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: 136.53 ( -0.58 )
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