Apple is now taking orders for its nVidia GeForce3 AGP graphics accelerator. The upgrade is for Mac users with existing G4 systems that wish to upgrade to the newest nVidia accelerator. The GeForce3 Video Card Kit is only available for Apple\'s latest Power Mac G4 systems with 4X AGP slots. Currently the video upgrade is listed as having 10-day availability.
StimpSoft\'s Son of Weather Grok 3.6 fixes several bugs in the freeware application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world using NOAA\'s database.
Intego\'s Internet filtering application, ContentBarrier 1.2, fixes a few bugs, adds a control strip login feature, updates the filters, improves performance, and adds the ability to \"trust\" certain applications for access to the Internet.
FinderPatch 3.01, now updated for OS 9.1, adds several enhancements to the Finder, including keybboard command keys, a new Quit Finder menu, Finder memory adjustment, and other minor tweaks to standard Finder operations.
Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of Apple\'s new Stores. The movie features Steve Jobs, Apple\'s CEO, walking us through the stores, showing us the products on display and making us aware of the different stations to be found. The movie lasts about three minutes, and is a big download but if you have the patience or bandwidth, I\'d highly recommend it.
Apple is looking to employ full-time and part-time sales associate, store manager, assistant manager and Mac Genius positions for the company\'s new Apple stores. New stores are scheduled to open in 25 locations around the U.S. Not all locations have been announced, but Apple is currently hiring in ten new locations. Stores expected to open in the near term are located in Albany/NY, Bloomington/MN, Buffalo/NY, Columbus/OH, Germantown/TN, Newport Beach/CA, Palo Alto/CA, Plano/TX, Tampa/FL, and West Hartford/CT. Each location varies in openings. To see the job listings, go to the site and navigate the Worldwide Jobs search button.
Apple announced the release of Mac OS X Server v. 2.0 at the World Wide Developer\'s Conference yesterday. The new version of Mac OS X Server sports the Aqua interface and merges the ease of use of AppleShare IP with the power and features of Mac OS X Server.
The 1394 [FireWire] Trade Association today introduced the new 1394b specification, the updated version of the industry\'s most important multimedia bus. Increased speeds will move the bar up to 1.6 Gigabits per second and then on to 3.2 Gigabits per second. Also in this news piece is the addition of a new arbitration technology.
VSE My Privacy 1.5 is a new version of the $20 security tool and password manager that allows users to store and organize their confidential data in a safe place. Version 1.5 lets users add and remove categories in which the data should be stored, and contains other minor improvements.
Selznick Scientific Software has released PasswordWallet 2.4, a new version of its $15 Carbonized software for securely storing usernames, passwords, PIN numbers, combinations, and notes. The software can also sync with a Palm OS-based handheld device. Version 2.4 restructures windows, menus, and dialogs for an improved interface on Mac OS X, enhances the \"Find\" function, and adds other minor improvements and bug fixes.
Toon Boom Technologies, which develops 2D animation software for film and television studios such as Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, has released a beta version of Toon Boom Studio, a suite of Web animation tools, for Mac OS X. The animation tool allows artists to complete the entire Web animation process, from conception to the final product, and allows users to synchronize a soundtrack to drawings and produce compact files using an optimizes .swf rendering engine. Toon Boom Studio will retail for $500, but is available for $300 through June 20.
Tomorrow at Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), VMGEAR will demonstrate its Optimizeit Profiler 4.0 running on Mac OS X for the first time during the \"Java Development Tools\" session. The Java-based language profiling tool enables Java technology developers to understand and solve performance issues such as memory leaks, excessive object allocation, inefficient algorithms and unproductive processor use in their Java programs. Optimizeit Profiler 4.0 will be released for Mac OS X later this year. Pricing starts at $500.
Digimarc and the TWAIN Working Group have released a pre-release version of the TWAIN interface API that allows Mac OS X application developers to acquire images from scanners and digital cameras. The two organizations have collaborated for the past year to develop the Carbonized API for Mac OS X. The pre-release version will soon ve available from the TWAIN Working Group Web site.
Microsoft has issued a security bulletin for many recent versions of Microsoft Word, including Microsoft Word 98 and Microsoft Word 2001 for the Mac. The security vulnerability appears in the instance where a Rich Text Format (RTF) file is linked to a template and the user opens the RTF file. Word will check the RTF file for macros, but it will not check the template. Therefore, a hacker could embed a macro in the template linked to the RTF file that changes data, communicates with web sites, reformats the hard drive, or changes the Word security settings. A patch for the vulnerability will be available shortly.
Panasonic and ESBuy.com are now shipping a $580 Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM Drive that includes both USB 1.1 (standard on today\'s Macs) and USB 2.0 connectivity. Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the drive carries a transfer rate of 22.16 Mb/sec and reads CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video discs at 24x speed. It also reads DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs at 6x speed.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and chief software henchman Avi Tevanian went out of their way to acknowledge performance concerns about OS X in a marathon keynote yesterday. Jobs cited that performance was top of the list of features both users and developers wanted to see fixed. The news article points out that OS X is not slow but that elements, like the OS\'s finder application, require optimization before OS X\'s speed advantages can really be seen.
Aspyr Media has announced that it will release Tomb Raider: The Trilogy in the next few weeks. The compilation of the first three games will include Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Gold, Tomb Raider II, The Gold Mask (never released on CD), Tomb Raider III and The Lost Artifact (never before released on the Mac). The compilation will also include new high-res movies, an integrated installer for all games, and the latest updates for each game. Tomb Raider: The Trilogy will be made available for preorder for $30 beginning early next week.
Just as Apple Co-Founder and CEO Steve Jobs conducted a \"fireside chat\" with attendees of Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will host a \"fireside chat\" with developers at the annual MacHack conference in Dearborn, Michigan. The conference begins on June 21 and runs for 72 hours non-stop.
Waves in Motion has introduced oAzium FileTools, a $50 plug-in for FileMaker Pro that adds powerful file manipulation and interaction to databases. The plug-in allows users to import and export data as any format, generate web-ready product catalogs that update with a single click, and automate complicated relational import/export processes.
Catering to customers in the networking-equipment realm, Motorola announced a new, lower-power version of its top-rated PowerPC chip Monday. The new chip, dubbed PowerPC 7440, was announced along with a flurry of other new networking-oriented chips at the Motorola semiconductor product sector\'s Smart Networks Developers Forum in New Orleans on Monday.
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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