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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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