Apple Computer today announced significant
enhancements to the QuickTime(r) Music Architecture (QTMA) that will enable
title developers to easily enhance their content by creating their own musical
identity. These enhancements will be part of the QuickTime 2.2 release expected
later this spring. QuickTime is the multi-platform standard used by multimedia
software tool vendors and content creators to store, edit and play synchronized
graphics, sound, video, text and music in multimedia applications and on
the Internet. "Music is an important part of all multimedia content,"
said David Nagel, senior vice president and general manager of Apple's worldwide
research and development division. "Today's announcement demonstrates
Apple's commitment to providing leading-edge software that supports the
integration of media such as music, video and animation in a consistent,
seamless fashion across multiple platforms. QuickTime 2.2 is expected
to be available to end users in Spring 1996, free of charge through Apple's
home page on the World Wide Web and
various online services. February
HOTWIRED POLL MAC vs. PC
HotWired is conducting a poll asking
you to vote for the computer platform of choice. Thanks to you Mac fanatics
Kawasaki's EvangeList, the current standings are weighing in heavily
for Macs. If you have not voted yet please go to the HotWired
site and cast your ballot. Let's trounce the PCs. Current standings for
THOUGHT YOU WERE HAVING A BAD DAY?
From Matthew Hicks comes this info about a wonderful??? Windozed site, Windows95
Annoyances ARGHHH! If you need something to cheer you up check it out,
you will get a good laugh as well as fodder for you lunch meeting tomorrow.
By the way if there ever is a Mac site like this we had all better toss
our beloved Macs out the Windoze.
FRACTAL DESIGN GOBBLES UP RAY DREAM
Fractal Design Corp has acquired Ray
Dream Inc, in a stock deal valued at aproximately $47 million dollars.
The comined companies are expected to lay off just a small amount of its
100+ employees. Ray Dream Inc. is expected to maintain it's headquarters
in Mountain View California. Ray Dream's CEO will become President of the
new combined comapny. February
AWARDS APLENTY HEAPED ON APPLE
Apple Computer recently secured a slew
of product and technology awards from the computer trade press. Granting
a key honor, BYTE Magazine this month awarded its 1995 Editors' Choice Award
of Excellence to the Power Macintosh 7500 and Power Macintosh 8500. According
to BYTE, an Award of Excellence "honors a hardware or software product
whose technical innovation sets a new standard for products in a particular
class." The Power Macintosh 7500 and 8500, introduced at Macworld Boston
in 1995, delivers advanced performance via a RISC-based PowerPC microprocessor,
running at 100-MHZ and 120 MHz respectively; three industry-standard expansion
slots enable easy connections to faster peripherals and high-speed networking.
In addition to affordable pricing, BYTE praised the systems for multimedia
capabilities including integrated audio, speech, telephony, video playback
and capture, CD-ROM hardware, whiteboarding and QuickTime conferencing.
Also, BYTE selected the Apple ColorLaser 12/600 PS, Macintosh System 7.5.2,
the PowerBook 5300C, QuickDraw 3D and QuickTime VR to receive its 1995 Editors'
Choice Award of Distinction. The Apple Power Macintosh 9500 was honored
with BYTE's 1995 Editors' Choice Award of Merit. "The honors and awards
granted to Apple products by the computer trade press do much to help validate
Apple's commitment to being a leading-edge innovator and provider of powerful
computing solutions," said Brodie Keast, vice president of product
marketing at Apple Computer. "We are extremely pleased that our latest
generation of RISC-based Macs secured such a great nod of approval from
the industry." In addition, the Macintosh monthly magazine, Macworld,
recently named Apple Computer as the recipient of several 1996 World Class
Awards, winners included the Power Mac 7500/100, which won the Computer
System award; QuickDraw 3D, which secured the Best New Technology Award;
and the Apple LaserWriter 16/600 PS, which won the Business Printer award.
APPLE ISSUES PRESS RELEASE RE: MOTOROLA
Apple Computer has issued a long press
release regarding the licensing of the MacOS. Instead of putting the contents
here we are providing a link to the press
release. February 19, 1996
Apple Licenses the Mac OS to Motorola, Expands Licensing Opportunities
CUPERTINO, California- In line with its commitment to open licensing, Apple
Computer, Inc. today announced that it has licensed the Mac OS operating
system to Motorola, in a broad licensing agreement which for the first time
allows a licensee to sublicense the Mac OS to other manufacturers. The agreement
allows Motorola to distribute the Mac OS with computer systems it will build
based on the current Power Macintosh hardware architecture, as well as on
the PowerPC Platform specification. Motorola will also be able to sublicense
the Mac OS to other computer manufacturers to whom it sells Mac OS-compatible
motherboards or computer systems. Apple expects that Motorola will further
grow the Mac OS platform by enabling, for the first time, other manufacturers
who buy boards or systems from Motorola to sell Mac OS-compatible systems
without the requirement of signing a licensing agreement directly with Apple.
However, Apple will continue to certify all systems sold with the Mac OS
to ensure customers of complete compatibility. "We believe that Motorola,
a key player in this industry, has the resources and technical strengths,
especially in the communication area, to help enrich the Mac platform and
to expand its benefits to new markets and new customers," said Dr.
Gil Amelio, chairman and CEO, Apple Computer, Inc. "This agreement
is a major milestone in our licensing program, and is a clear demonstration
of our commitment to open licensing." This agreement will benefit computer
customers by providing them additional sources for Mac OS-based systems,
and a broader range of feature-set, price, support, and distribution choices.
It also provides the Mac OS software developer community with an exciting
business \ proposition for existing as well as for new markets. This licensing
agreement is another step in Apple's transition to a broadly open licensing
model. Since it first announced its intention to license the Mac OS in September
1994, Apple has committed itself to creating a successful business opportunity
for its licensees and has followed a two-phase strategy. In the first phase,
Apple has focused its efforts on a relatively small number of licensees,
in order to provide them with the level of technical support they needed
to successfully implement Apple's proprietary hardware design. Apple, the
Apple logo, and Power Macintosh are registered trademarks, and Mac and Mac
OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of the
International Business Machines Corporation, used under license therefrom.
All other brand names mentioned are registered trademarks or trademarks
of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged February 18, 1996
BIG BLUE'S DEEP BLUE SUFFERS BIG DEFEAT
Garry Kasparov, on Sunday defeated his inanimate adversary, the IBM computer
Deep Blue. "If you program in too much knowledge it slows the computer
down, and we've discovered that speed is more important than chess knowledge,"
said Frederick Friedel, an adviser to Kasparov who is the creator of Fritz,
a leading chess computer that can examine up to 180,000 chess positions
per second (Deep Blue is almost 1,000 times as fast). "A computer that
looks deeper faster is better than a computer that looks shallower with
greater knowledge of chess." *IF YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND THIS QUOTE,
DON'T WORRY WE DID NOT EITHER!! February
17, 1996 Photo by AP
APPLE PROBLEMS "VERY FIXABLE"
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple Computer Inc. CEO Gilbert Amelio says he's 100%
confident about Apple's future and that the problems the company has are
"very fixable." Amelio, has spent the last two weeks putting out
the many fires he has inherited. Amelio will be outlining his plan to return
Apple Computer to profitability by going "back to its roots"