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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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
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