dbReports 2.5 is the final release of Aaron Bratcher\'s report writing application that inludes a built-in assistant and a drawing environment. The new version fixes problems with copy/paste, adds Frontbase support, and resolves issues with ODBC reports. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader Aaron W Uribe notes that Apple will offer a preview to the media on August 23rd of its new retail store opening at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. The store\'s grand opening will take place on Saturday, August 25th at 9:00 am.
MacNN has exclusively learned that TechWorks plans to debut a 512MB SODIMM for the Titanium PowerBook G4 and PowerBook FireWire 2000 (Pismo. The company also plans to introduce a 512 MB SODIMM for all iBook models. TechWorks also offers a 10 percent discount to MacNN readers - you must use the source code \"MACNN\" at check-out.
After numerous beta releases, the final version of REALbasic 3.5 has begun shipping. The new update improves support for Mac OS X, and adds new 3D graphics, Microsoft Office automation, an internal scripting language, as well as other new features. REALbasic is available for $150 for the Standard Edition and $350 for the Professional Edition. Downloadable upgrades for previous versions will range from $30 to $90.
Sorenson Services USA and Future Concepts have joined to present the \"Ultimate Streaming Seminar,\" covering MPEG, QuickTime, Real Media and Windows Media solutions for both video on demand and live streaming. The seminar features products from Apple, Media100, Real Networks and others.
On2 Technologies, The Duck Corporation has launched a new Web site, VP3.com, which will allow users to download the VP3 for QuickTime source code. The first release of the VP3.2 (built-in to VP3) video compression algorithm will be made available to the public on Thursday, September 6, 2001.
Handspring has cut prices across its PDA line, discounting the 2MB Visor by $20 to $129, the 8MB Visor Deluxe by $30 to $169, the 8MB Visor Platinum by $50 to $199 and the slim Visor Edge by $100 to $299. All price cuts are effective immediately.
Apple may have inadvertently leaked details about its forthcoming image editing application, dubbed iPhoto Studio. \"Discover iPhoto Studio, the perfect solution for the high volume requirements of professional photographers. Combined with a Power Mac G4, iPhoto Studio lets you focus on the quality of your images by helping you manage your workflow for greater productivity and profitability,\" reads an Apple description of an upcoming solutions seminar taking place tomorrow in New York. Unlike previous mentions of iPhoto, which Apple claims were in reference to a third-party product, the current seminar invitation adds \"Featured products include two Apple-based digital photography solutions: iPhoto Studio and Studio in a Bag.\" [update: this story appears to be in error, as the seminar features a product from another company]
Computer Admin Pro replaces Computer Admin 2.2 as CG Software\'s help desk and asset management software package. The tool allows hardware and software tracking, secure access to information, and generation of reports. Computer Admin Pro is available for Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher, and is priced at $149 for a single-user version.
AppMac has released updates for two of its applications and released a third: nQuick 2.0 is a completely revamped release of the tool used to manage texts, notes, passwords, serials, and to do lists; iWarning 1.1 fixes bugs in the utility for checking multiple clients and accounts for new e-mail; iGo 1.0 is a new program that manages URLs outside of a browser environment.
APC Tracker is a new utility that interfaces with UPS hardware from APC (which provide emergency power during an electrical failure) to power off a Macintosh client computer regularly once power is interrupted. The software is the first of its kind on the Mac platform, as this capability was previously restricted to Windows and Linux users.
Mactracker 1.1 is the latest release of Ian Page\'s database that provides detailed information on every Mac ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, upgrade, and expansion options. The new release adds the ability to add custom notes to any of the desktop or notebook models, as well as information about processor upgrades specific to each model. [Classic, Carbon]
Though previously confirmed, Key3Media has officially announced that Apple\'s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller, will present the day\'s opening keynote at Seybold San Francisco 2001 on Tuesday, September 25 at the Moscone Center. Schiller, will be joined by Steve Jobs briefly, via sattelite. \"If it weren\'t for Apple, the graphic arts and publishing industries wouldn\'t be as advanced as they are today ... We are thrilled to have Phil and Steve on our roster in San Francisco,\" said Gene Gable, president, Seybold Seminars and Publications.
Sony has introduced four new CD-RW drives with out-of-the-box Macintosh compatibility and software bundles. The new 24X/10X/40X CD-RW drives are available with internal ATAPI (EIDE), as well as external USB 2.0 and IEEE1394/FireWire interfaces. Sony will offer the first CD-RW drive with a Memory Stick media slot in the CRX175M/A1 internal model. The Sony CD-RW ATAPI internal drive will be available in October while the Memory Stick model will be available in November with estimated U.S. retail prices of $179 and $229 respectively. The USB 2.0 and FireWire external drives will also be available in November, with prices of $279 and $299 respectively.
Resonext has key architectural details on its upcoming 5GHz WLAN chipsets, which will power the successor to the wireless 802.11a standard, used in Apple\'s AirPort. The new 5 Ghz standard is expected to boast transfer speeds upwards of 50 megabits per second - Apple\'s current implementation is limited to 11 megabits per second. \"We have successfully engineered key technology components that will enable 5 GHz WLAN platform scalability, investment longevity, and affordable deployment cost,\" said David Tahmassebi, president and CEO of Resonext Communications.
Sony has unveiled two new digital camcorders with Bluetooth wireless networking technology built in. Bluetooth will allow the two video camcorders, the DV format DCR-PC120 and the new MICROMV format DCR-IP7, to send moving and still digital images to both computers and other devices like wireless phones. The DCR-PC120 will ship in September for under $1500, while the DCR-IP7 will begin shipping on Octotber 10th for $1,577.
IBM plans to begin bundling Plantronics\' digital DSP-300 and analog P-2000 speech recognition computer microphone headsets with the ViaVoice software package. The DSP-300 is a USB microphone with noice-cancellation functionality, while the P-2000 is a standard analog microphone.
Newsbytes is reporting on a security hole in Microsoft\'s hotmail that would allow hackers to read any users e-mail simply by entering a certain URL. According to the article, a hacker simply has to know a user\'s sign-in name and an identifier for individual messages on the Hotmail system.
Both Adobe and Apple have confirmed their spots for the upcoming MacFest road show, which will take place in Leeds and Birmingham, UK on September 4th and 6th respectively. Apple will show off DVD Studio Pro and Final Cut Pro, while Adobe will run seminars on GoLive, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other apps.
Macworld UK has finished conducting a poll of its users, asking which features they would most like to see on upcoming Macs. Among the most popular requests were more models with SuperDrives, 800 Mbps FireWire, DDR SDRAM, internal Iomega drives, and native MIDI support.
John Johnson, Forecasting and Planning Manager for Apple will present: \"Using workforce management to control 100,000 calls, 11 multi-lingual desks and 350 agents at Apple\'s European technical support center,\" at the Call Centre Expo 2001 Conference which will be held on October 9-10 at the NEC Birmingham complex in London.
Hewlett Packard is preparing to launch the first DVD+RW (which allows DVDs to be written, erased, and re-written) drive which will cost $599 when it debuts in September. HP\'s dvd100i will use media that costs $15.99 per disc, and will carry a re-write speed of 2.4x. The new drive is also capable of re-writing CDs.
Apple and First Tech Computer will jointly host the Macintosh Home and Business Expo 2001 at the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington, MN on Wednesday September 6th. Tony Lee, Senior Director of Worldwide Markets at Apple, will deliver the show\'s opening keynote. Notable exhibitors at the Home and Business expo include Adobe, Corel, FileMaker Inc, Asante, Alias/Wavefront, NEC, Sorenson Media, and Xerox.
SoftTTY 1.2 is the latest version of Intelligent Products\' TTY emulator for the Macintosh. A TTY (aka TDD) is a device that allows people to communicate with their deaf (or hard of hearing) individuals over the telephone. This update has improved performance and includes some new features and bug fixes.
August Software has begun shipping ODBC OverDRIVER, which enhances the ability of Microsoft Office, File Maker Pro and many other Mac applications to use virtually any database system, including MS-Access, Oracle, SYBASE and others.
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PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft