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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6