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- Environmentalists protest outside of Moscone Centre, where the Macworld expo is taking place. They complained about Apple's policies on electronic waste recycling, despite Apple being one in 13 sponsors of a recycling awareness campaign led by eBay and Intel only the week before. (MacMinute)
- RadTech announces the G5 iMac ScreensavRz, made with Optex to protect, clean and polish iMac LCD panels. The screen protector covers and seals the iMac's display from dust, dirt and scratches. A mini Bluetooth mouse with three buttons and scroll wheel, amongst other features, was also announced. (MacMinute)
- Bob LeVitus announces Doctor Mac Direct, a new service for Mac troubleshooting, tech support, and training. The services start later in January 2005, with pries starting at USD 30 for a 15 minute resolution. (MacMinute)
- PowerLogix and Other World Computing begin shipping new colours of the acrylic PowerCube enclosures for Power Mac G4 Cubes. The PowerCube offers superior cooling over the original Cuben enclosure and also supports the installation of a recent video card. (MacMinute)
- Griffin Technology unveils the BlueTrip, a wireless trasnsmitter/receiver combo for broadcasting audio from an iPod to a home stereo. (MacMinute)
- Elgato, ATI Technologies unveils jointly-developed EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0 analogue TV tuner for the Mac; begins shipping at the end of January 2005 with a price tag of USD 149. (MacMinute)
- Griffin Technology announces AirClick wireless remote control for iPod and AirClickUSB for remote control of a Mac or PC. (MacMinute)
- iPod integration into cars to continue: Mercedes-Benz USA, Volvo, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari to join the ranks with BMW and MINI Cooper, integrating the iPod into their car stereo systems in 2005. (MacMinute)
- Bare Bones Software announces TextWranger 2.0, introducing syntax colouring and function navigation for eight new languages, plus more feature additions and improvements. ()
- Intelli Innovations announces IntelliScanner Express bundle (combining an IntelliScanner Express USB/Bluetooth barcode reader and four Intelli Innovations software to organise items); a USD 20 savings is offered during Macworld Expo. (MacMinute)
- Kerio Technologies announces technology preview of Kerio MailServer 6.1, offering iCal support and other new features for Mac OS X; available at the end of January 2005. (MacMinute)
- Intego announces Internet Security Barrier X Antispam and Platinum Editions; all of these are network/Internet-related security programmes. ([http://www.macminute.com/2005/01/11/intego/ MacMinute[)
- G-Technology introduces G-PLAY, a personal multimedia player enabling users to take movie, music and photo libraries and to play them on any TV; available in February 2005 for USD 259. (MacMinute)
- Roxio: future versions of Toast to offer High Definition support. (MacMinute)
- EZQuest introduces Thunder Pro A/V FireWire 400: hard drive has no internal fan; pricing begins at USD 249 for 160 GB; Firewire 800 drives to come in a few weeks. (MacMinute)
- Sorenson Media announces Sorenson Squeeze 4.1, introducing AAC Plus Audio; users may purchase a new plug-in allowing video encoding of Windows Media 9 format directly on the Mac. (MacMinute)
- Keyspan announces Keyspan Express Remote for AirPort Express, priced at USD 59. (MacMinute)
- Pressure Drop announces TrestleHub, a combo hub and electronic device organiser, supporting USB 2.0 and FireWire 400. Availability begins in spring 2005. (MacMinute)
- XtremeMac announces AirPlay, an FM transmitter for the iPod and iPod mini. It does not require software to be installed an dworks across the full FM frequency band. Prices go for USD 39.95. (MacMinute)
- WiebeTech introduces new RackFire+, BittyDock storage devices. (MacMinute)
- Apple releases iPod Shuffle. iPod Shuffle shipping today
- iTunes: 230M songs sold, 1.25M per day, 500M per year, 70% market share, 15 countries, over 1M iTunes prepaid cards sold over last quarter. iPod: 4.5M iPods sold over past holiday season.
- Apple unleashes Mac mini, lowest price USD 499, brushed metal square ComboDrive, USB 2.0, FireWire 400, DVI, VGA connectivity
- Apple releases iWork, the successor to AppleWorks, ready on January 22, 2005 (USA), USD 79, free on all new Macs. Keynote 2 and Pages forms iWork.'
- GarageBand 2: New version has Jam Pack 4, Orchestral (a no. 1 request), you can also make your own loops.
- iDVD 5: 15 new themes, animated drop zones, more.
- iMovie HD: HD video supported, new transitions and effects.
- iPhoto 5: More formats, editing, new books, project folders, supports MPEG-4 movies, RAW format.
- Final Cut Express HD announced for a February 2005 availability; iLife 05: all apps get a major update.
- Mac OS X 10.4 still to ship "in first half of 2005"
- QuickTime 7 to be released. QuickTime facts: QuickTime 7 biggest update in past 7 years; QuickTime 6 downloaded 3 billion times, 98% by Microsoft Windows users as Mac users get QuickTime along with the Mac OS; biggest news in QuickTime 7 is compatibility with H.264 codec.
- Mac OS X 10.4 to have 200 new features Mac OS X info: 14 million active users, Mac OS X 10.4 5th major relase of the operating system.
- Apple Store: 1 million visitors a week
- Speck Products is to reveal ToughSkin, a ruggedised shock-absorbing iPod skin. All 4th Generation iPods and the iPod photo will be supported and a version will be available for the iPod mini. Prices are at USD 34.95 -- ToughSkin comes in five colours. (MacMinute)
- Better Energy Systems's Solio, a solar-powered iPod charger, arrives in the USA with a price tag of USD 119. (MacMinute)
- Endicia announces the giveaway of two DYMO LabelWriter 330 thermal label printers per day this week. (MacMinute)
- EFI, Xerox announce co-launching of Xerox Phaser EX7750 colour laser printer, priced at USD 17,899 for both the EFI Fiery EX7750 colour server and the colour printer. (MacMinute)
- FM transmitter PodFreq photo from Sonnet Technologies announced for USD 99.95, optimised for use with the iPod photo. (MacMinute)
- Mindwrap announces Optix 7; enhancements include major improvements and convenience features. (MacMinute)
- Steve Jobs Keynote webcast delayed for 9 hours; rumours about product rumours being the culprit denied as reason for cutting the webcast stems from financial considerations.
- FileMaker launches 12 new FileMaker Pro 7 database solutions and services, extends 8-year run for FileMaker at Seattle International Film Festival, announces FileMaker Recruiter 2.0. (MacMinute])
- The Age predicts an Australian iTunes Music Store tomorrow; expected prices of AUD 0.99/song, AUD 9.99/album; exchange rates make this a cheaper market than others; Apple refuses comment. (MacMinute)
- LightScribe, LaCie partner to offer direct disc labelling drive for Mac; no printer, permanent market or adhesive labelling required. (MacMinute)
- Netopia will preview Timbukto Pro 8.0 at Macworld Expo, with the final product out in late February 2005; new features include Rendezvous integration and security enhancements. (MacMinte)
- Delicious Monster Software kicks off 25% sale, releases Delicious Library 1.1, with performance, printing, import/export and other feature enhancements. (MacMinute)
- Pixion announces PictureTalk 4.6, a cross-platform Web conferencing solution; new version allows porting of recorded conferences into QuickTime and Windows Media formats. (MacMinute)
| Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco 2005|
Steve Jobs Keynote | New products released
Mac OS X 10.4 | QuickTime 7 | Final Cut Express HD | iLife '05 (iTunes 4.7.1 | iPhoto 5 | iMovie HD | iDVD 5 | GarageBand 2) | iWork '05 (Keynote 2 | Pages) | Mac mini | iPod shuffle | iPod Updater 2005-01-11