MacOSXAmp 0.10 is the initial release of the MP3 player for Mac OS X. Previously available for Mac OS X Server, the new version includes support for .wsz skin files, fixes bugs with some MP3s causing crashes, and fixes some minor skin issues.
FireWire Depot has released the $140 CG911 3.5\" FireWire hard drive enclosure, which uses the new Oxford 911 chip. The prices of FireWire Depot\'s existing enclosures have been reduced, and more solutions using the 911 chip will become available in the next 30 days.
GEDitCOM 3.0b1 is a new Carbonized version of the application for reading and creating GEDCOM files for genealogy research. The beta release, which comes with several known issues and bugs, is intended as a test application for genealogy enthusiasts to try and provide feedback and bug reports to the author.
VIDVOX has released VDMX, a \"robust software-based QuickTime video mixer optimized for real-time control and mixing of any audio visual material [that] can seamlessly mix live video with disk-based QuickTime.\" It includes features such as cut, crossfade and keying of two real-time, temporal playback and mixing effects, up to 2 live video inputs, unique fontsynth technology, and tactile physical control over scrubbing, playback speed and mixing. The $500 application is available as a time-limited demo.
Apple has released the iMovie Plugin Pack 2.1 for the Mac OS X version of its easy-to-use movie editing software, iMovie. The pack contains a set of effects, transitions, and titles that can be added to iMovie, including flashes, ghost trails, mirrors, warps in/out, subtitles, and zoom.
Palm\'s new Palm Desktop 2.6.3 is a new version of the company\'s utility for synchronizing your Mac with your Palm handheld. The new version includes the HotSync 2.6.3 software, supports Palm OS 4.0, supports installing files to an expansion card, and fixes a problem in the Instant Palm Desktop.
Cyber3 today introduced the TiBook Tote and Tilt, its $40 handle/tilting mechanism for Apple\'s PowerBook G4. The aluminum handle, which is installed by using replacement screws and attaching to the back of the computer, leaves easy access to the rear data ports and can be used to tilt the PowerBook to allow for increased air circulation and longer battery life.
Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams notes that the company has been working with Creative to add full OpenAL support to Unreal Tournament, the popular first-person shooter from Epic Games and Digital Extremes. The company plans to release the added OpenAL support, which will significantly enhance the sound effects heard when using Creative\'s SoundBlaster Live! for the Mac, in a free patch in the coming weeks.
AppleInsider has posted a report speculating on the next Titanium-style revision due to the iBook.
osx.macnn.com reports on a new effects pack for the Mac OS X version of iMovie, Tenon\'s iTools 6.0 suite of web development tools, and instructions for installing the Citrix Java client on Apple\'s new operating system.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s release of Multiple Users 1.4.1 via the Web and its iTunes Visual Plug-ins SDK, Nikon\'s new CoolPix cameras, Adobe eBook licensing issues, and Sony\'s DCR-PC9 Mini DV Handycam. Other important software updates include Macromedia\'s Shockwave 8.5 plugin, WildPackets\'s iNetTools 2.6, Options Czar 1.0, and OmniGraffle b5 for OS X (on osx.macnn.com).
eWeek\'s Matthew Rothenberg speculates on the announcements that he expects to be made at Apple\'s May 1 Press Event, including Apple\'s retail store strategy, new iBooks with a built-in DVD-ROM and a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 starting at $999, and the introduction of faster dual-processor Macs.
PowerSchool, which has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Apple, will be present at the California Parent Teacher Association Annual Conference (CAPTA) at the San Jose Convention Center. PowerSchool\'s national spokesperson, NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Steve Young, will be appearing at the event.
Arius3D Inc. has announced the deployment of the company\'s first color scanning systems that measure both color and geometry. Thus, the new devices produce photo-realistic, 3D digital copies of real-world objects using a proprietary laser scanning system. At first, the new scanners will only be available for use through Arius\' service bureaus.
REALBasic 3.2b1, the latest release of Real Software\'s easy-to-use programming environment that is now carbonized, has been released. The new version adds support for Mac OS X\'s anti-aliased text capability, fixes several bugs, and contains more OS X optimized functions.
Third Stream Media, Inc. has announced development partnerships with Chicago-based Brown Innovations and Pearlson Development of Miami, Fla., to create in-store kiosk designs that incorporate a touch-screen capable iMac. The \"Touch Stand\" kiosks will debut in 50 retail outlets by June 2001 with an estimated 3,500 in retail outlets by late 2002.
Cobalt, the server manufacturer who last year said it would take legal action against Apple for its delivery of the Power Macintosh G4 Cube, has apparently dropped its plans to file suit. The company, now owned by Sun Microsystems, had produced a system called the \"Qube\" which carried the same dimensions as Apple\'s slow-selling Power Mac. Users are analysts alike have noted that Steve Jobs\' prior company, NeXT, produced a cubed computer before either Cobalt or Apple.
Architosh reports on the announcement of Curious World Maps for the Mac and the release of MacDraft 4.4 for Mac OS X.
Bing Software\'s PhonePro 3.7, a telephony development application for handling customized inbound and outbound phone calls, is available today at the special price of $100 (a $250 savings). The application features an icon-based interface for easy setup, a built-in database with import/export, a built-in voice mail manager, and several pre-made example applications.
Web Album Wizard 1.3 is a new version of the $20 utility for creating web-based \"thumbnail galleries\". Version 1.3 is now Carbonized for native use under OS X and includes some maintenance work internally for better optimization. [1.0 MB -- Carbon; 650 KB -- PPC]
Tenon Intersystems has released iTools 6.0 for Mac OS X. The web server package, which includes a number of pre-configured web development tools including PHP, MySQL, OpenBase, Front Base, and Qilan, is available now for $400 ($99 for upgrades). [form]
Mac OS X Hints has published instructions for getting the Citrix Java Client, which accesses a remote server used in many office environments, running on Mac OS X.
FileStamp 1.1 is a new version of the file type changing utility from Alex Cannon. The new version contains a number of changes to the interface and adds functionality, including the ability to enter a new type/creator code manually and a command for clearing the list of files to be converted.
ArKaos has posted a beta version of its visual plug-in for Apple\'s iTunes. The free plug-in is also available for SoundJam.
Auction Monitor 1.3 is a $20 application for eBay sellers to keep track of auction sales. \"Auction Monitor displays a list of all open auctions along with each item\'s current bid, most recent change, and total change for the current date, as well as grand totals for each field and some other interesting statistics.\"
Purple Shark Software has posted Setting Sun 1.6, an update to its $20 shareware screen saver that adds five new faders, implements the floating icon and fading slide show modules found on Mac OS X, and improves stability.
AG Edwards has upgraded its rating on Apple from \"maintain position\" to \"buy.\" The firm has set a $35 12-month target price.
Morning tech news: Sony has posted a profit of $127 million for the quarter helped in large part by reduced losses on its PlayStation 2; the Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age has said that Microsoft\'s decision to force Windows Media Player 8 users to upgrade to WindowsXP is a violation of anti-trust laws; and as networking giant Cisco Systems stumbles financially, many question the company\'s ability to maintain its market share in the long-term.
Interarchy 4.1, a free update to the popular download client Anarchie, brings Mac OS X support as well as other enhancements.
Optigold ISP 2.7.2 is an update to the cross-platform business software package for ISPs, adding support for local dialup numbers spanning multiple area codes, a much improved ISP management web interface, and other enhancements. A fully functional trial is available online.
CrushFTP 2.1.7 adds log rolling and other minor tweaks to the full-fledged Java-based ftp server. CrushFTP 3.0b1 also has been posted, offering support for Virtual Serving (serving files that exist on other remote FTP servers even translating VMS and Netware type directory listings), true 100% virtual file system (with detailed permissions per file), redundancy, load balancing, and template accounts.
IconBuilder Pro 2.1 addresses compatibility with Mac OS 9.1 where users experienced color shifts when creating icons with the Photoshop filter. A $30 version supports Classic and Modern, while a $70 version supports OS X and Windows icons as well.
Black Cat Systems has released Health Tracker 2.01, which adds the ability to print graphs and entry tables to the $10 shareware graphing program for tracking health related measurements. [Classic--588KB, Carbon--373KB]
Early morning tech news: InterTrust, a company that provides technology to protect songs and videos from being illegally copied, sued Microsoft Thursday, saying the giant\'s music and video software illegally infringes its patent rights; IBM\'s breakthrough carbon nanotube transistor technology could pave the way for a \"new class of much smaller and faster computer chips;\" and Chinese hackers, frustrated at recent events involving the U.S. and their government, are planning to step up cracking and defacement efforts against U.S. Web sites and networks, say government officials.
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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