IntelliMerge 1.1.2 improves the Import Recipients feature in the $60 dynamic e-mail merge software for Classic and Mac OS X from Intelli Innovations.
TheCowCatchingGame 1.61 is a maintence release of the OpenGL-based $10 arcade game for Mac OS X. The game requires a Mac with a Rage 128, Rage 128 Pro, Radeon, or GeForce2 MX running Mac OS X 10.0 or later.
Like Business Week last January, Apple has profiled SkyCorp owner Dennis Wingo, who plans to use Power Mac G4 Cubes to build a 544-satellite constellation to provide earthbound Web hosting and e-mail. Wingo chose the Mac partly because of its security. \"...the Macintosh operating system is certified by the U.S. Army as being secure enough for classified missions. Others like Windows NT and Linux haven\'t made the cut.\"
Label Printer Pro 6.0.1 is a maintenance release of the $35 Carbonized application for printing a wide variety of labels, from address labels to CD jewel cases, VHS tapes, and more.
Mac2Mac 0.1, an open source utility bound to the GNU-GPL license and written using REALbasic, allows users to control a remote Mac over TCP/IP. The Mac2Mac Project is seeking programmers, graphics artists, beta testers, and technical writers to assist in the software\'s development.
Evening tech news: After postponing its IPO last year, Adaptec will spin off its Roxio software division on May 11; Cisco posted a $2.69 billion net loss for its third quarter, the company\'s first loss ever, as sales fell a staggering 29 percent from the previous quarter; and as Napster\'s popularity plummets, some are questioning the future of peer-to-peer file sharing.
MacGhostView 2.1, a new version of the Carbonized general purpose Postscript and PDF previewer, includes macps2pdf, a Postscript to PDF converter based on ghostscript 7.00, which is found on many Unix machines.
Family Address Book 2.0.5, a new version of the $15 contact organizer, fixes a printing bug introduced in the previous version.
The June issue of Consumer Reports features a review of laptops, including Apple\'s PowerBook G4 and the old iBook. The magazine calls the PowerBook G4 \"very good overall, but pricey\" and recommends it for commuters and road warriors, while the older iBook is \"very good overall\" and well-suited for home users and students.
Knowledge Adventure will be releasing a new edition of the Math Blaster series, Cross Terrain Challenge, in June. The $20 Mac/PC title challenges players ages 9-12 to apply strategy, speed and skill as they race through a cross terrain obstacle course designed to strengthen their logic and critical-thinking skills.
At Apple\'s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on May 21, Metrowerks will be releasing CodeWarrior for Mac OS 6.2 for download. An Early Access of CodeWarrior for Mac OS 7.0 components, which includes a new CodeWarrior IDE with support for Mac OS X and Java debugging on OS X, will be available on CD to registered WWDC attendees.
The Apple Store incorrectly lists two of the specifications for Apple\'s new iBook. The 10GB hard drive is noted as running at 5400 RPM, but an Apple System Profiler report identifies the drive as an IBM DJSA-210, which runs at 4200 RPM (the PowerBook G4 models also feature 4200 RPM hard drives). Additionally, the Apple Store states that the DVD/CD-RW combo drive writes CDs at 8x, but an updated developer note states a 4x writing speed. The CD-RW drive, however, does in fact write discs at 8x.
Eric Cherry notes that the June 2001 issue of Game Developer Magazine features a \"Building Games for OS X\" article written by The Omni Group\'s Timothy Wood that covers platform specific APIs, PowerPC specification pitfalls, sound, and input devices and includes sample code. Yesterday we published an interview with Wood discussing the company\'s work on bringing several high-profile games to the new platform.
We have posted a second reader report on the McLean, Virginia, Apple Retail Store, with additional details and photos.
Logitech\'s Cordless MouseMan Optical, its $60 USB mouse that \"combines optical precision with cordless freedom\", is now shipping in volume. The mouse\'s duplex optical sensor is the first of its kind that measures the amount of light reflected from the surface in order to gauge required brightness of the LED, resulting in reduced battery consumption.
PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer told MacNN today that the Mac version of its strategy/simulation game, Tropico, is progressing well. \"We have the game up and running in Mac OS 9 and are working on getting it running on Mac OS X.\" He also noted that the game is expected to reach golden master in early June, and will be published by MacSoft, not by Gathering of Developers, as had been previously announced.
We have posted a reader report on the new iBook, including first impressions and 14 photos of the iBook and its packaging. (Last week we posted photos of the iBook compared to the PowerBook G3 and G4.)
Apple has released a French version of iMovie 2 for Mac OS X, its consumer-oriented video editing application.
RhapsOGL X 1.0b3 is the first third-party visual plugin for the Mac OS X version of Apple\'s iTunes, according to MacGeneration. This beta version is unoptimized and thus may appear choppy on some systems.
Apple has announced the addition of Lane Roathe to its Darwin Development Team. Roathe, of Monkey Byte Development, will be working on Apple\'s open-source networking APIs, NetSprocket and OpenPlay. Roathe has over 18 years of experience in software development and is perhaps best known for co-founding id Software.
DMG Maker 1.0.5 is a maintenance release of the Mac OS X freeware utility for creating disk images (.dmg or .img).
Following the report on the McLean, Virginia, Apple Retail Store, MacNN sources note that security has been significantly tightened, with at least a half dozen mall security guards on foot both inside and at the store\'s back entrance. Sources were only able to get close enough to snap this nondescript shot of the rear entrance. A FedEx semi was delivering items to the store, with a UPS truck also unloading boxes for the store.
Kensington MouseWorks 1.0 for Mac OS X is the first official public non-beta release of the company\'s OS X drivers for its mice and trackballs. The drivers support all of the company\'s USB and ADB mice and trackballs except one-button mice and Turbo Mouse 1.0-4.0 (the older, 2-button models). The Kensington MouseWorks for OS X drivers will not work with the Griffin iMate ADB-to-USB adapter until drivers become available for that device, and users of the Turbo Mouse Pro or Expert Mouse Pro will be have to manually program DirectLaunch buttons.
AvantGo Connect/Conduit 4.0 is a new version of the free utility that allows Palm users to sync with web content and a variety of content channels.
Sandeep Khandelwal let us know that Eskape Labs is currently working on new Classic and Mac OS X drivers for its MyTV/fm USB external tuner and input device. The company hopes to release the drivers in beta form in the August/September timeframe, and the first release will likely not include the VCR features.
Olympus today introduced the Camedia D-510 Zoom Digital Camera, a $500, 2.1 megapixel camera that features 3x optical zoom, 9x digital zoom, a 1.8-inch LCD monitor, and an 8MB SmartMedia card. The camera will ship in June and replaces the D-490.
Orange Micro today began shipping the industry\'s first USB 2.0 CardBus PC card. The $110 card features four USB 2.0 ports.
Default Folder 3.1.1 is a maintenance update to the $25 utility for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes. The new version includes compatibility fixes for Photoshop 6.0.1, Acrobat Reader 5, and Omnis databases.
SmartDisk VST today unveiled its line of PowerBook G4 accessories. The G4 Battery Charger, AC Adapter, and Airline Adapter are all shipping now for $170, $70, and $40, respectively. The $80 Auto Adapter will ship by the end of the month, while the $80 Titanium Floppy Drive is due in June. A G4 Mobility Bundle, which features a SmartDisk VST Battery Charger, Apple G4 Battery, and Apple AC Adapter, will be available in June for $280.
Less than a week after he declined to enter a \"war of words\" over the \"disparaging remarks\" Michael Dell has publicly made about the company, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told CNBC that he would like to publicly debate Dell on the merits of their respective notebook computers. There is no word at this time if Dell plans to respond to the challenge.
Alex Cannon has posted Golf Tracker 1.0 Development Release 1, an application for tracking golf scores. \"Please note that this is a very early development version and many more features will be added as time progresses.\"
ClipCleaner 1.0b2 is a small utility for cleaning up clipboard text, including removing quote characters, line breaks, and converting curly quotes to straight quotes.
SoftTTY 1.1 fixes a bug that would cause the $75 TTY software, which lets a Mac communicate over the telephone with other deaf or hard-of-hearing people using TTY\'s, to crash.
A job listing at Apple for a Microprocessor Development Project Manager to \"manage the development of new high-performance microprocessors for future Apple computer products\" could signal a successor to Apple\'s failed Newton handheld, speculates a Register article.
Morning tech news: Motorola\'s CEO says the company is on track to recover from its financial problems; Morris Communication is selling its dial-up ISP service to Earthlink; Adobe has released 200 leading business eBook titles for purchase; and photos of Palm\'s forthcoming m700 have surfaced.
We have a first-hand report on the McLean, VA, Apple Retail Store, following yesterday\'s news that it will be the first location to open on May 19. Additionally, a New York Post article reports that Apple has taken over a 25,000-square-foot location in New York\'s SoHo district, which carries a $1.5 million a year rent.
SuSE today announced that SuSE Linux 7.1, which features the new 2.4 kernel, offers support for Panasonic\'s 4.7GB DVD-RAM drive. SuSE Linux 7.1 is available for PowerPC for $50.
Mozilla 0.9, the latest milestone release of the open-source browser, is now available. Version 0.9 features automatic proxy configuration, Personal Security Manager 2.0, several performance enhancements, and more.
Microsoft plans to eliminate the \"perpetual use\" clause in its software licenses, which allowed institutional buyers to continue using \"old\" versions of MS software indefinitely. While this move mainly affects businesses and other institutional buyers of MS software (who usually pay \"per seat\" or \"per machine\"), it is seen as a prototype of the licensing model the company plans to eventually use across the board.
osx.macnn.com reports on the first third-party visual plugin for iTunes for Mac OS X, Kensington\'s release of Mac OS X drivers for its mice and trackballs, and Eskape Labs\' statement on Mac OS X drivers for its myTV tuner.
Yesterday we reported on the upcoming launch of Apple\'s first retail store in McLean, Virginia. Other reports included an interview with Omni\'s Timothy Wood, changes in Mac OS X 10.0.2, ceased publication of SoundJam MP, delays for LaCie\'s PocketDrive CD-RWs, Charter One buying iMacs for schools, and shipment of Myst III: Exile. Software releases included OmniWeb 4.0, Bushfire 1.10, FastTrack Schedule 7.02, Grammarian 2.1.3, Apple Authoring Support 1.1, eMail Alert! 2.6.2, and MP3 Rage 3.3.
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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