4D, Inc. has announced that it will be demonstrating a preview version of WebSTAR V, its Macintosh Server Suite, at next week\'s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA. \"4D WebSTAR V maintains the easy administrative interface while taking advantage of the speed and stability of Mac OS X.\"
Evening tech news (E3 edition): Microsoft has announced that its new XBox game console will debut on November 8 for $300, matching the initial price of its tough competitor, Sony\'s Playstation 2; Nintendo has announced that its new GameCube console, a follow-up to the Nintendo 64, will go on sale on September 14 in Japan and November 5 in North America; and Sony will preview the Macromedia Flash Player running on its Playstation 2 game console this week, which will enhance its Web offerings when Internet access becomes available to Playstation 2 users.
Music swapping company Napster has opened an e-mail address form for those interested in previewing its new membership service, which is expected to debut this summer and will require a monthly membership fee in order to download music from participating artists. The music would be limited in audio quality, and would be unable to be burned to CD.
Farallon\'s beta SkyLINE 11Mb Wireless PC Card 3.0b3 driver offers support for the new Computer-to-Computer mode introduced with AirPort 1.3, named Ad Hoc networks.
A new developer version of Script XTension 24U Appearance OSAX DE 1.1.1 offers \"all of the features\" of Appearance OSAX and can be used by developers in freeware, shareware and commercial software products.
TouchSystems and eTurboTouch Technology have introduced a new 5-wire analog resistive touchscreen, Turbo T6, enhanced with an EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) shield. With a lifespan of more than 50 million touches, Turbo T6 is expected to last nearly twice as long as its closest competitor. The new Mac-compatible touchscreen is available in 2\" - 21\" sizes and is targeted for high-use environments in POS, Kiosk, mobile warehousing, GPS, Web phones, and more.
FireWire Depot has changed the pricing on its CDCyclone FireWire and USB CD-RW drives, and has added a 24x10x40 FireWire CD-RW to its product line.
SNES9x 1.3.7, the popular SNES emulator for the Mac from John Stiles, includes a number of performance enhancements and optimizations when running under Mac OS X 10.0.2 or later. The new version also adds a Cheat Finder, an option to control the freeze/defrost panel from a gamepad, a new sound decoding system, and an altered RAVE Smooth mode that is more compatible but may provide slower framerates on some systems.
iScreensaver Toolkit 1.6 is a new version of Xochi Media\'s $10 screensaver that also allows users to create their own screensavers using Flash or QuickTime movies. Version 1.6 includes performance and stability enhancements, and is recommended for all users of Mac OS 9. A version for Mac OS X will be forthcoming.
RAD Game Tools has released the Miles Sound System for the Mac, which supports all aspects of audio: digital output using a custom hand optimized assembly sound mixer, 18 DSP filters, MIDI support with a built-in software synthesizer, red-book audio, MP3 and ADPCM support, full 3D audio support, hard drive and CD-ROM data streaming, and more. The Miles MIDI subsystem supports full interactive MIDI files, DLS using a built-in software synthesizer, and compressed instrument sets.
BusinessWeek Online\'s Stephen Baker suggests that Apple and Motorola should team up to create mobile phones with wireless Internet capabilities. \"Apple has the brand and knows computers. Motorola does phones. In this ramp-up for the mobile Web, these two need each other.\"
In an interview with Inside Mac Games, PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer states that the Carbonized Mac version of Tropico is expected to be released in early July by MacSoft. In addition, Steinmeyer admits that Railroad Tycoon III is a possibility for the company\'s next project.
Sierra Sports has released Maximum Pool 1.06, a new version of its pool game for the Mac that fixes several bugs and adds support for Mac OS X. [Classic: 3.1 MB; Mac OS X: 3.0 MB]
ZDNet\'s Evan Leibovitch, who recently called Apple \"open source\'s black hole\" for its stance toward the open source community, now admits that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has endorsed the Apple Public Source License, which it includes with its open source Darwin distribution, as an official open source license. However, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) retains its stance that the license is non-free, due to a clause that requires users to publish (and register with Apple) not only code that they change and redistribute, but code that is changed and only used internally.
ACD Systems and P&A have jointly announced an agreement to distribute all major ACD titles, including ACDSee 1.5 for the Mac, in over 300 retail store across Japan. ACDSee 1.5 for Mac is an image viewer, browser, manager and multimedia player.
Calindock 1.0.2 is a maintenance release of the dockling for Mac OS X that places a monthly calendar in the operating system\'s dock.
Extension Overload 5.8.3 is a maintenance release of the $20 utility that now provides information on 4,700 control panels, extensions, control strip modules, and contextual menu modules.
Terra Soft Solutions has announced that Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 has reached golden master and will be available in approximately two weeks. The Linux solution for PowerPC processors includes a new graphical installer, a simplified booting procedure, the KDE 2.1 desktop, kernels 2.2.19 and 2.4.4, XFree86 4.0.2, Mozilla, Open Office, Java, and a simplified setup procedure for Mac-On-Linux, which allows the entire Mac OS to be run inside of Linux.
Architosh has posted reports on aircraft design software and VRML solutions for the Mac.
MailBurst 2.1.3 is a new version of the add-on utility for EIMS and SIMS that adds group mail files (similar to EIMS\' send to mailing list feature) so users can forward mail to a single address in MailBurst to more than 255 users. Users who purchased or upgraded MailBurst after January 1, 1998 can upgrade to version 2.1.3 for free, while earlier purchasers can upgrade for $200 (or half-price, $99 until May 31).
Office 2001: The Missing Manual is a new $30 guide book for Microsoft\'s productivity suite, which ships without a manual. The book begins by covering the basics of the suite\'s four programsWord, Entourage, Excel, and Powerpointand then delves into the more advanced and less frequently used features of each program.
With the release of FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Mac OS X, Waves in Motion has released Carbonized versions of four of its most popular FileMaker Pro plug-ins: oAzium Events 3.0, oAzium Date & Time 3.0, oAzium String Functions 2.0, and oAzium Portal Filter 1.0.
Liquid Audio has released Liquid Player Five 5.1, a new version of its music player for the Mac. Version 5.1 lets users stream, download, purchase, playback, and burn audio CDs. The application\'s FastTrack Security lets users purchase and download copyright-protected music from major and independent record labels through leading online retailers.
The 18 students of a one-room schoolhouse in Brothers, Oregon each have access to an Apple iBook, equipped with AirPort, and wireless, high-speed access to the Internet. The computers were paid for by grants through Microsoft\'s Anywhere Anytime Learning Program and through local funding.
Phoenix, AZ, and its surrounding areas will play host to two Apple Stores later this year: one in the Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, and one at the Chandler Fashion Center mall in Chandler, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix. The Chandler Fashion Center is currently under construction and expected to open its doors later this year.
Over the past week MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including: Rei (Animation), Penelope Cruz (Portraits), Oasis (Music), and X-Men (Movies).
A New York Times article discusses AOL Time Warner\'s decision to switch all employees to AOL for their email, drawing parallels between employers that force workers to use PCs instead of Macs. \"I tried to say I could design better or faster or more efficiently on the Mac,\" says one worker quoted in the article, \"But it wasn\'t like I couldn\'t design on the PC, which was their argument.\"
Universe Games has leaked the details of ATI\'s RADEON roadmap, with specifics on ATI\'s Radeon2 and Radeon3 chips.
MacTech has launched a new career site where Mac professionals can find jobs and Mac employers can post job openings.
Morning tech news: Days after releasing FileMaker 5.5, FileMaker has announced that Handspring has purchased a site license for the software; Intels\' Pentium 4-based Xeon processor is expected to hit 2.4 GHz next year; Eazel, a company that was working on making the Linux interface more Mac-like, has closed its doors; and Sony and Real have partnered to bring streaming audio and video to the PlayStation 2.
A new post-v0.9 build of Fizilla 5/14, the Carbon version of the open-source, Mozilla browser project, is available online.
Deep Sky\'s BASh v1.5.6 is an updated 4th Dimension component that provides several utility functions for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space and encoding and cryptography routines. It includes \"important\" bug fixes as well as the documentation module, z_Library, as a separate 4D Insider library.
Waves in Motion has released Carbonized versions of its FileMaker plug-ins for use with the recently released FileMaker 5.5, including oAzium Events 3.0 (trigger scripts, open/close databases--$90), oAzium Date & Time 3.0 (date/time functions--$50), oAzium String Functions 2.0 (complex string manipulation--$50), and oAzium Portal Filter 1.0 (text filter for fields--$50).
Yesterday Apple announced that it would open 25 retail stores across the U.S. in 2001, beginning with stores in McLean, VA and Glendale, CA on May 19. Other reports included the looming introduction of \".info\" and \".biz\", a new relationship between Apple and UCLA, Sonnet\'s price drops, Apple\'s new iBook TV ads, the P5 glove, the world\'s fastest Mac cluster, and Epson\'s new PhotoPC 3100Z digital camera. Software releases included IomegaWare 3.0, REALbasic 3.2, and iMap 1.0 for Mac OS X.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.4 ( -2.7 )
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