Darwin 1.4.1, released last week by Apple, is available on the Web. GNU-Darwin has posted Net Installation instructions for Darwin-only users and a beta of its bootable Installer CD. The new GNU packages, which work with the Darwin-bundled XFree86 software, are compatible with OS X 10.1, including OpenSSH and XFree86. A reader forwarded some more notes from a mass email: \"It is important for OSX.1 users to upgrade their OpenSSH. This is a great time to check out our other packaged offerings, which are also Darwin-1.4.1 and Mac OSX.1 compatible. OSX.1 users who are new to GNU-Darwin might like to try our new Net Installer. Just follow the OSX-specific directions at the top of the script.\"
AIMgadget 2.2 is a freeware tool for conveniently viewing logs. Version 2.2 adds the ability to view Netscape AIM logs and suppor for reverse session order, as well as other minor improvements. A Carbon version, AIMgadget 2.2b1, is also available, for viewing old logs in Mac OS X (however, AIM for Mac OS X does not support logging, yet). [Classic, Carbon]
ZipBurst CGI 2.5, a distance locator and database lookup tool for Webservers, adds three new conditional tests to show records in your data base that can\'t be physically located. A new \"Trial Size\" 2-month license for The ZipBurst CGI Pro with US locations is available for $25 (with upgrades to the full 1-year license also discounted by 25%).
Some interesting threads in our recently reopened forums include: a welcome to and some information about our new forums, slower Terminal.app speed in OS X 10.1, setting up Anonymous FTP services in OS X 10.1, a reader\'s ideas on how to improve the Dock, news about Unreal Tournament for Mac OS X, and information about our new Team MacNN Distributed Computing website.
The Motley Fool has published a \"Fool Plate Special\" examining different tactics being exhibited by computer manufacturers in the retail market. The article says that while Dell, Gateway and Apple have similar strategies, they are using contrasting methods. \"Apple ... is moving in the opposite direction, gradually opening retail stores across the country... While the differing approaches may seem odd given that these two companies peddle ostensibly similar products -- though one, obviously, is a manufacturer and marketer and the other a straight retailer -- both moves make sense, though neither is without risk.\"
The MacNN forums are online and operational again on our new forum server. We took the opportunity to clean up a few things during the transition, and we greatly appreciate your support and patience over the past few weeks. The new forums are accessible at http://newforums.macnn.com, and we should be making additional modifications for additional performance boosts over the next two weeks. Thanks to our forum administrators for their hard work. Hope to see you at our new forums! --MacNN Staff
Macrovision Corp has begun shipping FLEXlm, its licensing management pacakge, for Mac OS X. \"(Our Software) benefits from the super-modern operating system\'s power, stability and advanced networking capabilities,\" said company officials in a statement. Several license options are available for FLEXlm, including a demo version.
English and Dutch versions of PocketNotes 1.01, an update to the $20 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning, includefixes bugs and minor performance enhancements.
CE Software today announced the release of QuicKeys X, a Cocoa- version of its keyboard and automation utility that includes the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts repetitive tasks, including \"Type Text\" functions and Mouse Recording. The $60 utiilty is available for a special migration price of $50. A bundle of QuicKeys 5.0/QuickKeys X is $140. [updated]
A Reuters article notes that Microsoft has begun a $6 million marketing campaign to sell Office v.X and that the company projects sales of 750,000 by next June.
SearchWare Solutions has released Pix Lite 1.1.6, an OS X 10.1-compatible version of its $15 shareware QuickTime-based media viewer.
Dell sees reason for a turnaround in 2002 in its PC sales, ancitipating resumed consumer spending on computers and pledging to spend some $700 million a year on research and development.
Joy 2.3 adds OS X 10.1 compatibility to AAA+ Software\'s developer productivity and RAD tool that includes a run-time class browser and object inspector to debug applications and inspect Cocoa applications. Licensing starts at $70 and a free demo is available.
An OsOpinion.com article discusses Intel\'s recent attempts to discourage PC manufacturers from including floppy drives and serial ports in their upcoming models. \"The iMac\'s form factor, small footprint, colors, removal of many legacy ports, and nearly every other aspect of the machine have been all but entirely copied except for one thing -- removal of the floppy drive.\"
breve 1.2 is a simulation environment which allows users to define the behaviors and interactions of different types of agents in a simulated 3D world and observe the emergent behaviors. The new version features enhanced graphics, speed improvements, and more comprehensive documentation.
Our new forum server is up and running, and we\'re almost done transferring all our forum data across. We\'re in the finishing stages of polishing it up, optimizing performance, fixing a few problems that occurred during the forum transplant, and updating the DNS to point to the raw IP address. The forums currently located at http://forums.macnn.com are still down, but once the new forums are up we will set those links to redirect to our new pages. As soon as we finish up, we will inform our readers (even if the DNS hasn\'t fully updated yet) so they can get back to discussion. MacNN Forums are on schedule to open later today. Thank you for your patience during this turbulent transition.
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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