Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 12:05
Category: Software

Late Tuesday, Adobe released version 1.1 of its Photoshop Lightroom image editing program.
The new version, a 22.5 megabyte download (direct link courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and improvements:
-Flexible image management for multi-computer workflows
-Improved Noise Reduction and Sharpening technology
-New camera support
Photoshop Lightroom retails for US$199.00 and is available for a 30 day trial period. The program is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware and requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it, let us know.


iPhone Family Plan, Activation Details Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 08:15
Category: iPhone

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Following up our coverage of the iPhone service plans lately, Apple and AT&T have released details as to the Family Plan as well as activation for the iPhone itself. The guys over at Macworld News got a hold of the additional details to help fill in the blanks:
With regard to the Family Plan, the contract stipulates that the iPhone arrives with one line. Additional lines are US$29.99 per line.
Apple’s iTunes continues to act as a central hub for devices and users will have to register their iPhones through the program. The company has stated that the registration process will take only a few minutes as users choose a service plan, authorize a credit and activate the iPhone. The process requires an Internet connection, iTunes Store account or major credit card, valid Social Security number (AT&T’s requirement), iTunes 7.2, a Mac or PC with a USB port and Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
Stay tuned for more details as become available.


First iPhone Reviews Begin to Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 08:31
Category: The Apple Core

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The very first iPhone reviews have begun to hit the mainstream media as Apple’s non-disclosure agreements have recently expired.
The first pieces, penned by New York Times journalist David Pogue and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, respond positively to the device, generally calling it a capable, durable machine with a good feature set.
For full details and links, check out The Apple Core and if you happen to snag an iPhone on Friday, let us know what you make of it.


JoeSoft Releases Jax 1.0

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 07:30
Category: iTunes

On Tuesday, JoeSoft announced that Jax, an application designed to complement iTunes and iTunes-compatible devices such as the Apple TV, iPod and iPhone.
According to Macworld News, the program provides the following features:
-The ability to upload YouTube videos into iTunes
-A “Music Map” feature which provides extensive information about musicians.
-An album art and lyrics locator.
-Several new visualizers for iTunes.
-Information seeking abilities such as point-to-point directions, weather forecasts, stock quotes, movies listings, gas prices, news feeds, document viewing, e-mail access and MP3 function conversion.
Jax is available as a trial download and retails for US$49.95. The program is coded as a Universal Binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iTunes 6.4 or later and a broadband Internet connection to run. The downloadable demo also arrives with an uninstaller which can be used to remove the program from your Mac.
If you’ve tried Jax and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.