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Terra Soft Solutions has reduced the price of its 500 MHz G4 briQ, a Linux-based network appliance designed for insertion into an industry standard half height drive bay, to $1,959 (a 33 percent reduction). The briQ comes with 512 MB RAM and Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 pre-installed. Formerly $28,000, pre-configured 8 node clusters are now $17,819.
Clan Plaid has introduced marius.net, an alternative to bungie.net for players of Myth: The Fallen Lords. bungie.net for the original game in the Myth series has been down for several months.
Maverick Software has released Jiggy 1.0, a new $15 puzzle game for Classic and Mac OS X. Billed as a \"jigsaw puzzle with a twist of action,\" players try to put together jigsaw puzzles while pieces continue to pile up. The demo version features 10 levels, while the full version includes 35 levels and customization options. The game requires a 233 MHz or faster G3/G4, 32 MB RAM, and a display capable of 800x600 resolution. A portion of each registration fee is donated to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
SiliconValley.com has started a public roundtable discussion that poses the question, \"Does Apple matter?\" Participants in the roundtable include former Apple executives Gil Amelio, Jean-Louis Gassée, and Mark Gonzales, as well as the publisher of MacNN, Monish Bhatia.
SkyTower Telecommunications has successfully flown Helios, the world\'s first unmanned plane intended as a new, cheaper way to get broadband, wireless Internet access to businesses. The solar-powered aircraft flies at the edge of Earth\'s atmosphere—100,000 feet high—and is controlled by a Macintosh, which would guide it back to Earth when necessary. Each Helios aircraft is anticipated to cost $10 million, while convential communications satellites run in the neighborhood of $200 million each.
BusinessWeek Online reports on a Microsoft advertising campaign on New York subways that aims to scare businesses and individuals into buying licenses for pirated Microsoft software. In addition to the ad campaignsimiliar to one being pushed by the Business Software AllianceMicrosoft\'s antipiracy efforts will include an interactive education program for elementary school children that will teach them about intellectual property law.
IOGEAR has introduced the \"world\'s first\" certified 4-port USB 2.0 Hub, which lets multiple USB 2.0 devices connect to a single computer and offers transfer rates of 480 Mbps, 40 times faster than the original USB technology. The hub, which supports Mac OS X and several flavors of Windows, is priced at $59 and will begin shipping in September.
An Apple retail store is among the stores proposed for a new Streets at Southpoint Mall in south Durham, North Carolina, which is expected to open in spring 2002, according to The Raleigh News & Observer. Other stores expected at the upscale mall include Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, and Victoria\'s Secret.
REALbasic 3.5fc3 is the latest version of REAL Software\'s cross-platform programming environment that the company believes to be the final version of REALbasic 3.5. Version 3.5fc3 fixes issues with RbScript and RegEx, in addition to numerous other enhancements and bug-fixes.
After recently adding Mac OS X compatibility to its line of translation dictionaries, Ultralingua Software has announced that a set of Ultralingua dictionaries will be bundled with iMacs and iBooks during a limited European promotion in selected countries this fall.
Microsoft has introduced the Microsoft Office Keyboard, a new Mac- and PC-compatible USB keyboard that offers new features designed to increase overall desktop efficiency and productivity. Compatible with Macs running OS 8.6 or later (excluding Mac OS X) and Office 98 or later, the keyboard features a left-side Single Touch Pad that includes a scroll wheel, Cut, Copy, and Paste Hot Keys, Forward and Back for Internet navigation, and an application toggle switch. The keyboard\'s uniquely positioned F key row performs tasks such as New, Open, Close, Reply, Forward, Send, Spell Check, Save, Print, Undo, and Redo. The Microsoft Office Keyboard will ship in September for an estimated retail price of $65.
Buena Software has released the \"Apply QuickTime Effect\" filter for Adobe Photoshop, a $20 plug-in that allows users to apply any QuickTime effect to images.
QiPo 1.3.1, a utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies, adds a \"Special\" menu for easy access to shortcuts, contextual menus, a version query engine, and numerous other improvements and bug fixes.
MacNN readers report that several cable companies, including Comcast and AT&T, have disabled port 80 on the server end, which renders Web sites hosted from a personal machine unreachable. The move, designed to prevent the spread of the Code Red virus, has affected some schools that use a cable connection to administer a PowerSchool system for students, teachers, and parents.
Wired Magazine has announced the nominees for its third annual Rave Awards, which celebrate the people, products, and Web sites that represent the best in technology. Apple received nominations in several categories, including \"Most Wired Design\" for its PowerBook G4 Titanium, \"Best Wired Extra\" for its 17-inch flat panel Studio Display, \"Most Wired Ad Spot\" for its \"Rip. Mix. Burn.\" ad campaign, and \"Designer of the Year\" for the work of its Industrial Design team.
At the recent QuakeCon 2001 in Mesquite, Texas, id Software announced that it is overseeing the development of two new Quake titles, including Quake IV, being developed at Raven Software, and an unnamed Quake title focusing on cooperative multiplayer action that will be the first game in a new id franchise. Both titles will use the latest engine technology from id, which will first be seen in DOOM 3 (Windows and Mac OS X only).
Aspyr Media has released a demo of Escape from Monkey Island, the 3D adventure game developed by LucasArts Entertainment and Westlake Interactive. The demo is available in three sizes, ranging in size from 54 to 118 MB: Small (no movies, music or voices), Medium (no movies), and Large (full demo).
Strange Flavour has released Airburst 1.01, a new version of its $5 Classic and Mac OS X arcade game that adds an option to change the speed of the bat and a screen compatibility mode for users with monitors unable to display 800 x 600 resolution.
Roxio has posted a free how-to tutorial for using Toast 5 Titanium to burn an audio CD using legally downloaded MP3 music. The tutorial lets users choose from 25 tracks in a variety of genres. The free music offer ends November 31.
Afternoon tech news: AOL Time Warner is preparing to lay off several hundred employees in order to meet financial goals; A new study shows that more than 60 percent of U.S. homes are connected to the Internet; Kodak and Microsoft have settled a legal dispute over the way Windows XP handles digital photographs.
MacNN reader Michelle S. notes that Qwest Communications has posted instructions [pdf] for patching the Cisco 675 and 678 modems via a Mac to protect against the Code Red virus. \"Essentially, the instructions have you turn off web access by the modem and set the web port of the modem to something other than 80.\"
bManager 1.0 is a new contact management package from AppMac that can handle address/phone information, to-do lists, and incorporates e-mail functionality. The Carbonized tool also includes secure access password protection.
Black and Bleu 4.0 is an application that provides a comprehensive collection of Macintosh OS error codes available anywhere (well over 5,000). The database also includes a detailed analysis and suggestions for dealing with many of these errors. Version 4 adds hundreds of new error codes and Carbonization.
MacNN reader Dave Fynan notes an article in the St. Petersburg Times detailing Apple\'s new retail location which will be opening at the International Plaza in Tampa, FL next month. Author Jules Allen says \"Elegant computer shopping is coming to Tampa.\"
Sapphire Innovations has introduced a new set of 600 new brushes for CorelDraw including zigzag brushes, warped, scattered shapes, brushes, and patterns. The company has also released a volume of symbols for Macromedia\'s Flash authoring application.
iGetter PR1.3 is a download management utility that supports resuming broken downloads, queue filtering by various criterions, scheduling downloads for low traffic periods, and reconnecting modems. The new release adds three types of queue filters that automatically show downloads in accordance with various specifications. [Classic, Carbon]
Over the weekend we noted Apple\'s discontinuation of the Customer Quality Feedback program, retail store plans for the Chicago area, managerial changes at the FireWire Trade Association, and incompatibility problems in OS X 10.1. Software updates included REALdb Tools 1.0b1, textSOAP 3.0, and new iMate drivers for OS X.
GenArts has introduced Sapphire Plug-ins 1.1, which expands the visual effects tool set with support for Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress system users on Macintosh hardware. The latest release also adds effects and feature enhancements.
ADS Technologies has announced its USB Instant DVD solution, which converts video from any analog video source to full resolution DVD format, then transfers the video to a Mac. USB Instant DVD is scheduled to ship September worldwide at an estimated street price of US$229.
MacUser UK reports that Apple is offering a beefed-up software bundle with the iMac available to UK and Ireland customers including the following additions: Tomb Raider - The Last Revelation, Sim City 3000 and Escape From Monkey Island, Route 66 Europe 2000 atlas, Ultralingua multilingual dictionaries, the Encyclopaedia of Science, the Adiboo Environment educational tools for children and the Star Wars Pit Droids. The offer is only available through the Apple Store and select authorized resellers.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is aiding a sagging Taiwan economy by boosting sales from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. 73 percent with increased component orders. Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world\'s largest contract chip maker, has had sales fall 43 percent year-over-year.
FileMaker and Macromedia plan to demonstrate new ways to integrate FileMaker Pro 5 Unlimited, a workgroup database over the Web, with Dreamweaver UltraDev 4, a visual web authoring application, at the annual FileMaker Developer\'s Conference. The conference is currently underway in Orlando, Florida through August 15th, and 1200 users are expected to attend.
iSuppli Market Intelligence has published a new study naming Apple as the best inventory manager in the \"computer\" category, holding an average of 2 days of inventory in the first quarter of 2001. Greg Sheppard, iSuppli Corp.\'s vice president for market intelligence services says inventory is a big problem for many computer manufacturers: \"The reason for this gloomy forecast is quite clear -- $8 billion in excess inventories continue to put a damper on unit ordering and prices.\"
3DLabs has announced a new premium edition of its Oxygen GVX420 graphics hardware/software combination, capable of driving up to two 22\" Apple Cinema Displays. The card includes dual GLINT R4 rasterizers and the GLINT Gamma 2 geometry processor, along with 128 MB graphics memory and 256 MB virtual texture store. It is unclear whether 3DLabs will offer Mac software support for the card, as the company is targeting the new solution as a Windows 2000/NT product.
Canon has introduced a line-up of ten new digital imaging products for the Fall, including five printers offering new Microfine droplet technology, two multi-function devices featuring individual ink-tanks, and three scanners with \"Z-Lid\" expansion.
A new Yankee Group Report entitled \"MPEG-4: Can This Open Standard Change the Streaming Media Landscape?,\" says that the audio/video format is well positioned to bring widespread programming to handheld devices for the first time. However, the report also concludes that the open MPEG-4 standard is \"unlikely to dethrone the proprietary Internet streaming video players from Microsoft and RealNetworks.\" MPEG-4 is based on Apple\'s QuickTime.
URL Manager Pro 2.8 has been released in beta form, adding bug fixes, Opera support, URL Access usage, Japanese character set support, and browser specification to the popular bookmark management application.
August Software has begun shipping a full functional, single-user version of ODBC Router, the company\'s Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC) solution for the Mac. Previous releases were available in multi-user configurations only. The new release is priced at $99 and is available immediately.
Suck It Down 1.1 is an Internet utility that streamlines the retrieval of images from web sites. The new release adds Mac OS X support, asynchronous downloads, an update check reminder, a skip URL command, and PDF support.
MacNN reader Zac Cohen reports on two new Apple retail outlets in Massachusetts. \"The Cambridge store is in the Cambridge Galleria, and it is next to American Eagle Outfitters. The Peabody store will be opening very soon, either the 25th or 30th, and is in the spot where the Warner Brothers store was in the Northshore mall.\"
Excel Software has begun shipping QuickCRC 2.0, a tool used for designing object-oriented software with CRC (Class, Responsibilities and Collaborations) cards. The new version sports a visual on-screen editing feature as well as more printing capabilities. QuickCRC is priced at $295.
Two veteran researchers at AT&T Labs and several students at Rice University used \"off-the-shelf\" hardware to develop software that exploits a wireless encryption flaw in the 802.11 standard, which is used in Apple\'s AirPort and various other wireless LAN solutions, according to CNN. \"Given this attack, we believe that 802.11 networks should be viewed as insecure,\" reads a statement from the researchers.
MP3 Rage 3.7 is a set of tools that allow users to search for and download MP3s from Napster and Gnutella file sharing systems, edit ID3 tags, analyze MP3s and adjust their sound volume automatically to play at similar levels, export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CDs, and play MP3s. The new version adds batch artwork changing, visual indication of artwork or lyrics, and other improvements.
Iomega has begun shipping a FireWire-based flavor of its Peerless Drive System for the Mac. The system uses 10GB and 20GB disks and sports data transfer rates up to 15 MB/sec. Pricing for the drive system starts at $359.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published an article discussing Apple\'s new retail store at the Mall of America. The report includes comments from Ron Johnson, Apple\'s senior vice president of retail, who says \"We\'re not competing with our existing retailers. This store is about growing our base of non-Macintosh customers.\"
Quickie Photos to Web 1.2 is an application for quickly creating web photo albums that allows various HTML formatting options. The new release adds import capabilities, renaming options, and fixes several bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe