OpenGL Plugin 1.1 for REALbasic, which enables OpenGL 3D graphics for use within REALbasic applications, is now Carbonized for use in Mac OS X and includes more OpenGL functions.
Evening tech news: the cost of CD-R media is expected to rise as much as 350 percent this year as demand increases; Microsoft\'s Windows XP will ship on Oct. 25; and Motorola has released iSketch, a Palm application that allows users to write in their own handwriting and draw sketches.
osx.macnn.com reports on a new 10.0.3 update for Mac OS X, a comparison of the three primary browsers for Mac OS X, Lexmark\'s Mac OS X drivers for its inkjet printers, and a new open-source Cocoa application for accessing Yahoo! chat. [updated]
Mike Murphy notes that Mac OS X 10.0.3 (Build 4P13) is now available from the Software Update control panel in Mac OS X. The update, which comes little more than a week after the 10.0.2 (Build 4P12) update on May 1, \"ensures full visibility of file lists in directories that contain a large number of items.\" The 10.0.3 update available via Apple\'s web site also includes the changes made in 10.0.2 and will update both 10.0.1 and 10.0.2 systems. [updated]
Infogrames\' Mac label, MacSoft, has announced that it has acquired the Mac publishing rights to several titles from Take Two Interactive, including Tropico and Fly! II, which will both ship this summer, in addition to Max Payne, Stronghold, and Myth III: The Wolf Age. Tropico, Fly! II, and Myth III were previously announced as titles to be published by Take Two\'s wholly owned PC publishing subsidiary, Gathering of Developers. Additional titles acquired as part of the agreement will be announced at a later date.
Mail Siphon 2.5, a new version of the $20 shareware utility for managing email on remote servers, is now Carbonized for Mac OS X, lets users send fake bounces to spammers with one click, and supports many encodings. The utility is also available in French, Danish, and Norwegian.
PhotoCat 3.4.1 is a new version of the $25 photo cataloging utility for the Mac. The new version now allows a sound to be played at the end of a long job, add a caption to every image, and retrive the indexation from an item list file.
Apple has released WebObjects 4.5.1 Update 1, a patch for its application server and development environment. The update is recommended for all users of WebObjects 4.5.1 for Mac OS X, but no changes are documented.
We have published a feature comparing the three primary OS X Web browsers: Internet Explorer 5.1, OmniWeb 4.0, and iCab Preview 2.5.
PineHill Products has released CreativePage 2.6.1, a new version of its Classic and Mac OS X web site creation tool. Version 2.6.1 adds the ability to preview in the browser you choose and a number of interface tweaks and bug fixes. CreativePage and SiteToolkit are now available as a $38 bundle. [736 KB -- Classic; 900 KB -- Mac OS X]
Excite Messenger 2.0 is a new version of its messaging client, offering support for Buddy Card, which can help share photos, Web links, and always up-to-date contact information as well as custom news headlines, stock quotes, local weather reports, sports scores, and radio and TV listings.
Lexmark has released Mac OS X drivers for most of its inkjet printers including the Z22, Z32, Z42, and Z52 Color Jetprinter.
The Rogues\' Gallery of AAPL Investors compares the new iBook to other similiarly priced laptops from Gateway, HP, Dell, IBM, Compaq, and Toshiba. The comprehensive chart compares the laptops in areas such as weight, dimensions, optical media, input/output ports, software bundle, and ISP package.
Earthlink has transferred its estimated $50 million advertising account to TBWA/Chiat/Day in what sources said was a centralization of ad duties resulting from the \"alliance\" between Apple and Earthlink, according to AdWeek.com. TBWA/Chiat/Day has been Apple\'s advertising agency of choice since the launch of its \"Think Different\" campaign.
The $9 shareware utility, FileGeek 3.0, can assign a file type and creator to files, allowing you to associate a file, or entire folder, with the application of your choice.
Architosh reports on Autocad\'s decreasing sales and its implications for Mac users and a Mac version of the Department of Energy\'s MEPcheck.
Red Eye Type has re-released four of its commercial fontsAtmosphere Neue Light, Angela Sans, Imitari, and Memento Morias freeware.
Business Week\'s Charles Haddad believes it will take the outcry of community Mac users and supporters to return Macs to the number one computer among schools. \"Reeducating School Boards about Macs\" cites John Droz, Jr.\'s fight against the Carteret County Commission as an instance of where an outspoken community member is trying to convince the board to keep Macs in local schools.
Game Doctor 1.3.1 is a new version of the $10 utility that offers game hints, cheats, patches, and more. The new version includes hints, tips, and walkthroughs for Avernum, Avernum 2, Escape from Monkey Island, Heroes III: Complete, Hexen 2, Maximum Pool, Monopoly, and Simon the Sorcerer 2.
Samsung has announced the release of its 32MB Mini Yepp digital audio player, which is the smallest USB-based digital audio player ever at 1 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 7/8 inches and weighing only 1.13 ounces. The $100 device includes a four-preset graphic equalizer and a powerful bass boost system, and its LCD display shows musical parameters and the current date and time. The Mini Yepp is available now at CompUSA and will be available at other retailers, including Sears and Amazon.com, later this month.
Extensis has privately seeded a beta version of Suitcase 10, offering new features such as Global Auto-Activation, Activate on Demand, a control strip module, Multiple Master font support, the ability to \'Collect Fonts\' for Output, contextual menu support, and better Font Conflict Handling. The Suitcase Server also offers new features such as \'Set Level Subscription\' and \'Job Fonts.\' The company has previously promised native support for OS X in a future release as well.
TECsoft has announced a new \"Workflow Automation with AppleScript Training CD,\" which teaches users and businesses alike to use AppleScript to automate common tasks on their Mac. The CD is available until June 15, 2001 at an introductory price of $100 (a $50 savings).
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include an iMac G3/500 DV SE ($999), a PowerBook G3/300 with DVD ($1195), free PowerBook shipping and RAM at MacMall, a Umax 2100U Scanner ($44), a 30GB Western Digital HD ($86), and an External Iomega ZipCD 4x/4x/6x USB CD-RW ($99).
Scott Nichol has released f(x) 1.0, a Cocoa-based RPN scientific calculator that features a persistent stack, complete support for multiple users, an editable constants list, and flexible numeric display modes.
Apple has put together a series of nine iCards for Mother\'s Day, which can be found in the Holidays category.
Apple has published an article discussing the use of PowerBooks to map the City of Victory in southern India.
Peter Ammon has released Charla 1.0, the first version of his Cocoa-based, open-source Mac OS X application for accessing Yahoo! chat.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including: X flames (Mac OS X), VW Racer (Cars), Film countdown (Movies), and Jessica Alba (Portraits). MacDesktops is updated daily.
Fontosaurus Text has posted Nonzero, a new, freely-downloadable ($2 shareware) font.
StimpSoft has redesigned its Web site and released Smell-O-Mints 1.0, a free, relatively simple, Carbonized periodic table of elements.
Software & Hardware Tracker 4.0.5+ features updated documentation, including Mac OS X compatibility notes, for the database application for tracking serial numbers and other information.
Apple has posted several English-International software updates: AppleWorks 6.1.2, iMovie 2.1 for OS X, and iMovies Plugin Pack for Mac OS X. Additionally, a new North America/International Authoring Support Update 1.1 has been posted, although it appears identical to the one released two days ago.
LaCie today introduced a 180GB Ultra 160/LVD SCSI drive. Operating at 7,200 RPM, the drive is capable of transfer rates of up to 75 MB/sec when configured as a RAID, or up to 47 MB/sec as a single drive. The SCSI drive carries a $2,500 price tag and comes with a 5-year warranty. The drive can also be configured in LaCie\'s 12-bay TX12000, for up to 2.1TB of storage.
The 1394 Trade Association, which regulates the Apple-invented FireWire I/O standard, is reporting increased FireWire IC shipments from major manufacturers such as Texas Instruments. The association claims that FireWire has established itself in more than 40 percent of all notebook and handheld PCs and continues to grow.
Ben Mesander has posted an OS X version of his swdb 1.1 shortwave database system, a web search engine interface for the free ILG Radio database of shortwave radio stations. (It is written in the Python, and uses the PostgreSQL database to store the station database.)
MenuStrip 1.8 is an update to the utility that offers convenient access to frequently used settings, such as the computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth, from the OS X menubar as well as a menubar clock with chime and alarm capabilities and Classic Mac OS style \'Hide All\' and \'Show All\' buttons. Version 1.8 offers plug-in support and a new a SoundSchemes for playing custom sounds at specific system events. [App--177KB, plugin--64KB]
A Macintosh version of CMS Peripherals\' ABS hard drive automatic backup system is currently under development, according to company sources. The PCMCIA or USB solution provides completely automatic installation upon connection and a patent-pending automatic launcher that copies the entire host-drive. A recent upgrade to the tool also allows users to make the device function as a visible, accessible hard drive. Storage ranges up to 30 GB, and prices start at $329. Macintosh drivers should be available this Summer.
Buffalo Technology today announced its AirStation Pro, a wireless bridge for connecting multiple LANs, offering support for up to six AirStation access points. Using Buffalo\'s directional and omni antennae, the company says that multiple LANs can be connected at distances of up to one mile.
MarketSource, a marketing services firm that has been hired by Apple to spread the word about Demo Days and other special events, lists several opportunities in the Employment section of its Web site for \"Apple/Mac Retail Representatives\"some of whom may be used in Apple\'s (rumored) retail stores: \"We are looking for experienced and knowledgeable individuals, with excellent Macintosh hardware and software support and demonstration skills, who are 18 years of age or older, to work as a part-time, Apple Retail Representative.\" Positions are available in Fresno, California; Modesto, California; Roseville, California; Sacramento, California; and Vacaville, California.
Yesterday we published two reader reports (1, 2) on the McLean, Virginia Apple Retail Store and a reader report on the new Dual USB iBook. Other reports included Apple laptops in Consumer Reports, new Metrowerks CodeWarriors coming at WWDC, incorrect iBook specs at the Apple Store, Logitech\'s Cordless MouseMan Optical now shipping, Tropico progress update, Olympus\' new digital camera, Steve Jobs\' challenge to Michael Dell, and Apple\'s job listing for a microprocessor development project manager. Software releases included IntelliMerge 1.1.2, Label Printer Pro 6.0.1, MacGhostView 2.1, Default Folder 3.1.1, and Mozilla 0.9.
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Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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