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.\"
Macally has released an updated InputSprocket extension for its iShock gamepad, iShock InputSprocket Update 2.0.4. The update requires that iShock Installer 2.0 be installed.
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 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.
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.
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.\"
Apple earlier this week announced the availability of Mac OS X for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean languages.
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]
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 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.
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.
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]
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.\"
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]
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 3.43, fully compatible with OS X, fixes several bugs in the Web-based, calendaring and appointment/resource scheduling application.
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.\"
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.
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).
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.
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.\"
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.
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 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.)
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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE