Micronet has introduced new configurations of its award-winning SANCube storage area network solution: \"The new 600GB SANcube provides huge storage capacity while delivering up to 38MB/sec. of data throughput. Two dual-channel SANcube X-stream arrays, in 450GB and 600GB capacities, provide even faster throughput, by striping data across two FireWire busses to achieve up to 65MB/sec. sustained throughput.\"
Fastware.net has released its SIM Extension for the Mac and the BridgeIt FireWire to SCSI converter, bringing support to scanners, printers and CD-R/RW. The SIM driver brings support to scanners, printers, tape, CD-R/RW, MO, HDD and removables and many other SCSI devices. \"When used with a BridgeIt device with Firmware Revision FW301 or later, the SIM Extension will support a SCSI chain of up to 7 devices.\"
Jef Raskin, one of the original creators of the Macintosh, will be among the speakers at the Open Innovation conference, which will be held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA from July 31st to August 1st. The conference is aimed at exploring innovation in the software industry and opportunities for new software directions, including open source. The registration fee is $300 up until July 17 when the price rises to $400.
Apple\'s stock continues to gain ground, rising nearly a half-point today to close at 24.85, a change of just over 2 percent. Volume is consistently heavy, with more than 8 million shares changing hands. While still well off its 52-week high of 64.125, the stock has gained more than 3 points since the beginning of the week.
The WebSTAR Server Suite from 4D Inc. will be making its debut as an OS X application at next week\'s expo, though it will be released in public beta form initially. We have some details about what will be included in the new version.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will reportedly make Apple retail stores a part of his keynote address at next week\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001, according to eWeek. While the store slated for New York\'s upscale SoHo district is \"nowhere near completion,\" other storessuch as the one in Plano, Texasare expected to open in early August. Apple plans to open 25 retail stores around the U.S. by the end of 2001.
Solscape 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of Stimpsoft\'s solar data browser for Classic and Mac OS X that gets real-time images of the Sun in various light wavelengths. The new version now handles 404 errors correctly and fixes some spelling mistakes. [Classic: 1.7 MB; Carbon: 1.9 MB]
Thoth 1.2.3 is a new version of the $25 newsreader for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.2.3 makes significant changes to the interface, adds the message quote string as a newsgroup setting, and improves the speed of case-insenitive filtering.
Corel Corporation has announced that Bryce 5, the latest version of its $310 ($160 upgrade) 3D landscape creation and animation application for Classic and Mac OS X, is now available in stores. New features in Bryce 5 include network rendering, which splits the rendering work between multiple computers, premium rendering options that add depth of field, blurred reflections, and soft shadows, a Tree Lab that powers the creation of organic 3D trees, Metaballs, and a Light Lab for control over lighting direction, intensity, and tinting. French and German versions will be available in August 2001.
Management Software Incorporated has released JobOrder 9.5, a major upgrade of its business process management software for project-oriented business such as design firms, advertising agencies, consulting companies, and engineering firms. Version 9.5 adds automatic invoice generation, automatic overhead allocation, automatic time slip scheduling, bookmarks, built-in word processing, spreadsheet, 3D charting, and drawing modules, CreativeSchedule, estimates with parameters, Express CheckWriter, and more. [form]
Wacom has released a version 4.70-6 driver for Classic users of its Intuos, Graphire, PL, ArtZ II, ArtZ, UD, PenPartner, ArtPad II and ArtPad graphics tablets. The new version adds some bug fixes and maintains code parity with the Windows driver. A Mac OS X driver is still in development.
Architosh has published an interview with the Managing Director of Microspot Limited, the Macintosh developer of MacDraft, MacPlot and 3D World.
Group Logic will demonstrate a new version of its ExtremeZ-IP Mac/Windows networking tool at next week\'s expo. The new release will allow Mac OS X to be recognized in Windows 2000 and NT environments which previously relied on the Apple Chooser, which is absent from OS X. ExtremeZ-IP is file and print server software that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput as much as fivefold between Macintosh clients and Microsoft Windows servers.
Quickie Photos to web 1.1, an application for quickly transferring pictures to html formatted web pages, adds thumbnail-only generation and choice of several navigation arrow icons as well as fixes a few bugs. A 45-day demo is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
osx.macnn.com reports on OS X native versions of Snapz Pro, Transmit, and Mozilla browser as well as notes security issues with XMorph. There are also pre-show reports regarding X-compatible releases of Vicom\'s Internet Gateway, and 4D\'s WebSTAR Server Suite. (Yesterday it noted a new build of AOL Instant Messenger for OS X as well as several other products.)
FujiFilm has introduced its FinePix 50i multimedia digital camera, which \"sports a new iMac desktop download-cradle, audio recording and voice captioning,\" as well as a brighter LCD screen, an MP3 remote control, and movie capture. The 2.47 Megapixel camera has a built-in MP3 player that offers CD-quality playback, supports SmartMedia, and an iMac desktop download-cradle that enables users to use it as a webcam for video-conferencing, according to Macworld UK.
As briefly noted yesterday, Ambrosia Software has announced that its handy (advanced) screenshot utilty, Snapz Pro X, will begin shipping next week on July 17th. The native OS X product will be a complete rewrite and include new features, such as support for additional file formats (Photoshop, PDF, Windows BMP), automatic thumbnail generation, watermarking functions, multiple object selection, and border insertion. A standard version without movie capture is $30, while the full version is $50. Registered users receive a $10 discount on purchases.
LaCie has reduced the price on its USB/FireWire combo, 24x10x40x CD-RW drive. The drive is now $300 after a $30 mail-in rebate. It ships in new SE2100 casing and includes FireWire and USB cables, international power supply, LaCie Recording Utilities and three CD-R discs. An ultra-SCSI version is also available.
Aspyr Media and Electronic Arts today began shipping American McGee\'s Alice for the Macintosh, a third person, 3D action game based on enhanced Quake III technology. The $50 game features an original soundtrack composed and arranged by founding Nine Inch Nails member Chris Vrenna. (The conversion performed by Westlake Interactive is an OS X native application.)
Vicomsoft says it porting the full range of Internet Gateway features to OS X X to offer a comprehensive suite of Internet access security, management and control tools. It will be demonstrating a pre-release version of the Internet Gateway running on OS X and says it expects to start shipping the completed product at the end of September. Vicomsoft is offering free OS X upgrades to any purchases after July 18 as well as a 15% show discount. We\'ve posted an in-depth, pre-show report regarding Vicomsoft\'s anticipated announcements.
MacUser is reporting that Apple will not introduce flat-panel iMacs at Macworld Expo next week, but says it will introduce faster iMacs with G3 processor of speeds up to 750Mhz in the current form factor. The iMacs will reportedly be available in two new colors and with 128MB of memory and will be offered with rebates to spur sales, according to the report.
Transmit 1.7b1 for OS X, a free upgrade to its popular shareware ($25) FTP client, is a \"first peek at our effort at fully modernizing Transmit [adding] a complete Aqua interface, much better stability, wheel scrolling, live resizing, and preliminary long filename support, among other changes.\"
Christopher Tarfman passed along a note about some security issues with the recently released XMorph theme tool: I recently tried out Xmorph, even though earlier it was notorious for making you re-install OS X no matter what, if you switched between a theme, i decided to try the latest update 1.5.2. Anywas, I was looking at my preferences and noticed the Xmorph preference files. Anyways I opened it up and lo and behold there was my password, not encrypted or anything. Now I have no idea why he stores it there, maybe so you only have to authenticate once or something but this is certainly not safe at all. When you are in OS 9 people can simply steal this file and get your password. This is simply unacceptable and would like to alert you of this. I decided to switch to the much more popular MetaMorphX which seems alot nicer all around. BTW, both applications MetaMorphX and Xmorph are available. I would also like to assure you that MetaMorphX to my knowledge has no such problem. Appearantly Erik Thorteran (the author) uses the Apple Authenticator Framework.
Jeremy\'s CSM Bundle 2.1.7 is a maintenance release to the $15 shareware package of Control Strip Modules, designed to work with Apple\'s Control Strip or the third-party Extensions Strip.
Netscape\'s Steve Dagley writes about the nightly builds of Fizilla, the OS X project for the Mozilla browser, has \"now reached the point where nightly builds are available. They can be found at [ftp site] Please note that these builds are only intended to run on Mac OS X. While normally used as a technical discussion forum, feedback on these builds is welcomed in the netscape.public.mozilla.macosx newsgroup....Currently known issues: No printing (fix being tested), only the QuickTime plugin is working, no Java support yet, LDAP lookup.\"
Yesterday we reported on Iomega\'s plans for Macworld New York. Other reports included shipment of replacement PowerBook G3 adapters, new iBook cases, a new Dreamweaver 4 guide book, DVIator at the Apple Store, Napster\'s settlement with Metallica and Dr. Dre, Canon\'s FireWire XL1S camcorder and new iMovie transitions. Software releases included LimeWire 1.6, CodeWarrior Pro 6.3, iView MediaPro 1.1, and IconBuilder Pro 3.0.
c|net\'s \"Today\'s Editors Top 5 Value Notebooks\" showed the iBook as the #1 valued notebook. The other notebooks in second through fifth place respectively were the HP Pavilion n5150, IBM ThinkPad T20, Dell Inspiron 2500, and the Compaq Presario 1400. The iBook also has a 96% average consumer approval rating based on c|net reader polls, and c|net\'s past review of the iBook rates it at 9/10.
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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