Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who is presiding over the Microsoft antitrust case, ordered the Justice Department Wednesday to submit a second plan that could involve breaking the company into three parts. Previously the government\'s plan called for the creation of two companies.
Shares of ATI Technologies, the exclusive provider of graphics cards to Apple, plunged more than 40% today after the company announced that earnings and revenue would fall significantly short of analysts\' estimates. ATI announced that it expects to post a loss of 7 cents per share this quarter; analysts were expecting a profit of 14 cents per share.
Pangea Software has revealed that its next 3D Macintosh title will be called "Cro-Mag Rally" and feature both classic and Mac OS X compatibility, OpenGL hardware acceleration. The game will be a kart racing type, similar to Mario Kart or Diddy Kong Racing, according to MGL.
Webshots Desktop Lite 1.0.2, a Mac application to submit photos and create your online photo community, was released recently. The update supports the user-defined Positioning setting in the Appearance Control Panel, fixes some bugs and removes June 1 expiration code.
Springer & Jacoby, the German advertising agency that ran a pro-Mac ad against Apple\'s wishes in a German newspaper, took out another ad in Werben und Verkaufen that stated the following: "Dear Steve Jobs: The crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently, those who are not fond of rules, those who have no respect for the status quo are very sorry for having misused Apple\'s trademark."
Burst.Com has released Burstware 2.0 for Windows. Burstware is a "faster-than-real-time" video and audio delivery system for IP networks. New features include a Burst-enabled QuickTime Player for Windows, an enhanced narrow band viewing feature and a pluggable access control interface. It can deliver content to both the Windows Media Player and the QuickTime Player from a single server running on Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux or Solaris. Burst.com plans to release a QuickTime Player version for the Macintosh platform later this year.
Terran Interactive today announced the release of Media Cleaner Pro 4 for RealNetworks\' RealSystem 8, its solution for optimizing and encoding video content.
Apple Learning Interchange has partnered with The Field Museum and Ball State University to webcast a series of virtual expeditions leading to the unveiling of Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. The content of these hour-long Web casts targets elementary and middle-school students.
Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs performed his civil duty Tuesday and reported to Santa Clara County, Calif. Superior Court with 56 other prospective jurors for possible jury duty. Jobs reportedly showed up in casual jeans and a tan T-shirt, and tried to get out jury duty by telling the court "...he was the head of a medium-sized company...," a deputy DA said. That request was denied, but the judge later let him go because of a previously scheduled out-of-town engagement at the beginning of June.
Apple\'s education site has a story on how the Just Think Foundation converted a school bus into a center for media-related learning, called the Media Mobile. "The bus serves as a multimedia learning center for kids in challenged areas. Over an all-Mac network, kids learn how to import and manipulate images in Photoshop, to create Web pages in PageMill, to make movies in iMovie and to create Web-ready digital songs using Mixman."
Be Here today announced that it has added Mac support for the company\'s iVideo product, a revolutionary technology that uses RealNetworks\' RealPlayer software to create a 360-degree video environment. The technology can be seen as a blend of QuickTime and QuickTime VR; users can pan completely around an environment while a movie plays, allowing producers to simulate what standing on the sidelines of a sporting event is like, for example. The iVideo codec will be available via RealPlayer\'s AutoUpdate service later today, or can be downloaded immediately.
Blue Globe Software $10 shareware Tiff-Sight 1.03 fax viewing utility has support for "nearly every TIFF and Tiff-based Fax format" as well as full support for viewing, printing, scaling, rotating, and exporting files. Version 1.0.3 fixes an error with page display, provides some and corrections to the documentation.
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who is preciding over the Microsoft antitrust trial, rejected Microsoft\'s request to dismiss the government\'s proposal to break up the company and will move to immediately consider antitrust remedies.
Our forums area has reader questions on upgrading to a larger HD, surge protectors for serial ports, and printing frames in IE5 as well as readers reporting problems with sound editing in iMovie, sending mail and reading news in OE5. Another reader is looking for an internal 420MB HD for LaserJet 5Si. (We also recently recreated a new DV Forum for digital video issues and a new Mac Modification forum for discussion on hardware tweaks and hacks.)
Apple has updated its statement on the recently released Ethernet Update 1.0, which it is says is required for Power Macintosh G4 made after November 1999 (AGP, Rage 128 Pro), FireWire PowerBook, and iBook as well slot-loading iMacs.
MailCall 1.6.1 is a minor update to the small application for checking POP3 and IMAP4 mailboxes, allowing users to quit email clients that require more resources.
Eudora has posted a free 4.3.2 Update for version 4.x users of its commercial email client (paid version, no ads). Version 4.3.2 is a maintenance release that features numerous bug fixes and small changes, all of which are detailed here.
D-Link has released an updated version and reduced the price on its DI-701 DSL/Cable gateway. The device, which allows multiple users to share on Internet connection and can be set up to act like a Firewall, now supports PPPoE. The $100 device is operating system independent, although only Windows machines support the GUI setup, others must use Telnet. [site currently down]
Dr. Bott is now shipping its MoniSwitch Pro 8 for sharing up to 8 computers from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse. The $400 device supports power on through Mac compatible keyboards and includes all necessary USB and "super premium" 6-ft VGA video cables. Dr. Bott is also reselling Formac\'s ProFormance 3 video cards, which offer LCD temperature control capability and acceleration features such as font caching. The 16MB is available for $290 and $360 for the standard and "Plus" versions, while a 32MB "Plus" version is $450.
NetChronometer 1.4.5 updates the $7 shareware time synchronization application from Jeremy Kezer, which can be used as an alternative to Apple\'s built-in Time Synchronizer extension.
John Schilling has released the final version of Weather Grok 3.5, an update to the freeware application used to grab the latest weather conditions from NOAA at customizable internals or at specific times. This version is now compatible with Kaleidoscope, has a log file for tracking changes in conditions, and other minor enhancements.
Polar Orbit\'s MacZaic v1.0 creates "beautiful photo-mosaics from your own photographs... The program allows scaling of sub-image blocks, preview mode, and creates JPEG images that can be easily viewed or printed on any computer." The $25 shareware runs on all Power Macs.
AppleInsider has more information on Apple\'s new mouse and keyboard that are currently in development, after first reporting on a new wireless and optical USB mouse last week.
RealNetworks today launched RealSystem 8, the company\'s new streaming technology that delivers significantly improved quality while requiring less bandwidth than previous versions. Analysts believe that RealSystem 8 is not only superior to all competing products, but that competitors, such as Apple\'s QuickTime, will be hard pressed to even match the technology. [updated - story]
Apple recently added several new features to its QuickTime site, including Myst III: Exile and 4x4 Evolution game previews and a streamed version of Britney Spears\' "Oops... I did it again" video. Additionally, the band Everything will be webcast using QuickTime on Friday at 9 PM. Recent additions to the Movie Trailers section include Shaft, The Cell, The Patriot, and Pokemon 2000.
Yesterday we reported on Kodak\'s QuickTime licensing and the future of Corel\'s application development after its merger plans fell through. We also noted new Epson printers, Kensington\'s TurboRing trackball, PowerBook quality issues, and the release of Installer VISE 7.0, PhotoCat 3.0, and a "region-free" hack of Apple\'s DVD 2.2 software
Iomega has begun shipping its Zip 100MB USB Drive Starter Kit, which includes a 100 MB Zip drive, six Zip disks, software, and all cables for $150.
FUNDimensions 3.1 offers new graphs for analysis of individual donor interests, new commands for better productivity, and compatibility with international currency listings.
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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
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R