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Apple:OS X adoption in line with expectations
Apple's OS X operating system has "been adopted by the public at a rate that the company 'expected and hoped,', according to Phil Schiller. He, however, declined to say specifically how many users of Mac OS X there currently are, citing the quiet period before the company's earnings in mid-October, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
Seybold keynote now available in QuickTime
Yesterday's keynote by Phil Schiller from Seybold Seminars is now available in QuickTime format at Apple's Website.
New higher-capacities of DiskOnKey
M-Systems today announced higher capacity storage (64MB and 128MB) of its DiskOnKey personal storage device. The higher capacity USB devices are bundled with a DiskOnKey Adapter for "easy access of the USB port from the desktop computer with a cable connector." Additionally, M-Systems has differentiated the compact, driverless storage devices based on capacity using a variety of colors. The 8MB ($50) remains gray, 16MB ($70) is yellow, 32MB ($100) is orange, 64MB ($130) is blue and 128MB ($150) is green.
Navarre to supply Apple Stores with software
Navarre Corp. has formed a strategic alliance with Apple to supply third-party Mac software to Apple's new retail stores and Apple online Apple Store. As part of the agreement, Apple will also utilize Navarre in establishing distribution for new developing Mac publishers. Navarre will initially ship directly to Apple's distribution center for fulfillment, but expects to ship directly to Apple retail stores and customers in the "near future."
Modem Magic 5.04: optimized modem scripts
Modem Magic 5.04, a modem script suite that claims to optimize dowload speeds over the modem, has updated Global Village and Apple Internal Modem Scripts and more accurate reporting of actual connection speeds. A demo is available.
Roxio posts 2nd preview of Toast 5 Titanium
Roxio today posted yet another preview of its media authoring system, Toast 5 Titanium for OS X Preview 2, which is only available to registed owners of Toast 5. The company says it is first application to allow users to burn data CD and DVDs, as well as audio CDs under OS X. The preview release software will expire on February 1, 2002.
Proxim ships new Skyline Wireless Gateway
Proxim today announced its new Skyline Wireless Broadband Gateway for sharing a single high-speed Internet connection with both wired and wireless computers. It offers a 4-port 10/100 switch, an integrated 802.11b wireless access point, and a separate 10/100 Ethernet port for separating the local computers from the broadband network. The $300 router ships with a Web-based management system as well as support for PPPoE, DHCP serving, NAT, and 64-/128bit WEP.
Apple posts iMovie 2.1.1 update on ftp server
Apple has posted iMovie 2.1.1 on its ftp servers.
Fontosaurus releases three new free fonts
Fontosaurus has released three new freely downloadable fonts: 5by, a bitmap font (Macintosh only); the funky art-deco font, Martini; and another funky headline font with three faces: YChrome. The special $30 price for the "Font of the Month Club" is valid through the end of the month.
OS X, G4s added to SourceForge Compile Farm
OSDN has announced the addition of OS X and PowerMac G4 servers to the SourceForge.net Compile Farm: "Developers will now be able to use the world's largest Open Source development website to test drive their applications on Mac OS X version 10.1 the first major upgrade to Apple's new UNIX-based operating system."
Analyst lowers price target on AAPL stock
ABN AMRO has lowered its price target on Apple to $20 from $25, but no further details on the price target cut.
Soft Solutions releases 4-Sight Fax 5.0
Soft Solutions has released 4-Sight Fax 5.0, which brings client-server communication over TCP/IP using HTTP and XML (eXtensible Markup Language) to its cross-platform LAN-based fax solution. It can now be used to send faxes fom remote locations over the Internet using a central email/fax gateway. The server is compatible with OS X as well as Mac OS 8/9.
iBook, PowerBook on Keyboard Magazine cover
Nick Farwell notes "the October issue of Keyboard Magazine prominently features a Powerbook G4 and an iBook on the cover, nicely obscuring a Sony Vaio also on the page."
PowerLogix reduces pricing on CPU upgrades
PowerLogix dropped prices on its CPU upgrades, offering the PowerLogix PowerBook BlueChip G3 500/250/1MB for $500 ($100 drop) and the PowerForce G4 450/225/1MB (for Power Macs 7300-9600 for $270 ($80 drop). The PowerForce G3 ZIF 500/250/1MB and PowerForce G4 ZIF 450/225/1MB (for beige and blue & white Power Mac G3s) have been replaced with a PowerForce G4 ZIF 500/200/1MB at the list price of $400. PowerLogix has also added a new low-end PowerForce G3/350/117/512k for $150 and reduced pricing on its PF G3/400 ($230; $20 reduction) as well.
Apple postpones QuickTime Live!
Apple today announced it has postponed QuickTime Live 2001, which was scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, October 8-11, 2001. The rescheduled QuickTime Live Conference will take place February 10-14, 2002 at the same venue.
Apple offers online Apple Expo Paris
Registered Apple Expo Paris attendees report receiving a note about an official "on-line Apple Expo that will be up and running on Wednesday, September 26. Here, you will find information about Apple products and solutions, as well as links to exhibitors' web sites. News of promotional offers and new product launches will be available to you."
Stone Studio supports more languages, 10.1
Stone Design is now shipping both Italian- and French-localized versions of its Stone Studio application suite (in addition to the previously available Spanish, German and English language versions). The new release also brings AppleScript support to its PhotoToWeb application; contextual menus and smart quote generation to the Create layout/drawing application; and OS X v10.1 optimizations to each of the seven applications. Stone Design has extended its introductory pricing of $300 for the suite through October 31, 2001. A demo is available online.
iGetter Download Manager PR1.4: new features
iGetter Download Manger PR1.4, which works with Mac OS 7/8/9 and OS X, is another preview of the download utility that offers the ability to resume broken downloads, segmented (accelerated) downloading, queue filtering by various criteria, scheduling downloads, and automatic reconnection of your modem connection. [Classic, Carbon]
Kids GoGoGo 4.2 adds OS 9.2.1 support
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 4.2, which adds OS 9.2.1 support, better filter mechanisms, multiple Internet database sychronization sites, and an extended database to the parental control program for the Internet.
MacDesktops: more WTC and 9-11 desktops
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including several more photos in memory of the tragic events on September 11. The site is updated daily. As always, the pictures are free and available in a wide range of sizes.
Tech: MSN growth, Corel earnings,ExciteAtHome
Early Morning tech: MSN has added 400,000 new subscribers since April with almost most 80 percent of new customers switching from other ISPs, and nearly half from AOL; Corel today after market close is expected to announce earnings of $0.02 per share according to analysts' consensus estimates; and ExciteAtHome will cut 25 percent of its staff and close some media operations to conserve costs as it looks for a way to save its business.
Digital Performer 3.01 posted by MOTU
MOTU has released Digital Performer 3.01, an update to its integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system as well as the required MOTU Audio System v.2.3.1, which will also update versions of the Delay, Trigger and Auralizer plug-ins. [DP 3.01, MAS v2.3.1]
Fetch 4.01 supports OS X 10.1
Fetch 4.01 brings improved compatibility with OS X 10.1 to the popular $25 shareware ftp client. A 15-day demo is available online.
MACh Speed Control 2.6.0 supports OS X 10.1
XLR8 yesterday released the latest revision of its cache-enabling and PowerPC processor optimization software, MACh Speed Control 2.6.0, which brings OS X v10.1 support and Velocity Engine optimizations as well as thermal monitoring of PowerPC G3 and G4 processors while running under OS X and improved stability, and enhanced Velocity Engine support. Upgrades require a valid XLR8 serial number to install (free for all purchases after January 2000). Others can purchase the software for $15.
NetBarrier 2.1 adds CodeRed detection
Intego's Internet security utility with firewall, antivandal, filter and privacy features, NetBarrier 2.1, adds detection of CodeRed requests, the ability to trust computers on your local network, and better compatibility with Multiple Users. The update is free to registered users of the
OS X: QTTS 3.02 update, Word X Preview
osx.macnn.com has news of Roxio's Toast 5 Titanium for OS X Preview 2, Stone Design's updated Stone Studio suite, Apple's QTTS 3.02 update, MACh Speed Control 2.6.0, new system utility updates from Gideon Softworks, and new Wacom tablet drivers for OS X 10.1 (as well as the immediate availability of Word X Preview for OS X and a new version of the AOL Instant Messenger Client for OS X.). [updated 1 pm ET]
Apple posts QuickTime Streaming Server 3.02
Apple has posted QuickTime Streaming Server 3.02, which brings SSL support to the Web-based Admin module for users with a valid SSL certificate.
4D InstallerMaker 1.0: new install dev tool
4D today announced the immediate availability of 4D InstallMaker 1.0, a completely visual development environment for building cross-platform installers. It runs on Classic and Windows platforms, with Mac OS X currently under development. A special $50-off introductory subscription rate of $350/year is available for a limited time); it can be run in demo mode indefinitely for free with 4D-sponsorship banners and limited customization features.
Wacom posts new beta driver for OS X v10.1
Wacom has posted a new Beta Driver 4.70-7 for OS X v10.1, which supports all Wacom USB tablets, incl. the USB versions of PenPartner, Graphire, PL-400, PL-500, Intuos Series, Graphire2, Intuos2 Series and Cintiq.
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