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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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