Yesterday we reported that Connectix will be releasing a utility similar to SpeedDoubler with Mac OS 9 compatibility, Macromedia\'s Dreamweaver UltraDev, noted Steve Jobs as appointment as Man of the Week, and the release of Webshots Desktop Lite 1.0.1, Microsoft UAM 5.05, and Z-Write 1.0.
Onflow, a provider of movie-quality Web advertisements, has introduced its online authoring system for rich media over slow modem connections, which is now for both Macintosh and Windows. The service consists of four components: a Web-authoring tool, a media server, a player and an ad-tracking service. Designers can compose their own work through Web-based authoring tools at no charge. The authoring system will be able to import files from leading graphics programs. Onflow can be served through third-party ad servers.
Webshots Desktop Lite 1.0.1, a free application to update desktops with photos, was recently posted. The update improves image quality for high-resolution displays and fixes a bug with corrupt images.
Men\'s Magazine AskMen.com recently selected Steve Jobs as its Man of the Week. Apple\'s CEO receives an overall rating of 89, and the lengthy analysis goes on to explain that \"there are many people who are responsible for Apple\'s resurgence (notably Jonathan Ive, designer of the iMac), but it was Steve who held everyone together and convinced everyone that Apple would never die. For that, Steve is our man.\"
As we originally reported back in January, Connectix today confirmed that the company will be releasing a new, Mac OS 9-compatible product that will incorporate and expand upon Speed Doubler 8\'s file copying features. \"Due to [an] overwhelming and enthusiastic customer response we have started development on a new product incorporating the most requested features from Speed Doubler along with a couple of enhancements.\" [updated - story]
Belkin Components has introduced its Pro Series S-400 FireWire-compatible cables, featuring Quad Shielding Construction and Signal Exact Twist technology. The professional-level cables are available now in 4- and 6-pin versions and range in price from $35 to $60.
A federal judge has ordered that Napster stand trial for copyright infringement, after the judge failed to agree with company\'s claims that it is merely providing a service and cannot be held responsible for users that exploit the service.
Microsoft has posted User Authentication Module (UAM) 5.05 for Mac, which provides secure encrypted authentication to Windows 2000 Servers running Services for Macintosh. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9\'s Keychain feature, runs natively on both 68K and PPC, and offers other bug fixes and improvements.
Keyspan is now shipping its USB Parallel Printer adapter. The $40 device designed is primarily for PC owners who wish to free up their parallel port, but can also be used on Macs with a variety of parallel-port based Epson Color Stylus printers coupled with version 5.5 or later of Epson\'s printer driver.
Cisco/Aironet is looking for a Macinsoft software developer to implement its wireless LAN products on the Macintosh platform. The work is for the areas of drivers and GUI client-management functions and is a full-time position. Interested applicants should contact Rick Rebo, software development manager.
Macromedia has announced Dreamweaver UltraDev, a new version of the company\'s Web design tool that will enable users to visually develop Web applications and connect sites to databases.
Doc Halpern of Mad Science Laboratories and Justin Dauer of The Pseudoroom have announced the inaugural Iconverge, an event for icon artists to develop icon sets based on a common theme. This year\'s theme is based on the artist\'s answers to the following questions: What word do you love? What word do you hate? What word do you fear? Participation is by invitation only; 27 iconists have been chosen. The final set will be available for download on June 30.
iArch Global has released PubPro 3.0, an update to the publishing-management program. The new version improves the interface and adds several new features. The $400 program features customized billing capabilities, detailed revenue and payment tracking and an editorial network database.
Stone Table Software has released Z-Write 1.0 for Macintosh, a $20, nonlinear word processor for creative writers and researchers. Z-Write allows the writer to store unlimited documents in a single file, organizing information any way they want. They can also move, combine and print out just the sections needed, manage multiple versions of chapters, export a completed book as linked HTML files or Rich Text Format and view multiple sections at the same time. A demo is available.
Over the weekend we noted a 15\" flat panel/G4 bundle from Apple for $3500, the release of Compuserve 2000 for Mac, CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.0 Gerry\'s ICQ d43, and a warning from Apple about using Password Security on FireWire PowerBooks.
Several readers have pointed out that one of the illustration\'s CNN is using for its Love bug coverage centers around a Macintosh Classic, when Macs were not affected by the virus.
Absolute Quality, Inc. has announced that it will debut its new eCustomer Support service at Apple\'s World Wide Developer\'s Conference next week, as well as its robust call/interaction center and proprietary bug tracking software, Bug City. The company provides its testing services at any stage during a product\'s development life cycle, compiling feedback, testing, and support.
Yenco.com has posted a strawberry version of Agenda 1.1 for Mac, a $15 round, virtual calendar that allows for the recording and playing back of voice reminders.
Appleholics-Anonymous.com, which years ago was one of the first pro-Mac Graphics sites on the Web, has returned as a Mac GUI enhancement site. The site features desktop pictures, images, and icon sets. It includes desktop pictures and Web graphics to download. The site is conducting its inaugural Desktopalooza design contest for the best Mac Evangelism desktop picture.
PreviewMaker 2.4.1 is an update to the $10 utility for previewing and testing Kaledoscipe schemes. The new version improves performance and adds several small features.
Evergreen Technologies has introduced the fireLINE ComboCard, an IEEE 1394/USB PCI combination card. It is equipped with three external FireWire ports, two external USB port and one internal FireWire connector. The $150 ComboCard can connect up to 63 FireWire devices at a time and is available now.
Met@box Corp., part of the German company, Met@box AG, has recently opened in Austin, Texas to market the JoeCard line of PowerPC G3 and G4 processor upgrades in North America. The JoeCard has been produced and marketed in Europe and Japan for the last two years. The U.S. company will market upgrades in ZIF-, L2-, and daughtercard versions.
Epson has introduced the PhotoPC 3000Z, a three-megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom, 25-second video clip feature, and a hot shoe for an external flash and manual controls. The $1,000 camera also features HyPict image-enhancement technology, a 16 MB CompactFlash card, four rechargeable AA NiMH batteries and USB compatibility. Currently, the company is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on the purchase of any digital camera, printer and scanner combination. There is a $50 rebate for those who purchase any Epson digital camera and a Stylus printer or scanner.
Power On has released On Guard 3.3.1 for Macintosh, an update to the cross-platform security and computer-access management software. The new version adds the ability to export preset configurations across the network, improves compatibility with Mac OS 9.0.4 and addresses several issues reported by users. The upgrade is free for version 3.0 or users or later; the full package is $70.
Topics discussed today in our Forums area include questions on what users think of KDS monitors, how to share a Brother L 1250 on a mixed network, what to do about a slow AirPort disconnect, and using both IE 5 and IE 4.5. Other readers are having problems with Outlook Express\' attachments Zip disks and PC formatting, an iMac\'s Internet connection, EIMS and DNS errors, AirPort settings that can\'t be changed, Linux and iMac, and CD SpeedTools and DVD-RAM.
The FileMaker Developer\'s Conference will take place August 27-30 in Palm Desert, California at the Desert Springs Marriott. The conference\'s theme is \"The Future of Data: Workgroup, Web and Beyond,\" and will feature more than 50 sessions with new and updated topics as well as pre-conference seminars and product showcases.
Insider Software\'s UpdateAgent 8.0.1, improves 68k Mac compatibility issues and offers other enhancements to the company\'s its software for tracking application and system updates. A special one-year subscription offer is available through end of May. A demo displays all files required to bring a Macs applications up-to-date, and downloads Mac OS System updates for free.
Dr. B\'s Virtual Message Board Tool 2.5.2 is described as "the world\'s most efficient full-featured Web Message Board System," and offers speed and stability improvements, as well as a number of new features. Custom versions are available for WebSTAR, Webten, MacOS X Server, and other common web servers. Single-user licenses are $80 ($30 upgrade) and site licenses are $350 (free upgrade).
Tenon announced a public beta of its proprietary iTools for Mac OS X (DP3), which offers extensions and enhancements to the Mac OS X Apache web server as well as WEBmail, domain name, multihoming FTP servers. The suite of tools, to be released concurrently with Mac OS X, also offers a robust SSL encryption engine to support eCommerce, caching and proxy support, and a Sherlock-savvy search engine.
Dr. Bott\'s new MoniSwitch Pro LDI, developed by SGI, is "the first" KVM for digital flat panel displays. Due later this month, the $400 device offers support for SGI\'s digital 1600SW SuperWide Flat Panel Display with 1600x1024 resolution and the ability to share USB peripherals among 2, 3 or 4 computers and ships with "all necessary USB and super premium video cables!"
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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