AppleInsider has published an article on a possible multi-processor Power Mac G4 announcement at WWDC later this month.
A high-level source at Apple has confirmed to MacNN that comments made by an Apple spokesperson two weeks ago who insinuated that Apple may take legal action against Australian PC-maker FishPC and what appeared to be another iMac look-alike were "premature and simply unfounded."
With a six-month delay between the PC and Mac release of AOL 5.0, many Mac users feel that they are playing second fiddle to their PC counterparts. America Online, which began as a Mac-only service, denies that this is the case.
Lexmark International, Inc. has introduced the Z52 Color Jetprinter, the world\'s first inkjet printer to deliver 2400x1200 dpi resolution in both black and color on all paper types. The $180, USB printer offers print speeds of up to 15 ppm in black and 7 ppm in color.
The Ad Critic is featuring a new Power Mac G4 advertisement titled "Espionage," although its authenticity is questionable given its list of credits and the fact that it hasn\'t made an appearance on television yet.
Sonnet Technologies has lowered prices on Crescendo G3 processor upgrades by as much as 20 percent. Prices now begin at $180 for the low-end 266 MHz model and go up to $600 for the 500 MHz card.
Castlewood has posted ORB Tools 1.4.2, an update to the driver and formatting software for the company\'s 2.2 GB removable storage drive.
Black Cat Systems has released The Atomic Mac 3.8.0, a $25 periodic table of the elements and nuclear database that displays a plethora information on each element. The new version includes new and revised data for several elements.
Blue World Communications has discovered at least three "serious security holes" in the Web Companion provided with the FileMaker Pro 5 product line. The security holes are a result of new XML and e-mail capabilities introduced in FileMaker Pro 5. There are four solutions, including using the company\'s Lasso Web Data Engine.
As expected, Steve Jobs is scheduled to present the "not-to-be-missed" keynote at Macworld New York 2000 on July 19 at 9 a.m. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Expo, which runs from July 18 to 21, attracts more than 750 exhibitors and more than 130,000 attendees.
Logitech has introduced Mini Wheel Mouse, a smaller, portable scrolling mouse that is designed for travelers with laptop computers. The USB mouse features a compact shape that fits both left and right hands, a 3-foot cable, silver casing, two standard mouse buttons, and a scroll wheel. The mouse will be available later this month for $30 and will come bundled with the company\' MouseWare software.
Network Associates has posted the Virex definitions for May. Users can also download the update automatically using the "eUpdate" feature of Virex 6.0.
The Apple Learning Interchange is working with May4.net to provide an opportunity to take part virtually in the 30th anniversary commemoration event of the shootings at Kent State University. The Web casts support UOPs and are intended for use by middle- and high-school social studies, English and journalism students.
Yamaha has introduced @Pet RP-U 100, a $500 audio receiver control that creates a surround sound effect from only two speakers using Virtual Dolby Pro Logic, Virtual Dolby Digital and Yamaha\'s near-field cinema DSP. The software is currently in beta and requires Mac OS 9.0.2.
iView Multimedia 3.8 is a professional digital-asset management product that allows dozens of file formats to be displayed and cataloged. The update adds the ability to read the Alias Pix format, AGD4 (Freehand 8) and drw7 (Canvas 7); adds a Chinese plug-in; and a new module, called iUpload, which allows for images to be directly uploaded to the Web.
Yenco.com has posted Agenda for Mac 1.0, a round personal calendar that allows for the recording and playing back of voice reminders. There is a 30-day trial. "Recharge" codes start at $15. Currently available only in blueberry, new colors will be added during the next five weeks.
CSP Inc. has signed an agreement with Apple authorizing it to incorporate G4s into FastCluster products, which are highly scalable multicomputer clusters with Linux used for the applications.
Fujifilm has introduced FinePix 4700 Zoom, an $800 compact digital camera that incorporates Fuji\'s Super CCD for increased sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and wider dynamic range. Other features include a 3x aspherical optical zoom lens, pop-up flash, a USB port and the ability to capture 80 seconds of continuous AVI video with sound on its bundled 16-MB SmartMedia card.
Vampire Software has released OpenForm 1.5, a $40 plug-in that handles forms in Web pages for any HTTP server compatible with the W*API 1.1, AppleShare IP, WebTen or Quid Pro Quo. The new version adds support for URL execution of actions and better Valentina support.
3dfx today announced the launch of a full email service for members of its 3dfxgamers.com site. New members who register for free are eligible to win prizes including a 3dfx leather jacket, 3dfx beanbag chair, and the 3dfx swag pack consisting of T-shirt, hat, mouse pad, key chain and pen. The service is expected to be functional later today.
Over the weekend we noted the debut of QT.DK, a QuickTime news site; an update on the status of the Opera browser for Mac; and numerous new MacDeals! bargains.
Microsoft stock opened the day up more than three points, or nearly five percent, after investors had the weekend to digest the Justice Department\'s recommendation that Microsoft be split into two companies, and the response from Microsoft and several industry analysts who oppose the break-up.
Take-Two Interactive Software has acquired Gathering of Developers, a publisher of numerous games including the Mac version of Railroad Tycoon 2 and the highly-anticipated Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2, which will ship next month. Long time partners, Gathering of Developers will now act autonomously as a wholly owned subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. The merger will not affect any game publishing timelines.
Simple Browser 2.0.1 is a maintenance release that fixes a bug in the $15 NeXT-like file browsing application.
V-ONE Corp., a provider of client/server virtual private networks, has introduced SmartGuard, a network security appliance for medium-sized businesses. Features include easy, fast installation; nontechnical set up; and high throughput speeds. Clients can be Macintosh, Windows 95/98/NT, Solaris and Linux.
In today\'s Forums area, readers have questions regarding a recommendation for a wireless keyboard, converting audio tape to MP3, subtitling videos, playing MPEG4s, SoundBlaster Live for Macintosh and converting iMovie to .avi; and problems with a Pismo\'s DVD, an HP 952c printer that overprints, slow waking from sleep, a VPC freezing with CDs, a ZipCD that freezes and Nifty Telnet that doesn\'t launch.
FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, today reported annual revenues of $101.5 million on sales of more than 1 million copies of FileMaker Pro. The company has been profitable all nine quarters since its formation in early 1998.
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 2.0, a $25 MP3 tag editor, cataloger, organizer, renamer, finder, player, and more. The new version features Ragester, which supports searching and downloading MP3\'s from the Internet using the Napster music sharing system.
Vincent Jalby has posted a preview release of Font Buddy 2.0, a font viewer that can display all the characters of a font and allows samples to be printed. The new version, for which a final release is expected in June, sports several new features and changes including a new user interface, a new Font Browser, and support for ATM Deluxe and Suitcase.
The DCRP has posted an extensive review that compares the Nikon Coolpix 990 and Olympus\' C-3030Z, two popular 3.3 Megapixel digital cameras.
Valentina 1.8 for REALbasic Professional is a $300 toolkit for creating cross-platform database-driven applications using REAL Software\'s rapid application development environment. The new version adds support for the Dcon system extension for advanced debugging. Upgrades, discounted $50 for the month of May, are $150.
NuSpectra Multimedia and Rearden Technology today announced that the companies have merged; the new company, known as NuSpectra Multimedia today released version 5.0 of both SiteCam and SiteZAP, which offer real-time audio streaming and automatically broadcast in three different encoding settings. The $2000 SiteZap camera includes SiteCam 5.0 software, a Sony Pan/Tilt/12xZoom camera, IR remote control, and extra cable and includes a new Macromedia Flash interface.
Vacation Email 3.0 is a new version of the cross-platform GUI tool that allows users to easily configure their Solaris UNIX POP email server to send automatic replies while away. A 50-client license costs $75, a world-wide license costs $90. Unregistered clients can only be used once.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
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