Several readers have forwarded company emails about an upcoming Mac version of :CRQ software, which can be used to find quickly locate relevant product information on the Web from television ads (as well other print media via the CueCat reader): \"Digital:Convergence Corporation has been hard at work developing a version of :CRQ software for the Macintosh. We are completing an internal alpha test of the software and are preparing for a beta test. The beta test will include a fully functional pre-release version of the :CRQ for Macintosh software.... The beta test will conclude at the end of March 2001.\" Interested users can sign up on the :CRQ Beta Website.
ALAP\'s ItemMarks 1.0 is a $50 plug-in for Adobe InDesign that offers a convenient method for creating crop and registration marks for objects and pages.
Casady & Greene has released Conflict Catcher 8.0.8, a free update to its $80 system utility, offering improved support for Mac OS 9.1 (new sets, links, and Clean-Install System Merge information) and additional support for Mac OS X Beta under the Classic Layer with Mac OS 9.1.
Unicore Technologies today announced the availability of Macintosh and Gigabit Ethernet support in its NAServer products, a \"thin file server\" that provides inexpensive network storage access for UNIX, Novell, Windows, and Mac clients. NAServers provide support for UNIX, Novell, NT, Direct AppleTalk/IP, Web, and FTP and range from a 1U 19\" rackmount unit with up to 320GB of storage capacity, to Deskside models scaling to more than 1TB of storage with optionally support for hot swappable drives, RAID (Level 0, 1, and 5), and redundant power supplies.
Westlake Interactive\'s Jesse Spears has provided readers with a clarification regarding our report yesterday on the company\'s discontinued official support for Voodoo-branded graphics cards. \"...it\'s not that we don\'t want to support them, just that we can\'t lock ourselves into supporting them legally,\" says Spears, who also notes that Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac currently runs fine on both the Voodoo 3 and Voodoo 5.
Nvidia Corporation today announced earnings of $31.1 million, or 38 cents per diluted share, compared to $14.6 million, or 19 cents per share, in the year earlier quarter; the announcement beat analyst expectations of 37 cents per share. Revenues in the quarter rose 70 percent to $218.2 million from $128.5 million a year ago. The company attributed the outpaced earnings to its entry into new product markets such as establishing itself as a chip provider for the GeForce2 MX graphics cards in Apple\'s new line of Power Mac G4s.
Aspyr Media has announced that it has acquired the rights to publish American McGee\'s Alice for the Mac, a third-person 3D action/adventure game which uses the Quake III: Arena engine. The game will be ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive after already successfully porting another Quake III-engine title, Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. \"No release date for Alice has been set, but it should be a fairly quick development, given Quake III\'s excellent Mac version and Westlake\'s prior knowledge of the engine,\" notes Westlake\'s web site.
Escape from Monkey Island, the 3D adventure game expected to be released later this month, is now available for pre-order for $45 -- a $5 discount off its original pre-order price. In addition, Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 is now available for pre-order at the Aspyr Media Online Store for $45.
Turbo Internet 1.1 adds compatibility with FreePPP, iCab, and OS 9.1 to the Internet acceleration utility that offers pre-fetching for scanning and downloading links embedded in Web pages and frequently visited sites, resumeable downloads after dropped connections from any application, and other bandwidth-increasing features.
Belkin earlier this month introduced Regulator Pro Silver Series line of UPS units designed for small office/home office market. The stylish, two-toned (sliver and black) line includes three models, a 350 VA unit, a 500VA unit, and a 650VA unit which provide 15, 20, and 25 minutes of back-up power via 2 backup outlets with surge protection. Each unitl also provides an additional 2 surge protected only outlets as well as RJ11 phone/fax/modem/DSL protection. They are now shipping in North America for $80, $100, and $120 respectively. It comes with a $35,000 connected equipment and data-recovery warranty.
IMG has published a preview of MacAlly\'s iShock II, an upcoming Mac gamepad that has the unique distinction of being the first on the platform to support force feedback. Force feedback requires support for it within the game, and MacAlly is working with game developers to have force feedback implemented in many upcoming titles beginning with those from long-time Mac game developer and publisher Ambrosia Software. \"Ambrosia [Software]\'s Aperion and Ferazel\'s Wand are the first titles to support FFB, thanks to the help of Ambrosia\'s Ben Spees,\" says MacAlly\'s Andy Chen. \"Ambrosia said that they will implement FFB into all their future games.\"
KinkyBeepII 2.01 is a $10 synthesizer that can be used sound effects or the system alert sounds.
Monkey Byte Development has announced that in addition to its business of publishing game titles from independent developers, it will now expand its publishing and sales operations to include music CDs from independent bands. Currently agreements are being made with various music groups for inclusion on the Monkey Byte sales site, although the company has yet to name any specific artists that it will be carrying.
Yesterday Presto Studios released a DVD patch for the Mac version of Journeyman Project III: Legacy of Time, Cyan revealed that the delay in releasing realMyst for the Mac is in optimizing it for G3 hardware and Westlake Interactive\'s Mark Adams told games.macnn.com that the company is likely not going to officially support graphics cards from 3dfx Interactive in its upcoming games due to the demise of the graphics card manufacturer. We published the results of our poll last week on interest in Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 for the Mac and a preview of Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2.
We have further details on Macromedia\'s recent proposed merger with Allaire, and what paths the new company will purpose.
games.macnn.com has word on today\'s announcement of American McGee\'s Alice for the Mac, a third-person 3D action/adventure game using the Quake III engine featuring a dark and twisted version of Wonderland. [updated]
Afternoon tech news: LifeFX has teamed up with Kodak to bring the masses Facemail, an emerging technology which offers generic models who gesture and move in semi-realistic form as they read e-mails using voice technology from IBM; Cisco and Nortel are beginning battle over the residential networking market with both pushing high-speed Internet solutions for community developments; and experts say that businesses centered around offering peer-to-peer technology, such as Napster, will need to focus on business-to-business rather than business-to-consumer to stay profitable.
Apple\'s WWDC 2001 Conference is scheduled to take place May 21-25th at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. ADC Premier Members receive one ticket at no cost and registration is $1600 per person with a $200 discount offered to Select and Premiere ADC members through April 20th. Apple has posted a complete list of sessions, which include topics such as Aqua, Multimedia (Quartz, OpenGL, QuickTime), Mac OS X (Carbon, Cocoa, Java, BSD UNIX), and WebObjects. (Apple is offering a black leather, Mac OS X jacket valued at $250 as a special bonus to the first 1500 WWDC 2001 registrants.
iEntertainment has released WarBirds 2.77, a mandatory update for those who want to continue flying in the online arenas. The update includes more than a dozen bug fixes as well as the addition of private arenas, route dot command and augment. New terrains for New Guinea and Pac are also available. [1.5 MB -- update; 11 MB -- minimum install; 31 MB -- full install]
James Sentman has posted new service plugins for ZoneEdit and EasyDNS, bringing to the total to 7 supported services in hisfreeware Macintosh Dynamic DNS client, which allows you to automatically have a DNS name updated with several of the free dynamic dns services available on the Internet. Clients and plug-in updates are availble for Classic and OS X systems.
Sickware, after announcing the massively multiplayer flight sim game Target Korea as the first in its Targetware series earlier this week, has released the first in-game movie featuring the Mig-15bis performing aerobatics maneuvers high over the Korean peninsula. The MPEG movie runs for 48 seconds and was created by Brendan \"brendo\" Poga, who is well known within the flight simulation community for his many popular Warbirds movies.
Blizzard Entertainment has released four new desktop pictures/wallpapers featuring Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the upcoming expansion set to the best-selling action/role-playing game for the Mac and PC. For more gaming-related desktop pictures, check out games.macnn.com\'s Custer\'s Corner.
Stomped has published an interview with Numerical Design\'s John Austin on its cross-platform 3D engine, NetImmerse. The engine is being used in nearly 30 games currently in production including Simon the Sorcerer 3D, which will be coming to the Mac later this year.
Apple is reportedly \"actively considering\" attending the UK-based MacExpo in late November of this year, following \"four years of abandoning Britain in favour of either US announcements or European exhibitions.\" The event organizer reportedly has had discussions with Apple US and European personnel, as well as meetings with new Apple UK management.
We have posted a review of Mouse Skatez, a device that allows your mouse to glide more smoothly. Yesterday we posted a review of the EasiExpansion T35 expansion chassis for Power Mac G3 and G4 systems.
Mitsubishi yesterday introduced the CP-8000DW Digital Color Printer, which is designed for instant digital photo processing such as event marketing, amusement and kiosks, offers edge-to-edge image quality at 304 dpi, high-speed and high-volume printing (up to 22 ppm) and both SCSI-II and USB interfaces. The $4000 color dye-sublimation printer ships with 16MB of memory and is scheduled to ship in April.
Shane Anderson of The Mac Evangelist noticed that the current QuickTime 5 Preview 2 expires in the afternoon on February 15, which is already the current date for some parts of the world. \"QT 5 preview 2 just expired on me causing absolute havoc among apps that need QT, even MS Entourage gave me an error on startup. Set your clock forward a day and yours will most likely do the same.\" One can only expect that Apple will post an updated preview later today.
Yesterday we posted a review of the EasiExpansion T35 as well as noted $30 rebate on OS X for the UK, Sonnet\'s OS X plans, Dr. Bott\'s revised iBookBags, and a new Polaroid scanner. Other updates included CHROMIX\'s ColorThink 1.1, ACTION WYSIWIG 1.03, and Synthetic\'s Echo Fire 1.1.4.
Zero Knowledge Systems, saying that development of a Mac version of its Freedom Internet privacy solution is \"well underway,\" is looking for beta testers for its product and promises a t-shirt to anyone who suggests a feature that gets implemented into the Mac version of Freedom.
Morning tech news: the worst of California\'s power crisis may be yet to come; and fiberoptic communications giant JDS Uniphase has completed its merger with SDL and warned that Q3 earnings for the combined company will fall short of analyst expectations.
Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform audio editor that supports recording and playback, importing WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files, plug-in effects, and simple editing with unlimited undo/redo. Version 0.94 is available for Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X (Carbon).
In the past week MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including: Valentine (Holidays), Jerry Maguire (Movies), Mac OS X Public Beta (Logos, Mac OS X), and Faith Hill (Music). Meanwhile, Iconfactory will announce the winners of the fifth annual Pixelpalooza contest at noon EST today, while the site has also added a searchable database of Web sites that feature items for customizing the Mac OS interface. Also, iliCon has posted Characters, a new collection of 12 icons.
In other Microsoft news, the company later today will announce the promotion of Rick Belluzzo to president and COO. Steve Ballmer, who took over the role of president from Bill Gates a year and a half ago, will remain CEO. Additionally, the government is launching another antitrust probe against the company, this time stemming from its partnership with Corel and the company\'s pending $1.1 billion buyout of business-accounting software maker Great Plains.
Microsoft yesterday unveiled Windows XP, the next revision to its OS, which the company touted as the \"most important\" release since Windows 95. Windows XP features the Luna interface which \"will offer customers a more streamlined Windows look. It retains the Windows Start button but makes Internet connectivity, e-mail access and interaction with system settings via the Control Panel more intuitive,\" however, ZDNet quotes one developer: \"This is so sad. They\'re just lamely trying to copy Steve Jobs\' Apple presentation--right down to the guy having a black shirt and black pants...It\'s almost like Windows ME 2. Or as Apple might call it, Windows Me Too.\"
The Freenet project is trying to create an anonymous, de-centralized, more efficient version of the World Wide Web, which can be easily accessed using MacFreenet, a Macintosh front-end to the Freenet Server: \"Unlike the Web, information on Freenet is not stored at fixed locations or subject to any kind of centralized control. Freenet is a single world-wide information store that stores, caches, and distributes the information based on demand. This allows Freenet to be more efficient at some functions than the Web, and also allows information to be published and read without fear of censorship because individual documents cannot be traced to their source or even to where they are physically stored.\"
Jason Linhart has posted Analog 4.16, which has a security fix for a buffer overflow bug, which \"is not a serious problem on the Macintosh\" because the Mac version does not support the forms interface.
Dartware\'s update to its network monitoring and alerting software InterMapper 3.0.4 is described as a \"minor bug-fix release,\" offering fixes for \"web server halting and to circumvent crashing behavior in the 9.0 verison of OpenTransport SNMP code.\"
Thursby yesterday introduced a Japanese-localized version of its MacSOHO 1.0 file sharing software. The $100 software allows users to exchange files between Macs on PCs on the same network without additional software. A fully functional evaluation copy is available.
The AppleStore Order Status Utility 1.1 is a \"small program that remembers your order information and informs you of changes to the status of your order when double-clicked.\" The updated version improves compatibility for dial-up users and works with European AppleStore web sites.
GradeKeeper 5.2 adds several new features to the $20 application for teachers, including a student attendance report, a multiple class report, the ability to enter percents or letter grades as scores, and an \"appearance savvy\" look and feel. A beta version for Mac OS X is also available.
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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