We have added a FireWire Storage report to our Comdex coverage, which covers two new technologies that will prove beneficial to Mac users looking for improved FireWire solutions. Earlier today we posted a report on Eskape Labs, which was demonstrating its Mac products at parent-company Hauppauge\'s booth. Other exclusive Comdex coverage includes our report on I-Jam, a USB Pavilion report, and Power Mac G4 Cube knock-off.
games.macnn.com has information on the status of third-person 3D action game Rune and the shipping status of 3D kart racing game Cro-Mag Rally; earlier today, the site posted a first look at the Diablo II Expansion Set, the upcoming add-on for the amazingly successful Diablo II which is expected for a Mac/PC release in the first half of 2001.
iMac DVs from Apple\'s new manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic have started to appear on store shelves in Europe. The plant in Pardubice under the management of the same company that produces entry-level iMacs in Asia, Foxconn, covers more than 21,000 square feet and employs 300. Meanwhile, Jan Tichy informs us that the plant will be expanding in the coming months, adding a third production line.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.0b3 is an AppleScript designed "to get the maximum out of SETI@home. It offers fully automated down-/uploads, off-line crunching, RAM Disk handling and detailed statistics about your productivity." Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN.
Blueworld has released Lasso Studio 1.7 for Adobe GoLive 5.0, which provides a visual development environment for building database-driven Web applications, including a configuration wizard, Lasso Site Builder, as well as Lasso tag selectors, tag editors and converters. Version 1.7 offers the ability to create HTML-based template files, a new tag editor and conditional tag inspector, an updated CDML 5 converter, and an improved installer. A $50 discount off the $350 regular price is being offered for an electronic download as well as a $100 discount for registered customers of Lasso Studio 1.5 for Dreamweaver 3.
Both OEM and Deluxe version of Adaptec Toast 4.1.2 are now available from the company\'s website, bringing bug fixes, additional drive support as well as support for Ricoh\'s JustLink (buffer underrun protection) technology. [4MB -- deluxe or OEM]
Blue World has also released Lasso Web Data Engine 3.6.6, a free maintenance release to its middleware Web tool for connecting to databases and developing dynamic Websites. Version 3.6.6 offers enhanced security for Instant Web Database Publishing, an improved installer, a new XML Developer Kit, and instant XML/WML publishing.
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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