An interview with Ron Johnson talks (again) about the Apple\'s retail plans, noting that the company is trying to work with other neighboring Apple resellers: \"We\'ve got to make sure these are adding incremental volume to Apple and the (reseller) channel,\" according to Johnson.
Elite Computers today announced it is planning a location in Berkeley, along with other locations in Sunnyvale and Capitola. All three stores will be in the same retail spaces previously occupied by the old ComputerWare. The company has already re-opened the former ComputerWare location in San Rafael and has its flagship store in Cupertino across from Apple\'s main campus. Elite has scheduled a Grand Opening of the Sunnyvale location on Friday, October 19th at 10:00am. The Capitola store will be open by the end of the month and the Berkeley location is expected to open in November.
OpenBase SQL 7.0 has been released. The latest version of OpenBase International\'s database package adds Java stored procedures; built-in credit card payment processing; and a new OpenBase Manager interface that is compatible with Mac OS 9. The tool includes native support for WebObjects 5 and is available immediately.
OpenBase today released OpenBase SQL 7.0, a new version of its enterprise-level database that now ships with built-in support for Java stored procedures, automated e-business functions (processing credit card payments, e-mail integration, etc.) and improved database design, installation and administration. Version 7.0 also supports document word indexing, query optimizations, ODBC support for Mac OS 9, and cut & paste data exchange with Excel Spreadsheets.
Zayante has announced a two-day FireWire education course including extensive technical details on bilingual -- both beta and legacy -- operation. The two-day course is scheduled for November 14-15. In addition, Zayante is offering a half day introduction to IEEE 1394 on November 13. The combination price is $3,000 per person; the price for the two-day, 1394b only version is $2,500 person. The 1394b standard provides transfer speeds up to 800 Megabits/second, with a roadmap for scaling to 3.2 Gigabits/second.
Iomega has posted a new OS X-compatible version of its QuikSync 3.1 utility. The backup/synchronization utility now supports Peerless drives and now supports mounted drives including network drives (but does not include CDRW or DVD-RW).
Black Magik\'s $20 utility, FileHider 2.1, quickly and easily hides \"your important files and folders from the prying eyes and idle hands of friends, family, children, or other casual observers.\" It also includes a password function to protect the hidden files. [Classic, Carbon]
A Dallas Morning News article notes that Apple\'s Instant Up-To-Date Program bundles will only be available through Oct. 31 or \"while supplies last,\" but notes that \"many CompUSA locations began burning their own upgrade CDs for free distribution.\"
Dean Davis has released WeatherMan 1.3 and WeatherManX 1.3, updates to his applications that download current weather conditions, current weather forecast and Nexrad radar images from the National Weather Service. Version 1.3 adds sunrise, sunset, civil and astronomical Twilight times as well as fix a bug under OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
PalmCopy is a Cocoa-native application that allows you to syncronize a Palm Handheld device with a Mac under OS X: \"Unlike other utilities it shouldn\'t require any non-standard libraries or other programs to use. It is largely based on the pilot-link libraries but doesn\'t need these to be installed.\"
Yesterday we noted that Apple was sued by a stock holder seeking damages for misinformation on sales numbers by the company on its Cube and new iMac products in July 2000. Other reports included Microsoft\'s Macro vulnerability update for Excel/PowerPoint, Apple Canada\'s multimedia tutorial center, Apple\'s Authoring Support 1.1.3 update, Miglia\'s Director\'s Cut \'Take 2\', and dozens of new applications.
MacNN readers report more future Apple retail store openings, including a November 8th opening date for Apple\'s Aspen Grove location in Denver (Colorado) and a \"late November\" date for the Valley Fair mall in San Jose (California). (One Web report indicates a Nov 23 date for the San Jose location, although this has yet to be confirmed by MacNN.) Another reader notes that Apple has signed a lease in \"The Mall at Wellington Green,\" the first major shopping mall to serve the western reaches of Palm Beach County, although an opening date for the store has yet to be announced. [updated]
Epson earlier this week reduced the price of its Stylus Photo 785EPX ink jet printer and the EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z digital camera. The Stylus Photo 785EPX, developed for direct digital camera photo printing at 2880x720 dpi, is now $200 ($50 reduction), and the PhotoPC 3100Z, a compact, 3-megapixel digital camera is $600 ($200 reduction). Both products featured Epson\'s PRINT Image Matching technology that allows digital cameras and printers work together.
Team MacNN\'s website has been relaunched with an all new design: \"Team MacNN is MacNN\'s distributed computing team. We currently participate in two different projects, but will be expanding to four as new Mac clients are released. Readers are invited to check it out, and to join our team to defend the glory of MacNN.\" (We expect resolution to our forum server and our search engine problems sometime today or this weekend.)
Apple\'s Palo Alto retail store is set to open tomorrow, as noted previously by MacNN. It is Apple\'s first street-front store, while most others are located in high-traffic malls, according to an Interactive Week article that also notes the Apple store is built around \"solution bays and also has an area for kids with iMacs set on a tabletop at kids\' height and flanked by shelves of educational and games software. The articles also notes that an average of 7,100 people visit its stores around the country. Update: The Albany store is expected to open on October 13th. [updated]
FIDIM Interactive today released Netrikulator 1.0, a $15 single player puzzle game described as \"a combination of Tetris and Pipe Dreams as the user tries to form as many complete networks as possible before the screen fills up.\" A demo version is available.
ROUTE 66 recently introduced its ROUTE 66 Route USA 2001-2002 ($50) and ROUTE 66 Route Europe 2001-2002 ($100), which offer hundreds of thousands street maps and Points-of-Interest. The upadate offers new and up-to-date maps from leading in-car navigation data suppliers, better map coverage,a more robust interface, improved printing, and up to 6 times faster routing.
MacNN readers are noting Apple\'s lack of support for OpenGL under OS X on some computers with ATI Rage Pro / Mobility graphics cards (readers are encouraged to write directly to Apple). Josh Lewis writes that the recent OS 10.1 upgrade breaks OpenGL support, however, others indicate that support has been non-existent under OS X: \"I\'ve noticed since upgrading to 10.1 that OpenGL is no longer supported on my machine (an iBook SE 366MHz with an ATI Rage Mobility card) and I\'ve seen many other people on Apple\'s support forums with the same problem on different machines. It seems that 10.1 drops OpenGL support on several of ATI\'s slightly older cards, such as the Rage Pro and Rage Mobility lines, to name a few. \"It\'s unknown to me at this time whether Apple or ATI ever intend to fix this problem. I don\'t really know whose problem it is or who might fix it, but it is incredibly frustrating to many, many people who own these products with these cards. It\'s especially frustrating that the computers are listed as \"supported\" while Apple seems to have decided that only certain parts or functions are really necessary to declare a machine \'supported\'. OpenGL is not one of the necessary functions, I guess. \"You can easily tell if OpenGL isn\'t working if the \"pan & scan\" screensaver that worked under 10.0.4 is now only able to show pictures in a clicking slideshow-like mode with no panning or scanning. Obviously opening a game or other OpenGL dependent program will also show if your OpenGL is not functional.\"
John Scalo\'s FileFreak 3.5, a popular type-as-you-go filter for application launching, offers dramatically improved indexing (up to 45% faster in Mac OS 9 and six times faster in OS X), now tracks moved/renamed files, and fixes other bugs.
Stimpsoft\'s Faust\'s Friend 2.2 and Cat-in-the-dock 1.1 have been updated to work with Mac OS X 10.1. [FF, CID]
Solscape 1.2, described as a \"Solar Data Browser,\" grabs real-time images of the Sun in multiple light wavelengths and also monitors current solar flare, geomagnetic, and Aurora activity. Version 1.2 provides OS X 10.1 compatibility as well as minor interface enhancements.
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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