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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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