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Jon Winter notes that Jim Matthews, author of the popular, but now-dated, Mac FTP client Fetch, won $500,000 on tonight\'s episode of \"Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?\" \"He whipped through most of the questions and didn\'t use his lifelines until the very end. The last question, he asked the audience and they picked wrong. He wasn\'t sure so he took the half million and walked away.\"
A ZDnet article speculates that Mac OS X 1.0 will be released at a special Apple event on February 24. ZDnet sources also disclosed that the formal shipping announcement would come at Macworld San Francisco. February 24 is six weeks after Macworld San Francisco, and two weeks after Macworld Tokyo.
Pixlock has introduced Exbem, an application for scientific image processing and analysis. Exbem reads and processes single images, QuickTime movies and live video.
Pixologic will release ZBrush 1.1 at Macworld Expo Jan. 9. This update to the 2D and 3D painting application will incorporate enhanced tool and render capability, add new default textures and add new render modes. The introductory price is $293; the normal price is $585.
Aladdin Systems has posted Aladdin Tuner 3.1, an update to the $25 Internet live radio and MP3 tuner. The free update includes support for streaming MP3 stations, allows for SoundJam to be used when playing MP3s and CDs, improves the search engine and enhances station database presentation.
Apple is currently offering several refurbished products for sale, including Power Mac G4 Cubes for $1299 ($500 off retail, no rebate necessary), 17\" Studio Displays (ADC) for $349, and 15\" Studio Displays (ADC) for $699. Click on \"Special Deals\" in the bottom of the sidebar at the Apple Store. Refurbished products come with a 90-day warranty; curiously, no AppleCare extended protection plan is available with the refurbished Cube.
A Business Week article discusses the merits of the much-rumored Apple retail stores. Thus far, various publications have dug up evidence of Apple\'s planning for such stores in Chicago, Palo Alto, and various other California locations.
Afternoon tech news: Motorola has signed a $1 billion outsourcing deal with Celesica to provide wireless phones and other devices; Opera has begun offering its Windows-only (at this point), advertising-supported Internet browser, Opera 5.0, for free; and the State Department will discipline six employees in connection with a laptop computer that was reported missing in January.
Paradigma Software has announced Valentina for Java (VJSDK) beta 1, a pure client side Java development environment, for its database programming suite. Final pricing is not set, but should be in line with other Valentina SDK\'s.
Hungry Minds has released Adobe GoLive 5 Bible, a $40 guide to Adobe\'s GoLive Web-creation software.
Strata has posted Strata 3D 3.0.2, a minor update to the free 3D creation software.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include an Apple PowerBook G3/500 for $2,400, Toshiba 15-inch monitor for $120, Palm IIIxe for $150 after rebate, and NEC 19-inch flat screen monitor with USB hub for $350 after rebate.
Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Fortuna has reiterated his near-term \"neutral\" rating on Apple. Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, has downgraded the stock from \"buy\" to \"hold.\" J.P. Morgan analyst Daniel Kunstler has also cut his rating on Apple, from \"buy\" to long-term \"buy.\" Lehman Brothers analyst Dan Niles issued a report at noon Eastern, cutting his forecast on Apple\'s fiscal 2001 results to a net loss of 15 cents per share, from a profit of $1.15 per share, signaling the analyst\'s belief that Apple will not be able to return to healthy profitability as early as the company predicts it will. [updated]
Shares of Apple are expected to open down 15-20 percent this morning; after-hours trading saw the shares fall about 15 percent to $14.81. In Tokyo, shares of Apple fell 17.7 percent in trading, while in Frankfurt, shares fell 18 percent on German exchange.
Iomega has chosen MusicMatch as the preferred jukebox software for its line of portable audio players and mass storage devices shipped worldwide. MusicMatch has also entered into a deal with Excite@Home that will allow users to access the personal music system on music.excite.com. The Excite Jukebox will combine the core MusicMatch Jukebox functions with the content of Excite Music.
Adrenaline is currently offering a free copy of Adrenaline Charts Pro 1.5, Publishing & New Media Edition when customers buy two packages at the regular price of $400. Customers who already own a single copy can buy the second copy and get the third for free. The special continues until Jan. 5. The upgrade and academic prices are $150.
The On Demand 2001, a digital printing and publishing conference, has been set for Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Executives from Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, IKON Office Solutions and Kinkos.com are scheduled to present keynote addresses. There are also 50 tutorial seminars, workshops and roundtables scheduled. Online registration and discounted prices end Feb. 2.
games.macnn.com has published part two of its Guide to Shareware Gaming, which recommends four more Mac shareware titles for Mac gamers.
Xtrem, the company that earlier this year made headlines with its announcement of a 1.2 GHz Power Mac G4, plans to the ship the system for £2,000 (US$2,870) in late January, according to The Register. Skepticism has surrounded the machine since its announcement, and will, no doubt, continue until it actually ships. In October, Xtrem began shipping MacThrust, its $60 collection of jumpers for easily overclocking B&W G3 and Yikes! G4 systems.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has added 40 pictures including 28 gaming related pictures from Brad Custer, Cameron Diaz (portraits), Batman (animation) and others.
James Walker has released PrintToPDF version 2.1.5, a maintenance update to the $20 utility for creating PDF files from virtually any application.
Early Morning Tech News: Infoworld has a warning about HTML email; popular DSL provider Flashcom is still open, despite poor customer support and difficulties contacting anyone at the company; and AT&T is looking to sell cable accounts in Iowa and Montana.
Yesterday evening AppleInsider published an article on Apple\'s CD-RW strategy. Several significant news items from yesterday include: Apple\'s earnings shortfall, Prosoft\'s sale of Radialogic\'s CD Master and Storage Master products to a mystery company, Connectix\' Virtual PC 4.0, a recommendation from former Apple CEO John Sculley that Apple merge with 3Com, and Intuit\'s TurboTax Deluxe for Mac for 2000.
Now AAPL Stock: 95.01 ( + 0.99 )
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ