McAfee has released the Virex definitions for July. Users can also download the new definitions by using the built-in update feature of the virus scanning utility.
BusinessWeek Online\'s Charles Haddad hopes that Apple\'s new retail stores are a success and become a blueprint for other computer retailers to follow. \"The success of these stores might work as a cudgel to knock some sense into other computer retailers, too.\"
Evening tech news: Microsoft has decided to remove Smart Tags from the final release of its Windows XP operating system, a technology that allows Microsoft to link any word on a Web page to another site of its choosing; today\'s release of a new Napster client brings additional music filtering that will result in even less music being available on the swapping service; and a new report shows that consumers are spending increasingly more money on online auction sites, especially eBay.
Aimster 1.002 Beta is a new version of the popular file sharing environment first released on the Mac earlier this week. Version 1.002 Beta fixes the \"existing username\" bug.
Marc Liyanage has released version 4.0.6 of the PHP module that he provides for the Apache web serevr included with Mac OS X. Marc provides complete instructions for downloading and installing the PHP module using the Terminal application.
Stimpsoft has released Solscape 1.0b3, a new version of its tool designed to \"mine\" specific Web sites for solar and geomagnetic data and activity, including up to the minute photos, alerts, warnings, and forecasts. The new version adds UVI images to the aurora area, a new Earth Images tab with NDAA GEOS Satellite images for most parts of the globe, and additional improvements and bug fixes. [Classic: 1.8 MB; Carbon: 2.0 MB]
On Magazine has posted a review of Microsoft Office XP for Windows, in which the reviewer maintains his view that Microsoft makes a better Office for Mac than for Windows. \"While XP has some interesting features, it’s not as clever as the Mac Office, and is notable only for its irksome copy protection system.\"
MacNN has learned that an Apple retail store in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois (a major suburb of Chicago) is scheduled to open on Saturday, August 25, 2001. Apple has job listings posted for both full-time and part-time sales associates at the location.
VH Publications and MightyData plan to offer $700-$1,300 2- and 3-day training classes for beginning to advanced FileMaker Pro and Lasso users in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dallas, Texas. Classes include Introduction to FileMaker, Philosophy of Scripting 1 and 2, Intermediate Database Design, and the first courses offered using Lasso 5: Apprentice Wizardry, Security Wizardry, and eCommerce Wizardry.
Some distributors have begun notifying European resellers that they can no longer order iMacs after current stock is depleted, indicating that the product is close to \'EOL\' status (End of Life). The move supports industry rumors that new iMacs will be introduced at next month\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
Blizzard Entertainment\'s Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the $40 expansion set to action/role-playing game Diablo II, began shipping yesterday—two days ahead of schedule. Blizzard has also released a 1.08 patch for the new expansion set, which includes dozens of changes and bug fixes, including many to the new Druid and Assassin character classes. Mac users should update immediately after installing Diablo II: Lord of Destruction by logging in to Battle.net in order to restore access to their original Diablo II characters. [updated]
Creative has released new Macintosh 1.04 firmware for its Nomad IIc MP3 Player, which adds support for more brands of SmartMedia memory cards.
sMailing 1.1 is a new version of AppMac Software\'s mass e-mail application for Classic and Mac OS X that adds the ability to manage different targets with different e-mail and fixes several bugs. [form]
Macromedia has announced that it expects a pro forma loss of 15 to 20 cents per share for its first quarter ending June 30 due to a \"weak market in developing content for the Internet.\" First Call/Thomson Financial published earnings estimates of a profit of 13 cents per share for the first quarter. Macromedia will report results on July 19.
Selznick Scientific Software has announced a $5 summer discount on all of its products purchased through July 10, 2001, including PasswordWallet, MoonMenu, SmartWrap, CopyPaths, and TypePopper. To receive the discount, users should specify coupon code B7151.
Deep Sky Technologies has released HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0b2, a new version of tis 4th Dimension component that provides a comprehensive set of HTTp and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects.
A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed in part the proposed break-up of Microsoft for alleged violations of antitrust law, rebuking Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson\'s earlier handling of the case, citing an \"appearance of partiality.\" Additionally, the Court ruled that the break-up order was not warranted by Microsoft\'s actions. A Washington Post article notes that the appeals court ruling upheld Jackson\'s claim that Microsoft broke the law when it threatened to withhold a version of Microsoft Office from Apple unless it cut an exclusive deal to use Internet Explorer. The case will be sent back to the lower court to be heard by a different judge. [updated]
Acrux Software has released iBuild 1.0.3, a new version of its multimedia authoring and presentation tool that fixes a minor bug related to setting properties in QuickTime objects. iBuild is available in Lite, Pro, Site, and Developer editions. A kiosk and Mac OS X version of iBuild are under development.
Architosh reports on a new Wildcat II \"workstation class\" graphics card and the impending release of an update for VectorWorks.
Apple\'s Charlie McCabe, Manager of AppleCare Web Publishing, has provided MacNN with some tips, helpful articles, and search keywords to help users migrate from the retired asu.info.apple.com to AppleCare KnowledgeBase for finding software updates.
ResExcellence has released its second appearance theme for Mac OS X, Glass, which features a polished metal look designed by Michael Rabe.
MacHack, the leading edge conference for developers that took place earlier this month in Dearborn, Michigan, is offering a $20 MacHack 2001 CD loaded with the 82 hacks created for this year\'s MacHax Best Hack Contest. Additionally, the CD contains this year\'s papers and many of the presentations. The hacks on the CD are untested, and thus MacHack assumes no responsibility for its contents or any machine on which the hacks are installed. All profits from sales of the CD go towards funding MacHack 2002.
Erik K. notes that an auction underway at eBay is offering two MacUser Editor\'s Choice Award statuettes from the 1980\'s. On one statuette, the figure is holding an early Macintosh while on the other the figure is holding a Macintosh SE.
ACD Systems has released ACDSee for Mac 1.6, a free update to its $40 digital imaging software designed for professional and amateur photographers, digital video professionals, graphic designers, and other users that manage large collections of images. Version 1.6 is now OS X compatible and offers support for EXIF JPEG formats and TWAIN support. A trial version is available.
Calerga has posted a new pre-release of SysQuake 2 LE for Classic and OS X, its freeware scientific application for designing complex systems using interactive graphics. Version 2 adds libraries of functions, an easier programming model for simple problems, multiple documents and a built-in text editor (on Mac OS), plus many other enhancements. [Classic: 1.1MB, Carbon: 1.6MB]
The extremely popular music sharing client, Napster 1.0b2, has been updated with many bug fixes, new OS X style preferences, and improved OS X support.
Stone Table Software\'s Z-Write 1.3BETAC, an organizational word processor for writers, is now in beta-testing. The $20 \"non-linear\" word processor is designed to help writers organize large writing projects.
\"Glass\" is yet another theme file for OS X that \"features a polished metal look designed.
Yesterday we posted additional photos from NECC 2001. Other reports included a customized iBook, TechWorks\' reduced memory pricing, the temporary unavailability of multiple displays at the Apple Store, the discontinuation of Mac Quake III: Arena, the reduced wait time for 17\" flat-panel Apple Studio Displays, Steve Jobs\' MWNY 2001 keynote, new Reader Rabbit titles, Maxtor\'s new \"Big Drive\" ATA storage, and a new 20x10x40x CD-RW with 8MB buffer. Software releases included Microsoft Outlook 2001, Stata 7x.275.0626DLL, and SecureFM 5.5.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives