Lakewood Software has released webAlias 1.5, an integrated image map editor and anti-aliasing text tool. The update adds full support for QuickTime\'s image editing filters and a 3D grey appearance option for buttons. The price is normally $60, but for a limited time, it is on sale for $40.
MaBaSoft has released World Clock Deluxe 3.0, a $10 shareware time tool that displays up to 24 clocks in the Control Strip, can show UTC and Internet Time, lets you assign labels and colors to clocks, allows you to add custom cities and time zones and calculates date and time conversions. It is available in English, Japanese, German, Dutch, French and Italian.
AppleInsider has information regarding Apple\'s CD-RW strategy, as well as notes on Apple\'s rumored sub-notebook.
Macinfo.de has updated its MHz History Chart with the addition of Intel\'s Pentium 4 (1.4 and 1.5 GHz) and IBM\'s PowerPC 750CX and 750CXe 500-700 MHz). \"Two facts: When it comes to raw processor clock rates, Intel is the clear leader, and the PowerPC architecture is ways behind the competition.\"
Apple today announced a \"sales shortfall\" that will result in the company\'s first unprofitable quarter in more than 3 years. In the quarter ending December 2000, Apple says it expcts to post a net loss of $225-$250 million on lowered revenues of $1 billion. The company attributed the $600 million revenue shortfall to lower sales across all geographies, unplanned sales promotions, and cancellation charges for reduced component purchases. We have a few details from the conference call with analysts that took place this evening, where Steve Jobs and Fred Anderson were upbeat about the company\'s prospects next year.
Tri-Edre has posted Tri-BACKUP 2.25, an update to its $50 back-up utility for Macintosh. This version features back up of a list of volumes and folders, automatic rename of disks where the back up is performed and a partition stand-alone option for splitting a folder.
Beatnik has posted Mixman StudioPro 4.0 for the Mac, a $90 consumer DJ remixing application. The tools include Remixing Studio for real-time, performance-based remixing; FX Studio for manipulating component sounds; Editing Studio for precision composition; and Recording Studio to add personalized sounds. Users are now able to export their sound-sets using Beatnik\'s Rich Music Format, which provides a real-time listening experience that doesn\'t require streaming.
REALbasic 3.0a14 is the latest pre-release version of the application development environment for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Classic and Carbon versions are available.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include PowerBook G3/500s for $2,400 after rebate, PowerBook G3/400s with three years of AppleCare for $2,300 after rebate, a Fingerprint Recognition System for $2, and 100 Verbatim 8x CD-Rs for $25.
Following up with our early morning post, Prosoft has clarified its statement on the status of its Radialogic subsisidiary. Prosoft will continue support and development of Chaos Master and NetWare, while Storage Master and CD Master have been acquired by an unnmaned company. Prosoft will continue to sell Storage Master and CD Master through December 31, and will support the products through March 30, 2001, but the two products have been discontinued. Prosoft will make an announcement regarding the redirection of the company early next year.
NotWired has announced the addition of Mac support for their service that enables businesses to share information and collaborate using mobile technologies, including web-connected desktops, cell phones and PDA\'s. Among the features of the NotWired service are an online calendar, scheduling meetings with external invitees, task management, meeting minutes and action items, shared organization phonebook and the ability to share web site bookmarks with every member of your organization.
Afternoon tech news: Nokia says it expects there will be 1 billion cell phone users worldwide by mid-2002, US stock markets are up significantly on news that interest rates may be lowered, and a new report shows that tech workers in Seattle make on average 50 percent more than their counterparts in Silicon Valley.
Intuit today announced TurboTax Deluxe for Mac for the tax year 2000. The $50 application allows users to prepare their income tax forms from their Mac. TurboTax for the Web, a $10 service for filling out and sending income tax forms online, will be updated for the year 2000 in the very near future.
Pangea Software will be giving away 100 free site licenses for Cro-Mag Rally to public schools. Winning schools may install the racing game on every Macintosh computer at the school\'s location. The first 100 schools to submit valid and complete entries for the giveaway will each receive a free site license. All entries must be received by Jan. 15. (More gaming news at games.macnn.com.)
Colourfull Creations has released Auction Tender for Macintosh and Windows, a $40 auction-management tool for keeping tracking of customers, inventory management, payment, email creation, and more.
1stUp.com, the Internet service provider that powers free, ad-based Internet connections for AltaVista, Lycos, Excite, and others, is going out of business. Lycos is no longer accepting new members for its free internet service, while AltaVista informed customers today that service will terminate on December 10, after the company was unable to find an other provider. Excite is still offering the service, for now. In June, 1stUp.com announced Mac-compatibility, bringing refuge to Mac users of FreeWWWeb who were left without service when Juno acquired the company and axed Mac-compatibility.
Metrowerks has begun shipping the French version of CodeWarrior 6.0 development tool set. The toolsincluding an IDE compiler and debuggerprinted documentation and online help are all available in French. The tools support C, C++ and Java application development on both Mac OS and Windows. They are available as stand-alone versions for $500 each and in a combo pack with both versions for $700.
A ZDnet article discusses how many developers feel about Mac OS X, with contrasting opinions from different companies. Most companies don\'t expect to have OS X versions of their applications ready when the OS ships, the article states.
Earthlink today announced its BlackBerry wireless email solution as part of its Earthlink Everywhere initiative. The service allows Earthlink customers to check their mail, address book, task list, and calender from anywhere. The service will cost $40 per month for Earthlink members, and $50 for non-members. Two devices are available, the RIM 950 ($400) and RIM 957 ($500) Wireless Handheld.
Xicons.com has posted two new sets of icons for OS X: \"South Park\" and \"Pokemon vol. III.\"
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an entry-level Mac programmer. \"An ideal candidate would have a very strong knowledge with C/C++, as well as an interest in Apple Game Sprockets and game-related APIs for the Mac OS.\" (More gaming news at games.macnn.com.)
DataCore Software has improved its SANsymphony storage virtualization software to provide easier day-to-day management, strengthened risk protection and improved network performance. The upgrade is available now. SANsymphony is a SAN-management product for consolidating mixed storage devices into a centrally managed networked storage pool that is host-independent.
Connectix today released Virtual PC 4.0, the latest version of its popular PC emulator. VPC 4.0 features improved support for the PowerPC G4\'s Velocity Engine, improving the speed of emulation by nearly twice that of previous versions. Users can also dynamically allocate more memory to application, which can now run multiple PC operating systems at the same time. The software is currently available with Windows 98, either as an upgrade ($80) or as a full version ($180). DOS and Windows Me versions will begin shipping in December and January, respectively. OS Packs will be available for Windows 95, 2000, and Linux.
games.macnn.com has information on the release of the WaterRace Demo, a trial version of the new, 3D boat racing game exclusively for the Mac.
Apple should merge with 3Com, former Apple CEO John Sculley told ON24 yesterday. \"If you combined Steve\'s extraordinary insight to industrial design and marketing with the platform technologies and the network-centric know-how that 3Com has, you might find a great future for both of them going forward,\" said Sculley. 3Com yesterday issued an earnings warning that sent its stock falling more than 25 percent after-hours. Earlier this year, 3Com spun off its Palm unit. 3Com presently has a market cap about 20 percent less than Apple. [updated]
Yesterday we posted a review of Absynth, noted Apple\'s Holiday Gift Guide, a $100 Apple/HP rebate, an analysis of Apple\'s stock, Apple\'s iBook FireWire Battery Update 1.0, and Dr. Bott\'s MoniSwitch Pro Dual KVM switch for dual-monitor configurations.
URL Manager Pro 2.7.1, a maintenance update to Alco Blom\'s popular URL bookmark utility, brings improved support for Navigator 4.x and fixes problems with MacsBug.
A note on Radialogic\'s Website says the company has ceased operations, and that the company\'s technology was purchased by another that "wants to integrate it into their upcoming Macintosh products:" \"Due to the sensitive nature of this transaction, we are unable to disclose the company that purchased our technology. Our goal was to produce the most unique and advanced Macintosh software, and we are confident that the company who acquired our technology has the same goal in mind. \"We will not be abandoning our customers: If you purchased one of our products and have any questions or you would like support, E-mail us. We will continue to support our products until March 30th, 2001. Prosoft Engineering, Inc. will continue on, stronger than ever. We still own the rights to Chaos Master and NetWare for Macintosh, and will still be selling and supporting those products. The Prosoft website will be updated after the new year, and will include our recently infused company\'s new direction.\"
Blue World has released Lasso Web Data Engine 184.108.40.206, a free maintenance update that includes fixes to the FM Remote and Java Adapter modules in its cross-platform Web Application Server software. Lasso Studio 1.7.1 for GoLive 5.0 is also a free maintenance update that includes the updated Lasso Studio Web Data Engine 220.127.116.11 and addresses issues with Lasso Studio Site Builder. Boxed versions ($350) of Lasso Studio for Adobe GoLive will begin shipping this week, according to the company.
Evological\'s BrightnessRocker 1.0 is a $5 Control Strip module that provides rocker switch style brightness controls in the Control Strip.
Greg Landweber is offering a special holiday bundle through the end of the year, offering Power Windows, SmoothType, and Greg\'s Browser for $20, half off the usual shareware fees.The promotion is available through the end of the year.
Early morning tech news: AT&T will launch the first foreign telecommunications joint venture in China; Sun Microsystems will introduce new software that will allow servers to be joined into groups; and Compaq hopes to give its stock a boost by purchasing back $1 billion worth of shares.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.02 ( -2.58 )
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl