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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R