Default Folder 3.0.8 is a maintence update to St. Clair Software\'s $25 shareware utility for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes. The new version allows the software to function correctly in the Classic environment under Mac OS X, among various other enhancements and fixes.
RiverSong InterActive will soon release TitleTrack Jukebox 2.0, a hardware and software solution for controlling an entire home entertainment system from a Macintosh computer. This free upgrade will add the ability to control any device that has a remote control, will play MP3 and other sound files and will generate reports. New users can purchase the software for $290.
Richard Bannister has posted BNSF/MacOS 2.1, an application for playing audio files from NES ROMs. The software runs natively under Mac OS X.
As noted earlier today, Apple is offering Apple Store customers $150 off their next order, in celebration of the Apple Store\'s third birthday. The offer expires December 19 and is being mailed directly to customers. It\'s unclear if all customers will get the coupon or not.
Mozilla 0.6 is the latest milestone build of the open-source Netscape Communicator-based browser.
Newer Technology today reduced the price of its 300 MHz G3 upgrade for Power Mac 6100 systems to $180, making it the most affordable upgrade of its kind. The upgrade is also compatible with all Perfoma 61xx systems.
Following our note yesterday regarding $1300 refurbished G4 Cubes at the Apple Store, several readers point out that Apple is now offering new G4 Cubes for $1350 to educational customers. Educational customers can also purchase the G4 Cube and 17\" Display for $1820, or the G4 Cube with 15\" Display for $2290. Premiere Apple Developers can also purchase new G4 Cubes for $1300, with a 17\" display for $1650, or with a 15\" display for $2000. Also, one reader who makes several purchases at the Apple Store reports receiving a $150 \"thank you\" gift certificate good for a short period of time.
Kanex Group has introduced MP3 Strip, a $15 fully-functional MP3 control strip module. Using it does not require any other program to be running. Additional features include automatic album list collection; hierarchical menu in the album list; and sorting by album, artist or folder name.
Men & Mice has released QuickDNS Pro 3.0, a DNS server and DNS management system for Mac OS. The update offers numerous automated features, including remote administration, streamlined user interface and improved assistants. The full version is $350; the update is $130 through December. The upgrade includes a free upgrade to the Mac OS X version to be released early next year. The upgrade is normally $150.
games.macnn.com has published the MacNN Holiday Game Buyer\'s Guide 2000, the complete guide to the season\'s hottest Mac games and hardware. In addition, the site has news on the release of a Mac demo for Rune, the third-person 3D action game that uses the Unreal Tournament engine.
J2S has posted PDF StartUp 2.0, a $550 commercial application for automatically opening PDF documents on CD-ROMs. This version can be used to display a start-up screen, makes sure the \"Search\" plug-in is installed and supports nine languages.
Uni Software Plus has posted PopChar Pro 1.3.1, a maintenance update to the control panel that allows for easy typing of obscure characters.
VST has introduced FireRAID, the first utility that allows FireWire drives to be configured in a RAID configuartion. The software works only with VST\'s drives, tool for storing and accessing data quickly and securely. It configures multiple VST FireWire hard drives, and sells for $110. Discounts are available if your purchase the software with VST drives.
Xicons.com has posted a new set of icons titled \"OS Drives.\" Twenty-four days remain in Xicon\'s December icon contest.
Buffalo Technology has introduced LPV-WL11, a wireless print server, the latest component of its 802.11 AirStation wireless networking family of products. It supports the Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and the TCP/IP, NetBEUI, NetWare and AppleTalk protocols.
Sig Software has posted Email Merge 1.9.5, a $30 program for creating mailings of individualized e-mail messages. This version adds support for Microsoft Entourage and for sending attachments with PowerMail.
Apple has posted the English-North American version of URL Access 2.1 for Mac OS 9.0.4, which provides improved access to secure sites that are either new or current sites using new certificates. The softwar has been available via Apple\'s Software Update control panel for some time.
Apple has posted QuickTime 5.0 Public Preview 2, \"incorporating a number of enhancements suggested by thousands of [Public Preview 1] users.\" A Windows version is now available as well.
Pittsburg State University\'s football team relies on PowerBooks to improve its game. The team uses cut-ups, video clips that document specific plays on the field, and a mobile editing system based on PowerBook G3 laptops to create desktop highlights on the road.
Tina Turner\'s backstage crew depends on Macintosh systems to drive \"one of the most exciting stage shows in the biz today.\"
Morning tech news: Motorola has issued an earnings warning, sending shares down as much as 20 percent in pre-open trading; Ken Barber, a key executive at AltaVista, will retire at the end of the year; and IDC says that shipment of computers worldwide will still grow about 20 percent this quarter over the same period last year.
Yesterday we noted several analyst downgrades on Apple, Xtrem\'s plan to ship its 1200 MHz G4 by the end of January, Mac OS X\'s possible February 24 release date, and Jim Matthews\' (author of the Mac FTP-client Fetch) $500,000 win on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
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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