Ralph Miranda notes the release of a new beta of the popular classic game, Castle Wolfenstein MP b7.
Augsoft today announced OS X compatibility for its ODBC Router, a Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) solution on Macintosh. It also announced a new Mac ODBC OverDRIVER that enhances the ability of FileMakerPro to connect with enterprise databases such as MS-Access, IBM DB/2, INFORMIX, MS-SQLServer and ORACLE 8i.
Miglia Technology is shipping its new Miglia Alchemy FW + USB PCI card, which offers two USB 1.0/1.1 devices and two FireWire ports. The $90 PCI card comes with free technical support and a two-year warranty.
Destineer\'s Macintosh label Bold will include the Arnold Palmer Course Designer when it ships the Mac version of Microsoft\'s Links golf game this fall. It will be the first Links product for the Macintosh to include a course designer. The APCD allows user to create courses in a real-time 3D system, including the ability to \"tweak every inch of fairway with the APCD, and create tunnels and arches with full control over each point on the course.\" In addition to the course designer, this new version of Links for the Macintosh will include a major upgrade to the graphics and physics engine, a host of new courses, new golf personalities and more.
Pete Curtner writes: \"The October 16, 2001 issue of PC Magazine has a cover story called \'The new Shape Of PCs.\' Featured prominently on the top of the cover is an Apple PowerBook G4... Interesting that the most Windows-centric technology magazine has recognized that there are other platforms out there besides just Microsoft & Intel.\"
FirewireDirect.com\'s new Spark II PRO is a 2.5\" FireWire/USB combo hard drive that supports USB 2.0 (with backward compatibility for USB 1.1 hardware) and the improved Oxford 911 ATA-100 chipset for fastest FireWire performance. Pricing is $220 (10GB), $280 (20GB), and $390 (30GB) and $140 for the stand-alonge USB/FireWire enclosure.
Coda Music\'s music notation software, Coda Finale 2002, brings a Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizer (for creating an entire orchestration from any melody with or without chord symbols); automatic insertion of slurs, expressions, articulations in repeated rhythmic patterns; and a new \"wizard\" for creating customized exercises. Upgrades to the $545 application are $100 (v 2001) and $150 (v2000); the company is offering a $200 cross-grade to owners of some competing products.
The $20 shareware, Enhancement Pack 1.4.1 for AppleWorks, provides over 40 extra features to the popular productivity suite. Version 1.4.1 works around a bug in Mac OS 9.1 (and above) where some menu commands cannot locate needed files and also improves database functions such as duplicate, search, and replace. (Some functions work under OS X.)
Rotating Ads for Lasso 3.6, a $60 upgrade to Starmark\'s $100 ad management system, adds Web administration, auto-expire and autostart features, and other enhancements. It is offered as a stand alone product or as an integrated Web Site Publisher for Lasso module.
In the wake of slow-downs and cost-increases caused by freight interuptions and stricter security measures (imposed after last week\'s tragedies), a \"deadly typhoon has disrupted production in Taiwan, one of the most important suppliers of computers, semiconductors and other electronics to the United States technology industry.\" [registration required]
24U s.r.o. has released SimpleDialog 1.0.2, an update to the FileMaker plugin that can display arbitrary dialog boxes as well as combine text, passwords, checkboxes, radio buttons.
Adobe has posted a \"OS X 10.1 native\" version of its SVG Viewer 3.0b2, a client for viewing specialized 3D elements on the Web. Version 3.0b2 brings more elements, more CSS properties, more DOM suppoty, performance improvements, and a new compressed output file format (compressed SVG, .svgz).
Adobe will Webcast next week\'s Seybold Keynote with CEO Bruce Chizen, where it \"will outline the latest developments in the next wave of publishing...Network Publishing harnesses the Internet and today\'s emerging technologies for the creation, management and delivery of visually-rich, personalized contentreliably, anywhere, anytime, on any device.\" The keynote is expected to take place on Tuesday at 12:15 pm PDT.
NewTek has announced a maintenance release, LightWave 3D [7b], which brings \"massive speed increases and optimizations for both the Intel SSE2 and AltiVec to its $2,500 3D animation package. NewTek claims render speed improvements of as much as 87% under OS X; other improvements include the use of the Motorola math library under OS X, more multiple processor support, true type support under OS X, and better compatibility with some 3rd party software packages. Through September 30, 2001, all registered owners of any version can upgrade for $500 (after which pricing for 5.6 owners and earlier increases to $600). [Classic, Carbon: 6.5MB]
The National Software Testing Labs, a leading independent technology testing organization, concluded that \"iDVD on Apple\'s Power Mac G4 was easier to learn than Sonic DVD IT! LE on a Compaq Presario 7000,\" and that the Mac was twice as fast in creating a DVD. Though the Apple system was more expensive, the Mac beat out its competitors in useability as well as performance.
EZQuest has begun shipping its Cobra+ 100GB Firewire Hard Drive, which features a 7,200 rpm mechanism as well as burst transfer rates of up to 38MB/sec and sustained rates of 34MB/sec. The drives ship with Intech\'s SpeedTools drive utility, sports dual 6-pin FireWire ports, and includes a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a built-in cooling fan, and a 6\' FireWire cable. The Cobra+ line retails for $$250 (40GB), $$300 (60GB), $360 (80GB) and $490 (100GB). All drives are shipping with a \"Pro-Mar\" exterior and are covered by a two year warranty.
AppMac has released a final version of cObserver 1.0, its client/server application that enables administrators to gather system profiles from remote computers. The application creates HTML remports, regularly checks the computers for updated profiles, and runs on both Classic and OS X. Pricing starts at $70 for 10 computers. [Classic, Carbon]
Fastware.net has posted new revisions of both the Mac OS SIM Extension v1.01 and an internal FW301 firmware upgrade for the BridgeIt FireWire to SCSI converter. SIM version 1.01 fixes a previous issue in the support and improves transfer rates of Sony DAT drives (users will need to upgrade to the new firmware revision FW302.mot). BridgeIt supports SCSI HDD, MO, tape, printers, scanners, removables and CD-R/RW in a full chain of up to 7 SCSI devices connected to a FireWire port and also has two extra 1394 ports for FireWire Hub functionality.
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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