Disney Interactive has introduced Disney\'s The Emperor\'s New Groove -- Groove Center on a Mac/Windows hybrid for $30. The game is based on Disney\'s animated feature film \"The Emperor\'s New Groove,\" which opens in theaters Dec. 15.
Digital Voodoo today announced that its D1 Desktop series of PCI QuickTime cards, the D1 Desktop 128HD, has been named a 2000 Vanguard Award Winner by Video Systems magazine, which "seek to honor the most innovative new products to come to market in 2000. " The D1 Desktop 128HD offers full, uncompressed HDTV support as well as standard definition formats for amazing flexibility both now and in the future. In addition to full HDVT support, the D1 Desktop 128HD features true uncompressed 10-bit video capture and playback with 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It can also provide HDTV capture and playback support for applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Discreet combustion, and other applications.
Maxum\'s NetCloak 3.1, its Webserver plug-in or CGI that works with most Mac-based web servers, now offers complete set of Dreamweaver extensions that are accessible via a NetCloak objects palette and interactive property inspector as well as more control of the HTTP response header for pages and other advanced features.
Evening tech news: Corel stock dropped Monday on news that it could sell its Linux software operationl and following our lead over the weekend, c|net also notes Apple\'s mail-in rebates, which take $300 off the dual- 450-MHz and $500 off the 500-MHz PowerMac G4.
Sean Hayes forwarded a note from technical support indicating that Hi-Tek will be releasing Mac drives for Music Compressor, formerly known as the Personal Jukebox, "within the next week or so." The $750 device stores more than 100 hours of high-quality music using an included 6.4-GB drive.
We have posted a comparative review of 10 optical mice, from Apple, Microsoft, Logitech, Kensington, MacAlly, and Contour Design.
MP3 Strip 1.0b3 is a Control Strip Module what lets you playback audio MP3 files.
Heat Firewire Utilities v1.1b adds support for RBC bridge-type devices to the disk utility for formatting, partitioning and optimizing FireWire (1394) hard drives. A demo is available online for free to registered users on the site.
Highwind\'s $25 back-up utility that uses digital signatures to verify back-up files, FullBack 2.5, adds support for performing compression without backing up and now excludes invisible files from the backup. A $50 deluxe edition uses 512-bit randomly generated encryption keys (in lieu of the 40-bit keys in the standard edition). [servers overloaded]
Frederick Cheung\'s Speed Download 1.0 is a file download tool for FTP and HTTP protocols that opens up to 32 connections per file to improve download speeds. It is AppleScriptable, has support for FTP and HTTP proxy servers as well as scheduling, and includes a contextual menu plug-in.
Thoth 1.01, an update to the Carbonized newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher, offers power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article and header downloads, quoted text colorizing, reference-based article threading, mutli-threaded connection to the news server, and sophisticated filtering.
TECSoft has announced a new training program, titled Workflow Automation with AppleScript. The program is a two-day class that teaches participants how to create workflow automation solutions with FileMaker Pro, Canto Cumulus and QuarkXPress. An optional third day is available that emphasizes advanced techniques. The classes will begin Nov. 28 in various cities, including New York and Santa Monica, Calif. The two-day class is $1,000, and the three-day class is $1,500.
In today\'s Forum discussions, there are questions about the availability of a PCMCIA slot in a G4 Cube, recommendations for a video card and hard drive for an iMac and sharing a DSL between a G4 and an iBook with AirPort cards; and problems an amber power button on a 333 iMac, inverted colors on start up and a yellowish tint on an iBook display.
Erik J. Barzeski has launched AppleScript Central, which offers more than 100 free AppleScripts for use with Microsoft\'s Outlook Express and Entourage e-mail clients. The site is updated daily, and all downloads are free.
Artly There Software has updated Compositor to 1.0.3, a $16 image-to-art creator. This version fixes a bug in the Custom Ration dialog and adds some interface and filter improvements.
PhotoEmpt has relaunched its royalty-free image Web site with new pricing and expanded choice. Seven themes are currently available: houses, fall, door, Tuscany 1 and 2 and London 1 and 2. Future sets include flowers, Provence (France) and Prince Edward Island (Canada). The themed sets, $50 for 100 images, are provided in JPG format. High-resolution images are $300 a set.
Metrowerks today announced CodeWarrior for Java 6.0, a new version of its integrated development environment for programming 100% Pure Java applications. Among the title\'s new features is the inclusion of the PointBase database, which offers developers the smallest Java database foot print available. Metrowerks also announced CodeWarrior support for Sun\'s PersonalJava Platform, as well as a partnership with Sun to deliver development tools for the Java Card platform. CodeWarrior for Java 6.0 will ship at the end of the month for $400.
Club Photo has posted Album To Go 1.61, a free software to allow Palm OS handhelds to share photos with other Palm handhelds. It can beam and receive photos via IR from another Palm OS handheld, download from the PC or Mac using the Album To Go desktop software or download photos directly from a personal free online photo album.
Clearway has discontinued development of FireSite for Mac, its Internet content delivery system. \"Our decision was based primarily on market issues, revenue opportunities and the management of Company resources.\" The company has made available a final, nonexpiring version of the FireSite 2.x plug-in. Additionally, the company will provide three months\' free use of the Clearway network for those customers who start using FireSite 3.1 on a supported platform: Apache on Linux and Microsoft IIS on Windows NT.
Today\'s postings at Xicons.com include Adobe Pro Collection 2001 and Fork Converter, a set of drag and drop applications useful in accessing the data fork of a file for more advanced icon edits.
Black Cat Systems has released Weight Tracker 1.0.0, which tracks and graphs weight and measurements losses and gains.
Apple has been downgraded to "buy" from "strong buy" by analyst Jason Wells at Wit SoundView. In the past 2 months, ten analysts have lowered their ratings on Apple stock.
Bargains at DealNN today include 128-MB PC100 Kingston ValueRAM for $50 after rebate, 30-GB Maxtor 5400 RPM hard drive at CompUSA this week only, iMac 350/Epson 777i/128 MB RAM for $900 and UMAX Astra 2010U for $15 after rebate.
Earthlink and Time Warner today announced a partnership that will make Earthlink\'s broadband internet services available over Time Warner\'s cable systems. Earthlink anticipates being able to offer the service to some 20 million Time Warner customers beginning in the second half of next year.
Aspyr today began shipping Star Trek Voyager - Elite Force ($50) as well as The Sims Livin\' Large expansion pack ($30).
Scooter Graphics has posted Nu Font Pack 1.4, which adds Nu Sans Monospaced Bold to the $31 collection of fonts. A demo is available online.
Jeremy\'s CSM 2.1.4 is an update to the collection of fourteen control strip modules that features enhancements to the Temperature and Disk Space modules.
Over the weekend, we posted a note from Adobe on the loss of Acrobat Reader functionality in Netscape 6, Newer\'s Holiday Saale (and OS X drivers), a new Power Mac G4 rebate at the Apple Store, and the release of Greg Landweber\'s SmoothType 2.2.2.
simpleDays 1.0 is a personal information and time management tool that includes a perpetual calendar, popup reminders of special events, "to do" management, a personal journal, a day planner, and contact information management.
db Reports 2.2 is a report writer for the Macintosh that works with several data sources: 4D Server 6.5, ODBC, Openbase, Oracle, PostgreSQL, REAL Database, and Valentina. It fixes a few connectivity and sorting busg and adds a few new features.
Justin Cordesman sent us a note regarding his disconcerting experience trying to update his Palm to Palm OS 3.5 via his PowerBook.
Version 2.0 of PhotoAdvent is a $20 shareware Christmas Advent Calendar that ships with 25 built-in pictures, and allows users to personalize the calendar by importing their own pictures.
A thread in Apple\'s discussion forum talks about problems users are having playing DVD-RAM disks in their PowerBooks--a function that was promised with all Generation 3 DVD-ROM drives, but is apparently only limited to "certain" models.
CtoFB3 0.4d is a freeware program that converts most aspects of "C-Language" functions into Staz Software\'s FutureBASIC^3, allowing BASIC programmers to use most code resources.
Early morning tech news: Intel\'s Pentium 4 begins shipping today, with The Register publishing a first look at its performance; and Compaq has been sued by a seven-member group for infringing video-compression patents, while the group has sent letters to Apple, Dell, and HP asking that they obtain licenses for the patents.
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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