Galleon Software is offering eMerge, its bulk e-mail software, at half price for the entire month of Decembera savings of $50 off the regular price. In partnership with MuseArts, Galleon is also offering a new collection of free HTML greeting cards.
Evening tech news: The eBusiness Conference and Expo takes place in New York starting tomorrow; 3Com Corp. and Broadcom Corp. have formed an alliance to develop ultra-fast corporate computer networks; and shares of Yahoo! have tumbled another 5 percent on analysts\' warnings that the company will not live up to financial expectations.
The Digital Universe 2.11, a $100 astronomical simulator, is now available to registered owners. This release adds the ability to save and load Scene files and more.
MacAddict informs us that the CD accompanying the latest, January 2001 disc, contains the nVIR-A virus. The dated virus doesn\'t pose a threat to Mac OS 8/9 systems, however.
Business Week takes a look at Apple\'s latest financial turmoils with an attitude reminiscent of 1996. \"Steve Jobs has no white rabbits left in his hat. Apple appears to be facing a dead end in its business growth, the victim of mismanagement and unmitigated hubris.\" Readers should note that the article contains several inaccuracies, including comparing in price Apple\'s Power Mac G4/500MP with Cinema Display to a single-processor 700 MHz Gateway with a CRT, and noting that IBM is to blame for the PowerPC chip, incorrectly stating that the company has stopped spending money on development (also, Motorola, not IBM, is responsible for G4 chip development).
CValley has posted FILTERiT 3.0.2 r2, , an update to its plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that includes 82 real-time effects. The new version fully adapts to some of the new features in 9; and fixes bugs in Live Border, Live Shadow and Fade Tool.
We have published a review of 4x4 Evolution, the offroading racing game for the Mac, PC and Dreamcast from Terminal Reality and Gathering of Developers.
games.macnn.com has news that Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear for the Mac has reached golden master status and is expected to begin shipping in January. The site also received reports over the weekend that Sin: Gold for the Mac is now appearing on store shelves. Additionally, the site has announced the two big winners in the 30-Day Games Giveaway and offers information on three significant new mod releases for Quake III: Arena. [updated]
Apple has an article about Project Delphis, whose goal is \"to plumb the dolphin\'s complex aquatic mind. The project\'s Dr. Ken Marten uses Macintosh systems to help in the effort.
Uni Software Plus has recently posted Easy Beat 1.2.1, a maintenance update to its $90 application for composing, viewing and printing music.
REAL Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a14, a new pre-release version of the application development environment for OS 9 and OS X.
The deadline for REAL Software\'s Cubie awards, which recognize the best products Made with REALbasic in six categories, has been extended to Dec. 22. Winners will be announced at Mac World Expo in San Francisco in January.
Morning tech news: Wyse Technology, a manufacturer of \"thin clients,\" has acquired Netier Technologies, a software company; and a Gateway shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging it misled investors in the fall about financial statements.
Adobe today announced Premiere 6.0, a major upgrade to its digital video editing software. The new version offers built-in support for a \"large selection\" of DV devices, an improved user interface, new editing tools, and the ability to export video in RealMedia, WindowsMedia, and QuickTime formats. There is also a new storyboard window, audio mixer, and several new filters, including 25 from the company\'s high-end After Effects product. The $550 title will ship in the first quarter of 2001. Users of a previous version can upgrade for $150, while Premiere LE owners can upgrade for $200. International English, French, German and Japanese versions are expected to ship within the first 90 days of the initial release.
This Wednesday, Alain Pardis notes that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will appear on A&E\'s Biography segment as part of the show\'s \"High-Tech Billionaires Week.\"
RealNetworks has introduced RealSystem iQ, a foundational architecture for digital media delivery that aims to increase the reliability of Webcasts, scales to audience size, and provides flexibility and cost-effectiveness for media delivery network deployments.
Several readers note that Apple has begun offering $25-off-$250 coupons to individuals who have registered at the Apple Store, even if they have never made a purchase. On Thursday we noted that Apple gave $150 coupons to many users who have made purchases in the last year, as part of the Apple Store\'s third birthday celebration. Like the $150 coupon, the $25 coupon expires December 19.
FileMaker has begun shipping FileMaker Mobile Companion for Palm OS. The $50 software allows users to synchronize data between FileMaker Pro 5.0v3 databases and Palm OS-based handhelds. The software requires Palm OS 3.1 or later.
FreeLane, the free ISP from Excite, has released version 2.0, which uses a new provider following the demise of 1stUp.com. In doing so, Mac support has been discontinued: \"Due to circumstances beyond our control we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to support Macintosh users and subscribers dialing in from Canada. We sincerely regret this new development.\"
MacCards, the e-greeting site that eariler this year found itself embroiled in a legal dispute that resulted in the site being taken down, will re-launch today with its \"Just think.\" cards. The site will only be up for the month of December, as creator Simon Jones explains: \"I loved creating the cards for the old site and with all this legal red tape I can\'t ever really do that again. The site will return for one month as my way of saying thanks to everyone who has emailed me through the year with words of support and encouragement.\"
Enhancement Pack for AppleWorks 1.2 adds even more features to the $20 shareware product for improving Apple\'s office suite.
ImageBuddy 1.1.0 adds several new features and bug-fixes to the $15 shareware application for manipulating and printing photos.
Early morning tech news: Carlton Communications has sold its Technicolor film and video processing division to Thomson Multimedia for $2.065 billion; Brazil has suspended its tax-breaks for high-tech companies, which could mean as much as 20 percent increases in the prices of such products in that country; Bill Gates has donated $8.8 million to the International Planned Parenthood Federation; and Intel says it will have no problem adhering to Moore\'s Law for at least another decade, effecively making computing ten times faster than today.
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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