Minutiae Software\'s $60 reunion planning and organizing application, Reunion Planner 4.8.7, includes separate, expanded Budget Module and projected estimates, expanded Events capabilities and new Ticket Sales tracking.
The PowerShot Pro90 IS digital camera is Canon\'s first digital camera to incorporate a built-in 10x zoom lens with optical Image Stabilization. The 3.34 megapixel CCD, offers movie recording (NTSC/PAL) and playback with audio, compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards (including IBM microdrives, a wireless remote controller and either USB or an optional RS-232C serial interface interface. It is due this month for $1,300.
Belkin today introduced its "stylish" FireWire 6-Port hub (F5U526), which is expected to ship in March for $100: "The FireWire hub surpasses conventional hubs by allowing you to connect other Belkin FireWire devices, including additional hubs, hard disk drives and other devices using its unique docking ring feature."
The wKiosk company is expected to announce a new Mac Internet browser next week at MWSF. Based on the Netscape\'s Gecko engine, the browser is designed for use in secure Internet kiosks in public areas and will offer limited URL browsing as well as full screen-only browsing. Both French and English versions as well as a Mac OS X version will be available.
MoonBeam\'s $15 shareware Private Eye 1.0.1 is an update to its privacy utility that protects your files and folders instantly "using clever hiding techniques and password protection."
JAM yesterday introduced three new cases for Apple portables: MacPack, a padded backpack for the iBook that is available in two sizes as well as in each of the iBook flavors; MacCase for PowerBooks, a handheld/shoulder case designed to minimize bulk while maximizing protection, mimics the a PowerBook\'s matte-stain finish and has both interior and exterior pockets for accessories; and JAM-Pack, which offers either handheld, shoulder or backpack modes.
Following a MacNN reader note last October about the future of Imation\'s SuperDisk drives and a recent note about its discontinuation and product availability (added to the end of the thread), Imation yesterday announced and showcased several new and updated products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a new USB floppy drive, although the rumored half-height SuperDisk model, possibly marketed by Panasonic has not yet been announced: Imation DataPlay digital media, a miniature optical media the size of a quarter that designed to let users download and record 500MB of digital content and play it back on any DataPlay-enabled device. It will also showcase Imation DiscGO!, a USB-based portable, self-hosted DataPlay device compatible with multiple memory card formats and Imation DataPlay digital media. Both are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2001. Imation CD Burn-R 16X10X40 and the Imation CD Burn-R 12X10X32 are internal, IDE-based mechanisms that offer Burn Proof Technology to prevent Buffer Under Run Errors and are bundled with Adaptec software. Imation USB Floppy Drive, which provides portable floppy compatibility to users of 1.44MB disks. The USB-powered drive, weighing only 0.68 pounds, requires no additional power cord and comes with eleven customizable colored faceplate covers.
Several readers are noting that Apple has updated (some of) its user iDisks, offering a new folders and software for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X (note the absence of \'public beta\' in all documentation) and suggesting that Apple has plans to use its iTools as a software distribution network: "The Apple software folder just has an image of Disk Copy 6.3.3, but the OSX folder has a ton of stuff [including games, utilities, and internet applications]." One reader has posted a screenshot as well as the complete contents of the included Read Me.
Olympus yesterday introduced two new digital cameras, the Camedia C-3040 Zoom and the Camedia C-2040 Zoom, which both offer "the world\'s first" super bright F1.8 aperture digital zoom lens with an extended flash working range, a 3X zoom lense, and plug-and-play USB support without additional drivers. The $1000 C-3040 with an included 16MB SmartMedia card offers 3.34 megapixel resolution and is due in March, while the $700 C-2040 with 2-megapixel resolution and 8MB card is expected to ship later this month.
Bruno Blondeau\'s iOrganize 3.2, a multipurpose organization tool with an advanced NotePad, an Address Book, and an Alias Manager, adds several enhancements and bug fixes to its three modules. A beta of the Carbon is also available online.
Yesterday we noted the Illustrator 9.02 update, GM release of Mac OS 9.1 (to ADC developers), Iomega\'s new Peerless drive system, Apple\'s corporate refocus, and dozens of new products expected at next week\'s Macworld Expo.
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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