Epson today announced its new Stylus Photo 785EPX ink jet printer, designed for digital camera interoperability with BorderFree photo printing, compatibility with popular digital media storage media, as well as PRINT Image Matching for color accuracy.
SetiDockling 1.0 is a dockling for Mac OS X, similar to a control strip module in Mac OS, that monitors the progress of Seti@home clients working on your computer. (Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN.)
GMan! 1.0b1 is the initial public release of a graphical MAN page viewer for Mac OS X. The program aims to eliminate the need for administrative users to use Unix-style \"man\" commands within the Terminal.
Entourage Email Archive 1.4 is a new version of the utility for archiving emails and attachments with Microsoft\'s Entourage. The new version primarily adds a new \"filter\" feature that lets users choose to archive only emails older than a certain date.
Blizzard Entertainment has opened a second Battle.net realm for serving Diablo II customers in the Asia Pacific region, \"Asia 2\".
Roxio\'s Toast 5.0.1 Titanium is an updated version of its CD recording software for the Macintosh. The update adds iTunes and Disc Burner compatibility, fixing some minor compatibility issues with the Apple SuperDrive, and will now allow you to use your built in CD-RW drive as the source and destination in the Copy format. The update does not provide compatibility with Mac OS X, which the company has promised once it receives a complete I/O Kit for Apple\'s new operating system.
MacSpeech today announced the availability of ScriptPaks for both America Online 5.0 and FileMaker Pro 5.0. The ScriptPaks are compatible with the company\'s free ListenDo! program, and iListen, its speech recognition program for both dictation and command & control.
Tom Rodgers notes that the Epson Driver Update 1.1 is available using the Software Update panel within Mac OS X. No further information on what has changed in the update is currently available.
PGP Security, a Network Associates company, today introduced Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software that will enable Intel VPN Gateways to support Mac OS clients. VPNs are primarily used by businesses to provide secure, private communication between employees, partners and customers.
Apple has announced that CEO Steve Jobs will kick off the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2001 with a \"fireside chat\" with developers on Monday, May 21 at 9:30 AM at the San Jose Convention Center. The $1,600 per-person, five-day eventwhich will be focused almost exclusively on Mac OS Xis expected to be sold out with developers looking to learn more about technical issues and development tools for the new operating system.
Interesting threads in our forums include: AirPort base station alternatives · a wishlist for the new iBook · the BeOS and running it on a Mac · a hissing internal speaker on a new G4 · DVD playback in a G4 that shipped with a CD-ROM drive.
Happy Machines has released the third preview of its 3ivx codec, a natural video compression system that is compliant with MPEG-4v3 and compresses videos to one thirteenth the size of a DVD or MPEG-2 movie. The new release includes several enhancements resulting in \"improved video playback while maintaining small file sizes and low bit-rates\" and the first version of the decoder for Mac OS X.
WebEvent 3.4.2 is the latest release of the interactive Web calendar and scheduling application that allows you to view and modify calendar-type events from any computer. The new version adds an \"end date option for repeating events\" and additional improvements and bug fixes. In addition, the company has received an equity investment of $2.5 million from two Boston-based venture capital firms and expects to announce support for Mac OS X within the next 30 days. [form]
Apple has issued a cease and desist order against the Mac Themes Project for creating a theme editor, which allows theme designers to create new themes for Mac OS 8.5 and above, according to Macworld UK. Apple claims the editor enables third parties to copy its copyrighted trademark themes by \"improperly copying Apple\'s copyrighted software code and graphic files\". In February, Apple put legal pressure on a Windows skinning-environment, Stardock, when it released a skin that resembled the Aqua interface used in Mac OS X.
Terminal Reality has announced that Fly! II, its sequel to the award-winning and ultra-realistic flight sim for the Mac and PC Fly!, has reached golden master status and will be on store shelves in May, according to Sim Arena.
The State Journal is currently showcasing an article which covers Apple\'s increased presence in law firms around the country. According to a survey by the American Bar Association, the number of law firms using Macs increased by over 250 percent between 1998 and 2001. The increase is credited primarily to the success of Apple\'s iMac, which is now used on the desks of many lawyers.
The latest beta release of Softobe\'s FoldersSynchronizer 2.1a $30 shareware utility for synchronizing and backing up files, folders, and disksis now a Carbon application, suitable for running on both Mac OS Classic and Mac OS X.
After being removed for several weeks, refurbished products have returned to the Apple Store. 400MHz Indigo iMacs are $750, Power Mac G4/450 MP systems are $1700, 15\" Studio Displays are $650, and 22\" Cinema Displays are available for $2500. All products carry a 90-day warranty. (Click the Special Deals button at the bottom of the Apple Store.)
Blue Nomad has released WordSmith 1.12, a new version of its $30 full-featured word processor, memo pad and rich text document viewer for Palm OS-based handhelds. The new version incorporates a bi-direction synchronization conduit that provides Mac users the ability to synchronize Rich Text Format files, such as those created by Microsoft Word, to and from their handheld organizers.
We have posted a review of mimio, a device that allows any white board to function electronically and communicate with a Mac.
Package Tracker 3.1, the \"first and only\" package management solution for Mac and Mac OS X, includes modifications to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.0 and later and improvements to FedEx package tracking. [1.2 MB -- Classic; 1.4 MB -- Carbon]
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3.1 is a maintenance release of the utility for optimizing crunching of units in the SETI@home distributed computing project. (Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN.)
Morphon Technologies has released the Morphon XML Editor Suite 1.1.1, a new version of its validating WYSIWYG XML editor that lets users \"create and modify XML documents in an intuitive manner.\" The editor guarantees the integrity of XML documents using DTDs (Document Type Definition) and CSS (Cascading StyleSheets). Version 1.1.1 addresses some issues with the previous version (1.1) concerning installation and startup and is available as an installer for Mac OS or an archive for Mac OS X.
Bachmann Software & Services has introduced a portable InfraReady Adapter, a device which adds infrared transfer capability to any printer for beaming documents directly from a Palm OS-based handheld computer. The $56, battery-powered device connects to the parallel port of the printer, and works in conjunction with Bachmann\'s PrintBoy software for transferring the material to the printer.
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Thoth 1.1.2, an update to the shareware ($25) Carbon newsreader, adds long file name support for binary files as well as new viewing options, and a few bug fixes.
Myst III\'s release will be delayed in Europe by 4 months after its anticipated May 7th release in the U.S. because game publisher Ubi Soft is pushing for localization in several languages (in addition to German, French, Dutch), according to a forum posting from the producer.
IBM recently posted the IBM ViaVoice for Mac SDK v1.0 for developers to incorporate speech recognition into their applications. IBM\'s software development kit (SDK) enables programmers to develop both dictation and command & control applications. A 90-day trial version is available online.
PowerLogix has reduced prices on its G3 and G4 upgrades, including its BlueChip \"WallStreet\" PowerBook upgrades. The 466/233/1MB model has dropped $150 to $450, while the faster 500/250/1MB version dropped $100 to $600. PowerLogix also reduced pricing on its PowerForce G4 450/225/1MB for Power Mac 7300/9600 series machines and its PowerForce G4 ZIF 450/225/1MB upgrade for beige and blue G3sboth of which are are now $450 ($50 drop).
Apple has solved problems users were having mounting iDisks under Mac OS 9.1, according to a recent post in Apple\'s discussion boards: \"iDisk should now be available as normal.\" A post last week acknowledged problems mounting iDisks under Mac OS 9, but noted that it was still available via direct access using the Chooser.
Adobe has committed over $9 million in cash and product donations to provide long-term support for the programs of 19 non-profit organizations selected as Adobe community investment partners.
Apple last week quietly posted more official information about its RAM-disabling firmware update in its Tech Info Library: The Apple 4.1.7 and 4.1.8 firmware updates incorporate a number of fixes that dramatically improve system stability and performance. The update also includes a check that validates whether the memory installed in the computer is compatible. This check was added to help alleviate random crashes and stability issues. This memory test disables memory DIMMs that are found to be out of specification, and DIMMs that cannot be determined to be compatible. As a result, some third-party memory that was recognized by previous versions of firmware may no longer be recognized after the updates.
Prowler 2.1.2 is an update to Andrew Cunningham\'s shareware ($15) image browser, image viewer and management tool that adds a \"Sort\" menu, that allows you to sort the file list by file name, date modified, date created or by file size.
Morning tech news: Moms are one of the fastest growing groups online according to a new report that states that more than half of female Internet newcomers are mothers with at least one child under the age of 18; Excite@home has issued preliminary first quarter results saying it expects revenues to come in at $140-145 million for the quartervirtually unchanged from a year agowhile reporting a loss of $0.14-$0.15 per share as the company\'s cash and short-term investments dwindled to $105 million from $201 million at last year\'s end; and
Fantom Drives is now shipping its FireWire 16x10x40 CD-RW drive. The $350 drive uses a TEAC mechanism, ships with a IEEE-1394 cable, blank CD media, and Adaptec Toast \"Standard,\" and is covered by a one-year warranty.
English, French, Japanese, and German versions of Adobe\'s Acrobat Reader 5.0 are now available on its ftp site. The Carbonized application is available as a 10 MB download using a Web installer with an optional 1 MB search plugin.
Yesterday we reported on the many tech companies announcing quarterly earnings this week, including Apple; Fantom Drives completed its acquisition of MicroNet and resumed technical support services for MicroNet customers; Custer\'s Corner unveiled its new desktop; FOCUS introduced a PC-to-TV scan converter, Pro AV 1600 PCI; QPS unveiled the Que! LS-240 SuperDisk drive; and notable software releases included GraphicConverter 4.0.7, Label Printer Pro 6, Snak 4.6.1 and Cache Control X 1.0b1 for Mac OS X.
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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