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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R