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.
Now AAPL Stock: 100.35 ( -0.06 )
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives