Following our story yesterday regarding AOL\'s stance on the Mac platform and its commitment, several readers wrote in disputing it as per the company\'s actions during the past years.
Irving Kwong, Product Manager for Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, took the time to answer a handful of questions regarding Internet Explorer 5, including the status of the Media Player, the decision to use a 16-point font size as default, and the inclusion of the \'What\'s Related\' feature.
At midnight last night, the Unites States disabled its intentional degradation of GPS signals available to the public. Known as Selective Availability (SA), the degradation feature was put in place to protect US military and government interests, but with changing times President Clinton and his cabinet "realized that worldwide transportation safety, scientific, and commercial interests could best be served by discontinuation of SA." This means that civilian users of GPS will be able to pinpoint locations up to ten times more accurately.
Apple has posted an AppleShare IP Web & File 6.3.2 updater that fixes a potential security issue with the Web server versions of AppleShare IP 6.1 and later. "When an invalid request is made to the Web server by a client computer, the Web server can return an extra 32 kb of data."
Apple has posted AppleWorks 6.0.3, an update to the company\'s popular application suite. The update addresses a number of performance, compatibility, and stability issues with AppleWorks 6.0. Also, contrary to its version number, this is the first update to AppleWorks 6.
Generator/Mac OS 0.15 is a Sega Genesis emulator for Mac and a port of the Unix version. The new release address a number of bugs and improves emulation.
RealNetworks announced that its RealPlayer software was used by more than 29 million users in March, more than Microsoft\'s Windows Media Player and Apple\'s QuickTime combined (both of which lost market share). The company also announced that its software has become the fourth most popular application, besting other popular titles such as America Online and Office.
Microsoft today announced that it has teamed up with I-Jam to produce Win-Jam, a portable player that reads Windows Media Player files exclusively. Similar to MP3 players, Win-Jam represents the first product of its kind. Additionally, Microsoft released a test version of Windows Media Player 7, after demonstrating the product at Internet World last month, which can download and stream audio and video.
Apple says that turning on virtual memory when printing to a LaserWriter 300 or LaserWriter 350 from a 300 MHz Power Mac G3 should solve printing problems encountered by users (printing errors, blank page, vertically compressed text, etc.). Richard Bottiglieri offers another solution for users not wishing to turn on Virtual Memory: Another workaround is to use a little piece of software called the "G3 Throttle". It\'s a $10 (shareware) control strip module that controls the rate of instructions fed to the CPU. I installed it on my Mac, rebooted, and it worked great! Now, I just slow down the CPU whenever I want to print, and then set it back to normal when the printing is finished. Of course, I wish that Apple would rewrite the driver to fix this problem. Until then, this is a better alternative to turning on VM, and well worth the $10 shareware fee.
Sony Electronics has introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V, the second-generation Cyber-Shot digital camera that features a 2.6 megapixel resolution and a 3.3 megapixel CCD. The camera is also the first to feature Sony\'s new interpolation technology, dubbed Super Resolution Converter, which takes large images and interpolates them prior to applying JPEG compression, thereby producing a higher quality image than traditional interpolation techniques. Other features include 12-bit A/D conversion, a high-quality TIFF mode, USB transfer capabilities; and in-camera image resizing options. The unit will ship in June for $900 and will include an 8 MB memory stick.
Keyspan has posted version 1.6 of the drivers for its USB Twin-Serial adapter. There\'s no mention as to the changes in this version.
PC Data\'s list of top 10 hardware sites looks much the same for the week ended April 29 as it did the week before: Compaq.com is No. 1, with 1.8 percent of the market; Apple.com is No. 2, with 1.5 percent of the market; and Dell.com is No. 3.
The MP3 Alarm Clock 1.3 allows users to set up to 14 different alarms that will play a selected audio file when triggered. New features in this version include a customizable snooze time and a progressive increase in volume feature.
AppleSource MP3 2.1b5 is the latest version of the simple, Mac OS-like MP3 player. The free application features full playlist support, among other features.
Personable.com, an application service provider, has added Macintosh browser support, so Mac users can run Windows applications without emulators. There is no charge to open an individual account, and accounts are activated instantly. [site not updated]
Sources at Terminal Reality have confirmed that a major error occurred in the duplication process of FLY! 2K for the Mac. All reports indicate that all Mac copies on store shelves contain incorrectly formatted CDs, according to MGL.
Yesterday we reported that Apple does not plan on filing suit against FishPC over its translucent computer, and AOL\'s commitment to the Mac. Other notable items included a possible new Apple commercial and price cuts to Sonnet\'s G3 upgrades.
Yada Software 2000 is a suite of industry tips, knowledge base information, contracts and forms from 20 industries. The suite uses Macromedia Flash, Apple Quick Time and Borland. Programs include business management, investing, education, real estate, personal finance and legal.
SCM\'s USB-to-SCSI Intelligent Cable supports Panasonic\'s 5.2GB DVD-RAM drive, providing "true plug-and-play" with the ability to connect and mount the drive without having to shut down or reboot the system. The SCM USB-to-SCSI protocol converter allows users to support up to seven SCSI devices on a single USB port and offers 900 KB/s burst transfer rate or up to 750 KB/s sustained transfer rate. [updated]
Key Cutter 1.0 is a freeware stand alone version of the password generator that creates randomly generated passwords to match user-specified criteria.
Apple says that turning on virtual memory when printing to a LaserWriter 300 or LaserWriter 350 from a 300 MHz Power Mac G3 should solve printing problems encountered by users (printing errors, blank page, vertically compressed text, etc.).
Kevin Murphy, an Apple representative at CompUSA, was unpacking boxes recently, and he noticed that copies of the Macintosh version of Terminal Reality\'s FLY! 2K were packed with he PC version. "Nice to see this stuff coming out at the same time now."
At the 3D Conference & Expo May 7 to 11 in the Santa Clara Convention Center, there will be more than 60 classes and more than 40 companies exhibiting their products, including Discreet, NewTek and Maxon. Discreet will be demonstrating combustion* for the Mac and PC. NewTek has begun shipping LightWave  animation software for the Macintosh and will be demonstrating it at the show. Maxon will showcase its CINEMA 4D XL v.6 for Windows and Macintosh, which also began shipping recently.
Club Photo\'s services now include Pick Your Photo. Film is developed in house, scanned at high resolution and made available for preview and print ordering. The preview feature is also integrated with the photo-sharing community. The Pick Your Photo service costs $1 per roll of film. Club Photo\'s free software works with Windows, Apple and Palm platforms.
In today\'s Forums area, readers have questions about where to learn how to program Macintoshes, where to get parts for G4s and beige G3 power supply; and problems with an Epson Perfection 1200 scanner driver, Descent 3 on an iBook, a Pismo with a DVD issue and frames and scrolling in IE 5.
Entrust Technologies has introduced Entrust/TruePass, a "zero-footprint" Web-security and privacy product. It is a multiplatform, standards-based system that is transparent to users and protects confidential data while in transit on Web servers. It does not rely on a browser plug-in or ActiveX controls for security operations. Entrust/TruePass, due in June, will immediately support Netscape Communicator 4.0 on the Macintosh and will support Internet Explorer in the third quarter.
ramBunctious 1.5 is an update to the $25 RAM disk application that allows users to customize RAM disks for speed, security, safety, and versatility. Multiple RAM disks can be mounted at the same time, and each uses application memory, meaning they can surrender the RAM when quit. The update improves performance and adds color "LED" indicators showing disk accesses.
Optima Systems released StyleSpinner, a free Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) tool for PageSpinner. The company has also launched SpinnerWorld, a resource center for PageSpinner users that provides information about PageSpinner and related Web spinning software, resources, tips and news.
X-Launch 2.0 is an update to the free alternative to Apple\'s Launcher. The new version adds a handful of new features, including the ability to add up to 11 categories.
Westlake Interactive has posted Unreal Tournament Mac 413, an update for the full retail version of the game that fixes HTTP skin/map downloading, improves server stability, includes some RAVE tweaks, and fixes a variety of smaller bugs.
The May 2000 issue of Web Page Design for Designers tackles the design issues that are arising as a result of Internet Explorer 5.0 and Netscape 6.0, especially for designers using Macs.
Rock group Metallica, who late last month filed suit against Napster, three universities, and students alleging copyright infringement, announced that it collected the names of more than 350,000 users this past weekend who were distributing the band\'s music illegally. While individuals will not be named in a lawsuit, the band will present the list to Napster, whose policy is to ban users who are specifically identified as copyright violaters. High-profile rapper Dr. Dre has also filed a suit that leaves slots open for naming students, and is expected to take a similar approach.
Cable modem provider Excite@home is threatening to file suit against Pacific Bell if the company does not withdraw its humorous pro-DSL television ads. The four ads tell stories of a fictional neighborhood gone bad because of the cable modem speed fluctuations that take place as more people use the shared line. Excite@home claims that the ads are misrepresenting its cable modem service; Pacific Bell maintains that cable modems are still a shared technology and that therefore the ads are accurate.
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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