Black Cat Systems\' Audiocorder 3.10 adds the ability to select the sound input source from within Audiocorder, as well as more easily change the recording settings. The shareware allows your Mac to acts as a sophisticated audio recorder, operating as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder or a programmable audio recorder.
B-Prolog, a versatile constraint logic programming (CLP) system, is now available for Mac OS and Darwin. The programming environment, which combines both logic programming and constraint solving, offers an interactive environment, a bi-directional interface with C/Java, action rules and constraint solveers, a built-in high-level graphics library, and tabling mechanisms.
Andrew Watters has written a patch to remove banner ads from Sherlock in Mac OS X, and other system versions.
Conversion 3.0, once a popular Mac Desk Accessory, is now available as a standalone $10 shareware utility that offers the ability to convert between different units of measurement, such as length, weight, temperature, model railroad scales, and others. Version 3.0, available for OS X and Classic, allow users to import, export, and customize the menus.
Agere has announced new ORiNOCO wirless networking kits, including a Wireless Home & Small Office Networking Kit for the desktop ($350), which the new RG-1100 Broadband Gateway that wirelessly connects up to ten computers and provides high-speed Internet access from a DSL, ISDN or cable modem connection (AirPort-compatible).
Motorola\'s next generation PowerPC processor, codenamed G5, will be officially known as the PowerPC 8500 and not the 7500, as originally planned, according to The Register: \"It\'s a sign that Motorola is turning its sights even further away from the desktop market - represented by the \'7\' in its chip nomenclature - to the embedded arena - which is essentially what the \'8\' indicates.\" The article notes that PowerPC 8500 will have symmetric processing capabilities,, silicon-on-insulator technology, and a 0.13 micron architecture as well as an extensible architecture, new pipeline and both a 32-bit and 64-bit product line.
Plextor is now shipping its 8x/8x/24xU CD-RW drive, which is housed in a \"stylish yet durable silver-and-blue\" portable enclosure case and offers USB 2.0 connectivity for OS X systems, according to the company. USB 1.1 compatibility is available, offering 4x/4x/6x specs with Mac OS 8/9 operating systems. The $290 drive has a 2MB buffer and supports a wide variety of writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing.
ADS today announced the PYRO/FireWire-based PYRO DV RAID, a $400 removable dual-bay drive enclosure that accommodates two Ultra ATA-100/66 hard drives and includes Charismac RAID Plus software to support RAID levels 0 (striping) and 1 (mirroring) on Mac OS 9 systems.
FOCUS Enhancements today announced immediate availability of Videonics FireStore, a $1000 DV product that allows direct camera-to-hard disk recording of edit-ready DV files without the use of a computer: \"[it] converts any IEEE-1394 (FireWire, i.Link) Hard Disk Drive (or drives) into a high performance digital disk recorder/player. It allows video production professionals to record directly to disk from a DV based camcorder, VTR or mixer.\"
A MacNN reader notes a recent interview with Michael Dell in which he claims to have \"he first to integrate wireless into notebooks, with integrated antennas.\"
FireWire is poised to become ubiquitous, according to a cnet article that mentions the Texas Instruments\' introduction of FireWire 2.0, or 1394.b, which \"will double the speed at which data can be shared, to 800 megabits per second. The new standard also allows FireWire to carry data over longer distances, using fiber-optic cables as well as traditional copper wiring. \"
iREZ has begun shipping the StealthFire Web Camera, which can display or capture video ata full 30 fps at 640 x 480 resolution. The FireWire-based camera includes iREZ Reel-Eyes, video capture, edit and viewing software, and ISPQ video chat software. The base package with software is $130, while package with analog headset and microphone with volume control is $150. A software, headset and 3-port iREZ WildFir 1394/FireWire PCI card is $170.
Tim De Chant writes \"As a rev. D iMac user, I have grown frustrated with Apple\'s lack of true support for my graphics card, the ATI Rage Pro Turbo. Many others share my discontent, both on your BB system and elsewhere, which is why I started a petition to get Apple to recognize the need to fully support our machines... Apple has unfortunately neglected to included real drivers for these GPUs, thus leaving 2D and 3D elements unaccelerated in OS X. \"
Weblet Contacts for Lasso and CDML are collections of format files and databases (FMPro 4 and 5) to \"get you started building your own system. Weblet Contacts provides a full-featured, web based contact manager that you can use all by itself, merge with your existing solution, or modify however you like.\"
ATI today unveiled the Mobility Radion 7500, ATI\'s next-generation mobile graphics processor, which it says \"delivers almost twice the performance of its nearest competitor on a range of industry standard benchmark tests. The graphics processor supports 128-bit DDR (double data rate) memory and consumes less than half a watt in a light usage scenario, including a reduction in battery power of up to 25 percent during DVD Playback.
Adobe today announced the availability of Acrobat Approval 5.0, which offers the ability to users to easily fill-in, spell-check, digitally sign, save, and submit eForms that have been created using Acrobat 5.0 software. The software also supports 128-bit encryption and password protection. It is available immediately in English, French, German, and Japanese versions Mac OS OS 8.6, 9.0.4 and 9.1. Pricing is $40 for a single license with substantial discounts for volume licensing.
Crescendo Software\'s Picture Play 1.2 is an \"application for creating compositions of many images. It is basically an electronic collage. You can use it to incorporate multiple images into a single artistic image, and add text labels as well.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Merilus today announced that its line of network security products including the Gateway Guardian (security and connectivity software package) and FireCard (PCI security card) lines are now OS X-compatible, bringing security and network enhancement features such as setting up firewalls, managing bandwidth, and creating VPN tunnels to OS X. The update will be made available at no extra charge to all existing Merilus customers and will be incorporated into all new product.
Following PowerBook G4 price cuts on Friday, Apple Europe has also cut prices on its professional notebook: 2590 and 3505 EUR for the 400-MHz and 500-MHz models, respectively. (One reader also writes that developer pricing has been updated to $1,759 and $2,399 respectively as well, although this has been unconfirmed.)
BHand 1.0 is a computer password utility that analyzes \"the keyboard typing style of each user. Doing this and applying a biometric analysis BHand is able to recognize any user.\" It claims to be 95% effective.
MacNN readers have posted a QuickTime video of this weekend\'s Chicago-Area retail store grand opening as well as more photos.
Jon Klein\'s BreveWalker 1.1 is a screensaver for OS X in which \"a physically realistic simulated creature learns to walk using a genetic algorithm. Starting with random walking behaviors, the system learns over time by selectively breeding and mutating these behaviors.\"
A Reuters article quotes Apple CFO Fred Anderson as saying \"Normally you do get a little bit of a seasonal bounce with back to school, but we think it is prudent not to count on that this year.\" The same piece chronicles similar struggles in the education market from other manufacturers.
We\'ve posted a review of PowerLogix\'s PowerForce G4/450 ZIF upgrade, the company\'s upgrade designed for Beige, Blue and White, and All-in-one G3 systems.
eClick 1.0.1 creates button graphics for web sites and presentations through a six-step process, from selecting a button\'s style, size, color, shadow and label to choosing its final output file format. The new release fixes OS 9.2.1 incompatibilities.
Ambrosia Software has unveiled Pillars of Garendall, a new action-oriented role playing game. The title was created by Beenox using the Coldstone game engine. The game has extensive support for plugins, which allow it to be expanded with new levels and characters. Ambrosia has made Pillars of Garendall available both as a download, and a published CD.
Magellan 2.0.1 is the latest release of an e-mail client for both Classic and Mac OS X environments. The new version adds support for messages sent from cellular phones, adds mailbox repair functionality, and fixes several bugs.
SQLGrinder 1.0 is a native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer tool that allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse their database structures.
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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