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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French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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