Macromedia and Nokia today jointly announced the public beta release of the Nokia WML Studio for Dreamweaver. The extension, which allows developers to design content using Wireless Markup Language for Nokia\'s mobile phones, is available to download from Macromedia\'s Exchange site. Macromedia is also handing out free copies from their booth, #408, at Internet World UK 2000, which is presently taking place in London.
Apple received three awards at the British Design and Art Direction ceremony last night, according to Macworld UK. The Cinema Display took home a gold, while the Power Mac G4 and iBook won silvers in their respective categories. The awards ceremony can watched from Apple\'s site using QuickTime.
Blue Line Studios has released of TextBroom 2.5 for Macintosh in an OS X Aqua look. TextBroom uses smart search and replace functions to process text files. This version removes the one-month limit on the demo and replaces it with a limit of 24 uses.
MacToolkit.com announced eMailMan 1.5, a free upgrade to the $12 e-mail notification product. This release adds a control strip module for easier mail access and fixes a few minor issues.
Richard Bannister has released two game-system emulators: the Handy/MacOS 0.72, a major upgrade that improves compatibility with the Atari Lynx; and the SMS/MacOS 0.9 , a free, brand-new Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear emulator.
Beenox Studios has released of the Coldstone Game Engine Beta 8, a package for creating role-playing games for the Macintosh. The "major update" adds a multilayer graphic system in the map engine allowing for the creation of environments. The user can add realistic nature elements like trees, rocks, lakes and mountains, as well as 3D-rendered houses and furniture. There will be a full demonstration game available this summer.
SSEYO has added a hybrid digital/analogue synthesizer to its products in the Koan line. The synthesizer modules are fully routeable and Web page programmable. It also supports full MIDI file playback allowing generative augmentation of existing MIDI material. Other features include a range of effects units, a range of highly specified generator units and a range of transformer and modulator units.
Tegrity has released WebLearner 4.5, a classroom-based authoring system for creating multimedia, Web-based teaching and learning content. The update adds support for Microsoft Windows Media Player on Macintosh.
MGL has a \"sneak peek\" of Lucas Learning\'s Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing, described as "your favorite Star Wars characters -- with big heads." The kart-racing game will be released simultaneously for the Macintosh, PC, Sony Playstation 2 and Dreamcast.
Aladdin has begun shipping Spring Cleaning 3.5, a $50 Macintosh uninstaller with 13 cleaning and organizing utilities. The update now includes iClean for fast Internet file cleanup, speeds up searches with new search filtering and improves the interface. Customers who purchased version 3.0 between April 24 and May 24 can get the update for free. Other users can get it for $20. A $30 mail-in upgrade rebate is available when purchasing from retailers.
TextureMagic 1.3.1 is an update to ARTIS Software\'s $50 seamless texture graphics application. Version 1.3.1 adds the ability to export in Photoshop, PNG, Silicon Graphics and Targa file formats. A Pro version with additional software and 250 royalty-free textures is available for $100.
In our Forums area today, readers have questions about disabling sleep when Pismo is closed, HP Office Jet G85 compatibility, Archos MiniCD-RW, Toast and FireWire support, FireWire or USB device for backup, OpenTransport programming assistance, updating firmware in LinkSys router and setting up a mailserver; and problems with undeliverable mail in Outlook Express 5, Strata3D "CfgOpenTpt" not found, shutdown and sleep, HotSync hangs and Pismo "disk full" message.
Sams Publishing, part of Macmillan USA, has introduced Gene Steinberg\'s How to Use Your Mac, targeted toward beginning users. The $25 book includes colorful diagrams and photos illustrate and clearly explains each feature of the Mac.
Frank Reiff has released A Better Finder Attributes 1.5, a $10 contextual menu plug-in for the Macintosh Finder which allows for quickly changing attributes. The new version extends the date and time manipulation abilities of the tool.
TLA Systems Ltd. has posted a German-language plug-in for DragThing, the application dock: "With this new plug-in installed into the \'DragThing Languages\' folder of DragThing 2.8, the user interface can be switched entirely into German." The DragThing 2.8 installer already supports English, French, Italian and Japanese
Channel 8 Software has introduced iOrganizer 1.0, a software for time management on the Internet that includes an address book, a bookmark list, a personal event calendar and a file download list. iOrganizer can also import contacts, bookmarks, events and file URLs from a variety of formats; search, sort and print lists; launch e-mail clients to send a message to a contact; open a Web site in the browser; and internally download files from FTP or HTTP servers. A single-user license is $18, and a site license is $160.
Epson has posted version 6.3AE of the drivers for its Stylus Pro 9000 inkjet printer.
Microtek has introduced the ScanMaker 3700, a 1200x600dpi, 42-bit scanner geared towards the consumer market. The $120 device features Microtek\'s one-touch scanning, which allows users to scan images with the push of a button, and includes a transparency adapter, the LightLid 35, and web publishing software for home and office. It is expected to ship next month.
Apple has won two silvers and a gold awards at the British Design and Art Direction Awards ceremony. The Apple Cinema Display took the gold award in the category "Product Design for Work." The PowerMac G4 won a silver in this same category. iBook was the other silver in the category "Product Design for the Home." Winners in all the categories can be viewed at Apple\'s QuickTime site.
MacNN has learned that Adobe officially discontinued PageMill in March, although no word of this was ever sent out to the media or posted on its website. The departure of PageMill, coupled with the discontinuation of Claris HomePage more than a year ago, leaves a void in consumer-level Web publishing applications.
The German advertising agency that earlier this month ran a full-page ad in a German newspaper poking fun Windows users and the ILOVEYOU virus, plans to publish a full-page apology to Apple for misusing Apple\'s trademarks.
MacDeals! bargains today include a PowerMac G4/400 bundle, with USB color scanner, extra 64 MB RAM and USB floppy disk drive for $1,683; MacNN readers receive free Fed Ex shipping on LaCie SCSI CD-R and CD-R/W drives with software, cables and manuals; and 128 MB RAM upgrade for free with any iMac DV or iMac DV SE purchase from Small Dog Electronics.
Yesterday we had new articles on Jackson\'s request for a second Microsoft remedy, on the launch of RealSystem 8, and Jobs\' jury duty summons as well as the release of Eudora 4.3.2 Update, Tiff-Sight 1.03, and Terran\'s updated Media Cleaner Pro 4.
Fantom Drives has added FireWire-based DVD-RAM and DVD-ROM drives to its FireWire product line. The new 8x DVD-ROM drive, which costs $400, can read DVD-ROM and DVD-Video formats, as well as single-sided DVD-RAM discs and is compatible with Apple\'s hardware and software DVD-decoders, according to the company. Its DVD-RAM drive will cost $750 and will use Hitachi\'s GF-1000 DVD-RAM mechanism.
OmniWeb 4.0b3 for Mac OS X DP4 is now available online with an updated user interface (including slide-out bookmarks and history drawers), better performance and stability, and some bug fixes.
EZQuest is now shipping its 45GB and 60GB FireWire hard drives, which feature a 7,200 rpm mechanism, transfer rates of 12/13MB/sec, dual 6pin FireWire ports, and internal power supply. The drivesare $600 for the 45GB and $700 for the 60GB capacities (and are also avaiable in 20GB and 30GB models for $380 and $490 respectively).
The American Radio Relay League, the largest amateur radio organization in the US, is currently conducting a survey on which platform choice, according to Chris Smolinski "Hams using Macs should certainly make sure their voice is heard. There is already the perception that there is no ham radio software for the Mac, and no hams use Macs."
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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