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WWDC keynote in QuickTime
Apple has posted a video feed of Steve Jobs' keynote address at its annual WWDC '07 conference in San Francisco: "Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil and demo Leopard features in his World Wide Developer Conference keynote address from San Francisco's Moscone West. See the video-on-demand (VOD) event right here, exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.Voiceover users click here to listen to keynote address."
In addition to discussing several new features for the consumer edition of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Apple has disclosed some new functionality for Mac OS X 10.5 Server, also scheduled to ship in October. Among them: a wiki server; Podcast Producer; Spotlight (find content stored on other servers); and a new iCal Server, based on the CalDAV open standard. Leopard Server can also automatically configure Leopard clients for use on the server, including file sharing, Mail, iCal, iChat, Address Book and VPN settings. There is also a built-in Network Health Check, a new Server Preferences application and a server status Dashboard widget.
FastCut 3.0 RT beta, a real-time video editor with GPU-acceleration, has been released. The tool offers 3D motion and effects animation, masking and keying, video transition and filter effects, an integrated ATSUI live title editor and more. The RT-engine is based on OpenGL to benefit from hardware acceleration and uses the CoreImage technology for filter effects. The new release includes animated title effects, special effects, improved 'dynamic RT', more versatile clip arrangements commands and native support for the new .fvf screen movie format. The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and is a Universal Binary application. It is currently available as a free beta.
Pooch QT Exporter
Dauger Research has released the Pooch QuickTime Exporter plug-in 1.2, a new version of the tool for generating high-definition H.264 compressed movies from desktop video editing applications on Macs. New features include presets specifically for the Apple TV and iPod and deinterlacing of source content for progressive displays; ability to compress with multiple codecs and multiple size movies simultaneously -- useful for targeting many device types from one source. The exporter can use mixed clusters of multi-"Core" Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. Dauger Research makes v1.2 of the Pooch QuickTime Exporter available today. The QuickTime Exporter plug-in requires an 2 GB of RAM installed on source machine, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, QuickTime 7 or later and Pooch v1.7 or later. It is available free for users of Pooch.
Universe Software has released pdf-Recover Server Edition, an enterprise-level edition of the tool that removes the main PDF password fully automatically, leaving the user with a document that can be freely modified, copied, etc.. The Server Version, which can decrypt an unlimited number of PDF files in one batch previously encrypted at up to 128 bit AES, is priced at $350 and works with Adobe Reader.
FeedforAll now Universal
A Universal Binary version of FeedForAll -- a tool that allows publishers and webmasters to create, edit and publish RSS feeds, podcasts and videocasts -- has been released. The tool can be used to create and maintain an unlimited number of RSS feeds and podcasts. It also features a built-in wizard that helps users create and maintain RSS feeds. FeedForAll Mac 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better and 22 Mb of free hard disk space. It is priced at $40.
250GB MB, MBP upgrade
MCE Technologies is now shipping a 250GB hard drive upgrade solution for the MacBook Pro and MacBook. The kit includes a portable 2.5" SATA enclosure with both eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces, the SuperDuper! cloning/backup software, tools for installation and an illustrated installation manual. The kit is priced at $250. The included drive is 5400RPM, with a a maximum sustained data transfer rate of 66MB/sec and burst transfer rates of 150MB/sec. It also features Native Command Queing (NCQ) in which the drive reorders commands to retrieve data with the least latency more quickly. S.M.A.R.T monitoring is also provided
BioBoost Accelerated HMMer
Progeniq has announced a Universal version of its BioBoost Accelerated HMMer application for Mac OS X, which provides hardware accelerated processing for Hidden Markov models (HMMs) -- generally used for protein and DNA sequence analysis. The new release uses Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology, allowing the processor to 'rewire' itself on the fly according to the application that needs to be accelerated. Prices start from $8000
Pascal Cagni, the head of Apple Europe, has apparently stated that the iPhone will be available via service contract in European countires, but not via pre-paid plans which are popular there. Cagni also reiterated that the iPhone will be available to European customers at "the end" of 2007. Speaking with SetteB.IT, Cagni mentioned that a carrier for Apple's iPhone has yet to be announced, and noted that the new handset is likely to butt heads with European customers who are used to pre-paid cellular plans. Apple has thus far failed to announce any plans to offer its iPhone with pre-paid service anywhere, including the U.S. [corrected]
WWDC keynote photos
Apple CEO Steve Jobs today kicked off the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) by revealing numerous new features in Mac OS X Leopard, and by detailing some of the operating system's previously announced features. MacNN has photographs of the first day at WWDC as Jobs covered Apple's forthcoming system software, as well as Intel CEO Paul Otellini and executives from Electronic Arts as well as Id Software.
1 Billion PCs in 2008
The number of computers on Earth is set to blossom, according to a new study by Forrester. The company notes that a full billion PCs will have been produced by the end of 2008, representing roughly 27 years of the devices. The seemingly long time to reach the figure was due to its limitation primarily to wealthier nations that could afford the systems, the research notes. However, the figure may reach two billion as soon as 2015 -- just seven years after it reaches the initial landmark, Forrester observes. The sudden explosion is largely attributed to projects such as One Laptop Per Child and the ASUS Eee PC, both of which are designed for developing-world countries where average incomes are far lower. Major PC companies would ignore this at their own peril, the company says.
Ogo 2 GSM at FCC
IXI's Ogo 2.0 portable communicator will be available for the US, according to a new FCC filing. Although the device has already been targeted for a summer US release through the relatively small carrier Revol on CDMA networks, the version tested by the American government will include a quad-band GSM radio as well as EDGE Internet access -- promising both full roaming support on American and European networks as well as full-speed messaging through e-mail and IM networks.
Sharp Papyrus TC920
Sharp on Tuesday upgraded its all-in-one e-dictionaries with the Papyrus TC920, a significant upgrade to its flagship. The update to the earlier TC900 improves reception for digital TV over 1Seg broadcast networks and includes a freshly updated, high sensitivity pair of earbuds for listening to audio translations (including English) and MP3 playback for songs stored on SD cards.
Samsung T9 Plus
Samsung has just released the T9+, a new version of its pocket music player. The Korean maker dubs the player the Third Story for its status as the third generation of the company's jukebox. Where the second-generation T9B offers Bluetooth for headphones, the T9+ adds a player-to-player game function: owners can play games with any of the devices inside a 30-foot radius. At least five games are already available with multiplayer built-in.
WWDC: Jobs talks Leopard
Apple boss Steve Jobs today during his keynote address at WWDC revealed that Mac OS X Leopard features a new desktop, a new Finder, and 64-bit top-to-bottom functionality. Detailing 10 features of the forthcoming system software, Jobs covers features dubbed "Quick look," "automatic animation," Boot Camp, "Spaces," Dashboard, revamped iChat, and the Time Machine backup utility. Apple's new desktop includes a new menu bar as well as "Stacks," Apple's rapid access folders that reside within a brand new dock. A new Finder offers a cleaner sidebar, the ability to search remote Macs as well as servers, and a "Back to my Mac" feature that enables users to browse their own computer from remote locations. Leopard's new Finder also adds Cover Flow technology for viewing files and folders in a manner similar to flicking through iTunes albums.
Safari is now platform-agnostic. Apple's venerable Web browser has made its way to Windows, with a public beta immediately available. The company says it is using the success it found in building Windows applications like iTunes to develop the best browser for Windows. Apple claims it is already the fastest browser for Windows, touting an application launch time of .88 seconds vs. 2.48 seconds for Internet Explorer 7.
Palm Treo 800w Tip
Palm is developing more than just its "Gandolf" budget phone, according to a contact within Sprint. The Treo 800w (not pictured) should be the handset producer's first phone with EVDO Revision A for faster mobile Internet access. It should also include Wi-Fi for connecting to local hotspots and GPS for navigation without a separate receiver. Windows Mobile 6 Professional is reported to be standard; to help cope with the overhead, RAM will be doubled to 128MB from the 700wx while 256MB of flash will provide extra space for content.
ID, EA games back on Macs
Electronic Arts co-founder and chief creative officer Bing Gordon today at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today revealed that the company is moving staff members over to the Mac platform to once again release gaming titles for Mac users. The first titles to ship for Mac will include Command and Conquer 3, Battlefield 2142, Need for Speed Carbon, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. EA offered a demo of Harry Potter with smooth, sharp graphics and high-tech lighting effects. The company has also promised to ship Madden and Tiger Woods '08 simultaneously for Mac OS X. Id Software chief technical officer and owner John Carmack also made an appearance during the keynote, showcasing a next-generation technology with realistic cliffs, metal objects, fabrics, and more.
Parallels is taking its virtualization software to Mac OS X Server for the first time, announcing and showing an alpha version of Parallels Server at Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developer conference) currently underway in San Francisco. The tool will allow users to run Windows and Linux in virtual servers at the same time as Mac OS X Server, all at the same time, on the same Intel-powered Xserve. Officials will demonstrate the new package to the press at the Westin San Francisco Market Street (formerly The Argent Hotel) on Thursday, June 14th. They will also be demonstrating Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac, released last week.
Munster on WWDC
PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster is calling Steve Jobs' keynote at this week's WWDC (Worldwide developer conference) a "non-event." Saying that Leopard will be a catalyst for Mac market share gains starting in the December 2007 quarter, a new research note from Munster said that the keynote was "relatively light" on announcements beyond Leopard features -- apparently regarding the announcement that Safari will now be a Windows product as insignificant. Munster said expectations for WWDC were low, but Wall Street was hoping for an unexpected new product to be introduced.
Apple Store goes offline
Apple's online store today went offline ahead of company CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Keynotes delivered by Apple's boss traditionally bring announcements of new products or services, and often accompany a brief period of store downtime as Apple works to update its product offerings online. At least one industry analyst expects Jobs to reveal some of the secret features which remained veiled from the eyes of the public after Leopard's first test release earlier this year, and hopes to see "virtual machine" technology that would allow users to run multiple operating systems simultaneously for seamless operation of Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows without the need to reboot.
Pioneer AX1 and 1017AV
Pioneer today released two receivers that the electronics maker hopes will bring more advanced home theater to a better price. The AX1AH and 1017AV (pictured) each drive 180 or 170 watts respectively to each of the satellites in a 7.1-channel system with either full Dolby TrueHD support or DTS HD Master Audio to help drive HD DVD and Blu-Ray movies. Also onboard is HDMI 1.3 for video that helps compatible TVs and movie players display a greater range of colors while still routing other devices through the receiver.
Panasonic this morning rolled out the P904i, a new clamshell phone designed to be as personal as possible. Its body includes a partial mirror on the outer lid but also includes a distinctly replaceable top shell: snap-on packs not only change the outer skin but also the style of the external display and LEDs on the back. Also separating the handset from most fashion phones is a strong 3.2-megapixel camera and a large, 2.8-inch internal LCD with a 400x240 resolution. Music is supported in WMA form in addition to MP3s, and is packed into either 65MB of built-in memory or a microSD card -- though talk time is limited to about 160 minutes, Panasonic notes.
Palm Gandolf Leak
Palm is readying its first truly low-cost smartphone, according to a photo and specs leak. So far codenamed the "Gandolf," the handset would still include a QWERTY keyboard but would trim prices by using a regular 320x240 LCD instead of the Treo's historical touchscreen; the smartphone would also be the first to use Windows Mobile 6 Standard rather than version 5 or the costlier and touchscreen-friendly 6 professional, the source claims. In spite of the changes, the phone will reportedly include all the media functions of newer handsets, such as Bluetooth, a microSD slot, and a camera, placing it in direct competition with the Motorola Q but using newer software.
NETGear Powerline Extender
NETGEAR this morning took a more distinctive approach to networks through its Powerline Network Extender. Instead of replacing the home router outright with a powerline model, the Extender draws on an existing device. A unique power supply splitter replaces the normal router's own power supply and includes both a standard plug for the home's power grid as well as an Ethernet connection to link its data with the router. The option lets any wall outlet with the right adapter become a 14Mbps or 85Mbps Ethernet connection, NETGEAR says. The hybrid method also makes sure that the powerline network honors the security limits of the host router and allows for a rare mix of wireless and powerline networks for those who would use both.
iPod-ready suit to ship
UK-based apparel retailer Mark & Spencer has agreed to carry a new business suit for men with integrated iPod functionality. The suit features Elektex fabric to offer built-in iPod controls, turning a standard lapel into a five-button electronic control panel. The Marks & Spencer hands-free iPod suit is made from wool with added Lycra and the afore-mentioned Elektex is priced at $300. The technology-enabled jacket sells for $180 while the accompanying trousers go for $120. A spokeswoman for Mark & Spencer described the apparel -- which features an iPod connector sewn into the pocket of the jacket alongside a system of loops to keep earphone wires hidden -- as a classic black pinstripe, two-button modern-cut suit, according to The Guardian.
Google Action On Vista
Google has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive behavior with its search tools, according to a new complaint revealed by the New York Times. The complaint, linked closely with a consent decree for Microsoft, charges Windows Vista's system-wide search service with arbitrarily hurting Google Desktop Search. Users who run the latter on Vista frequently encounter a significant slowdown since the Vista search can't be turned off. This discourages most users from staying with the Google option, the company says. The implementation is said to violate the 2002 antitrust agreement that ultimately forced Microsoft to allow rival web browsers and other programs to be set as the factory default for new PCs.
Chronos has released iScrapbook a digital scrapbook tool designed for both novice and professional scrapbookers. The software offers an assortment of design tools that are easy to use, managing an entire scrapbook process from page design to album organization. The latest release aims to serve as a complete scrapbooking kit with a free SOHO Art Pack of more than 40,000 professional photos, traditional photo corners for adorning pictures, over 100 "Super-Masks" to create special effects on images as well as shapes, and the ability to use background papers to establish a theme. iScrapbook is priced at $50, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
OpenOffice worm surfaces
Symantec has issued a security warning for a new worm afflicting OpenOffice installations on Mac OS X, Linux, and Microsoft Windows systems. The worm, which Symantec rates as a medium risk, is distributed within malicious OpenOffice documents to spread malware as well as spyware. Symantec recommends all OpenOffice users only transfer files from well known sources, and suggests scanning all files with an internet security application before transferring them to a computer. The company also advises users to block all unsolicited outbound communication using a utility such as Norton Internet Security, which prevents malware and spyware from secretly transferring information to unknown sources over the internet.
HD DVD Claims Dominance
The HD DVD Promotional Group stepped up the battle of words today by claiming that more than half of all next-generation movie players sold use its format, giving the technology an edge over its Blu-Ray challenger. About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold in the last week of May -- a record achievement for a still new format, the group says.
Pro Import AE 4 released
Automatic Duck today released Pro Import AE 4.0, a major upgrade to the After Effects import plug-in that offers After Effects CS3 compatibility as well as native compatibility with Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary. Pro Import AE is designed for importing all media and clips in one step, translating and recreating effects. The latest release adds support for Final Cut Pro multiclips, displaying Motion particles as well as replicators in After Effects, Avid Advanced Keyframes in PIP as well as 3D Warp, Avid Timewarps, Dip to Color transitions, FCP Basic 3D effect, and video strobe effects. Pro Import AE 4.0 ($500) works with Adobe After Effects 7.0 and CS3, requiring Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later with QuickTime 4 or newer.
AMD Ships Radeon HD 2600
AMD's graphics label ATI today began shipping the Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 mid-range cards. While more modest in terms of 3D performance, either board features the company's new Unified Video Decoder absent in the top-end HD 2900; the technology completely offloads processing from the CPU for common HD video formats, including those used for Blu-Ray and HD DVD. This reduction can be critical for lower-cost systems that may not have the raw performance to decode video at its full 1080p resolution. Both also include HDMI output support for home theater PCs.
Remote Buddy 1.0
IOSpirit has released Remote Buddy 1.0, the final version of its software for controlling Macs via remote controls. Remote Buddy 1.0 features online help in the English language, enables users to switch between a virtual mouse and controlling presentations with the single press of a button, and improves the movie library with support for network volumes. The update also enables users to configure the context menus of Behaviors via drag-and-drop, enhances system resource usage efficiency, and boasts numerous detail improvements as well as bug fixes. Remote Buddy 1.0 is priced at $30, and requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later.
WD MyBook World 1.5TB
Western Digital on Monday morning launched storage upgrades to its MyBook external drives that boost their capacities to some of the highest in the field. The MyBook World Edition II now features dual 750GB hard drives to reach a combined storage of 1.5TB; the capacity allows for up to 180 hours of HD video while still including a gigabit Ethernet connection for sharing the drive's contents on a local network or through the Internet. Owners can mix and match RAID options by using either one continuous partition for storage or a RAID mirror to store as much as 750GB with a safeguard if one of the drives fails.
Adobe Apollo becomes AIR
Sony VAIO CR
Sony this morning launched a new, style-driven notebook designed to be faster and slimmer than its current models. The 14-inch VAIO CR focuses on design, beginning with the keyboard: similar to Apple's MacBook and the VAIO TZ unreleased for North America, the CR's individual keys lift through the casing rather than attach through a keyboard tray; the technique not only helps its appearance but also helps the typing feel and guards against spills. Lighting also plays a part, as LEDs underneath the silver trim pulse in time with key system events. Virtually every CR model will further ship in one of five colors to match individual tastes, Sony says.
Adobe launches Flex 3 Beta
Adobe today announced the public beta of its Adobe Flex 3 software, a cross-platform, free open-source framework for creating rich Internet applications (RIAs). Called a "major functional release", the new beta adds new user interface capabilities, improved developer productivity, desktop deployment and enterprise testing and performance tools. Adobe said that the the Flex 3 public beta marks the first significant deliverable for the open-source Flex project and that it will offer nightly builds and a public bug database. Version 3 includes major advancements in the area of designer and developer workflow, including powerful integration with Creative Suite 3 software design tools that allow for direct import of CS3 assets. The public beta versions of the Flex Builder 3 and the Flex 3 SDK are available now from Adobe Labs, while the final version is due later this year.
802.11n AirPort firmware
Apple on Friday released an update to its firmware for its 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station. Version 7.1, the company said, includes all fixes in Firmware 7.1 (released at the end of March) plus additional compatibility updates for the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n. Apple did not provide any details on the changes in the new release, but the previous firmware 7.1 provided improved Mac and Windows support for printers and Routers, VPN, PPPoE, WDS(ACL), WEP(TSN) and localized file naming, port mapping, IPv6, and NAS. It also offer improved stability with keychain passwords, improved support for third party applications saving files to a USB disk, and improved support for AirPort USB disk stability and power saving, disk read/write performance, disk file sharing and passwords. The update requires AirPort Utility 5.1.
Nokia Ships N77 and Jaiku
Nokia this morning began shipping the N77, its inaugural mobile TV handset. The phone's 2.4-inch LCD plays host to regular media playback as well as DVB-H digital broadcasts, a first for any shipping N-series phone. The TV receiver supports both live broadcasts as well as a 30-second replay mode and programming guide support. Regular elements of Nokia's higher-powered phones are also present and include a 2-megapixel camera as well as AAC/MP3 playback. Availability will vary but is likely to be confined to Europe and parts of Asia in the N77's initial form, which sells for roughly $481 when unattached to a carrier plan.
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