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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First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu