Lightyear Design has posted pre-built packages for installing MySQL and PHP4 for use with Apache and Mac OS X. And they\'ve done a great job with their instructions too. [link updated - 12/20/00 ]
Graphics chip manufacturer 3dfx Interactive announced today that it will substantially reduce all of its workforce as part of an initiative to significantly reduce expenses and is recommending to its shareholders that they approve an agreement to sell certain assets and products of the company for $112 million to Nvidia, the company\'s long-time competitor and market leader in PC graphics and that the company be dissolved following the sale. A letter from 3dfx\'s CTO Scott Sellers, a revolutionary in 3D graphics engineering, addresses the company\'s customers for future support of the company\'s products.
Printools XT 2.1 is a new version of the $60 QuarkXpress plug-in from Badia Software which now features a \"toolbar next to the live preview window that lets you control common print settings with a click of the mouse\". The upgrade also offers other minor feature additions and bug fixes. A demo of Printools XT 2.1 is now available.
Intech\'s CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.6 adds support for Virtual PC 4.0 and Diablo II to the system-level driver software for accelerating data access, monitoring CD/DVD cache performance and even playing music from standard audio CDs.
Switcheroo v1.1.1 is a feature update to David Stys\' Finder toolbar customizing utility for Mac OS X. Additional sets of toolbar icons can be downloaded from Xicons.com\'s toolbar page.
Ukraine-based Computer Systems Odessa plans to demonstrate a Mac OS X version of ConceptDraw at Macworld Expo San Francisco next month. ConceptDraw is a cross-platform application for creating business and technical drawings including flowcharts, UML diagrams, web site plans, network diagrams, floorplans, timelines and organizational charts. The company currently has a carbonized beta version of ConceptDraw 1.6 available for free download for registered owners of ConceptDraw 1.58 or earlier.
Mark Tuleweit e-mailed us that the software update panel says the Apple CPU Plugins version 2.7 are now available. This update is only available for PowerMac G4 systems. No details other than that this update will improve reliabilty with PowerMac G4 systems.
Aaron Vegh, the former publisher of Macinsite magazine, and Drew Maynard, production manager at Canadian Homes & Cottages Magazine, have set up a petition for all Mac advocates to sign and to be forwarded to Apple in support of open-sourcing OS X.
A group at Berkeley has begun the PowerBook G3 Series corrective action campaign, which demands free repairs of all PowerBook G3s with defective hinges and reimbursement for PowerBook G3 owners who have paid already, \"because this defect is not our fault, so why should Apple force us to pay $300+ for repairs?\" [Resexcellence]
Sarwat Khan has posted Painting 2, a small $20 shareware graphics program. Features include standard paint tools, special effects, support for multiple file formats, customized color sets and graphics tablet support. The new version brings new color management facilities, including a colour mixer and a colour usage history.
Patrick O\'Kelly has posted instructions on how to create Cube Wrappers, pieces of paper inserted in the space between the clear outer plastic housing and the metal inner housing of the G4 Cube. \"Size your creation in your favorite graphics editor to at least 7.25 inches in height and anywhere from 7 inches to 21 inches in width.\"
Apple\'s eight-page Form 10-K details Apple\'s fiscal operations for 1998, 1999 and 2000. The report notes that Apple\'s net income for 2000 was 30 percent higher than 1999 primarily due to higher iMac sales (approximately 2.2 million units in 2000 or 40 percent more than 1999). Approximately 545,000 iBooks were sold in 2000, and Apple experienced modest gains on the sales of its professional line (PowerMacs and PowerBooks). R&D expenditures increased 21 percent or $66 million to $380 million in 2000. Advertising expenses were also up to $281 million from $208 million in 1999.
games.macnn.com has information on today\'s release of the Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Demo for the Mac in addition to a launch party scheduled for tomorrow which will include the release of the SiN Demo for the Mac.
At PalmSource 2000, Palm CEO Carl Yankowski outlined his six-part vision for handheld computing and made several announcements to the more than 3,000 attendees: A range of new wireless modems and integrated wireless handhelds are expected in 2001, which will give users access most of the world\'s major wireless networks. Samsung, a new licensee of the Palm OS platform, is developing a new Palm OS-based smartphone for release in the first half of 2001 with functions for a datebook, addresses, to-do lists and memos. Net PIM, including the creation of MyPalm portal. The public beta is due by the end of the year. Communication Phase 1, which will extend existing e-mail solutions to include message notification, instant messaging and seamless access to Exchange e-mail. Communication Phase 2, in which Palm is adding voice, first via telephony, then incorporating voice as data into the Palm OS.
Bargains today at DealNN include refurbished iMac 333 with keyboard, mouse and software for $600; free Logitech game pad; Virtual Game Station for $8 after rebate; and Palm IIIc (color) with free $50 Amazon gift certificate for $280.
Yesterday at MacNN, we had news items about Apple posting Disk First Aid 8.6, our review of Star Trek: Voyager -- Elite Force, the release of Kaleidoscope 2.3 and market news about Microsoft and Adobe.
Macromedia\'s entertainment business, shockwave.com, and AtomFilms have signed a definitive merger agreement. Shockwave.com will acquire AtomFilms in a stock-for-stock deal.
Tribeworks will host its annual iShell User Conference Jan. 12 and 13 in San Francisco. iShell 2 is the company\'s multimedia application software that is QuickTime native. The conference will include sessions on the technology and presentations from speakers, such as Peter Hoddie, CEO of Generic Media and former QuickTime engineer at Apple Computer, and Marcel Uetzels of iDots, a marquee developer of iShell modules. The conference costs $700.
McDavis Associates has released Jazz Connections, a $25 multimedia Macintosh/Windows hybrid CD-ROM profiling 50 great Jazz artists and their relationships. The company is offering free shipping through December.
Microcosm Software has posted IRCmagic 1.0.6, an AppleScript enhancement for the Macintosh IRC chat client, Ircle. This release relocates various utility handlers into a centralized place and fixes numerous bugs.
Setting Sun 1.5 is a $20 high-end screen saver featuring many 3D modules. This update adds four new modules: clock, iconifier, flash and tunnel; provides full multiple monitor support and includes an option to fade on startup.
Morphon Technologies has recently released Morphon XML and CSS Editors 1.0 RC-2. The XML Editor is a validating WSYSIWYG editor that uses Document Type Definition and Cascading SytleSheets. The XML Editor is bundled with the CSS Editor for customizing CSS. This free release candidate includes an installer, revamps the menu and fixes some errors in section handling. The final version, expected soon, will be $150 for a single-user license.
Nisus Software is offering 15 percent off its regular price on all its products, including Nisus Writer 6.0.1, normally $100, and Nisus Email 1.0.9, normally $20, for Festivus (for the rest of us). Discounts apply until Dec. 31.
Morning tech news: Intel plans to introduce a variety of new chips, including a 1.3 GHz Pentium 4, next year; the motion picture industry\'s effort to ban computer code that subverts its DVD encryption scheme has suffered a setback in California; and Toshiba said its computer sales in the U.S. are slowing at the same rate as its rivals.
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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
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R