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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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