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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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu