Apple has posted CPU Plugin for Gigabit Power Mac G4s 2.7, which \"updates the Apple CPU Plugin extension and provides more reliable performance from your Power Mac G4.\" The software was originally made available on Friday via the Software Update control panel.
Evening tech news: More than half of U.S. households now have Internet access, according to a report by Nielsen/Net Ratings; Dell is struggling with shipping delays, some as long as six weeks; and Microsoft shares have fallen to a two-year low of $49.19.
Philip Kahn notes that Apple and/or the BBC have recently updated their QuickTime streaming servers. \"The results over broadband are spectacular; this is definitely the best streaming I have seen over the Web and it\'s only coming in at around 250K.\"
MaxGate has introduced UGate-3200P, a seven-port, Cable/DSL modem sharing device. Features of the $270 switch/router include a built-in, single-port print server; spooling and queuing of print jobs; and built-in Dynamic Domain Name Service support.
Newsweek has posted a positive review of iMovie. \"Then I saw a TV commercial for Apple\'s iMac, playing up the candy-colored bubble\'s ability to edit digital video. I realized that there\'s technology out there claiming to work just like the professional video-editing suites I\'ve used a bit in previous jobs.\"
Norbert Doerner has posted CDFinder 3.0, an update to his $20 shareware disk cataloging tool, which has a new, enhanced catalog file format, threaded operations, improved peformance of up to 200%, and the ability to eject multi-session CD volumes correctly.
During a conference call this morning conducted by Nvidia Corporation executives, the company indicated that they plan to offer positions to one hundred former employees of 3dfx Interactive (approximately 25% of the company\'s workforce) with the vast majority being hardware engineers described by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang as \"world-class\" and \"the best of the best\". The company also indicated that 3dfx Interactive was developing two product lines beyond the Rampage architecture expected for release in Q1 2001, and Nvidia will begin the process of looking over those technologies as early as next week to decide which features to incorporate into future Nvidia technologies. The $112 million agreement for the acquisition of assets from 3dfx Interactive, which is pending shareholder approval, includes $70 million cash and 1 million shares of Nvidia common stock.
Paradigma\'s database development tool, VXCMD 1.8.6, works with any Macintosh "card" scripting tool, including Apple\'s HyperCard, IncWell SuperCard, and MetaCard, is based on the Valentina database kernel. Valentina Technology Release 1.8.6, now also available, updates all Valentina kernel based products, bringing "dramatic" speed improvements in VarChar indexing and improvements in Valentina caching.
games.macnn.com covers a multitude of Mac game demo releases today including Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Avernum 2, Kawasaki Jet Ski watercraft and SiN Gold. In addition, the site provides details on the release of a 1.0.6 update for both the demo and retail versions of Cro-Mag Rally. [updated]
Interesting threads in our forums include: why CDs are sometimes ejected at startup, the future of 3dfx and OS X drivers for its products, setting up an FTP server, the purpose of Adobe Type Manager, quiet hard drives for iBook/PowerBooks, and opinions regarding VST drives, FWB Hard Disk Toolkit 4.0, and the iMac DV SE.
Cyclone 1.4 is a maintenance release to Classic version the freeware text converter based on Apple Text Encoding Converter engine. A new Carbon version is also available.
A security hole in Apple\'s MRJ 2.2.3 allows intruders to view and copy files on your computer\'s hard drive. The report on Apple\'s discussion board says that Apple has not responded to the security flaw for the last 45 days. A demo applet is available online.
Dennis C. De Mars has posted Pads 2.0, a $15 replacement for the standard Note Pad and Stickies applications. Version 2.0 is now Carbonized and allows users to drag text selections, clippings and files directly to the Pads window.
Peninsula Group has introduced its CCD Wildcat 80-mm USB barcode scanner, a $230 contact CCD designed fo retail, library, database and other applications where the barcode is less than 80mm in length.
Yenco\'s $20 shareware cataloging utility, Archive 4.6, has new interface icons, improved preference handling, a context-aware help system, and other minor enhancements.
Tri-CATALOG 4.0 brings the ability to catalog an unlimited number of volumes and files, to use multiple browsers and to use multiple data bases to the $100 cataloging utility.
Jonathan Rentzsch has posted Red Shed Threads, which gives developers the ability to add pre-emptive threading to the classic Mac OS. The complete threads package contains everything from a low-level context switcher to a high-level threaded Open Transport wrapper and runs natively on a Mac II running System 7 as well as a G4 running Mac OS X: "Preemptive threading can result in huge speed gains and greater user satisfaction...The threaded File Manager wrapper included with Red Shed Threads was tested to be over 400% faster than the Thread Manager at copying files." An unlimited license is $1,025.A FAQ has more details. [MacTech]
Painting 2.0.1 is a maintenance release to Sarwat Khan\'s $20 shareware graphics program that fixes a crash that some users have reported involving the Colors window.
Scooter Graphics Nu Font Pack 1.5 updates the NuCasual font (based on the Newton Casual font) in the $30 font bundle of its popular faces that also includes Nu Sans, Nu Serif, Nu Casual and Nu Sans Monospaced.
Syzygy Research & Technology has posted The Digital Universe 2.20, an update to the $150 astronomy simulation software that can now display radiants for meteor showers and legends on printed star charts.
Handspring today began shipping its VisorPhone GSM Springboard module. The $300 device can be purchased direct from Handspring along with service plan activation from Cingular Wireless. The device allows Handspring owners to use their PDAs as a cell phone.
Xochi Media has released iScreensaver Toolkit 1.1, a $10 screensaver that also allows users to create their own screensavers using Flash or QuickTime movies.
In keeping with previous seasons, Apple has posted Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and just plain winter iCards.
Xicons.com has posted two new sets of icons for OS X: Macromedia Pro Collection 2001 and Rendered Trash, a set of trash can replacements.
Evological has posted VolumeRocker 1.6 and BrightnessRocker 1.1, its two $5 Control Strip modules that provide rocker switch-style volume and brightness controls. Both updates offer support for ACTION GoMac and fixes a problem when using the module with Extensions Strip. The BrightnessRocker update also adds several new options.
Ken Winograd has posted Presidents3000 1.03, a $20 shareware hangman-type game for learning presidents. This version adds the results of the Nov. 7 presidential election and corrects three errors in the vice presidential info displayed.
Panic today released Audion 2, a major upgrade to its MP3 player. The new version adds encoding capabilities, a waveform editor, crossfading between multiple tracks, and more. The shareware application costs $33 with encoder and $20 without encoder. Upgrades from version 1.0 are $20 and $10, respectively. We have also posted our review of Audion 2.
Over the weekend we noted Circuit City\'s new $100 rebate, the collapse of Japanese upgrade manufacturer Interware, 3dfx\'s layoffs and recommended sale to Nvidia. Other software releases included 3ivx delta decoder 1.0d1, Mirabilis\' ICQ 2.3a for Mac, ExchangePoint 1.0 for Internet-based collaboration, and LuraWave Director Xtra 2.2.
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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