Java Developer Journal is currently accepting votes for its Readers\' Choice Awards. Apple\'s WebObjects application server, which included the recently released WebObjects 4.5.1 for Mac OS X, has won first place in the Application Server Category for the past two years.
Architosh reports on award-winning architecture firm M.J. Neal Architects and their use of Macs, finding CAD/3D and AEC software for the Mac, and debuts its Digital Practice Guide.
Ambrosia Software\'s Escape Velocity Nova, the company\'s upcoming threequel space action/role-playing game, is now nearly Carbonized for native play on Mac OS X. The game is expected to be released later this year.
Black Magik Software\'s Pre-Lister 3.7.1 is a new version of its $35 auction listing utility for aiding in the eBay selling process. The new version adds support for all eBay category changes through May 4, 2001.
Digital Garage will unveil the RedEWeb iMac-based web kiosk at Strictly Business in Minneapolis on May 23. The kiosk provides an \"easy to use, secure web site browsing station\" where customers are able to interact with a particular web site but are unable to go to other web sites or quit the browser.
IntelliDate pr1.2.1 is a free, AppleScript-based, open-source utility for automatically updating the software on a Mac. A database server can also be set up for keeping software up-to-date on a workgroup.
Computer Systems Odessa has released a French version of its $125 (EUR 135) diagramming and flowcharting software, ConceptDraw 1.6, which is available for both Classic and Mac OS X. Registered owners of the English version can switch to the French version for no additional charge.
Richard Bannister has released updates to three of his Carbonized emulators for Classic and Mac OS X: Jum52 0.5.2 is a new version of the Atari 5200 emulator that now uses 16-bit color and works properly with the release version of Mac OS X. [726 KB] Neopocott 0.3.9, a Neo Geo Pocket Colour emulator, also now uses 16-bit color and works properly with the release version of Mac OS X [520 KB] SMS Plus 0.9.5, a Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear emulator, fixes some minor bugs and adds new blitter code. [818 KB]
c|net\'s QuickTime 5 review gives it a 4 out of 10 rating: \"its streaming quality doesn\'t justify its memory load, inconsistent quality, or total lack of compatibility with other audio formats. Skip it--get Windows Media Player or (if you\'re on a Mac) RealPlayer instead.\'
Following our note earlier this morning, sources tell us that Apple has changed its warranty protection on refurbished products, annnouncing that all Apple refurished products purchased on or after May 1st--both from the Apple Store and other authorized dealers--will receive an Apple One-Year Limited Warranty rather than a 90-day limited warranty as in the past. Additionally, products refurbished by Apple and purchased on or after May 1, 2001, are eligible for the extended service and support coverage offered by an AppleCare Protection Plan.
The Daily Insight from Business 2.0\'s Eric Hellweg concerns Apple\'s renewed focus on the education market with the announcement of its new Dual USB iBook. \"Though the classroom market might not connote the same flash as the high-end titanium crowd, it\'s an integral one for Apple. And given the slowdown in the home computer space, Apple\'s return to its roots makes perfect sense.\"
Mike Lorion, Palm\'s VP for Education and a former employee within Apple\'s school-computer program, is hoping to emulate Apple\'s success in the education market by supplying school districts across the U.S. with Palm handhelds, according to Business Week. Several demonstration programs to test the Palm\'s viability as an educational tool are already underway around the nation.
iCheck Pro 1.0.4 is a new version of the $100 electronic check acceptance software for the Mac that fixes an error where new checks for previous contacts could not be created. A Lite version is also available.
XLR8 has released the MACh Speed Control Panel 2.0.2, a new version of the software for controlling the company\'s processor upgrade cards in Mac OS 7.5.5 through 9.1. The new version includes improved layout and usability features, improved \"architecturally accurate\" graphics, multiprocessing support, thermal monitoring, accurate memory interleaving displays, and enhanced AltiVec support for G4 processors. Users wanting OS X support should use XLR8 MACh Speed Control X.
Steve Wood, a 52-year-old elementary teacher, believes that \"Apple Education probably is dead.\" \"The education world was primed and waiting for Steve Jobs to sweep them away with insanely great products and pricing. Instead, they got an [iBook] update featuring Apple\'s long-standing premium pricing.\"
The Microtech ZiO!, a pocket-sized USB digital film reader, is now Secure Digital (SD) compliant and will work with digital devices that incorporate Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) copyright protection. Devices such as some MP3 players, Palm m500 series, and Panasonic ipalm digital camera incorporate SD capabilities. The price of the ZiO! has also been reduced from $40 to $30.
Forbes.com\'s Winner of the Week is Apple Computer, following the company\'s return to profitability and this week\'s launch of a new iBook. The article speculates that this summer could bring a major refresh to the iMac line, including an iMac with a flat-panel screen.
While most users were able to begin using MYOB AccountEdge in Mac OS X last month, Canadian owners of the business management and accounting application will have to wait until later this month for a Carbonized version, according to MYOB Canada. \"We will post it on our website at www.myob.ca as soon as it is available for download.\"
On2 Technologies has announced that effective May 21, the company\'s VP3 Codec will be available for limited commercial and personal use via download from the On2 web site. The codec, which operates in Quicktime 5, will now include e-mail support and be priced at $30 for personal use and $2,000 for a limited commercial encoding license.
Hands-on training for the latest version of Adobe Systems\' popular electronic document application, Acrobat 5.0, is now available from Sterling Ledet and Associates, Inc. Classes are available in Atlanta, San Diego, Chicago, and New Orleans. Each student receives a textbook and a copy of the course materials on CD-ROM and is assigned a fully equipped Power Macintosh G4.
The High-Tech Education Summit will kick off tomorrow at the Philips Silicon Valley Center in Sunnyvale. The conference will feature guests such as Congressional Representatives Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren, and representatives from Apple, which is co-sponsoring the event.
With the imminent death of Kerbango (the radio station server system used by Apple\'s iTunes), RCS has teamed with Activate to debut a new service dubbed iSelector, a new Internet radio tool that will allow users to customize streaming music channels as they are listening.
Western Digital\'s new WD Caviar hard drive, the first 7,200 RPM hard drive to market offering 80 GB storage capacity, is not far from shipment. Read-Rite, the company supplying many of the components for Western\'s new drive, has announced volume shipment of parts to the company. The drives are expected to become available in quantity early this summer.
Sony\'s VAIO laptops have given the company the number one spot in notebook revenue for the U.S. market, and a 46 percent jump in sales from the same period last year. The company currently commands 25.2 percent of the notebook market, while Apple garners 2.9 percent, according to NPD Intelect.
Mark Daniels notes that the latest OS X 10.02 update from Apple restores the ability to choose whether to open an application in Classic: \"Select any *carbon* application and look in the Get Info window (command-I). This would include Acrobat Reader 5, Napster, Audion 2, Ircle 3.1 Carbon, etc. The option doesn\'t show for Cocoa or Classic-only applications.\"
Christopher Wood has released SimpleImage 3.2b1, an update to his $25 shareware image and movie viewer, bringing the ability to search for author, URL, keyword, and comment info as well as a new contextual menu plugin and browser slideshows.
Lunar Software\'s EarthBrowser 1.5 adds a native Carbon version, more Web cams, and other enhancements to the innovative 3D Earth simulation that provides multiple planet views, current weather conditions and forecasts, real-time earthquake notifications, current cloud cover and webcam images from around the globe.
WebSiphon 2.03 is a maintenance update to Purity Software\'s high-performance multi-threaded Web application server with database connectivity.
Authoring Support Update 1.1 is now available from the Software Update control panel, which \"adds support for new drives, and increases reliability for your CD burning apps like iTunes and Disc Burner.\" The software also includes a new version of Apple System Profiler that will tell whether a CD-RW drive is compatible with iTunes/DiscBurner. Richard Lorenc notes an incompatibility with the update and Toast 5.0.1: \"If you have Toast 5.0.1, the Apple USB or Firewire Support extensions must be turned on as well as the Toast extensions or a Finder crash will happen when a blank disc is inserted.\" In recent days, Apple has also made DVD Player 2.4 and Disk First Aid 8.6.1 available through Software Update.
Macworld UK last night presented its Macworld Awards 2001. Apple products took home seven of the 18 awards.
Morning tech news: Following a 10 percent price cut on all Dell corporate desktops, HP and Compaq have joined the PC price war, cutting prices by as much as 28 percent and 31, respectively; Microsoft, which late last year acquired Bungie, has acquired another gaming company: Ensemble Studios, creators of the Age of Empires series; and Microsoft yesterday blasted the Linux/open-source approach to operating system development, but said it will provide some developers with bits of Windows source code as it realizes the importance in doing so.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s move to production of only flat panel displays, an exclusive preview of Pillars of Garendall, ten comparison photos of the new iBook, a QuickTime movie of the Media Event introducing the new iBook, new or updated iBook TIL articles, and the Mall of America Apple Store. Software releases included Keyspan USB Adapter 2.2, SiteToolkit 1.5, DragThing 4.0.2, Mint Audio 1.0pr2, and a FireWire/USB Extension Updater for Retrospect 4.3.
The Apple Store lists \"late May\" availability for a $500 standalone version of NVIDIA GeForce3 Video Card Kit (\"Accessories\" section under \"Other\"): \"The new NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card represents the state-of-the-art in graphics acceleration for your Power Mac G4 desktops (requires 4x AGP support).\" Apple\'s Build-to-order options for the Power Mac G4 ($250 upgrade) still list the product as \"shipping in April,\" although a standard single-processor 533MHz Power Mac G4 upgraded with a NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card has an estimated ship time of 30 days (vs. 1 day for the pre-configured model with a GeForce2).
Apple has posted its iBook 2001 developer note, which has extensive technical information about the specs on the new machine. Reader Alvin Mok notes \"One mistake on the block diagram on page 23: the CPU bus should be a 60x bus instead of the G4-only Max bus. Also, the external video is mirror-only despite the same ATI chip as PowerBook G4.\" [pdf]
Apple\'s DVD Player 2.4, released via the OS 9 Software update control panel yesterday, is now available via the Web. Alvin Mok notes two new features since version 2.2.
Apple\'s refurbished products in the \'Special Deals\' section at the Apple Store show a 1-year warranty along with a 3-yr extended warranty option on the products as well.
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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