The freeware periodic table of elements, Smell-O-Mints 1.3, fixes the OS X Menu drawing issue and has higher contrast element icons for easier determination of which icon is highlighted. [Classic, Carbon]
Destineer\'s Macintosh label Bold is now accepting pre-orders for Age of Empires II: Gold Edition, which includes both Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion.
Son of Weather Grok 4.1.2 fixes the dock icon issue with OS X 10.1, and fixes some other very minor cosmetic issues in the application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world. It taps into NOAA\'s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) data center using 4 letter ICAO codes for Airports. [Classic, Carbon]
Channel Storm today introduced a revamped product line, including its first sub-$1,000 software solution for live-broadcasting.
nothing records today announced December 4th availability for its live release from nine inch nails titled \"nine inch nails live: and all that could have been\". The project will be available in three formats: CD, DVD, and VHS. The film was shot entirely on Mini DV by nine inch nails and its crew throughout the tour and edited exclusively \"on Mac computers using Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple DVD Studio Pro software. All audio was edited and assembled on Macintosh computers using Digidesign\'s Pro Tools software.\"
Afternon tech news: Microsoft will sell a cheaper version of Office XP package for students and teachers, as a means to tap into the education market; Dell will likely cut profit expectations during a business update planned for Thursday, as it is faces weakening demand and fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks; and ATI today reported adjusted net income of $2.2 million or $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended August 31, 2001.
Network Associates has posted the October Virus definitions for Virex, its consumer anti-virus software. (The October updates for Symantec\'s Norton AntiVirus application were also recently posted.)
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including 1 Infinite Loop (Landscapes - Urban), Capitaine Flemme (Animation), Coffebreak in Kaikoura NZ (Fauna), and Eye (Portraits), Katie Holmes (Portraits), and Under the Sea 17 (Landscapes - Water). The site is updated daily. As always, the pictures are free and available in a wide range of sizes.
Aaron Bratcher\'s db Reports 2.5.2 is a maintenance release to the database reporting application that can extract, format and print data from one of various data sources, including 4D Server 6.5, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, and Valentina. [Classic, Carbon]
Galleon Software has released its first online collection of source files to allow PowerTicker 2.0 ($50) customers to quickly add new sources and keep their copy of PowerTicker up to date. Previous MacTicker customers are able to upgrade for $10.
Alco Blom\'s has posted Web Confidential 3.0b8, another update to his $25 shareware that user IDs, passwords, registration keys, PIN codes, and serial numbers.
1stKIOSK is now shipping its $1000 iPEDESTAL, an iMac-fitted, Lexan plastic holder for securing an iMac (including restricted access to the power button and CD slot) in a public space. Its $3000 KlearKIOSK is an all-inclusive, interactive presentation system that includes an iMac and a 1stTouch PSR 1 touch screen system with 4096 x 4096 points of resolution.
Hemera\'s The Big Box of Art, a digital image collection with the high-quality and a variety of images, will be available through many popular retail outlets, mail-order and online resellers in North America and Britain by mid October 2001 by late October 2001 in France and Germany. The $70 collection has 215,000 images (while the PC counterpart contains 350,000 images and sells for $30).
The shareware database and system component manager, Extension Overload v5.9.2, now has definitions of 5300 extensions, control panels, CSM and CMM system components.
Motorola is expected to announce lackluster financial results when it reports third-quarter earnings on October 9th. The company is currently in the process of cutting more than 20 percent of its work-force, and has reportedly been looking to divest its semiconductor operations, which produce PowerPC processors for Apple. The company also today named Edward Breen as its new President and COO, succeeding Robert Growney. Current analyst consensus estimates peg Motorola\'s third-quarter loss at $.07 per share.
UMAX has begun shipping the $129 Astra 4450 48-bit color scanner, which features 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution, USB connectivity and programmable push-button controls. The built-in Universal Transparency Cover allows scanning of color slides and negatives up to 4\" x 5\". The scanner only includes Windows OCR software, but ABBYY (whose package is bundled with the Astra 4450) develops a Macintosh version of FineReader 5.0.
ATI Technologies Inc, which provides graphics cards for three of Apple\'s four Macintosh model lines, reported adjusted net income of $2.2 million or $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended August 31, 2001. Revenues during the quarter declined 6.7 percent to $229.1 million from the third quarter of fiscal 2001, while the gross margin improved 5.5 percentage points to 29.6 percent. With increased competition from Nvidia, ATI officials say they are looking to products like the Nintendo GameCube, which will display an ATI logo, to sustain future revenue growth.
LaCie\'s disk utility software,Silverlining Pro 6.4.3, adds support for LaCie USB 2.0 drives (although they function at USB 1.1 speeds), improves RAID 0 (striped) performance by allowing custom block size seletion, extends RAID capacity to 12 drives, has better FireWire Support for plug/unplug and general error recovery and improves FireWire RAID performance for Oxford 911 bridges by about 10%.
Mactracker 1.2, a detailed spec database on all Macs, now offers support for OS X, the ability to add notes to all model windows as well as updates the database with Macintosh Server G4 (QuickSilver).
Barry Software has released Toolbox Helper, a $25 developer tool that provides indexed access to Apple\'s Toolbox documentation.
Last year, over 35 million PC-based and consumer electronics products were equipped with IEEE 1394 (\"FireWire\"), according to Cahners In-Stat Group, who predict that the number will exceed 200 million by 2005. The total number of 1394 devices grew by 192% in 2000 over 1999 in which PC-based products accounted for most of the shipments; however, digital consumer electronics are expected to overtake PC devices in 2001. A full report covering 12 application categories and 27 total segments is available for $3,500.
osx.macnn.com, updated daily, has reports on a new build of Timbuktu, Midiman drivers for OS X (Monday\'s news), the scientific calculator f(x) 2.0, and the release of many other applications.
PocketMac, the first software to offer the abiltiy for Macs to sync with PocketPC-based handhelds, will make its public debut tomorrow at the PocketPC 2002 launch in San Francisco tomorrow, according to MacUser UK.
Quark has posted a beta of Quark Passport 5.0b, the multi-language version of its QuarkXPress software that includes hyphenation rules and dictionaries for several non-English languages, as noted by Macworld UK.
mac:method has released a new version of its $15 scientific calculator, f(x) 2.0. The advanced programmable scientific RPN calculator offers 20 built-in scientific functions, 3 numeric input modes (decimal, hexadecimal, and binary), an editable list of constants, and complete control over numeric display.
Netopia has posted Timbuktu 6.01b3, a new version of its remote management software that provides OS X 10.1 compatibility, as well as other changes. The build, available to registered users, will expire October 26th (registration required).
Tri-Edre\'s Tri-Catalog 5.01, a file and picture cataloger for OS X, has a new user interface with floating windows, new options to set comments and marks for files/pictures, new display modes, and a new HTML export feature to publish pictures on the Web. Upgrades to the $100 application are $70.
Everyday Software\'s Bookit 2.1 is an update to its $12 bookmark management tool for OS X that supports Internet Explorer, iCab, Netscape, OmniWeb, and Opera web browsers. Version 2.1 includes the ability to support multiple item drag & drop, inline editing of bookmark names/addresses, and bookmark sorting. (Both its $5 clipEdit 2.5b2 and freeware Quick Change 2.0b2 have also been updated for OS X 10.1 compatibility.) [BI, CE, QC]
Apple is offering an extra 128MB of RAM for free with the purchase of Mac at an Apple retail store, according to a note on its Retail Web pages. The promotion ends October 31, 2001.
Mac users have reportedly succeeded in playing the German version of NSync\'s Celebrity, which warns that the CD is not playable on computers: \"But the German version does not even play on a Windows PC meaning users cannot listen to music they have bought, while they work. It cannot be copied to blank CD or sent over the internet using a PC. Nor can it be ripped to a solid state portable, such as an MP3 device.\"
Tri-Backup 3.01 is a new Carbonized version of the company\'s back-up utility, offering two different modes: (1) \"Immediate Actions\" for comparing two different folders, or for immediate backup, synchronization or restoration and (2) \"Programmed actions\" for scheduling repetitive backups or synchronization. It also adds a new \"Evolutive Mirror Backup,\" which saves the entire content of a disk with its changes, including the structure of each folder (what was modified, added and removed) as well as the recent versions of each modified document. Upgrades to the $50 utility are $30.
James Doyle notes receipt of his OS X 10.1 update in Australia: \"After originally wondering if this update would be available inside of a month (there were no dealer handouts on the official release day) I now have the 10.1 update installed! How did I get it? Why I just rang up the Apple Store and ordered it on Tuesday, and got it today via Australia Post. It looks like Apple has certainly improved here downunder!\"
Kevin Williams writes: \"I preordered the Sonnet Tempo ATA-100 PCI host card last month. At That time, the sales person said that it would ship \"sometime in October.\" Well lo and behold, it was waiting for me on the first. Seeing as it was not compatible with Mac OS X (10.0.4) I\'m guessing that this was no coincidence.\" (Earlier this week, Sonnet announced it would offer up to four 128MB DIMMs at for $50 each with the purchase of any Crescendo/PCI or Crescendo/7200 processor upgrade card through the end of the year.)
MacBibble 1.99, a new fully Carbonized version of the application for processing raw image files from highend Digital SLR\'s, has a new \"Raw\" processing engine, now offers full support for the large files from the D1X. and can generate a 10 Megapixel 4024x2624 Image from the raw data.
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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