PC Mall, Inc, the parent company of MacMall, has scheduled its third quarter conference call and results release for Wednesday, October 17, 2001. The conference call is scheduled for 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PDT and will be carried live on Vcall.
The Mecury News is the latest media outlet to write a glowing review of OS X, saying that \"OS X is probably the best-looking PC operating system ever, with its jewel-like Aqua interface and its photo-realistic icons.\"
eWeek reports that IBM next week will announce a new PowerPC chips ranging from 700MHz to 1GHz. Code-named \'Sa-hara,\' it may also include enhancements to match the \"current performance advantages of the PowerPC G4\'s AltiVec acceleration and is expected to be the successor to the G3 line: \"The Sahara chip will feature an \'AltiVec-like acceleration\' and not require the AltiVec co-processor in order to provide a speed boost to applications. Details were not yet available as to whether this is due to new hardware or code mapping, but sources said Sahara\'s technology is entirely distinct from AltiVec. Sahara will be constructed using a combination of copper and silicon-on-insulator technolo-gies.... Sources also said a revised version of Sahara, called Sahara 2, will be released sometime in 2002. Although details are scarce, Sahara 2 will be moved from Sahara\'s CMOS 8 (0.18 micron) to CMOS 9 (0.13-micron) fabricating technology.\"
Wired\'s Fighting Evil Hackers With Bucks notes one government official recommendation is to use Macs to improve security: \"Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Michigan) offered his own suggestion for improving America\'s computer security: Use a Mac. \'I own a Macintosh. I got through Y2K -- I didn\'t even think about it. And I\'ve never had any problems with viruses. Maybe there\'s a lesson to be learned.\'
Graham Bakay has released PowerDelete for OS X, which \"makes a shift-backspace send a forward delete signal, for those of us without the forward delete key (old macs, portables). It\'s based around iJect, a similar utility that prevents you from ejecting things accidentally.\"
Casady & Greene\'s Grammarian 2.1.4 brings improved support for Adobe Illustrator, FrameMaker 5, and BBEdit 6.1.2 as well as a new engine which greatly improves the grammar checking functions. Version 2.1.4 of the $50 application also improves compatibility with Classic under OS X. It is a free update for registered users.
Jeff Melrose reports receiving a follow-up indicating that TBS would process a refund for Toonboom Studio, which we noted had problems working under OS X 10.1, or wait until next week, when the company says it will post an OS X-compatible version of its Toonboom Studio animation package. It will be a free update for registered users, according to an email from the company.
OSNews has posted a first look at OS X 10.1, which offers critiques on an \"overdone\" Aqua interface and continuing speed issues. \"an OS that except of a slick GUI does not bring anything new in the OS and technology scene, but just a life boat for Apple as a company in the whole. Nothing like a filesystem like XFS or BFS, not a good software manager like QNX\'s, or the advanced (and easy to use) networking features that WindowsXP brings. MacOSX lacks not the killer application, but a set of killer features.\"
PineHill Products has posted FinalWord 2.5, an update to its $16 text editor that adds a new OS X-compatible icon, shortcut features, better Aqua support, and compatibility with OS X 10.1.
Yamaha\'s new CRW3200 LightSpeed3 family of optical recorders feature Yamaha\'s Audio Master Quality Recording System: \"When Audio Master recording mode is enabled, the system widens the lands and the pits, significantly reducing jitter created during CD-R recording, improving audio and music recording quality to a level rivaling professionally prepared music CDs.\" The 24x/10x/40x units, housed in \"Platinum White\" casing, have a 8MB buffer, include patented SafeBurn technology, and feature Partial Constant Angular Velocity (P-CAV) for support of the 4X-10X CAV mode. The internal E-IDE CRW3200EZ will begin shipping in late October 2001 for $200, while models with UltraSCSI ($350), FireWire ($330), and USB 2.0 ($300) are expected to ship in November.
Panorama 4.01, released earlier this month, offers dozens of new features and enhancements to the \"ultra-fast\" RAM-based database application. Version 4.01 includes automatic guides for nudging graphic objects, an improved Enhanced Image Pack with Quicktime-savvy routines (support for GIF, LZW compressed TIFF and Photoshop files), a new Wizard manager, support for more complex charts, and new simulation mode. A personal license (up to $30) offers use of the database by single person on multiple computers.
The second (and final) preview release of SQLBoss Developer 1.0pr2 is available now. The $100 application for rapid database development on remote hosts can create and change databases and export their work as fully functional PHP files. Itt includes all features of SQLBoss Monitor and is available for a 25% discount through the testing period. A free demo is available with registration.
Men & Mice\'s QuickDNS Pro 3.5.2, a maintenance release to the $500 DNS management utility, fixes a cache corruption issue, improves query responses, and has other enhancements. A free trial of the client/server package is available online.
Media 100 has finalized the sale of its streaming media software assets to the Discreet division of Autodes. The all-cash deal, announced on August 30th of this year, included the sale all intellectual property rights, as well as branding rights of Media 100\'s CineStream and Cleaner family of streaming media software solutions for $16 million. (Today, it reported a net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2001 of $5.0 million, or $0.40 per share.) Meanwhile, a report on osx.macnn.com has a note about the future of the Cleaner product line for OS X.
Christopher Blomquist forwarded a note from Media 100 tech support about the future of the Cleaner Live product under OS X, which apparently faces some developmental/technical challenges. (Although the sale to Discreet was recently finalized, the representative says \"it probably does change the future development plans;\" however, noting that an official answer will likely have to come from Discreet. \"At this point it is very unlikely that there will be a version of Cleaner Live running on Macintosh. Support for hardware drivers under OS-X is still very difficult, but aside from that we find most prospective customers are within corporates where Macintoshes are still considered unwelcome by the IT managers! As a company we started on Macintosh and many of us use them every day. For this particular product, Windows 2000 and the opportunity to use rack-mountable PCs simply better suites our requirements...Our development team are looking into the possibility of offering a QuickTime encoding option using QuickTime 5, but there is no set release date for this feature right now.\"
Adobe affirmed its fourth-quarter targets on Thursday despite saying that \"it could not assess the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks. Adobe expects earnings of 27 cents or 28 cents a share on revenues of $310 to $320 million this quarter.
Stimpsoft\'s SnapperHead 4.1 is a \"handy little app that sends screenshots to people who enter your IP address into a web browser.\" Version 4.1 can handle multiple requests, while v4.0 added the ability to capture specific areas of the screen, contextual menu support, and other features. The utilty is free.
MacNN sources note that Apple will officially introduce new speed-bumped PowerBooks and iBooks later this month. The new PowerBook will feature G4 processor speeds of 667MHz and 550MHz, larger harddrives (20GB/30GB), a Radeon Mobility graphics processor, Gigabit ethernet, and a bundled AirPort card. The new Titanium PowerBooks are expected to be the same prices as the current models. Apple is also expected to introduce new speed-bumped iBooks with a faster 600MHz G3 processor, larger hard drives (15GB/15GB/20GB), and more memory (128MB) as well as cut pricing on its high-end machine combo-drive unit by about $100. Current models are expected to be modestly discounted to clear remaining inventory, after the expected October 16. [updated]
As anticipated yesterday, MicroMat has posted TechTool Pro 3.05, an update to the popular disk drive utility, adding the ability to edit file/folder attributes, better recovery options, and support for Mac OS 9.2.1.
An article has instructions on how to hack IE 5.1 to search Google from the address bar.
Christoph Hoevel writes DrayTek has just released new OS X drivers V1.4 for the miniVigor USB-ISDN-Modem. The new version brings OS X 10.1 compatibility and is not compatible with 10.0.4: \"you better backup the old driver before you try the new one.\"
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 4.5, an update to its parental control application that offers better filtering of image searches, improves performance, and disables the browser\'s back button.
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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