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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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