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Fortune explores the astronomical height of executive compensation in \"The Great CEO Pay Heist,\" including Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who took home last year\'s largest package valued at $381 million. Jobs was also the recipient of a $872 million options grant, the largest ever. Officially, however, Jobs is paid $1 per year by the company. Update: MacNN has learned that an expanded version of the article will appear as the cover story in the July 2nd edition of Fortune Magazine, with Steve Jobs gracing the cover.
Ryan G. notes that Fortune\'s Stewart Alsop has purchased his first Mac in yearsa PowerBook G4 Titaniumand is considering switching back to the Mac, after convincing his partners to go Windows in 1996. His consideration stems from the fact that he has been able to use the machine effectively very quickly after purchasing it, including connecting a digital camera without problems, using a wireless network via AirPort, and connecting to Windows-based networks using DAVE.
Tribeworks has released iShell 2.2, a new version of its cross-platform multimedia authoring tool. Enhancements over iShell 2.0 include HTML 2 support, improvements to the smart caching mechanism, and enhancements to iShell\'s database feature. iShell 2.2 has been enhanced†to better support QuickTime 5.
Prentice Hall PTR has announced the publication of \"Mac OS X Web Server Handbook,\" a guide book by David L. Hart that helps the reader serve high-performance Web sites using Apple\'s latest operating system. The book, available from sources such as Amazon.com for $32, covers topics such as Web server setup, database integration, XHTML,†XML, and e-commerce.
TechWorks has reduced pricing on its 802.11b (Wi-Fi) Wireless AirStations, which now range from $189 to $269, and the AirStation wireless PCMCIA card at $100. All of the company\'s Wireless AirStations are configured through the Web browser.
Gathering of Developers has unveiled its official Max Payne Web site, which provides information, a FAQ, the E3 trailer, and new screenshots of the third-person action game coming to the Mac and PC. Max Payne for the Mac will be published by MacSoft; a release date has not been set.
Galleon Software\'s PowerTicker 2.1.1 is a maintenance release of the stock tracking utility, which clears up issues with some of the sources used for obtaining current prices.
Iomega has announced it will close its manufacturing plant in Roy, Utah and lay off 110 employees in an effort to cut costs. Iomega will move all production to its plant in Penang, Malaysia, where it already does most of its manufacturing. Product development and testing will still occur in Roy, however.
Gideon Softworks has released Dock-It 0.1, a $10 Finder enhancement utility for Mac OS X that adds a drive/favorite bar dock and an optional shelf for file operations.
Both Epson and Mitsubishi have introduced three new projectors: Epson\'s PowerLite 800p, 810p, and 600p; and Mitsubishi\'s X500, X490, and S490. The two companies collaborated on the development of new color management technology for the projectors.
Princeton Graphic Systems today introduced the Ai3.2HD, a 32\" viewable, flat-screen multi-scan CRT and NTSC TV/computer monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The $3500 TV/monitor has integrated Ch.1 interactive entertainment services for enhanced TV and internet functionality (built-in 56k modem or via Ethernet) and includes an integrated keyboard/remote/pointing device. It also supports VGA, SVGA and XGA resolutions and includes a built-in NTSC tuner, USB ports and a RS-232C serial communications port.
Netopia\'s Timbuktu is being used by a staff of one to help troubleshoot \"between 800 and 900 computers, ranging from 90s-era PowerMac 5200s to the latest PowerMac G4s, in computer labs as far as 18 miles from the office\" and is also providing local schools access to scientific data collected from the unique Nature Area in Sunnyvale (CA), which is home to several biological communities.
Freeverse Software has released a Carbonized version of CrossCards 2.0 for Classic and Mac OS X, a $15 game that blends elements of Scrabble and poker. Players score points for making flushes, full-houses, and three-of-a-kinds, and increase points by placing cards on Double and Triple score tiles. Boards and decks are fully customizable.
A ZDNet commentary notes Apple\'s unabated desire in \"rattling legal sabers\" against everybody from Mac enthusiasts developing software to larger corporations designing/manufacturing iMac knockoffs: \"I\'ve got reservations about Apple\'s eagerness to go after small fish apparently motivated by genuine enthusiasm for its brand; I have few qualms, though, about its handling of mock Macs.\"
Archos Technology has introduced the Archos Jukebox HD-MP3 Recorder, a 12.3 oz MP3 recorder and player with a 6 GB hard drive, which can record up to 100 hours of high-quality music or 500 hours of voice recordings.
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 1.2.6, a new version of its $60 Carbonized dynamic email merge software for the Mac. Version 1.2.6 adds support for importing recipients from Now Contact, support for conditional statements in HTML messages, a return receipt feature, and internal text processing optimizations.
ConceptDraw Viewer 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of the free utility for Classic and Mac OS X that lets users view and print ConceptDraw documents.
Intego\'s Internet filtering application, ContentBarrier 1.2.1, updates filters, fixes a filtering speed bug, and fixes a bug that caused the deletion of users. A Mac OS X-compatible version is expected in Q3 2001.
Bare Feats compares the speed of FireWire between the new Dual USB iBook and the PowerBook G4, which shows that the new iBook is nearly twice as fast as the PowerBook G4 when using one of the latest FireWire hard drives. \"This seems to reinforce my theory: There was an engineering faux pas on the Titanium because they did NOT test it with the newest FireWire drives.\"
Lemke Software\'s GraphicConverter 4.0.8 is a new version of the popular graphics application for Classic and Mac OS X. The new version adds dozens of improvements and bug fixes, including improved performance under Mac OS X, improved QuickTime image import, and several new import options such as FreeHand 10 preview, LOGO, and PGPF. [Classic: 2.8 MB; Carbon: 3.1 MB; 68K: 2.2 MB]
Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1 is the latest preview version of the Web browser and integrated e-mail client. The new version includes improved performance and stability, a new modern theme, improved Instant Messenger, support for LDAP, a new mail interface, and an integrated Personal Security Manager 2.0.
eZediaMX 2.1 is a $200 media integration application that let users receive, generate, modify, edit, recreate, reformat, and re-present any and all digital media. The new version adds more precise control over editing animation paths, a new default object well, and enhanced integrated help. A 30-day trial version is available online.
Xirlink, Inc. has introduced a new consumer brand name, Veo (Vey-o), for its line of digital camera products. The Veo product line will ultimately support the Mac OS.
Connexion by Boeing has teamed up with American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta to offer in-flight Internet service in a total of 1,500 planes beginning in the second half of 2002, according to c|net. Offering speeds of 5 mbps for incoming and 1 mbps for outgoing (depending on the number of Internet users on each flight), the service will cost approximately $20 per hour.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures, including Alley Baggett (Power Mac G4s), Eve: Temptation (Art), and Think Blue (iBooks).
Architosh reports on ETShade, a cross-platform modelling and rendering application from Japan-based ExpressionTools that has been steadily gaining marketshare in Asia.
FrontBase has officially announced its FrontBase Adaptor for WebObjects 5, an OS X plug-in that lets WebObjects 5 developers use FrontBase relational database servers in their applications. It supports all of the features of EOModeler, such as table creation, schema synchronization and reverse engineering of models and also customizes table maintenance statements for SQL 92 compliance. A beta is available now and a final release is due later this month.
Glass Bead Software\'s SnapMail 3.0.4 is an update to its intra-office Macintosh messaging software that fixes a number of small bugs and increases stability.
Sustainable Softworks\' security application IPNetSentry v1.1.1 adds the ability to perform a trace route (using IPNetMonitor) on an intruder\'s IP address when an intrusion alert appears. [form]
BatControls 1.0 allows you to schedule multiple (up to 4) commands or script files to execute on a user specified time period. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader Scott Nichol notes that he was prompted for a few \"Web Service\" updates to his Acrobat Reader 5 (under OS X), including Create Adobe PDF Online and Search Adobe PDF Online components: \"not sure what they are exactly or how i put them to good use, but i seem to remember some disparity between OS X versions and other versions of acrobat reader.\"
Christopher Owens forwarded NEC\'s tech support response to his inquiry on OS X support for his NEC SuperScript 1400 Laser Printer: \"NEC is currently developing drivers for MacOS X. Currently there is no ETA on when they might be available.\"
Adaptec today announced it is shipping its USB2connect 5100, a six-port USB 2.0 host bus adapter that can attach multiple USB 1.1 and high-speed USB 2.0 devices to both PCs and Macs. The $100 PCI card has five external ports and one internal port and is bundled with a 10-foot USB 2.0 cable.
O\'Reilly\'s AppleScript in a Nutshell book is billed as a \"complete reference for AppleScript [that] provides detailed coverage of the latest updates and improvements in AppleScript Version 1.4 and beyond, on Mac OS 9 as well as the new Mac OS X.\" A chapter of the $30 book is available online.
Goldman Sachs says it expects \"material outperformance by Apple over the next few months based on anticipated in-line results in an environment where peers are disappointing and where some expect Apple to disappoint.\" The report says the company\'s new product lineup will allow them to buck industry trends with a possible upside of 25-30% in the next six months. Meanwhile, another analyst warns: \"Don\'t Be Surprised by an Apple Warning.\" [RealPlayer needed]
APS has posted APS PowerTools 6.4.2, a free update to its driver-level software. The new version adds an option to choose a specific driver for FireWire drives (Apple, Adaptec, or APS), brings support for arrays (RAID 0) of over 1.2 TB, and has improved SCSI driver reliability.
Dr. Bott is now shippping its DVIator, which allows users with older DVI-based video cards to use newer ADC displays. The $150 device combines DVI video, USB and external power for connection to Apple\'s ADC 15\", 17\" and 22\" flat panel displays.
Quit CSM 2.1.1 is a maintenance release of the Control Strip module that can quit (and restart) running applications, including the Finder. The $5 shareware is now available in Spanish as well as English, Japanese, German, Dutch, French, and Italian.
WestCiv today released Layout Master 1.0, its $50 HTML + CSS web page layout editor for \"working quickly and intuitively with HTML elements and the CSS positioning properties.\" A demo is available online.
Orange Micro announced that it is shipping its OrangeLink+ USB 2.0/FireWire Combo PCI Board, which supports USB 2.0 transfers at data rates of 480 Mbits/secalmost 40 times faster than current USB 1.1 peripherals. The $130 OrangeLink+ has four (4) USB 2.0 ports and three (3) FireWire ports and supports OS X.
Steve Kovs writes that Adaptec has released a new 39160 v1.2 firmware that \"has some open firmware fixes for compatibility with G4 (still no Deep Sleep though).\"
Adobe yesterday announced PageMaker 7.0 and Symantec announced OS X versions of its products. Other reports included photos from an Apple Store site in Columbus (OH), strong legal tactics by Apple against OS X theme designers and The Church of Satan, new PowerBook cases from Willow Designs, updated virus definitions for the AS Simpson worm, and Verbatim\'s 24X CD-R discs. Software updates included Font Reserve 2.6, Plugin Galaxy 1.02, Propellerhead\'s ReCycle 2.0 \"groovemaker,\" the free RPC Reporter 1.0 security utility, and BBEdit Lite 6.1.1.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe