America Online\'s new beta version of its popular messaging utility, AOL IM 4.0.989, now supports display of stocks by either the symbol or the full name and also supports a variety of international stock symbols and indices (in addition to the previously available U.S. symbols and indices).
Casady & Greene\'s maintenance release to its $50 grammar checker, Grammarian v2.1.1, addresses minor problems recognizing older Grammarian 2 files and now works properly with Adobe\'s ATM and PageMaker 6.5 and Microsoft\'s Outlook Express (under Mac OS 8.5).
Software Perspectives will begin shipping its new digitally remastered Brazil Pro 3.0 environment for its Relax environment simulator in late May. The $5 program provides full stereo, 32 kHz, 16-bit sound playback. The update eliminates the slight hiss present in the older versions.
Nick Macri e-mailed us about dLoo\'s imminent release of The Blue Box Developers Kit, which converts open-source, Linux-based applications to run on Windows or Macintosh. It will include source control, C/C++, PERL, Python and Java and will have the native look and feel of Windows, Mac OS, Gnome and KDE. The download will be free in late May.
Apple has released the English- North American version of ColorSync 3.0.1 on its software updates page. ColorSync helps applications maintain consistent color between different devices like monitors, printers, scanners and cameras. The update includes new versions of the ColorSync control panel, Extension, Default Calibrator, Profile First Aid and the profiles.
Stating that the crime didn\'t fit the punishment, Microsoft today presented its own compromise to end the antitrust battle.
iREZ has posted 1.01b22 drivers for the Kritter USB camera. The new version fixes several issue, including a recording length limitation when using version 1.0.
The TWAIN Working Group has had nearly 3,000 developers download the TWAIN Toolkit for the Mac, the new version of the industry standard for image acquisition, since its release in February. The standard enables Macintosh application developers to acquire images from digital cameras and scanners for use in their imaging applications. The new version is fully compatible with previous TWAIN specifications and existing data sources.
Aestiva, makers of the $800 HTML/OS, has introduced a new scaling technology, called "server jumping," which enables dynamic sites to span multiple computers to support users in the same way "static" sites do. Web applications can operate across multiple servers with no programming required, eliminating the need for CORBA, DCOM and other distributed-computing technologies. The technology can be deployed on Macintosh, Windows or UNIX.
Belkin Components has introduced and is currently shipping three new USB products designed for the portable-computing market: the USB PS/2 Adapter, featuring two PS/2 ports; the DockStation, with four USB ports, two PS/2 ports for keyboards and one serial port for modems and digital cameras; and the USB Pocket Hub, with four USB ports and built-in cable-management system. The PS/2 Adapter is $50, the DockStation is $160 and the Pocket Hub is $70.
Joliet Volume Access 1.0 is a freeware replacement for Apple\'s ISO 9660 File Access extension, offering support for Internet Config\'s file mappings as well browsing and Sherlock searching improvements on disks that use the ISO 9660 Level 3 or Joliet formats. (The download also contains a contextual menu and control strip utility for enabling and switching among UDF/ISO/Joilet formats.)
MacMAME 0.37b2, a beta of the arcade game emulator, has been released recently.
ZDNet News is reporting that a full beta version of Mac OS X may be available for attendees at the Worldwide Developers\' Conference next week. "Sources say Apple\'s next prerelease will offer more-traditional Mac OS tweaks, printer support and enhanced multiprocessor performance." In related news, the conference\'s Developer Central, the developer showcase co-sponsored by Apple Developer Connection and MacTech Magazine, is sold out.
Josh Rafofsky noticed that Steve Levy, a long-time Apple fan and writer for Newsweek, writes in the May 15 edition about his recent crisis of confidence in Apple. Levy, in the end, is born again into the Think Different faithful. (Rafofsky also notes that there is a Mac/PC hybrid version of Lego MindStorms available; "it\'s just hard to find and $75 more." )
Discussions in today\'s forums area include questions about OnGuard 3.3.1, project-management software, video editing on an iMac, an electronic design part, a "public" AirPort network and turning off AutoComplete in Netscape; and problems with Outlook Express 5 crashing, page layout with Internet Explorer 5, installation of Internet Explorer 5, an ISP (not connectivity), alignment on an Epson 900 and a Pismo keyboard that doesn\'t work after sleep.
Computer games publisher Infogrames has signed an exclusive publishing and distribution deal for several games in Epic Games\' Unreal franchise. Infogrames will have all worldwide PC, Macintosh and video game console rights to Unreal Tournament, Unreal 2 (in development) and an option to publish Unreal 3.
Quadmation has announced an inventory special sale on Q-Fire Pocket Baby external FireWire hard disk drives with 10 GB capacity and in graphite/ice color. The drives are on sale for $400 instead of the regular $500.
Following its pledge to ban any user who is identified as infringing upon copyrights, Napster late last night banned 317,377 of its roughly 9 million users from accessing the service. One should note, however, that none of the users on the list, which was compiled by Metallica, are Mac users. No Mac-compatible version of the Napster client supports sharing a user\'s files; they only support downloading files from other users.
FileMaker has posted Web Companion Update 5.0v4, a fix for the security issues that were discovered early last week.
MacDeals! bargains today include an exclusive deal on a G4/450 & 17\" Studio Display bundle, an internal SCSI Jaz 2 GB drive for $119, a free $100 gift certificate at Amazon.com for qualified students, a 5% discount at Egghead.com, and more.
Mac OS Manager 1.6.3 is a bug-fix relesae of the $5 utility that allows users to enable and disable Contextual Menu Items, Control Strip Modules, and Fonts in a similar fashion to the Extensions Manager.
Alco Blom and Rene Laterveer have released the final versions of WebConfidential 2.0 for Mac and Web Confidential 1.0 for Palm. The $20 applications are designed to manage and securely encrypt login/passwords, credits cards, and serial numbers and offer the exclusive ability to be synced together using a Macintosh Conduit and Palm\'s HotSync software.
UMAX recently began shipping the PowerLook 1100 and PowerLook 2100XL professional-caliber scanners. The PowerLook 1100 offers native FireWire connectivity for improved performance, 3.4Dmax with a 1200x2400 dpi optical resolution; while the PowerLook 2100XL can accommodate documents up to 12\"x17\" and features 3.4Dmax with an optical resolution of up to 800x1600 dpi. Three different software bundles are available for each scanner that dictate the product\'s pricing, starting at $999.
GraphicConverter 3.8.2 adds the ability to swap colors via AppleScript, an option for disabling the new zoom effects, and fixes a few bugs in the shareware graphics manipulation utility.
MacDesktops has eight new pictures this week including movies, flowers, a BMW and Boba Fett.
Bill Barker of financial site Fool.com has written an article that recommends Apple as a \"stock for Mom.\" He cites strong Q2 results, continued demand across all products lines, an excellent balance sheet, and a low price/earnings ratio as the stock\'s highlights.
Other World Computing has launched an online Build To Order system for legacy Power Macs. Users choose from a Power Mac 6100, Power Mac 7100, PowerCenter, or UMAX S900 and can then configure processor, RAM, drives, PCI cards (where applicable), video options, and OS.
LuraTech now offers a Java-SDK and a sample Java applet created from the SDK to allow viewing of LuraWave images using Java. The LuraWave Java-SDK makes it possible to display LuraWave images without having to download or install any additional software and plug-ins.
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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