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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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