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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6