Evening tech news: Microsoft has asked the Supreme Court to hear its antitrust appeal, which is seen as an attempt to prevent the Justice Department and 18 states from seeking an injunction against Windows XP; Cisco Systems has announced fourth quarter earnings of $163 million, or 2 cents per share, although revenue dropped 25 percent and profits fell 86 percent; and many Web e-tailers are finding themselves \"Gatored,\" where some users visiting their site are greeted with a pop-up ad inviting them to visit a competitor.
Flexify 1.3 is a new version of the Photoshop plug-in from Flaming Pear that bends full-sphere panoramic images into new shapes. Version 1.3 can print \'gores\' for making new globes and supports equirectangular, polar, mirror ball, cylindrical, and orthographic input.
Belkin will be introducing its new SurgeMaster Contractor Grade Series line of surge protectors and power strips at this year\'s National Hardware Show in Chicago, IL, August 12-14. The complete line will begin shipping in North America on November 1.
Software Architects has released DVD-RAM TuneUp 3.2, a new version of its $100 DVD-RAM recording utility that now supports the Hitachi DVD-RAM disk based video camcorder and the Panasonic DVD-RAM disk based video recorder. DVD-RAM TuneUp supports direct copying of files to DVD-RAM disks using its UDF file system based drag and drop interface. Other features include support for all versions of UDF, support for all brands and models of DVD-RAM drives, real-time read and write of DVD video files, erases disks, tests media for defective sectors, and write protects disk for archival.
Quitling 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of Catchy Software\'s Mac OS X Dockling that lets users quit or force quit any application from the Dock.
Cortic Software has released Unprovoked, a fast-paced space shooter for the Mac. Mission activities range from destroying space stations to escorting transport ships, all while dodging lasers, missiles, and other weaponry. The game also features multiplayer combat over a LAN or the Internet.
Auction Tender 3.0 for Mac OS X is a new version of the $50 application that aids in the development of online auctions. Version 3.0 adds more productivity for eBay users with a new Quick Lister Plug-in.
Apple has quietly settled its lawsuit filed a year ago against \"worker bee,\" an unidentified insider who revealed details about the company\'s unannounced products, including iBooks, the Power Mac G4, and the Apple Pro Mouse. \"Worker bee\" was later identified as Juan Gutierrez, a former temporary worker with the company. As part of the agreement, Apple and Gutierrez have jointly agreed that he would turn over any confidential information that he still had in his possession and refrain from sharing any more information.
PowerGuardian UPS Manager for Mac OS X Beta is a new application for managing a UPS in Mac OS X. PowerGuardian works best with APC Serial \"Smart UPS\" and Keyspan USB to Serial converters. The initial beta has limited support for USB-based UPS devices.
LaCie has introduced its first line of FireWire backup solutions, including a high-end AIT backup system with a tape capacity of up to 70 GB, and a DDS-3 drive that provides a compressed capacity of 24 GB per cartridge.
Apple will be opening its fourth Apple retail store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota this Saturday, August 11. The store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will give away a free Apple t-shirt to the first 1,000 customers.
Vicomsoft has released maintenance updates to both Internet Gateway and SurfDoubler, bring both products to version 7.0.2. The main purpose of the revisions is to fix a potential problem that may have affected some trial software users when running Auto Setup.
Bare Bones is offering a \"BBEdit Back-to-School Special\" whereby users can purchase the text editor for $89 direct from Bare Bones and receive \"Learning Web Design: A Beginner\'s Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond\" by Jennifer Niederst and published by O\'Reilly and Associates, Inc for free. The offer ends September 30.
Brian Dunning has released ChartMaker Pro 5.0, a FileMaker Pro solution that lets users create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts all using FileMaker\'s built-in features. Because the solution does not use a plug-in format, charts created using the software can be distributed to other users without having to include a plug-in for viewing. ChartMaker Pro 5.0 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 3.x, 4.x, and 5.x.
Trinfinity Software has released Time Track 1.0, a new time-saving program for Classic and Mac OS X that was originally designed for consultants to minimize time spent logging hours, but can also be used to log the duration of any event. [Classic: 790 KB; Carbon: 925 KB]
Lexar Media is now shipping its 512MB 12x USB-enabled Type I CompactFlash digital film for professionals. The Mac- and PC-compatible card is the company\'s fastest and highest capacity memory card and features a sustained write speed of 1.8MB.sec. Pricing is not yet available.
Motorola\'s Multiservice Networks Division (MND) has introduced RemoteVU Guardian, a new IP video transmitter designed for use in institutional security and public safety. RemoteVU Guardian features IP multicasting, real-time remote access, and the elimination of the distance restrictions imposed by traditional Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems. The transmitter also allows users to securely access, monitor and store digital videowhether in real-time or archived from a single or multiple locationsusing a Web browser and network connection. RemoteVU Guardian will be available as a standalone product as well as a core component of MND\'s SafeWatch, its public safety offering.
\"The 4D Web Companion,\" a new book that provides insights into the solutions made possible by 4D Web technologies, is now available. Written by 4D Web development expert David Adams, the $100 book covers topics such as 4D Web features, Web development techniques, HTTP and HTML, Web database architecture, and Web design.
Apple has posted a feature article showcasing the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, which uses nearly 300 Power Macs and the REALbasic development environment to aid in its research studies addressing significant diseases such as cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and mental illness.
IntelliMerge 1.2.7 is a feature revision to Intelli Innovations\' e-mail merge software for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.2.7 adds custom headers, record ID merge field, a progress window for invalid e-mail and duplicate checks, a message priority setting, and several bug fixes.
Rosetta 1.3.0 is a $15 shareware program for Classic and Mac OS X that provides complete support for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files; rejoining binary files; and making movie file repairs. An error in the original 1.3.0 release caused the author to recommend that any user that downloaded the software before 11 p.m. EDT on Sunday to download a new copy.
MacAddict Magazine is celebrating its 5th anniversary by giving away a 5 Year Anniversary DVD, which includes every MacAddict staff video from issues 1 through 60 and 23 hours of the magazine\'s Internet radio show, The MacAddict Hour. Users interested in the free DVD will have to pay $4 shipping.
In an interview given to the Australian computer site I.T.\'s Garry Barker, Apple\'s chief software architect Avie Tevanian describes OS X 10.1 as \"so much faster\" than the original release, and also firmly rebuffs notions of Apple\'s media software products (such as Final Cut Pro) being ported to Wintel computers. Tevanian also hints that Apple feels they are \"now much better positioned\" to look to the corporate world as a potential new market.
MacNN reader Todd H says he received an e-mail about a PCI developer kitchen, hosted by Apple. \"The event will be held at 1 Infinite Loop on August 28-30, and is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. The focus will be on the PCI I/O Kit and device drivers under Mac OS X.\"
OnGuard 3.3.5, PowerOn\'s cross-platform security and computer access management software, has been released. The new version improves On Guard\'s compatibility with Mac OS version 7 through 9.1 by addressing a situation where, in certain cases, the boot process could be interrupted. It also adds support for Outlook Express 5.x.
Interactive Media has begun shipping the KanguruPortable Hard Drive, which offers USB, Firewire, Parallel and Cardbus/ PCMCIA connectivity with a swappable cable. Capacities currently range from 30 to 100GB with prices starting at $199.95.
nanoCom will launch iSpQ \"Eye Speak\" VideoChat 5.0, available only from Download.com servers. The 21-day trial is OS X compatible, and features V-Mail, Video Instant Messaging, ICQ compatibility, Multi-person videoconferencing, Visual Text Chat Rooms, Pal Lists, Directories, Broadcast, and Visual User Profiles.
Yesterday new details were released on Seybold San Francisco 2001. Other reports included Apple\'s sponsorship of TechEd, a Snapz Pro X competitive upgrade offer, a price cut on the Epson Stylus Pro 780, Panasonic\'s new digital camcorder/still camera combo, shipment of the Maxtor 40 GB USB 2.0 drive, Apple\'s DVD Jam, plans for OmniGraffle 2.0, and CenDyne\'s FireWire CD-RW. Software releases included VueScan 7.1.8, Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.2, Update Agent 10.4, and iWarning 1.0.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6