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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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