A MacNN reader notes that the Apple Store currently lists the BTO option for adding CD-RW drives to a PowerBook G4 as \"temporary unavailable.\" (Meanwhile, another MacNN reader reminds us about the Combo DVD/CD-RW drive BTO option for Power Mac G4s, which is a $150 option for the low-end retail configuration.)
Blizzard has posted v1.09c patches for both Diablo II: Lord of Destruction v1.09C Upgrade Patch and Diablo II. The patch, which fixes a trading bug that could be exploited to allow one user to crash out another user, is available via Battle.net.
HotApp 1.0rc1, a release candidate of the keyboard-launch utility, now allows the preference panel to be opened by a key combination, opens files with their default application, installs itself in the menubar, has a reduced application footprint, and a new internal architecture for supporting plugin (developer documentation available soon). The $15 shareware is available for $10 during the beta phase.
Tool Factory today shipped four titles in the Maths Explorer educational software series--each of which teach \"solid mathematical concepts, sprinkled with enough 3D graphics and sound effects to keep the students firmly entrenched in the learning objectives.\" The $70 titles include Maths Explorer, Maths Explorer: Number, Maths Explorer: Shape and Space, aand Maths Explorer: Data Handling.
Evening tech news: Networking giant Novell says it will slash about 1,400 jobs, or 19 percent of its work force in an effort to regain profitability; Dell\'s net income fell 36 percent in its fiscal first quarter; Microsoft advertisements for Windows XP are being defaced in east London.
FWB today announced the immediate availability of BackUp ToolKit 3. The new \"Carbon\" version has a new user interface, password encryption for compressed files, and a folder comparison function to ensure folders or volumes are identical as well as a streamlined configuration panel for programmed backups and a new backup mode called \"Evolutive Mirror backup.\" The $50 utility is available now.
Intuit, developer of Quicken, has reported revenue of $208.8 million for the first quarter of 2002, an increase of 11 percent over the year-earlier quarter, but also disclosed a net loss for the quarter of $92.4 million, or $0.44 per share. Intuit says it \"typically reports a loss in its first fiscal quarter each year, when revenue from tax preparation businesses is minimal, but operating expenses to develop new products and services continue at relatively consistent levels.\"
Geoff Harriman writes about a widespread issue that prevents iPods from being recognized onscreen in iTunes and/or the Finder.
Team MacNN continues its challenge in the RC5 project with increased participation from our readers and more computing power. Team MacNN encourages both readers and forum goers to contribute to Team MacNN in \"what ever way you can - be it a PowerMac 5500 or a dual processor G4. Any additional crunching power is welcome.\"
Alias/Wavefront plans to demonstrate a new OpenFlight translator for Maya, the company\'s 3D rendering package, at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference from Nov 26-29th. The soon-to-be-released plug-in will allow opening of OpenFlight data files, generally used for military and commercial visual-simulation.
Aaron Sobel notes that Westlake programmer Brad Oliver has offered to port Jedi Knight for free if there is interest and a publisher and points to an online petition to Aspyr requesting that the company sponsor/lead the Mac port.
Wind River Systems has awarded its \"Cool Customer Design\" to Apple for its recently announced AirPort wireless networking solution, including Apple\'s new Base Station which ships with Wind River\'s Tornado for Home Gateways (THG) integrated development platform technology and WindNet RADIUS user access control software. The company says that THG software platform helped Apple boost the networking performance and add new features such as RADIUS, which enables schools and businesses to centrally manage user access control.
Presenta has released iGetter 1.5, an HTTP/FTP download manager that offers the ability to resume downloads, supports segmented downloading, integrates with browsers and virus checkers, has download scheduling/prioritization, and supports HTTP and FTP proxies as well as Socks Firewalls. Version 1.5 supports servers that require cookies, has better integration with Web browsers, and includes a new function for searching mirror sites. [Classic, Carbon]
The Philadelphia Inquirer recommends an iBook as a holiday gift for those who are not \"not wedded to Windows and want a stylish, dependable, easy-to-use computer, a mainstream Mac just might be the ticket.\"
Tom Reifschneider notes that \"A Mac Guys store is being built in downtown Pleasant Hill, CA on Contra Costa Blvd. The space is empty but the signage is up on the store.\"
Sorenson tech support has verified an issue that renders Squeeze for OS X inoperable after users upgrade to OS X 10.1.1, which was released a few days ago.
OpenOSX has begun shipping its Office CD v0.9, which installs AbiWord, Gnumeric and optionally Gimp. AbiWord is an open-source alternative to Microsoft Word; Gnumeric is a spreadsheet with 95 percent of the functions of Microsoft Excel built-in; and Gimp is a GNU Image Manipulation Program. The $30 CD is available today. An upgrade to the v1.0 CD will be $10 and will include improvements and added vector illustration and graphing/plotting software.
ProSQL 1.0 Preview 4, the latest update to the database management software, adds tab-delimited text imports, an integrated SQL script editor, support for international characters, and improved SQL database export for mySQL, PostgreSQL, OpenBase, and FrontBase. [Classic, Carbon]
NewTech Infosystems today announced that it has entered the Mac market with the introduction of NTI DragonBurn!, its Mac CD-mastering software for CD-RW OEMs and distributors.
SimpleTech today launched its SimpleDrive Deluxe, a rugged, lightweight, plug-and-play storage solution that offers up to 30GB of storage space. The portable drive offers USB 1.1, USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity and weights less than 16 ounces. It is available in 6GB, 10GB, 20GB and 30GB capacities with prices starting at $200.
Elite Computers will open its Berkeley ComputerWare retail store this Saturday, November 17. The ComputerWare-branded store, now operated by Elite Computers after ComputerWare\'s demise earlier this year, is the fourth of the former ComputerWare locations to re-open in the last three months. The grand opening is scheduled for this Saturday, November 17th from 10am to 7pm. An Apple representative will be on hand to answer questions and there will be free hourly prizes and vendor demos. The store is located at 1995 University Ave, Berkeley, CA and can be reached at 510.649.2100. Store hours are Mon-Sat 10-7 and Sunday 12-5.
Angelo Scicolone has released ClipWorks 2.0, a new version of the application that allows you to edit the contents of the clipboard before pasting. The update includes print support, the ability to discard changes and other minor changes.
Strydent Software has posted a OS X/9.2.1 patch that allows PowerPrint USB 5.0 customers to use the software under Mac OS 9.2.1 (as well as the Classic environment of OS X). The updated ContentionLib and IWPrintClassDriver files allow users to setup the printer in the chooer.
Happy Mik 1.0 patches Adobe\'s PageMill Web design software to work with Mac OS 8.5 and later (\"it patches PageMill 3.0 so it does not try to use Navigation Libraries anymore\").
The Mac-only ISP AppleOnline has \'amicably resolved the issue\' of its use of the Apple trademark in its name and is renaming itself MacUnlimited, according to MacUser UK.
Shekinah Studios has released VertiBevel 1.55, an OS X-compatible version of the LightWave 3D plugin, which the ability to seamlessly bevel multiple polygons as one, bevel with multiple pre-defined presets with easy scalability, and many other customizable bevel options. It is $150 and upgrades are free for registered users of the Mac OS 8/9 version (released in March 2001).
Intuit Canada has acquired MYOB Canada, a maker of accounting software for small business for $9.1-million. Edmonton-based Intuit Canada is part of Intuit Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., which produces QuickTax, Quicken and QuickBooks financial management software and Web-based products, according to The Globe and Mail.
Apple is demanding that DTI change its marketing for its AppleScript development environment, Facespan: \"[it] has been asked by Apple\'s counsel to stop using the promotional words \'Visual AppleScript\', \'Visual AppleScripter\', and the www.visualapplescript.com domain and the sentence \'It\'s Visual AppleScript,\' on all FaceSpan products,\" according to Macworld UK.
BEST Software Design has announced PolyPhontics 1.0, a DLS- and SoundFont-compatible authoring tool that uses QuickTime 5 to enhance MIDI compositions, offering users the ability to replace the \"one-size-fits-all software synthesizers engines of popular MIDI software and sound cards with real life sounds.\" The $60 application can create sophisticated MIDI instruments that mimic real-world instruments. A free demo is available.
Corel today announced the availability of CorelDRAW 10, its vector illustration and page-layout application and Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10, its image-editing application, as standalone applications for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X as well as procreate KnockOut 2, its plugin for masking and preserving photo objects with fine image details.
Axel Wefers has released Quake v1.0.2 for OS X, which adds support for \"DrawSprocket\" style gamma fading, a new default 640x480 video mode, improves the OpenGL performance, and recognition of all supported video modes via console or config.cfg.
unmarked software has released textSOAP 3.1, an update to its internet text cleaning uility adds the ability to specify the default Font & Size of text, the ability to import/export custom cleaners, mouse wheel support under OS X, and additional support for OS X 10.1. Upgrades to the $20 utility are $10.
Apple is expected to open three new Apple stores, including Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA), The Falls (Miami), and Fashion Valley (San Diego) on Nov 23rd. [update: both Miami and San Diego openings verified; Valley Fair opening is uncertain, but \"likely\" on Nov 23rd]
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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