Computer-Integrated DJ Mixer: Windows-Only Software?

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:16
Category: DJ

First, the good news: the new Ecler NUO4 has been launched, and it’s got some hot features, including completely-assignable controls so you can easily integrate computers running software like Traktor DJ or Ableton Live. See specs and details at create digital music. Assign a crossfader or knob, for instance, and you have instant software control; you can even label your assignments with included magnets. The mixer interfaces with your computer via either MIDI or USB cables.
Now, the bad news: Ecler made the customization software Windows-only. You should still be able to use the mixer without the software, but with so many DJs are Mac based, from amateurs to world-touring pros, you have to wonder what Ecler was thinking. I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything.

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Treo 600 Sneak Preview, Sony Handhelds on the Way

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:00
Category: PDA

Palm got a great deal with the Handspring merger: the Treo 600, for which Handspring has just posted a preview. It’s a combination PDA-smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, but it actually resembles a phone. (As long as you don’t mind microscopic keyboards.) Features include Palm OS 5, ARM processor, built-in camera and a full-featured web browser with JavaScript support and software download capability for surfing “any web site.” Oh, and it may feature porn. BBC’s Mark Ward says saucy material, porn or not, is likely to show up as companies try to push 3G. In other PDA news, Sony is prepping new handhelds of its own as successors to the classic clamshell design. We’re guessing Playboy Bunny ears will be optional.

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Chicago Gets Apple Store with New Features

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:00
Category: Archive

Apparently under construction since the waning days of the Carter Administration, Apple is now opening its North Michigan Avenue store in Chicago on Friday June 27th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. A lot of celebrity guests, including Cheap Trick and Paul Wertico on a regular series of Music Nights, are lined up for the month of July, and the grand opening will feature Eddie and Jobo of the WBBM morning show (demonstrating iTunes, no less, and holding a trivia contest), plus a live DJ and sweepstakes. And of course, Apple will be giving out its trademark grand opening t-shirts. Way to go, Chicago, some great events lined up and you’ve scored the first-ever “Apple Store Internet Cafe” — no more crowding around display eMacs just to check email.

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WWDC: Where to See the Keynote

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:00
Category: Archive

Lunch breaks have never been stretched this long. More details are coming in about where you can catch the live stream of Apple’s Keynote at WWDC. A particularly thorough user on MacRumors has posted a complete list of Apple Stores confirmed to have broadcasts, though you can bet any store with a theater and a dish will have it — provided Northridge fixes problems they’re having with their dish. MacMinute reports the University of Michigan, University of Manitoba, and Winona State University will have broadcasts. Know of other locations? Post a story to the Newswire or email me and I’ll compile a list before Monday.

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WWDC: Stevenote Apple Store Broadcast

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:59
Category: Archive

As we’d hoped, MacMinute has confirmed that Apple will be broadcasting the WWDC Keynote by Steve Jobs at Apple Retail Stores with theaters, 10 AM (Pacific) on Monday the 23rd. I’ll be watching (and uploading the news to the Powerpage via the fabulous Airport connection in the store)! See you at the Apple Store Soho, New Yorkers.

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Death of a Browser

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:59
Category: Archive

Love it or hate it, this week has been all about Microsoft killing MSIE for the Mac. Some love it, some hate it, but all view the MSIE decision as historic. The question is, what does it mean for the Mac’s future: a portent of Microsoft abandoning the platform? The loss of a great browser? Good riddance to an outdated browser? The Dark Ages of web development in which Microsoft calls the shots from its fully Windows-based, integrated web browsing? (Read more)

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WWDC: Trolltech to Release Free Qt/Mac GPL

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:59
Category: Archive

Trolltech has announced it will release its Qt/Mac development environment in a free version, available for download at WWDC. (Thanks, Rand, for the tip!) The release is part of a dual-licensing strategy in which the company’s products are available both via a GNU General Public License and a commercial license. What does this mean for Mac users? Well, as near as I can figure as a non-UNIX guru, apparently we can look forward to a whole lot more free software running native in OS X that previously ran only in the KDE environments. KDE.news has a full story and discussion. This opens up the Mac to nifty apps from Safari’s predecessor Konqueror to another Office alternative, KOffice, and even powerful PIM software with phone and Palm sync (yes, an iSync alternative). Any experienced KDE users or developers want to chime in, please post to the Newswire and enlighten us!

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MacSkinz Available for 12" iBook; Free Macworld Deal

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:58
Category: Archive

MacSkinz is shipping designs of case covers for the 12″ iBook, with more Apple portable models planned for the future (stay tuned). There are 30 designs, or clear models to display photos or your own artwork. Not since the PowerBook 1400 have we had this much fun. If you’re going to Macworld in July, up to 100 people can get their US$30 purchase price refunded if they photograph their machine at the Expo. (Just be sure to take part in our traditional PowerPage Class Photo, too.)

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PowerBook G4 17": The First 100 Seconds

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:51
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

No wonder creative types love Macs. When Apple does something truly brilliant, you can fall in love with a machine in an instant, like the perfect paintbrush or sweetest, favorite electric guitar. And the 17″ PowerBook is one of the best things Cupertino’s ever done: the dream finally realized of a uncompromising desktop machine that’s mobile, built like a tank to take a beating. In my first 100 seconds of ownership, I was hooked. Read more . . .

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Palm Buys Handspring

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:50
Category: Archive

Reuters reports today that Palm will buy Handspring,an odd twist given that Handspring began when Palm’s co-founders left to start the new company. Read more . . .

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