Electric Butterfly has released Stimulus 1.0b1, an \"integrated software product that works intuitively like a file browser, allowing you to select and view/play all of your favorite images, audio files, and video clips from within a single application.\" The $12 application supports 17 popular file formats, zoom, printing, file properties, and other standard features. [Classic, Carbon]
Mac Beta 4 for Castle Wolfenstein MP is being mirrored by ExtremeSims Website as well as \"the entire [69MB] package for Mac users with no access to a PC.\" The beta application for OS X was created by Graeme Devine: \"The OS X build is looking good. On my G4 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 card I get 90fps in game, while on my P3 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 I get 30fps on the same settings.\"
Agfa recently released an updated ScanWise 2.1b as part of its beta program for texting its scanner drivers for OS X, support most of its SnapScan \"e\" scanners and its 1212u and 1236u scanners.
Following the release of StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 earlier today, Aladdin also released StuffIt Expander 6.5, an update to the free decompression utility bundled with most Macs. [Classic, Carbon]
24U Appearance OSAX 1.2.1 now works also when booted from write-protected disk and fixes a bug where \"better dialogs\" would not correctly appear in front of all windows. Appearance OSAX adds pop-up alerts, display dialogs, open floating text message windows, show progress indicators, and other notifications to AppleScript.
Maxum Development today released Rumpus 2.0, a \"major\" update to the company\'s high-performance FTP server package. Version 2.0 is now a native Carbon application and also adds upload notices, folder sets, user account limits, direct HTTP user account management, and enhanced security (user database encyrption). It is a free update to all purchases within the last year. Upgrades are $80 (Standard) and $120 (Professional).
Afternoon tech news: AMD plans to unveil a chip dubbed the Athlon XP, with the suffix standing for \"extra performance,\" and not a reference to the soon-to-be-released Windows XP operating system; Toshiba is the latest laptop manufacturer to jump on the wireless bandwagon pioneered by Apple with the AirPort standard; The Nimda virus is continuing to spread at a rapid rate, and analysts are predicting that the worm may outpace the infamous Code Red virus.
Design, Inc.\'s historical combat game Ancient Warfare for the Mac will ship with Romans and Barbarian armies and also includes a campaign for the Roman empire in 68 AD when Rome had four emperors. The $25 game ($4 shipping & handling) includes true isometric views of the battlefields, 3D rendered graphics, variable formations (line, box, wedge, etc.), and support for infantry, archers, cavalry, wagon trains, etc. A special offer until the end of October will raffle 3 authentic silver coins from ancient Rome to those who order before that date.
Keyspan is now shipping silver USB hubs, which complement \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s. Both hubs offer four USB ports, support dual power modes, and comply with USB 1.1 specifications. The mini hub version also features a low-power design that extends the battery life of the laptop. The desktop version (UH-4ASL) retails at $40 and the Mini Hub (UHM-4SL) retails at $50.
Aladdin today released StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, an update to its $80 compression utility. Version 6.5 includes new StuffIt Express Personal Edition (available separately), which can create customized drop boxes that can be configured to automate file compression and transfer tasks. It also brings Magic Menu support for OS X, smart expansion of Palm OS files, and DropTar, a new drop box compression utility for Unix.
EarthBrowser 1.5.4, a $20 dynamic earth simulation that shows current weather, webcams, earthquakes, volcanoes and clouds, corrects location information for several cities, updates the webcams, and has other fixes. It is available in several languages.
SQL4X 1.3 offers a free graphical interface for installing and configuring MySQL: \"You will need less than five minutes to install and configure your first MySQL database server. To administer MySQL and to access your databases SQL4X Manager 1.3 is included,\" which provides access local and remote MySQL databases. Two versions of SQL4X Manager are available: Basic Edition ($40), which is restricted to access up to two MySQL database servers and the Pro Edition ($70) with unlimited access to local and remote MySQL database server.
Intelli Innovations has released iPrompter 1.8.6, a bug-fixing update to its prompting software for the Mac.
MacNN reader John Robokos notes a Morningstar.com article discusses the state of the PC industry from the point of view of the HP-Compaq buyout. In terms of Apple, the author says: \"Apple, of course, is a different story, since it builds its own operating system and has proprietary components. Apple sells a differentiated product; the Wintel crowd sells a commodity... But trying to compete in consumer PCs against a low-cost producer (Dell), the maker of a radically differentiated product (Apple), and the world\'s pre-eminent marketer and designer of consumer electronics (Sony)...\"
BTV Pro 5.1 is the latest release of an application that allows you to view, capture and edit video, create stop-motion animations, and also has advanced capture features such as frame averaging, time lapse and motion detection. The new version has the ability to add the image of a clock to frames in timelapse and motion detection, and can make a movie out of a folder of image files.
osx.macnn.com has news of Entourage X, Microsoft\'s popular email client and personal information manager as well as shipment of Maya for OS X.
As MacNN first reported last week, Microsoft today released details regarding Office 10 for Mac OS X, which is now officially dubbed Office v. X for Mac. The software will be priced at $499 for the full release or as little as $149 for upgrades.
Dr. Bott is now shipping of its new T3Hub, an ultra-portable, semi-self powered, 3 port USB hub that weighs less than an ounce and requires no external power supply. It \"supports USB devices that normally require a powered hub such as keyboards, floppy drives, Zip drives, and scanners through intelligently allocating power where it is needed.\" The $34 hub is available in three colors: Titanium for PowerBook G4, Ice for iBook 2001 and Translucent Graphite that fits great with any computer.
As anticipated last week, Microsoft today announced the November availability of Entourage X, its email client and personal information manager for OS X: \"As the cornerstone of Office v. X for Mac, Entourage X for Mac offers many new features and improvements, including a redesigned user interface, calendar and the addition of Office notifications, plus many more improvements that have made communicating and managing information in Office v. X easier than ever.\" Pricing is $500 for the full version of \"Office v. X for Mac\" or $400 for a standalone version. Upgrades are $300, however, for a special limited time, Microsoft will be offering $150 upgrades to those who own any Office 2001 application. It requires OS X 10.1 to run.
Adobe yesterday reported financial results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2001 with revenue of $292.1 million and net profit of $40.3 million or $0.28 per share. Adobe cited a significant decline in Japan revenue as the main reason for missing the targeted revenue.
Maya and SGI have jointly announced the shipment of Maya for Mac OS X. The 3D animation and effects software includes support for QuickTime, tear off menus in the hot box, and a fully Aqua interface. The retail price of Maya Complete for Mac OS X is $7,500 USD, the same price as Maya Complete for other platforms.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 6 new desktop pictures in memory of last week\'s 9-11 tragedies, including In Memoriam, Let Freedom Ring, Never Forget, New glory, Raising the flag, and United We Stand.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6