In an article for the New York Times, David Pogue discusses the on-going \"Megahertz Myth\" battle, comparing Mhz in computer processors to RPM (revolutions per minute) in a car engine - neither directly translates to speed. Pogue also tests the dual 800 Mhz G4 Power Mac in his report.
The European Commission is investigating whether Microsoft Corp is trying to damage rivals by embedding its proprietary audio/video software, Media Player, into Windows. The Commission cites Apple\'s QuickTime as one of the victims, saying that the software is put at a competitive disadvantage to Media Player.
Autodesk has acquired Cleaner, Cleaner Live and CineStream from Media 100. Some of the digital video editing products will continue to be developed for the Macintosh platform, according to sources. Media 100 will continue developing digital media systems, such as iFinish and Media 100i, as well as continuing support for its ICE family of effects acceleration solutions, and its MediaPress family of real-time MPEG-2 encoding solutions.
osx.macnn.com reports on an upcoming fax product due later this year from Smith Micro, whose FaxSTF package does not work in the Classic environment; new OS X drivers from Sonnet; and various other software updates.
Nvidia has unveiled a new technology dubbed \"PowerMizer\" that works with the company\'s notebook-targeted graphics cards to reduce power consumption significantly. PowerMizer will be used in the GeForce2 Go graphics set, which analysts speculate will make an appearance in one of Apple\'s upcoming portable models.
Tom Hayes notes the opening of a new on-line Apple store for the Ireland market, which opened yesterday. Ireland is the site of the Cork manufacturing plant, which has manufactured and supported Apple products for more than 20 years.
MacNN reader Jeremy Borger reports that Apple will open its Columbus, Ohio retail store at the Easton Town Center on September 7th at 9:00 AM. The store will be the seventh in Apple\'s retail chain, which will eventually include 100 separate outlets.
A MacNN reader passed along a note about Apple on the History Channel: Today while watching the History channel at 12.30 western time, the show: Historys Lost and Found featured the making of the 1st personal computer the Apple One and where the computer was in the end. During the show they credited Steve Wozniak as getting the idea to make the Apple One a reality and Steve Jobs as the promotion wizard and money man pushing the product. I believe the apple part ran for about 6-8 minutes and included several interview clips with Wozniak and what he was thinking about when he ventured to build the worlds 1st personal computer. The history channel credited Apple with being the 1st personal computer maker and they followed where the worlds 1st ever personal computer went on its journey. In the end it was found in a educators basemnt whom Wozniak had given the computer to help out with schooling. At the end of the show they stated the computer was now in One Ifinite Loop, Palo Alto California.
The Art Software Group has extended the deadline for entries in the Seybold Seminars Digital Art Contest to September 7th. An independent panel of judges from the digital art community will choose the winning images from \"Student\" and \"Non Student\" categories among Macintosh-created entries. Winners receive a hardware and software package, a \"Platinum Pass\" to Seybold San Francisco, and various types of exposure.
WebPics 2.4 is the latest release of Steve Splonskowski\'s tool for building web page galleries from digital images. The new release sports a faster page building scheme, support for embedded QuickTime movies, and the ability to sort pictures according to creation date. [Classic, Carbon]
DragThing 4.1 is a Carbonized release of TLA Systems\' docking application for Classic and OS X environments. The new release sports enhanced visuals, unicode and long filename support, and significant performance enhancements.
Calculus teacher Scott Malloy uses his iMac(s) to \"make calculus look easy,\" as described by a feature article in The LA Times.
The first of Apple Demo Days of the Fall/Winter selling season starts this Sunday at CompUSA across the US, according to a MacNN reader: \"This fall/winter selling theme is the Digital Lifestyle. Featuring new demos. Also Apple with have a new selling promotion for the fall/winter selling season.\"
Apple has cut an undisclosed number of workers in the past week as it looks to make changes to its sales force, according to cnet, who confirmed the circulated rumors with Apple representatives.
A MacNN reader notes that Smith Micro mentions is developing a fax software product for use with Mac OS X, to be released \"later this year in Q3,\" which \"will apparently replace the venerable FaxSTF, which does not run in the Classic layer of OS X due to a lack of \'necessary serial support\' from Apple.\"
Vincent Jalby has released FontBuddy 2.2, an update to his $20 shareware font viewer that displays all the characters of any font, provides keystroke(s), ASCII and Unicode for any character, and can print samples of both installed and uninstalled fonts. Version 2.2 now allows header text and alignment to be customized.
Iomega\'s new Iomega HotBurn software for CD recording claims to \"consistently performed faster thanthe industry leader for users of all experience levels.\" The software offers two-step music and data CD mastering, one-step CD duplication andconvenient CD imaging of multiple copies from a source CD and supports BURN-Proof technologies. Iomega will begin bundling the software in October and will offer a retail download in the fourth quarter of this year.
Selznick Scientific has announced SmartWrap 2.0, an update to its text utility that now runs under OS X as well as Mac OS 8/9. Version 2.0 includes a new Text Service for OS X, improved preferences, and multiple clipboard support. It is a $10 upgrade to the $18 application.
Evological has released CoolCam 2.0 for Mac OS 9 and OS X, a $20 shareware webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.0 adds a motion detection with unlimited motion sensors, timelapse QuickTime movie creation, support for any image size between 160x120 and 720x480 pixels, Internet Time support in clock items, automatic update checking, and other features.
ATI and Intel today announced their support for FireWire (aka IEEE 1394), noting that its new All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV graphics and multimedia card as well as its new DV Wonder PCI card both ship standard with FireWire connectivity.
Using an iMac and iMovie, 17-year old Daryl Wein developed a 12-minute film, \"Life is a Train,\" that captured third prize in a film festival.
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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