Evening tech news: Code Red II, a new worm regarded as more threatening than its predecessor, is now infecting systems around the world, although systems patched to prevent infection from the original Code Red are fully protected; numbers from a Techies.com study show that more tech workers are willing to relocate in order to secure their next job; and InterTrust and DataPlay are partnering to introduce DataPlay discs and devices that hold 11 hours of compressed music, thwart piracy efforts, and are designed to replace the CD.
Macromedia and the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) have announced a partnership to test Macromedia authoring productsand the content they producefor their accessibility to people with disabilities, in compliance with recent federal guidelines and corporate initiatives.
TwinFeats E-mail Chess is a new Java2-based application for Mac OS X that lets friends play by e-mail. The game features two graphic sets for piece display and support for PNG import/export for board positions.
Hamrick Software has released VueScan 7.1.8, a new version of its batch scanning utility for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 7.1.8 adds support for the Canon FS4000, support for FireWire scanners and FireWire-to-SCSI converters on Mac OS X 10.1, and improved support for the Canon FS2700 and FS2710.
Iconizer Pro 1.4.9 lets users build a group of icons from a picture to make a folder background. The new version fixes a registration problem when used under the Classic environment of Mac OS X.
Key3Media today released official details regarding Seybold San Francisco 2001, which will run at the Moscone Center from September 23-28.
Apple will be a sponsor of the TechEd Chicago conference, which is scheduled for September 24-26, 2001 in downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers on North Water Street and the University of Chicago\'s Gleacher Center. More than 1,500 are expected to attend.
Other World Computing has posted a page with instructions on how to install Mac OS X on an unsupported machine, such as the 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600, as well as the UMAX S900 and J700, and the Power Computing PowerWave and PowerTowerPro.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SMTPit 3.0, a $65 FileMaker Pro plug-in that lets users send email directly from FileMaker without the aid of any help applications. Providing support for Classic and Mac OS X and FileMaker 4.x and 5.x, SMTPit 3.0 features connect and disconnect functions for Mass Email solutions, a status window, server authentication support, better multitasking support, a new PathToDB function for returning the path to the folder containing the database, better multi-part email support, new developer\'s versions, and send and connect functions.
Ambrosia Software is offering a competitive upgrade price of $19 ($39 for movie capture version) for Snapz Pro X to registered users of Screen Capture. We published a review of Snapz Pro X last week.
iNotePad 1.5.2, a new version of the $14 alternative to Apple\'s NotePad, fixes a bug when importing data with the unregistered version. In addition to English, iNotePad is now available in both French and Japanese.
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.2 is a new version of Adobe\'s eBook reader for the Mac. Version 2.2 improves viewing of books with large pages by adding a Fit Width button, a vertical scroll bar if necessary, and a Single-Page View button.
The Apple retail store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota is nearly ready for its debut this Saturday, August 11, according to MacNN reader Adam B. \"I was at the Mall of America this weekend, peeked into the new Apple Store (between the barriers which are set up around the front), and could clearly see iMacs and iBooks along the side of the wall; some on the shelf, and some still in-box. Several workers were milling about, laying some electrical cords, and finishing the check-out area.\"
PandoCalendar 5.7.3 is a shareware app that places a fully functional calendar on the Mac desktop. The new version adds an option to always save changes in daily information windows without asking, fixed two bugs that would cause PandoCalendar to crash if run with CarbonLib 1.4, and fixed a bug that would prevent an Apple Script from being able to export notes and appointments to a text file.
Epson has lowered the price on its Stylus Photo 780 ink jet printer to $99 from $149. The printer offers 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, six color ink, and \"borderless printing,\" and support for PRINT Image Matching-enabled digital cameras.
MacNN reader Ian S. notes that training for employees at the Apple retail store in Peabody, MA begins today. The store will be located in the Northshore Mall alongside stores such as The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Electronics Boutique, and Toys \"R\" Us.
Trolltech has released a public beta version of its Mac OS X port of Qt, a cross-platform C++ GUI application development framework. Qt/Mac Open Beta 1 lets developers create single-source applications that run natively on multiple platforms.
Panasonic has introduced the NV-EX21 DV digital camcorder, which is the first device of its kind to include a detachable network-ready digital still camera. The NV-EX21 will capture video in the QuickTime-based MPEG-4 format and include Bluetooth wireless capabilities. The $1700 camcorder will go on sale September 1 in Japan, and launch in the United States early next year.
Maxtor Personal Storage 3000LE\"the world\'s first 40GB external hard drive with high speed USB 2.0 interface\"is now shipping. The $200 drive features 5400RPM speed and backwards compatibility with USB 1.1.
Eizo Nano Technologies is now shipping its $500 FlexScan T565 17\" CRT monitor. The display offers various fine contrast modes to support varied software applications, ranging from desktop publishing and graphic design to Internet browsing, text-based programs and viewing videos. The T565 also incorporates the sRGB color standard and ScreenManager Pro for USB, providing color calibration and monitor control via an on-screen interface.
Afternoon tech news: Sun\'s upcoming UltraSparc V processor will offer \"two chips in one\" with one unit for business operations and another for server functions; Dataquest reports that PDA sales have fallen 21 percent since the first quarter of this year; Intel\'s future earnings estimate has been reduced by several analysts.
Apple will hold a \'DVD Jam\' contest in Paris next month. The three-day competition will run from September 22-25, 2001 (right before the Apple Expo), and challenge contestants to produce the most creative DVD using Apple hardware and software.
Son of Weather Grok 4.0.1 is a new version of the application that displays weather conditions from cities around the world. Version 4.0.1 now uses HTTP rather than FTP, resulting in significant increases in speed and reliability.
Documents To Go Professional Edition Version 4.0 is a solution from DataViz that enables Palm handheld users to create, view and edit Word and Excel documents and view PowerPoint presentations. The new version allows users to create Excel spreadsheets on their Palm, and adds new PowerPoint functionality. It also now includes support for synchronizing with multiple Macs. The new release is priced at $70.
Sources tell MacNN that the Omni Group is working on a 2.0 release of OmniGraffle which will add several new features and split the product into \"professional\" and \"standard\" editions. Over the weekend, we published a review of OmniGraffle in its current form.
Insider UpdateAgent 10.0.4 is the latest release of an automatic software update application that checks for both Classic and OS X apps. The new release is purportedly 30 percent faster than previous versions and includes new scheduling and power management tools.
CenDyne has introduced a 24X10X40 FireWire CD-RW drive which sports a 120 ms average access time. CenDyne says the new drive was designed with technology to prevent buffer under-runs, and (like virtually all FireWire devices) is hot-swappable. The drive comes bundled with Toast and is priced at $300.
Shrink II 1.1 allows complete manipulation of Apple II ShrinkIt archives. Both extraction and compression are supported, as well as other manipulation of archives. Version 1.1 has complete support for Navigation Services and uses the Appearance Manager to enhance its look and feel. The software is available for $30 on CD-ROM.
Voodoo Personal 2.1 is a document version organizer that keeps track of multiple saved copies of a single file. The new version comes with a Carbonized plug-in for BBEdit and fixes numerous bugs.
Mail Watcher 2.5 beta allows multiple mailboxes to checked in the background and notifies you when new messages arrive in your mailbox. The new release adds Mac OS X compatibility and support for encodings.
iWarning 1.0 is a free utility allowing to watch several e-mail accounts. It works in thorough task to warn the owner of the accounts of the arrival of new messages.
Over the weekend we noted Apple\'s discontinuation of the KidSafe component of its iTools services set, a new 17.4 inch LCD from Cornerstone Peripherals, an NPD Intelect study marking Apple as the number 4 selling retail computer maker, and Apple\'s dispute with Germantown, TN over its logo use in a retail store location. Software updates included Cookie Dog 1.1, iLabel 1.7.1, and mPeople 1.1 We also posted a review of OmniGraffle.
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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