Omikron Basic 7.0b, a beta of the BASIC programming environment from Omikron Basic, has a completely redesigned editor, improved functions (Find, Replace, Compare, etc.), and other changes.
Apago released a new Acrobat plug-in, imageAlter. This plug-in can repurpose an existing PDF file by downsampling and compressing imagew inside the PDF file. In addition, imageAlter can greatly reduce the time it takes Acrobat draw the contents of a page by using something new, \"alternate\" images.
Apple has no plans for an aggressive buyback of its shares, according to a Reuters interview with Apple\'s VP of finance and corporate controller Peter Oppenheimer. Apple said that it needs its $4 billion in cash to retain employees and reassure customers of the company\'s viability.
Kingston has announced \'Buy One Get One Free\' promo, as noted by MacNN a few days ago. The a \'free\' 256MB memory module for the G4 Power Macs (part number: KTA-G4133/256) with the purchase of a 256MB memory module ($61) through its online website.
Keyspan today announced it is shipping OS X drivers for its family of USB serial adapters. The new drivers support Keyspan\'s family of Twin Serial Adapters, its PDA adapter and High-Speed USB adapter for 9-pin serial devices. Keyspan also announced that OS X drivers for its SX Pro PCI serial card and its Digital Media Remote would be available before the end of 4Q. A public beta of its Keyspan DMR public beta software is available now.
MonkeyByte.com has announced the Gold release of Galactica Anno Dominari, a challenging game of galactic colonization and warfare for OS X. The $20 title offers both single player and network play.
Bare Bones today released Super Get Info 1.0.4, a $20 file and folder info utility for OS X, offering a flexible alternative to the \"Show Info\" command provided by the Finder. It offers the ability to view/edit Mac OS type and creator codes; the Unix owner, group, and permission settings; and change a file\'s creation and modification dates. A 14-day demo is available.
Palm today announced a series of holiday promotions on its Palm handhelds, including a a free 16MB Panasonic Secure Digital (SD) expansion card via mail and $250 worth of coupons for additional expansion products with the purchase of a Palm m125, m500 or m505 handheld. Palm also lowered the price on its Palm m505 color handheld to $400 (previously $450).
Haxial NetFone 1.0 is an encrypted multi-user Internet telephone that \"lets you talk (literally, without typing), to 1 or more people over the Internet. You can talk to multiple people at the same time, and your security and privacy is protected by encryption.\"
Marietta Design today announced ScrollTrain, a successor to its QuickPrompt and AccuPrompt teleprompting applications.
SmartDisk, a manufacturer of digital drives and an Apple partner, reported revenue of $17.3 million compared with revenue of $32.7 million for the same quarter last year. These results are below the Company\'s third quarter revenue guidance of between $23-$25 million. The loss from operations for the period was $3.7 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to earnings from operations of $2.2 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the same period in 2000. The company says it is looking toward new pocket-sized, high-speed hard drives which will debut in in the first half of 2002 to boost profits.
Cypress Semiconductor plans to unveil and exhibit several USB 2.0 compliant devices at the 2001 Fall COMDEX show, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 12 through November 16, 2001. Among the offerings will be the TetraHub, which offers low-speed (1.5 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps) and hi-speed (480 Mbps) USB support. Also on display will be an ATA/ATAPI bridge with USB 2.0 connectivity.
FileMaker is offering a $100 mail-in rebate to users who purchase FileMaker Pro 5.5 and Microsoft Office v.X. The promotion runs through March 15th, 2002 and applies to full retail boxed copes of FileMaker Pro 5.5 ($250). FileMaker is also offering 10-unit license of FileMaker Pro 5.5 and a single license of FileMaker Server 5.5 for $2000, 25% off regular Volume License Agreement pricing (through December 14).
IOXperts has released a beta of its universal OS X video driver for FireWire WebCams, FireWire Dcam Driver 1.0b6. The driver package enables a wide-array of low-cost cameras under OS X, including the ADS PYRO WebCam, FireWire Direct DV WebCam, Orange Micro iBOT, and iRez StealthFire. The $20 package does not include a viewing application, but is available for $15 during the beta test period.
LookupManager 1.04 is a graphical front-end to the \"lookupd\" program, the central directory services information application in OS X. It assists you in integrating OS X in NIS or LDAP-X.500 networks. The Webpage notes that \"LDAP support via lookupd is currently not functioning correctly in Mac OS X release 10.1 (Builds 5K78 and 5L14). A bug in Darwin 1.4.1 might crash the lookup system when you try to use certain LDAP functions,\" but offers users an updated Darwin 1.4.1 for those who request it via email.
Earlier this month, MYOB announced AccountEdge 2.0, an update to its accounting and business management software application. Version 2.0 offers easy set-up via new assistants, online banking integration, bank register, time & material invoices, and more flexible invoice creation. It is available for Mac OS 8.6/9.1 as a multi-user ready product and ships with a single-user Carbon application for Mac OS X 10.1. The company began shipping orders of the $250 application this week. Upgrades are $100 through November 30th ($20 discount).
TC|Works has announced TC Powercore 1.5, an open DSP hardware platform for any VST recording application. The five-processor hardware system transforms all VST-compatible recording environments into professional, high-performance audio workstations and offers up to 24/96 audio and double-precision processing. Version 1.5 offers virtual instrument support and uses approximately 40% less native CPU-load. It will begin shipping in December 2001 for $1,300.
VueScan 7.2 is an update to the OS X and Classic utility for scanners that helps produce high-quality scans with excellent color fidelity. It also offers batch scanning, color-balancing, and cropping functions. Version 7.2 improves the speed and quality of infrared cleaning and fixes a problem with scanning dark media.
Andrei Verovski has posted Safe and Happy UNIX Hacking with MacOS X, which explains \"how to install UNIX software on MacOS X easy and--what is very important--safely, without altering MacOS X private system directories and files, with simple uninstall procedure.\"
David Renteria writes \"Today the NY Times has released a new service, the NY Times Electronic Edition which is an exact digital copy of their news paper. Unfortunately Mac users are not able to subscribe to this premium service. Their PDF-viewing client software is for Windows only.\"
Ign.com has a mostly positive review of the iPod: \"the iPod earned a good grade overall. However, the device is far from perfect. And as much as it was treated like a revolutionary product last week, in many respects it\'s not a cutting edge player at all. Overall, the iPod is a nicely designed, well integrated, and blazingly fast jukebox for Mac users. However, budget-conscious consumers, or those for whom a robust feature list is a priority, might want to look elsewhere for an MP3 solution.\"
TrufSoft has posted HotApp 0.8.a ,the third public release of its Cocoa-based hotkey utility that lets you assign a key combination to activate/launch applications. It also offer the ability to switch between the last two active process by pressing ALT-TAB, list all running applications by pressing CTRL-ALT-z, and active one from the list appearing on the screen. A free beta that expires November 10th is available online.
Symantec has released its November virus definitions files for its line of antivirus products, including NAV for OS X and NAV 7.0. [Classic, Carbon]
Marco Tabacchi has updated his \"hacked driver\" for the Epson Stylus Scan 2500, which now supports resolution changes and different paper types, along with color management. A new version for the Stylus Scan 2000 is also available. [2500, 2000]
Melco yesterday announced a high-data rate version of its Buffalo wireless LAN (WLAN) series, AirStation 2x. The new serires offers twice the data rate of current 11Mbps AirStation models and is billed as \"the first deployable high-rate (22Mbps) product in the 2.4GHz band.\" The AirPort and 802.11b product line includes a standard bridge access point ($220) and a wireless card bus adapter ($100), while an integrated broadband router is due to ship in the first quarter of next year. The 22 Mbps rate extension is being offers as \"a value-added feature beyond the specifications of today\'s Wi-Fi(TM) products.\" The first products with 22Mpbs data rates are expected to ship later this year.
Microsoft and the Justice Department reached a tentative agreement Wednesday to settle the antitrust case against Microsoft.
Elite Computers continues to expand in the San Francisco Bay Area with the Grand Opening Party of another ComputerWare store on Saturday, November 3rd. The new location is in Capitola, CA (south of Santa Cruz) and is the third of the former ComputerWare locations to re-open in the last two months. The grand opening event will also feature vendor demos and free hourly prize giveaways. (It is located at 4150 Capitola Rd. at 41ST Ave., Capitola, CA and can be reached at 831.458.1644. Store hours are Mon-Sat 10-7 and Sunday 12-5.)
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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