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PowerBook G4 nabs top design award
The June 21st issue of Business Week will unveil the winners of the Industrial Design Excellence Awards 2001. Among the gold-winners is Apple's PowerBook G4. "This year, crazy shapes, feature-packed techno-boxes, and wild colors are conspicuously absent among the winners. Instead, a design humanism prevailed, with designers striving to place products within people's lives rather than cram cold technology down their throats, to improve on old favorite objects rather than replace them, and to refer to the past as well as the future."
New extension for Macally iShock
L.A. Times: iBook Road Test
The Los Angeles Times has posted a follow-up story to its review of Apple's new iBook, calling it a "sturdy travel buddy" after using it extensively on the road. "After spending thousands of coach-class miles and several days on the road with the new iBook, I have only a few minor criticisms. And I have a new favorite laptop."
Adobe posts strong Q2 earnings
Adobe today announced second quarter revenue of $344.1 million ($0.34 per share), a 15 percent year-over-year growth, including application revenue growth of 19 percent. Adobe noted a weakness in North America and Europe, which it expects to continue into the third quarter, while their fourth quarter outlook looks promising as it enters a new major product cycle.
AIMM 1.5: AIM clone released
Jeff Rosen has posted AIMM 1.5, a new version of his AOL Instant Messenger clone. Version 1.5 adds some new features, such as setting how other people's text appears on your computer, and fixes some bugs.
OSX for Traditional, Simplified Chinese
Apple earlier this week announced the availability of Mac OS X for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean languages.
AAPL analyst raises Q3 and year EPS
Sanford Bernstein's Vadim Zlotnikov has raised his third-quarter and full-year earnings estimates for Apple above Wall Street's consensus due to "strong notebook sales," but has maintained his 'market perform' rating due to the "uncertain long-term outlook."
Rewind 1.2: system recovery utility updated
Power On Software has released Rewind 1.2, an update to its $100 system recovery utility that tracks changes to application and system files, allowing users to "rewind" to any pre-problem state instantaneously. Version 1.2 offers archive size management, better interoperability with other applications, improved support for Virtual PC 4 disk images, and other enhancements. [update now available]
UpdateMe 1.0b1: Software updater
Smashin Software has released UpdateMe 1.0b1, an application that checks for the latest versions of software installed on the computer when the machine starts up.
Dell GM on Apple in education
Dell General Manager of Education Bill Rodriquez talks about the company's position as number one in educational sales and what he thinks about Apple's moves to regain its top spot in the education market, such as introducing the low-cost, lightweight iBook, in a c|net interview. "Roughly 14 percent of education market (dollars) is spent on notebooks. So, given that fact, even if [Apple] was the share leader in that space, I don't know how that gets them back into the leadership position.
Apple sponsors Art Institute Competition
Peter Gend was awarded a Power Mac G4 Cube and 15" Flat-Panel Studio Display for his selection as People's Choice Award winner in The Art Institutes' National Portfolio Review Scholarship Competition, which challenged high-school students to send in their best digital artwork for a chance to receive a scholarship to The Art Institute of their choice. Apple is a sponsor of the program and helps train students at the The Art Institutes around the U.S.
Corona 1.0: Checking management
Charles Flickinger has released Corona 1.0, an accounting application for Classic and Mac OS X for managing a checking account dedicated to a cash-basis business. Corona features a bird's eye view of transaction data, editable charts of accounts, account detail by month, bank reconcilement, trial balance, income statement, and data files that can be opened by any common spreadsheet software that imports tab-delimited data. [Classic: 1.5 MB; Carbon: 1.5 MB; 68K: 1.0 MB]
Charla 1.1: Access Yahoo! chat
Peter Ammon has released Charla 1.1, an open-source Mac OS X application for accessing Yahoo! chat. Version 1.1 adds support for sending and displaying fonts, increased customizability, a PM history, and more.
Blizzard doubles capacity of Diablo II realms
Over the past two weeks, Blizzard Entertainment has doubled the capacity and increased bandwidth by 50% on both the USWest and USEast realms for Diablo II. Users of the game have long complained about unreliable speed and performance, and major upgrades were expected in anticipation of the release of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, an expansion set expected to be released this summer.
Humongous ships Freddi Fish 5
Humongous Entertainment has released Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove, a $20 hybrid (Mac/PC) game for kids ages four to seven that lets them explore an underwater environment and save the world's last sea monster from extinction. The game includes 11 original music tracks that can be played on any regular CD player.
Developer Tools 10.0.1 for Mac OS X released
As noted a few days ago, Apple has released Developer Tools 10.0.1 for Mac OS X, an updated set of tools for developers that provide improved support for Java and WebObjects applications. Free registration is required to download the update.
Zoboomafoo titles coming in September
Brighter Child Interactive plans to release Animal Alphabet and Zoboo's Big Surprisetwo new hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROMs for children that teach kids about animalsin September. The games were created in conjunction with Zaboomafoo, a Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV show produced by CINAR in association with PBS and the Kratt Brothers Company.
WWII Online: Blitzkrieg in July
Strategy First has announced that it will begin shipping the Mac version of WWII Online: Blitzkrieg, a massively multiplayer online game combining elements of first-person shooter, simulation, role-playing, and strategy, on the week of July 10th. The game's launch on the PC was marred by technical issues due to an overwhelming demand by early buyers that overloaded the company's servers. Servers have since been expanded and upgraded, and the Mac version of the game will ship with a patch pre-installed.
Clive Barker's Undying for the Mac
Aspyr Media has announced Clive Barker's Undying for the Mac, a 3D horror action game. The game is being ported by Westlake Interactive and will likely ship as a Carbon application later this year. In addition, the company announced that Tomb Raider: Chronicles, the latest iteration of the Tomb Raider series, has reached golden master and will begin shipping this Friday (the U.S. premiere of Tomb Raider: The Movie). American McGee's Alice, a 3D action-adventure game, is expected to be released later this month, while expansion pack The Sims: House Party will be launched on the Mac by Macworld Expo New York in July. Both Tomb Raider: Chronicles and American McGee's Alice will ship as Carbon applications for native Mac OS X compatibility.
Tech: MS announcements, Adobe earnings...
Morning tech news: Microsoft's DSML 2.0 proposal, a proposed upgrade to existing LDAP standards, extends the XML directory data protocol to common directory access operations such as queries and updates; Sharp has selected ATI's RAGE Mobility-M graphics chip for three new ultra portable notebook PCs for the Japanese market; Adobe's earnings are due today after market close; and Microsoft has integrated RealNames Keywords with its UDDI registry site, which allows businesses "to be discovered and facilitates the efficient exchange of electronic information between them."
Leather iBook screen protector available
JR Hill & Co. is now shipping its full-grain leather iBook Screen Protectors designed to be "placed over the keyboard to protect the screen from keyboard dirt and scratches." The $12.50 protectors are available in custom sizes with custom embossing. The company introduced a leather screen protector for the PowerBook G4s a few months ago. [updated]
iClean 4.01 adds cookie-editing feature
Aladdin's iClean 4.01 adds a new cookie-editing feature to the Internet (privacy) utility that manages the browser cache and history files. The $30 utility, bundled with Spring Cleaning 4.0, is available as a $15 upgrade to v3.5 owners.
WebEvent 3.4.3: supports OS X, fixes bugs
WebEvent 3.43, fully compatible with OS X, fixes several bugs in the Web-based, calendaring and appointment/resource scheduling application.
New PowerBook G4 promo to bundle CD-RW
Apple will reportedly introduce a new promotion this Friday that will bundle a free external VST FireWire CD-RW drive with any purchase of PowerBook G4, according to MacUser UK. The promotion, which will run through September 3rd, is open to retail and BTO purchases made in the US or Canada.
Quesaa 1.6d13: open-source QD3D API
Quesa 1.6d13 is the latest release of the portable open-source implementation of Apple's QuickDraw 3D API: "[it] increases compatibility with the QD3D 1.6 API, includes over a year's worth of bug fixes and new features, and supports Mac OS 8/9, Mac OS X (Carbon or Cocoa), Linux, Windows, and Be."
OEA 2.3b archive util offers new database
Outlook Email Archive 2.3b, a beta of the $15 utility for archiving Outlook Express 5 emails, now detects the class of email (incoming or outgoing) and handles the received/sent date automatically. Other changes included an enhanced database with new fields, and a new modifiable FileMaker template (with support for FMPro 5).
Roundup: OS X dev tools, USB 2.0 devices...
We recently noted the posting of new OS X Developer Tools 10.01, postive comments on AAPL by Goldman Sachs, Fortune's articles on CEO compensation and forward migration to Macs, new projectors from Epson and Mitsubushi, comparison of iBook and TiPB FireWire speeds, Dr. Bott's DVIator, Orange Micro's USB 2.0/FireWire PCI card, and Adaptec's six-port USB 2.0 PCI card. Software updates included Netscape 6.1PR1, APS PowerTools 6.4.2, Adaptec's 39160 v1.2 SCSI card firmware, and GraphicConverter 4.08.
Developer Edition of Appearance OSAX DE 1.1
24U Appearance OSAX DE 1.1, now available via the Web, is a developer version of the programming software that offers a "special version of Appearance OSAX, which will let developers distribute Appearance OSAX together with their products, [offering] the rights, tools, and information they need to distribute Appearance OSAX and their products."
Thirteen new, updated REALbasic plugins
Monkeybread Software has posted thirteen new and updated REALbasic plugins at its Website that provide resolution, CPU/OS/RAM/system font checking, simple encryption, and other functions for REALbasic developers.
mnoGoSearch 3.1.16 updated for Darwin
Alexander Barkov is looking for feedback from OS X users on the latest version of the freeware search engine, mnoGoSearch 3.1.16, which provides fixes for the configure script under Darwin, security patches in the cgi-based front-end, and other enhancements.
Sourceforge MySQL update for OS X Server
SourceForge has posted a mainteanance update to the multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server, MySQL 3.23.39, for OS X Server ("Rhapsody"). (Apple also recently provided an slightly older, but updated version of MySQL for Mac OS X Server 10.03.)
AOL 5D (beta) available to AOL users
Jason Greene notes that America Online has posted AOL 5D, a new build of its client for OS X. The update supports Flash and QuickTime files (after installation of MSIE 5.1.1), proper import of "Classic" address book info, access of Address Book info for 'Guests', improved TCP connections, and other enhancements. It is only available to AOL users via keyword 'beta'.
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