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Corel reports Q2 profit, pins hopes on OS X
Corel Corporation has reported second quarter earnings of $2.3 million, or $0.02 per share fully diluted, on revenues of $36 million. As part of its earnings announcement, Corel CEO Derek Burney pinned high hopes on the upcoming releases of five creative applications for Mac OS X. "...we have exciting plans in the works for the upcoming quarters, including the launch of a full complement of creative products optimized for Mac OS X."
Tyson Tate presents customized iBook
Tyson Tate has posted photos of his "steelBook," a Dual USB iBook with its lid sanded, primed, and painted to give it a hammered steel appearance.
TechWorks cuts memory prices ten percent
TechWorks has cut prices on its high end memory modules by ten percent. 256 MB DIMMs are now available for $72, and 256 MB SODIMMs can be purchased for $75. As recent as three months ago, prices for 256 MB memory modules were over $150.
Multiple displays unavailable at Apple Store
Noah E. notes that adding an additional PCI graphics card for a second display is "temporarily unavailable" when ordering a Power Mac G4 at the Apple Store. "Let's hope this means that PCI Radeons and/or GeForce cards will be offered instead of the old Rage 128 Pro cards that Apple's been selling."
Activision discontinues Mac Quake III: Arena
Activision has discontinued the Mac version of Quake III: Arena just shortly after releasing the latest update for both Classic and Mac OS X, according to MacGamer. However, Mac users can still order the Windows version of the game and use the data from the CD in conjunction with a Mac executable (application). id Software plans to ship its next game, a new edition of Doom, for Mac OS X and Windows.
Tech: Intel to unveil 1.6, 1.8 GHz Pentium 4
Afternoon tech news: Intel plans on introducing 1.6 and 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 chips next week, according to Intel Executive Vice President Michael Splinter; the Nasdaq Stock Market has announced it is laying off 137 employees, or about 10 percent of its staff, due to weakness in the number of new companies listed; investors reacted warmly to the Federal Reserve's interest rate cut of 25 basis points to 3.75 percent, a seven-year low; and European Union ministers have given their permission to set up .eu, a new top-level Internet domain for Pan-European companies, associations, and institutions.
World Book Encyclopedia comes to OS X
World Book, Inc. has announced a new Mac OS X Edition of its World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia for 2002. The Mac OS X version of the World Book contains all of the articles from the 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia, as well as enhanced versions of World Book's report, chart, timeline and quiz Homework Wizard tools. The 2-CD set will be available in July for $60.
Boot Config 1.0: Mac OS X Startup Items
Boot Config 1.0 is a utility that lets users modify their Mac OS X system's startup items.
A.I.D. 4.0.6: Manage eBay auctions
A.I.D. 4.0.6 is a new version of Epigroove's $30 tool for managing and monitoring eBay auction transactions. Version 4.0.6 adds an updated parsing engine to fetch e-mail addresses after the latest eBay changes, a fix for Dutch auctions with no bids, a fix for escrow payment options, and correct translation of quotation marks.
SecureFM 5.5 secures FileMaker Pro databases
New Millennium Communications has released SecureFM 5.5, a new version of its FileMaker Pro plug-in that provides the ability to disable any FileMaker Pro menu item and its keyboard equivalent, either at startup or on-the-fly by script. Version 5.5 adds full compatibility with FileMaker Pro 5.5, a new password feature, intelligent disabling of the Exit/Quit menu item, an updated SecureFM Editor file, and a few minor bug fixes.
Verbatim to ship DVD+RW media in Fall
Verbatim has announced that it plans to begin shipping DataLifePlus 4.7GB DVD+RW media in Fall 2001 to coincide with the release of new DVD+RW drives. For PC applications, the DVD+RW format uses constant angular velocity (CAV) recording, which means the disc rotates at a constant speed during recording to provide fast, random-access reading of the disc. For video applications, the DVD+RW format uses advanced "lossless linking" technology, which allows the use of variable bit rate recording for longer playback. The single-sided discs will cost about $20 each.
eMail Alert! 2.7.5: E-mail notification
Intelli Innovations has released eMail Alert! 2.7.5, a new version of its e-mail notification software for the Mac. Version 2.7.5 brings back the Classic version by popular demand. [Classic: 861 KB; Carbon: 944 KB]
Callisto ships Photo Viewer, Photo E-mailer
Callisto Corporation has released Photo Viewer 1.0, an application for displaying and managing digital photos, and Photo E-mailer 1.0, a tool that automates and simplifies the process of sending a digital photo via e-mail. Photo Viewer and Photo E-mailer cost $13 each and are available for purchase and download immediately.
ATI Technologies reports Q4 earnings
ATI Technologies has reported an adjusted net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.02 per common share, on sales of $255.9 million for its fiscal third quarter. Sales were up 10.1 percent over the previous quarter, and the company reported better than expected gross margins of 27.2 percent. ATI expects its revenue to decline slightly in the fourth quarter due to its transition to a new business strategy that licenses its graphics chipsets for use in third-party products.
17" Flat-Panel Studio Display wait reduced
Several readers note that the new $1,000 17" flat-panel Apple Studio Display is now showing a 7 day estimated ship time at the Apple Store; the display previously carried a wait time of 3-4 weeks and began shipping just over a week ago.
Steve Jobs to deliver MWNY 2001 keynote
IDG World Expo has announced that, as expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote for Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001 on July 18, 2001 at 9:00 am at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Kevin Browne, General Manager of Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit, will deliver a presentation the next day at 9:00 am to discuss the state of Office 10 for Mac OS X.
QuickTime Streaming Server 3.01 released
Dave B. notes that QuickTime Streaming Server 3.0.1 is now available via the Software Update control panel in Mac OS X Server 10.0.
New Reader Rabbit titles for kids
The Learning Company has announced the release of four new Reader Rabbit adventures on hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM: Reader Rabbit Preschool: Sparkle Star Rescue!, Reader Rabbit Kindergarten: Bounce Down in Balloon Town!, Reader Rabbit 1st Grade: Capers on Cloud Nine!, and Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade: Mis-cheese-ious Dreamship Adventures!. Ranked as the number one reading software, the four new Reader Rabbit titles are available now and cost $20 each.
Photoshop Camp 2001 coming in September
Photoshop Camp 2001, a 5-day seminar for experienced Photoshop users to improve their skills, will be led by renowned Photoshop expert Ben Willmore, author of "Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Studio Techniques". The $2000 seminar will be held at the Rocky Mountain Digital Arts Center (RMDAC) in Denver, Colorado from September 24-28 and is open to only sixteen attendees.
ExtremeZ-IP connects Macs to NT via TCP/IP
Group Logic has announced that ExtremeZ-IP, its software that allows Macintosh clients to connect to a Windows NT or Windows 2000 Server through TCP/IP, has been implemented in all 47 schools and 3,000 Mac computers in the Marion County, Florida school district. "In addition to allowing students and teachers to interact with instructional software, ExtremeZ-IP enables them to change their passwords securely via the school district’s wide area network (WAN)."
Japan-based ADTX opens U.S. office
Advanced Technology and Systems Co. (ADTX), which is based in Yokohama, Japan, has opened a U.S. office in Garden Grove, CA to expand its line of Macintosh storage products to the North America market. ADTX U.S. acquired many of its regional managers from MicroNet Technology after it closed its doors in February. In the near future, ADTX will be announcing details on its upcoming Fibre Channel and Network Attached Storage (NAS) lines for the Mac.
MacDesktops: Home eats, Under the Sea, ...
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 15 new pictures, including Homer eats (Animation), Under the Sea 29 (Landscapes - Water), and iTunism 17 (Art, Music).
Stata 7 for Classic, OS X in final testing
Stata 7x.275.0626DLL is a 'final candidate' release of the statistical analysis software that runs natively as a Carbon application under both Classic and OS X: "We expect the OS X version to be final and become the release version within the next few weeks. Once the OS X version becomes finalized, current owners of Stata 7 may upgrade by downloading a simple updater [at no charge]." (The company recommends installation under OS 8/9.)
Microsoft releases Outlook 2001 for Mac
Microsoft has posted the final version of Outlook 2001 for the Mac, its cross-platform collaboration with Outlook for Windows users (via connectivity to a Microsoft Exchange server). It offers an updated interface, drag & drop installation, and Keychain support as well as other new features. German, English, French, and Japenese versions are available.
OS X: Encyclopedia set comes to Mac OS X
osx.macnn.com reports on a new encyclopedia set and IRC client for Mac OS X, as well as QuickTime Streaming Server 3.0.1 for Mac OS X Server.
Joy 2.3 supports new OS X Project Builder
Joy 2.3, a developer productivity and RAD tool by AAA+ Software, now offers full support for the Apple's new Project Builder and EOModeler and an updated tutorial. Licenses start at $70.
Maxtor FireWire drive available in volume
Maxtor has announced volume shipments of its 3000DV, a 7,200 rpm FireWire external, 60GB storage drive that operates up to "four times faster than internal laptop drives and 56 percent quicker than Maxtor's previous generation of external storage devices." The $380 drive will be available from MaxtorDirect.com beginning next week.
NECC 2001 Photo Galleries, coverage by Apple
We've posted several more photo galleries from the NECC Show in Chicago ( VII | VIII | IX | X | XI | XII). Apple has also posted a roundup of NECC 2001 with info on the keynote and its own photo galleries.
USA Today has positive iBook review
USA Today has posted a positive review of the iBook: "I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the new iBook. It's versatile, reliable and obedient — it did just about everything I asked it to do, without complaint or conflict."
"Big Drive" interface increases ATA storage
Maxtor, along with Compaq and Microsoft, announced support for its next-generation ATA interface standard that offers storage capacities of more than 137GB for ATA hard drives. The "Big Drive" interface allows for up to 48 bits of address space on a single drive, offering a maximum storage capacity of up to 144PB (petabytes), surpassing the previous limit of 137GB. Lee Monahan also writes about the new drives at PC Expo:
"...on a live broadcast on TECHTV yesterday evening from PC Expo, Maxtor had announced an upcoming 100gb HD that's only going to be around $300! They also announced they are trying for a late 2001/early 2002 release of a 180gb HD. Someone quickly noted that it wouldn't work under windoze since the maximum it can theoretically handle is 137gb."
4-port USB 2.0 PC card due later this year
Twin Paradox announced that its SolarExpress USB 2.0 PC Card is expected to ship by the fourth quarter of this year. The card for notebooks has 4 USB ports that offer a combined throughput of up to 480 Mbps. A USB 1.1 version is available now for $150.
New 20x10x40x CDRW with 8MB buffer
FirewireDirect has announced a high-speed 20X FireWire CD-RW, an external 20x10x40x drive which uses a Yahama mechanism with an 8MB cache. It is $400, while the previously announced 16x10x40x is $280. FirewireDirect also added new PRO series models (with smaller buffers): 8x4x32x ($200), 16x10x40x ($260), and 24x10x40x ($380).
Amorphium Pro 1.2: GIF rendering improved
Amorphium Pro 1.2, a free update, improves the GIF rendering quality and fixes a known driver issue with Nvidia Graphics cards in the 3D modelling and painting application.
New 20GB Travan Tape Drive at PC Expo
Imation is demonstrating its new Travan FireWire 20GB Tape Drive at PC Expo, which offers 120MB-per-minute compressed transfer rates. The drive is bundled with Retrospect backup software and is due in July for $500. Imation Travan 20GB Cartridges are available for an estimated street price of $34.
Analogue-DV converter bundles PCI card
Miglia is shipping a PCI-enabled version of its PAL/NTSC analogue-to-digital video (and reverse) converter, Director's Cut PCI, bringing DV bridge and DV camera compatibility to non-FireWire Macs. It is €525 (+local sales taxes) or £339 (+VAT). (Later this year, the company will include a gold plated composite/S-Video-to-SCART converter for using Director's Cut with any SCART enabled video recorder or TV.)
JediKnight 2.0b2: Cocoa-based IRC client
David Young's JediKnight 2.0b2 for OSX is a multithreaded, multiserver, Cocoa-based IRC client.
Roundup: Flat-panel LCD iMac at MWNY
Yesterday we noted Apple's expected announcement of a flat-panel LCD iMac at next month's Macworld Conference & Expo New York. Other reports included Apple's retirement of asu.info.apple.com, next-gen Tomb Raider on the Mac, EarthLink price hikes, Panasonic's new DVDBurner, Encyclopedia Britannica 2002 for the Mac, TEAC's battery-operated CD-RW drive, Sony's new 16" Multiscan LCD, Napster's deal to secure new music, new Brother laser printers, and a new Apple Australia marketing campaign. Software releases included Mactella 1.2b, QuickTime 5.0 International, Aimster 1.001 Beta, Apple Authoring Support 1.1.2, and Adobe Premiere 6.01 Beta.
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