Weight Tracker 1.1.1 adds 68k support and fixes bugs with the $10 shareware application for tracking an individual\'s body weight over time.
Bob LeVitus will be the featured speaker at the Houston Area Apple Users Group\'s meeting on December 16 at 11 AM. HAAUG will also host its semi-annual member/vendor swap meet on January 20, 2001. Both events take place at the University of Houston, Main Campus. Admission is free; membership to HAAUG is available for $25.
Shares of Gateway are getting hammered more than 25 percent in after-hours trading after the company announced that it expects to fall short of estimates this quarte. Gateway said that Thanksgiving weekend sales were off more than 30 percent compared to last year. The selling is expected to affect other computer companies tomorrow, including Apple, says Wit Soundview analyst Jason Wells: \"Apple could get hurt even though they already blew up.\"
Panda Systems has posted PandoCalendar 5.5.6 is a minor update to the freeware application that places a fully functional calendar on your desktop.
Happy Machines says it will soon post the first public preview release of its new video compression technology, called 3ivx: "Completely built up from scratch it is based on the MPEG-4 specification. The release will be on December 15th. The creation of the 3ivx codec (a codec is a video compression scheme consisting of a coder and a decoder) is the result of the shortcomings of the popular but notorious DivX ;-) codec."
Evening tech news: Internet use in European households has jumped by 10 percent this year, according to a report for the European Union Commission; and Best Buy stores have recalled Pentium 4 machines in four cities due to issues such as excessive heat and inadequate performance.
In its newest initiative to capture the "home PC" market, Apple India plans to partner with major and premier educational institutions in the Indian education market, according to a report that says it has already two such agreements in Delhi and one in Chennai.
After a brief hiatus, osx.macnn.com has posted notes about several updated Mac OS X programs, including a Cocoa VNCViewer, Omnigroup\'s OmniDiskSweeper, a Carbon version of VST 5.0, and others.
Over last weekend, Group Logic updated Mass Transit 3.6.2, its "turnkey solution" that automates the process of transferring graphics, multimedia, and other production files. Version 3.6.2 provides ease-of-use enhancements and the ability to preserve folder hierarchies when files are directed to a Hot Folder service. A trial is available online.
Lightwave 6.5, which we first noted in mid-October, is now available for download. The update adds several new features to animation and rendering portions of the application, as well as interface enhancements and other improvements.
A Better Finder Rename 3.4 improves the manual renaming alogorithm in the shareware contextual menu plugin for simplifying the process of renaming files.
games.macnn.com has posted the latest status update of the highly-anticipated action game for the Mac, Aliens vs. Predator, and information on Freeverse Software\'s release of 3D Bridge Deluxe for the Mac; earlier today, the site published an article detailing Dr. Seuss\'s The Grinch, a new model for Quake III: Arena. [updated]
Channel Storm has released Live Channel 1.0b1, a real-time QuickTime broadcasting tool that allows you to switch among multiple different sources, including DV and USB cameras, and offers a live preview of each source with anti-aliased live rendering and flexible width/height ration. It also offers access to multiple live audio sources--both digital and analog--video compositing, a variety of video transitions, and import of most common formats. [link updated]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iBook G3/300 for $1,100; a refurbished iMac G3/400 with free overnight shipping for $1,000; 40-GB Maxtor 7200 RPM hard drive with free shipping for $109; and Deus Ex for Macintosh for $35.
Contour Design has introduced its RollerBar Mousing Station, which eliminates the reaching associated with using a computer mouse. Features of the $150 device include USB connectivity, five fully programmable buttons, a center scroll wheel and optical technology. It will begin volume shipping in the first quarter next year.
Fuji is offering a $50 rebate on the purchase of Yamaha\'s YST-MS201 multimedia speaker system to buyers of its Fujifilm FinePix 40i digital camera. The $700 camera features MP3 audio and digital-video capabilities; 4.3 megapixel resolution (via interpolation); and tethered remote into which the user can plug in the included ear buds, headphones or speakers. The $50 Yamaha speaker system feature 30 watts of total output power, slant-baffle satellite speakers and a wood subwoofer. The rebate offer is good from Dec. 1 to Dec. 23.
Brueckner Interactive has posted QTKeys 2.5b5, which adds multitrack recording and playback, step recording and editable chords.
Open Door Networks\' Who\'s There? 1.0b4 is the first public beta release of its firewall advisor product that displays a access history window summarizing access attempts by service type and accessor IP address, includes a built-in database of common attacks and their applicability specifically to Mac OS, and notification templates. It works in conjunction with Open Door\'s DoorStop and Symantec\'s Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh.
Macromedia has launched Macromedia Exchange for Flash, a Web site for the Flash developer community. \"Developers can freely share a wide variety of Macromedia Flash 5 extensions, such as Smart Clips, ActionScript samples, Macromedia Generator templates and source files.\"
Monaco Systems has a bundle agreement with Epson that will allow owners of the Epson Perfection 1640SU, 1640SU Photo, and 1640SU Office scanners to purchase MonacoEZcolor at half price. The $300 MonacoEZcolor is a color-management application that creates ICC device profiles. The MonacoSENSOR colorimeter, available with ADB, serial and USB connections, is $200 extra.
Apple has posted some holiday audio clips provided by Killersound and Sound Dogs.
Yesterday we published a review of King of the Hill and noted Macworld Expo\'s new Special Interest Boulevard as well as the release of PageSpinner 3.0.2, Prowler 1.1, and WYSIWYG Font Preview 1.0.
In an article that discusses balancing a tech portfolio, Pat Dorsey of Morningstar.com reiterates the recommendation he made a month ago to purchase shares of Apple. Last month, Dorsey made the same observation that Alek Yakirevich made yesterday on Radio Wall Streetwhen taking Apple\'s cash into account, the stock is trading at about $8 per share, putting it \"almost in the \'no brainer\' category.\"
Ed Hamrick is looking for help to provide USB support in VueScan 220.127.116.11 software, his film scanner that offers batch processing and automatic color-balancing and cropping, according to a post in our forums: "The recently released Minolta Scan Dual II has a USB interface only and is a price-performance leader and would be ideal for iMac/Cube/G4 users. However, the Minolta software is rather inefficient for scanning lots of pictures, an area that VueScan excels at."
Orange Micro announced it will offer in January an OEM license of its USB 2.0 Mac drivers, which will allow USB 2.0 Hi-Speed peripheral manufacturers to begin early development with current versions of the Mac OS. Orange Micro also said that it would begin shipping USB 2.0 products in February 2001, including its OrangeUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed PCI Board; OrangeLink+ FireWire plus USB 2.0 Hi-Speed card with three FireWire ports and four USB 2.0 ports; OrangeUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed Hub a 4-port hub for connecting either the new USB 2.0 peripherals or USB 1.1 devices. [see our Comdex: USB Pavillion report]
Nortel\'s ICW Mac development team has posted a free beta of its new Internet Call Waiting for Mac 3.1b, which will display a pop-up window wwith caller ID information and allows users either to answer the call, forward the call to another phone line, send the caller an announcement or let the caller leave a Voice Note. Voice Notes are sent to an email address as a WAV file which can be screened while the caller leaves a Voice Note.
Japan-based Interware announced a new PowerBook G3 upgrade that uses the same ROM copying technology used by other upgrades in the market. The BOOSTER PBG3/WS G3 466 [Japanese] works with the PowerBook G3 Series (233-, 250-, 266-, 292-, and 300- MHz models), has 1MB of backside cache running at 233MHz, and has a street price of Y70,000.
Cafederic\'s BasePlant is a collection of more than 200 Carbonized classes for Metrowerks\' PowerPlant, which includes a Finder-like hierarchical data browser and a Folder Parser for maintaining and synchronizing a folder hierarchy as well as classes for AppleEvents, preferences management, and window creation. The $150 suite is available to " personal* freeware and shareware" for $35. [MacTech]
Early morning tech news: Microsoft\'s PocketPC is taking away marketshare from Palm-base handhelds, Comcast will begin allowing PC-only ISP to offer high-speed internet access over its cable lines next year, an IBM executive has been accused of insider trading, and Yahoo! has added encryption to its email service.
Now AAPL Stock: 153.61 ( -0.26 )
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