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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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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t