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Twangfest webcast live via QuickTime
st3 is using Apple's QuickTime and its own streaming media technology to webcast bluegrass, honky-tonk and rock performances live as they occur at Twangfest, an annual "celebration of great Americana music" that runs June 7-9.
The Washington Post reviews new iBook
The Washington Post praises the new iBook's lightweight design and low cost, but questions whether a 5-hour battery life is actually achievable with even light use and notes its "smallish hard drive" as the laptop's one real shortfall.
Total Recall releases Search & Rescue Mac 1.0
Total Recall Software has released Search & Rescue Mac 1.0, a $200 data recovery tool that can recover both HFS+ and Mac OS X HFS+ disks in OS 9; a native Mac OS X version is currently in development and will be released when finished.
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Extension Overload 5.8.4: Deciphers system
Extension Overload 5.8.4 is a maintenance release of the informational resource that offers detailed information on 4807 extensions, control panels, control strip modules, and contextual menu items in your system.
Mozilla 0.9.1 improves stability of browser
The Mozilla Organization has released Mozilla 0.9.1, a new version of its open-source Web browser. Version 0.9.1 adds a completely overhauled modern skin, improved stability, a new status bar that combines the taskbar and statusbar into one toolbar, typedown addressing against an LDAP server, bi-directional text support, and other improvements. The build is released for testing purposes only.
Shockwave3D exporter for LightWave 3D 6.5
NewTek has released a public beta version of its Shockwave3D exporter for LightWave 3D 6.5. The tool allows users to export LightWave 3D models and scenes into ShockWave3D format for use with Macromedia Director.
Bare Feats: GeForce3 vs. competition
Bare Feats compares NVIDIA's GeForce3 to the GeForce2 MX and ATI's Radeon in a test of speed in Quake III: Arena and Adobe Photoshop.
Steve Wozniak wins Visionary Award
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, was awarded a Visionary Award by The Software Development Forum (SDForum) at the Fourth Annual Visionary Award Celebration on June 7. The event recognizes industry leaders who not only helped to create the high technology industry but also used their talents to enhance their communities.
Revered for his technical wizardry, his low-key style, and his zeal for challenging convention, "Woz" now focuses on community support. He helped fund the Tech Museum and the Children's Discovery Museum, and he spends countless hours showing schoolchildren how to use computers and think creatively. He has donated computers, servers and Internet access in Silicon Valley and the USSR, and he generously supports the arts and humanities. Although Steve and Apple parted years ago, he still evangelizes and owns stock in the company.
GameSpot: Myst III: Exile Game Guide
GameSpot has published a Myst III: Exile Game Guide, offering both puzzle hints and complete walkthrough sections in an effort to avoid spoiling plot twists and game elements for those that only need "a nudge in the right direction."
Font Catalog 2.3 now Carbonized for OS X
Font Catalog 2.3, a $5 shareware program that prints out a paper catalog of fonts, is now Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X.
eWeek: Mac OS 9.2 coming soon
eWeek reports on the forthcoming release of Mac OS 9.2, code-named Moonlight, which is winding down its development cycle and expected to be released with little fanfare in the coming weeks. The update will improve its stability and performance when used as the Classic layer of Mac OS X, and will include a slew of bug fixes and support for new Apple hardware.
Eudora 5.1b16: Email client for OS X
Eudora 5.1b16 is a new version of QUALCOMM's e-mail client for Mac OS X. The new version resizes the toolbar button customization dialog, enables the horizontal zoom button in the Address Book, includes modified settings in "Insert System Configuration", sends inline signatures when threading is turned off, and fixes a dozen bugs.
Pixar, Apple release Monsters, Inc. trailer
Pixar Animation Studios and Apple (both headed by CEO Steve Jobs) have released the movie trailer for "Monsters, Inc.," the upcoming animated film from Pixar and Disney. The movie features the voice talents of James Coburn, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and other well-known actors. "Monsters, Inc." is Pixar's fourth animated film, following the phenomenal successes of "Toy Story", "Toy Story 2", and "A Bug's Life".
Thoth 1.2.2: Carbonized newsreader
Thoth 1.2.2 is a new version of the $25 Carbonized shareware newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher. The new version adds a File Mappings Editor, restores the ability to use all available news server connections for queued transfers, support for long file names with uuencode files on Mac OS X, and other improvements and bug fixes.
Painting 2.0.2 fixes bugs in painting app
Painting 2.0.2 is a maintenance release of Sarwat Khan's $20 shareware graphics program, which features all the standard paint tools, plus special effects, support for multiple file formats, customized color sets, graphics tablet support, intelligent 32-bit icon creation for documents, and more.
eKiosk 1.1: Securing your kiosk
eKiosk 1.1 (formerly eManager Pro) is a $100 tool that secures a Mac from users in public spaces, including the look and functions of Internet Explorer, blocking access to the Finder, blocking the CD-ROM, hiding the menu bar, and more. Version 1.1 eliminates the floating pallette.
Sonnet reduces price on FireWire/USB IO card
Java 2 in OS X showcased at JaveOne
San Francisco's JavaOne conference offered the first opportunity for Apple to highlight its full Java 2 Standard Edition 1.3 support, including the client version of the HotSpot virtual machine offered in OS X.
Unconfirmed reports of new AppleScript virus
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) has recognized a new Mac worm as MacSimpsons@mm and classifies it as not particularly malicious. A full list of its known functions as well as how to remove the worm are available from SARC.
Zcast.tv: Linux gives Mac users choice
Matthew Rothenberg's commentary, titled "Linux's place in the Macintosh world," says Linux has a dual role: It gives new life to old Macs and drives Mac sales among users who would rather not switch operating systems.
IBM intros new PPC chips, due in 2003
IBM's new forthcoming "strained silicon" technology adds a "lattice-like layer of IBM's silicon-germanium blend to the chip, which helps to increase the efficiency of its transistors. The technique will give a 35 percent performance boost to high-end PowerPC processors used in servers and will significantly reduce the power consumption of chips used in handheld devices." The new chips will be used in IBM servers around 2003 in speeds ranging from 4GHz to 5GHz. Meanwhile, the article notes that PowerPC chips for consumer and networking purposes will hit 1GHz "later this year."
QMedical 1.0: medical imaging plug-in for 4D
Escape Information Services has announced QMedical 1.0b, a medical imaging plug-in for the 4th Dimension RDBMS/RAD/WEB application development environment that provides a plug-in area and programming interface for handling DICOM or other medical images. It is currently in beta testing. [site not responding]
MegaSeg 2.0: new real-time beat mixing
Fidelity Media's MegaSeg 2.0 is a major upgrade to its Mac DJ software, which now offers real-time beat mixing, an improved interface, automatic or manual cross-fades, and video support via QuickTime. It also offers extensive search functions and support for multiple sound output devices as well as USB-based input. Version 2.0 is available for $30 off the regular price of $150 through July 1st. Upgrades are $50.
PassMan 1.01 uses RC4 to secure passwords
Freeware util for viewing system docs
The freeware manpage viewer manThor 1.0 for OS X offers the ability to view the UNIX manpages (system documentation) without the terminal: "The pages can be printed or saved as a PDF file, while manThor is available from inside every other Cocoa application through services to offer a convenient way to access the UNIX documentation when needed."
Theme utils for OS X get updated
Colin Cornaby has released XMorph Public Preview 1.1, a "simple-to-develop-for theme changer for Mac OS X. This version corrected a major bug which kept the theme changer for using some custom themes... XMorph full is due soon. I am experimenting with root-less use right now." [XPP, TB]
Apple TIL: two different OS X CDs available
Apple's Tech Info Library notes two different circulating OS X CDs, warning that users should not "mix and match" the versions on each CD: " If you want to install versions of Mac OS X from each CD, partition your hard disk and install each version of Mac OS X 10.0 on a different partition. Do not install a version of Mac OS X from one CD over a version of Mac OS X from the other CD."
Roundup: Apple nabs educational win
Yesterday FlexWare International announced plans to bring FlexWare Accounting to Mac OS X. Other reports included the GM milestone of Summoner, ABC's television adaptation of "You Don't Know Jack," the TiBag carrying case, shipment of the Que! LS-240 SuperDisk, a major educational win for Apple, a new 5400 rpm 48 GB HD for PowerBook G3/G4s, an update on Maya for Mac OS X, and Sony's new digital camera and two new photo printers. Software releases included Toon Boom Studio Beta (OS X), HealthEngage Asthma 1.1, and SuperGIF 1.5.
c|net: OS X beats out Windows 2000
c|net's OS death match: Windows 2000 vs. OS X compares the two "heavy weight" operating systems, including installation, interface, software compatibility, hardware compatibility, and internet support:
"...our panel of seven judges delivered a solid victory to the revolutionary Mac OS. We couldn't overlook the Mac's legendary installation ease and its smooth hardware integration--most notably, digital video media such as cameras and videocameras, thanks to its FireWire support. ...Yes, OS X harbors serious some serious software compatibility shortcomings. But OS X's industrywide standards and Unix core will likely deliver the same variety of Mac apps that Windows now enjoys. In the meantime, OS X has power and compatibility where it really counts."
Sonnet updates Crescendo/7200 v1.01 driver
Sonnet's Crescendo/7200 v1.01 driver extends virtual memory support from 256MB to 1 GB, improves RAM parameters to make the memory system more robust, adds support for the Tempo Ultra ATA66 adapter, and makes other changes. The extension is still incompatible with Ram Doubler, Virtual PC, and Mac OS 9.1 and limits physical memory to 384 MB on the 7200 card and 128 MB on the motherboard.
KeyPad 2.06: password, info app now for OS X
Lazy Mountain Software's Key Pad 2.0.6 is an update to its popular shareware ($10) personal account information and password database program. Version 2.06 includes an improved password generator and is now available as a Carbon application.
\'Smart Tags\' debate prompted by Windows XP
A new "Smart Tags" feature in Windows XP will reportedly allow Internet Explorer to "re-edit anybody's site, without the owner's knowledge or permission, in a way that tempts users to leave and go to a Microsoft-chosen site whether or not that site offers better information."
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