Following Excite@home\'s threat that it would file suit against Pacific Bell if the company failed to remove its humorous anti-cable modem television ads, Pacific Bell has added a brief disclaimer to the ads that more specifically describe the differences between DSL and cable modems. Excite@home doesn\'t feel that is enough.
Popular Web portal AltaVista has taken the wraps off its new Raging Search search engine, which it hopes will lure users away from the increasingly popular Google. Like Google, Raging Search features a clean interface with no banner ads, although small text ads do appear at the bottom of the search results page. In MacNN\'s brief testing we found that Google remains the superior search engine, returning more accurate results faster.
Following RealNetworks\' acquisition of Xing Technology and the announcement yesterday that AudioCatalyst 2.1 would be the last Mac-compatible version, Proteron is offering users of AudioCatalyst a competitive upgrade to the company\'s N2MP3 encoding software for $25, a $10 savings off the regular price. Popular Web portal AltaVista has taken the wraps off its new Raging Search search engine, which it hopes will lure users away from the increasingly popular Google. Like Google, Raging Search features a clean interface with no banner ads, although small text ads do appear at the bottom of the search results page. In MacNN\'s brief testing we found that Google remains the superior search engine, returning more accurate results faster.
SmartDisk Corp. has acquired Impleo, a digital-data transfer and storage company based in England that sells products under the Datawise brand. The acquisition allows SmartDisk to begin distribution of its digital connectivity products and personal storage systems in Europe. SmartDisk recently acquired VST Technologies, and its products will now also be available throughout Europe from Impleo.
The University of California, Riverside\'s California Museum of Photography boasts nearly a half-million visual assets. The museum is using a Macintosh-based computer system to" organize and archive the extensive collections and make them available to the outside world." Additionally, the interns and students working on the project are learning all about desktop movie and Web site production.
Acutabove Software has released FinalChapter, a $10 shareware application for creating and editing chapter tracks in QuickTime movies.
Tom Moore noticed an article in the New York Times by Peter H. Lewis about the Microsoft breakup and how it doesn\'t really matter to anyone -- except Macintosh users -- what operating system he is running under. (free registration required) "I suspect that most people do not care whether their Internet access devices are powered by Windows, Linux, BeOS, America Online, Sprint, DoCoMo, Palm OS, Java, Odwalla juice or hamsters on a treadmill. Macintosh users are a special case. They care passionately about the Mac OS and would rewire their own bodies to run on Mac OS X if such a thing were possible. But for most other people, the operating system is about as significant in their daily lives as the plumbing system."
Cybex Computer Products Corp. has introduced DS1800, a digital KVM switching product that provides administrators complete access to an unlimited number of servers or devices in their network from any location. It eliminates the need for special interconnections and hardware.
Joshua Rafofsky noticed that Handspring\'s Visor v2.6, which replaces its earlier version 2.1h, works well with Mac OS 9.0.4. He found that this update "works perfectly with Palms as well." "The sole upgrade note was that it addresses compatibility issues with OS 9.0.4." PalmPilot\'s version 2.5 is not compatible; HotSyncing is not possible. (Note, howeer, that Visor requires a serial number for the download.)
Today\'s Forums discussions include questions about with what paint to use to customize iMac case, an Ethernet network and building an MP3 player for a car; and problems with IE/OE always doing a first-run install, Wallstreet PowerBook and audio, an iMac that crashes after installing a Brother printer, a Canon BJC3000 that doesn\'t recognize a cartridge, Quark that won\'t print fonts correctly and an illegal request error in Toast.
Addonics Technologies has introduced Mobile UltraFloppy, a disk drive that reads/writes 1.44 and 144 MB disks and supports interfaces for PCMCIA, USB and FireWire. It weighs 23 ounces and consumes less than 4.5 watts in Seek/Write/Read mode and less than 2.5 watts in Standby mode. The data-transfer rate is 1.16 MB/sec. The PCMCIA version is $110; the USB version, $120; and the FireWire, $160. The USB and PCMCIA models are available now, while the FireWire model will be available June 1.
Yesterday we covered FileMaker\'s response to the recently discovered security flaw as well as the release of Apple\'s QTSS 2.0 and 2.01 updates, Server Sentinel 1.0 monitoring software, and Microsoft\'s Outlook 8.2.2 for Macintosh.
Yamaha has introduced CRW8824, a line of 8x/8x/24x internal and external CD-RW. The internal IDE-based CRW8824E will be introduced in late May, while the internal CRW8824SZ has an Ultra SCSI interface and will be available in early June. Ultra SCSI and FireWire versions are due in late June. The software bundle includes Adaptec\'s Toast and Adobe\'s ActiveShare, PageMill and Photo Deluxe Business Edition. [pricing not available]
A devastating VBS.LoveLetter.A virus that infects PCs and disables mail servers has made its way to the US after crippling a number of organizations in Europe and Asia late last night. The virus, which sends itself to everyone in a recipients address book with the subject "ILOVEYOU," does not affect Mac users but can disable the mail servers that they use. MacNN has received reports that government agencies, including the Pentagon, have shut down a number of mail servers to avoid this virus and expect other companies and organizations to follow suit. Network Associates has posted an update to protect PC users from the virus.
Generator/MacOS, a Sega Genesis/Megadrive emulator for the Macintosh, has been updated to v0.15a. This version fixes a bug that prevented v0.15 from saving its preferences file in some situations. In addition, it adds stereo sound and improved frameskipping.
Terminal Reality has released Sky! Special Edition for the Mac, a free tool which adds improved sky, ground and weather visuals to Fly!. Also, for those who bought an early defective copy of FLY! 2K for the Mac, replacement CDs can be attained by calling the Gathering of Developers support team at (214) 303-1202. [MGL]
Sunil Punnoose, a loyal reader, has created a new Web site called FlightArrivals.com, an independent source of arrival/departure /delay and cancellation information for ll commercial airline flights across the United States and Canada. All information is updated every one to four minutes. The site is developed and maintained using Apple\'s WebObjects software on Mac OS X Server 1.2 on G3s and G4s. Soon, all the information will be available on Palm VII and on any Web-enabled cell phone or WAP device.
FinderPop 1.8.6 is a bug-fix update to the control panel that enhances the Contextual Menu feature in Mac OS 8 and 9.
Simon Jones, creator of the popular e-card service Mac Cards that was closed down by Apple last month, has launched a new e-card site called Simon\'s EyeCards. The site pays a humorous and functional homage to Jones\' original creation, who stated "There can be no such objections with this new site, unless [Apple] wants to object to the fact they did dull cards first." The site features photographs of grass growing, pavement, street signs, and more.
The shareholders of Diehl Graphsoft, makers of 2D/3D CAD software, VectorWorks, for Macintosh and Windows, have approved the merger plan with Nemetschek AG for $9.50 per share in cash for all outstanding common stock. Diehl is no longer a separate public company, so its common shares will be delisted either May 5 or May 7 from Nasdaq. Nemetschek is one of the largest architectural software vendors in the world. [site not updated]
Belkin Components has recently introduced two OmniView KVM switches: a dual-access switch for training, and a USB switch. The $120 dual-access switch allows two users simultaneous, uninterrupted access of one computer from two sets of PS/2 keyboards, mice and monitors. Macintosh users must have a $160 adapter kit. The $250 USB switch offers cross-platform control of four USB computers and on-screen display capabilities on both PC and Macintosh. The switch also features a built-in, four-port hub. Both switches ship in June. [site not updated]
Katoemba Software has released Where\'s my window?, a $10 shareware system extension that enables you to bring any open window from any running application immediately to the foreground. After installation, it adds a menu to the control strip, which will show all windows from all running applications, and activates a window after it is chosen from this menu.
Apple today released the English-North American GameSprockets 1.7.4, a set of software libraries that most games and USB input devices require for optimum performance. The update includes nearly all the HID-compliant USB input devices, improves multiple monitor performance, adds higher quality 3-D sound filtering and delivers improvement for graphic-intensive games. [download 827K]
REALbasic 2.1.1 a maintenance update to its object-oriented BASIC, and visual development environment for Macintosh, adding a variety of Win32 routines and programming calls.
Newer Technology today announced a $50 price reduction on its iMAXpowr G3 CPU upgrade for 233-333MHz iMacs (rev. A-D), offering its 466 MHz/1 MB upgrade for $450. The company, however, also reduced the $200 rebate on exchanged processors to $150, but extended the required turnaround time from 5 days to 14 days.
Epson\'s Stylus Color 800 v5.6AE adds Mac USB support for Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 systems, according to the Web page.
A recent commercial on Ad Critic, titled as an Apple spot dubbed \'Espionage,\' is not an authentic Apple advertisement, and it was not the creators\' intention to confuse or trick viewers. MacNN spoke to the two men who produced the spot and who are using the love of Mac to hopefully further their careers.
iMac2Day notes the first mass-charging station for iBooks, which can charge up to 16 at a time and should work with any laptop; as well as a warning on advertised 27.5 GB FireWire hard drives that are actually 20 GB.
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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