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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Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu