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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R