FWB is now shipping BackUp ToolKit 2.2, a repackaged version of the backup utility from French software publisher Tri-Edre. The $35 utility offers multiple backup configurations, mirror and incremental backup, folder synchronization, compression, and file exclusion management. FWB is expected to introduce two other titles as result the software cross licensing agreement between it and Tri-Edre.
Square Box Systems has released CatDV 2.0, a new version of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility that adds new features as well as support for OS X. The fully cross-platform media asset management system can create a thumbnail catalog of any QuickTime supported media files, including still images, audio files, and movies and also provides searching, indexing, and and slide shows functions as well as QuickTime and HTML export routines. The $70 utility is available for $60 through September 16th. A demo is available.
Black Cat Systems\' Sara 0.4.0 is a freeware Apple III Emulator, which \"will allow your Macintosh to emulate the Apple ///, which was the computer released by Apple just after the Apple ][, and before the Lisa....users will need to get an Apple /// ROM image, as well as various disk image files.\"
Corona 1.5 adds general form entry and payroll accounting the Carbonized accounting application that also includes check register and account chart features. Version 1.5 also adds dynamic popupselectors for choosing names and accounts, expandable views with adjustable font size, and online help. A 30-day trial of the $35 application is available online.
ESP Graphics has released a free sample component of its Screens software suite: ScreensSaver, an interactive screen-saver that gives users live news headlines with customized newsgroup selection, a stock-ticker, and website bookmarks.
Exabyte and Ecrix today announced the completion of a definitive merger agreement \"motivated by the complementary nature of Exabyte\'s high performance MammothTape? and Ecrix\'s high value VXA? drive technologies and numerous synergies to be realized from the combination of the two businesses.\"
Steve Barham writes about Macs being used at the \"McInternet Cafe\" in a McDonalds restaurant in Guatemala: In Guatemala City, Guatemala, there is a McDonalds that gives free internet service. Customers that buy Big Mac or other meals can use the in-store computers for 30 minutes- gratis. These computers are all imacs running OS9 and Internet Explorer 5. There are three Indigo and two Ruby connected through ethernet cables. All have optical mice. I think it is very interesting that McDonalds chooses iMac\'s (a very good choice, though) especially since I have been having trouble finding anything Macintosh in this city.
Afternon Tech: Exodus, the Web hosting firm for many popular Internet sites, is looking for a buyer, according to company CEO Ellen Hancock (a former VP at Apple); Standard & Poor\'s lowered Gateway\'s corporate credit and bank credit ratings to junk status, to reflect \"extremely competitive industry conditions, a declining revenue base and the company\'s expectation that it will not return to material profitability until fiscal 2002;\" An increasing number of U.S. schools are equipping every student with a laptop computer for use at school or home with more than 800 schools and 125,000 students in Microsoft and Toshiba\'s Anytime Anywhere Learning program, which started in 1996.
Blackmagic Design today announced the release of the first uncompressed QuickTime codecs for MacOS 9, MacOS X and Windows NT/2000/XP. The codecs allow uncompressed files from AJA Video\'s Kona-HDTV product to be opened and rendered and are also fully compatible with Pinnacle CineWave files. Codecs are available for download today from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge.
Wildform has released Flix for Mac ($100), \"the first\" Macintosh application that encodes video into Macromedia\'s Flash format and has released SWfX for Mac ($25), \"the first\" Flash text animation software for the Mac. Both are Carbonized applications.
Nikon today introduced the Coolpix 885, a 3 megapixel digital camera that has a Transfer button on the camera for directly uploading digital photos quickly and easily to the desktop as well as a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. The sub-8 oz. camera (without battery) has a USB connection, supports CompactFlash media and ships with a complete software bundle, a 16MB media card, and a 2CR5 lithium battery as well as a lens cap, wrist strap, USB and video cables. It will be available September 2001 for $600.
John Jobe provided some details about the new Apple Retail Store in Chicago, which is expected to open this weekend: The new Apple Store in Woodfield Mall today pulled the blinders from the store window glass. For the first time we could see in and get a view of what was going on inside the store. Everything looked in place and ready to go. Lots of staff roaming the floor and looking at various pieces of equipment this morning. One guy inside with a camera taking pictures of people passing by. The only thing that kept me out were the two security guards and the big sign blocking the door saying that the grand opening would be Saturday at 9AM.
Gefen\'s new $500 ex-tend-it USB-400 system includes a 4-port USB hub and can extend the 17ft limit of USB cables. The remote 4-port hub can handle up to 12.5Mbps of data on each port; the send/receive units are connected to each other via a standard CAT-5 cable, extending the distance of a standard USB connection up to 330 feet using a single CAT5 cable.
Sean McBride writes: \"After updating Mac OS 9.1 to 9.2.1, the Bell Sympatico Access Manager software stopped working. I\'m pretty sure this happened last time I updated Mac OS too. As before, reinstalling the Access Manager software (newest is 1.11) got things working again. Be warned though: when you install Access Manager you must supply your user id and password!\"
Stone Table Software has posted public betas of two of its freeware products for OS X, RTF-to-Styled Text 1.03b, an open-source program that converts Rich Text Format documents into standard Macintosh Styled Text format, and Cobweb 1.0b is a simple, non-WYSIWYG HTML editor. [RTF--600KB, Cobweb-700KB]
MacInstall 1.3.1, Public Access\'s $25 shareware software installer for developers/programers, adds Mac OS 9.2.1 to System version pop-up menus, appropriately displays Installer items that have Actions associated with them, and has other changes.
StimpSoft\'s headline grabber Faust\'s Friend 2.1 adds compatibility with a number of news sites. [Classic, Carbon]
Fuji has unveiled its FinePix A101, FinePix A201 and the FinePix 2600 Zoom digital cameras. The A-series is the company\'s newest line of entry-level cameras, while the 2600 Zoom offers the same feature set with additional optical zoom capabilities.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT