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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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R