Apple has posted AirPort 1.3.1 (as well as the English International version), after first making it available via the Software Update Control Panel yesterday. The updated software brings the ability to add a network name and WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) to Computer-to-Computer mode as well as scripting functionality (along with sample AppleScripts to switch network setups for location and user-specific settings). It also adds access point density adjustments to tune performance in environments with several base stations close to each other.
Opera PR3 replaces the Preview 2 of the alternative browser for the Mac, which expires tonight. [updated]
Aladdin Systems has released a German version of Stuffit Deluxe 6.0, the company\'s popular file compression/decompression utility for Mac and Mac OS X. The software features the company\'s ArchiveSearch and ReturnReceipt technology, which notifies an e-mail sender when the recipient has unstuffed the attached archive.
Mint Audio 1.0 Preview Release 1 is the initial public release of Unsanity\'s lightweight MP3 and audio player for Mac and Mac OS X. Mint Audio features a \"non-obstructive interface,\" skin support, playback for over 30 audio formats, automatic cross-fading, and a hierarchal playlist.
RealMac Software has released Button Builder 2.0, a new version of its $10 Carbonized application for creating \"cool buttons\" for web site and multimedia projects. Button Builder 2.0 features 26 new buttons, full control of text and shadows, an improved button plug-in system, and more.
Eastman Kodak has purchased online digital photography company Ofoto.com for an undisclosed amount. Apple, among other high profile companies, has invested millions in Ofoto.com, and some believed that Apple would incorporate technology from the company into a new multimedia application. Eastman Kodak will retain Ofoto\'s current management team and operate the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
VueScan 7.0.16a scanning utility that performs batch scanning, color balancing, and cropping adjustmentsadds improved color correction on some scanners, support for frame offset and APS adapter on LS-40/LS-4000, support for the HP 5200C and support for older 3-pass Microtek scanners.
Blizzard Entertainment has recently been showcasing some of the new elements that will be included in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the expansion set to its award-winning action/role-playing game Diablo II. Some of the new features include weapon swapping, charms, runes, rune sets, enhanced hirelings, jewels, and crafted items. The game is expected to be released this summer for the Mac.
We have posted a feature on the all-new iBook that takes a closer look at its features and form factor.
Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.0.2 update (Build 4P12) [15.3MB] as well as iTunes 1.1.1 for Mac OS X. Mac OS X 10.0.2 adds support for CD burning, a new version of ftpd and overall improved application stability. The new international version of iTunes requires Mac OS X 10.0.2 for CD burning and full screen visuals. Both updates are also available from the Software Update panel in Mac OS X.
Graham Fair notes that IBM has unveiled its updated PowerPC roadmap that includes some surprising plans for the chip\'s future: \"Included in the roadmap are targets for 2 GHz PowerPC chips, scaling to 0.1 Micron and beyond, but most interestingly... an announced SIMD unit. That indicates IBM may be licensing AltiVec from Motorola after all, or designing their own unit. Such an announcement bodes well for Apple; either Apple will have two AltiVec suppliers, and IBM with significantly more advanced fab technology than Motorola, or Apple will have an alternative SIMD unit to AltiVec, possibly with different capabilities or better performance.\"
At this morning\'s media event, Apple made several announcements: New iBooks with a new form factor; all feature 500 MHz PowerPC G3s and are priced at $1,299 (CD), $1,499 (DVD), $1,599 (CD-RW), and $1,799 (DVD/CD-RW) Apple is the leader in education laptop sales and education wireless Apple has shipped more than 500,000 AirPort cards and base stations in total Apple has secured a deal to sell 23,000 new iBooks to Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, VAthe largest educational laptop order in history A Mac OS X update is due later today that will add support for CD burning and other improvements
Thoth 1.2.0 is a new version of the Carbonized $25 shareware newsreader from the creator of YA-NewsWatcher. The new version includes support for multiple servers, support for extended format news URLs, LaunchServices support under OS X, thread navigation shortcut keys, support for long filenames under OS X, and additional improvements and bug fixes.
Aspyr Media today began accepting pre-orders for American McGee\'s Alice, the third-person 3D action-adventure game that takes advantage of the Quake III engine. Pre-orders for the game, which will be Carbonized for use on Mac OS X and is expected to be released later this month, are $50 and come with Prima\'s Official Strategy Guide for free.
Analog 5.0, the free web server log analysis tool from Stephen Turner, is now Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X. Other additions to the new version include pie charts, support for compressed Zip files, twelve new reports, and other minor changes and improvements.
Sony today introduced its second-generation Clie handheld, the PEG-N710C. The device represents the first Palm OS-based handheld to feature a 320x320 color screen and an integrated MP3 player, complete with headphones and an in-line remote controller. The new Clie features 8MB of internal memory as well as an 8MB Memory Stick for use with the built-in Memory Stick slot. The device will ship in June for \"less than $500.\" Sony\'s Clie lacks Mac support out of the box, however, and requires the purchase of a $30 \"Mac Pack\" for compatibility.
Hotline Communications is getting ready to launch Hotline 1.8.5, according to a Web page on the company\'s site. With version 1.8.5, Hotline will offer a banner-less version of the software for $13 that also comes with an enhanced toolbar. Improvements over version 1.8.4, which will be found in both the free and paid versions of the software, include confirmation quit/disconnect notices, recoverable private messages, and bug fixes.
IBM has unveiled a new processor manufacturing process using carbon nanotubes that could significantly enhance the speed of processors, including the PowerPC.
May Virus definitions have been posted for Virex [2.0] and VirusBarrier [477KB], but have not surfaced for Symantec\'s NAV (see ftp site).
EZQuest is shipping its Cobra+ Firewire Hard Drives, offering a 7,200rpm drive mechanism with burst transfer rates of up to 38MB/sec and sustained rates of 34MB/sec. It is available for $250 (20GB), $300 (40GB), $360 (60GB) and $500 (75GB). All drives are shipping with a \"Pro-Mar\" exterior, internal auto switching power supply, 6\" Firewire cable, the EZQuest EZ Start Up Kit, Intech\'s Speed Tools Format/Raid software and a 3 year warranty.
PowerLogix today annnounced a $50 rebate on the purchase of its iForce G3/400MHz upgrade ($280) for Rev A-D iMacs. The promotion runs through the end of May.
Apple\'s annual QuickTime Live! conference will take place October 8-11 this year at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in California. The event is billed as the premier conference for QuickTime professionals and is usually accompanied by several Apple/QuickTime announcements, such as the introduction of QuickTime 5 at least year\'s conference.
Scott Anguish has posted an installer (as well as command-line upgrade instructions) for addressing a buffer-overflow error with Apple\'s command line \'sudo\' command, which is \"used for authenticating as root without needing to actually enable the root account...Note that it doesn\'t use Apple\'s Installer.app. I\'ve written my own (to be released shortly).\"
Today\'s invitation-only Apple press event begins at 10 AM PT at Apple\'s Town Hall in Cupertino, where Apple is expected to make new announcements. Macworld UK speculates that Education will be a major focus, noting that Apple may outline its strategy of where the recent acquisition of PowerSchool fits into the picture, and developments regarding the Apple Learning Series (ALS) suite of software. Other speculation has centered around the possibility of an Apple Retail Store announcement or a revised \"Ti-style\" iBook.
Roxio has announced that Toast 5 will support Panasonic\'s new DVD-RAM/DVD-R combo drive when it ships later this quarter. The drive is expected to sell for under $1,000.
osx.macnn.com has a workaround for a buffer-security problem with root access on OS X as well as notes on the release of OmniWeb 4.0rc1 (and other announcements as well).
DssW has released Sleep Monitor 1.0, a scriptable application designed to monitor and log changes in the power state of your Mac, including \"start-ups, shut downs, wake ups, sleep, doze, low power warnings, low power emergency sleep, low power emergency shut down, revoked sleep, processor cycling, start up timer, wake up timer and idle time settings.\"
Dr. Bott today announced the DVIator for ADC, which connects Apple\'s ADC-based flat-panel displays to any computer with a compatible DVI video signal as well as allows the use of multiple ADC displays on ADC G4s. The $150 device is due in May.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s new VP of Developer Relations, 1.5 million downloads of QuickTime 5, availability of AirPort 1.3.1 via the Software Update Control Panel, HP\'s wireless print server, new Lexmark printers, Fortune\'s look at Steve Jobs, and Adobe\'s certification of video capture cards for Premiere 6.0. Other recent important updates include VST FireWire 2.3.1, Apple\'s Carbon 1.3.1 SDK, DiskLock 4.6.5, Palm Desktop 2.6.3, Interarchy 4.1, and OmniWeb 4.0rc1 (on osx.macnn.com).
Morning tech news: AT&T will raise the cost of its cable Internet service by $6 per month effective June 1; Analysts say Microsoft may miss its Summer launch date for Windows XP, possibly postponing the operating system until later this year or even next year; Earthlink has added satellite broadband to its services, but without Mac support; and Dell, which layed off 1,700 people in February, may lay off 3,000-5,000 more according to analysts.
Rainbow Technologies announced OS X support for the company\'s Sentinel Eve3 software security solution, which provides software application security for OS X applications via an USB security key.
MultEcart 1.1 is a multilingual ecommerce solution/ Web Server that does not require the use of Unicode: \"This key feature overcomes the inherent shortcoming of Unicode based solutions, by allowing merchants to seamlessly import and export information between MultEcart and their existing localized POS system.\" It supports Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Thai. Support for Italian, Portuguese and Spanish is due by June 1, 2001.
Kebawe\'s AutoCat 3.0 is a $15 drag & drop application that can catalog any mounted or networked volume and track/organize files by type.
Insider Software today announced the release of UpdateAgent X, a new version of its software updating service for OS X. The service currently only provides updates to both Classic and Carbon applications, however, a free update with support for Cocoa applications will made to registered in the future, according to the press releaes. A free version updates system software for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, while the $50 commercial version searches for and download updates for third-party applications.
Xicons has resumed regular posting with two new sets of icons for Mac OS X: Coral Reef and MM App Folders.
LinuxPPC\'s Jason Haas today announced that he is stepping down from his position at the company, ending his leadership role in the development of the Linux platform for PowerPC-based computers: \"Three or four years of trying to do as much as humanly possible will [burn you out]...The wreck I was in last year also has forced me to reevaluate a lot of things in my life. It\'s time for me to move on.\"
Noting that this is \"going to be a serious issue for academics,\" Byron Sharp forwarded a note from ISI ResearchSoft, which says that it currently has no plans \"for a native version of EndNote and OS X, however, EndNote 4 can run in the \"Classic\" mode of OS X. We will add your request to our suggestions database for consideration in a future release.\"
Business Week Online\'s \"The End of Innocence\" talks about how the transition to OS X leaves Mac users more prone to hackers and attacks: \"OS X\'s heavy reliance on Unix makes Macs tempting potential targets for hackers and viruses. It\'s a threat Apple must do more to head off.\"
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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