Apple has posted AppleShare IP 9.0.4 Update 1.0, which improves compatability with AppleShare IP 6.3.1 and Macintosh Manager 1.3 running on Mac OS 9.0.4.
In yet another promotion, Apple is offering a $100 rebate on purchases of $949 or more to education customers who have made recent purchases, according to c|net. Other rebates and promotions in effect include the new Circuit City $100 Manager\'s Special Rebate, a $300 rebate on a Cube/Apple Display purchase, up to $500 back on a Power Mac G4 purchase, $100 rebate on the purchase of a new Mac and Office 2001, and a RAM rebate on purchases at the Apple Store.
Apple will have one of the largest stands at BETT 2001, a UK technology-in-education show scheduled from January 10-13 in Olympia, according to Macworld UK: "The stand will be divided into a presentation theatre - featuring a full programme of demos and seminars - and a product showcase. "
Real Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a15, which runs on and compiles for both Classic and Mac OS Public Beta. This version offers new user interface, adds the ability to change the tool bar orientation and adds to ability to print fine lines at high resolutions.
FireWire Depot today announced that it will begin shipping its 2.5" and 3.5" FireWire and USB combo enclosures. It offers a single version of its 3.5" enclosure (#SK3.5FWUS, $190) and two styles of 2.5" enclosure (DF2.5FWUS, $176 and the SK2.5FWUS, $195). Both of the smaller enclosures are cross platform compatible and will accept any 9mm or 12.5mm drive, while the latter also ships with a power supply.
Apple has posted the coordinates for the satellite broadcast of Steve Jobs\' keynote, Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. at Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The keynote will also be Webcast live via QuickTime TV.
Sonic Desktop Software and Adobe have entered a bundling agreement, where Sonic will include its SmartSound Quicktracks software, a plug-in offering for custom-length, royalty-free soundtracks, will be included in Adobe\'s Premiere 6.0 software. [site not updated]
Dantz and HP announced that Dantz\' Retrospect Backup now supports HP Ultrium Linear Tape-Open drives, which have a storage capacity of 200 GB per cartridge, and the ability to stream data at 30 MB per second. Mac users with the Retrospect Advanced Driver Kit should e-mail for a free driver update that includes Ultrium support.
Voyager Communications has released PhotoFolio 3.0, a $50 software for converting still images into QuickTime movies. This version adds the ability to roll QuickTime slide shows from a digital camera images, Photoshop images and PowerPoint presentations. The software is normally $100, and the sale lasts through Dec. 31.
Epson has posted an updated driver for its Stylus Color 980 and 980N printers, version 6.4aA.
Adobe has posted a trial version of GoLive 5 for North American customers and says that other additional trial versions for the rest of the world are "currently in development." Adobe has released a series of FAQs for System Errors and Freezes outlining problems that have been successfully resolved by its tech support team.
The Mercury News talks about Apple\'s recent stumble, while the SF Gate says that the "Much-maligned Apple [is] Still A Breed Apart From PC Maker Crowd," insisting that its desire blaze trails in the PC marketplace is the very "daring approach that the PC industry needs right now."
Late last week, Open Door Networks officially announced that it has licensed its DoorStop firewall technology to Symantec for use in its Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh. Current owners of DoorStop Personal Firewall will continue to be supported by Open Door and will be able to upgrade for an unspecified "special price." Open Door says it will contine to sell its server security and file sharing solutions and promises to bring to market "new products under development," including its Who\'s There product noted earlier today.
We have published a review of SiN Gold, the new first-person shooter action game for the Mac which includes both the original SiN and expansion pack Wages of SiN at an affordable price.
games.macnn.com covers today\'s releases of public betas of the Quake III: Team Arena Demo and Quake III: Arena 1.27g for the Mac. Earlier today, it offered details on today\'s release of a single-player and multiplayer demo for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, the first-person shooter action game which uses a modified version of the Quake III: Arena engine and represents the first game based on the Star Trek: Voyager universe. [updated]
Curious Labs in mid-January will release Poser Pro Pack, a $150 collection of plug-ins that provide functions such as 2D motion blur, multiple camera view panes, animated material parameters, compressed content and library files and Python scripting support as well as third-party application integration for Poser 4, its 3D character animation and figure design tool. Web designers can use the Pro Pack to add animated character content created in Poser to Web sites and other interactive projects. [site not updated]
Adobe\'s InDesign 1.5.2 update addresses printing issues identified by the company, including support for non-PostScript printers and compatibility with recent versions of several post-processing applications. It also incorporates final versions of the non-PostScript printing plug-in for the Mac OS, the revised Links palette, and the hyphenation fix, which were previously available as separate downloads. (Use following direct download link.)
New articles at Salon.com talk about Apple as a poster child of a fading industry, Athlon-based Macs as the solution to the Apple\'s problems, and Apple\'s Blind Arrogance through repeated insults to its own consumers.
Microspot USA will soon release MacDraft 5.0, a $250 CAD software. The release will support Mac OS X, will improve the DWG toolkit libraries and will offer smooth interchangeability with PC Draft 4.3.5 and later, according to Architosh.
From now until the end of December, Netopia is offering Timbuktu Pro, a cross-platform remote control software, at discounts of up to 45 percent. All new customers are entered into a drawing to win a Razor Scooter, Olympus Digital Camera, Handspring Visor Deluxe and other prizes. Current users can upgrade to the newest version and be entered into the drawing.
LaserSoft Imaging has introduced SilverFast SE and SilverFast DC-SE, $50 simplified versions of SilverFast Ai for the low-end market. SE is designed to work with all major scanners, while DC-SE works with digital cameras. Features include real-time correction, auto-adjust with artificial Intelligence and professional unsharp masking. [site not updated until tomorrow]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iMac 333 for $600, an NEC 17-inch monitor for $200, an HP PhotoSmart P1100 for $230, a Maxtor 40-GB hard drive for $150 and a Palm IIIxe for $150.
Who\'s There? 1.0b13 is the second public beta release of Open Door\'s firewall advisor product that works with a range of firewall products, including its own DoorStop and Symantec\'s Norton Personal Firewall. The software logs all access attempts, offers a database of info about common attacks, and automated "Whois" look-up.
Yesterday we noted a serious bug in MRJ 2.2.3, Apple\'s CPU Plugin for Gigabit Power Mac G4s 2.7, Newsweek\'s positive review of iMovie, and the release of Audion 2, CDFinder 3.0, and several other minor updates. [links updated]
Cody E. Pearson received this response from WildBlue Communications regarding satellite Internet for the Macintosh. \"At this time we anticipate being able to support all platforms including Mac. More information will be available as we get closer to our early 2002 launch date.\"
Earthlink and Symantec have jointly announced that Earthlink will provide its Mac DSL users with a free copy of Symantec\'s Norton Personal Firewall. Current users will receive an electronically redeemable coupon for the software, while new users will receive the same after their DSL is set up and running.
MAKI Enterprise has released Muwse 1.0.7, a $70 full HTML editor and Web page builder application for Macintosh. Features include multilingual and full Unicode support, automatic language selection and a Text clip option for fast and easy handling of HTML tags.
Jam will introduce two iBook backpacks and PowerBook cases at Macworld next month. The new backpacks (large and small) feature fully padded compartments, lots of pockets and all the iBook flavors. The MacCase for PowerBook will match the theme of PowerBooks in finish and concept.
Active Concepts has announced that it plans to introduce and demonstrate a MacOS X beta version of Funnel Web, its site traffic analysis and business intelligence software during MacWorld Expo next month.
Chaotic Software has released Web Devil 5.1, a Carbonized version of its $35 tool for downloading Web sites for offline browsing and extracting Web-site images. The other changes to this version include an updated interface to better accommodate Aqua and an auto-scroll URL list when already scrolled to the bottom.
Today\'s update at Xicons.com features transparent Bubble folders for Mac OS X.
California Polytechnic State University\'s Department of Landscape Architecture uses Macintosh software and hardwareincluding AirPort wireless technologyto teach students enrolled in the program.
ScenicSoft has introduced Pandora 1.0, a prepress production tool for designing packaging and label layouts for print. Features of the native-PDF-based solution include a \"snap and repeat\" option, the ability to overlap artwork for nesting label and packaging images and the use of forms caching. A demo is available.
Following yesterday\'s note, Larry Duffy provided some more information on BBC\'s QuickTime stream: "BBC World increased resolution from 160 x 120 to 320 x 240 and upped their bit rate from 80kbs to 240kbs more or less BUT they changed from Sorenson codec to H.263 and that, in my opinion, was a mistake. Now we see ghosting which is common using H.263 on a lossy (internet) network. Bad chioce but overall I do like the change."
Maki Enterprises has released MailGoGoGo 2.01, a new version of its $45 spam filtering software that uses a contextual analysis process to filter mail. It now supports up to 16 different accounts and offers better integration with the company\'s email client, Magellan 1.5.4, which has also been updated for better handling of Japanese- and Korean-localized messages and brings other improvements.
FirewireDirect.com yesterday announced a new $270 FireWire-based 8x8x32 CDRW with a 2MB buffer and a $470 FireWire 16x10x40 CDRW with a 8MB buffer. A quick chart comparing the specs of each is available online.
Early morning tech news: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates telephoned the chairman of the FCC last week to urge a close examination of America Online\'s dominance in instant messaging; Microsoft is offering MSN subscribers the use of Web Companion, its Internet appliance, for no additional cost; and many U.S. companies forecast their smallest quarterly earnings growth in two years.
Now AAPL Stock: 92.04 ( -1.36 )
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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