Apple recently added several new movie trailers to its QuickTime site, including Vertical Limit, The Grinch, Dune, Cast Away, Little Nicky, Red Planet, and The 6th Day.
Newer Technology is featuring a Holiday Sale that includes price drops of 5 to 50 percent on a number of its products. Among the highlights: G4/450 ZIF upgrade for $500, G3/500 ZIF upgrade for $380, G4/450 daughtercard (PCI) upgrades for $550, and the BookEndz docking station for Lombard (1999) PowerBook G3s for $100. The company today also posted Mac OS X drivers for several of its products.
Virtual Ink has posted mimio 1.02, an update to the Mac software for collaboration, which began shipping just a couple weeks ago. There\'s no mention as to what\'s been added or fixed.
Steve Massey has released I have released StevePerfect 4.6, an update to his text editor, picture viewer and multimedia player that fixes a problem with the dictionary client.
Intech has released CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5, a new version of the $40 software for optimizing performance of such drives, as well as supporting a number of third-party drives that Apple does not.
We\'ve posted eight photo galleries of the Comdex 2000 event, which runs through tomorrow. Other Comdex 2000 coverage includes a FireWire Storage report, a report on Eskape Labs, a report on I-Jam, a USB Pavilion report, QPS\'s new drive and product offerings, and DA Computing\'s Power Mac G4 Cube knock-off.
Apple is planning its first retail presence in downtown Palo Alto with a 6,500-square-foot retail space being built as a prototype for future Apple stores--as many as three in California--according to the San Jose Mercury News. The shop, which will be located at University and Kipling avenues, was shown to members of Palo Alto\'s architectural review board who said the building "won\'t come with any Apple signage, just two white Apple logos illuminated on glass doors." Reuters is reporting the stores could open as early as April. [updated]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include 128-MB PC100 Kingston ValueRAM for $66, 30-GB Quantum 7200 RPM hard drive for $78, a 19-inch KDS Trinitron monitor for $310 and UMAX Astra 2200 USB/SCSI scanner for $75.
XLR8 is now bundling Quick Time 4.1 Pro to its $100 USB video capture product, InterView 2.0. Other software includes Strata Video shop 4.5, XLR8 theatre, and web cleaner (XLR8\'s web compression utility). [site not updated]
Yesterday we noted the release of Adaptec Toast 4.1.2 (with a list of known issues and comments from readers), MYOB AccountEdge 1.0, HP\'s Color LaserJet 4550 printer family, Lasso Studio 1.7 for Adobe GoLive 5.0, and the release of WebEvent 3.4, Compositor 1.0, and Lasso Web Data Engine 3.6.6.
The Cro-Mag Rally v1.03 update for both the demo and full version of Pangea\'s Cro-Mag Rally game removes some unnecessary code and addresses a file corruption issue. [40MB -- demo; 292KB -- update]
Afternoon tech news: Boston\'s Public Interactive Inc. has selected Akamai to provide live and on-demand streaming audio services; Adobe Systems will use technology developed at its Indian center to fan out in the e-book business by using its pdf reading format to enable multilingual electronic book authoring and presentation; and Pentium 4 computers are due Monday along with performance benchmarks for the chip.
The LA Times recently posted an article about QuickTime vs. Media Player technologies, noting that Microsoft\'s Windows Media technology is in second place behind RealNetworks\' RealSystem, with Apple\'s QuickTime coming in third.
RBdbMaker v.1.0 is a $15 shareware development environment tool for REALbasic developers using REALbasic\'s built-in database engine: "More than the need to visually create his database, a developer needs to test SQL commands that he or she will utilize within code, have an ability to save those commands as stored procedures, and be able to call those commands again."
Updated Apple TILs include a note about a crash with any Carbon application under Mac OS 9.04 when the Internet Config Extension has been removed from the Extensions folder; the BTO-only ATI Rage 128 PCI card option prevents the computer from entering low-power mode when it is in sleep, keeping the fan running even when the computer is asleep; routine DHCP polling will cause computers running Mac OS 8.6 to "pause" and become unresponsive.
Several readers note that Apple has dropped its product prices for education customers at the Apple Store Education; it also has several other limited time promotions including a 2.9 percent interest rate financing for all qualified HED and K12 education customers through December 18th: Power Mac G4 Cube -- $1349 ($350 drop) Power Mac G4 Cube w/ 17\" Display Bundle -- ($200 drop) Power Mac G4 Cube w/ 15\" Flat Panel Display Bundle $2248 -- ($250 drop) Power Mac G4 DP / 450 -- $1999 ($250 drop) Power Mac G4 DP / 500 / DVD-ROM -- $2529 ($350 drop) Power Mac G4 DP / 500 / DVD-RAM -- $2799 ($350 drop)
Mobility Electronics this week introduced the EasiExpansion T45, the latest product in its line of universal expansion products for servers and desktop computers. The EasiExpansion T45 adds three internal 3.5" drive bays, two external accessible 5.25" bays, and four full-length PCI expansion slots via an external chassis connected to an internal PCI card using the company\'s Split Bridge technology, which offers bi-directional bandwidth of 1.25 Gbps. The $600 product is compatible with the G3 and G4 Power Macs and is expected to ship in December 2000.
ADS Technologies earlier this week announced that it has shipped the PYRO 1394 WebCam, a FireWire-based Internet video camera, offering 640x480 resolution at 30 fps. The $150 camera includes Smith Micro\'s VideoLink Pro is the first H.323-compliant video conferencing software, and ArcSoft\'s PhotoFantasy 2000 image entertainment program and its VideoImpression v1.5 video and image editing software program
Tiger Technologies has posted Holiday Lights 1.5, a $20 shareware application that strings rows of Christmas tree bulbs around the edges of your screen, with music playing in the background. It also includes a screensaver with several choices. The screen saver is free to users of version 5.0. [1.6 MB]
REAL Software is sponsoring the Cubies, awards "recognizing the excellence of what [developers] have produced with REALbasic." The contest opens now and closes Dec. 15. The winners in each category -- Mac OS X, Game, Internet, Cross-platform, Utility, REALbasic Development Aid, Overall and Advocate of the Year -- will be announced at Macworld San Francisco. The products must be developed by Premier partners in the Made with REALbasic program. Winners will receive a free upgrade to REALbasic 3.
Topics in our Forum areas include questions about replacing the 100- MB internal ZIP drive with a 250-MB, the possibility of a 17-inch screen on an iMac and what is the maximum resolution for a Pismo; and problems with G4 500 MPs that keep switching their monitor settings at random, startup on a 466 iBook SE and finding a printer for a 5300 PowerBook.
Cody Pearson has learned that Webshots 2.0 for the Macintosh, a photo wallpaper and screen saver on the Internet, is nearly ready for testing. Currently, the only Mac version available is the Lite edition. "It doesn\'t appear to be called \'Webshots Desktop Lite,\' so maybe it will have some of the features of the Windows version, like screensaver and storing pictures offline."
Dr. Bott LLC is now distributing MicroMat\'s TechTool Pro 3, the popular $100 diagnostic, repair and maintenance utility.
Morning tech news: ICANN has selected seven new domain names, including .biz, .info and .name; Priceline.com founder Jay Walker has sold 2 million shares of the Internet company; and ZDnet (as well as other publications) followed our Power Mac G4 Cube knockoff report with one of its own.
eZediaMX 2.0 is a new software package for managing, distributing, and presenting digital media assets, allowing users to create multimedia reports, interactive training programs, electronic image archives, voice and audio overlays, and conditional media sequences that track user input. A demo of the $200 application is available online.
Jeremy Kezer\'s Thermograph 1.1.1 is an update to the $7 shareware utility to monitor the temperature of your G3 or G4 processor. [340KB]
Scour has voluntarily shut down Scour Exchange, its popular file-sharing application downloaded by over 7 million Internet users that was used to find audio, video, images and animation, including music videos, movie trailers, and full-length movies: "With heavy hearts, we have come to this decision after months of litigation with the music and movie industries, a bankruptcy and a series of layoffs of our staff [and] to facilitate a resolution of the massive copyright infringement lawsuit pending against Scour..."
Early morning tech news: People surfing the Web at home spent 23 percent more time online this year than last year, surfing an average of 10 hours and 4 minutes in October and New documents shed more light on FBI\'s "Carnivore."
Now AAPL Stock: 142.27 ( -0.17 )
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