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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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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