Casady & Greene has released Conflict Catcher 8.0.9, a new version of its conflict prevention utility for the Mac. Version 8.0.9 primarily addresses improvements related to Mac OS 9.2, which is currently only available on \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s, and Mac OS X.
Apple has released iDVD 1.0.1, a new version of its consumer DVD authoring application for the Mac. Changes in the new version are not immediately available. (VT)
PopTop Software has released two new scenariosMt. Sucio and Green Islandfor its new building-oriented strategy game, Tropico, which was recently released for Classic and Mac OS X by MacSoft. (The two scenarios are available for download in self-extracting .exe files, which can be decompressed by Stuffit Expander.)
Maxtor has unveiled the Ultra ATA/133 hard drive interface specification, which is capable of transferring data at 133 megabytes per second. Adaptec, Agere Systems, and Pacific Digital are among the first drive and adapter manufacturers to promise products based on the new standard. Maxtor expects widespread adoption of the Ultra ATA/133 standard in desktop systems during the beginning of 2002. Apple currently uses an Ultra ATA interface in its Power Mac G4 line.
Muska & Lipman Publishing has released CD Recordable Solutions, a new $30 how-to guide that teaches users how to burn music, data, and video CDs on Mac, Windows, or Linux. The book explains the difference between CD-recordable and CD_rewritable formats, how a CD writer works, and how to build DVD-compatible CDs. A how-to guide to Roxio\'s Toast 5 Titanium, among other CD authoring software, is also included.
Microsoft has released Scholastic\'s The Magic School Bus Volcano Adventure Activity Center, a $20 hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM featuring games, experiments, trivia, and creative activities that help children ages 6 to 10 learn about both dormant and active volcanoes, including the volatile Mayon Volcano near Legazpi, Phillipines.
PandoCalendar 5.7.1 is a new version of the program that places a fully functional calendar on the desktop. Version 5.7.1 fixes a bug that would cause the Paste menu item to act like Copy.
Boeing has released a Mac screensaver featuring its Joint Strike Fighter, a multi-role strike fighter being developed for various U.S. armed forces that can takeoff and land both conventially and using direct-lift.
Apple Talk, a new Mac radio talk show, will debut this Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 PM EST. Thw two hour show will cover topics such as a digital video workshop and a discussion on OS X on Intel.
Burning Monkey Solitaire II 2.5, the popular solitaire game from Freeverse Software, is now available for both Classic and Mac OS X. Burning Monkey Solitaire II features a full suite of classic solitaire games such as Klondike, FreeCell, Pyramid, Canfield, and 52-pick up.
AAPLTalk, after comparing both the new iBooks and iMacs to industry competition, has compared Apple\'s new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s to similarly priced systems from Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq, and Sony. The new Power Mac comes out barely above a strong competitor in the Compaq Presario 7000.
Brian Dunning has released DopeWars for Filemaker Pro 5, a controversial, free game that lets players act as a drug dealer; \"buy and sell drugs, work the loan shark, fire at the cops, and loot dead bodies.\"
osx.macnn.com reports on Kayadara\'s first Mac release of its 3D content creation tool FiLMBOX 3.0, OmniWeb 4.0.3, Pocket Notes 1.0b2, and Carbonized drivers for Griffin\'s iMate USB to ADB adapter.
Pocket Notes 1.0b2 is the latest release of an extended notepad application for outlining and planning. The new version adds undo support, a links shelf to store web links, email addresses, files, etc, and enhancements to both the toolbar and search panel. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Afternoon tech news: Sun will begin cutting hundreds of jobs for employees who can\'t find work elsewhere in the company; AT&T Labs has demonstrated a new technology that is purported to almost exactly replicate the human voice; Intel is attempting to replace the PCI expansion standard with its own solution dubbed Arapahoe, which will offer data transfer rates greater than 1.1 Gbytes per second.
Macromedia World 2001 will be held September 17 to 20 at the San Francisco Hilton. Kevin Lynch, president of Macromedia products, and Jeremy Allaire, chief technology officer for Macromedia, will give the opening keynote at the four day event aimed at educating users about Dreamweaver, Shockwave, Flash, and other Macromedia solutions. Early bird registration is available through August 15 for $1,595.
Pinehill Productions has released CreativePage 2.7.5, an update to the company\'s Web page layout application available in both Classic and Carbonized versions. The new release adds Color Syntax option for web pages not created in CreativePage, tweaks to the FTP interface and a new Mac OS X icon.
Kayadara has begun shipping FiLMBOX 3.0, a Carbonized app which is the first release of the tool for the Macintosh platform. The real-time 3D content production and delivery solution is priced at $5,000 and requires Mac OS X. Also packed in the 3.0 release are enhancements to FiLMBOX\'s character tools.
Seek Systems two new accelerated storage configurations that the company says are meant \"to respond to the CPU speeds of new Mac G4 technologies.\" MacRAID-S and MacRAID-L offer 365 GB and 1.2 TB of storage and are priced at $25,000 and $50,000, respectively. Both solutions include Adaptive Cache technology which Seek says utilizes AltiVec routines in the G4.
OmniWeb 4.0.3, the latest incarnation of the Omni Group\'s OS X-native Web browser, offers numerous bug fixes, better multiple language handling, and interface refinements.
QiPo 1.2, short for \"QuickTime in, Preview Out\" adds several enhancements to the QuickTime movie preview generator. The new release removes AppleScript dependencies for better performance, decreases memory requirements, and adds QuickTime 5 support.
ATI has begun shipping the Xclaim TV USB edition, an external TV tuner now compatible with the Mac and priced at $99. The device allows users to watch TV through plugging an external source into the USB port, and features channel preview, parental controls, and the ability to operate in the background.
Baseview Products has released the PhotoBridge plug-in, allowing iQue users to use Photoshop to edit photos from within the iQue database. PhotoBridge allows for format transitions and IPTC captions. In addition, an image\'s version history is preserved with images edited with PhotoBridge. The plug-in requires Photoshop 5.5 or higher.
Griffin Technology has posted a beta version of the OS X driver for its iMate USB to ADB adapter. The new driver supports all currently available ADB drivers including the Kensington Mouseworks driver for OS X. With the Carbonized version, ADB devices are completely hot pluggable as the iMate OS X driver loads custom ADB driver even when connected after startup.
Hynix Semiconductor, which provides DRAM chips to Apple and is the world\'s third largest supplier of memory chips, is facing financial trouble and looking to the South Korean government for support. Revenue from DRAM sales is expected to slide to $14 billion this year from nearly $32 billion last year.
Palm has introduced a new web clipping service that allows users to tap into the Knowledge Finder system through a wireless-enabled Palm VIIx or other Palm with a wireless modem. Knowledge finder is a database compiled by Palm engineers as a guide for users, and is available on the web at http://www.palm.com/support.
MacNN reader Gaither Peden sends us a description of the Apple Retail Store opening soon in Miami, FL. Apple is currently looking to hire a store manager for the Miami store, located at The Falls Center right across the street from CompUSA. \"There is a large Apple sign in the store window that the mall has placed to let shoppers know Apple is coming soon. I was told that the store is expected to open in October of this year. This mall is a fashion outdoor water mall with Macy\'s and Bloomingdale\'s retail stores along with other upscale shopping,\" said Peden.
Mactracker 1.1, which will ship in August, is the latest release of Ian Page\'s Macintosh information database that includes specs on virtually all Macs ever made. The new release will sport the ability to add custom notes to models, and information on CPU upgrades. Both Classic and OS X versions of Mactracker 1.1 will be offered.
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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
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