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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
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