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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 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 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.
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 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.
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, 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 is a utility that lets users modify their Mac OS X system\'s startup items.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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).\"
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.\"
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.\"
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.
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.
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).
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.
David Young\'s JediKnight 2.0b2 for OSX is a multithreaded, multiserver, Cocoa-based IRC client.
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.)
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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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