Marco Tabacchi has posted a tutorial on how to hack existing OS X Epson drivers to work with unsupported Epson printers: \"The patch has been worked out on a Stylus Scan 2500 and a Stylus Color 1160 A3, but the quest for other unsupported printers continue.\"
Apple is expanding its Asia procurement office in Taipei (Taiwan), and sending staff to open a branch office in Shenzhen, China. \"The Taipei office that was established in 1994 and staffed by 30 people is expected to make $3 billion in purchases this year, with the figure increasing in 2002, according to Nasdaq.\" The report also notes that PC manufacturer Quanta will deliver between 300,000 and 400,000 notebook PCs to Apple next year and denied rumours that Apple will next year order PowerBooks from its competitors, Compal Electronics or Wistron, rather than Quanta.
Graph-O-Matic 1.0 is a $15 shareware utility that graphs functions in 2D or 3D space.
Automated Solutions Group today released GetItRight 1.6.2, an update to the spell and grammar checking plug-in for 4D and 4D Write 6.5 and 6.7. This maintenance release fixes all known issues with licensing and registration codes and fixes conflicts with AreaList Pro and CalendarSet, as well as 4D\'s Internet Commands.
Steve Mock notes that Microsoft has delayed shipments of his $150 Office v. X upgrade, adding to the troubles already reported here at MacNN (shipment delays from the Apple Store and free upgrade installation issues) and 11-day shipment delays for the product UK: \"I just received an email from Microsoft stating the $149.00 upgrade for Office 2001 users is out of stock and isn\'t expected to ship until 1/7/02. This seems like a really typical Microsoft tactic - screw the Office 2001 users. I can\'t believe they didn\'t produce enough copies for the demand. Those of us who want Office X now will be forced to buy the upgrade at $270+. This sucks. Thought you should know.\"
A MacNN reader writes about an issue with early revisions of the PowerBook G4: \"We\'re a service provider and Apple seems to have a hidden issue with the IrDA(infrared) port in the first rev of PB G4s under OS 10.1.1, it won\'t work. It only seems to work in the new 550s and 667MHz. They are aware of this issue and they\'re working on it, but they don\'t know when it\'ll be fixed. There\'s no articles regarding this issue either.\"
MacPlay today announced that Sacrifice, its upcoming multiplayer, real-time 3D RTS game with strong RPG elements, has reached beta and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail in early December. MacPlay is offering a pre-order special price of $50, which includes a free copy of the Sacrifice Official Strategy Guide and free ground shipping for customers in the continental US. (MacPlay previously informed us of a December 7th ship date.)
Four new Apple retail stores are set to open on Friday, including Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA; according to a store sign), The Falls (Miami, FL), Fashion Valley (San Diego, CA), and Walden Galleria (Buffalo, NY). Meanwhile, one reader reports that Apple has a store under construction in Lenox Mall (Atlanta, GA), while another notes that Apple Store Clarendon (Arlington, VA) is listed as \"coming soon.\"
Microsoft yesterday reached a deal to settle a several private antitrust cases that would require it to spend over a $1 billion to put software and computers into some of the poorest U.S. schools: \"The five-year program would settle class action claims that Microsoft abused its monopoly over personal computer operating systems and overcharged millions of people for software,\" according to Reuters.
JAW software has released Happy Lasso 1.01, a freeware patch for Claris Home Page 3.0, which prevents the Web editor from \"replacing certain characters (\'&\', \'[\' and \']\') that cause the malfunctioning of Lasso commands.\"
osx.macnn.com has news of a public beta of Symantec NAV 8.0b, OS X Server 10.1.1 update, Live365\'s OS X support, Microsoft Office v. X installation issues, Text Wielder (custom services application), and a Brood War patch for OS X.
Symantec has posted a new beta of Norton Anti-Virus 8.0b (NAV) for public beta testing. The new version contains the Norton AntiVirus Application, which scans and repairs viruses; an AutoProtect feature for OS X that scans for viruses as files are written to disk; and a Scheduler for NAV activity. It expires in 30 days and the company is offering free copies to those who actively participate in the beta testing: \"We will give away 25 FREE copies of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh to the first 25 beta users that submit undocumented bugs. We will also randomly select 25 additional beta respondents to win a FREE copy of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh. Winners will receive a copy of Norton Antivirus for Macintosh after it has been officially released. Please be sure to include your complete mailing address in your message.\"
iPod is Tops, according to a New York Post review: \"Apple chief Steve Jobs was late to the game with an Apple music player, but his super-device was worth waiting for.\"
OWC has released Unsupported UtilityX v2.0, a utility that allows users of select pre-G3 Macintosh computers the ability to install and use OS X. Version 2.0 brings support for OS X 10.1.
MacSoft has announced that Mac version of Survivor, based on the \"reality\" television series of the same name, has gone \'GM\' (golden master) and will ship to retailers in December, according to IMG. \"The inaugural edition features the real-life casts from the first two Survivor television series - Pulau Tiga and Australia - and incorporates many of the exciting elements from the show including the infamous Immunity Challenges and Tribal Council.\"
A MacNN reader notes that Blizzard\'s ftp site has new Brood War for OS X and StarCraft for OS X patches.
CompuCable has introduced a Universal FireWire Power Adapter, the FireCable system, which includes one FireWire pass-through power cable, and one FireWire AC/DC adapter (similar to Appleís iPod AC adapter): \"The idea behind the FireCable is to provide electrical current in situations where bus-power (as well as bus-charging) is essential for a device to operate properly, eliminating the need to purchase a brand-specific AC power adapter.\" It also enables iPodís FireWire-transfer-mode (and provides bus-charging), when the iPod is connected to PowerBooks with PCMCIA FireWire controllers. Additional power adapters are available for USB and PS/2 buses as well as for utilizing an automotive DC power source.
Square Box has cut the price of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility CatDV 2.0 from $70 to $35 for a limited time. The 50% reduction, also available on upgrades and multi-user licenses, is good through November 26.
Apple has started two new promotions: \"Work has it Rewards,\" which bundles either The Sims or The Sims House Party Expansion Pack with AppleWorks through February 28, 2002; and \"Play more. Pay less,\" which offers a $100 back (via a mail-in rebate) on the purchase of an iBook between November 21 and December 31, 2001.
Mozilla 0.96, an update to the open-source browser effort, now displays page icons in the URL bar, supports the display of Windows .BMP and .ICO images, adds a \'Print Preview\' and \'Page Setup\' functions, and a new \'Search for item\' function in the context menu, which lets you search for any text you highlight on a web page.
Digital Universe 2.4, a free update to the $94 desktop astronomy package, offers full support for the control of LX200 and Autostar-based computerized telescopes, a new special red \"night palette\" for night viewing, a new \"Functions\" control panel, and other enhancements.
Apple has released v10.1.1 update for OS X Server, which offers \"improved improved reliability and performance of Apple file services, Apache web and Mail services under heavy load. Enhancements have also been made to improve server administration, SMB printer sharing, WINS registration and system clock accuracy.\" It is available via the Software Update or online.
Larry LeSueur notes that Live365.com has added OS X support for its broadcast tool: \"If you aren\'t familiar with internet radio, go to the iTunes \'Radio Tuner\' section and you\'ll get the idea. The Live365 site (as well as
Russ Alman and others have forwarded official responses from Outpost.com regarding its lack of Mac CPU inventory: \"Due to our recent merger with Fry\'s Electronics, we are currently in the process of transitioning our inventory and will not be offering Apple hardware. We hope to resolve this situation shortly.\"
MicroNet announced upgraded capacity and performance for its RAIDbank storage product. The Ultra3 RAIDbank houses up to ten high-performance, hot-swappable hard drive modules offering up to 1.8 Terabytes of storage, The RAIDbank hardware controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, and 5. Pricing starts at $5,900.
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z