Digital Voodoo today announced immediate availability of its real-time and off-line firmware upgrade for the D1 Desktop 64AV card, which provides unequaled 10-bit quality for paint, compositing and editing application.
Apple\'s main Web page now acknowledges the recent US tragedies: \"Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the tragic events this week.\"
In the wake of the recent tragedies, several companies have offered to donate part or all of their proceeds to the American Red Cross help the family and victims of the 9-11. [updated]
Hamrick Software recently posted VueScan 7.1.14, which improves performance under both Mac OS 9 and OS X (including startup time) and adds keyboard shortcuts, interface improvements, bug fixes, and new splash screens on startup to the $40 scanner driver utility.
Intech\'s high-performance disk utility HardDisk SpeedTools 3.4 brings improved caching speed and intelligence of the HDST FireWire hard disk drivers, new support for 128MB/230MB FireWire 3.5\" Magneto Optical cartridges, and a new fixed disk USB driver with support for InSystem Design (ISD) USB 2.0 compatible bridgeboards. [form]
MAKI Enterprise has released a new version of its $50 email client software Magellan 2.0.3 (for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X), which brings SMTP authentication (for using mail servers that require authentication), AppleScript-based mail processing, supporting for Mac OS 9.2.1, new MIME types, and other bug fixes. English, Japanese, Korean, French and Swedish versions available.
Microsoft asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a new trial in its antitrust case, saying the judge\'s discussions with reporters \"infected the entire case...[and it] didn\'t go far enough when it threw U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson off the case while leaving much of his ruling intact.\"
Worldwide PC shipments will decline more than forecast as sales are hurt after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, according to an IDC analyst who cites possible erosion of consumer confidence in the economy.
A proposed iMac/G4 settlement for a class-action lawsuit against Apple for poor DVD playback quality, offers a free system software upgrade (along with 90 days of support) and discounts on selected Apple merchandise. The lawsuit applies to US purchases (before May 2000) of a new iMac DV or iMacDV SE, or a Power Mac G4 system that included a software DVD player using the Mac OS 9.0.3(or earlier) and a DVD player 2.1 (or earlier). A summary notice also notes that owners of these machines can also exclude themselves, if notice is provided before November 12, 2001.
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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