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David Freeland reports on Apple\'s QT 5.01 update: \"QuickTime 5.0.1 is out if you use a 4.x updater. The Peview 3 updater reports no new version.\" (QT 5 Preview 3 is still available at Apple\'s Website.) [unconfirmed]
The Omni Group has released OmniDiskSweeper 1.0 final, the first of its products for Mac OS X that has come out of beta development. OmniDiskSweeper, a free Mac OS X utility for quickly finding and deleting large, useless files, highlights the biggest files on your hard drive and notes which files are used by the system so important files are not accidentally deleted.
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 6.1, the first version of its HTML and text editor that runs natively on Mac OS X. BBEdit 6.1 takes advantage of several technologies in the new operating system, such as integration with the native Perl tools. In addition, the new version adds enhanced FTP support, optional display of \"hard\" line numbers in soft-wrapped documents, and support for Emacs-style key equivalents for basic editing commands. A full list of the more than 100 feature additions and bug fixes is available from the company\'s web site.
Sorenson Media and Pinnacle Systems have announced an alliance whereby Sorenson\'s digital video compression technology will be used to deliver QuickTime audio and video streaming capabilities for Pinnacle\'s StreamFactory product line.
We have published a feature that takes a closer look at the numbers behind Apple\'s second quarter profit.
Charlie Wolf of Needham and Co. has issued a Buy on Apple shares. He believes \"things will only get better with the official launch of the Mac OS X.\" More information is available in an ON24 streaming video report.
Next week at NAB, ADS Technologies will unveil its new PYRO 1394 DVD-R/RW drive, which features the third-generation DVD recorder from Pioneer (the same mechanism used in Apple\'s SuperDrive). The FireWire device will be available in late June for just over $1,000.
El Gato Software, the original creator of Toast and the company that created Toast 5 for Roxio, has released iTunes CD-RW Helper, freeware which lets owners of some CD-RWs currently unsupported by Apple\'s iTunes and Disc Burner to use the popular applications. iTunes CD-RW requires Roxio Toast 5.0.1 (Lite or Titanium), OS 9.1, Disc Burner 1.0.1 and iTunes 1.1.
MacPlay has released Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim 1.01, an updater for its unique real-time strategy game for the Mac. The new version includes a number of bug fixes as well as a command line switch for quitting the Finder when running the game.
Evening tech news: For the first time in seven years, the personal computer market has shrunk in the U.S. with a 3.5 percent contraction in the first quarter of 2001; more tech companies are taking steps to protect themselves against hostile takeovers, with many companies seeing slumping market valuations that are worth less than the company\'s assets; and South Korea is fast becoming the most wired country in the world, with more than 26,000 Internet cafes and a broadband market penetration of 57 percent, more than five times the penetration of broadband in the U.S.
A special Apple Event with CEO Steve Jobs will be held May 1, according to c|net. The article speculates that the event may bring the announcement of new Macs or Apple\'s retail strategy.
Zac Cohen pointed out that Sony has released the Mac driver for its $20 USB-based emarker device, which lets users record track songs played on the radio and download song information over the Internet on the PC at a later time.
osx.macnn.com reports on Initio\'s Mac OS X support plans, a new version of Kensington MouseWorks for Mac OS X, Tenon\'s release of its X Windows environment for Mac OS X, and Wacom\'s plans for migrating to Apple\'s new operating system.
FirewireDirect.com has replaced its flagship Spark Hard Drive with the new Spark II 2.5\" Dual FireWire & USB External Hard Drive. The Spark II, which takes its power from the bus, features a \"smaller, more stylish chassis\" and the addition of a USB port. Available today, the drive is available in 10GB ($260) and 20GB ($330) capacities with a $120 Spark II Enclosure Kit also available.
Apple is offering a new \"College Bound\" promotion that allows Mac purchasers to add 128 MB RAM, an Epson Stylus Color 777i printer (with USB cable), and a Rio 600 MP3 for $200. The bundle represents a savings of roughly 50 percent over purchasing the items individually from the Apple Store. The offer is eligible for educational customers and cannot be combined with Apple\'s free-printer promotion for iMac purchasers.
Wacom has released a new driver version 4.60-6 for its line of Macintosh-compatible graphics tablets. The new driver adds the ability to send keystrokes with the Graphire Mouse fingerwheel and resolves some issues in the previous releases. The company has also outlined plans for supporting its products under Mac OS X.
Wacom has announced that it plans to add Mac OS X support for its line of graphics tablets some time in June. Wacom recommends its users hold off on upgrading to Mac OS X until the update is released, as the devices do not function properly under OS X.
After scaling back its free shipping offer twice in the past two months, Outpost.com has completely done away with the practice. All orders, regardless of weight or value, will now be charged shipping charges, starting at $4 for 2-day shipping and $6 for overnight shipping on a one-pound item. Shipping charges for a Power Mac G4, for example, now cost $28 for 2-day shipping and $40 for overnight.
Aspyr Media has announced that it will bring expansion pack The Sims: House Party to the Mac. The best-selling life-simulation game\'s second expansion pack, which is expected to be released in July, includes over 100 new objects and focuses on Sims throwing parties in three different styles. read more...
Spiderweb Software has released Avernum 2 1.0.2, a new version of its fantasy role-playing game for the Mac that \"fixes a variety of smaller bugs and dramatically improves the game balance near the end of the game.\"
BusinessWeek Online\'s Charles Haddad explores the reasons for public sparring between Dell CEO Michael Dell and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. \"The real heat comes from the fact that Apple and Dell are so dependent on each other -- and they can\'t stand it. They\'re like mischievous kids who\'ve tied their shoelaces to one another and now can\'t get them undone.\"
Blizzard Entertainment has released Diablo II 1.06, a new version of its popular action/role-playing game for the Mac and PC. The new version, which can also be downloaded and applied by logging in to Battle.net, updates Battle.net\'s Terms of Service agreement, further optimizes client to server communication and fixes copy-protection for various CD, DVD and CD-R drives. Additionally, Battle.net will now scan characters for items that were duplicated using an exploit and remove them if a character is found to be carrying more than one.
Napster has signed a licensing deal for Relatable\'s new commercial release of its advanced acoustic fingerprinting technology, TRM, which analyzes the acoustical properties of a recording\'s waveform to identify it precisely, regardless of its audio format, bit rate or minor signal distortion. The technology is currently being refined by engineers at both Relatable and Napster and will be incorporated into the company\'s current file screening system and into Napster\'s new membership service.
Aspyr Media has announced preliminary system requirements for the Mac version of American McGee\'s Alice, a third-person 3D action-adventure game originally developed by Rogue Entertainment and Electronic Arts. The game currently requires a 400 MHz PowerPC G3 or better (500 MHz G3 recommended), 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended), and Mac OS 8.6 or higher. The game will ship as a Carbonized application for native support under Mac OS X.
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Brushes Vol. 8 for Photoshop 6, a collection of 1000 brushes in a wide variety of styles in sizes, including many 200x200 brushes. The collection sells for £14.99.
Tenon Intersystems today officially released Xtools 1.0, its $200 X Windows environment for Mac OS X. Xtools fully supports rootless X windows on the Aqua desktop, as well as a rooted full-screen X desktop.
UK discount store Tesco has sold out its controversial stock of 2,000 iMacs. The store sold the systemsprevious generation iMac 350s for £699, in the process angering Apple who claimed that the iMacs, which were being sold for significantly less than the suggested retail price, had been purchased on the grey market. Tesco says it would like to sell Macs again in the future.
Early morning tech news: Dell Computer has surpassed Compaq as the worldwide market leader, marking the first time in nearly seven years that the top spot has changed hands; Microsoft posted a third quarter profit of $2.45 billion, beating estimates; Gateway posted a first quarter loss of $503 million after taking a $533 million restructuring charges (excluding one-time charges, the company lost $6 million this quarter); and AT&T will take a $280 to $320 million hit this quarter due to the company\'s stake in struggling ISP Excite@home.
VideoLAN is an open-source DVD and MPEG development project by students from the ecole Centrale Paris whose \"main goals are MPEG and DVD playing and broadcasting on the campus, but it also features a standalone multimedia player that can read DVDs and MPEG files. It will also eventually support streams from a satellite or from an MPEG2 compression card. VideoLAN is free software, and is released under the GNU General Public License.\" Early developmental builds are available for Mac OS X.
designobject has begun shipping its $90 \"incase laptop brief\" for the PowerBook G4.
Mail Fix is a free unofficial workaround to the bug in Apple\'s Mail.app email client that prevents it from sending mail using some SMTP servers (Telstra Bigpond Servers, and Novell 5.1 Servers).
X-Assist 0.2 brings several of elements of the Classic Mac OS to OS X, including a menu for application switching, the ability to list unlimited recent applications, a new optional heirarchical shortcuts submenu, an extensible plugin architecture for adding quick control strip-like modules, and OS 9-windowing.
Kensington\'s MouseWorks 1.0b3 for OS X fixes several bugs in its beta driver, including ADB device consistency, \"sticky\" modifier keys in Classic applications, menu compatibility with IE 5.1 preview, and window dragging issues in Carbon applications.
Catara Software\'s Qube 1.0 is a $20 shareware addictive action puzzle: \"The object of Qube is to keep a well clear of \"qubes\" by arranging falling pieces to form solid rows. Some pieces contain qubes that are not solid. These partially solid qubes, \'partials,\' must be combined with other partials to form solid qubes.\" The Carbonized game features 16-Bit color, stereo sounds, and special effects.
Yesterday we reported on Corel\'s OS X product roll-out plans. Other reports included Apple\'s 5 millionth iMac, a recap of Apple\'s financials, AAPL upgrades and downgrades, a review of Escape from Monkey Island, Team ASA\'s new NAS server, the completed sale of 3dfx, Pioneer\'s plans for NAB, and Dr. Bott\'s TiCase. Recent software updates include DiskTracker 2.1.1, Eudora 5.1, DragThing 4.0.1, My Secret 1.1, Download Deputy Turbo 4.5, and MacVCD X beta.
Initio has posted early beta firmware for its Revision F Miles SCSI adapters, which. Version 3.02b of the Miles (INI-9100UW-MAC) firmware for OS X, which must be flashed from OS 9, offers support for booting from hardrives only (support for other devices is forthcoming). Initio notes that OS X Support for Bluenote and MilesU2W is \"still being developed and expected to be available very soon.\"
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X