A Cocoa-native version of Quake for OS X v1.03 has been released. This version adds brightness slider functions and other enhancements.
iPod Free File Access 1.1b2, a \"pay-if-you-like-ware\" utility that let you access the hidden music folder on the iPod, has been updated. It runs under both Mac OS 9 and OS X Classic and adds preliminary support for Mac OS 8.
Microsoft has posted a new Entourage 2001 Hotmail patch, which offers support for MSN Hotmail and MSN mail accounts as well as extended support for SMTP authentication.
Electric Fish has released CWCVS 2.4.1, a Carbonized version of its CodeWarrior version control plug-in which provides access to the GNU CVS system from inside the CodeWarrior IDE.
David Krauss writes \"Sometime around the 15th, Motorola quietly released two new PowerPC processors, the 7451 and 7441. I just noticed it while browsing their site for some other info. I can\'t find any list of changes from the 7450 and 7440 (the processors used current G4 Macs). The available documentation says that they have more efficient L2 caches, tho. That\'s the only difference I\'ve found so far - Motorola\'s ratings for performance, power consumption, and clock rates are all identical.\"
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.1, a powerful web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. Pricing for corporate customers starts at from $3000 with discounts for government and education customers. An online demo is available.
The SJ Mercury News talks about the business behind the MacBU, Microsoft\'s Mac-focused software group and the complex relationship between Apple and Microssoft. The article notes that MacBU expects to sell $30 million worth of Office v.X software between now and the end of the year and also that Microsoft \"no longer holds any of the $150 million in Apple stock it bought four years ago.\"
Richard Bannister has updated 17 of his emulators, including a fix which is particularly important for anyone using my software on multiprocessor Macs. In addition, various other bug fixes and minor tweaks are included.
QPict 5.0 is an media asset manager for organizing images, full-screen video, MP3 files, and live streaming audio and video. It supports meta data such as ANPA (IPTC) annotation and EXIF photo information and includes advanced search and batch processing capabilities for catalogging and organizing thousands of media files in a fully searchable database.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0 B9 for OS X, a prerelease version of its tool for analyzing scientific data and mathematical functions. Version B9 provides various improvements and bug fixes and is the final release candidate.
Afternoon tech news: Law enforcement officials seized $100 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft software in the largest piracy bust in US history; Intuit plans to release a new small business accounting package code-named Hercules some time next year; Wired News reports on the \"photoshopping\" phenomenon that has produced a series of manipulated news images on the Internet.
Angelo Scicolone\'s PrefsOverload 3.5PR1 is the first development release of his new Carbonized application for managing the Preferences Folder.
YENCO.COM has released, iKeeper 1.3, its $20 shareware utility for tracking, storing, and organizing product information. The new version features an improvement to the file conversion process, fixes a few bugs with cut & paste, and updates the help documentation.
ID3X 2.0, an update to the $15 shareware editor for manipulating of ID3 tags in mp3 music files, has a new OS X-native UI, improves speed and reliability, offers autocomplete in each field, supports viewing of the hidden iPod music folder, and can connect to the Internet for song/artist information.
The BoardRoom 2.0 allows users to communicate instantly through FileMaker. The $100 application supports up to 250 users online simultaneously and offers send, receive, broadcast, edit, and retrieval of old messages. A SDK ($300), which allows developers to integrate the product into custom solutions, is also available. It now supports FileMaker 5.x.
Clean-Install Assistant 1.5.2, Marc Moini\'s utiity for system folder migration, allows moving files to/from Mac OS 9.2.1. Licensing is free for personal use and businesses with less than three Macs.
FileMaker is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on the purchase of FileMaker 5.5 for users who purchase Office v. X between November 1, 2001 through March 15, 2002.
With the ongoing $1 billion Window\'s campaign, c|net\'s Apple tries to woo Windows defectors discusses Apple\'s attempts to lure former Mac uses back to the platform: \"While Apple says that the differences between the two operating systems are greater than ever, at first blush consumers will see many similarities between the two products. The deciding factor may come down to the deftness of the marketing Apple employs to woo back customers who once used a Mac.\"
Microsoft today announced (retail) availability of Office v. X for Mac. The $500 productivity suite includes Entourage X, e-mail and the PIM, as well as Word X (word-processing), Excel X (spreadsheet) and PowerPoint X (presentation). Entourage X boasts a refined, easier-to-use interface and improved support for Internet standards, while Office v. X also includes multi-selection and clear formatting support in Word X, auto-recover and customizable keyboard shortcuts in Excel X, and new PowerPoint Packages in PowerPoint X. Upgrades are $300 for the suite. Office 2001 users (or users of any of the 2001 indvidual applications) can upgrade for $150 through January 18, 2002.
Mediafour today officially announced its XPod software, which offers access to iPod music from the Windows operating system. Compatible with Windows Me, 2000, or XP, the software will transfer MP3, AIFF and WAV files to the iPod. Mediafour says it plans to include automatic transcoding of WMA files to MP3 in a subsequent release.
Steve Becker\'s freeware Balloon Helper 1.0 provides customizable access to Balloon Help by offering user-definable shortcut to quickly turning Balloon Help on/off. It also allows you to iconify (reduce to a small icon) its display when it\'s visible.
Gideon Softworks 1.0a1 is an early development version of the SFTP/FTP client for OS X. It has a queue-based architecture, a configurable UI, contextual menu support, and other features. Registration is $30.
Dr. Bott is now shipping its $60 ADC Extension cable for Apple\'s digital flat panels, which extends the built-in ADC cable by 3 meters. Dr. Bott is also shipping its 3-meter DVI Extension ($50) and DVI Extractor ($35), which allows digital monitors with non-standard 24-pin DVI-D connectors to be used with Apple CPUs with the new ADC connector.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro PB5, can quickly define any number of hot keys to launch applications or files, switch between running applications and insert text. The fifth pulic beta adds the ability to remap keystrokes, bring all application windows to the front, and improved hot key editing. The free demo expires January 15, 2002.
Rudy Rugebregt writes: \"I went looking for a G4 at Outpost.com today and, to my surprise, they don\'t have any PowerMacs, iMacs, iBooks or PowerBooks listed any more. Their Mac section is now called \'Mac Computing\' rather than Mac CPUs as it was in the past. Search on PowerMac and no computers are listed. Have they quit selling Macs or is a major product announcement in the works?\"
Pixel Mountain Desktop Pictures has five new pictures today, including two cloud vistas and a mountain lake.
WebPics 2.42 offers the ability to quickly build web page galleriesd. It adds support for Image Capture in OS X, improves installation under OS X, and a new recent item menu for re-opening frequently used documents. [Classic, Carbon]
Dantowitz Consulting has posted an Apple Store locator, which offers the ability find upcoming and current Apple retail store location based on city or zipcode.
The 17th annual MacHack developer conference will take place in Dearborn, MI from June 20-22, 2002. Registration is $425 before February 28, 2002, which includes a meal package as well as full access to all conference events including the Hack Contestand Awards Banquet. (Student registration is $50 but limited to the first 50 registrants.)
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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