CrushFTP 3.0b5, a Java-based FTP server, adds quotes for any directory and fixes some typos introduced in the previous version. [Classic: 320 KB; Carbon: 344 KB]
Ian Page\'s Mactracker 1.0.2 provides detailed information on every Mac ever made, including processor speed, memory, and expansion options. The new version adds the 17\" Apple Studio Display and corrections to the database. [Classic: 1.1 MB; Carbon: 1.2 MB]
Apple has released iBook Audio Update 1.0, which improves the quality of sound output on the company\'s new Dual USB iBook (released May 2001). The update is currently only available from the Software Update control panel.
Adaptec has released new beta Mac OS X drivers for three of its SCSI and Ultra160 SCSI cards: PowerDomain2930U, PowerDomain 29160/29160N, and PowerDomain 39160.
Following a long hiatus while the site was converted to PHP and MySQL, x-wares has re-opened. The site offers non-beta shareware and freeware applications for Mac OS X.
Architosh reports on new versions of the MCnurbs Creator VectorWorks plugins and Cinema 4D XL 7.
HP has released Mac OS X drivers for its entire line of DeskJet printers. The new drivers are intended as a replacement for the basic printer support that came installed with Mac OS X. However, the HP DeskJet 1.0 Drivers for Mac OS X have missing functionality compared with its Classic counterpart.
Arkaos VJ 2.1 is a new version of the visual sampler that enables the creation of real-time and recorded visuals for VJs, live performances, DJs, and businesses. Version 2.1 adds an automatic beat-matching technology, multi-layering effects and chaining, MIDI latch on/off for live performance, new real-time effects, double monitoring management, and more.
Yiminee Cribbage 1.0.2 Preview 1 for Mac OS X is a preview release of Yiminee Software\'s $10 cribbage game. Network games are currently not supported, but all other features should function properly.
Macromedia Flash 5, a cross-platform animation and design tool widely used on the Web, is now beginning to be used in television and film, according to c|net. Last week, MTV Networks signed \"Miss Muffy and the Muff Mob,\" a two-year-old Flash-based Webtoon series, to air in its fall schedule. The Emmy award-nominated opening to \"The Rosie O\'Donnell Show\" was also created using Flash.
FireWireDirect.com has introduced its new TrueTRIO FireWire PCI Host Adapter (RAID) card, which features 3 internal and 3 external connectors, 40 MB/sec transfer speed on each channel, and 3 independent bus power adapters. The card is the first of its kind to provide three fully independent channels for FireWire peripherals and devices, and is recommended for use with the company\'s FireWire RAID system, which was announced last week. The new cards will ship in mid-June for $300, although preorders are being taken now for $255.
SaveHollywood 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of the screensaver for Mac OS X that displays QuickTime movies either in normal or full screen. The software can also display Flash movies, and a directory of movies can be selected to play sequentially as a screensaver.
Adobe has released Adobe After Effects 5.0 Tryout, a trial version of its professional visual effects application for video. Adobe After Effects 5.0 features a new 3D compositing environment, new vector paint tools, the ability to animate layers hierarchically, and more. The trial version includes most of the application\'s features, but does not allow saving or exporting from the program.
SmartDisk has announced that it will consolidate operations of VST Technologies into its Naples, Florida headquarters. The consolidation and move will be finalized on November 15, 2001, and will not affect the company\'s products or plans for the introduction of new products.
AOL has acknowledged a problem in the Mac version of its software that prevents the \"IM alert\" sound from functioning. The company encourages those who are experiencing the problem to report it to AOL Mac Support at (888)265-8007.
Blizzard Entertainment has released new screenshots showing WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, its upcoming role-playing strategy game, running on Mac OS X. The game has been Carbonized for native support on the new platform and is expected to be released in early 2002.
osx.macnn.com reports on new HP DeskJet printer drivers for Mac OS X, a Carbonized version of WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, and AppleScript utilities designed for the new operating system.
Apple has begun shipping Macs equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card. GeForce3 Upgrade Kits, which are available from the Apple Store for $500, have an estimated shipping wait of 3 days.
Final Draft 5.0.4a is a new version of the screenwriting software for film, television, and theater. The new version lets users authorize the software over the web and fixes a few minor bugs. [form]
Interplay has released the E3 Trailer for Neverwinter Nights, the upcoming 3D role-playing game for Mac, PC, and Linux from the makers of Baldur\'s Gate. Developer Bioware has spent much of its recent programming efforts on Carbonizing the Mac version for native Mac OS X compatibility.
OSX Power Additions Lite 1.0b3 (formerly AEShell OSAX) is a set of AppleScript utilities for Mac OS X. The new version includes better error handling for the Shell command and new scripts, including GetMyPID.app, GetMyPID.script, Open Terminal, and StdErr.
Optigold ISP 2.7.4 is an update to the cross-platform software package that can run all business aspects of an internet service provider, including billing and server management. 2.7.4 adds barcoding on statement return stubs, native drivers for MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase, direct SQL hooks to usage databases, PCAuthorize Hub support in a multi-company environment and a few other miscellaneous items.
Iomega is recommending to all customers that downloaded Iomegaware 3.0 to revert to version 2.8. \"Use of this version of Iomegaware may result in data accessibility issues with your disk(s) when using Iomega Tools within the software.\"
Selznick Scientific has released MoonMenu 1.7, which adds support for several Full Moon Names from the Farmers\' Almanac and fixes a small registration timing problem. The shareware aapplication allows users to analyze lunar data, such as lunation, lunar phase, illumination, moon age, and upcoming quarter predictions.
According to the latest iSuppli Market Intelligence Report, Apple has been selected as the best inventory manager in the computer sector, and apparently the best overall in the technology market with only one day of inventory in the first quarter of 2001. Meanwhile, Nokia and 3Com, leaders in their own sectors, carried 40 and 44 days of inventory, respectively.
ScheduleOnline Inc., producer of a scheduling and group collaboration Web site, announced completion of a successful beta test program of its ScheduleOnline Sync for Macintosh utility. The system enables Macintosh users to synchronize their ScheduleOnline Web calendars, reminders, to-do lists and address books with those of Palm OS-based devices, such as Palm Pilots and Visors. The new Mac version is available for immediate download at http://www.scheduleonline.com.
Yesterday Vicomsoft released Internet Gateway 7.0 and SurfDoubler 7.0. Other reports included CarbonLib 1.4a1 SDK, 4D 6.7 for OS X, new Brother laser printers, and shipment of Iomega\'s Peerless drive. Software releases included XTension 3.5.9, TextSpresso 1.8.2, and AirPort Configurator 1.5.
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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