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Fetch creator wins half a million dollars
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."
Mac OS X 1.0 in February, says ZDnet
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 introduces Exbem
Pixlock has introduced Exbem, an application for scientific image processing and analysis. Exbem reads and processes single images, QuickTime movies and live video.
Pixologic to release ZBrush 1.1 at Macworld
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 posts Tuner 3.1
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 offers Cube refurb for $1299
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.
Business Week looks at Apple retail stores
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 12/6
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.
Valentina for Java SDK beta 1 announced
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.
Adobe GoLive 5 Bible released
Hungry Minds has released Adobe GoLive 5 Bible, a $40 guide to Adobe's GoLive Web-creation software.
Strata updates 3D
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.
Analysts chime in on Apple
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]
Apple slides more than 15 percent
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 bundles MusicMatch Jukebox
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.
Special on Adrenaline Charts Pro 1.5
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.
On Demand Conference set
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: Shareware Guide part 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 1.2 GHz will reportedly ship in January
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.
MacDesktops: 40 pictures in the past week
Over the past week, MacDesktops has added 40 pictures including 28 gaming related pictures from Brad Custer, Cameron Diaz (portraits), Batman (animation) and others.
PrintToPDF updated to version 2.1.5
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: 12/6/00
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.
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