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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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