Custer\'s Corner has been updated with a journal detailing the daily adventures of Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001. The journal will be updated throughout the week.
Apple has posted several updates on its software update page: PowerMacG4 AGP Update 1.0 helps eliminate some wake from sleep issues and increases the reliability of the Rage 128 Pro graphics card in Single processor 400MHz and dual processor 450MHz and 500MHz Power Mac G4 systems with Gigabit Ethernet. [440KB] AppleShare Client 3.8.8 fixes several problems, including with DHX Authentication when used with longer than eight character passwords. [2.5 MB] Disc Burner Version 1.0, which allows you to create your own data CDs using the built-in CD recorder. [5.6 MB] DVD-ROM Firmware 1.0, which places new firmware on the Apple DVD-ROM drive installed in iMac DV+, iMac DV Special Edition and Power Mac G4 Cube computers and improves the audio extraction performance of the DVD-ROM drive. [1.0 MB] CarbonLib 1.2, which delivers a number of new functionality and features for Carbon-based applications on Mac OS 8.6, all Mac OS 9 releases and Mac OS X. [2.7MB] iTunes 1.0, Apple\'s newly released music software, is available on users iDisks as well as online. [noted yesterday] Mac OS 9.1 (English-NA and English International) is also available as a multipart download or on CD for $20. [noted yesterday]
Cryonetworks has announced the release of its SCOL technology for the Mac, a \"fast and extremely light programming language that allows the creation of multi-user sites\" for multimedia sites using 2D, 3D, text, audio and video or multi-user sites that allow everyone to interact live online using the latest technology available. The company also plans to release a version of the SCOL technology for Mac OS X.
French company wKiosk today introduced two new products: wKiosk Manager 1.0, due in February, allows you to secure a point of internet installed in public places, providing full screen mode, a customizable navigation bar, restricted browsing, and statistics management. wKiosk Browser 1.0, due this summer, is a new internet browser based on the high-performance Netscape Gecko engine. Both are expected to work with Mac OS 9 and X and will be available in both French and English versions.
Proteron (booth #4336) today announced the release of N2MP3 Pro 1.0, an update to its MP3 creation application. N2MP3 offers a suite of audio codecs, including the Fraunhofer\'s industry standard encoder, the open-source LAME encoder, Proteron\'s proprietary MPegger engine optimized for Apple\'s G4, and for the first time on the Macintosh, Ogg Vorbis open-source codec. The $60 application preforms real-time recording to MP3 files and offers support for CDDB2 from Gracenote and uncompressed AIFF and WAV files. It is a $20 upgrade for registered 1.x owners and $30 upgrade from Mpegger. A demo is availabe online.
CommonGround Softworks announced Qilan for Mac OS X Public Beta, its native Cocoa database system for web servers: \"It is a complete environment for the creation of user entry/output screens, logical data manipulation and data base access. With Qilan, the developer can easily link SQL database engines with the Web.\"
Eugene Kim sent us details and instructions on how use the recently released Disc Burn 1.0 with (some) third-party CD-R drives. (Requires TomeViewer.)
AppleShare IP 6.3.3 was also quietly released this week. Customers can receive an upgrade CD to AppleShare IP 6.3.3 through the fulfillment program for $20. ASIP 6.3.3 requires Mac OS 9.1, which is also provided as part of the fulfillment program.
Version 3.5 of its A Better Finder Rename provides more powerful \"manual\" rename operations and several bug fixes to the contextual meu plugin for renaming multiple files.
Relativity, Inc. has released the final version of its $20 shareware QTKeys 2.5. The update to the screen-based keyboard that provides access to built-in QuickTime Musical instruments offers multi-track recording and playback, step recording editable chords and scales, more response, and other optimizations improvements.
Calerga will release SysQuake 2 for Mac OS X in the spring. SysQuake 2 is an application which helps to understand mathematics, physics and engineering. This version provides a better integrated development environment, improved graphics and better support for collections of functions written by users.
NewTek\'s LightWave 3D 6.5, available immediately as a download to registered users of version 6, supports Mac OS X. Version 6.5 includes more than 500 new features and additions, such as enhanced stability and speed, UV texture atlas for automated complex UV map creation and continuous and discontinuous UV mapping. The final release of LightWave 3D 6.5, which will cost $2,600, will be posted shortly after the final release of Mac OS X.
Viking Components (booth #535) has introduced 32 MB ($150) and 64 MB ($280) SDRAM DIMMs for Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards from Sonnet Technologies. Coupons for price discounts on Viking memory are available. [site not updated]
Quest Software\'s Funnel Web 4.0.2 will support Mac OS X when it is released. Funnel Web provides Web site traffic and online consumer behavior analysis. In addition to Mac OS X support, the update includes incremental analysis, PDF output and multisite log retrieval.
We have a posted the first in a series of Macworld Expo photo essays that take a look at several companies exhibiting at the show. This report covers Apple, Aladdin, Connectix, Intego, Iomega, LaCie, and Roxio.
Richard \"Levelord\" Gray of Ritual Entertainment updated his .plan with comments on the split of Ritual to form Mumbo Jumbo Studios and the company\'s desire to create SiN II, a sequel to the company\'s first-person shooter, SiN. We have nothing but absolute desire to make SiN II. No one wants this more than we do! My guess is that it will happen, perhaps even this year. We are starting a very cool game right now, so it\'s hard to say. SiN is a Ritual property and unless someone wants to pay A LOT of money, it will always be a Ritual property.
Creative Labs indicated today that the SoundBlaster Live! for the Mac is not expected to ship until March due to minor bugs and issues with portions of the product being developed by third-party partners. \"We could have been the irresponsible company and released at the show,\" a Creative representative told MacNN, \"but we would rather release a completely tested and solid product for our customers.\" Currently, the company has worked with Westlake Interactive to add OpenAL support, an open-source sound API, to Unreal Tournament and Deus Ex, which are being demonstrated at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001 (booth #2339). In addition, Creative is working with other developers to add OpenAL support to existing games so that customers will be able to take advantage of 4-channel sound output for locational audio and ambient sounds.
NVIDIA Corp. has introduced its GeForce2 MX graphics processing unit, which is included in Apple\'s new line of Power Mac G4s. Features include 32-bit color on a primary display screen, more than 25 million sustained triangles per second and 800 million texels per second and the graphics card includes a large 32MB SDRAM frame buffer to store large textures in games or professional applications.
Epic Marketing has announced that Simon the Sorcerer II, a 2D adventure game, has reached golden master status and is expected to ship on January 25th. The Mac version incorporates significant changes and feature additions including French language support.
QPS Inc. introduced its Que! D2 Dual drives, a FireWire-based enclosure that sports both a built-in LS120/LS240 SuperDISK or 640MB MO drive and a hard disk drive. Que! D2 Dual drives are priced at $500 for a hard drive/LS120/LS240 at $600 for a hard drive/MO combination. Both models are expected to ship this month. Que! D2 Dual drives with USB 2.0 interfaces will be available later this quarter, according to the company.
id Software\'s Graeme Devine has announced that the company has added Velocity Engine (AltiVec) support to Quake III: Arena. The company is running the new AltiVec-enhanced version of the game on a 533 MHz G4 with an Nvidia GeForce2 MX, and Devine notes, \"I think this safely puts the G4 ahead of the PC.\" The new version is expected to be released tomorrow.
Yesterday Blizzard Entertainment released the Diablo II Demo for the Mac, MacPlay announced the appointment of a new President, Graphic Simulations Corporation announced a deal with THQ to publish Summoner and Red Faction for the Mac, Aspyr Media officially announced Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 for the Mac, MacSoft announced Master of Orion III for the Mac and Apple announced the addition of Nvidia GeForce2 MX graphics cards to the top three configurations of the company\'s Power Mac G4 line. We published an article detailing the official announcement of Myth III: The Wolf Age, the prequel real-time strategy game, as well as new information on the new company which will be developing the game, Mumbo Jumbo.
Epson today announced two new \"whisper-quiet,\" four-color ink jet printers: the EPSON Stylus Color 83 (Eight Cubed) and Stylus Color 880i. The printers offer up to 2880 x 720 dpi resolution and 12 ppm black and 9 ppm color speeds. The Stylus Color 83 features a distinctive clear lid with dark-turquoise buttons and paper trays to complement the design of the Power Mac G4 Cube. It is is $200 before a $30 mail-in rebate. The $150 Stylus Color 880i offers a unique \"ice\" exterior case with a transparent graphite lid. Both ship with EPSON Film Factory for collecting and organizing digital photos and Trellix Web for creating personalized Web sites, ArcSoft Photo Impression 2000 for photo-retourching and editing, and ArcSoft Photo Montage.
Lunar Software\'s $20 shareware EarthBrowser 1.3.6 adds support for access to weather information through secure proxy servers to its Earth simulation that offers real-time weather conditions and 5 day forecasts.
Jim Matthews, the author of the popular FTP program "Fetch," announced his new company to "further develop and market" the file transfer utility. Fetch Softworks has licensed the Fetch source code and name from Dartmouth College and has posted a public beta release of the software, Fetch 4.0b4, which expires May 1, 2001. [form]
In a special keynote session this morning, Microsoft announced Outlook:mac 2001, a public beta of which is now available, an Office 2001 service release, and Office 2001 for Mac OS X.
Steve Jobs Remains King of Cool, according to an Interactive Week column: " Apple Computer and Steve Jobs are like Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. If you have to ask why people think they\'re still so great after all these years, you just don\'t get it. "
IMG has published an interview with Mumbo Jumbo Studios\' Scott Campbell, Lead Designer on Myth III: The Wolf Age. \"This game will allow you play in the dangerous and fantastic past of the Myth world,\" says Campbell, \"where many secrets will be revealed about the world of Myth and it\'s future. And, you\'ll be able to play Soulblighter when he was a good guy. How cool is that?\"
games.macnn.com has learned that id Software has added Velocity Engine (AltiVec) support to Quake III: Arena and Custer\'s Corner has been updated with a journal detailing adventures at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001. In addition, the site has information on the official announcements of Master of Orion III and Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2. [updated]
Report Magic 2.04 adds support for language files, including a new Chinese-localized version and also improves HTML generation in the Analog add-on for creating graphical reports.
Corrigo 1.3.6 brings Mac OS X public beta compatibility to the German program for spellchecking and "transforming text to the reformed orthography."
Miramar\'s PC-to-Mac connectivity software, PC MACLAN v7.2.1 for Windows 95/98/Me, now includes IP Client, IP Server and bi-directional printer support. PC MACLAN uses AFP (AppleTalk File Protocol) over IP to provide file access and transfer over AppleTalk, or over IP. This version also provides the ability to print to any non-PostScript printer attached to the PC network using a third-party-supported Ghostscript utility, which converts PostScript formatted files to non-PostScript and sends the job to the Windows print queue. Upgrades to the $200 application are between $70 and $100 depending on version.
Meteor\'s real-time collaboration capabilities have been integrated into meetingmaker, a real-time, cross-platform enterprise-scheduling solution. This extends meetingmaker\'s online scheduling and calendaring capabilities to include a complete Web-meeting solution.
Kinesis Corp. has introduced the Evolution, a family of fully adjustable, ergonomic computer keyboards, which have left and right modules connected only by a cable, so each module can be independently adjusted. A chair-mounted, desktop and track-mounted versions will be offered, which attaches to a fully articulating arm. The keyboards utilize a PS/2-to-USB adapter for Macintosh compatibility.
Intego (booth #635) is demonstrating VirusBarrier 1.5, a$100 antivirus program for Macintosh, at Macworld Expo. It now includes an automatic software update engine, scans of compressed files, turbomode and a new contextual menu module. The upgrade is free to all registered users.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iMac DV with 400-MHz processor for $800, a refurbished iBook G3 with 160-MB SDRAM for $1,100, 256-MB PC100 SDRAm for $115 after rebate with free shipping and APC SurgeArrest for laptops for $15 with free shipping.
4D, Inc. is showcasing WebSTAR Server Suite 4.4 Beta at its booth at Macworld Expo. Version 4.4 Public Beta features 4th Dimension relational database integration, support for Tomcat\'s JSP and Java Servlet services, a customizable Web interface for WebSTAR Mail and built-in FlexMail support for a customized web-mail interface. It is expected to be available for download from the WebSTAR web site by January 12, 2001. (Earlier this week we noted WebSTAR V and 4D 6.7 for OS X.)
StudioZee (booth #4154)will be exhibiting and selling a new USB version of the ZephIR, its universal infrared transmitter that is driven by a full-featured application which includes a CD Manager for multi-disc CD players, and a Channel Guide manager for Cable, DMX, and Satellite systems. The USB ZephIR can control virtually any home entertainment device through button clicks on your desktop via AppleScript-based ZephIR actions.
Clarkwood Software has posted CSM Pack 1.0, a $15 shareware set of five modules for the Macintosh\'s Control Strip. The software allows users to display the IP address currently assigned to the machine, easily open the CD tray on PowerBook and desktop Macs and hide and show application windows.
Intego yesterday introduced NetBarrier 2.0, the new version of its personal firewall software that includes control of unwanted Internet cookies and spam and the ability to filter personal information sent when connected to a web site as well as updates to its firewall support; improved gauges to monitor data traffic by protocol or application, log export, a new Aqua interface, an auto-update engine and control strip access.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Angie Everhart (portraits), Apple 2000 (logos, Apple), beauty blurred (art) and blown glass ceiling, Bellagio, Las Vegas (art). The pictures are free and available in a wide range of sizes.
Matt Van Drie noticed that Apple has posted movies, shown at yesterday\'s keynote, detailing the (enhanced) features of the Mac OS X.
XLR8 today announced its MACh Velocity G4 MPe, a multiprocessing upgrade card that is expected to ship next month in dual 350-MHz, 400-MHz ($1050), 450-MHz ($1150) and 500 MHz ($1550) configurations. The upgrade will use the current range of MACh Speed G4 MPe ZIFs and the MACh Velocity adapter populated with either one or two ZIF processor cards. XLR8 customers can purchase the adapter with the second ZIF and the company claims that systems will work with "unbalanced" upgrades (i.e., ZIFs with different processor speeds). The release notes caveats for owners of competing ZIF upgrades: Third party manufacturers of ZIFs, including Apple, do not connect all command lines on the ZIF, and therefore, the use of another manufacturer\'s non-MPe ZIF will restrict the performance of the XLR8 MACh Velocity G4 MPe to the MEI cache memory states and therefore, the overall performance.
Ted Swinyar talked with Apple reps on the show floor yesterday about the new version of Mac OS X Server, which Apple has quietly updated: \"[Apple] basically crossed the current AppleShare IP GUI and ease of use with the current Mac OSX Server\'s functionality, all while building everything around the new \'guts\' of OSX (client).\" Setting up virtual domain hosting uses intuitive dialog boxes, and the interface is familiar to those who have used ASIP. According to Swinyar, \"all of the features of a high-end Web serving solution are included, [such as] PHP4 and Perl.\" Apple representatives note that the product is due \"soon\" (6-8 weeks) after the release of Mac OS X in late March.
The new Power Macs G4s offer dozens of enhancements, including: 256K on-chip level 2 cache running at processor speed, plus 1MB backside level 3 cache running at one-third the processor speed (667-MHz and 733-MHz systems) 133-MHz system bus and PC133 SDRAM up to 1.5GB (999MB maximum per application in Mac OS 9) Three DIMM slots support up to 1.5GB of PC133 SDRAM 8x4x32x CD-RW drive drive in low-end systems whieth a DVD-R/CD-RW drive in the high-end that writes DVD-R at 2x, reads DVD at 6x, writes CD-R at 8x, writes CD-RW at 4x, reads CD at 24x an internal speaker, a built-in amplifier for the new Apple Pro Speakers from Harmon Kardon. PCI throughput has increased from 100 up to 215 megabytes per second a 4x AGP slot for graphics cards with BTO choices for the ATI Radeon graphics card
MacNN Reader Graham Fair noted that Apple\'s new Power Mac G4s uses the quietly released successor to the PowerPC 7400 "Motorola introduced the new PowerPC 7450 chip, also known as the G4+, and at least two of the four new PowerMacs must be using it - the 667 MHz version, and the 733 MHz version. The PPC 7450 is a hot-rodded version of the 7410 and 7400. Motorola also introduced the 7410 available at 533 MHz today, up from a previous best of 500 MHz." [Motorola\'s brochure on the PPC 7450 is summarized in our forums area]
Thoth 1.0.5, a $25 newsreader, is fully Carbonized for use on Mac OS 8.x/9.x and Mac OS X. This version fixes some problems with drag handling, works around a slow typing with flickering problem and fixes an inconsistancy in how quitting under OS X was handled compared to classic/Carbon.
Pioneer\'s DVR-103 recordable DVD/CD drive will be integrated in select new Power Mac G4 systems; Apple calls it the \"Superdrive.\" The DVD-R is a 4.7-GB, write-once DVD format that is compatible with most existing video players and DVD-ROM drives. The DVR-103 drive writes and reads DVD-R, CD-R and CD-RW media, and also reads CD-ROM and DVD-ROM discs.
Today at Macworld, Kevin Browne, general manager of Microsoft\'s Macintosh Business Unit, is scheduled to give a presentation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; today\'s workshops and conferences begin at 10:30 a.m.; and the exhibit hall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (All times Pacific.)
Yesterday we covered Steve Jobs Macworld keynote, the release of Mac OS 9.1, new iTunes software, Roxio\'s new Toast 5, Alsoft\'s DiskWarrior 2.1, Corel\'s Painter 6.1, new VST-branded FireWire RAID software and portable CD-RW, and many other updates.
MacRun, a young French company whose aim is to create video games exclusively for the Mac, has released a 2-level demo version of Captain Bumper 0.86. The full version of the blasting fast \"cartoon-style\" arcade game will be available for purchase in March.
The entertainment division of The Learning Company has renamed itself to Game Studios in an effort to separate itself from the established \'Learning Company\' brand in the educational and productivity markets. Game Studios will release its first game for the Mac under the new name when the company ships Myst III: Exile in April.
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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
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