MindVision has releasd Installer VISE 7.4, an update to its developer application that includes OS X 10.1 compatibility, the ability to set permissions for installer items, support for longer file names (up to 63 characters), and the ability to edit text files, launch a web browser, and leave applications running during uninstalls.
24U Email OSAX 1.0 is a scripting additon that adds email automation commands to the AppleScript dictionary, allowing users to send electronic mails without need of any additional aplication.
Randy Hines writes: \"I as watching TechTV yesterday and noticed during a segment touting Richard Linklater\'s new movie Waking Life that one of his tech collaborators had created some proprietary rotoscoping/animation/video software using Code Warrior for the Mac. He demoed the software.\" Power Mac G4s were used as the primary hardware for the animation/rotoscoping process, according the Website.
MacNN reader \"Mark H\" writes that he has \"verified with a friend who works at the Kenwood Towne Centre (a mall located in a northern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio) that an Apple Retail store is under construction. There have also been ads for jobs at Monster.com for \'Apple Pro\'s\' for an undisclosed location in Cincinnati.\"
LightWork Design has released LightWorks for OS X, its rendering system that \"integrates all key rendering techniques and is designed for direct integration into 3D software applications, giving application developers fast, innovative and leading edge rendering technology for producing photorealistic 3D images and animations.\" [Pricing or other details are unavailable.]
Apple shipped 850,000 units for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2001, a decline of 24% from the prior year quarter. Most unit sales decreased from the same quarter last year, including iMac (294,000, -49%), Power Mac G4 (248,000, -34%), and PowerBook (57,000, -34%). iBook sales, however, did increase by 182% over the prior year quarter and totalled 251,000. Unit sales in each of the regions dropped (totalling nearly 25%) compared with the prior year quarter; however, Apple saw sequential gains in the Americas (6%) and Europe/Middle East/Africa (14%), and signficant sequential declines of 23% in Japan, which the company said was its weakest region, as with other PC makers. [see Q4 FY 2001 Data Summary]
In Apple Fourth Fiscal Quarter \'01 conference call, Apple CFO Fred Aderson said he was \"very pleased\" with the quarter, as Apple shipped over 850,000 Mac units, including 300,000 portables.
Apple today posted a net profit of $66 million, or $0.19 per diluted share on revenues of $1.45 billion, which were down 22 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margins were 30.1 percent, compared to 25.0 percent in the year ago quarter. International sales accounted for 41 percent of the quarter\'s revenues. The quarter\'s results included a $1 million favorable after-tax impact resulting from realized investment gains. Excluding these gains, the Company\'s net profit for the quarter would have been $65 million, or $0.18 per diluted share versus the $0.16 per share estimates by analysts. AAPL traded down after hours due in part to its revised outlook for the December quarter, although it did beat analyst expectations for its forth fiscal quarter. Trading on Instinet after-hours trading was halted until 5:05 pm ET. Apple said it shipped 850,000 Mac units during the quater. Apple also said its on track to open 25 stores by the end of the year and that it is targeting December quarter revenues of at least $1.4 billion and EPS of at least $0.10.\" For the 2001 fiscal year, Apple totalled a net loss of $25 million on revenues of $5.36 billion, compared to net earnings of $786 million on $7.98 billion in revenues in 2000. --------------
Apple announced that shipments of its iBook notebook to education tripled in the fiscal 2001 fourth quarter over the prior-year quarter. Sales grew by 205 percent. (Apple was the leading supplier of portable computers to the U.S. education market for calendar year 2000, according to market research firm IDC, with 18.2% marketshare.)
Chaos Master 1.2.2, a free update, fixes a few bugs in the file-management utility that controls clutter and improves drive performance.
FOCUS Enhancements has added MGI\'s VideoWave 4 video editing software to its FOCUS CommandPost, a video editing control device that reduces multiple key stroke editing commands.
MacWay today announced \"full OS X 10.1-compliance\" for its entire Oxford 911-based product line, including its 3.5\"/2.5\" enclosures and CD burners.
Power Structure is a story development software program that \"gives writers of creative fiction the tools to use their own skills as storytellers to the best possible advantage.\" It is available in for introductory price of $200 ($70 off) through the end of the year. [demo]
PineHill has released CreativePage 2.9, a free upgrade to its $26 web site design suite. Version 2.9 includes a new formatting tool, adds the ability to choose a browser for preview, saves all window locations including the editor window, and includes numerous bug fixes.
Afternoon tech news: AOL Time Warner beat lowered analyst estimates in its third quarter fiscal report, generating revenue of $9.3 billion; Microsoft and Samsung have partnered to develop and market consumer PCs and other devices; The Business Software Alliance has shut down an Austrian site that purportedly provided means of pirating software.
SmartDisk has cut pricing on its PowerBook G4 and iBook accessories by up to 30 percent for a limited time. Among the products included in the promotion are auto adapters, airline adapters, battery chargers, and various cables. The offers are in effect on the company\'s Web site through December 31, 2001.
osx.macnn.com, updated daily, has news today of a Carbonized LightWorks 3D rendering engine, a security exploit in OS X 10.1 that allows users to gain root access via the desktop, availability of a free preview version of JBuilder for OS X, a tutorial on building Apache/PHP, and the release of BlogScript 1.0.
LightWorks, a 3D rendering engine that has been commonplace on the Windows platform for some time, has been released in a Mac OS X-compatible flavor. \"Mac OS X offers LightWorks users improved overall performance, with greater speed and stability for their applications,\" said Dr. Gordon Oliver, LightWork Design CEO. LightWorks will be integrated into 3D apps such as auto.des.sys\' form-Z. Screenshots of the OS X engine in action are available at Light Work Design\'s Web site.
Following our recent notes about RSI support for OS X, a note from Research Systems indicates that the company is re-evaluating its position on OS X development: \"We are currently evaluating the possibility of providing support in IDL for both a Mac Classic format (OS 9 running on OS X) and/or a native Unix/X-Windows implementation on Mac OS X. Once we have determined the feasibility of each of these options we will let you know what we can do going forward.\" (full letter available)
Borland has posted a preview version of JBuilder for OS X, its visual development environment for creating Java 2, platform-independent database and Web applications. It offers a rapid application development environment for building and deploying JavaBeans, applets, JSP and servlets; Java XML development including presentation, transformation and validation; and advanced debugging, and Web and database tools. The full JBuilder Professional for Mac OS X download will expire on December 15, 2001 and is expected to available for purchase in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Apple has confirmed that itwill introduce a \"breakthrough digital device\" at next week\'s special event. The company has sent invites sent to select journalists regarding a new product introduction on October 23rd. The event, to be held a few days before Microsoft\'s Windows XP introdction, will mark the launch of a digital music device, according to c|net\'s sources: \"Apple apparently is not planning to introduce a portable MP3 player, but something more sophisticated such as a component for a home digital stereo system.\" [updated 4:20 ET]
Intelli Innovations has released Package Tracker 3.5, a free update to its $35 package management software for the Mac. It brings support for OS X 10.1, new postage calcuations for more package types, APO/FPO zip codes checks, a time commitment calculator for Express Mail packages, and other enhancements. A free trial is available online.
Scott Anguish has posted details of a \"serious security exploit\" in OS X 10.1 that allows any user at the Desktop to gain root access to the machine.
BBEdit 6.5, the newest release of Bare Bones\' advanced text editor, includes a sundry of new features, including markup and syntax coloring support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), integration with Mac OS X\'s Unix command-line scripting systems, an all-new grep engine with Perl-compatible regular expression syntax, syntax coloring for grep patterns in the Find dialog, snap-to-grid palette dragging and resizing. The tool is priced at $120 for the full version and $80 for a cross-upgrade. Those who purchased BBEdit 6.1 on or after August 1, 2001 are eligible for a free upgrade and will automatically be sent free upgrades starting within the next 2-3 weeks, while other registered users can upgrade for $40. [updated]
British broadband company Alcatel today announced new drivers for its Speed Touch USB-based ADSL modem. Version 1.4 of the driver set includes support for OS X and eliminates the need for an additional PPPoE client. The drivers are due in mid-October from the company\'s Website.
Essential Reality will begin shipping Software Development Kits (SDKs) for its new P5 glove-like peripheral in November. The USB-based device provides gamers with an ergonomically designed glove-like device, which controls the fast action in 3D game software through diverse hand gestures. Limited SDKs are available for a variety of operating systems, including OS X, according to the release.
Metrowerks has begun shipping CodeWarrior for Palm OS platform Version 8.0. The set of Palm development tools includesa n editor, project manager, C/C++ compiler, linker, emulator and target device interface that enables source and assembly level debugging. The new release sports an enhanced compiler, new project wizards, USB debugging, and enhanced documentation. CodeWarrior for Palm OS is priced at $199 for an upgrade, and $499 for the full release.
IBM has reported earnings of $1.6 billion or 90 cents per share, down 20 percent from $2.0 billion in the year-ago quarter. In its fiscal report, IBM said that its microelectronics business, which sells semiconductors to Apple and other companies, saw a revenue decline of 30 percent.
Frank Vercruesse has released ASM 2.0, which adds a classic-style Mac OS application switcher menu. The menu is customizable and offers \"Classic Window Mode\" (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or \"Single Application Mode\" (automatically hides applications other than the front-most one). Version 2.0 has options to hide all application automatically, the ability to hide the dock on a per-application basis, and localizations in German, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
Marvell has announced that Apple has selected its Alaska Ultra (88E1011) Gigabit Ethernet over copper transceiver for use in the new Titanium PowerBook G4. The Alaska Ultra device is used directly on the motherboard, offering \"the industry\'s lowest power consumption and smallest form factor package. [It] is also the industry\'s first device to support advanced power management modes, which can substantially prolong battery life.\"
Apple is due to report quarterly earnings today after the market close. The company is expected to earn 16 cents per share, and thus far, has not made any warnings regarding its fiscal results. (Both Macromedia and Handsprng are also due to report earnings after market close as well.)
Version 1.1 of NotePod, the drag-and-drop note manager and reminder utility, has reached final candidate. It support for rearranging items by dragging them, multiple data files in user-specified locations, and other improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
TechnoWarehouse, founded by two former Newer Technology managers, is selling Newer Technology-branded upgrade products including the MAXpowr G4 & G3 processor upgrades; NUpowr G3 processor upgrades for PowerBooks; USB peripherals (hubs, floppy drives); and FireWire 2 Go (PC Card FireWire for PowerBooks) as well as docking stations for PowerBooks. Its products are factory-certified and tested and all come with a \"No DOA\" guarantee as well as a 30-day warranty. Support is available via the website as well as through email at email@example.com or by phone at 316-655-2903. Secure online ordering is offered on the website and all orders are shipped within 24 hours during the week.
NotifyMail 4.1.1 is an application that works in cooperation with your server to notify you immediately when new mail comes in: \"It is not an active checker like your email client (Eudora, Emailer, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, etc.), but a passive listener, listening for a cue from the server when new mail has arrived.\" Version 4.1.1 offers better compatibility with the Classic environment, adds support for PowerMail, and has other OS X-related fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
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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