Kusuma has released new laptop carrying cases for the iBook and Titanium PowerBook. The lines include three styles fore each: MacCase sleeve, binder and carrying case. MacCase for iBook is black in color with a white band in the middle across the cases, while MacCase for PowerBook is titanium colored. The new carrying cases are fully padded on every side, made from waterproof fabric, and have soft velvet interior. MacCase sleeves are designed to be used in conjunction with a carrying case, the binders can be carried in a briefcase or backpack, while the carrying cases have extra storage for a power cord, zip drive, software and personal items.
Eric Wasserman writes about a solution to Power Mac G4 firmware issues: \"After talking to an Apple Product Specialist I was able to fix the problem I encountered after upgrading my firmware to 4.2.8, namely the firewire bus not recognizing DV devices. I\'m passing on the procedure to everyone who may need it. (1) Shut down; (2) Start up holding command+opt.+O+F; (3) At prompt release keys; (4) At second prompt type: reset-all .\"
Qualcomm, developer of the Eudora e-mail client, has posted earnings for its fourth quarter of 2001. Pro forma revenues were $651 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, an increase of 6 percent over the year ago period. Pro forma earnings per share were $0.20 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, compared to $0.23 per share in both the year ago period and the third quarter of fiscal 2001. These results are $0.02 per share lower than the forecast made by Qualcomm financial officials in July 2001
Shapiro Consulting today announced it the OS X version of its Asiva Photo application is currently in beta testing. Asiva Photo 1.1 is expected to be available \"no later than 29th November 2001.\" It offers the ability to make color corrections and enhancements without the use of masks: \"By not using masks, you never have to worry about unnatural edges and their inherent problems. Sometimes even creating a mask would take many hours, and the result still wouldn\'t be acceptable looking.\" Other effects include the ability to soften and sharpen objects, increase saturation, brighten or darken areas and create special effects. Version 1.1 is expected to be a free upgrade to the $380 application.
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown has initiated coverage of Apple Computer Inc. with a \"`market perform\"\' rating. DB Alex Brown analysts said Apple has a strong balance sheet, an excellent management team, a loyal customer base as well as a powerful brand. As of 3:30 PM EST, Apple\'s shares stood at 19.831, up .261 points on volume of 5,493,800.
Several readers today report receiving confirmation of iPod shipments: \"[it] is en route via FedEx from Chung Ho City, Taiwan ROC. Appears that rumors about Inventec were false and production is by GVC?\"
Belkin has introduced a new line of USB Media Reader/Writers that allow transfer of data from media cards in a host of digital devices to Macs. The line consists of a USB Media Reader/Writer for CompactFlash priced at $30; a USB Media Reader/Writer for SmartMedia priced at $35; a USB Dual Media Reader/Writer for CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards priced at $50; and a USB Media Reader/Writer for MultiMedia Cards/Secure Digital Cards priced at $30.
VesperWorks has released QiPo 1.5, utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies. Version 1.5 now runs natively under OS X, automatically processes items in a \"watched\" folder, and has other bug fixes. It is a free upgrade for registered users, but requires a new serial number. [Classic, Carbon]
Dantz has sent us a FAQ on the status of Retrospect Backup for OS X, noting that \"Dantz has more Mac engineers now than at any point in history, and we are strongly committed to bringing Retrospect to Mac OS X.\" The company notes that continuing issues with OS X, including OS X 10.1, have prevented it from successfully developing Retrospect 5.0.
Totally Hip today announced a limited-time special on a new OS X QuickTime Authoring Suite, offering reduced pricing on its bundle of HipFlics 1.1 (digital video compression), LiveSlideShow 2.0 (presentation software), and LiveStage Professional 3.0 (interactive video authoring). The $900 bundle offers a savings of $150.
Textation 1.0 is a QuickTime text track editor, offering on-the-fly previews, editable font attributes, simple text placement options, and support for Chapter and HREF tracks. A demo of the $30 utility is available online.
PC Magazine\'s review of the iPod says: \"Leave it to Apple to come out with the world\'s coolest MP3 player...this beauty has more than good looks going for it: Its usefulness and simplicity make it a standout product, even for the price.\" The product received 4 out of 5 stars due to occasional freezes (requiring a restart) experienced during testing, although Apple relegated the problems to \"pre-release\" software.
Apple\'s WebObjects 5 Update 3 contains bug fixes for WebObjects 5 on Mac OS X (Server) 10.1, and is required to run WebObjects on OS X 10.1. The update includes changes from Update 1 and Update 2 and also includes an API change which corrects an incompatibility between WebObjects 4.5(.1) and WebObjects 5, requiring a rebuild of some applications with minor source code changes to run on systems with WebObjects 5 Update 2 or later installed. [Developer, Deployment]
MusicMatch today announced retail availability this week of the latest version of MusicMatch Jukebox Deluxe for Mac, which offers the ability to organize and play a variety of music on the desktop and burn custom mix CDs as well as a multi-band equalizer. The $30 package ships with 65 free MP3s from eMusic, Epitonic and Vitaminic; a stereo-to-computer connector cable; and a blank CD-R disk.
Andrew Pritchard\'s Etchelon Tracer 4 is a tool for developing animated movies using Apple\'s QuickTime format. It uses vector- and bitmap- graphics morphing to develop animated movies. Etchelon Tracer will morph from any key frame to any other key frame to provide animation, morphing or special effects. Version 4 has a new interface, QuickTime integration, new sequencing and control, new bitmap tools, and improved file management. Upgrades to the $27 shareware are $10 for registered users.
As noted by a MacNN reader some time ago, \"Waking Life\" used Apple technology in both pre- to post-production and allowed filmmaker Richard Linklater to produce the first-ever independent feature-length animated movie for the same cost as a typical independent film.
Following up on notes about disabled FireWire buses with the recent Power Mac G4 firmware update, Max Schaefer writes that \"there appear to be widespread problems whereby FireWire (or at least DV camera connectivity) is disappearing in either OS 9 but not OS X or (as in my case) OS X but not OS 9. The Apple discussion boards have two threads on this: [thread 1] and [thread 2].\"
ConceptDraw v.1.71 adds a streamlined interface, PNG format support, improved EPS export, more shortcuts and improved performance under OS X to the flowcharting and diagramming software package.
Early morning tech news: IBM is developing a new drive format dubbed \"pixie dust\" which will reach capacities as high as 100 gigabits per square inch by 2003, which translates to hard drive capacities of 400GB for desktop drives; While Key3Media will allow attendees to bring laptops to the upcoming Comdex show, they will not be allowed to bring any type of bag, including those used for portable computers; 9 of 18 states have agreed to a deal that will settle the Microsoft anti-trust case.
OSOpinion has published an article entitled \"Small Step for iPod, Giant Leap for Apple,\" in which author Anthony Martello discusses the possibility of Apple\'s new MP3 player expanding Macintosh market share. \"The iPod is a great way to get PC users into the Apple retail stores and have them actually buy something,\" says Martello.
We\'ve published a review of Netscape 6.2, the newly released, Mozilla-influenced, and Mac OS X compatible package that offers web browsing, e-mail, and instant messaging capabilities.
4D, Inc. announced that it is making 4D Academic Standard Edition available for free to academic and not-for-profit organizations. It is a full production version with no limitations in functionality and includes the 4D application, 4D Runtime and additional 4D utilities. It also makes available free lesson plans, example databases which illustrate relational database application design and theory.
Eric Wasserman writes that the Power Mac Firmware 4.2.8 update has disabled his FireWire bus: \"I am not alone. This is a serious issue for me as my profession is DV editing. [see Apple Support Site]\"
eggTime 1.3 is described as \"little countdown timer. It will ask after how many minutes it should warn you and puts a display file on your desktop; the display filename shows you the time left.\" The freeware can launch a file or provide a visual/audio notification.\"
iTunes Remote 1.0 is a \"skinnable\" remote for iTunes that utilizes a floating window that can switch tracks, play, stop, pause, turn the volume up or down, mute the volume, eject a CD, and jump directly to iTunes. The $4 shareware offers both button, orientation, and skin customization.
Travis Hill\'s Notify Ally 1.0 is a utility that will \"notify people when a product comes in stock, when a website changes, or whatever else people can dream up. It can send text to a phone, email, or just put a message on the screen.\" [Classic, Carbon]
The Apple Student Core @ Emory and the Atlanta Macintosh Users Group are inviting members of the Atlanta community to an iPod Special Event this Thursday at 7:30pm at Emory University. The event features a presentation by an Apple iPod Product Manager as well as refreshments and prizes -- including a copy of Final Cut Pro.
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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