The top-view 2D racing game, Reckless Drivin\' 1.3, now works with OS X (final) and fixes other bugs under Mac OS 8/9.
A Reuters story discusses Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, including an overview of how the programming group came to be and where Microsoft\'s .Net plan comes into play for Mac users. Kevin Browne, General Manager of the Mac Business Unit, notes that the 185-member group is \"highly profitable\" and that \"Bill Gates is a huge Mac fan and he has a warm spot in his heart for the Mac platform, and it hurt him to see our customers suffering [in the 90s].\"
Pepper 3.6.5 adds several new features and improvements to the text editor, including optional rendering of text using ATSUI and indenting on tabs.
Jay Holley has released his $5 shareware Tic Tac Toe A-GoGo: \"It is a fairly smart implementation of the classic game. The computer player uses strategies that make it as difficult to play as any human player. Some of them can be disabled to make the game less challenging. More interestingly, the game includes a special option that allows the computer player to cheat, taking two moves, or changing the score.\"
Smart Tools has released OenoLog Version III, an updat to it winemaking software designed \"to convert Apple iBook laptops to dedicated production control instruments for winemakers.\" Version III offers \"globalization options\" by making date, time, & number display Control Panel compliant, converting the online manual to html, and adding a translation screen so the user can customize the prompts or create a new set of prompts in a different language. [demo]
Norbert M. Doerner\'s CDFinder 3.1.1 adds printing support under OS X, integration with PowerFile DVD Juke Box, a more Aqua-ish interface, and the ability to catalog files inside Apple Installer Archives to the $20 shareware catalogging tool. [Classic, Carbon]
NoSTalgia 1.1 brings several bug fixes and new memory and frame rate options to the freeware AtariST emulator for the Power Mac.
Following the recent posting of Apple\'s iBook 2001 developer note, Abe Jellinek passed along some comments about the new iBook motherboard: The new iBook motherboard includes the Pangea I/O, device, and memory controller, just like the Digital Audio iMacs. I expect the PowerBook G4 and PowerMac to have this chip as well. As both the pro models need a refresh, it would be a good time to simplify the motherboard and get rid of the current two-chip control setup. The old iMac and iBook both had the Uni-North (aka Uni-N) and Key Largo chips, like the pro models do now. The older board designs on the pro models demonstrate that, besides processor and GPU upgrades, little things need to be patched up to limit costs. (Block diagrams can be found for the G4 CPU Macs at [Web page]; G3 diagrams can be found at [Web page]
Following recent price cuts by Palm, Handspring has lowered the price of its Visor Deluxe from $250 to $200 and is offering a free leather case with the PDA. Also, a $50 mail-in-rebate on the Visor Platinum ($250 after rebate) is being offered through June 17.
Napster is presently in talks with several companies, including Microsoft, as the company attempts to get its new, fee-based service off the ground this summer. Napster is looking for ways in which its new service could be incorporated with the products of other companies.
Apple is reportedly looking to open a second retail store in Chicago, according to a news brief in Chicago Business. \"Apple Computer Inc. is planning to open its second Chicago-area retail outlet, in a 7,100-square-foot store at Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg.\" Last month we noted that Apple had signed a lease for a retail store in downtown Chicago. Also, a thread in our forums is mapping and tracking the rumored and \"confirmed\" locations of Apple Retail Store locations.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6