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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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