Palm\'s HotSync 2.6.1 update restores HotSync operations under Mac OS 9.02 and 9.04, including time out errors when synchronizing with conduits for certain applications, including Meeting Maker and Outlook Express and other conduits with "long" synchronization times such as AvantGo.
Fool.com has a Q&A on Apple, answering questons on Apple\'s "meaningful intermediate-term upside" and its dependence on introducing "great new products."
Midiman\'s $200 MidiSport 4x4 is a new self-powered USB MIDI interface with MIDI-activity indicators for each port. The multi-platform device includes a 6\' USB cable, OMS drivers for Mac OS 8.6 (and higher) and a lifetime warranty.
Agill English-German Dictionary 2.1 is an update to the translation dictionary that supports Apple\'s Text-to-Speech and the ability to create additional plug-in dictionaries.
Ecommercesoft will introduce MetroShop ASP during WWDC in San Jose, Calif., next week. MetroShop ASP enables ASPs to broaden the scope of their business services by providing their customers with the ability to create instant e-commerce Web sites. It is the latest in a series of scalable e-business products, called the MetroShop suite. The suite is made up of business-management software containing embedded business-logic, flow-processes, legacy integration and ERP back-office functionality. The ASP version\'s pricing varies, based on the OS deployment, the number of servers and processors used on the number and types of store deployments desired.
Simon & Schuster Interactive has announced its 2000 game lineup, and there are plenty of Macintosh titles, according to IMG. Titles being exhibited at its booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo include Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen, shipping in September; Star Trek Starship Creator Warp 2; Panty Raider, available now; Last Call; Deer Avenger 3D, due in October; and Amateur League Golf.
Version 2.0 of three-2-one\'s $70 shareware text2graphic is an update to the company\'s application that batch-converts text to graphic files with shadows, anti-aliasing and other graphic manipulation. It is now support double-byte character sets, has more rendering output formats, includes performance improvements, and available in localized versions in English, German and Japanese. A more basic \"LE\" version is available for $25.
Sig Software has released a public beta version of TableText 1.0, a program that allows tabular information to be represented, manipulated and scanned as plain text. Users can convert spreadsheets and tables to ASCII text. It can be used for e-mail messages, source code comments and cross-platform documentation. The beta is fully functional, but expires June 1.
VisionSynth 1.0 (free) is a unique screensaver for Mac systems. The software allows users to find artistic ranges that show off patterns of movement within the range of a computer's viewscreen aesthetics. Numerous sliders control each aspect of VisionSynth, such as radius or delta 1/2. [Download - 92KB] CrushFTP 4.3 ($30) updates the file server software with the ability to link or join virtual file systems from several users together, and adds support to set up custom login pages based on the domain used in the browser. The latest release also allows users to set a maximum monthly download amount and import users as well as groups from proftpd. [Download - 6.2MB] iPDA 3.3 ($20) enhances the software designed to make Apple's iPod function as a replacement for a PDA. The software enables users to transfer Word, PDF, Apple Pages, RTF, and text documents to the portable media player for quick access. The latest release offers download driving directions from Google Maps, and allows users to back up the contents of selected folders as well as sub-folders to an iPod. [Download - 1.1MB] Smart Scroll X 2.5 ($20) is an application designed to make scrolling more convenient by making the scroll wheel smoother and faster. Grab Scroll includes a hand tool to move any window's contents, and features a "coasting" effect similar to Apple's iPhone interface. The latest release improves the super wheel for finer speed control and a greater speed range. [Download - 1.5MB] CDRevolution 1.10 ($20) is a drag-and-drop CD copying and archiving tool for both audio and data CDs. The update adds CD text support and archiving features like album tagging, Spotlight integration, lossless audio compression, and iTunes integration. [Download - 1.2MB] Syncro SVN Client 2.4 ($60 with 1-year of maintenance) allows users to see the history of a resource as a history graph where every revision of the resource is represented with a node. The update ensures that the contextual menu of a graph node contains operations that are applicable directly to the revision represented by that node. [Download - 12.6MB]
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 2.0.1, an update to the MP3 searching (using Napster\'s service), downloading, editing and organizing tool. The update fixes problems, especially with pre-Mac OS 9.0 systems; and adds support for regenerating random user information for anonymity, for using custom user agent strings, and for the QDesign MP3 player.
Thunderwizard Software has just released Reversi Unlimited 1.0.2, an update to the $10 shareware based on the classic board game. The update contains some important bug fixes and revises the Reversi Classic theme.
Sega.com has selected marchFIRST, the new global Internet professional services company created by the merger of Whittman-Hart and USWeb/CKS, to help build SegaNet, a robust gaming network for Macintosh and PC users, which is launching in September. Additionally, SegaNet offers 3-D multiplayer games, chat, community, cheat codes, tournaments and content. it is also an ISP. MarchFIRST will work with Sega.com to design and build its new Web site and back-end architecture.
A German advertising agency that paid out of its own pocket to run a clever, full-page, pro-Mac advertisement is now in hot water with Apple over trademark infringement.
Today, topics in our Forums area include questions about installing RAM in a G4 to optimize speed and compatibility, burning two CDs at once with SCSI CD burners, installing RAM in a Rev C iMac and which CD-RW works best with an iMac Rev. C; and problems with Media Cleaner 4 crashing on a blue G3.
Kepi Software has recently released Tic-Mac-Toe, a freeware tic-tac-toe game for one or two players.
Apple is at Cannes. QuickTime technology is being used to cover the famous film festival. Canal+ is streaming the best of the fest, including live, up-to-the-minute news on the festival; background on the films and the jury; and festival screenings. There are also live video, online chats with celebrities, mobile net reporters and Web cams broadcasting in real time.
AppleInsider last night posted information on next week\'s WWDC announcements and reported that Steve Jobs\' Keynote will not be broadcast via QuickTime or satellite.
Aupperle Services and Contracting, the developer of MCadContour a Mac-only GIS application, will be shutting down its Website permanently on May 15th and "urges" all MCadContour 5.xx users to download the free upgrade to MCadContour 6.0. The company has also made both the product manual and tutorial available as PDF files on the Website.
WebEvent 3.3 is a "major" upgrade to the Internet and intranet scheduling software, offering the ability to add events into multiple calendars, more customization features, cookie-based authentication, private and public events, and improved email notification.
Carrot Software has released Mega Minesweeper 1.0, a modern version of minesweeper for the Mac OS, as freeware for both PPC and 68K Macintosh computers.
Mattel Interactive also announced its 2000 lineup of games and entertainment titles, only one of which is available for Macintosh users. Myst III: Exile, which will be available on a hybrid CD-ROM for Mac and PC during the first quarter of 2001, features "fantastic environments in the same vein that made its predecessors immersive, mysterious and beautiful"; five new ages; and a new navigation technology, implemented by Presto Studios.
The Fontz 1.0 is a $10 shareware (PowerPC-only) font browser and organizer, which can arrange fonts in "flexible groupings that can be modified on the fly. One of the best things about it is that your system fonts are left completely untouched."
Apple has officially announced the schedule for upcoming Demo Days, at which it will feature iMovie editing software and AirPort technology. Apple experts will be in many retailers throughout the country on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 20 and 21, May 27 and 28, June 3 and 4, June 10 and 11 and June 17 and 18.
Transparent Language will introduce 101 Languages of the World, a conversation-oriented learning program for Macintosh and Windows. It is based on the company\'s Transparent Method, which offers realistic dialogs, interactive games, pronunciation activities and vocabulary-building tools. It also includes advanced speech analysis that improves pronunciation and accent and Unitype Global Writer, a word processing software with 100 languages, spell checking, thesauruses and character sets. Shipping in July, the price will be $30.
Only one of LucasArt\'s eight newly announced games will be released for the Mac, according to news from the E3 gaming conference this week. Star Wars Super Bombad Racing is being developed by Lucas Learning and will be distributed by LucasArts. "Super Bombad Racing is a whimsical title that lets players race on various tracks throughout the Star Wars galaxy as way-out versions of their favorite characters." It is expected in the first quarter of 2001, and will be released simultaneously for Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PC and Macintosh.
A feature article yesterday discussed Microsoft\'s own proposed compromise. Other updates included FileMaker\'s Web Companion Update 5.0v4, Grammarian v2.1.1, AOL IM 4.0.989, and Apple\'s ColorSync 3.0.1.
Many of Brooklyn College\'s classrooms are equipped with Power Mac G4 computers, AirPort cards and access to the Web. Biology professor John Blamire is trying to transform the learning process from passive to active and is helping to eliminate what he calls the "magic eraser," which wipes out students\' memories of facts learned at the end of the semester.
Dr. Bott, LLC has released the MoniSwitch Pro 8, a KVM switcher that allows users to control up to 8 computers from a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The $400 device supports USB and includes all necessary cables. Dr. Bott also offers the MoniSwitch USB and MonISwitch ADB, which can control 2-4 computers.
Graphics designer and GUI master Arlo Rose has updated his Web site, which notes that Kaleidoscope 2.2.3 is nearly finished and that development on version 2.5 has begun. The site also notes another Mac OS project that\'s in the works, dubbed Konfabulator, although no further information is provided yet.
A Better Finder Rename 3.1 is an update to the $15 Contextual Menu Plug-in that allows for quick and easy renaming of multiple files. The new versions ads the ability to create an alphabetical list, renaming groups of images, for example, to \'image_a.jpg\', \'image_b.jpg\', etc..
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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