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Brian Mitchell of Ecoustics has posted instructions for bypassing AT&T's 2-year activation agreement for the iPhone and instead use pre-paid service. Essentially, in order to get to the pre-paid activation screens in the iTunes setup you have to fail the credit check. This can be accomplished by entering 999-99-9999 as your social security number. However, you do have to enter your real address and credit card number and click a button that says it is agreeing to the two-year activation terms from AT&T and select a higher rate plan before the credit check window appears. The author pf the instructions states "It's shameful the pre-paid activation process is not easier to locate. Apple probably could have easily made the pre-paid option more visible in the setup screens, but I suspect AT&T Wireless prevented it or changed their mind too late. Nonetheless a simple statement by either company about the pre-paid alternative would be nice."
Glue Tools has released Cineon/DPX Pro v2.5.5, which features gamma shifting fixes, batch importing, and speed improvements when importing 20,000 frames or more. The built-in QuickTime Player has also been improved, along with better Metadata and Time Code Reel Name support. Documentation has been updated to include tips for using DPX frames with Final Cut Pro 6, and Apple's new Color package. Glue Tools has adopted a USB Hardware Key system for licensing. This system allows users to move their licenses from machine to machine with ease. As a result, users that need to upgrade their hardware can easily move their license without assistance from Glue Tools. Finally, there are improvements to 3D-LUT conversion speeds, Log-Lin conversions and Alpha Channel support have all seen performance gains. This upgrade is free to existing 2.5.x owners. GlueTools Cineon/DPX Pro +†FCP†is priced at $400.
Epic Games' Vice President Mark Rein has officially announced that Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3 will both be released for Mac OS X. Rein makes the announcement in a video hosted by Gametrailers.com. Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game that is based on the Unreal 3 engine. It features the Delta Force fighting against an invasion of the "Locust Horde." The game debuted for Xbox in November 2006, and has since gained a loyal following and tremendous sales, moving more than 3 million units in just 10 weeks. Microsoft confirmed it would deliver a Windows version of Gears of War at E3 2007 last week, though it's still not clear whether there will be a simultaneous platform release. Unreal Tournament 3, the sequel to Unreal Tournament 2004, will be designed primarily for multiplayer gaming, but will also feature a story-line for single-player gaming. Unreal Tournament 3 is scheduled to ship for the PC and Playstation 3 in November 2007 -- no Mac OS X release date has been announced.
In brief: Apple's ads in top 5 most viewed, Visual Voicemail trademark, AeONsafe Provides Secured Wi-Fi for iPhone, LassoSoft offers support for FileMaker Server 9, Scofield Study Bible Now Available, RhinoSkin MacBook Case for students, and OpenGL Bootcamp dates have been announced .... Apple's Get a Mac ads were in the top 5 viewed commercials according to a StopWatch report from TiVo. In particular, an Apple advertisement achieved a 16.5 rating during an airing of CSI on April 12th. Meanwhile, an Apple iPod MP3 commercial achieved an 18.8 rating during a broadcast of American Idol on May 23rd. Apple was one of only two companies to place a commercial spot in the top ten for both April and May.
Representatives of the Blu-Ray industry are challenging claims that HD DVD is the dominant HD format in Europe. Promoters of the latter have suggested that in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, there are nearly three times more HD DVD players than Blu-Ray models. These figures have admittedly excluded the Sony PlayStation 3 however, which can play Blu-Ray movies, but is foremost a game console. The HD DVD committee only tracks devices which are primarily movie players.
The very first Xeon processors built on Intel's 45-nanometer Penryn architecture have been revealed, according to a leaked memo circulated inside the semiconductor firm. The new chips, already nicknamed "Harpertown," will both represent Intel's first quad-core x86 chips to move beyond the 3GHz barrier while also improving the efficiency of the cores themselves. A top-end Xeon X5640 will peak at 3.16GHz, with at least 2.83GHz (E5440) and 2.5GHz (E5420) chips occupying the mid-range and a low-power 2.33GHz model (L5410) consuming only 50 watts of energy on average. All editions will have 12MB of level 2 cache versus the 8MB of today's CPUs, reducing the likelihood of bus or memory bottlenecks.
Apple has swept the 2007 One Show Design awards, the "Oscars of the advertising industry," which took place on Thursday, July 12th at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. The company won a total of 6 coveted pencil awards: iPod nano - Gold Pencil for design; iPod Hi-Fi - Silver Pencil for design; i-Pod shuffle - Bronze Pencil for design; Mac Pro - Bronze Pencil for design; Apple Camp - Bronze Pencil for Corporate Identity; SoHo Posters - Silver Pencil for Posters/Campaign. One Show Design is hosted by The One Club, an organization that focuses on excellence in creative advertising. Kevin Swanepoel, President of The One Club, spent several years working as a Creative Director at Apple.
File this under zany. In an attempt to secure purchase of a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Mesa, AZ, the offering realtor is putting up a free 8GB iPhone for the person who successfully closes escrow on the property. This odd page making the free iPhone pitch touts features of the iPhone as much as the house, stating "iPhone offer is valid only with a contract signed by Friday, July 27th at 5pm AZT. iPhone will be provided to buyer upon the successful close of escrow." The $275,000 home is situated on the Augusta Ranch Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona and features a built-in BBQ made of stacked stones, utility room with washer and dryer and a two-car garage. Any takers?
Nightclub, record label and accessory vendor Ministry of Sound has debuted a new music player, the MOSMP085. Though available only in 1 or 2GB capacities, it has a two-inch color LCD, as well as voice recording and an internal speaker. It also benefits from an internal battery, and comes with in-ear headphones for which buds are just an accessory. As a promotional bonus, five Ministry of Sound songs are preloaded, and two more are a free choice from the company's online store. MP3, WAV, JPEG and WMA/DRM 10 files are supported. Pricing is £45 ($92) for 1GB or £50 ($102) for 2. [via Tech Digest]
Epson on Monday recognized the problems with setting up home theaters for its PowerLite rear projectors and unveiled the Ensemble Home Cinema. The system includes all the equipment needed for a home theater for those without the inclination or time to hand-pick components: either a 1080p- or 720p rear projector is supported by an upscaling AV receiver, an Atlantic 5.1 surround system, and a unique 100-inch retractable screen with speakers for the front audio channels. Even the cabling and mounting brackets to fully install the system are included, Epson boasts.
Worldwide phone carrier Vodafone is denying a Financial Times report that suggests it will buy out the American carrier Verizon. The Times had earlier reported that Vodafone was considering a $160 billion bid for Verizon, which if completed would be one of the largest acquisitions ever recorded. This was considered as an alternative to a put option for its Verizon stake, which could still allow Vodafone to extract as much as $20 billion out of Verizon for Vodafone shareholders.
FogScreen today unveiled the FogScreen One, the second version of the company's unique waterborne display projector. The new model is designed to output video or PC sources on a one-meter (3.3-foot) screen of vapor droplets small enough to be used in areas where the company's larger Inia would be impractical, such as offices or even some private settings. The smaller size is also stackable and can be programmed to play video or other data in sync with any number of extra screens.
Dock-It 2.6 ($10) multifunctional launcher and Finder enhancer for Mac OS X. Includes the ability to create more than one dock, lets you use the docks to hold files, folders, applications, scripts etc. You can also navigate folder contents without opening a single finder window. The new release has interface tweaks and fixes a dimming dock issue triggered when screen changed using editor. [Download - 2.2MB] Knox 1.5 ($30) encryption and backup utility. Allows you to create as many encrypted vaults as you want, each with separate passwords. You can also schedule automatic backups and reformat USB sticks and external drives as encrypted Knox vaults. New features in this release include Full Disk Encryption for non-boot volumes, a Password Assistant for choosing secure passwords, and more. Version 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later and is a free upgrade. [Download - 2.1MB] RapidoSerial 1.5 (free) database software that allows you to quickly build a permanent record of your applications and its related information. Allows you to backup important information such as serial numbers, software information, vendor information, license files more. This release has an updated user interface, the lock button is gone (now it's more simple to use it) and a save button will only appears if you do modifications. [Download (demo) - 2.1MB] Fetch Art 188.8.131.52 (free) tool for adding cover art to your iTunes library. Useful if you've ripped your own music or don't have an iTunes Store account. The new release fixes a PowerPC-based Mac issue, allowing the Universal Binary version to work on both Intel Macs and PowerPC Macs. [Download - 656KB] † Ascent 1.7 ($35) an application designed for the Macintosh to help active users train better by organizing exercise data and presenting it in useful ways. Using Ascent, you can download activity data directly from your exercise computer into the program, and immediately begin analyzing your activities as they are presented to you in various graphical and textual formats. Version 1.7 adds the following new features: activity export in Garmin "tcx" format, customized activity attribute lists, support for additional Garmin GPS devices, and the ability to choose different displayed date formats.[Download - 10MB] PandoCalendar 7.0.2 (free) places a fully functional calendar on your desktop. You can change the calendar's font, size, and the colors used to draw the calendar; the background can be entirely transparent, so you can still see your desktop picture. In this release, when a frame in selected in the "Change frame" file sheet, the calendar window will now temporarily display using the selected frame. The release also adds QuickView to bring the calendar to the front, while the mouse is in a user definable corner of the main screen. Also adds lines to frame the dates in the calendar window. [Download - 1.1MB] Xyle scope 1.2 ($20) CSS tool for understanding, debugging, and fine-tuning web sites. The new release works fine with Safari 3 now, and adds major new features like: CSS properties and selectors can now be edited in a simple object oriented way, content driven sites like blogs, wikis or forums can be styled using local style sheets even if they reside on a remote server, access to the Safari 3 DOM inspector and a built in CSS 2.1 Properties Reference and more robust handling of syntax errors and much more. [Download - 1.8MB] Media Catalog 3.7 ($25) Indexes your removable media, such as Backup CDs and DVDs so that you can quickly and easily find your files. The new release has a batch catalog function an improved user experience and everal bug-fixes and enhancements. [Download - 444KB] Elmer 7.0.0 ($25) creates sample tests to help you prepare for your amateur (ham) radio written examination. It contains all FCC question pools for each of the three written exams: Technician, General, and Extra Class. Elmer will grade your sample test, showing you which questions were answered incorrectly. This version of Elmer updates to the new General Class question pool, which went into effect July 1, 2007. [Download - 4MB]
TrekStor today introduced its highest-capacity hard drive capable of holding 1TB of data in a 3.5-inch external USB enclosure that works with Mac, Linux, and Windows systems. The drive -- titled DataStation duo w.u -- features Nero BackItUp2 Essentials software for easy "Push-for-Backup" archive function as well as a front panel on/off switch, storing two 500GB hard drives that are recognized as a single 1TB drive. The duo w.u hard disk offers fast data transfer via a hi-speed USB 2.0 interface, and is bootable -- shipping pre-formatted and immediately operable. The included Nero BackItUp2 backup software allows users to complete data backups quickly and easily, from individual files and folders to entire drives. "Simply hit the switch, and any data selected is secured immediately, without having to load any backup settings." The software compresses the backup directly 'on-the-fly' to reduce data volume, and users can password protect data to guard against unauthorized access. The duo w.u ships with a USB 2.0 cable and an external power supply alongside Nero BackItUp2 Essentials software for $430.
Heart Imaging Technologies (HeartIT) today announced a new service that enables physicians to simply click on a Web link sent via email and enter a password to instantly view movies of a patient's beating heart from across the globe on Apple's iPhone. "Viewing medical images traditionally requires dedicated workstations costing tens of thousands of dollars, which in turn are connected to proprietary picture archiving communications and storage (PACS) systems costing millions of dollars more. In order to view medical images, physicians must literally drive or walk to one of these workstations. Recent advances in World Wide Web browser technologies and the Web sites that utilize their rich features, collectively referred to as Web 2.0, are challenging these expensive and cumbersome proprietary approaches." Medical images displayed in a Web browser have historically remained low quality which limits their diagnostic usefulness. The new technology enables physicians to "drill-down" and view medical images, including movies, on Apple's iPhone.
HP today at last began shipping the Compaq 2710p, its first true entry into ultralight tablet PCs. One of the last systems to launch after HP's May announcements, the finished product manages a thin profile of 1.1 inches and longer battery life through the use of an ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo as well as smaller 1.8-inch hard drives. Its membership as part of Intel's Santa Rosa generation also gives it X3100 video and the option of 802.11n Wi-Fi. Every model also has the pick of EVDO or HSDPA mobile broadband as well as Bluetooth for peripherals.
One Linux developer is working with companions to create a dock-like bar that strongly resembles the one found in Apple's Mac OS X Leopard beta operating system. The project, titled Avant Window Navigator (Awn), tracks open windows using libwnck and features a 3D 'glass' platform where icons rest with faded reflections. The dock animates icons by bouncing them up and down, switching to a particular window when users click the mouse. Clicking a second time minimizes the window, according to the developer, and right-clicking brings up a menu exactly like the one seen on the window-list which allows for maximizing, minimizing, closing, or resizing. Dragging something on top of an icon activates that window, and the dock-like bar even responds to 'needs attention' and 'urgent' events. Further, AWN allows users to use a custom pattern behind icons in lieu of the glass texture. Avant Window Navigator is available for free under the GNU General Public License 2.0.
MacPractice, Inc., the developer of MacPractice MD for physicians, MacPractice DDS for dentists, MacPractice DC for chiropractors, and MacPractice 20/20 for optometrists, has announced the integration of ERA (Electronic Remittance Advice) data and access to MedAvant's Premium Portal Services for its product line. This allows doctors to get insurance carrier's ERA from MedAvant, associates with each payment to a corresponding claim and permits office personnel to simply approve the payment for auto-posting. The company says that the cost of ERA is as little as $.19 per insurance claim. The new ability to subscribe to MedAvantís Premium Portal Services allows health providers to check claim status, edit a claim and resubmit, and they have access to extensive reports providing invaluable practice management statistics.
Kingston today added to the release of its Migo drive with the DataTraveler 100. The company hopes to appeal to both convenience and ruggedness by implementing a thumb slide to control the drive's USB connector; the technique new to the DataTraveler guards the port without requiring a cap or a cable to plug the drive into a computer. A side benefit of this method is a short profile that more easily fits into a pocket, Kingston adds.
The Sound Guy has released new updates to its SFX Machine RT, SFX Machine Pro, and Backwards Machine audio effects plug-ins while also announcing the Vielklang harmonization plug-in from Zplane Development. Vielklang harmonizes monophonic voices or instruments by analyzing the melody and using voice leading rules to find the best harmonies. Benefits include more natural-sounding harmonies with less input from the user, according to The Sound Guy. Key Vielklang features include working in harmony progressions rather than intervals, allowing users to view as well as edit results in a piano roll display, and the ability to trigger different harmonizations with MIDI. Vielklang 1.0.1 is priced at $250, while SFX Machine Pro 1.1.1 and SFX Machine RT 1.0.8 are priced at $150 and $75, respectively Backwards Machine 1.0.1 is available for $35. SFX Machine Pro, SFX Machine RT, and Backwards Machine require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later while Vielklang requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Although the imposition of harsh royalties has been avoided by a last-minute agreement, Internet radio may yet have to pay another price to stay on the air. The collection group SoundExchange has issued a statement of what it would like from broadcasters: in exchange for capping the $500 per-channel minimum fee at $50,000 per year, stations would have to provide detailed song reporting, and work to block "streamripping" -- recording a stream to extract individual tracks. This by definition requires DRM.
Microsoft today began shipping its promised Windows Home Server software. The Redmond developer's software is designed to run media hub PCs and synchronizes the music, videos, and documents of systems across a home network to share them with devices that can recognize a Media Center device, including the Xbox 360. Owners can also login remotely through the web to transfer files and don't need video output to run a compatible PC.
Big Fish Games has released Azada for Mac OS X, a new puzzle game that challenges players to fill in the missing pages of an enchanted book to free the star from his prison. "Trapped in a haunted room by his great-uncle, the adventurous Titus has asked you to help release him from the magical spell. To do this, you must solve the most mysterious puzzles of Azada. Crack the series of puzzles and fill in the missing pages of the enchanted book to free Titus from his prison." The game features more than 40 unique puzzles, five master-level puzzles, and includes hidden clues to unlock levels. Azada is available for $20 from Macgamestore.com
Where does Apple's iPhone stand after making its dramatic entrance into the cellular phone market on the evening of June 29th? How will the iPhone fare in the business realm? Will the device's touch-screen keyboard help or hinder users in their typing efforts? Will Apple achieve its 10 million-iPhone sales goal in the first year that the iPhone remains on the market? MacNN has summarized much of the coverage leading up to the iPhone launch alongside the aftermath of Apple's white hot handset hitting store shelves.
Kingston has released a new USB flash drive, an 8GB variant of the DataTraveler II Plus Migo Edition. The Migo software synchronizes with a user's e-mail and web-browsing settings, allowing it to carry cookies, bookmarks and other important information to other computers and keep it consistent; a recent addition is the "Universal Mail Format," which lets users access messages with multiple clients including Outlook and Windows Mail. Supported Non-Microsoft software is limited to v1.5+ of Mozilla's Firefox and Thunderbird.
Ion Audio tackled the increasing problem of preserving classic records today by launching two vinyl decks that streamline the process. The iTTUSB05 and pictured iTTUSB10 contain a USB port found on some newer turntables that let supporting software capture their audio for editing or direct playback. Special to the new models is the software, Ion says. Each includes EZ Vinyl Converter software that simultaneously converts records to digital files but also sends them directly to iTunes, simplifying the process for those without editing experience or with large vinyl collections.
The latest version of Knox has been released, bringing it to v1.5. The program is used to create encrypted data vaults, guarded with AES-128, a standard reputedly used by the National Security Agency. Users can also have Knox create automatic backups, which are also encrypted in their own right. The update enables the encryption of volumes other than the boot volume, meaning that entire computers can be protected, as well as external drives and USB keys. Users can now also open vaults without a Knox license, and rely on an assistant to help produce the most secure passwords. System requirements have been raised to Mac OS X 10.4.9; a single user license costs $30.
In brief: Software has surfaced that lets iPhone users control a Mac remotely via the cellular handset, Netscape 9 Beta 2 is available for download, and an iStyle store -- which is an official Apple reseller -- opened in Festival City. Directions have surfaced on the Web about how to control a Mac remotely via an iPhone. The tutorial describes installing iPhone Mail Rules which enable the iPhone to command a remote Mac to execute various tasks via specially crafted email messages. Supported tasks include adding a photo to an iWeb blog or the iPhoto library, listing folders on the remote Mac, and more.
Intel today confirmed the launch of the mobile Core 2 Extreme, its first such chip for portable systems. The chip known as the X7800 is designed for desktop replacement notebooks and other larger systems and is clocked by default at 2.6GHz at 44 watts, higher than the 2.4GHz and 35 watts of the fastest regular CPUs. While bus speed is rated at 800MHz, the processor is multiplier-unlocked, Intel says: this lets enthusiasts with access to the right tools ramp speeds even further if the notebook can handle the extra power and thermal loads.
AT&T may be offering a special low-cost plan for customers who threaten to cancel service, according to those who have called complaining about Internet performance. Those who declare their intent to close their AT&T accounts with specific reference to slow Internet speeds are said to get an offer from sales agents to lower their plans to $40 per month from the $60 minimum in exchange for dropping the unlimited data plan and SMS texting, making it more affordable for those customers who don't want to pay for the unused feature.
NeoTron has made available a new series of KeyGuides for Apple's Final Cut Studio 2; these include versions for Final Cut Pro 6, Soundtrack Pro 2, Motion 3 and DVD Studio Pro 4. KeyGuides are laminated keymaps that illustrate shortcuts for a program, with one side containing basic commands, and the reverse adding extra ones, such as modifiers in the case of Final Cut Pro. Prices for the FCS2 KeyGuides range between $10 and $13 individually, but a bundle is $40. Maps are also available for programs such as Microsoft Word and Avid Xpress DV/Pro.
Consumers who purchased iPhones over the weekend likely encountered an error message when trying to activate their handsets, Scenario Software has released a poker game for iPhone users, a new portal designed for iPhone is available that provides free Web 2.0 mobile applications, RateVegas.com is offering an optimized version of its Las Vegas hotel review site for iPhone owners, and ezGear has promised to ship three of its iPhone cases with invisibleSHIELD scratch protection. iPhone activations were put on hold over part of the weekend, according to one MacNN reader who purchased an 8GB iPhone. Upon attempting to activate the handset, the user encountered an error message stating that registrations would be unavailable until 3:00 p.m. EST on Sunday due to AT&T system maintenance.
The research firm Piper Jaffray is stating that despite the iPhone being on sale for only two days of the June quarter, it expects this to help push quarterly results, to be announced after market close on July 18th, and discussed in a conference call on July 25th. The iPhone beat Street expectations in dramatic fashion, going beyond 332,000 units sold to crack the 500,000 barrier (valued at $12 million). This will aid the bulk of Apple's increased revenue, which Piper says has been been driven by the release of new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The Street is anticipating total Mac sales of 1.6 million, with Piper predicting upside.
LG this morning broke ground for its Flatron LCDs with the L206WU, its first-ever screen based on USB for output. Processing onboard the 20-inch wide display gives computers an extra screen regardless of what their video cards can manage. The system is also distinctly efficient and will drive three monitors at once through a single USB port, LG says. Future updates will also permit as many as six LCDs. All displays attached to a PC run at a native 1680x1050 -- versus the 1280x1024 of the Samsung 940UX -- and include the same 3,000:1 contrast, 2ms response time, and 32-bit color of the normal model.
Sprint on Monday morning added a second Katana model to its updates today with the Katana DLX, a significant upgrade to the original version. Where the previous model offered only a VGA camera and basic support for data, the deluxe replacement adds a 1.3-megapixel photography system and EVDO for full use of Sprint's Internet and music/video streaming services, including 'live' TV and the music store. Entertainment is also backed by enhanced support for AAC and MP3 as well as microSD cards up to 4GB, 32MB of built-in memory, and Bluetooth 2 with stereo audio support.
Alltel this morning revealed that it had imported Samsung's B660 clamshell phone as the Hue. Like the Korean version, the 1.3-megapixel camera phone includes an increasingly rarer faceplate system that lets owners customized the striped look of the outer shell; two faceplates are included in the box and range from white to brighter colors such as green. Though one of the company's more inexpensive phones, the Hue supports Bluetooth and EVDO. It also accommodates the carrier's homemade services such as Jump Music for loading songs to the phone and Celltop for widgets that provide news, weather, and other updates.
A problem with the iPhone's battery not fully charging is actually an interface issue, according to Apple. Some users have been reporting that their displays indicate less than a full charge, even after phones have been left charging for ample time; but an Apple PR representative explains that the user interface is "not correctly reflecting" the real state of batteries. The company says it intends to fix this in future software update, though it cannot say when the update will come, and no other information on the glitch has been formally published.
The digital rights management scheme that guards media bought from the Zune Market place has been compromised, says a forum
Intel today rolled out its first desktop CPUs for home users that take advantage of the faster 3-series chipset. Headlining its updates is the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, the chipmaker says. At 3GHz, the four-core processor is tied for the highest clock speed with Intel's specialized Xeon X5365 yet brings the speed and the 1,333MHz of bandwidth to a price friendly to avid gamers. Three Core 2 Duo models also see the faster bus and use it to ramp up speeds for mid- to high-range processors at 2.33GHz (E6550), 2.66GHz (E6750), and 3GHz (E6850).
An anonymously posted PDF File on the FourThirds Photo discussion site (which has now been removed at Olympus' request) details a new top-end SLR digital camera, dubbed E-P1, which will feature a 10-megapixel optical lens and a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 sec. Originally announced as a prototype in March, the camera also features a splash proof body, wireless flash control, a larger viewfinder, improved low light performance, a dust reduction system, and a highly enhanced anti-shake system for reduction of blur when image capture is not stable. No pricing information for the new camera has been announced, though competition will likely force it to be priced below $2000. The new camera is posed to go head to head against Nikon's D200, which offers a similoar 10.2 megapixel CCD image sensor.
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL