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.
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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