FirewireDirect today announced its SlimLine DX line of external 3.5\" FireWire drives. The drives range in capacities from 20 GB to 80 GB, with prices starting at $270. The case itself (no drive) is also available for $130.
Chicago is the latest city to be added to Apple\'s retail store agenda, according to Chicago Business. Apple is reportedly near to leasing a vacated store front on Michigan Avenue and Huron Street, formerly a Gap location. The store could open as early as this Spring.
Evening tech news: Nokia has introduced a handheld computer that looks like a cell phone, the dual-band 9210 Communicator; Yahoo! stock has fallen to a two-year low of $41.75, after shedding $7.13 today; and Lucent has discovered a $125 million revenue shortfall for its fourth fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30.
Asar has posted Hogwasher 2.5, an offline/online Usenet newsreader for the Mac. This version adds user-requested features, including an enhanced Newsgroup List window, an option to display new articles in bold and automatic display of the currently chosen signature, and expands support for audio and video attachments. The update is free to registered users.
Staphane Madrau has posted SwitchRes 2.4.3, a $15 shareware extension that allows for control of the resolutions on all displays. This version adds the Video Mirroring management in Display Sets, handles the Display Sets differently that contain settings for more displays and corrects a bug that crashed the unregistered version on Mac OS 9.1.
Salon.com has posted another favorable review of Mac OS X, stating that \"Mac OS X offers the prospect of a \'real OS\' with \'real applications,\' not just the big, slow, late and far more expensive versions of Windows software most Unix users have sadly become accustomed to.\"
Discussions in the Forum areas today include questions about the differences between PC100-322S and PC100-222S, connecting an external monitor to an iMac Rev C and success in soldering a mezzanine slot in a Rev C iMac; and problems with the startup manager freezing, and booting from the hard drive of an iBook SE 366.
Aladdin Systems has released InstallerMaker 7.0, a new version of its application for creating software installers. Version 7.0 can create Carbon installers for Mac OS X compatibility, allows for added customization of the license agreement, adds full scripting support, and more. The software is free to shareware developers; the cost for commercial licenses varies depending on the expected distribution.
Maliasoft has released MailWatcher II (version 2.1), an application for checking email accounts in the background without the need for an email client to be running. A small floating window displays the number of messages you have in your mailboxes and allows users to read, delete, or compose messages. The download is available in English, French, Danish and Norwegian. [updated]
Columnists, reporters and photographers at The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today began a strike as members of the Pacific NorthWest Newspaper Guild. The newspapers themselves plan to continue distributing bare-bones versions of the print paper throughout the strike, while workers from both newspapers have gathered in a small office in downtown Seattle to create and publish an online newspaper known as Seattle Union Record using a variety of Macs including iMacs and G4\'s with Apple Studio Displays.
We have published a review of the Voodoo4 4500 PCI, the less expensive graphics card option from 3dfx Interactive catered for graphics professionals and budget-minded gamers.
Softobe\'s Eudora Archiver 1.3, a $20 shareware utility for archiving Eudora emails, now allows users to choose the creator type of saved emails.
DS Login 1.7.2 is program that provides a secure login environment for Macintosh computers on a Novell NDS network as well as other features such as optional forced authentication to NDS before using computing resources, disabling of the force-quit key combo and debugger access, and auto-mount of user\'s home volume.
Afternoon tech news: A Bulgarian bug hunter has found yet another security hole in Microsoft IE 5.0 that could let a malicious Webmaster take over a user\'s computer using so-called ".chm" files, a compressed help file format; Sony today unveiled a prototype of its "dream robot," which is similar to its Aibo robot dog; and Early shipments of Intel\'s new Pentium 4 chips included the wrong piece of software code.
Poubelle Software\'s Oculus 3.0b is a new version of the Webcam software for creating time lapse movies and detecting for movement or noise in a remote location. Version 3.0 brings better text caption manipulation and new plug-in captions as well as thumbnail creation, a motion trigger mask, better support for multiple documents and multiple cameras.
Real Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a13, which runs on and compiles for both Classic and Mac OS public beta. This release adds AppleScript scriptability and recordability to the build dialog, cleans up numerous Carbon loose ends, enhances the appearance of several controls in the IDE and includes an improved object destruction algorithm.
Hungry Minds, formerly IDG Books Worldwide, has introduced Adobe Photoshop 6 For Dummies, priced at $20, and Photoshop 5 Bible Gold Edition, priced at $60, both by Deke McClelland. The titles show novice users the basic steps and will detail advanced graphics techniques for expert users.
Adobe today released an English version of Illustrator 9.01 Update, which includes enhanced performance, including AltiVec optimizations and better use of the scratch disk as well as improved file integrity, improved SVG export, and improved stability. [see pdf for more details]
Xicons.com has updated with a set of System replacement icons for OS X called "Agrapha System." This set includes icons for the trash can, Finder, hard drive and system preferences.
RedLightRunner is offering "a wild new shirt," featuring the G4 Cube-Rod. This Friday only, the shirt will be on sale for $6.66.
BREDSTIK Entertainment has posted a new icon set, Pants Boys; new desktop pictures, Pants Boys 1, Sky Chop, Kill and Zaly 1; and new animations, Yo-Yo OK and Heat: Part 2. The site was made and maintained on a Macintosh.
StepUp Software\'s new $30 NetSupport Page Lite 3.03 can now monitor up to 10 devices on a network and show the TCP/IP status history on an automatically generated Web page.
DealNN has notes about Newer\'s FireWire To Go for $35 and rebates of up to $30 on Monsoon\'s speakers.
games.macnn.com has information on an event tonight to release the Links LS 2000 Demo for the Mac and Blizzard Entertainment\'s release of the 30-second Diablo II television commercial.
Power On Software has begun shipping Rewind, its revolutionary $100 utility that enables users to \"rewind\" their Macs to any previous moment in time, when everything was working smoothly. A single click on the Rewind button permits the user to revert back to earlier versions of files, preferences and system states.
Yesterday we posted a comparative review of 10 mice, which had several reader comments as well as note about Clearway\'s discontinuation of Mac support. Other updates included CodeWarrior for Java 6.0, Maxum\'s NetCloak 3.1, Heat Firewire Utilities v1.1b for FireWire drives, and Nu Font Pack 1.4. Over the past week we\'ve noted loss of Acrobat Reader functionality in Netscape 6, a new Power Mac G4 rebate at the Apple Store, Adaptec\'s Toast 4.1.2 (and comments), Intech\'s CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5, MYOB\'s new AccountEdge 1.0, and SuSE Linux 7.0 PowerPC Edition
Sean D\'Esposito noticed that Sears is selling the iMac DV SE for $1700, $200 over the retail price, and that his local Circuit City has begun selling the Power Mac G4 Cube, along with iMacs and iBooks.
Popular Science has bestowed its Design & Engineering Award 2001 on Apple\'s Cube in the Best of What\'s New 2000 area. The Cube was the only computer honored with the award that recognizes innovation, invention, design and engineering. \"Words like \'striking\' and \'inspiring\' are rarely used to describe desktop computers. But they seem almost insufficient to describe Apple\'s rapturous Power Mac G4 Cube.\"
Arlen Britton of the StarTribune.com suggests an iMac for Christmas in a buyers\' guide. \"Let\'s make the case for a Macintosh - or more specifically, an iMac. This plucky little computer in the colorful translucent case has sold more than 4 million to date and is going strong.\"
During the Annual Western States Deans Summer Technology Institute at Apple\'s corporate facility, College of Education deans from 11 western states took the controls of iMac DVs to create their own desktop movies about what they did last summer. The deans all gave the Institute an \"A\" rating and said they will return next year.
Dr. Bott today announced is now distributing Sonigistix flat panel speakers and also announced a mail in rebate of up to $30 through December. It is adding Sonigistix flat panel speaker line, including the MM-1000 ($180), the iMac styled iM-700 ($150) and the affordable MH-500 ($100). Sonigistix is also offering a $20 rebate on the MH-500 or a $30 rebate on the MM-1000 or iM-700 through the end of the year.
Keith DeLong\'s Virtual TimeClock Professional 3.02 is an update to his software replacement to traditional employee time clocks, fixing "a number of compatibility issues and [bringing] program refinements."
3dfx has posted new Mac drivers v1.1.2 for its Voodoo4/5 AGP/PCI graphics cards, which now offers support for 4-bit color lookup table, more resolutions, including those greater than 85Hz, multiple scaled video streams, and numerous bug fixes.
Jason Greene notes that DataViz recently posted an update to MacLinkPlus Deluxe 12.002, which fixes a crash when doing a certain type of spreadsheet translation via Macintosh Easy Open when running Mac OS 8.1 (not needed for post Mac OS 8.1-systems).
Early morning tech news: Intel\'s Pentium III processors have been beating its newest Pentium 4 chips in tests with business applications; Microsoft\'s Internet Explorer for Windows has a security vulnerability that lets programmers find temporary Internet file folders and take over a computer, according to a security expert; Sony has developed a human-like robot, called the SDR-3X; and millions of Internet users, primarily in Australia, were left without access when a 25,000 mile underwater cable was cut yesterday.
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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