A MacNN reader warns that hitting the \"cancel\" button during the iPod software update process may render your iPod unusable: \"Just to let you know that I had a perfectly working ipod until I decided to run the update. No progress was being shown on the progress bar so I decided after 5 mins to press the CANCEL\" ... \"now stuck on the welcome screen (apple logo with Ipod Title) and the HD is running constantly\" ... \"I believed that is that option was available that meant that it was not dangerous.\"
Ian Struckhoff has provided MacNN with the transcript of an email he received from Excite today: Excite is transitioning to new management. If you want to keep your free excite.com email account and personalized Excite settings (stock portfolio, classified listings, Chat profile, etc.), all you need to do is click Yes! below. This will give us permission to transfer your membership information to the NEW Excite. Please transfer my Excite settings and excite.com email account to the NEW Excite. [Activation address provided] We appreciate your prompt response, and look forward to your continued membership with Excite.
Handheld computer maker Handspring today announced they have started a new holiday promotion. Starting December 9, the Visor Edge will sell for $270; additionally, until December 15, anyone who buys a Visor handheld, except Visor Deluxe, from a participating retail store will receive a free Springboard expansion module worth up to $50.
CNNmoney is reporting that opponents of the federal government\'s proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft, including nine states, have submitted an alternative proposal. Among the new, stricter provisions, is one calling for an independent \"special master\" with more power to curb anticompetitive behavior -- more than the \"oversight committee\" the U.S. Justice Department calls for. Another, perhaps more significant, provision in the purposed settlement is one that would require the software giant to make its \'Office\' productivity suite available on at least three operating systems other than Windows-- including the Mac OS and Linux.
Panasonic has introduced the KX-P7100, a $280 duplex laser printer that delivers 600-dpi output and 15 pages per minute print speed. The printer also includes a power saving mode that is activated after no data is received for 15 minutes. The KX-P7100 comes standard with 2MB RAM and USB connectivity. An Ethernet connection and extra sheet capacity are available as options.
Angelo Scicolone, a Mac OS and Mac OS X software deleoper, today announced the release of ClipWorks v2.0.1. With version 2.0.1, ClipWorks remembers Print Settings and no longer has a bug that causes Apple and Application Menu Items to appear in German on non-German OS X machines. ClipWorks is a $10 carbon utility that allows you to quickly edit the content of the clipboard.
Netscape has released version 6.2.1 of its popular carbon web browser and email client. The update brings improved stability and several new features; a new address book tab and an improved autocomplete are among the additions.
Apple has posted an iPod Software updater v1.02, which adds support for additional languages, including Spanish, Italian, and Dutch and improves power management in low battery conditions.
Afternoon tech news: Palm reported that an unnamed investor has provided $50 million in financing to help fund the company\'s wireless and corporate sales efforts; Earthlink plans to acquire the assets of OmniSky, a wireless ISP with 32,000 subscribers; Intel and AMD have both raised quarterly profit projections, citing strong holiday demand for personal computers.
The Caledonia Community Schools district in Michigan has announced that it will retain its Macintosh systems thanks to new hardware from 3Com, which boasts compatibility with AppleTalk. 85 percent of the school\'s computers are Macs, and school officials say that the new quarter-million dollar purchase from 3Com will enable a new video broadcasting application and ensure secure Internet access for 3,202 students.
Addonics has announced a new CD-RW drive combination that can also be used as a stand alone one-to-one CD duplicator. The Combo CDRW/Copier includes a 52X CD-ROM as a source drive and a 24 x 10 x 40 CDRW as the destination drive. List price of the Addonics CDRW/Copier is $430 with USB 2.0 interface cable, $450 with CardBus cable, and $470 with FireWire cable.
The Standard Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association officially approved the IEEE Standard 802.16 (\"Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems\") today. Representatives say the approval will speed deployment of 10 to 66 GHz wireless metropolitan area networks that function in a manner similar to AirPort networks.
PocketDock 2.23 adds Japanese language support to the $20 shareware application launcher/organizer with multiple skin support.
TC Works is offering SparkLE, its new real-time audio editing and authoring application, for $20 in a special Christmas Offer. SparkLE includes a Plug-In bundle with a mastering quality Audio Maximizer, a flexible Tempo Delay and a One Band EQ with various equalization options (selectable Notch, Low Pass, High Pass and Parametric). A new version is due in January with MP3 encoding via the original Fraunhofer codec. Registered customers will be offered an upgrade to the $50 application for $10.
Apple\'s Instant Loan offers the bility to defer interest and payments for 180 days to qualified buyers. The promo, which ends December 31st, offers APRs as low as 9.9% on loans of up to $25,000.
Diiva Associates has released Diiva 1.0.3pre1, a preview of its $35 newsreader for images, lets you easily browse through the encoded pictures in newsgroups. It\'s able to automatically categorize images, display image previews, and manage your archive of downloaded pictures.
MacNN reader Eric Cherry writes about continued problems with the initial shipments of Office v.X, noting that Microsoft is still struggling to help customers activate their software package, after including incorrect product keys with the package (and other shipping the delays).
The $25 iOrganizer 2.1, which includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list, adds new contact icons to personalize contacts in the address book. [Classic, Carbon]
Ambrosia Software has released Deimos Rising, the much-anticipated sequel to its Mars Rising. The fast-action, arcade-style game is \"about revenge. And not yours. Mars Rising\'s big brother is here, and he\'s pissed off. David Wareing has once again crafted a masterpiece of twitch gaming bliss that combines killer graphics, sounds, music, and action into an experience that\'ll leave you breathless.\" The $20 shareware supports OS X as well.
MAKI Enterprise has released Magellan 3.0.1, a maintenance update to its email client that brings better Unicode conversion for Hebrew, a new OS X application, and support for spell checker/word services in OS X. It is available in both Japanese and English. [Classic, Carbon]
Quanta, Taiwan\'s largest notebook-computer maker, has received an order from Apple to manufacture a new model of the iMac, according to report in the Economic Daily News. The report also notes that the order for more than a million iMacs a year starting in the first quarter of 2002 is Quanta\'s first contract to produce desktop computers for another company and that Apple will introduce the new model, fitted with a 15-inch liquid crystal display in January at Macworld SF.
Tribeworks has releaesd iShell 2.5.1, a framework for developers to create dynamic, data-intensive applications. Version 2.5.1 includes dynamic font-loading and enhanced interoperability with QuickTime and Flash as well as integration of the Internet module for secure data transfer and ftp upload, improved support for Unix servers, and hot text support in HTML and RTF.
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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