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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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