Blue Nomad has posted WordSmith 1.0b2, the latest beta of its full-featured word processor for the Palm OS, which includes Mac support. Among WordSmith\'s features is the ability to synchronize and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Word, via an included document conversion application.
Tom McKenna informed us that the Software Update control panel on his G4 reported an AGP Update 1.0 extension at 7:30 PM EST, which is supposed to improve the reliability of the Rage 128 Pro. However, our own attempts to download the update proved unsuccessful late this evening.
Palm announced that its U.S.-based customer service organization will be open during the holiday season. The company also launched Palm Knowledge Finder, an online service that contains hundreds of technical solutions compiled by Palm engineers worldwide.
MK Consulting has posted Eudora2FMP 1.6.4, a $10 shareware set of FileMaker Pro databases which import and parse Eudora mailboxes. This new version includes a completely unlocked E-mail Archive file that can be modified by the end user.
After the company\'s web site was unveiled earlier this week, x3dfx has temporarily closed their web site citing involvement in \"sensitive negotiations\". The company is made up of former software engineers of 3dfx Interactive who worked out of the company\'s Northern Ireland offices.
The iBook SE tops the LA Times\' list of "Slam-Dunk Gifts: "Apple\'s top-of-the-line iBook is fast and stylish, and its built-in FireWire connector and bundled iMovie software make it a portable video-editing studio."
The Apple Developer Connection and ABC-TV are offering ADC Premier and Select developers a three week broadcast television package for $50,000 that gives customers the opportunity to win several prizes, including a trip for two to see a live taping of ABC\'s "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in New York City.
Afternoon tech news: Microsoft has acquired Great Plains Software in a deal worth $1.1 billion, which it says will "create new opportunities" through its .NET foundation of small and medium business applications (last year, Great Plains discontinued support for the Mac in in its popular accounting software); Amazon.com Outlet, a discount retail website, will feature discounted books, cameras, electronics, home and kitchen tools and other excess merchandise from the Amazon.com inventory; and SmartDisk, parent company of VST Technologies, reduced its earnings estimates for Q4 2000, indicating that the shortfall was "primarily to diminished demand for Apple-based products, certain anticipated non-recurring charges and other factors, and that expects to report a significant loss for the fourth quarter.
We have published a review of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, the new real-time strategy game from Cyberlore Studios and MacPlay which offers fresh new twists to the genre.
games.macnn.com has information on today\'s release of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the Mac, a first-person 3D action game which is the first on the Mac to utilize the LithTech 3D engine.
Xboxaddict.com has published a transcript of last evening\'s chat with Bungie Studios\' John Howard, Lead Designer on Halo, and Matt Soell. \"Regarding the rendering,\" remarks Howard, \"the phrase I keep hearing is: Halo is what nature would be, if nature were cooler.\"
Epson today announced the Perfection 1240U Photo LE scanner and Stylus Photo 870 LE printer, two limited edition, \"stylish\" versions of the products. The devices, which will sell for $350 and $300 (a $50 premium over the regular versions), feature a \"modern look with the striking color combination of platinum and midnight blue.\" The Perfection 1240U Photo LE is a 42-bit, 1200x2400 dpi scanner while the Stylush Photo 870 LE is prints at resolutions up to 1440x720 dpi with edge-to-edge support for 4\"x6\" photo prints.
MacSpeech has begun shipping iListen 1.0.1 CDs, a speech-recognition program for Macintosh. The introductory download price is $100, and the CDs sell for $110. Analog and USB headsets are also available from the company\'s Web site.
Bargains today at DealNN include a PowerBook G3/400 with free flight bag and 128 MB RAM for $2,300, a refurbished 17-inch Apple Studio Display with ADC connector for $333, 256-MB PC100 SDRAM for $100 and UMAX Astra 2100U for $60 after rebate.
Iomega has begun shipping its FireWire adapter in North America for Jaz drives. The $100 device is compatible with both 1 GB and 2 GB drives, and will be part of a special $350 Jaz 2 GB bundle that includes both the drive and adapter. European shipments of the adapter are expected to commence in January.
PCShooter.com has published an interview with Raven Software\'s Mike Gummelt and Kenn Hoekstra on the company\'s latest Quake III-engine first-person shooter action game for the Mac and PC, Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. The pair is confident that the Quake III engine will be used in games for another two years. \"The first run of games [using the Quake III engine] has only scratched the surface of what the engine is capable of doing if properly modified,\" says Hoekstra.
The Washington Post has named FileMaker Pro 5 one of the best products of the year. \"It took only 45 minutes to construct a database of 25 contacts. Those 45 minutes included the software installation but no reading of instructions. For other database products, it\'s generally necessary to study a good portion of the help file to construct a database.\"
Stata Corp. has begun shipping Stata 7, a major update to its $1,000 statistics, graphics and data-management software. The update includes new estimators and statistics commands, improvements to output, and the addition of low-level programming for development of graphs. The company also claims the application\'s performance has been improved by bout 10 percent. The upgrade price is $375, but it on sale until Feb. 28 for $350.
Titan Computer has announced the release of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the Mac. The unique first-person shooter is the first on the Mac to utilize the LithTech engine and puts the player in a 10-meter tall robot as Sanjuro, a hotshot commander caught in the middle of a war against a terrorist organization that cost him his family and his girl friend. The game was ported to the Mac by Hyperion Studios.
Real Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a16, a new pre-release version of the application development environment for Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X, which includes a number of bug fixes and small changes.
eRoom Technology has introduced eRoom.net, a hosted service that provides access to eRoom 5.0, a digital collaborative workplace product. eRoom allows for real-time, secure collaboration and application sharing over the Internet using Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape Navigator 4.x running on Windows95/98/NT/2000, Macintosh, Linux, or UNIX workstations.
Artist Michael Phillips uses Apple software and hardware to create his photographic images from a reclining wheelchair or from his bed. He uses the assistive technology hardware/software package Discover:Kenx to control his two Macs.
Early morning tech news: The FCC\'s ongoing auction of airwaves has pulled in $9.34 billion in bids; \"Kriz,\" the year-old computer virus, may be coming back for Christmas this year, because of its ability to piggyback on other viruses and spread with them; and Palm Inc.\'s second-quarter numbers beat Wall Street expectations, with earnings of $20.3 million, or 4 cents per share.
Jay Lichtenauer\'s $60 server account creation and password generation tools, Passenger 1.1, performs a number of administrative functions, including the ability to import database text, formulate user names, generate passwords, set account parameters, export data and create folders. Version 1.1 adds limited import of ASIP 6.3 XML and other import options as well as minor enhancements.
Solitaire Till Dawn 4.0, a free update to the popular $20 shareware solitaire program that has more than three dozen varieties of solitaire, offers new artwork, larger cards, better sound, more features, and more games.
Portents has posted DiskTracker 2.1 adds advance search capabilities and improves search times in the $30 shareware disk cataloging and labeling system.
MP3 Menu 1.0b1 is a contextual plugin that can quickly insert relevant encoding and ID3 tag info from MP3 files and also allows you to rename MP3 files according to the info in its ID3 tags as well as change its file type and creator.
Yesterday we noted availability of Iomega\'s Predator CDRW, more demo days at Circuit City, shipments of the Rio 800, HP\'s new Mac-compatible multifunction devices and Kingston\'s plans for Mac versions of its Fingerprint security products.
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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