iTunes 2, the first major revision of Apple\'s popular jukebox software, has just been released. New in this version are many heavily requested features, such as a full 10-band equalizer with 22 presets, MP3 CD burning capability, a Crossfader for smooth transitions between songs, an Apple-engineered \"Sound Enhancer\" to improve sound quality, greatly improved CD burning speed, and iPod support. The update is available for free after filling out a short form.
ItemsMover 1.0b1 is a simple freeware utility which lets you Cut, Copy and Paste items (files and folders) througout the Finder (like the OS X and Windows OS used to do).
SnapMail 3.1 adds the ability to archive chat conversations and use styled text in Glass Bead Software\'s complete chat, messaging and communication application, which offers both peer-to-peer and client-server modes of operation.
Jonah Lee says that he has received his copy of iDVD 2 today: \"it doesn\'t have the impressive splash screen of iDVD but it installs and opens without a hitch. And the disc comes on a DVD with 1.1 GB of info on the disc! Pretty impressive size program.\"
The Omnis Studio 3.1 provides \"true cross platform development and deployment\" under several popular platforms, including Windows 95/98, NT/2000, Mac OS X and Classic, Red Hat, SuSe and Caldera OpenLinux, as well as Sun Solaris. Version 3.1 adds improved support for OS X, including the Aqua interface, and can now define \'themes\' for windows and fonts that control the appearance of your application under Mac OS X, as well as provide equivalent appearance properties for other platforms.
CellSynth 1.6 adds a simple sequencer that can be used to output modulation and/or MIDI notes to the $95 shareware utility designed for audio synthesis, sample manipulation, audio processing, step and automation sequencing.
Tyson Tate has released PassMan 1.6.1, an update to his secure password storage and management tool. [Classic, Carbon]
Nexsus.net has released TypoSync 1.0, a client/server solution that allows the user to synchronize fonts between the host and client nodes. The client application is free, and the server is $12 ($3 for additional server licenses). [Classic, Carbon]
The heirarchical navigation and launching utility, piDock 1.4, allows the user to access piDock with a simple control-option-click in the Finder. Those who download and launch the $15 utility will be eligible to win a \"Gig of RAM\" in the company latest promotion.
c|net has posted an in-depth comparison of OS X 10.1 and Windows XP, naming OS X as the better operating system overall. Authors John Rizzo and Matt Lake say \"Windows XP boasts a rounded, cartoonish interface that looks an awful lot like the liquid stylings of OS X, and its driver-free compatibility and ultraclean desktop smack of the Mac.\" The duo adds \"While Mac OS X\'s Internet support is designed for the convenience of you, the user, Windows XP\'s Internet support is designed for the convenience of Microsoft or its assorted partner vendors.\"
Afternoon tech news: The assets of of Metricom, which once maintained the Ricochet wireless Internet access system, have been sold for $8.5 million to Aerie Networks; Computer makers are beginning to implement financing plans similar to car manufacturers in order to boost sagging sales; The Government\'s anti-trust pursuit of Microsoft is nearly over, as a settlement is reached and waiting approval.
A MacNN reader writes about subtle changes at apple\'s QuickTime trailer Website: \"...I have discovered that Apple is getting greedy when showing visitors movie trailers. Apple is now requiring for most trailers that you have QuickTime 5 Pro installed in order to see the largest, highest quality trailers on their site. Smaller size and therefore less interesting versions are still free. From what I can tell there is no technical reason for this. Apple just seems to be trying to make a buck. \"This makes me wonder what sort of agreement Apple has with the movie industry. Do movie companies have to pay to have their trailers on the site? If they don\'t want to pay then does Apple make the visitor pay by requiring QT Pro? In effect Apple is now charging people to visit parts of their web site. Makes me wonder what other services Apple may start charging for. I wouldn\'t be surprised if soon iTools accounts will start having features requiring you to pay for them as well. Expanded iDisk size is already one example of this.\"
We\'ve published a preview of the upcoming Comdex Fall 2001 technology conference, which kicks off November 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will feature a Bill Gates keynote, DVD+RW announcements, and an emphasis on wireless.
Apple lost $50 million to $75 million in sales as a result of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to Controller Peter Oppenheimer, who cited falling consumer demand and disruption in air traffic crimped supplies of components and deliveries of computers.
Colourfull Creations\'s Auction Tender 3.0 is an auction utility for eBay and other auction sites, offering an email builder (for notifications), extended search features, an auction page-builder, backup/restore functions, and packing slip printing. It is available in a limited time offer for $15 (OS X version), $10 (Classic), or $20 (both).
Email Magician 1.04 is a maintenance update to the $35 Eudora utility that automatically creates filters, mailboxes, and nicknames (address book entries) as well as offers powerful spam filtering.
The U.S. Justice Department has reached an antitrust settlement with Microsoft, which will remain in effect for five years and would require three independent, on-site, full-time computer experts to help enforce the settlement (which has yet to be approved by the Federal judge): \"The settlement would allow computer manufacturers to work with other software developers and place their products on Microsoft\'s Windows system, and prevent the software giant from punishing anyone who makes or uses competing products, the department said. It would also require the software giant to provide software developers the necessary interfaces to inter-operate with Windows as well as offer uniform licensing terms to key computer makers.\"
Inventec Corp, one of Taiwan\'s largest notebook computer makers, dismissed on Friday a newspaper report it has won an order from Apple to make PDA handheld computers. The Economic Daily News said Inventec received an order to make 600,000 PDAs a year for Apple, with shipments to begin from the fourth quarter of this year.
Mallet and Bare have announced Erase The Trail 1.1, a file and hard drive management tool, offering Contextual Menu support, a redesigned appearance, plug-in support, \"Finder\"-like commands/shortcuts, and a built-in Apple Help system. The shareware allows users to edit and view file attributes as well as perform other file-level functions.
Jesse Spears has posted Carbonized version of the Naval warfare simulation game, Harpoon3 v3.3.5b1. The patch will work on the most recent version, Harpoon3 v3.3.5: \"It\'s not pretty, and it\'s probably got some bugs in it, but if you\'re willing to work around some rough edges and just can\'t stand starting Classic once you\'ve booted OSX, you can give it a try :)\"
wData CDML Builder 1.0 is a new application that helps users publish FileMaker databases on the web by offering a drag & drop environment to edit and create CDML-based pages.
Kensington has posted MouseWorks 1.1b2, a new beta of its driver software for its line of input devices and peripherals. The OS X-compatible driver supports all Kensington USB and ADB mice and track balls except one-button mice and Turbo Mouse 1.0-4.0 (older, 2-button models).
Tess 1.05 is an an educational mathematics application that allows users to create attractive symmetric planar illustrations. Version 1.04 offers JIF/PCX/DXF export, better control over objects, new guiles for mathematical terminology and symmetry group notation, and a ne Korean-localized version.
Earlier this week, Apple was raised to \"accumulate\" from \"neutral\" by analyst Russell Price at H&R Block Financial Advisors. The target price is $23 per share.
Now AAPL Stock: 97.06 ( + 0.63 )
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu