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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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