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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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