Reader Todd Bangerter sent us a report on the status of Mac-supoorted Free ISPs.
Worldweb.net has introduced XT Connector 1.5 for the Macintosh and PC, which translates QuarkXPress documents and directories to XML. The documents are then stored within worldweb.net\'s Expressroom I/O.
Federal Computer Week has posted a story about the demise of Macintosh hardware in the U.S. Navy, citing Electronic Data Services Corp.\'s decision not to support it in its eight-year contract. \"The Naval Air Systems Command once had more than 10,000 Apple users, but their numbers have dwindled in recent years as Navair chief information officers in China Lake, Calif., and Patuxent River, Md., have restricted purchases of non-Microsoft Corp. systems.\"
Zero-Knowledge Systems has introduced the Windows version of Freedom 2.0, a free Internet privacy suite. A Macintosh version is slated for release some time in 2001. The suite includes a personal firewall, form filler, cookie manager, ad manager and keyword alert. The premium service, $50 per year, offers untraceable encrypted e-mail and anonymous browsing and chat.
Evening tech news: Palm has released a beta version of its newest 4.0 operating system; Creditcards.com was the victim of an extortion attempt that exposed more than 55,000 credit card numbers; and Lucent Technologies may be bought out by Nokia.
Bare Bones Software has posted BBEdit 6.0.2, an update to its popular text editor that adds various enhancements, interface refinements, and bug fixes. Release notes are documented here.
games.macnn.com has received an exclusive update on the development of Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac as well as news that JET SKI watercraft has reached golden master and will be available for purchase this Friday, December 15. In addition, the site has information on the forthcoming release of Myst III: Exile and demo releases for both M&M\'s: The Lost Formulas and Maximum Pool. [updated]
IDG World Expo has announced that Kevin Browne, General Manager of Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, and Rob Burgess, CEO of Macromedia, will be featured speakers at Macworld Expo San Francisco. Browne will speak on January 10 at 9:00 AM while Burgess will present on January 11 at 9:00 AM. Macworld Expo runs from January 9-12; exhibits run from January 10-12.
Polar Orbit Software has posted MacZaic 2.0, a $25 shareware application for creating photomosaics from digital photographs on Macintosh. It allows for scaling of subimage blocks, offers a preview mode, and creates JPEG images.
Xicons recently added a new set of Mac OS X toolbar icons for use with its Switcheroo! utility. The site has also added another set of icons, titled Agrapha Utilities II.
MacAcademy has announced the inaugural FileMaker Pro User\'s Learning Summit will be held in Orlando, FL, Feb. 26 through March 1. The event will offer four days of training, 64 different workshops and seven of the nation\'s leading FileMaker Pro experts. Registration is $1,000, and group discounts are offered.
Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications has introduced Securedge Extranet, a secure networking product designed to enable protected business-to-business transactions and communications via the Internet. The suite also includes Securedge BPN, Securedge Advisor and Suceredge Protector. The client-side software is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.1b2 is now available, adding several improvements to the popular SETI@home utility. (Join Team MacNN, our SETI@home effort, and show your support!)
Sony today introduced the PFM42B1 SuperSlim monitor, a 42\" flat panel monitor. The units supports both horizontal and vertical orientation, a 1024x768 resolution, and several digital video signals including HTDV. The display is available now for $8,000.
Apple, Cisco, Kasenna, Philips, Sun Microsystems and other companies, have launched the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. ISMA\'s mission is to accelerate the market adoption of open standards for streaming rich media over Internet Protocol. The first formal meeting is scheduled for February, when ISMA founders will circulate for review an initial specification for MPEG-4 over IP. Neither Microsoft nor Real Networks are members.
Fortune has posted a positive article comparing the iMac to Internet appliances. \"[iMac] does everything the appliances can do (with the exception of the touch screen) but has all the power and flexibility of a \'real\' personal computer. In other words, unlike the other mutts in this litter, this old dog can teach the user new tricks.\"
VSE is offering a special holiday Webmaster bundle that includes the company\'s Be Found 2 Professional, Link Tester Business, Web Site Turbo, and Animation Maker applications for $200, a savings of $60.
Thoth, a $25 shareware newsreader, has been updated to version 1.0.3, which includes a variety of minor enhancements.
Iomega has posted IomegaWare 2.8
Early morning tech news: AOL is in talks with Toyota and Sony to expand its Internet presence to cars and video game consoles; AMD has joined the ranks of Apple and Gateway in issuing an earnings warning, stating that profits this quarter will come in some 10-15 percent lower than expected and revenue would be flat; Compaq has begun testing PCI-X, its technology for doubling the speed of the PCI bus; and Adobe will announce its fourth-quarter results at 5 PM on Thursday.
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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