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: 93.4 ( -2.7 )
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