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: 117.65 ( + 1.05 )
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