Toshiba is using this week\'s Comdex to unveil its 40 page-per-minute e-STUDIO40P monochrome laser printer. The printer includes 32MB standard RAM, upgradeable to 384 MB, as well as a 10/100Mbit network interface. Pricing was not disclosed. Toshiba also plans to introduce a series of desktop and high-speed network printers in the 16-40 ppm range over the next few months.
TDK Systems is unveiling several Bluetooth, wireless enabled products at this year\'s Comdex, including the blueM and blue5 for Palm handhelds, and a Go Blue PCMCIA Card for laptops. While displaying several Bluetooth products at this year\'s show, the company said in a statement that is still \"actively researching\" 802.11b (AirPort) devices and technology.
QPS, currently exhibiting at Comdex, has announced two 32X CD-RW drives that offer either USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity. Included with the new drives are UDF Reader and Toast, as well as CD-R and CD-RW media, cables, and a carrying bag. The Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW, priced at $300, and Que! Fire CD-RW drives, priced at $250, will be shipping in volume quantities by the end of December 2001.
Distant Suns 5.2, a desktop astronomy package for both casual sky watchers to seasoned amateur astronomers, offers plugins for telescope control (programmer\'s SDK available) and the ability to add custom outlines to the sky to highlight favorite regions as well as merge images of deep-sky objects with the star display.
c|net\'s music beat talks about how the iPod will change computing, despite the persistent complaints about Mac-only connectivity, (high) pricing, and lack of accessories or features: \"something designed for digital music will spread across other areas of technology. Descendants of the iPod MP3 player will replace the PC as the hub of your digital life.\" The opinion piece counters many of the persistent criticisms of the iPod.
Runtime\'s Revolution 1.1 is a native OS X application for developing cross-platform software that offers database access and multimedia support for QuickTime. Version 1.1 of the rapid application development environment offers connectivity to ODBC, Oracle and MySQL databases, extended support for Internet protocols such as FTP, QuickTime integration (support for streaming media, sound recording and transition effects), and support for PNG alpha channels and blends. A Free Starter Kit Edition is available online. Users of HyperCard or SuperCard can upgrade for $200.
Avi2Mov 1.1.7 is a new bug-fix release of utility that converts a divx .avi file to a QuickTime-based .mov file. It is a component of the DivX QuickTime component that will play the DivX video files in either .mov or .avi format.
Web Proofs 1.0 allows you to create web forms specifically to order products: \"[it] will create your web form that will show the cost for each item, allow the user to select a quantity, show the total for the product (cost x quantity), and calculate the total order for the order. Web Proofs will then create the server side code (.asp or .php) required to order this product.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Address List Sorter 1.0 is a $100 utility for sorting and cleaning email lists, allowing you to sort your email address lists in alphabetical or domain order, remove duplicates and remove improperly formed addresses.
PocketNotes 1.02 includes fixes bugs and minor performance enhancements to the $20 notepad application for outlining and planning. It offers multiple skin options, an organizer for storing information, unlimited undo, search functions, password protection on note-pads, and a customizable toolbar.
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank 1.1 Free, a fully working freeware version of the popular sound module for VST and MAS offering 16 channelsmultitimbrality, up to 128 notes polyphony, 4 effects per voice selectable from among 20 DSP effects, G4 optimization and multiprocessor compatibility. The company plans on releasing instruments each month for use with the sound module. [VST, MAS]
Concatenate, an Adobe Illustrator plugin that joins the endpoints of selected paths if those points are within a user-specified distance of each other, has been updated for Illustrator 10 and OS X.
SQL4X Manager 2.0 includes all functions necessary to administer a MySQL database server and supports web developers working with MySQL.
Atlantis Kobetek and Apple Canada are hosting the Atlantic Canadian Mac Gaming Extravaganza in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) on Saturday, December 1, 2001 from 10:00am until 3:00pm, offering Mac users the ability to try out the latest Mac games and technology as well as compete in head-to-head in network tournaments or try beating The Machine yourself. There will light refreshments served as well as various competitions (with prizes). More information is available via email.
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times says that iTunes 2 and its integration with the iPod is what sets it apart from the pack: \"Behind every great band is a great arranger. The same might be said of Apple\'s new iPod portable music player. Yes, its sleek design is marvelous, but what really sets the iPod apart from the pack is how well it works with iTunes 2.\" The article also notes that pre-release versions of iTunes 2 software allowed users to manually synchronize music from the iPod with two or more Macs, although Apple said it would disable that feature in the release version of iTunes 2. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe says the the iPod may be another \"bit of stylishly doomed technology, like last year\'s Apple Cube,\" noting sparse sales at various retailers.
Address Book Importer \"allows you to easily import contact information from LDIF files into your 10.1 Address Book. [it] is a utility you can use to import email addresses into your Mac OS X Address Book from LDIF files, such as those created when you export addresses from Netscape Communicator.\"
axum\'s Rumpus 2.01 is an maintenance release to the high-performance ftp server for both OS X and Mac OS 8/9.
Sonnet today announced lowered prices by as much as $100 on many of its products, including G3 and G4 processor upgrades and other enhancement cards and USB drives.
Marathon Computer is now shipping rackmounts designed for the Apple 15\" Studio Display, which allow users to mount an Apple Studio Display in any industry-standard 19\" equipment rack using only front rails. It is available in two sizes: 8U and 10U; however, the 8U version requires some modification of the display\'s plastic legs. The Marathon rackmount is $125.
CommonGround Softworks has released a free update to its web-based data server and access environment, Qilan 2.2. The upgrade provides compatibility with OS X 10.1 for improved reliability and dramatic speed boosts as well as adds connectivity to FileMaker (in addition to the SQL connectivity to FrontBase and OpenBase). Version 2.2 includes new error checking tags, transaction controls, record-locking, and SQL-92 isolation controls.
The popular cross-platform developer tool, REALbasic 3.5.2 addresses an issue when building Japanese-localized versions of applications and solves reports of system crashes under OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Responding to the $40 million racial discrimination lawsuit noted here a few days ago, an Apple spokeswoman said: \"We take this kind of accusation very seriously, but our investigation has shown this claim to be baseless and we intend to vigorously defend this lawsuit.\"
CE Software this morning posted a beta version of QuickMail 3.0b, which sports carbonized client and server for OS X, new address book distribution and a Windows XP client. A public beta version of QuickMail Pro client is available now, while a beta version of the server will be available soon. The QuickMail Pro 3.0 client offers the ability to display HTML messages in plain text, while the server offers a streamlined address book distribution. Both offer OS X compatibility. Pre-orders for QuickMail Pro 3.0 client are $7, and $8 for QuickMail Office 3.0 upgrades.
Apple\'s iPod Updater 1.0 returns an iPod to \'factory fresh\' condition and erases and reformats the iPod before downloading new software.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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