Colin Ong notes Epson has provided a \"non-specific, non-committal, non-informative standard corporate line\" respone in his effort to determine whether Epson will provide OS X support for his Epson Stylus Photo 700 and other printers currently not supported or for which no support is planned: \"I urge other Stylus Photo 700 owners to email Epson at firstname.lastname@example.org to lobby for support or at least an announcement one way or the other.\"
Apple has apparently worked things out with Eric Yang, whom we earlier today reported was prevented from developing an Aqua front-end for Mozilla and Netscape: \"What Apple objected to was not Aquafying Mozilla, but rather the way I was doing it via emulation, thus not giving Mozilla users a pure Aqua experience. Apple is willing to provide information for creating real Aqua experience for Mozilla. Right now, my efforts are focused on an Aqua interface for Tenon\'s iTools, so work on Mozilla for the moment is in abeyance.\"
Aspyr\'s Tomb Raider Chronicles 1.01 update fixes a few bugs that cause system freezes during gameplay.
Readers are writes with various notes about availability of OS X v10.1, which is expected in some retail outlets tomorrow: [Christopher Hammack] \"I had hoped to get 10.1 from our local (generally very mac friendly) campus store. Unfortunately, the manager told me that they are only being allocated enough copies of the 10.1 upgrade to cover the current stock of 10.0.x. In other words, no go. I guess I will have to wait like a lot of other people.\" [Paul Brainerd] \"I spoke with the Apple Rep at CompUSA in San Antonio this morning, and he indeed has the 10.1 upgrade in his hands and will be there to distribute it at store opening in the morning (Saturday). Can\'t speak for the rest of the Comp stores across the country, but this is a good sign.\"
The Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b16, adds a new package for use under 10.1, a new file history for stats, an option to make files/folders invisible, purge options to clear directories, better download speed reporting, and other enhancements. Pricing starts at $25 for 10 concurrent users.
Knowledge Adventure is now shipping Spy Masters, a new adventure role-playing series designed for kids ages 7-11. As Part of the JumpStart Learning System, the Spy Masters series debuts with two games, Unmask the Prankster and Max Strikes Back, which challenge players to solve mind-bending missions and earn state-of-the-art spy gear in a quest to save the world. It features a mix of console-style game play and arcade action in a 3D world.
As noted by MacNN several days ago, Apple will be making a $799 iMac available to retailers and catalog reseller beginning this weekend. The Indigo-colored iMac with a 500MHz processor, 64MB, 20GB drive, 24x CD-ROM, and 56k modem, will be identical the version currently only available to education customers.
Material†Arts today announced FlexiSheet, a multi-dimensional spreadsheet application, which will be released as a Technology Preview in October 2001. The spreadsheet uses an object-oriented approach to tables and data and allows the user to reorganize rows and columns on the fly, without losing data.
CyberGauge 3.2, update to Neon Software\'s Internet bandwidth measurement application, brings enhanced SMTP server alert compatibility, QoS report enhancements, and other enhancements. It is a free update to registered users of v3.x.
Nate Brookes sent us a note about Apple\'s plans for a retail store in Cincinnati: \"I recently noticed on Apples job page that they were looking for a Mac genius in Cincinnati. This made me curious. Today after a talk with a manger in the Gap in Kenwood towne center. The gap is moving to a larger location downstairs and apple will be moving into their old spot. The manger also said something about it coming from their corporate offices.\"
Hewlett-Packard has introduced its HP LaserJet 1000 printer, a $250 monochrome HP LaserJet printer that offers USB connectivity and 10 ppm speeds, 600 dpi with HP Resolution Enhancement technology for output enhancements to 1200 dpi. [Update: printer not Mac compatible]
Rob Edvardsson\'s Codebook 4.04, a large database of cheats, codes and walkthroughs for Mac games, now includes new Plug-ins containing cheats for Alice, Alien vs Predator, Beyond Atlantis, The Crystal Key, Dracula Ressurection, Marathon Rubicon, Max Payne, Myst 3 Exile, The Feeble Files, Baldur\'s Gate, Myst, Netfungus, Number Munchers and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2.
The $12.50 shareware BatControls 1.5 lets you schedule events (reminder messages, shell commands, and launch files) to execute when you want. Version 1.5 adds the ability to schedule reminder messages, supports unlimited events, and repeating events. [Classic, Carbon]
BEST Software is conducting a beta program for its forthcoming application PolyPhontics 1.0b, a full-featured SoundFont and DLS authoring tool that offers the ability to create SoundFont and DLS compatible files, manipulate synthesis parameters for tonal control, real-time previews your, and the ability to import a variety of sound formats.
Destineer\'s Macintosh label, Bold, announced today that it will ship the \"Championship Edition\" of Links when it releases the Macintosh version of Microsoft\'s best-selling golf game later this year and that the Mac version of Links Championship Edition will now include the same features and the same price as the Windows version. It is also expected to ship near-simultaneously with the Windows version. Links will include a new graphics engine, new physics engine, a full-featured course designer, new golfer personalities, and 13 of the world\'s best golf courses and will run natively on OS X.
Optigold ISP 2.8.3, a cross-platform business software package for ISPs, adds a fast mode payment generation, HTTP failure dialog, call back queue for billing and general issues, additional employee security and a few other miscellaneous items.
Apple\'s iMovie Plugin Pack 2.1.1 contains a set of effects, transitions, and titles that you can add to iMovie for OS X.
Dantz tells MacNN that it continues to work very closely with Apple to make Retrospect available for Mac OS X. OS X v10.1 has important issues that need to be resolved: \"For example, it is not possible to back up and restore hard links. This functionality is required to restore a complete, functioning Mac OS X system. The beta Retrospect client is also affected by these issues. Therefore, beta testers should not rely on the beta client for full system restores. Testing indicates that user created documents should restore correctly.\"
Koingo Software\' Password Retriever 2.1, a $10 utility for securely storing passwords, is now available online, offering new logging of database access attempts, a new floating window option, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Trinfinity Software today released Vortex 1.1, an update to the free iTunes Visual Plugin, which displays graphics in the iTunes window that vary in color and shape as the sound changes. Version 1.1 includes a new automation feature, which when enabled, continuously changes Vortex settings to give you a more varied and unique experience. [Classic, Carbon]
Panda Systems\' PandoCalendar 5.7.4 is a maintenance release to the Mac-only program places a fully functional calendar on the desktop.
Panic has released an update to its popular MP3/audio player, Audion 2.6, which brings CD burning, a maximizer plugin (to maintain consistent sound output), an echo plugin, and improved freedb support. It also includes OS X 10.1 specific features such as faster playlist window resizing, a dock menu which allows the user to control Audion entirely from within the dock, and the ability to manage Audion plugins through the Finder \"Show Info\" window. A free demo of the $20 application is available. [Classic, Carbon]
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.6.0, adding image captions to the Page Layout Panel of the $15 digital photo printing program with options to View, Grade, Layout, Crop, Mask and Overlay. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple legal has shut down Eric Yang\'s project for developing an Aqua skin for Mozilla and Netscape 6, as noted by a MacNN reader: \"Eric Yang from developing an Aqua skin for Mozilla and Netscape 6. Although this skin needed work, it was the only aqua skin on the web (as far as I know). Moreover, due to the fact that Mozilla /Netscape 6 was open source, we very well could\'ve seen this ship with future versions of Mozilla and Netscape 6 for OS X. Currently OS X builds of Mozilla and Netscape 6 have NO support for the Aqua UI. I would advise emailing Apple to complain about this. I know I will.\"
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Retail VP Kupbens leaves Apple
Bob Kupbens, who joined Apple in 2014 just ahead of Dame Angela Ahrendts to run the online Apple Store and other web-based retail programs as vice president of online marketing efforts, has reportedly left the company for another position. Kupbens, who was previously in charge of digital marketing initiatives and e-commerce at Delta Air Lines, replaced Jennifer Bailey when she was appointed to run the Apple Pay project. He has overseen the redesign of the online store, the online iPhone upgrade program, and has generally worked to make the site better integrated with the retail Apple Stores. No replacement for Kupbens has yet been named.
Xcode updated for Git security
Apple on Friday patched two known critical vulnerabilities in its Xcode development tool that were concerned with the Git source code management client portion of the program. For unknown reasons, Apple waited seven weeks to update the version of Git shipping with the command-line tools in Xcode to v2.7.4, released by Git developers on March 17 to address the vulnerabilities. The flaw, now corrected, could allow for cloning a repository with a specially-crafted file structure, giving attackers a chance to execute malicious code on systems where cloning operations were initiated, reports Computerworld. The Command Line Tools package is not installed by default on OS X, but users have the option of installing it, and in some cases were forced to disable Git until the tools were updated. http://apple.co/24BQJP3
Twitter for Mac gets Moments, Polls
Twitter has updated its Mac app with Moments and Polls, features previously rolled out in its web portal and in its mobile apps. The new Moments tab is designed to make it easier to find more interesting and relevant content. Content is curated in categories including News, Sports, Entertainment and Fun, with trending topics highlighted for an easier to use, more engaging experience. The Twitter for Mac app also picks up the ability to create custom multiple choice polls via Tweets that are live for a 24-hour period. Users can also share GIFs in both Tweets and Direct Messages thanks to a new GIF search function. http://apple.co/1rxCvA0
GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N