As expected, Roxio has released a Toast 4.1.3 update for both the standard and deluxe versions that resolves the issue of automatic track naming.
Apple has released Open Transport 2.7.6, a new version of the networking protocol for Classic Mac OS. The new version resolves a minor issue that prevented some applications from behaving as expected and is recommended for all customers, especially in education. The update is also available using the Software Update Control Panel. [updated]
QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Public Preview 3 is the latest release of Apple\'s open-source streaming software for Mac OS X. The new version includes quality of service enhancements, such as packet retransmission and reliable transmission of broadcast streams, as well as new web-based administration. This build will expire on July 1, 2001.
MacPlay has announced that it plans to release four new games for the Mac this summer, including Baldur\'s Gate II, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, and Sacrifice, followed by two more during the holiday season.
Userland has posted a \"solid\" beta of Frontier 7.0b, a Carbonized version of its scripting environment and content management system. The system is currently only available to registered users.
Canto has announced the release of Japanese versions of its Cumulus 5 Media Asset solution, including the Single User Edition and Workgroup Edition (Enterprise Edition not yet in Japanese). A demo version is also available.
GEDitCOM 3.0b3 is a maintenance release of the Carbonized application for reading and creating GEDCOM files, which are commonly used in genealogy research.
GLUON ProScale 5.28 is a maintenance release of the $95 QuarkXPress XTension for scaling type and graphics with speed, accuracy, and stability. Users can scale non-proportionally without distorting type and graphics using a click-and-drag tool or scale entire multipage documents in one click.
Symantec has released Norton AntiVirus 7.0.2b for Mac OS X, a beta version of its anti-virus utility. The release includes the latest version of Virus Definitions as of May 1st. [form]
CarbonLib 1.3.1, which was released yesterday via the Software Update Control Panel, is now available separately on Apple\'s Web site. The new version \"delivers new functionality and features for Carbon-based applications.\"
XGAMING, Inc. will be debuting the X-Arcade at next week\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The multi-platform gaming device, which can be used with game systems such as the Mac, PC, Playstation 1 and 2, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, XBox and GameCube, is a two player, arcade replica controller, with 20 buttons and side pinball buttons. The device is back-ordered in the U.S. until July 1, 2001.
Victor Nemecheck of Roxio tells MacNN that the company will be posting a Toast 4.1.3 update later today to resolve the issue of automatic track naming. Toast 5 users are unaffected. Late last night, Gracenote, creators of the CDDB, filed suit against Roxio due to its method of receiving automatic track names.
Snapz Pro 2, Ambrosia Software\'s image and video capture utility, is available from May 11th through May 18th for half-off: $20.
Poker Dice 1.0, the $20 sequel to Gypsy King Software\'s Killer Dice, is a cross between poker and traditional 5-dice games and includes several gameplay variations, such as Down the Line, Wild Cards, and Lots of Zingers.
Max Payne, Myth III: The Wolf Age, and Strongholdthree titles that will be published on the Mac by Infogrames\' Mac label, MacSoftwill appear in Gathering of Developers\' \"Promised Lot\" at this year\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which takes place May 17-19 in Los Angeles.
LimeWire 1.4, a Java-based Gnutella file-sharing client for the Mac, is available for both Mac OS Classic and OS X. The new version adds improved stability, faster downloads, resumable downloads, and server quality ratings.
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 is a new version of the eBook software that includes several enhancements, such as the ability to rotate text 90 degrees for an extended viewing area on laptops, the ability to hear the spoken text of a book, and Adobe CoolType technology that can make eBook text clearer and easier to read.
ION Systems has partnered with Texterity to offer an automated PDF to OeB conversion process to publishers bringing content to the ePublishing market. The conversion process takes an existing PDF and converts it into the Open eBook format file, in addition to other formats including ION Reader (available for Mac), ION Download Version for offline reading, Palm Pilot, and Microsoft Reader. Additional formats will be supported in the future.
Thoth 1.2.1 is a maintenance release of the $25 Carbonized newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher.
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On Monday FileMaker is expected to announce FileMaker 5.5, which is to be available in Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux, and Windows 2000 native versions this summer, according to an article on ZDNet UK. [story now unavailable]
Apple plans on launching a new ad campaign in Ireland, in particular to promote the new iBook. Apple was \"a bit guilty in the past of not focusing enough on Ireland,\" said Mark Rogers, Apple\'s head of UK and Irish sales.
OneApp Software has released English, Spanish and Italian versions of Clean Text 1.2.5, its $15 shareware tool that performs many useful text \"scrubbing\" routines. [Classic, Carbon]
DealNN bargains include: G4/500MP for $1900, Cube/500 w/ 15\" ADC flat-panel monitor for $2000, 256MB PC133 RAM for $60, Que! USB 8x4x24x CD-RW for $170, and more.
AutoCompleter 1.0 is a $15 shareware that improves typing Cocoa-based applications, offering suggestions for completing words based on partially-typed text, insertion of saved text and other dynamic information (date, time, etc.), and execution of AppleScripts.
Morning tech news: systems featuring Intel\'s new Itanium processor will reportedly ship in a few weeks; Sony will launch its Internet-only bank in Japan next month; Electronic Arts, creator of The Sims, posted an $11.8 million loss in its fourth quarter, but says it expects to rebound in fiscal 2002 with the release of several PlayStation 2 titles; Microsoft has invested $125 million in Telecom NZ, which also partnered with Hutchison Whampoa, to further the development of a third-generation (3G) wireless company.
The May 21 issue of Business Week offers two articles relating to Apple, including an editorial on why the retail stores won\'t help the company\'s bottom line or growth (\"few think new stores, no matter how nice, will get Apple back on the hot-growth path\"), and a discussion on the Apple-Gap relationship. Gap CEO Millard Drexler sits on Apple\'s board. [articles not yet online]
Roxio, creators of the Toast and Jam CD authoring applications, has been slapped with a lawsuit from Gracenote, the company responsible for the CDDB that allows CD tracks to be automatically labeled with a myriad of information. To achieve this functionality in its products, Roxio has been using the Freedb.org service, whose technology allegedly infringes on Gracenote\'s.
The shareware informational database and system folder management utility, Extension Overload 5.8.1, is now available in a promotion for $20 ($5 off), and also adds the ability to restart the Control Strip, improves database searches, and correctly ignores aliases and invisible files.
Matt Anderson has made updates to his OS X themes, providing a (completely) \"unlined\" graphite look and a \"hot-swappable\" version of Ruby/Aqua.
Thomas Tempelmann\'s freeware Joilet Volume Access 1.4, a precursor to the shareware v2.0 due out in mid-June, fixes few bugs in his System Extension that \"enhances the way your Macintosh computer can read CD-ROMs from other platforms, mainly Windows.\"
Pixits has released a new version of its Cocoa-based font sampling application, FontExampler 1.0PR3, which can generate samples of text using customized text. Preview release 3 brings the ability to sort fonts alphabetically and provides support for OS X (final).
Galleon Software, reacquiring the rights to its stock browser from Aladdin Systems, has released PowerTicker 2.1. The free upgrade updates the stock tracking utility with new contact information and fixes a few bugs.
Optigold ISP 2.7.3 adds support for barcoded return stubs, additional web interface functions and a few other miscellaneous items to the cross-platform busness software package for ISPs.
Yesterday we noted the availability of Apple\'s CarbonLib 1.3.1 via the SUCP, job cuts at Apple, Macromedia shipping FreeHand 10, Internet Explorer 5.1 slated for a summer release, IBM\'s PowerPC plans, new iBooks quickly spreading, Apple donating iBooks for teacher workshops, ViewSonic\'s sub-$1,000 17\" LCD, Canon\'s new PowerShot S110 Digital ELPH camera, Apple\'s nominations for Design and Art Direction awards, and NewGenFilms\' DVD streaming technology. Software releases included Mint Audio 1.0pr3, Download Deputy Turbo 4.5.6, AutoCat 3.0.1, Escape from Monkey Island 1.1.1, and Lightwave 6.5b.
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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