iBar v1.1 is an update to the Internet-savvy launcher that combines applications, documents, favorites, bookmarks and music in one simple floating window.
WebEvent 3.3b7 is the latest release of the interactive Web calendar and scheduling application that allows you to view and modify calendar-type events from any computer.
Yesterday evening MacNN featured preannouncement information regarding ATI's next-generation graphics chip, dubbed Radeon 256, which the company officially announced late last night. While an announcement regarding Mac availability of the chip wasn't made, Mac users can expect the chip to hit the platform possibly later this year. The chip is scheduled to ship for PCs late this summer.
Blue World today released Lasso Studio for Dreamweaver 1.5, a free update to its solution for quickly creating Lasso-based Web applications using Macromedia's Dreamweaver. Version 1.5 includes a site builder, new configuration wizard, tag converter/updater, database selector, third-party extensibility support, and a "complete" cross-platform development environment. It is $350 with a $50 discount for electronic downloads.
America Online representatives have informed MacNN that AOL 5.0 for Mac is scheduled to be posted on the company's servers later today. We have a detailed product feature on AOL 5.0, which current AOL subscribers can download from Keyboard: "Upgrade." The new version was reportedly going to be posted on the company's Website later today.
Adobe has posted a PostScript updater for PressReady, which fixes a variety of print problems with the initial release.
Four consumer groups today told the Federal Communications Commission that America Online's buyout of Time Warner should be prevented unless core assets are sold. The groups contend that merging the number one Internet service provider with the number one entertainment company would "excessively concentrate" the cable television and Internet markets.
EZ Prints, an e-photofinishing provider, will begin accepting files for print orders on CD-ROMs and Zip Disks as of May 1. Once received, the company guarantees 24-hour turnaround for returning the prints and the disk on which it was sent.
Cyan Software has introduced MacServerIP 7, which provides for seamless Appleshare IP interface on all Windows platforms with a 200 percent to 400 percent performance improvement over previous versions. Features include support for AFP-over-IP, PC and MAC CD-ROMs and removable media, and for CD-ROM changes, sharing of nonNTFS volumes, as well as remote administration. Pricing begins at $500 for 10 users can goes up to $3,800 for an unlimited-user license.
The Resistance Software Group has released FerazEdit 1.1, a freeware, full-featured saved-game editor for Ferazel's Wand, and PortSniffer 2.0, a $15 port-searching software for running TCP/IP server programs. The new version of PortSniffer adds support for hundreds of new known services and the ability to conduct multiple, simultaneous searches.
Aspyr Media is now accepting preorders for the Macintosh version of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, the fourth title in the 3D action/adventure series starring Lara Croft. The game sells for $40 and is expected during the summer.
American Power Conversion has expanded its SurgeArrest product line to include translucent versions of its surge protector, which will ship in May. The $50 units come in seven iMac-matching colored kick-guard plates. Features include eight outlets, three of which are spaced to handle transformer blocks and two of which are "always-on" outlets; a fault indicator for a building's wiring; and a right-angle plug.
AutoView 400 is a rack-mountable, two-user KVM switch which supports any combination of Sun, USB and PC-based servers. Cybex's LongView extension technology allows a second user to access servers from as far as 500 feet away. Other features include enhanced on-screen display, increased mouse support and flash upgrading. It will begin shipping in May, and pricing starts at $1,150.
Aladdin Systems has posted StuffIt Deluxe 5.5.1, an update to the extensive file compression utility that fixes a variety of small bugs.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a beta version of POP3it for the Macintosh, a FileMaker Pro 4.x/5.x plug-in that can download e-mail directly into a FileMaker Pro database. POP3it can check multiple POP3 e-mail accounts, automatically extract e-mail fields and download entire messages into one field or split them. A single license is $65, a site license is $250, and a developer's license is $780.
Apple.com was knocked out of first place for the most-visited hardware sites during the week of April 22, according to PC Data. Compaq.com took first with 1.8 percent of the market; Apple.com took second with 1.7 percent and Dell.com once again rounded out the top three.
Kodak has released Kodak Picture CD Vol. 3, Issue 1, an auto-running CD-ROM with a software interface and photo-editing functions created and co-marketed with Intel Corp. Editing capabilities include trim, lighten/darken subject, adjust color tint and remove red eye. The CD-ROM will be available from early May until August for between $9 and $11.
VSE Be Found 1.7 is an update to the $20 Mac web site promotion tool that creates and manages title, keywords, description and other META tags of a web site and automatically submits a web site's URL to up 178 search engines on the Internet. Version 1.7 offers improved performance and an improved FTP client.
Other important announcements from yesterday include the receipt of Mac OS X 1.2 Updater CDs by readers, separate Netscape and Explorer security issues, and the release of Graphic Converter 3.8.1, FileMaker Developer 5, NetShred 1.5.2, and SimpleImage 3.1b1.
Webshots Desktop Lite, the first Mac-compatible version of the company's online photo community software, allows users to customize their desktop picture with one of thousands available online. A full version, which will sport photo management, screensaver, and other features is expected this summer.
Team ASA today announced enhanced software support for its line of Power Mac Stallion Gigabit Ethernet adapters. Its new universal installer now supports both copper- and fiber- based Network Interface Cards (NIC) for Mac OS 8, OS 9, and OS X Server. Team ASA says that the new drivers achieve "files transfer rates in excess of 20 MB/sec" and is now also offering 24-hour turn-around on technical support questions. The NICs are $900 and $1000 for copper- and fiber-based interfaces respectively and ship with a 3-yr warranty.
In our Forums area today, readers have questions about a Lombard battery, replacing a screen on a WallStreet PowerBook, QuickTime 4 streaming and Video Music Network and QuickTime; and problems with type 1 errors with IE 5, Outlook Express and news folders, the spelling option being grayed out in Outlook Express, the clipboard export function in Photoshop failing, a PowerBook G3 sleeping and CD-ROM in 7600 not recognizing CDs.
On May 10, GVOX will introduce a Windows-only version of Notation Station, an online service where music teachers can create lesson plans and post them immediately online for their students to peruse. The service is compatible with MIDI and GVOX's Encore and MusicTime applications and provides all the tools for composing, editing, printing and listening to new music. A Mac-compatible version will be available soon.
Apple has recently updated several Mac OS X Server-related TILs (but still has not reposted its recent changes pages, which were extremely helpful in tracking updated and new articles, despite assurances otherwise in letters to readers): NetBoot Client Firmware Updates Macintosh Management Server version Updating the NetBoot Mac OS ROM File Network Protocol Usage: TCP/IP vs. AppleTalk Updating The NetBoot HD.img to Mac OS 8.6 Mac OS 8.6 and MacOS.app
Associated Press, the world's largest and oldest continually operating news agency, uses Apple products to create and maintain its Web site, called the WIRE, which was the "world's first online newswire."
Humongous Entertainment has introduced Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, a computer game for ages 3 to 8 featuring the famous purple car. The title will be available in June on a Mac/Windows hybrid CD-ROM. No pricing information is yet available.
Interware of Tokyo has selected Zapex Research's Z1011 MPEG digital video chipset as the foundation of the video capture card it is building as an after-market add-in for the Macintosh.
Akamai, the Internet content delivery company with which Apple has a strategic alliance, yesterday reported a loss of $33.2 million, or 44 cents per share. Analysts had expected a loss of 40 cents per share according to First Call, while estimates compiled by Zacks stood at 48 cents per share. Apple currently owns 4.11 million shares of Akamai, which it purchased for $12.5 million. Akamai closed at $75.875 yesterday, giving Apple's stake a $311 million value. The stock has traded as high as $345.50 since the company went public in late October last year.
FWB yesterday announced that it is now shipping Hard Disk Toolkit 4.0, a major upgrade to its drive formatting and management utility. The new version features performance and reliability improvements, FireWire compatibility, Mac OS 9 compatibility, and interface enhancements. Additional features include support for the latest AGP G4s, Ultra-DMA 66 drives, Iomega ATAPI ZIP as well as more than 1000 other storage devices. Hard Disk Toolkit 4.0 carries a $200 price tag; upgrades are available to version 3.0 owners for $50.
MegaSeg 1.3 is an update to the DJ music automation software. The new version adds and fixes dozens of features, including importing CD tracks code three-times faster, and real-time pitch change. MegaSeg is available bundled with N2MP3, an MP3 encoder, for $99 until the end of the month, after which pricing will return to $199 (without a bundled copy of N2MP3).
MDG\'s Webserver application, WS4D/eCommerce 3.2b16, now creates PDF confirmation orders automatically, prints approved/completed Web orders automatically and adds Canadian GST/PST tax support. Version 3.2 will be a free upgrade for users of 3.0 and 3.1.1.
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Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu