After becoming available earlier this week via the Software Update control panel, Apple has now released Multiple Users 1.4.1 as a separate download. The new version includes a number of bug fixes and addresses several security concerns brought up by users.
TheCowCatchingGame 1.6 is a new version of the OpenGL-based game for Mac OS X. The new version corrects problems on the Apple Cinema Display, adds a window mode and adds a setting for turn speed.
In the year to March 2001, PC shipments in Japan rose 31.4 percent, with standouts such as Sony and Dell increasing their shipments by 71.9 and 56.3 percent, respectively. During that same period, Apple\'s sales increased only 7.1 percent to 600,000 units, the lowest of any PC maker included in the report.
ZDNet\'s Stephan Somogyi suggests that Apple create a \"personal server\" that is modeled after the original Macintosh LC, which could be used as both a consumer and server computer. The low-cost computer would include a 7410 G4, be small enough to fit in a 1U shelf for stacking, and include a single PCI slot for expansion. \"This would be a killer machine for the education market, as a general purpose desktop machine, and would also make a darn fine light- to middleweight server.\"
Infogrames, Inc. has signed a multi-year licensing agreement to develop and publish Mac, PC and console games based on the popular CBS show, \"Survivor\". The first game, which is slated for release in late 2001, will be based on the current \"Survivor: The Australian Outback\" series.
Rune: Halls of Valhalla, the multiplayer-focused expansion pack that shipped today for the PC, is now in early development for the Mac at Westlake Interactive and is expected to ship in May or June from Gathering of Developers. The game can be installed on top of the original Rune, or played as a standalone multiplayer-only game.
Apple has released the iTunes Visual Plug-ins Software Development Kit (SDK), which allows developers to create their own visual plug-ins for iTunes 1.1 or later. The included sample code is a fully functional Visual Plug-in developed using Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro 6.
A statement on Adobe\'s Website says that Adobe\'s ATM Deluxe is not compatible with OS X: \"As an alternative for users of Mac OS X, Adobe is recommending that customers evaluate DiamondSoft Font Reserve and Extensis Suitcase products. Adobe has no plans at present to create a version of ATM Deluxe that runs on Mac OS X.\"[MacUser UK]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a factory refurbished iMac DV/400 ($790), a refurbished blueberry iBook G3/300 with 128 MB RAM free ($999), a 512 MB DIMM for the PowerBook G4 ($375), an iMac G3/266 ($499), a 17\" Apple Multiple Scan Display ($100), and 50 Memorex CD-Rs ($5).
Barres 1.1.1 is a $10 bar code drawer for the Mac, which creates EAN 13 or UPC bar codes simply by typing in a number.
While Apple has yet to make an official announcement regarding next week\'s May 1st media event, company officials tell MacNN that presently there are no plans to webcast the event or provide a satellite feed.
Yesterday we noted speculation on the forthcoming iBook, the upcoming inclusion of Sorenson 3 in QuickTime 5, and Sonic\'s SonicStudio HD 1.6 premastering softtware. Other updates include iCab 2.5, Macromedia\'s Shockwave 8.5 plugin, and its Dreamweaver 4.01 update.
Markzware has updated its FlightCheck 3.9r9 preflighting software, which runs through desktop publishing applications created in several applications and checks for potential errors, to version 3.9r9. The new release resolves a potential crash, and problem in detecting color spaces of inline images.
Uni Software Plus has released a public beta version of its flagship version control tool VOODOO Server 1.3b6 for OS X that uses a client/server architecture through a CodeWarrior for tracking programming file updates.
Sony today announced the DCR-PC9 Mini DV Handycam. The lightweight (1.1 lb.) device features a 10x optical/120x-digital zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, a 2.5\" LCD screen, USB connectivity, and Sony\'s InfoLithium battery that allows the camcorder to be used for nearly two hours between charges. The camera also features a Memory Stick for capturing still images or short MPEG movies, which can then be transferred through the camera\'s USB interface. The DCR-PC9 will ship in June for $1,300.
OmniGraffle b5 is a another development version of the charting and diagramming software for OS X, adding a \"Scale To Fit\" button to the page inspector, a color well for setting the canvas color, and a preferences panel for export options.
WildPackets has released a Carbonized version of iNetTools 2.6, formerly known as AGNetTools. The application contains more than a dozen tools for Internet connections, including: ping, ping scan, port scan, service scan, throughput, and trace route. The software is available for $50; owners of WildPackets\' EtherPeek can receive the upgrade free of charge. A demo is also available.
Morning tech news: Qualcomm Inc has announced revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2001 of $713 million and earnings of $.29 per share (compared to $.26 in the year-ago quarter). Symantec has announced increased revenue of $250.6 million for the fourth fiscal quarter 2001, along with better-than-expected earnings of $48.2 million, or 62 cents per share; Kodak has reached a cross-licensing pact for digital photography with Sanyo, withdrawing a suit that charged Sanyo and several of its customers with infringing on Kodak patent.
Nikon\'s Coolpix 995 is a 3.34-megapixel CCD digital camera that has a multi-mode pop-up flash, a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, and support for Type I/II CompactFlash cards. It is expected to ship in June for $900 with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger, a 16MB CompactFlash Card and a USB cable as well as NikonView 4 software and a suite of applications from ArcSoft. Nikon also introduced CoolPix 775, which offers a 3x zoom lens, a 2.14 megapixel CCD, and a \"One-Touch\" button to allow users to upload digital images directly to the desktop or the Web. Due in July for $450, it will ship with a 8MB Type I CompactFlash memory card and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with charger.
Options Czar 1.0 is described as an \"innovative strategy design application for listed Equity Options [using] free* data from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) to evaluate a wide variety of options strategies, while allowing the user to track his/her stock and options portfolios.\" The $150 application is available as 15-day trial. [Classic, Carbon]
Eric Steiner writes about a limitation in Adobe\'s eBook 2.1b reader, which allows display of files on a single computer: \"Just wanted to let you know about a pretty significant limitation to the Adobe eBook software. While the reader itself is transferable, the files (or books) are not. If you purchase several books, and then get a new computer (as I routinely do) the old files will not transfer. According to Adobe this is because of licensing fees paid to publishers, but they do not proactively advertise this fact. Taking a look at Adobe.com and Barnes and Noble.com (where ebooks are sold) this information is not readily apparent in their descriptions or FAQs. It is, however listed in the \'troubleshooting\' section of their guide. But most folks don\'t read this part of the manual until a problem exists; or until after they have paid for books they can no longer read. Adobe will do a one-time license transfer, but after that you are out of luck.\"
Stephen Hardie\'s $30 shareware utility for renaming multiple files Quick Rename 2.0 has folder recursion, redesigned selection tool, several new and improved file select options, file manipulation options, new \'Schemes\' collection, improved file list, export options, and improved help systemS
Chronos LC has posted StickyBrain 1.2.1, an update to its $35 personal productivity application that incorporates a \"sticky note\" interface to compile and sort information such as text, pictures, sounds, file/application links, contacts, web and e-mail addresses, internet passwords, etc. Verison 1.2.1 has OS X-related fixes as well as improved search features, spell-checker, and launch speeds. [Classic, Carbon]
\"Marukka\" has posted a modified version of the mach_init that \"will make it so Mac OS X does not have the ability to boot into single user mode. The MSEC single-user patch disables the ability to boot into single-user mode under OS X. If this patch is not applied then anyone with physical access to the Mac OS X machine can gain root access easily by holding down the command and s keys at startup.\" (The patch does not allow you restore Single User mode.)
Mail Monitor 2 is a $10 shareware, multithreaded utility that checks an unlimited number of POP3 or IMAP mail accounts at a specified interval for new mail. Version 2 includes functions for mail previewing and sorting, and an improved advanced report window.
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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