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: 93.74 ( -1.09 )
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