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Connectix has posted Virtual Game Station 1.4, fixing a Mac DVD lockup issue and providing some game-specific fixes as well as support for NTSC and PAL format titles.
Virtual PC 3.03A is also now available from the company, addressing problems users were having with the v3.03 updater posted yesterday: "If you downloaded the Virtual PC 3.0.3 Updater you may be experiencing problems due to older versions of Virtual PC being resident on your system; use revised Update Version 3.0.3A above ."
Quit CSM 2.0 is an update to the control strip module which lets you quit applications, quit and restart the Finder, quit background-only applications, and displays memory information (application sizes and largest unused memory block).
In a piece questioning the value of Microsoft and Apple as the Internet could move users towards a more operating system-free world, Money magazine is calling Apple stock overvalued. "...Apple is also valued near its historical peak, trading at 3.3 times sales with a P/E of 40, so much of that optimism is reflected in the stock price. Apple\'s Internet moves are encouraging, but it sure isn\'t a value stock at these levels."
Aspyr Media today announced that they will be publishing The Sims for the Mac, currently the #1-selling PC game and the latest title from SimCity creator Will Wright. The game is under development at Westlake Interactive and Aspyr Media is already taking preorders with an expected release of Summer 2000, according to MGL.
StarNine Technologies, publishers of the WebSTAR Server Suite, and 4D, publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment, announced that they will host the premiere WebSTAR Summit Conference to be held Oct. 4 to 8 in San Diego, Calif. WebSTAR Summit 2000 will have sessions and programs concerning WebSTAR users of all levels and backgrounds.
Alexandre Carlhian has posted Mail Siphon 1.5.1, a maintenance release that adds compatibility with Mac OS 9.0.4 and offers better support for some specific POP 3 servers.
Iomega has released a USB Click! Dock that enables Mac users to use attach its 40MB Click! PC card drive with USB-equipped Macs.
Advanced Micro Devices has introduced a low-cost processor family, called Duron. \"Duron suggests a name that\'s lasting, dependable, reliable and stable,\" according to the company. The chip family will compete with Intel\'s Celeron.
Kamil Drzewinski noticed a comment made by Dan Dodge of QNX that the operating system may soon be ported to the iMac. \"The only mass produced PPC machine that is available worldwide at reasonable cost is the iMac We are considering doing a port to it. Actually we are running on it today minus USB support. That is the disk, and GUI and Ethernet all work today. ... Give us 2 months and some spare cycles to get it on the iMac and we will see what the demand for QNX on this machine is.\"
Andrew Snyder has updated ClickTime to 1.4, which incorporates start and end dates for each person, the data export now includes task information and includes inactive jobs on reports. The program is for tracking time, both online and offline.
"Aracnet" noticed that the French catalog, Inmac, is advertising a Yamaha CD-RW 8x8x24x that comes in both SCSI or FireWire versions. However, neither European nor U.S. Web sites have been updated with the product, and pricing information is not yet available.
Groupe SQLI has become an official sponsor of the F-Script Project, the first open source scripting language specifically designed for the capabilities of Mac OS X. F-Script gives access to advanced object techniques, such as distributed objects, persistence, interactive object manipulation and query language.
Ecommercesoft has released MetroShop v3.0, a suite of software for creating and managing Internet businesses. The suite runs on Mac OS X Server, Windows NT and Solaris and includes features such as embedded business logic, flow processes and legacy integration. The suite comes in three different versions: Express, for the beginning merchant; Pro, for those businesses already taking online orders; and Corp, for businesses that have been on the Internet and expect to grow. Available now, prices start at $1,000 for the Express and $10,000 for the Pro. Users must contact the company for Corp pricing.
Director Mike Figgis\' "Time Code" is the first studio film shot entirely in digital video, using handheld digital cameras in a single continuous take with no editing. The production opens tomorrow. There is a QuickTime trailer available.
Forums readers today have questions about QuickBooks, a hard drive noise, a Sony ICD-R100 and iTools personal Web site features; and problems with a Kensington mouse that freezes, iBook that won\'t read CDs, QDRestore regions bits error and MPEG with QuickTime.
Humongous Entertainment has introduced One-Stop Fun Shop series, an arts and crafts activity CD-ROM line for children. Available in July, the One-Stop Fun Shop titles are based on Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam characters. The Mac-Windows hybrid CD-ROMs allow children to create printable activities from hundreds of interchangeable images.
Several readers report that Connectix has pulled the VPC 3.03 updater from its website: "We are revising the Virtual PC 3.0.3 Updater. This revised version will be posted in the afternoon April 26, 2000. Thank you for your patience."
PanoPict 1.0 is a drag & drop editing application for QuickTime panoramas, offering the ability to insert images and other graphical elements into a QTVR panorama and re-generate the panorama. Tess 1.0 is an educational math application in which you can quickly create attractive symmetric planar illustrations.
We have a report on Office 2001 for Macintosh, with complete details on the new email/PIM application that will be included with the next version of Microsoft\'s popular application suite. We also have details on its availability, along with a roadmap of Office for Mac OS X, and several screen shots.
Sources familiar with the Microsoft anti-trust case are reporting that the 19 states involved in the lawsuit are expected to join the Federal government in proposing a break-up of the software giant. Earlier this week reports surfaced that the states were having difficulty arriving at an agreement among themselves, and that they were even further from agreeing with the Justice Department.
Yesterday we noted the release of QuickTime 4.1.2, CyberGauge 3.0, and the international version of the iMovie 1.0.2 Updater.
Amazon has launched a new Macintosh store, where users can purchase both books and many peripherals and software titles.
In an effort to increase the number of broadband customers, Earthlink will reportedly offer free DSL installation, saving customers roughly $300. Several other DSL providers have offered, and continue to offer, free installation. Whether Earthlink\'s free installation will cover the cost of the DSL modem is unclear; DSL modems typically cost $100-$300, depending on rebates. Jacob Lyles passed along some comments: \"A few days ago I started an Earthlink DSL installation for a client. Setup was free as was the \'self-install package\' which includes the DSL modem and the filter for the phone line. Additionally, Earthlink requires a 6 month commitment. Within this 6 month commitmenint, the second and third months are free (You only pay for 4 months) but you pay $50 for ending the service. The \'Self-install package\' is the result of a backlog in installs by the phone company. Earthlink believes the consumer is capable of performing the installation themselves once the DSL link is turned on.\"
Artic Software has posted iStream 1.3, an application that allows users to set up their own MP3 streaming server. Thew new version fixes bugs and does away with the need for MP3 Purifier. A $15 version supports 30 users, while a $30 version supports 60.
Zoomie 1.0.3 is a small extension that keeps the cursor over the window zoom button after it has been pressed, allowing users to more easily revert to the previous window size. Version 1.03 works better with non-standard windows generated by programs such as Kaleidoscope.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe