MacNN Correspondent David Underwood reports on the gaming scene at this year\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
Audio and music production are major markets for Apple, and markets where they enjoy either extremely high or dominant marketshare. Macworld hosts representatives from almost every hardware and software audio vendor, most of whom are showing off OS X-compatible betas or new products.
Eridanus Software has released Archer, an easy-to-use slide-show player for Mac OS X. The tool is unique in that it does away with command-key combinations, instead requiring users to only press one key, such as \"N\" for a new document, to perform functions.
In a show of support for the Mac as an enterprise/business platform, Oracle was exhibiting its Small Business Suite package at this week\'s expo, which is just now wrapping up. Users can run the Oracle Small Business Suite on all major operating systems including Macintosh, Windows, and Linux and all major browsers such as Internet Explorer (4+) and Netscape Navigator (4+).
Chris Petersen writes, \"Attempting to view the Steve Jobs keynote, QT Player displays a message that states \'QuickTime Pro is required to view the high-bandwidth version of this Broadcast\'. Links are available to purchase QT 5 Pro or view a 112k stream. Perhaps this is another reason to upgrade to the Pro version.\"
Anthony Robertson writes about \"cool 3D package for the Mac at the Expo yesterday. It is called Groboto. It a free-form drawing tool that \'paints\'in 3D. It looks similar to organic modeling. It supports animation and exports to various file formats: Pict, Quicktime, POV-Ray, Ray Dream, and 3DMF....He said that an OS X version is in the works. It runs on \'040 & PPC macs. It is very inexpensive at $22 for the downloadable version. The CDROM is $29. I bought it at Macworld for $20.\"
David Norton Media released AIMgadget 2.0, a free tool for easily accessing the chat logs in AOL Instant Messenger. The new version sports an improved interface, favorites and history options, and the ability to delete buddies and sessions.
osx.macnn.com reports that Emagic\'s Logic Audio production suite will ship in September; a new version of SteveMovieFloat for MacOS X; and the debut of Key Xing, a keyboard shortcut utility for Apple\'s modern OS.
Emagic has announced Logic Audio 5.0, the company\'s integrated suite of professional software and hardware products, for Mac OS X. Now in beta form, final Mac OS X versions of Logic Audio 5.0, and drivers for the Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces and the EMI 2I6 audio interface will be available in September 2001.
We\'ve posted a brief round-up of mainstream press reaction to announcements and products shown at this week\'s expo, including commentary, interviews, and product features.
JR Hill & Co. is kicking off its Back To School Sale with the introduction of its new PowerBook G4 Sleeve. Available in full grain leather ($90) or ballistic nylon ($65), the PowerBook G4 sleeve is a very slim, padded, form fitted bag that features leather handles and piping and a three-sided zipper. All of its computer accessories are on sale at 10% off.
During MacNN\'s meeting with Microsoft yesterday, officials from the MacBU unit said that it is working hard to make the .NET initiative a strong option for Mac users. \"We\'re trying to make Bill keep to his promise that the service will be available to ANY device. We feel the Mac is a rich platform with a large user base,\" representatives told us.
Caleb Media has introduced a 650 MB removable disk optical drive that is backwards compatible with 3.5\" floppy disks. The drive is available in 1\" desktop, and .5\" notebook versions, and uses a USB 2.0 interface. Pricing for the drive has not been disclosed for individual purchases, but manufacturers can buy the drive for under $25 in mass quantity.
Steven Massey has updated his shareware app, SteveMovieFloat for MacOS X, to version 2.1.3. The package is a movie viewer that can float on top of all of the open windows in any application. The new release is rebuilt to work on MacOS X 10.0.4 and can now view Quicktime streaming video in the floating window.
Morning tech news: IDC and Dataquest say PC sales fell in the second quarter and slowed significantly in some areas; amid warnings from the rest of the industry, Microsoft has boosted its 2002 revenue projections; and two e-mail viruses are making their rounds, though neither seems to have particularly damaging capabilities.
MacNN reader Alvin Mok reports that Apple has posted Developer Notes for the new iMacs and Power Mac G4 systems that were introduced on Wednesday during Steve Jobs\' keynote. The articles don\'t, however, indicate whether the G4/733 model without L3 cache uses a 7440 or 7450 processor.
Golden Retriever 1.0b1 is a simple new sofware updater for networks. The program is client-based and was designed for Macs that connect to a particular network volume usually when the user isn\'t present such as the login screen on Macintosh Manager.
Key Xing is a new $10 OS X utility that allows users to launch programs and files from your keyboard. The tool tracks files even after they\'re renamed or moved, and supports Unicode file names (up to 255 characters).
Optigold 2.7.8 is the latest release of Digital Point\'s software for managing all aspects of running an ISP business. The new version sports a speed increase in reporting, credit card gateway support for DirectOne, additional multi-company support, QuickDNS 3.5 support, and the ability to export via web interface.
Yesterday Microsoft revealed new information on its plans for Office 10, Entourage and Outlook Express. Other reports included the most interesting hardware at Macworld, the show\'s graphics presence, coverage and photos of the Microsoft keynote, coverage of Apple\'s semi-annual financial analyst meeting, more details on Virtual PC Test Drive for Mac OS X, the probabability of Mac OS X 10.1 being a free download, Belkin\'s 4-port USB Switch, Giants: Citizen Kabuto for Mac OS X only, details on Mac OS 9.2, Steve Jobs\' stock options and the operating systems that will ship on new Macs. Software releases included Netscape Communicator 4.78, MP3 Rage 3.6 and MACh Speed Control 2.5.
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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