Speculation is abound that Palm is now ripe for an acquisition, including a c|net article that places Apple, IBM, and Sony at the top of the list of possible suitors. Upon Steve Jobs\' return to Apple three years ago, he tried to buy Palm from 3Com but was unsuccessful. In an interview published last month in Fortune magazine, Jobs lavished praise on Palm and elegantly neglected to answer when asked if he was still interested in the handheld computer maker.
Opus Software has released Goldberg 2.1.3, a freeware Carbonized image and movie viewer with image editing capabilities and support for applying QuickTime and other effects. Version 2.1.3 adds window menu rules following the OS X Guidelines and other minor improvements and fixes. [Classic, Carbon: 673 KB; Mac OS X: 817 KB]
Bare Feats compares the Dual USB iBook to the 400 and 500 MHz Titanium G4 in raw performance speed with Photoshop, Cinema 4D, FileMaker Pro, and Quake III: Arena.
Opera, the small and performance-savvy browser for the classic Mac OS, is reportedly being ported to Mac OS X. According to the browser\'s developer and independent tests, the carbon version of Opera running on Mac OS X is faster than the Mac OS 9 version. Opera 5 for Mac OS X should be available in beta form in the course of two months, according to sources.
Totally Hip Software has begun shipping LiveStage Professional 3, a new version of its QuickTime authoring environment software. The new version supports QuickTime 5 and has been fully Carbonized for native support under Mac OS X.
NETsettings.com has posted Nokia Contact Sender 1.0, a free (Carbonized) utility that transfers names and phone numbers to your Nokia 8260 (AT&T TDMA) mobile phone as well as Eudora Address Importer v3.02, which transfers Netscape Communicator 4.x addresses to a Eudora 5.0 address book under both OS 9 and OS X. [NCS--635KB, EAI--533KB]
TechRTA 1.0 is a new (Carbonized) visual plug-In for Apple\'s iTunes that implements a stereo realtime analyzer: \"[it] provides faster transient response, a bigger, more visually engaging display, and more options than the built-in \'thumbnail\' RTA of iTunes.\" A free version offers 10-band analysis, while a 31-band version is $4. [Classic, Carbon--140KB]
Andrew R. and Reid S. both noted a photo of U.S. National Spelling Bee Champion Sean Conley, who was photographed with his father wearing a Mac OS X t-shirt. (A Star Tribune article identifies Sean\'s father as Mike Conley, a software programming engineer at Apple.)
Dean Davis\' WeatherMan and WeatherManX 1.0 Beta download current weather conditions, current weather forecasts and NexRad radar images from the National Weather Service. The current version expires on July 1, 2001. [Classic: 1.3 MB; Carbon: 1.8 MB]
O\'Reilly & Associates have released its first two books on OS X application development: Learning Carbon (online chapter) introduces the developer to key concepts and offers hands-on instructions on implementaation of essential application tasks; Learning Cocoa (online chapter) offers a discussion of object-oriented programming concepts and a series of gradually more complex tutorials for application development. Each book is $35.
Palm has hired Todd Bradley, former executive vice president of global operations at Gateway Inc., to be executive vice president and chief operating officer. The company also announced that it is laying off 300 employees, and tried to allay investor fears by saying that its m500 series is selling well in the United States and has just begun selling internationally.
Calindock 1.1.0, a new version of critical matter\'s free Mac OS X dockling that displays a monthly calendar in the dock, adds a complete rewrite for improved reliability, a preference for beginning the week on either Sunday or Monday, new country localization features, and alleviation of the calendar being \"double drawn\".
Mitch M. notes that while Apple has eliminated all CRT monitors from the Apple Store (in line with its move to an all-LCD display lineup last month), education customers can still order a 17\" Mitsubishi Diamond Plus Monitor (Apple part # T3525LL/A) for $259.
Propellerhead Software\'s Reason 1.01, a popular virtual instrument and sequencing program, includes a much improved ASIO implementation and improved file handling. ReFill Packer 1.0, also released today, lets you build your own ReFill files for sharing Samples, loops and synth patches with other users.\"
Mac2Mac allows you to control another Mac over TCP/IP, offering the ability to upload/download files, control server mouse and keyboard, look server screen, restart, shut down, etc. Version 0.2 of the Server includes a new Rev 2 protocol with new instructions, activity logging, and other enhancements to the open-source client/server package. [Client, Server]
Niep! Preview Release 3.0 is the initial public beta version of the MP3 and multimedia player for Mac OS X. The application features support for various audio, video, and graphic files, nested playlists, automatic fade in/out, cue and pause mode, speed, pan, and bass/treble controls, track volume control, full screen support for movies/graphics, slide-show mode, skins, and more.
Architosh reports on Microspot\'s release of MacDraft 5.0, an update to Map Resources that adds new features and functionality, and facility management software for the Mac.
VueScan 7.0.25 is a new version of Hamrick Software\'s Carbonized film scanner that offers batch processing, automatic color-balancing, cropping, and more. Version 7.0.25 adds support for the Nikon SA-30 roll film adapter, fixes problems with various scanners, and adds a \'vers\' resource.
Ubi Soft Entertainment has announced that the third game in the Myst series, Myst III: Exile, sold more than 75,000 units in its first two weeks alone. The game topped the charts in both unit sales and dollar sell-through for the first two weeks of May, according to PC Data. Myst was first introduced on the Mac in 1993, and went on to become the best-selling computer game of all time.
Adobe Save As XML 5.0 is a plugin for Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or higher that allows users to save content from a PDF file into XML, various forms of HTML, or text.
During the month of June, Canon will include a coupon for obtaining a free Microtech ZiO! with its Elura 2MC, ZR 25MC and ZR 30MC digital video camcorders.
Open Prolog 1.1b3, a new version of the Mac implementation of the Open Prolog language interpreter, fixes a number of user interface issues, incorporates the Apple Help system, repairs a few bugs and makes Open Prolog compatible with the the Mac OS X Classic environment. In addition, AppleScript procedures can now be called from Open Prolog.
ResExcellence has published a tutorial to creating a dedicated swap partition for Mac OS X, which is intended to \"cut down on hard disk thrashing and speed system performance.\"
OmniWeb 4.0.1 has been released. The latest version of OmniGroup\'s Mac OS X web browser includes enhancements for compatibility with French and German sites, support for Java keyboard input, better CSS compatibility, more plug-in functionality, performance gains thanks to the plugging of a memory leak, and various other bug fixes.
Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd. will present the first full-scale demonstration of products using the Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1, a wireless standard that is being implemented in mobile devices, notebook computers, and other devices. In the demonstration, images captured from a CCD camera will be wirelessly transferred to 18 different monitors. The demo will take place at the Bluetooth Congress 2001, to be held June 5-8.
Arturia has released a Mac version of Storm 1.5, its $225 musical composition studio. It features an \"ergonomic reshaping\" of the interface (including the addition of a menu bar), new graphics, multilingual localization/documentation (French, English, German, Japanese), ASIO driver support, better VST compatibility, and 20 bundled modules, including Orpheus.
SpeakTime 2.0 is a $15 shareware Carbon application which \"allows your mac to speak a user specified phrase on start up, speak the time at different intervals specifying the voice and volume, and announce any number of custom phrases at user specified times and dates with custom voice and volume.\"
LaCie will be showcasing its previously announced FireWire external DVD-R/CD-RW combo drive during ShowBiz Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. The $1000 drive is expected to ship in June.
June Virus definition updates are available from both Symantec and Network Associates. [NAV--1.5MB, Virex--2.1MB]
BusinessWeek online talks about lure of Cocoa programming environment and its role in the success of OS X: \"What has excited Mac developers isn\'t so much OS X\'s stunning graphical interface but the ease with which they can write new programs in Cocoa, OS X\'s native application environment. Apple, stealing a page from Microsoft, has written a set of easy-to-use software-development tools for Cocoa that turn the language into something like a set of Legos. Programs can be snapped together in minutes.\"
Readers are reporting that Apple\'s Java virtual machine, MRJ 2.2.5, is now available via the Software Update Control Panel under Mac OS 9 and via the Web. Version 2.2.5 addresses several problems affecting JAR caching, network behavior and users of 2-byte international systems. [updated]
Evological today released updates to its applications for Classic and OS X: CoolCam 1.9 adds a \'Disable Video Preview\' setting to its $20 shareware webcam application. [724KB] VideoScope 1.3 fixes a bug in the software waveform and vectorscope. The $30 shareware performs realtime luminance and chrominance analysis of any video source, QuickTime movie or still image. [1.6MB] BrightnessRocker 1.2 adds the ability to quickly toggle between minimum and maximum brightness levels to the $5 shareware Control Strip module (Mac OS 8/9 only). [168KB]
Griffin Technology has released a new version of its $35 iMic USB audio adapter (for recording and playback), which offers more output power, new support for low impedence headphones and input frequencies of 10hz-20Khz, and on-the-fly adjustment of input gain. iMic Control v1.1 software works with the new adapter and also provides output control over treble, bass, volume, balance, and mute as well as input control over audio gain.
Stone Table Software\'s organizational word processor for writers, Z-Write 1.3 Beta B, is now available as a beta download for OS X. The $20 \"non-linear\" word processor is expected to ship by Macworld Expo this summer.
Yesterday we reported on Apple\'s plans to expand its CompUSA program nationwide. Other reports included GarageGames\' V12 on the Mac, an iBook painted to match the PowerBook G4, press reviews of the new iBook, shipment of Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2, postponement of Sonnet\'s OS X installation software, and Apple\'s British Design and Art Direction awards. Software releases included OmniWeb 4.0.1, BBEdit Lite 6.1, and Rainbow Painter 2.0.1.
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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