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Jackson asks for second plan for MS Antitrust
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.
ATI stock plunges on earnings report
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 reveals new game details for Mac OS X
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.
Online photo app gets features, bug fixes
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.
German Ad Agency defies Apple (again)
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 real-time video video coming to Mac
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.
Media Cleaner updated for RealSystem 8
Terran Interactive today announced the release of Media Cleaner Pro 4 for RealNetworks' RealSystem 8, its solution for optimizing and encoding video content.
Virtual Expeditions to be Webcast by Apple
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.
Jobs tries to excuse himself from Jury Duty
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.
Just Think Foundation uses iMovie
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 adds Mac support to iVideo
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.
Fax viewer Tiff-Sight 1.03 fixes bugs
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.
Jackson rejects MS dismissal request
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.
Forums: surge protectors, larger HDs, sound
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.)
Ethernet 1.0 update revised by Apple
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.
WebDevil 4.93 fixes download problem
MailCall 1.6.1 checks POP3 and IMAP4 email
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 4.3.2 updater is maintenance release
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 updates Internet sharing device
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]
MoniSwitch 8 supports 8 computers
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 maintenance release
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.
Weather Grok 3.5.1 displays local weather
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.
MacZaic 1.0 creates photo-mosiacs
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.
Sources confirm wireless, optical mouse
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.
RealSystem 8 touts better quality
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 QuickTime site adds new features
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.
May 24th New Recap
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 ships 100MB USB Drive Starter Kit
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.
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