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AOL for Mac OS X revision 13D is now available for users of the popular online Internet service (Keyword: Beta). The new release brings the software \"closer to the final version, and includes many improvements over the current revision.\"
MacNN reader Alex C. notes that the Apple store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota is preparing for its official opening next Saturday, August 11, as confirmed by the retail store section of Apple\'s Web site. \"...the Apple\'s are up on the outside of the store, all of the tables and the check-out counters are up. There was really nothing going on when I got there. It looks like all they need now are the computers.\"
Lunar Software has released EarthBrowser 1.5.3, a new version of its Earth simulation tool for Classic and Mac OS X that features a 3D globe with real-time weather conditions, 5-day forecasts, live earthquakes, Webcam images, active volcanoes and current cloud formations. Version 1.5.3 adds several new active volcanoes, new Webcams, and a fixed connection problem with AOL accounts.
SwitchRes 2.5.2 is a maintenance release of the control strip module that allows users to control the resolution of each connected display.
We have posted a report on today\'s Apple retail store opening at the Willowbend shopping mall in Plano, Texas.
MacNut reports on CyberCANdo, a \"nonprofit Macintosh-based computer apprenticeship program designed to use the creativity of people with developmental disabilities to increase job opportunities in minority-owned small businesses.\"
Mozilla 0.9.3 brings substantial stability improvements to the open-source browser, and includes Mac-specific support for Proxy Auto-config. The user interface and Chatzilla have also received enhancements. Mozilla.org officials say that the new build is more stable than Netscape 4.78.
Mike S., a senior graphic designer, has sent us feedback regarding his employer\'s recent purchase of Adobe PageMaker 7 for the Mac: \"We had believed, due to features listed on Adobe\'s web site, that PageMaker 7 upgrade would allow us to get rid of PageMaker 6 and open all files from 4.0-6.5 from both Mac and PC. But it doesn\'t. The Mac version of PageMaker 7 will not convert any PC documents less than 6.5 and no documents from Publisher 97-2000 at all...The PC version of PageMaker 7, of course, converts Mac documents from 4.0-6.5 as well as Publisher 97-2000 documents.\"
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Compaq, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft have officially announced an alliance to promote the PCI-SIG Araphoe standard, which the companies hope will replace the aging PCI expansion standard and win out over the efforts of AMD\'s HyperTransport consortium (of which Apple is a member). Araphoe will purportedly offer much greater speed than current PCI throughput, and \"co-exist and complement other I/O attach technologies such as InfiniBand, IEEE 1394b, USB 2.0, serial ATA and 1/10Gb Ethernet,\" according to Louis Burns, Intel vice president and general manager.
MacNN reader Pead has posted a series of pictures from the grand opening of the Apple Retail Store in Plano, Texas, showing an immense crowd clammoring over the QuickSilver G4s and Titanitum PowerBooks.
Thoth 1.3.0 is a shareware newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher. The latest release adds the ability to filter on additional headers, takes advantage of background processing, and adds keyboard shortcuts. The Carbonized app is both OS 9 and OS X compatible.
Job Manager 3.0 adds integration for MYOB\'s Accounting Plus and Intuit\'s QuickBooks Pro accounting software packages. The payroll management application offers data collection of employee time/material usage for jobs, analyzing productivity, tracking job costs and status, and generates invoices automatically.
Runtime Labs has introduced MacSQL 2.0 a solution for SQL database management that is AppleScriptable. The new release sports the ability to connect to MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, and ODBC database servers, a new Web script assistant, and a Table tool. MacSQL 2.0 is priced at $249, and is available for both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
CNET has posted an interview with Ellen Hancock, former Executive President of Technology at Apple under then-CEO Gil Amelio. Hancock is now the CEO of Exodus Communications, which maintains and installs the computers and other Internet infrastructure required to serve Web sites.
MacNN reader Norm Phillips points us to a TechTV report dubbed \"Judgement Call: Mac vs. PC.\" The report features Hahn Choi representing the PC, and Brett Larson defending the Mac. The article also includes benchmarking results and video highlights.
Ambrosia Software has released a Mac OS X version of its venerable game Maelstrom, which was borne out of the company\'s Linux port. The Carbonized release is free to download, and the source code has also been posted.
The XML Toolkit 2.0 is a free open-source package that lets users parse XML source into an object structure and also creates XML code from object structures. In the new version, the toolkit is re-entrant, meaning users can parse XML from several different threads.
Apple\'s Web site now features a preview, complete with map and directions, of the new retail store opening at the Willow Bend Mall in Plano, Texas. The store\'s grand opening is Friday, and it will be open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m on its day of debut.
REALBasic 3.5b3 fixes issues with RbScript and the DataControl, as well as squashing various other bugs. The latest release of the easy-to-use programming software is also compatible with Office 10 (due to debut this Fall) and garners improvements in compile speeds. [Classic, Carbon]
Vianet Technologies has announced the ZyGoVideo Codec for QuickTime and QuickTime Pro, which compresses video for on-line streaming and other limited bandwidth applications. Vianet says that Apple has accepted the codec to be included in the QuickTime component program.
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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e