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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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