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.
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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R