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.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.74 ( -1.09 )
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6