets of instructions for Macs to perform assigned tasks -- that can be saved and shared with other users via the Proxi community, and the application features a built-in Blueprint Browser that is constantly updated with new Blueprints. Proxi 1.0 is available for free, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
TuneBuds nano unveiled
Griffin Technology today unveiled TuneBuds nano, an earbud and lanyard combination for iPod nano. TuneBuds isolate the listening experience from outside sound by fitting comfortably inside the ears, and are based on Griffin's EarThump design. The device integrates its audio cables in the lanyard, preventing tangled cords while the iPod nano remains accessible for selecting songs or adjusting volume. Three sizes of interchangeable earpads are designed to ensure a secure, comfortable fit. TuneBuds come in black or white to match the iPod nano, and ship with a 30-day guarantee for $35. Griffin is also bundling a free LE version of its iFill software with TuneBuds Nano, which streams MP3 files from thousands of free internet radio stations directly to the iPod.
Boom Recorder 7 released
VOSGames has released Boom Recorder 7, an easy-to-use audio field recorder that can be used in combination with high resolution audio hardware to record up to 64 channels with timecode. The software can record isolated tracks for all actors and boom operators when recording for film/TV, and users can feed Boom Recorder the timecode signal on an audio input to sync sound to picture. Boom Recorder adds a timecode that users can import natively into Final Cut Pro with the bundled QuickTime BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) Importer component, and the application can record from one file to the next on each 2GB boundary resulting in hours of recording on end. Boom Recorder 7 requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later, and is available in Lite ($45), Pro ($260), and Studio ($515) editions.
iTMS fuels value-add leap
Apple's iTunes Music Store has helped to fuel broadband value-added services revenues, which jumped up 74 percent during 2005. A report from research firm Point Topic found that revenues leapt to $11.9 billion at the start of 2006, up from $6.9 billion one year earlier, according to vnunet.com. Music downloads saw the strongest revenue boost last year, increasing 237 percent with Apple's market-leading iTunes Music Store playing a key role. The number of people using music services also jumped during the year, and Apple's iTunes "per song" charging model became increasingly important during 2005, even as the subscription model declined relatively.
SideTrack trackpad driver
Raging Menace has released a Universal version of SideTrack, a replacement driver for Apple's laptops. It allows the trackpad to serve as multi-button scrolling mice. The new driver features vertical scrolling at the left or right edge of the pad, horizontal scrolling at the top or bottom edge of the pad, and the ability to map the hardware button to left or right click. Users can map trackpad taps to perform no action, left click, left click drag with or without drag lock, or right click. The software supports mapping trackpad corner taps to mouse buttons 1-6, or alternatively as simulated keystrokes. SideTrack provides extensive control over accidental input filtering, and is multi-user aware with full compatibility for Mac OS X fast user switching. SideTrack is priced at $15, and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Google may take on Apple
Google may be planning to open its own music store that would compete with Apple's iTunes, according to one report. Citing the addition of "/music" to Google.com's robots.txt file, as well new results from the search giant's index on "google.com/music," News.com suspects that Google might be gearing up to take on Apple. Google last month reportedly met with a group of music industry executives, and has been in talks with music execs about new digital music services that may dethrone Apple in the legal download market. The search company will face difficult decisions if it decides to open an online music store, however, as it would have to choose between offering DRM-free music versus some form of copy protection scheme. DRM-free tracks could turn record labels away, while incorporating DRM into song offerings might alienate potential free-software customers.
Targus iPod security lock
Targus has introduced the Targus Eyelet Security Lock for iPod, a unique adapter lock designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with legacy or pre-installed Targus cable locks, or third-party cable locking solutions. The device offers end-users an affordable way to secure their iPod while at work, without having to purchase a new and more costly solution. The eyelet lock also serves as a security device for corporate customers that need to lock multiple iPod demo products. The lock is compatible with iPods that have a dock connector. The eyelet lock is compact, flexible and capable of being removed easily to be used in other locations, on the road, or with a standard retractable lock. Targus Eyelet Security Lock for iPod is priced at $20, and is available in black. The lock is compatible with all dockable iPods, iPod mini, and third-generation iPods.
More Vista delays?
In Brief: MacNN has reviewed Waterfield Designs' Cargo Bag: "the attention to detail rivals or surpasses the laptop it carries.".... Recent problems installing Adobe Creative Suite 2 on Intel-based Macs have been confirmed to be due to QuickTime 7.1, however, neither Apple nor Adobe have a solution.... Apple is struggling to compete with non-branded and lesser-known local MP3 player brands--many of which offer 512MB and 1GB models similar in design and appearance but priced much lower than the iPod nano.... The launch of the consumer version of Windows Vista could be pushed back past the stated January launch date, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on Wednesday.... SPi-V3d viewer--developed for use with the Windows-only VTour (Mac version is planned for Sept. '06) for exploring interactive panoramas--has been updated for improved compatibility with Macs.
Etnus TotalView 7.3
Etnus has begun beta testing Version 7.3 of TotalView, its solution for debugging multiprocess and multithreaded HPC programs on Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX. This latest version of TotalView adds full support for the new Intel Core Duo-based product line from Apple as well as Solaris-Opteron. The TotalView memory debugger is now available on all of these platforms as well as for PowerPC-based Macs. TotalView lets programmers interactively locate problems that otherwise would be found with difficulty using post-mortem dumps, according to the company. "Developers want to continue to use tools with which they are familiar," comments Scott Tate, Vice President of Marketing of Etnus. "Now that TotalView runs on Intel-based Macs and Solaris-Opteron, developers can use a proven tool to help port their applications to these environments."
Logic Express Update 7.2.1
Apple has posted Logic Express Update 7.2.1, an update to its application for music creation application. On Intel-based Macs, it adds ReWire and ReCycle support, Standard MIDI file export, and VSL EXS instrument compatibility. The company also said it adds direct playback of MP3 files, and compatibility with GarageBand 3 projects and Logic 7.1 songs. "Logic Express provides a step up from GarageBand for aspiring musicians, producers and composers without breaking the bank," Apple touts on its website. "With the same flexible layout as Logic Pro, you can dive deeper into the creation and manipulation of audio and MIDI, for just $299." Earlier this year, the company released a Universal version (available as a $30 crossgrade) of its software for Intel-based Macs.
SoftRAID 3.5 ships
SoftRAID today announced SoftRAID 3.5, an Intel-compatible version of its volume management software that allows endusers to create and maintain RAID and non-RAID volumes on Intel Macs. Both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs will now recognize SoftRAID volumes created on either type of machine. In addition, SoftRAID 3.5 adds support for removable SATA drives, using PCI- Express and PC-Card interfaces. It also allows the creation of RAID volumes on USB flash drives. The company says that current SoftRAID owners will have no problem bringing their data on portable drives over to their new Intel Macs and that SoftRAID volumes created with older versions of SoftRAID on PowerPC-based Macs can be moved to Intel machines without any conversions, although SoftRAID volumes cannot be used as startup volumes on Intel-based Macs.
Q-Phrase\'s CQ web in beta
Q-Phrase has announced the beta release of CQ web, a web search application that allows users to search the internet in a new way, identifying relationships among keywords and content discovered within the actual pages behind relevant search engine results. CQ web works in conjunction with major search engines such as Google and MSN, automatically visiting their most relevant search results to discover significant keywords and topics relating top the original search query. By compiling all this data into an indexed format, CQ web allows users to quickly explore the relevancy, relationships, and sources of information related to their topic of interest. According to the company, the search interface in CQ web circumvents the "hit or miss" nature and trial-and-error link clicking associated with traditional search engine results that are often limited to simple snippets when describing page content.
Yummy FTP 1.5 released
Yummy Software has released Yummy FTP 1.5, a Universal Binary version of the company's ftp client. Yummy FTP is an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS and SFTP client that combines many of the popular features available in other file transfer solutions: "The result is a very fast, very flexible and completely reliable file transfer utility for Mac OS X, wrapped up in a gorgeous and highly intuitive user interface, sporting Finder-like FTP browsers, toolbars and drag and drop simplicity throughout," according to the company. Version 1.5 also now supports SSL/TLS for more secure connectivity, offers dual-browsing for navigating local and server lists in sync, adds functions that auto-uploads new/changed items, adds a new sync preview, brings new search functions, improves preview capabilities, enhances remote editing with improved BBEdit integration, adds the ability to calculate folder sizes, and adds new German and French localizations. It is available for $25.
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