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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Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
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