osx.macnn.com notes a Carbonized release of the EMacs text editor, a dock utility called Quitling, and a new Apple guide on understanding and using NetInfo.
A Carbonized version of EMacs, the popular UNIX text editor, has been posted. David Caldwell, the tool\'s author, says \"This is a native Mac port, not an X Windows version.\" The new release works with the Mac OS X 10.0.x, while previous releases worked only on the OS X public beta.
Apple could have benefited in its trademark complaint against The Church of Satan from the services of Trademarkshadow.com, according to its creators. The service scours the Internet 24 hours per day for instances of clients\' trademarks and brand names, which are then passed through conceptual analysis engines to determine whether the use of the name could be harmful.
Roxio has reported record earnings of $7.2 million, or $.43 per share on revenue of $37 million for its first quarter ended June 30, 2001. Roxio President and CEO Chris Gorog attributed part of the company\'s financial success for the quarter to sales of Toast 5 Titanium for the Mac, its popular CD burning software. Roxio plans to launch a major television and print advertising campaign later this quarter to help drive sales and connect the Roxio brand with CD burning and digital media.
Mac game publisher Aspyr Media is planning to release a number of game updates and demo this week: The Sims Carbon, a Mac OS X-compatible version of The Sims. (Thursday) The Sims 1.1.4 Update, an update for the U.S. retail version of The Sims. (Thursday) Livin\' Large 1.2.1 Update, an update for the U.S. retail version of expansion pack The Sims: Livin\' Large. (Thursday) Escape from Monkey Island Demo, a demonstration version of the 3D adventure game. (Friday)
Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 7.01, a maintenance update to its media player for the Mac.
Catchy Software has released Quitling 1.0, a new $10 dockling for Mac OS X that lets users quit or force quit any application or process from the Dock. Features include an AutoKill list for not allowing certain applications to launch, and an AutoStart list that will restart specified applications if they are quit or crashed.
Fastware.net has posted a revised user manual for its BridgeIt FireWire to SCSI converter, which supports SCSI HDD, MO, tape, printers, scanners, removables, and CD-R/RW in a full chain of up to 7 SCSI devices, all connected to a FireWire port.
Ascending Technologies has announced CalendarMonster 1.2, a new version of its $50 Filemaker Pro calendar module that adds support for Mac OS X and Windows. Scheduled for release later this summer, CalendarMonster 1.2 features support for FileMaker Pro versions 4 through 5.5, support for European calendar formatting, enhanced search capabilities, improved navigation capabilities, expanded developer support through Renfield 2.0, and a new administrator utility.
Apple will reportedly be showcasing iTunes, iMovie, and Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 for the Mac at next month\'s World Cup Skateboarding Event at London\'s Docklands, according to Macworld UK. Aspyr Media\'s Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 is available now for both Classic and Mac OS X.
MacNN reader Alex Cutler reports that construction is essentially completed on the Apple retail store at the Mall of America of Minneapolis, MN. \"Along the walls they have shelves where they will be placing the computers. The store has that black outline on the front that the others did, and it was a former Gap location,\" said Cutler.
In addition to expanding its children\'s product lineup to consoles, Knowledge Adventure has announced new children\'s hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM games that it will release this Fall. Spy Masters, a new adventure series in the JumpStart Learning System, will debut this fall with two games for kids ages 7 to 11: Unmask the Prankster! and Max Strikes Back!, which \"challenge players to create their own secret identity and use state-of-the-art spy gadgets to solve mind-bending missions in a quest to save the world.\" In addition, the company will be releasing Power Wheels Off-Road Adventure and Rescue Heroes Meteor Madness for the Mac and PC this fall.
America Online is close to releasing an interoperable version of its instant messenging (IM) client that would allow users of both AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ to communicate, according to a recent status report filed by AOL with the FCC. In the report, AOL said it had begun internal testing of server-to-server operability and that it\'s on track to begin testing with other services by the end of the summer.
We\'ve published a review of MacLink Plus 13, DataViz\'s file translation utility which has gained compatibility with Mac OS X, but retains support for OS 9.
We\'ve published a review of MacLink Plus 13, DataViz\'s file translation utility which has gained compatibility with Mac OS X, but retains support for OS 9.
Evihcra.com has opened its archive of mods for Unreal Tournament, the popular first-person shooter for the Mac and PC. The archive includes a variety of different mods, including Marathon: Resurrection and Tactical Ops, as well as additional features such as forums, private messenging with other members, and full text string searching for quickly and easily finding mods.
e.p.i.c. interactive is now shipping The Feeble Files for the Mac, a $20 \"epic\" cartoon adventure game that puts players in the role of an alien called Feeble who works for the crop circle division of a dictatorial goverment, but who somehow gets involved in a rebellion to overthrow the system. Features include 80 locations, 6,000 lines of dialogue, dozens of citizens to meet and laugh at, professionally rendered characters, and many different cutscenes played in between gameplay.
MacPlay has re-launched its official web site, replacing a press release that has comprised the site since the announcement of the MacPlay brand purchase in October 2000. The new site includes details on a $50 pre-order special for Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn for the Mac, which is expected to ship for Classic and Mac OS X in August. As part of the special, users will receive the game with free shipping and a free Baldur\'s Gate II for Macintosh Collector\'s Edition Bonus Disc containing promotional art, character portraits, MP3 audio files, concept art, and more.
Apple\'s stock continues to fall further from the $20 mark. Shares lost $.62 during normal trading today, closing at 18.47. That represents a loss of 3.25 percent. Volume continues to be relatively high, with 7,917,500 shares changing hands.
Afternoon Tech News: Lawmakers are reportedly attempting to delay the initial release of Windows XP, Microsoft\'s next-gen operating system; AOL Time Warner may be considering the purchase of Amazon.com; A flaw in SSH, a component of many Unix-based systems, may allow hackers to manipulate files and wreak other havoc.
Intego has released FileGuard 4.0, a $60 desktop security tool that provides password protection for volumes, documents, folders and applications. Intego has yet to confirm a release date for FileGuard 4.0 for Mac OS X.
Last week, Apple released a document titled, \"Understanding and Using NetInfo\", which explains how to set up Mac OS X Server and the built-in NetInfo directory system to increase the power of your Mac OS X network.\" [pdf]
Annabooks has published the fifth edition of PCI Hardware and Software, a technical guide to the PCI expansion standard (used in Apple\'s line of Power Mac G4s). The $90 book contains an overview of Plug and Play architecture and the operation of PCI for both 32 and 64 data bit designs.
Audible Avisor is a new module for Handspring PDAs that plays Audible.com\'s collection of downloadable audio editions of books, newspapers, magazines, radio shows and original programs. The add-on packs 16 MB of storage capacity, and is priced at $129.95, but can be purchased for $49.95 with a subscription to Audible.com\'s monthly service plan.
Last week\'s Macworld Expo in New York attracted more than 64,000 attendees, the highest ever for the East Coast show. In addition, more than 44,000 people tuned in for Steve Jobs\' keynote via Apple\'s live QuickTime stream. We\'ve posted a recap of our expo coverage.
MacUser UK also claims that Apple\'s developer relations are at an all-time low, quoting a developer as saying that OS X \"code isn\'t stable enough yet for us to rewrite our software, but that hasn\'t stopped Apple from trying to railroad us into developing applications that won\'t work properly. And if we don\'t do what Apple wants then it could take some kind of revenge,\" while another developer says that \"Apple has been unwilling or unable to supply the \'hooks\' third-party software needs so it can be optimised for OS X.\"
Apple reportedly offered to pay for Expo floor space and expenses for developers, including Macromedia and Adobe. Adobe apparently declined due \"to strained relations between the two parties over missing code in Mac OS X, preventing Adobe from developing stable versions of its software. Sources also claimed Adobe was also upset with Apple over its plans to compete with Adobe with its forthcoming new image editing software called iPhoto.\"
Berkley Integrated Audio Software has posted Peak 2.6.1, a free update to registered users of BIAS Peak LE 2.5 or 2.6, Peak VST 2.6 or Peak TDM 2.6, its application for editing and processing audio. (Last week the company announced OS X support for both Peak and Deck, previewing an OS X-compatible version of Peak at the Expo. Peak for OS X is due later this year, while a Carbonized version of BIAS Deck, its multitrack audio editing, mixing, and signal processing program, is due \"soon after the Peak release.\"
LaCie today announced that its new FireWire DVD/CD-RW Rewritable Drive is supported by DVD Studio Pro 1.1, Apple\'s $1000 professional DVD production software package. The external drives ($990) ship with an international power supply, as well as three 80-min. CD-R discs and one DVD-R disc. LaCie also offers 4.7GB DVD-R General media at $15.
Willow Design has introduced three new slipcases for iBook and Titanium owners. The $60 Titanium slipcases feature either a a briefcase- or end-opening, while its first iBook slipcase ($60) has a briefcase oriented opening: \"Each features a removable foam padded wrap handle around the web handle which is riveted through a high density polyethylene backing plate for extra security. Each slipcase comes with a comfortable, foam padded, contoured shoulder strap.\"
Pioneer Electronics today announced new, lower prices for its recordable and re-recordable DVD media, offering DVD-R media for $10 and DVD-RW media for $20. It offers 4.7GB DVD-R for general media packaged both in jewel cases and 50-disc spindles and in both Pioneer brand and inkjet printable versions.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new picturesm, including Bernie (Movies), Born in the USA (Music), Final Fantasy (Animation), Flowers (Flora), Penelope Cruz (Portraits), and Tomb Raider (Movies) as well as Mac New York (Logos, Apple) and \'Your Life. To go.\' (iBooks, 2001).
Over the past two weeks, Xicons has posted 12 new sets of icons for Mac OS X in five categories. Xicons posts new icon sets daily sent in by visitors to the site and currently offers 2875 unique icons in 225 sets.
Passenger 2.0b3 adds Eudora client settings customization and distribution as well as some important changes for Mac OS X Server 10 to the server account creation and password generation tool. [Classic, Carbon]
Troi Automatisering has posted an update to Troi Ranges Plug-in 1.1, for FileMaker 5.5 in both Classic and OS X environments. The tool for creating ranges in FileMaker gets Carbonization and compatibility with the latest maintenance releases of FileMaker in the new release. Troi Ranges is priced at $170 per user.
Yesterday we reported that Apple will be a founding member in a new consortium to promote AMD\'s HyperTransport I/O standard, a delay in the ship date of Warcraft III, Total Impact\'s Centricity G4 cluster system, and Napster\'s new CEO. Software updates included easybeat 1.3, iPhotoBatch 1.0, and LightWorks 6.0.
Now AAPL Stock: 97.9 ( + 1.47 )
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ