A MacNN reader notes that Apple has provided a pre-release of the CarbonLib 1.4.5d3 SDK to all ADC members. The Software Development Kit (SDK) provides all the files needed to begin Carbon development and supports Mac OS 8.6 and later.
Sonnet has posted updated OS X driver software, including its PCI OS X Installer 1.0.3 and Encore G4 X Installer 1.0.3. Sonnet\'s MAXpower drivers, for use with Newer Technology\'s upgrade cards, MAXpowr PCI X 1.0.3 ($70) and MAXpowr ZIF X 1.0.3 ($30), have been updated. The updates correct errors for those having trouble installing previous versions of the drivers.
DockSwap 1.0, a dock switching utility for OS X has been released by piDog Software. It allows you to save multiple Dock settings (hiding, magnification, pressistent apps/files) and access them later. A free version with the ability to store 2 saved Docks is available online.
There are numerous USB 2.0 solutions being announced and demonstrated at this year\'s Fall Intel Developer Forum currently underway in San Jose, California. As previously reported, Cypress Semiconductor is introducing a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hub controller, and NetChip Technology and Adaptec collaborating on a fully integrated solution that includes Adaptec\'s line of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host and hub devices using NetChip\'s peripheral controllers. Orange Micro, a company that traditionally develops its products for the Macintosh platform, will announce that Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host adapter card developers can begin beta testing its new USB 2.0 drivers. Yesterday, a seminar led by Intel and Microsoft discussed the actual performance opportunities for devices like CD-RW, DVD, Hard Drives and scanners. At the present time, Mac OS X is required for full USB 2.0 speed.
Intelli Innovations has released P.O. Toolbox 1.4.1, the \"first and only\" U.S. Postal Service package management software for the Mac platform, which now allows the application to generate the U.S. Postal Service\'s new Delivery Confirmation barcode design. It is $100 for online delivery.
Rob McKeever has posted (updated) installers for the WirelessDriver package for OS X that was written by enjamin Herrenschmidt, Louis Gerbarg, and himself: \"There are versions for both 5G15 and 5G27, as well as sources for anyone interested. Give them a whirl and let me know if you have any issues other than what I already know about.\"
After previously putting its support behind the HomeRF wireless networking standard, Intel has succumbed to industry pressure and begun developing products based on the 802.11b standard, pioneered in Apple\'s AirPort and supported by Dell, Lucent, and other companies.
Alsoft has updated the DiskWarrior Extension, part of the DiskWarrior package with repairs and optimizes hard drives, with support for Mac OS 9.2 and 9.2.1. Non-English versions of the update are currently in the works.
A BusinessWeek article discusses the \"blockbuster-based\" strategy of Apple, in which author Charles Haddad says that Apple relies on major product introductions and rumors to drive its stock price and profit. \"Better to think of (Apple) as if it were a Disney, AOL Time Warner, or Universal Vivendi. Why? Because Apple\'s fortunes hang on the promise of ever-new blockbusters.\"
osx.macnn.com notes OmniWeb 4.0.5, the latest release of the Omni Group\'s cocoa-built Web browser; an updated wireless driver package for OS X; Time-X 1.5, a dockable clock; and Classic Menu 2.5 which brings the OS 9 Apple menu to OS X. [updated]
Time-X 1.5 is a dockable clock for Mac OS X that supports skins. With the new release, Time-X has skins designed specifically for working inside the dock. The utility includes a clock, date, chronograph, timer, and alarm.
MindAvenue announced it has completed development of AXEL for Mac OS X, a new version of the company\'s interactive 3D Web authoring tool. MindAvenue previewed the Mac version of AXEL, which also supports Mac OS 9, during Siggraph, August 14-16, 2001. The tool sports a fully Aqua-compliant interface and full OpenGL support.
ATI, which still provides graphics cards for three of Apple\'s four major product lines, has announced its full support for Intel\'s 3GIO interconnect architecture, which many analysts see as the successor to PCI/AGP expansion. ATI says that it will retain PCI support across its graphics card offerings.
Amazon.com has launched an on-line computer store, adding to its already massive retail offerings. The new store will sell Macs and other Apple products alongside Wintel hardware, and will offer configurations targeted at home users, graphic designers, and other specific markets.
Applimac Clean Text 2.1 is a text-utility that eliminates all text formatting, preparing it for pasting and performs other functions, such as removing empty lines, removing multiple spaces, and removing forwarding characters from email text. The new version resolves OS X issues and adds quote formatting functionality. [Classic, Carbon]
Trinfinity Software has released ASCII Tools 1.0, a software package that gives developers access to ASCII table data. ASCII is a standard code for representing characters as numbers so that they can be stored in a computers memory. [Classic, Carbon]
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb 4.0.5, an update to the popular, native Cocoa web browser built specifically for OS X. OmniWeb, now available in \"more languages than any other web browser on OS X, supports Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and English. Version 4.05 adds new localizations, improves performance with certain appearance themes, brings compatibility with pre-release versions of OS X 10.1, and other bug fixes.
Sig Software\'s Classic Menu 2.5, rewritten for the release version of OS X 10.x, brings the classic Mac OS apple menu back to OS X, replacing the system\'s built-in \'Apple menu.\' It is also offering a bundle of Classic Menu and Drop Drawers UI utility for $20.
We\'ve posted a review of Micromat\'s Drive10, the first fully native disk maintenance utility available for Mac OS X, Apple\'s next-generation Unix-based operating system.
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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