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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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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t