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Apple reposts G4 Power Mac firmware 4.2.8
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 100i 7.5.1 adds support for 1GB systems
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.
Tech: Compuserve & Gecko, Earthlink purchase
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 beats estimates by 4 cents
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.
Flexisheet Beta: object-oriented spreedsheet
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 delays OSX-compatible update to Toon Boom
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."
Apple: terrorism clause added to financials
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.
Reader: iDisk changes may hint at new device
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."
GhostView 1.1: RB plugin displays PS/EPS/PDF
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.
Macs in Microsoft ads (again)
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 ;)"
Apple shares shine in face of doubt
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.
Yellow Dog Linux 2.1 gets GeForce 2 support
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.
WindowShade X 1.0: collapse windows under OSX
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.
Analysts cut earnings on AAPL for FY'02
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.
New vinyl screen protectors for portable LCDs
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 0.5: hotkey utility for OS X
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: shareware calculator
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.
OS X: Lightworks, Opera 5.0b2, Pooch 1.1
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: new PBs, iBooks for Grand Opening
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).
IOS Express 1.0 for Internet collaboration
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.
ServitorX: Cocoa app to monitor 4D servers
ServitorX is a $50 Cocoa based application developed for Mac OS X that provides the ability to monitor multiple 4D Server applications.
Pooch 1.1 helps manage parallel computing
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.
Apple wins four Rave Awards from Wired Mag
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 to open store in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
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.)
Apple beats street, posts $65M profit
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.
Opera 5.0b2 browser has paid, sponsored modes
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.
InDesign 2.0 screenshots posted to Web
Branislav Milic has posted "dozens of exclusive screenshots" of InDesign 2.0. [text in French; click "Voir" at end of each paragraph]
NetShred 2.0: Internet privacy utilty updated
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.
Roundup: Apple product launch, developer note
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: Cocoa-based to-do list app
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."
WebPics 2.4.1 adds features to Web galleries
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]
Lasso Professional 5 Standard beta available
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 5.06 released
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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