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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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
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives