Nortel Networks has posted a new public beta of its Internet Call Waiting client for Macs. The software notifies users when a phone call comes in while online, allowing you to answer the call, route the call to another phone, have the software play back a message for the caller, or have the caller leave a message that is then sent to your email account as an audio file.
DivX Player 1.0b9 is the latest version of the software that enables Mac users to view DivX movies using Windows Media Player 6.3. The maintenance update primarily fixes bugs.
games.macnn.com has posted a detailed, five-page preview of Oni, the highly-anticipated third-person action game from Bungie Software due out January 29, 2001. Also included in the preview are nearly 100 screenshots.
Adrenaline Software has released Charts Pro 1.5.1, an update to its $400 chart-making software. This version exports data values in QuickTime movies, does not reset data values options with a new data drop and displays the row/series option properly in Animation Preview.
Straight Ahead has begun shipping Desktop Magician 2.0, a $20 shareware desktop utility for Macintosh which saves and restores the desktop, open applications and monitor settings. This version adds a new toolbar and contextual menu plug-in and saves and restores sets of open Finder windows for particular projects.
Several readers note that Apple has seeded QuickTime 5 Preview 2 to developers. The software, available to registered developers from the Apple Developer Connection, includes the first Windows preview of QuickTime 5.0. While changes from Preview 1 are not explicit noted, one reader states that the Aqua-look has been removed from the OS 9 version of QuickTime. It\'s unclear whether Apple will make the new preview available to consumers, although the company has promised that a Windows preview will be ready early next year.
MacNN sources confirm that ATI has ceased distribution of its aftermarket Rage 128-based graphics cards for Macs, signaling the near imminent release of the company\'s PCI Radeon card, expected to arrive this month. Rage 128 cards can still be found in limited quantities in the channel.
Newsday.com has a very positive article about Apple\'s 22-inch Cinema Display. \"For now, the king of the flat/big monitor market is Apple\'s 22-inch Cinema Display, a masterful execution of what computing should look like in the 21st Century.\"
Unsanity Echo 1.2 updates the relatively new MP3/audio player, adding new visual plugins, digital signal processors, joint stereo labeling, and bug fixes. Unsanity Echo is $20 shareware.
Iconfactory has kicked off its fifth annual Pixelpalooza icon design contest, which goes through February 1, 2001. The contest has four categories: 2D, 3D, System Replacement, and OS X. Prizes include an iBook and various software titles. Last year\'s contest generated 126 entries.
Sonnet Technologies today made several announcements: (Post a comment) Tempo RAID66 - a high-performance, UltraATA RAID PCI card, offering support for striping with a claimed theoretical transfer rate of up to 130 MB/sec. The card also supports booting from the RAID. It is shipping now for $200. G3/G4 upgrade price drops - prices have been reduced $50-$100 on several upgrades, including the G4/400/1M PCI (now $400), G4/400/1M ZIF (now $500), and G4/500/1M (now $700). NuBus/Tango rebates - users who purchase the Tango USB/FireWire PCI card can receive a $10 rebate, or a $25 rebate if another Sonnet upgrade is purchased as well; mail-in rebates from $30-$50 are available on the company\'s line of G3 upgrades for NuBus-based first-generation Power Macs.
December virus definitions are now available for Virex and Norton AntiVirus. The updates can also be obtained from each application\'s Internet update feature.
Early morning tech news: Dell has invested in Eazel and agreed to ship Eazel\'s network-user environment software with its Linux-based computers; and Michael Powell, son of retired Gen. Colin Powell, is said to have the inside track to chair the FCC if George W. Bush becomes the next president.
Yesterday we noted that Apple has made WWDC conference sessions available on DVD, the release of VirusBarrier 1.1, WebShocker 2.2, America Online\'s two-way pager, and Sony\'s 9.1 GB MO drive.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ