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.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R