Trans Intl. has begun shipping 512 MB DIMMs for Apple\'s PowerBook G4. The modules sell for $400 and carry a lifetime warranty. Trans Intl. is among the first vendors to offer the DIMMs (RamJet began selling 512 MB DIMMs today as well).
Fizzilla, or Mozilla for Mac OS X, was updated yesterday to reflect the most recent build of the open-source web browser.
Brochu Software\'s CalcWorks and CalcWorks SE 1.7.4 is an updated version of the multi-function calculator for the Mac that includes the latest currency conversion rates and altered iconized views to better reflect the default full-view appearance. The application is being offered at a \"tax time\" discounted price of $10 through April 30. [295 KB -- CalcWorks; 233 KB -- CalcWorks SE]
Marathon Computer today introduced the PRGF model of its PowerRack G series for housing a 466, 533, 667 or 733 MHz Power Mac G4 in a durable chassis that fits into industry-standard 19\" racks. \"The chassis occupies only 4U of rack space, and at only 18\" deep, neatly fits all computer cabinetry.\" The PRGF model of the PowerRack G series is currently available for $600, which includes a pre-wired case, support for up to five drives, front-rail mounting, and a lifetime warranty.
Brother International Corporation today began shipping a pair of new cross-platform, office laser printers, the HL-1650 and network-ready HL-1670N. The printers are the first in their class (sub-$1,000, 16 pages per minute) to include built-in automatic duplex printing and a 3-color backlit LCD display. Both printers come with both parallel and USB ports, and the HL-1670N comes with Ethernet connectivity standard (optional on the HL-1650). The HL-1650 and HL-1670N have estimated street prices of $999 and $1249 respectively.
Both Ptah 1.1.2 [369 KB] and Rosetta 1.1.2 [204 KB] from Brian Clark are maintenance releases of each application that fix a few bugs and make interface improvements. Ptah is a $15 shareware text, image and cataloging program while Rosetta is a $15 shareware utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files, and more. Both applications are Carbonized and can be used on both Mac OS 8.5 or later and Mac OS X.
Apple has reported a profit of $43 million, or 12 cents per share, for its second quarter on revenues of $1.43 billion. Excluding one-time charges and gains, the company\'s profit was $40 million. Shares of Apple are trading up more than $3 in after-hours after closing up $2.34 today. (We have added a more complete report on Apple\'s earnings.) [updated 6:20 PM] Conference call highlights (ended): 115,000 Titanium PowerBook G4s shipped this quarter OS X generated $19 million in revenues during its first week on sale gross margins for the quarter were up to 26.9 percent for the quarter (higher demand for pro machines, lower component costs, strong OS X sales) operating expenses for the quarter came in at $393 million, in-line with expectations Apple sold 23 million shares of ARM Holdings for an $89 milliom after-tax profit; the company still holds 8 million shares Apple took an $86 million charge for the write-down of investments, primarily in Earthlink Apple expects revenues of $3.2 to $3.4 billion over the next two quarters, with sequential profit gains expects gross margins to remain close to the company\'s goal of 27 percent 34% of total worldwide sales for the quarter came from the Apple Store sales of Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power iMacs represented approximately 20% of all iMac sales
Interesting threads in our forums include: continued discussion on the status of the GeForce3, disabling startup chime, leaving an iMac on all the time, and a memory chip whose megabytes have been halved.
iDressed and iDressed Plus are two new leather iBook cases made in Italy. Both cases wrap around the iBook, with iDressed being designed to stay on the iBook at all times while the iDressed Plus features pockets for accessories on the bottom. The iDressed sells for $141 while the iDressed Plus carries a price tag of $137.
World Clock Deluxe 3.1 is a new version of the software for monitoring the current time across the world, including storing up to 24 different clocks in the control strip. Version 3.1 adds the ability to specifiy time formats for each individual clock, as well as various bug fixes including a former compatibility issue with Kaleidoscope.
Shares of Apple are trading up more than 15% ahead of the company\'s earnings news following a tech rally this morning that was further boosted by an unexpected rate cut by the Federal Reserve.
Scott Anguish has released an OpenSSH 2.5.2p2 Updater for Mac OS X 10.0.1. The OpenSSH suite includes the ssh program which replaces rlogin and telnet, scp which replaces rcp, and sftp which replaces ftp. \"Apple\'s Mac OS X 10.0.1 Updater installs OpenSSH 2.3.0, which is several months out of date. This installer will replace the Apple installed OpenSSH with the latest version OpenSSH 2.5.2p2.\"
Medienwerkstatt Muehlacker has released ASCon-A 2.0 X, a new Carbonized version of its free utility for converting text between Mac OS and Windows. A German localized version is also available.
id Software\'s Graeme Devine has commented this week on the continuing development of Quake III: Arena and when users can expect a new update for the first-person shooter. \"...we\'re still working on the point release, and it\'s still a ways out.\"
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 16 new desktop pictures including iTunism 08 (Art), Key lime (iBooks), Natalie Portman (Portraits), and Titanium Dreams (PowerBook G4).
Vampire Software\'s PcConverter 2.0.1 is a maintenance release of its $20 shareware utility for doing such text conversions as Windows or Unix to Mac or to automate the conversion of text files to HTML.
osx.macnn.com has information on Netopia\'s preview release of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X, Fantom Drives\' Mac OS X compatibility statement, and a new version of the theme for bringing a more Classic look to Apple\'s new operating system.
Netopia today announced the release of a preview version of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X, its popular remote control and file transfer software for the Mac. The new OS X-compatible preview version, which is backwards compatible with the two previous versions and available from Netopia\'s online store for $30, incorporates several new features including package distribution, added security, large file support, and \"the complete Aqua interface.\" Those who purchase the preview release will be able to purchase the final versiononce released this summerat an upgrade price.
FOCUS Enhancements today introduced its Videonics FireStore, \"the first DV device that allows direct, camera-to-hard disk recording of computer-ready digital video (DV) files without the use of a computer.\" Designed for video production professionals...
FOCUS also today introduced the Videonics FireWriter, \"the world\'s first digital video character generator equipped with FireWire connections.\" Designed for TV studios, video producers, and web streaming companies...
Next week at NAB, LaCie will showcase its new line of Fast FireWire hard drives, which feature sustained transfer rates of 35MB/sec with burst performance of 45MB/sec. The new FireWire drives feature a new bridgeset and utilize Ultra ATA/100 hard drives in capacities of 20, 45, 60, and 75GB to achieve their performance. The drives will ship in May; pricing is unclear at this point.
We have written a preview of next month\'s WWDC conference with a look at some of the sessions and events that will be taking place. Yesterday we noted that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will present the keynote.
MacPopUp 2.5b is a new OS X-compatible version of Kanex Group\'s cross-platform Instant Messenger that supports 25 speech commands, Internet Address Detectors, drag & drop, and other features. The new version also allows you to send simultaneous messages to multiple users and multiple workgroups and print received messages. A final version of the $10 client is due in May. [form]
Unlined Charcoal, now available as two slightly different themes, updates the installer package for bringing a more Classic look to OS X.
Formac\'s ProTV software 2.6.1 for its Formac studio and ProTV Stereo products solves stability issues and has improved streaming as well as \"improved routines and error messages for faster and better problem diagnosis.\"
Fantom Drives has posted a new \"Mac OS X Compatibility Page,\" outlining compatibility status of its peripherals with the new OS and noting that information on its recently acquired MicroNet products will be posted shortly: \"Fantom Drives is also in the process of completing its qualification of MicroNet\'s line of data storage products. Although some MicroNet products, such as the Genesis RAID, have been pre-qualified at Apple for use with MacOS X Server, results for the entire MicroNet line have not yet been published. An update to the MacOS Compatibility page next week will include information on all current MicroNet products.\"
Yesterday Epson announced a new ink jet printer, the Stylus Photo 785EPX, designed specifically for digital camera interoperability; MacSpeech released two new ScriptPaks for command & control of America Online 5 and FileMaker Pro 5; Terminal Reality\'s Fly! II flight sim reached golden master; refurbished products returned to the Apple Store; PowerLogix reduced prices on some of its G3 and G4 upgrades; Fantom began shipping its FireWire 16x10x40 CD-RW drive; and we posted a review of digital whiteboard device mimio. Software releases included Acrobat Reader 5.0, Toast 5.0.1 Titanium, 3ivc codec 1.0d3, and Thoth 1.1.2.
Everyday Software\'s clipEdit 2.1.3 is a maintenance release to its $5 shareware clipping editor for Mac OS 9. (The company promises OS X versions of clipEdit, Bookit, and Quick Change \"very soon\".)
Vicomsoft FTP Client 3.1.5 release addresses minor maintenance issues in the company\'s ftp client. Version 3.15 includes more robust handling of resumable downloads, more flexible support for host directory listings and improved smart translation reliability. It is a free update to v3.0 owners.
Sterling Ledet and Associates and Scripting Matters Inc. are teaming up to offer a four-day AppleScript training session. The first day of the sessions is an introduction to AppleScript. Subsequent days look at scripting real-world applications. Pricing is $375 per day. The session will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from May 7-10.
Koingo Software\'s $10 shareware address book Contact Keeper 3.09 adds options to copy important contact data to the clipboard, customize display of column info, and several bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon--577KB]
Chaotic Software has updated several of its utilities for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X: Mac Army Knife 2.5.1, an update to the suite of system tools for Mac OS 8, 9 and X, brings the ability to toggle Mac OS 8/9 appearance behaviors, a QuickTime Viewer window, and other enhancements [1.3MB]; MP3 Rage 3.2 brings better OS X stability, improved conversion routines, and other enhancements to its all-purpose $25 MP3 utility tool; [2.1MB] WebWatcher 1.3, its $20 shareware utility that checks for updated Webpages, is now Carbonized. [651KB] Web Devil 5.3.2, a $35 utility for offline browsing, has interface and stability fixes for OS X. [1.2MB]
Casady & Greene has posted new SoundJam MP Plus 2.5.3 and SoundJam MP Free 2.5.3 updaters for its popular MP3/audio player, bringing support for the new Rio 800 as well as miscellanious bug fixes, including a problem that could affect the right-channel playback of some MP3 files. (Earlier this month, the company noted that it will not continue development of the OS X version.) [Free, Plus]
Dave Alverson has posted a new public beta of ZTerm 1.1b4, the popular terminal emulation program for \"those systems that only offer dialup connections and for connecting to devices through a serial port, like many routers.\" [Classic, Carbon]
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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