Che Butterfield writes about the new iPod promotional video available on Apple\'s Website: \"Watch carefully when Rubenstein talks about the battery life. He actually says eight hours but has been overdubbed with VO of ten hours. Hmmmmmm. I hope they improved the battery life and changed the promo instead of just changing the promo and using marketing hype to describe the 10 hour battery life.\"
Totally Hip Software tomorrow will release LiveSlideShow 2.0, which offers tools and functions for transforming digital photos into a professional looking presentations. It offers transitions and effects, as well as the ability to add voiceovers, sound effects, interactive elements, and scrolling captions as well as custom media skins. The $50 product is available as a $20 upgrade to registered users. It runs on both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X.
TinkerTool 2.0 is a freeware utilty that allows users to change various OS X system parameters. The utility allows users to enable/disable the Mac OS X desktop, disable animation effects when opening files, show/hide hidden system files in the Finder, control font smoothing in OS X applications, and select the default font in Cocoa applications.
Front Base has released FrontBase 3.3, an update to its enterprise-level relational database server. The download package, which contains the FrontBase plugin for WebObjects 5, also gives better indication of where in the input SQL string a given syntax error has occured and fixes a few other bugs. Version 3.2 also brought a 100% improvement in overall performance, a new full text search engine, improvements to the Replication and Clustering functions, and a new transaction logging mechanism as well as a multi-threaded Aqua application for database administration.
Creative Connections, Inc. is manufacturing a replacement part for the Apple VRM (Voltage regulator module) part number 922-3292 that will work with accelerator cards for the \"Beige G3\" models, allowing consumers to \"G4\" performance by using aftermarket accelerator processors. It says that Sonnet Technologies has tested the part and is recommending it to its customers.
PC Mall, the parent company of MacMall, reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2001 of $0.5 million or $0.05 per share, a $1.2 million or $0.12 per share improvement from the net loss of $0.7 million for the comparable quarter a year earlier. Frank Khulusi, Chairman, President and CEO of PC Mall, said, \"This quarter is our fourth consecutive profitable quarter, and we have continued to achieve improved results by focusing on our Core business.
Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. as well as New York can purchase an older iMac (Indigo 400/10 GB/64 MB/CD-ROM) for the special price of $500: \"Due to the tragic events of September 11th, Apple Computer has decided to offer a selected model of its famous iMac line for a special price...\"
Belkin has announced five new wireless devices that use the 802.11b (AirPort) networking standard, including wireless access points, DSL routers, and USB adapters. All of the new devices sport 11 Mbps transfer speed and 64/128-bit WEP data encryption.
Apple\'s special event began slightly after its 10:00 am anticipated start time with Steve Jobs recapping Apple\'s digital hub vision. Jobs then introduced the iPod, a digital audio player with a 5GB drive (1000 songs), 20-minute skip protection, a FireWire port, and an advanced Lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours (and fully charges in just over an hour---by an included A/C adapter or the FireWire port). The portable device is the about the \"size of a deck of cards,\" with a backlit LCD display, and offers support for playlists, ID3 tags, and iTunes. The $400 device will be available on November 10. The Apple Store is accepting pre-orders for the device. Jobs also announced iTunes 2, a new version of Apple\'s popular music application. Version 2 offers the ability to burn MP3 files onto CDs, adjust play/record parameters through a new equalizer, and apply cross-fades to music. The download will be freely available in November.
Electric Rain is now shipping an OS X version of its Swift 3D LW vector rendering plug-in, which brings the ability to render 3D scenes directly to popular vector-based file formats from within LightWave. The plugin supports Macromedia Flash (SWF), AI, EPS, and SVG file formats and is compatible with LightWave versions 6.5 through 7.0b.
CPLAT 3.6, a low-cost C++ cross platfform framework for MacOS/Windows/Linux development, has been updated to work with CodeWarrior Pro 7, the latest version of Apple Project Builder (released with OS X 10.1) and to include trial versions for Microsoft Visual C++ and Apple Project Builder.
Adaptec yesterday announced its desktop XHub, a USB 2.0 hub with a \"superior cable management system\" and LED indicators for each port. All ports are powered for compatibility with bus-powered peripherals and are backward compatible with USB 1.x peripherals. It will be available in three models: XHub 4, XHub4 Plus and XHub7 Plus (Plus models include cable management); they will be available in mid-November through select retailers.
Apple will introduce its \"groundbreaking\" digital device today at 10 am PT at its invite-only event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA.
Martin Ler, editor of the Czech Mac Magazine, writes about another OS X-related security hole (which has yet to be confirmed) that gives access to home folders via AppleShare: \"If you are Admin user on some machine (so you are NOT a root, which have access everywhere), you are not able to surf through home folders of another users. But when you will connect to the same computer through AppleShare (even on the same computer), with your name and passwd, you will got access to the disk and public folders of users and when you will mount disk, where users folders are, you can freele surf through and copy anythink and make any changes. Of course, you can do this through network too. For normal users (not admins) are accessible just public folders, so they can\'t access anything more, than they realy can. This security problem is just afecting users home folders, not System folder, so it\'s not possible to render system unusable.\"
osx.macnn.com yesterday noted the release of new Epson print drivers as well as a new version of AOL\'s client software for OS X.
Adobe today launched the final version of Adobe DesignTeam service as part of its Adobe Studio Web site. The subscription-based collaboration service offer the ability to securely share and manage visually rich files with version control, as well as organize and track team communication around key project milestones and assignments. It also allows designers to review files and Web sites while automatically collecting, tracking and collating reviewers\' comments without the need for original applications. Adobe is offering a one month free trial to users from time of subscription to the DesignTeam service.
Apple was reiterated \"buy\" by analyst Charles R Wolf at Needham & Co with a price target of $30.
PicTriX 1.0.7 fixes several bugs in the English-localized version of the Quark Xtension that helps manipulate image frames, image files and placed images in QuarkXPress 4.x. It can reconnect or reimport image files based on various criteria, rename picture files while retaining their links, archive document or load fonts required by EPS pictures and perform editing functions such as conversion of embedded paths into XPress bezier boxes.
Waves in Motion today announced Visualizer 1.0, an entity relationship (ER) diagramming tool for FileMaker Pro that offers prototyping and documenting of projects. It can automatically generate an ER diagram based on an existing FileMaker Pro database structure and allows for display control of fields and animates relationships associated with the selected entity. A demo of the $100 utility is available online.
Selznick Scientific has released PasswordWallet 2.6.1, an update the $15 utilty for securely storing passwords, PINs, and other data. It brings better support for auto-typing under OS X 10.1 and other enhancements.
db Reports 2.5.3 fixes a bug with calculations in page and report footers and adds Valentina 1.8.9r7 support to the cross-platform report writing application that can extract, format and print data from one of various data sources.
Adam Little also notes the release of new Epson drivers (see yesterday\'s news), providing some comments: \"...Epson posted the MacOS X printer drivers for the Stylus C40, C60, C80, and Photo 785EPX. I bought a C80 a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the OS X drivers. The drivers are nearly fully-featured (one feature I wish they\'d put in is the ink monitor). Epson also has a page with the schedule for driver releases for their other models. \"The drivers (at least the C80 driver) have support for printing over an AppleTalk network. I have an EpsonNET 10/100 print server attached to my printer, and it works like a charm, with no flaws at all.\"
Fastware.net has begun accepting pre-orders for its upcoming DV-to-SDI converter with AES/EBU digital audio. SDIsland, scheduled to be available in mid-December 2001, converts a FireWire DV data stream to SDI format, while also delivering 48 KHz AES digital audio. The small, portable, external device is bus-powered, offering a 4-pin and 6-pin FireWire connector inputs and a 3-pin AES audio output along with two 75-ohm BNC SDI outputs. It auto-detects PAL & NTSC and supports both Windows and Mac OS.
Apple says it is expecting to find more store shelves to fill with Macs following the thinning of the PC retailing business and as HP\'s finalizes its takeover of Compaq, according to Apple Phils., Inc. country manager Charlie Tang.
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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