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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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
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R