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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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R