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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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