After pulling the update due to sound issues earlier, Apple has reposted the the Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.2.8, which will run on G4 Power Macs with an AGP graphics running Mac OS 9.1 or later from a local hard disk. The update provides improvements to starting up Mac OS X from the local hard disk, FireWire target disk mode, network startup, gigabit networking (on systems with gigabit hardware), and system stability as well as support for additional security options that allow the Open Firmware to be password-protected.
Media 100 i 7.5.1 adds a new Media 100 Test Diagnostic v10.9.01 that now supports customers with more than 1 GB of RAM installed in their system.
Evening tech news: CompuServe 7 may ship with Gecko Web browsing software, replacing Internet Explorer; Microsoft, hampered by $1.2 billion in investment devaluation, announced a profit of 23 cents per share, well below analyst estimates; Earthlink has purchased e-appliance maker Cidco for $5 million.
Microsoft\'s profit dropped 42 percent from last year, in part because of a massive charge for bad telecom investments, but posted adjusted earnings of 43 cents a share, beating consensus estimates compiled by Thomson Financial/First Call by 4 cents a share. Sales in the period were $6.13 billion, up 6 percent from $5.77 billion last year but below the $6.16 billion analysts had expected.
Material†Arts today announced the availability of a first beta release of FlexiSheet, its new multi-dimensional spreadsheet application. FlexiSheet offers an object-oriented approach to tables and data, allowing users \"to reorganize rows and columns on the fly, without losing data. FlexiSheet\'s user interface was designed from scratch to adhere to Apple\'s Aqua guidelines and makes number crunching really easy and enjoyable.\"
TBS notes that the OS X 10.1-compatible version of Toon Boom Studio has been delayed because its development has encountered \"unforeseen difficulties with the Mac OS 10.1 platform, and are working intensively to deliver the application by the end of this month.\"
Intel and Apple were among the first companies to include such terrorism-related language in their earnings releases--i.e., a warning that attacks may negatively impact profit growth, perhaps because both had suits brought against them by class-action lawyers in the weeks following the Sept. 11 attacks, according to Reuters article.
A MacNN reader writes about Macs in Microsoft ads (again): \"The new Windows XP TV commercial is the latest in the long line..In the TV ad (\'Prepare... for liftoff\'), a man is sitting on a park bench with a laptop. Oddly, the laptop is an Apple PowerBook G3 ;)\"
GhostView 1.1 is a REALbasic class plugin that displays a PS/EPS/PDF files using GhostScript lib. It requires GhostScript rel. 6.01, a shared library and a set of fonts and PS procedures.
MacNN reader Urs Alscher writes about changes to Apple\'s iDisk setup, which he says may hint at the new \"digital device\" expected to be introduced next Tuesday: \"On the iDisk are now a lot of mp3 files under Software, MacOS X, Extras, FreePlayMusic, separated in different music styles. Many mp3 files do not play a full song, only a short part (10, 20 seconds), files without a number seem to be the full song.\"
As of 3:00 PM EST, Apple\'s shares were up nearly $1 to $18, representing a gain of about six percent. Volume on the stock was relatively heavy, with 9,305,000 shares changing hands. The gains come in the wake of profit estimate cuts from analysts, as well as overall market turmoil, as the NASDAQ remains essentially flat.
Terra Soft has announced immediate availability of Yellow Dog Linux 2.1, the latest release of its Linux OS for the PowerPC processor. The new version includes Mac-on-Linux 0.9.60 which automatically grabs the ROM image from a Mac OS partition reducing setup to a minimum, sound support on the iBook, and support for NVidia GeForce 2 and ATI Radeon video cards.
Prudential Securities and Credit Suisse First Boston have cut their outlooks for earnings per share from Apple for the fiscal year 2002 (FY\'02). Prudential analyst Kimberly Alexy cut her estimate for fiscal 2002 earnings per share to 45 cents from 61 cents. Credit Suisse analyst Kevin McCarthy cut his 2002 earnings estimate to 25 cents a share from 30 cents a share, noting a price range of $14-$20 over the next few quarters.
Unsanity has released an OS X hack, WindowShade X 1.0, which brings the familiar window-collapsing effect from Mac OS 9 into OS X. The $7 shareware offers 3 different minimize styles.
JR Hill & Co today expanded its Screen Protector line with its new Vinyl PowerBook and iBook Screen Protectors. Designed for the PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4 and iBook, they \"help protect your fragile LCD screen from dirts oils and scratches from the keyboard when closed.\" The PowerBook G3 & iBook Vinyl Screen Protectors retail for $7 while the full-size PowerBook G4 Vinyl Screen Protector is $10. Each ship with a Lifetime Warranty.
HotApp 0.5a is another beta release of the hotkey utility for OS X that allows you to associate a key combination to activate any OS X application. It also can quickly switch between the last two active applications and display a list of all running applications.
TopCalculette 3.2, now available for OS X 10.1, is a $12 shareware calculator with \"paper tape\" calculation tracking, drag & drop support, quick keys to calculate rates, 12 customizable keys, an integrated converter (with 148 units and 49 currencies updated over the Internet) and an accounting mode. Version 3.2 adds more unit conversions, currencies, and minimizes CPU consumption. The $12 shareware is also available in more customizable, $19 \"Pro\" version.
osx.macnn.com yesterday covered an OS X 10.1 security exploit, the release of Lightworks for OS X, and notes the release of ServitorX, a new beta release of Opera 5.0b2 for OS X, and Pooch 1.1 for managing parallel computing.
Elite Computers says it will receive its first shipment of the speed-bumped PowerBooks and iBooks for this Friday\'s Grand Opening of its ComputerWare-branded store in Sunnyvale, CA. The company will also be giving away free copies of the OS X v10.1 update packs. The Grand Opening event, which starts at 10 AM on October 19, will feature prize giveaways on an hourly basis throughout the day as well as product demonstrations by representatives from Apple, Keyspan, Aladdin, and Kensington. The store is located at 520 Lawrence Expressway (hours are M-S 10-7 and Sun 12-5).
REBOL Technologies will begin shipping IOS Express 1.0, an application for secure peer-to-peer collaborative sharing, later this month. It offers support for a wide-range of business processes through a set of tiny, customizable \"reblet\" applications--40 of which it says will be available by the end of the year, including polling, surveying, rating, notifying, agendas, brainstorming, whiteboards, file sharing, user status monitoring, scheduling, and others.
Dauger Research has releaesd Pooch 1.1, the Parallel Operation and Control Heuristic application, which brings support for AppleScript, OS X 10.1, a new heuristic algorithm to utilize the \"best\" resources found in the cluster, and improved file transfer speed and launch times. The application is available for $150 for the first node and $100 for each additional node.
ServitorX is a $50 Cocoa based application developed for Mac OS X that provides the ability to monitor multiple 4D Server applications.
Wired Magazine yesterday announced the winners of its third annual Rave Awards, where Apple won four awards in the \"Most Wired Design,\" \"Most Wired Extra,\" \"Most Wired Ad Spot\" and \"Designer of the Year\" categories. The proceeds of the evening benefited the America Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through the American Liberty Partnership.
Apple will be opening its retail store at Tice\'s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey on Saturday, October 27, 2001, according to an email from the company to local residents. (As noted previously, Apple will also open a store in Westfarms Mall in Farmington, Connecticut on the same day.)
Branislav Milic has posted \"dozens of exclusive screenshots\" of InDesign 2.0. [text in French; click \"Voir\" at end of each paragraph]
Opera Software has released Opera 5.0b2 for OS X, which offers the ability for users to register the $40 browser to support continued development of the browser or use a ad-sponsored version with a \"small banner.\" Beta 2 also offers users the ability to search bookmarks, autofill forms and filter cookies.
Apple yesterday beat expectations with profits of $65 million ($0.18 per share vs. $0.16 per share) on revenues of $1.45B as well as that it tripled sales of iBook to the education market. We have a summary of the financial call where CFO Fred Anderson gave more details and guidance for the upcoming quarter as well as a brief look at the unit shipment numbers.
NetShred 2.0 brings support for Eudora 5.0 and a new setup application that proves improved configuration to the $15 Internet privacy utilty that securely deletes files, including the web browser cache, browser history files and email trash.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s upcoming product launch on Oct. 23, new developer notes on the new PowerBooks and iBooks, reduced pricing on SmartDisk\'s PowerBook peripherals, the release of BBEdit 6.5, and OS X-related releases of the P5-glove SDK, ASM 2.0, and a preview of JBuilder.
Slacker 1.2, a to-do list app for OS X, is a Cocoa application with features such as \"repeating todo items, sorting, drag-n-drop, alerts, freshness dating, multiple documents interface, system service, Stickies integration, undo, Aqua interface, calendar view, notes view and more.\"
The $16 shareware WebPics 2.41 is a simple application for building web page galleries. Version 2.4.1 adds support for opening pictures in a new browser window, adds direct gallery page links for multi-page galleries, supports fixed (non-scrolling) background images, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Blue World has released a beta version of Lasso Professional 5 Standard Edition, its application server product for building and serving data-driven Web sites. Version 5 brings an object-oriented Web programming language, advanced Web application server and security administration, and an embedded Lasso MySQL high-performance database server. The beta contains all features planned for the final release and includes all documentation in a finalized form. Purchases during the beta period receive a $200 discount off the $1,200 product or $600 upgrade. The final version is scheduled for release later this year.
TheSky Astronomy Software 5.0.6 is a full-featured, graphical astronomy program that \"turns your personal computer into a personal planetarium.\" Version 5.06 of the $130 application adds the ability for some telescopes to be controlled with push-button style controls, as more Field of View Indicators, and other enhancements.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives