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.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.64 ( -0.1 )
Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e