O\'Reilly Network Open Source Editor Chris Coleman rebuts a ZDNet article published yesterday that called Apple \"open source\'s black hole,\" contending that Apple is going beyond what the BSD license dictates and is being very supportive of its open source efforts.
Donagrandi Software\'s RBdbMaker 1.2 is a new version of its REALbasic Database management tool that adds support for recording and scripting AppleScript and other improvements. An untested beta version for Mac OS X is also available.
Dantz has released a FireWire/USB Extension Updater for owners of Retrospect 4.3, the file backup utility for the Mac. The update improves FireWire and USB support with Retrospect. In addition to English, the updater is available in French, German, and Japanese.
Men and Mice has released QuickDNS 3.5 for Mac OS X, a $350 utility for DNS management of both Mac OS X and Linux DNS servers. QuickDNS 3.5 for Mac OS X lets administrators manage large zones, manage DNS remotely, automatically set up DNS Servers, manage multiple servers from a single window, and more.
FileStamp 1.2 is a maintenance release of the $5 utility for changing type/creator codes.
Both Ptah 1.2.0 [373 KB] and Rosetta 1.2.0 [212 KB] are maintenance releases that provide long file name support under Mac OS X. Ptah is a $15 shareware text, image and cataloging program while Rosetta is a $15 shareware utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files, and more. Both applications are Carbonized and can be used on both Mac OS 8.5 or later and Mac OS X.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0 Beta 6, a new version of its tool for scientific data and mathematical function analysis that runs natively on Mac OS X. The update brings a new version of the 3D plotting plug-in (3DPlotterGL) for Mac OS X, and provides various bug fixes. pro Fit 5.6.0 Beta 6 is free to all registered owners of pro Fit 5.5.
Mint Audio 1.0pr2 is the second preview release of Unsanity\'s lightweight MP3 and audio player for Classic and Mac OS X. The new version reduces CPU usage and addresses a number of issues pointed out by users of the initial release.
After announcing the German release earlier this week, Aladdin Systems has announced that both French and Spanish versions of Stuffit Deluxe 6.0 are now shipping. The file compression/decompression utility for Classic and Mac OS X features the company\'s ArchiveSearch and ReturnReceipt technology, which notifies an e-mail sender when the recipient has unstuffed the attached archive.
After receiving many emails from users over the distaste for blue in Mac OS X, Matt Anderson, creator of Unlined Charcoal, has released Unlined Ruby 1.1.8 and 1.1.8 SE. The alternate theme for Apple\'s new operating system replaces blue with red wherever possible.
A QuickTime movie showing Steve Jobs\' presentation at this week\'s Media Event is now available from Apple. The presentation included the introduction of the new Dual USB iBook, which will be available later this month.
Apple has published or updated a number of Tech Info Library articles pertaining to the new iBook (Dual USB), including technical specifications, how to install RAM, removing and replacing the battery, sound capabilities, external ports and connectors, security information, maximum number of FireWire devices, and how an external monitor or eject key may not work with Mac OS X.
DragThing 4.0.2 is a maintenance release of James Thompson\'s popular dock application for Mac OS X and Classic.
ClipCleaner 1.0.0b1 is a \"small, fast utility for cleaning up clipboard text\" that performs tasks such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, removing multiple spaces and returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters, and more.
PineHill Products has released SiteToolkit 1.5, a new version of its $16 set of webmaster tools for Mac and Mac OS X. The new version adds AppleScript support, an updated interface and manual, support for submitting to over 40 search engines, and more. [722 KB -- Classic; 806 KB -- OS X]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a Blue and White G3 Bundle ($999), Seagate Cheetah 18.4 GB SCSI HD ($175), Indigo G3/266 iBook ($1,099), PowerBook G3/233 ($899), and Epson Perfection 1240U w/ TPA and software ($284).
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota will soon play host to one of the dozens of Apple retail stores around the U.S., according to a report from a local resident and confirmed by Mall of America security officials. The Apple store, which will combine two locations to become an \"oversize\" store, will be located near the new Gap Kids store, Bose Stereo store, and Discovery Channel Science store.
We have published an exclusive preview of Pillars of Garendall, the upcoming fantasy role-playing game from Ambrosia Software and Beenox Studios.
ForkSwitcher is a utility that allows Mac OS X fonts to be converted for use under Mac OS 9.
Addonics today introduced the Combo Hard Drive, a 3.5\" Hard Drive kit that can connect through USB, FireWire, or PCMCIA depending on which cable is purchased. The kit with USB or PCMCIA connectivity is $100, while the FireWire version is $150.
We have posted ten photos of the new iBook, comparing its form factor and size to the PowerBook G3 and PowerBook G4. Two days ago we posted a full recap of the new laptop.
\"Raymond\" sent us some words of advice on using an HP 930C USB printer after applying the Mac OS X 10.0.2 update:\"The update worked great and it was very smooth, but as soon as I woke my Pismo Powerbook from sleep my HP 930C (USB of course) would not respond and I constantly got error messages. However I did get it to work again. After a couple reboots, I decided to unplug the printer before I restarted. I then plugged the printer back in after OS X had completely rebooted. The printer then started to work properly.\"
Morning tech news: Dell is recalling 284,000 laptop batteries from its Inspiron 5000 series after one of the Panasonic-made batteries overheated and caught fire; Microsoft will defend its stance against open-source projects, saying the code could undermine intellectual property, during a speech today; EarthLink\'s co-founder has been accused of defrauding investors out of $35 million; and sales of Palm handhelds fell 20 percent in April, while volume sales of the new color Palm m505 may not arrive until July.
Tce-Yee Poon noticed that Apple DVD Player 2.4, which comes with the PowerBook G4, is now available for all software DVD-equipped Macs from the Software Update control panel. There\'s no mention of the changes with this version.
Keyspan has posted USB PDA Adapter 2.2, an update to the softawre for its USB adapter.
Power On Software will reportedly release Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0 later this month. The new version will offer a number of new features, including additional fields for contact information, enhanced AppleScript support, and support for up to two billion contacts. The software, which isn\'t Carbonized for Mac OS X, will ship for $130; upgrades are $50.
Apple will soon be offering only LCD displays, as the company has decided to axe production of the 17-inch Apple Studio Display CRT, according to MacUser UK and c|net. The article speculates that next month, or at Macworld Expo in July, Apple will introduce a larger 17- or 18-inch flat-panel display. AppleInsider reported on the existence of such a display at Apple nearly a year ago.
Macromedia yesterday posted a profit of $8.4 million, or 15 cents per share5 cents lower than analysts\' consensus estimateson revenues of $89.1 million. Macromedia also announced that it had cut 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure. Shares of Macromedia fell as much as 30 percent in after-hours trading. In contrast, Macromedia rival Adobe posted profits of $69.8 million on revenue of $329 million in its most recent quarter.
Yesterday we published a report on Macromedia\'s release of the first 3D Shockwave content. Other reports included Epson price drops, indefinite postponement of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, UPresent and UGather, new Sharp LCDs, and Imagine axing affiliates. Software releases included Fetch 4.0, Snak 4.6.2, Retrospect 1.0fc3 for OS X, Cro-Mag Rally 2.0b3, and Org 2.0.
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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