IDC Technologies today announced the acquisition of Bing Software Division, ID Four\'s Macintosh platform based technology division. The deal, valued at $500,000 is scheduled to close before the end of the year. Bing develops and distributes telephony software products, such as \"Megaphone\" and \"Phone-Pro\" and \"is currently developing a new product line of advanced telephony software for distribution in major retail chain stores nationwide.\"
Michael Fox writs \"there\'s a new release of the OS X PC Card ATA Driver available. The driver enables the use of a variety of ATA-based PC Card devices such as CompactFlash cards, SmartMedia cards, Sony Memory Sticks, and micro disk drives under MacOS X 10.1.1. The current release is intended for developers and early adopters.\"
Macscript.com Library 2.0 is a $50 collection of more than 150 functions written natively in AppleScript. It allows scripters to write powerful, robust scripts with only a few lines of code. Versoin 2.0 includes 40 new functions, OS X support, a comprehensive reference in PDF format, an AppleScript dictionary of Library functions, dozens of example scripts, complete portability, and other enhancements. [site not responding]
Several MacNN readers report that Apple\'s DVD Player 3.01 for OS X is available through the Software Update feature. The new upgrade purportedly delivers improved performance and stability, as well as support for Blue and White Power Mac G3 and Power Mac G4 systems with PCI-based graphics.
Palm has issued a statement claiming that two turaround strategy initiatives implemented six months ago are beginning to reap benefits. Among these cutbacks was the elimination of 250 jobs, and integration of assets and employees from Be Inc, which was acquired by Palm earlier this year. The company accordingly updated its Q2 financial outlook, stating that it would generate between $250 million and $280 million in revenue.
The Western Show, which kicked off on Nov. 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif, holds a bevy of networking, broadband, and wireless announcements pertinent to the Mac community. We\'ve produced a compilation of exhibitors attending the show, and their respective product introductions.
Past Efforts is a new tool from Quantum Meruit for saving and reusing legal decision research. It sells for $100, but will be available for $70 through the end of December. A 60-day trial version is available for download. [Classic, Carbon]
macinfo.de has published a benchmark review on the PowerBook G4/667, which shows that \"despite its fast G4 processor it can be slower than even a Pismo G3/500 in some cache/memory intensive tasks. However, in the graphics arena as well as under MacOS X it\'s the unbeat speed king of Apples portables.\" [German text; charts available]
Koingo Software has released Christmas Super Frog v1.5, a complete rewrite of its freeware Christmas game: \"Santa\'s sleigh has broken down in mid-flight and all of his gifts are scattered around town. But, it\'s Santa\'s lucky night! With the magic of Christmas, a \'super\' frog is born. You must play this character and find all the lost gifts to save Christmas!\" A second episode, titled \'Caribbean Super Frog\' where \"you must save all the Koala bears from swashbuckling pirates,\" is planned for release before Spring of 2002. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s iPod support Website says that \"the iPod Updater is expected to be available for download here soon.\"
ViewSonic yesterday announced it is working with Microsoft to create a new category of smart display devices, including large-screen monitors that bring digital entertainment to home and business users. Expected for release in first quarter 2002, the first of the series--the VX3600--will allow users to view all forms of digital entertainment from one device--VCR, DVD, camcorder, digital camera, cable box, game player and television signals--at resolutions up to four times higher than standard television images.
Morning tech news: A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld an order that prohibits publishing or linking to DVD-cracking code, which has \"sweeping significance for free-speech rights and copyright protection on the Internet;\" The top three U.S. airlines have canceled plans to invest in its high-speed airborne Internet service; President Bush renewed a ban on Internet taxes Wednesday, offers users 2 more years of tax-free shopping on the Internet.
Stewart Alsop, writing for Fortune, calls the iPod a \"perfect template for how digital devices should be designed in the future,\" but notes some shortcoming in managing larger numbers of songs and synchronization issues.
Intuit today released TurboTax Deluxe for Mac, an update to its $50 tax software package. It that brings an updated Tax Law Advisor, includes a 401k Maximizer, a ten-year forecaster, and a year-to-year deduction manager as well as a new feature which can electronically transfer mortgage interest information (Form 1098) directly into TurboTax software and the TurboTax for the Web service. It comes with one free TruboTax State for Mac product download.
iBuild 1.1 adds OS X compatiblity to the multimedia authoring and presentation tool: \"iBuild stacks can be constructed from a selection of over 40 different types of \'objects\', many of which are interactive or animated.\" The scriptable application is available in Lite (free), Pro ($30), Developer, and Site versions.
Vincent Jalby\'s $12 shareware X Font Manager 1.0 is a simple font manager that lets you activate and desactivate your fonts by moving them in and out the Fonts folders; can create/save several (global) sets and switch between them; and displays font info and previews of fonts.
Roarcube is now shipping iContact 1.0, a contact utility that stores data such as URLs, addresses or dates, can be used as an alarm station, and can build a peer-to-peer chat system with an unlimited number of participants. (An OS X version is due in first quarter of 2002.) A demo of the $10 shareware utility is available online.
digital.forest has announced the acquisition of the Internet business of Infoasis, a San Francisco Bay Area-based Macintosh-centric Internet Service Provider.
iXQ 0.9b is a beta release of a new, Cocoa-native ICQ Client for OS X, supporting the new protocol of AOL, OSCAR (ICQv7).
sMailing 3.0, a new version of AppMac\'s personalized e-mail software, brings a new interface, an improved engine for sending messages, better HTML management, better support under OS X 10.1, and other enhancements. A free trial of the $100 application is available online.
Selznick\'s Password Wallet 2.7 adds more reliable auto-typing, an improved random password generator, persistent auto-save, scroll-wheel support, and an all new Palm conduit to the $15 shareware utility for securely storing passwords.
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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
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