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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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