CNNmoney is reporting that PC maker Dell is being sued for allegedly installing compression technology without licenses. Six companies, including Mitsubishi and Sony, filed suit Friday against the PC giant; the companies control 380 patents relating to MPEG-2 technology. The lawsuit states that Dell\'s promotional material describes the benefits of its DVD-equipped machines, their compatibility with the MPEG-2 standard and their ability to decode and play DVD movies. In 1996 the patent owners, including Apple and the six companies involved, formed a limited liability company, MPEG LA, which licenses the patent portfolio to 330 licensees worldwide.
c|net has posted a two-part review of both Apple\'s iPod music player and iTunes software. The c|net staff says the iPod is the best MP3 player they have ever reviewed; iTunes remains the best audio jukebox for Mac users. In both reviews, c|net calls for better Windows support, although they maintain that when Mediafour\'s XPod software is released (for Windows compatibility) the iPod review will be updated.
Marware, Inc. has announced a new line of neoprene sleeves for the iPod, named SportSuit Sleeves. These 3mm thick covers include a \"small stretchy pocket in the front for earphone storage and a rotating belt clip on the back. The case contains a plastic insert in both front and back that protects the iPod from impacts.\" Available in 5 colors, the SportSuit retails for $20 and will begin shiping the week of December 17th.
Intuit\'s Quicken 2002R2, a second maintenance release to its financial management package, has been released. This fixes calculation issues in in the Security Detail Window, restores a few Investment Actions functions, and fixes freezes when using saved preferences to print a check.
Koingo Software has released Alarm Clock Pro 4.5, which includes a new module, numerous upgrades, bug fixes and GUI enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader Nate Caplin writes \"Here at Streaming Media East in New York, Microsoft is handing out CD\'s containing the just completed Microsoft Windows Media Player for Mac OS X. The gentleman at the booth said it is the \"final code\", not a beta or pre-release version.\"
Aatrix Software has released a 1099 utility for Intiut\'s QuickBooks. The utility uses QuickBooks export functionality and formats the information to the required 1099 layout.
MacNN Reader Eric Hand notes that Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, will appear tonight on TechTV: \"Just saw that Steve Wozniak will be a guest on The Screen Savers tonight on TechTV. The show airs live at 7PM EST and is rebroadcasted at 10PM and 1AM EST.\"
We\'ve posted a review of ViaVoice for Mac OS X from MacNN reader, Robert H.
WiebeTech has launched DesktopGB, a small and fast FireWire/USB storage device. The device, which lays on its side, takes up only 9.0in x 2.25 in of space, and includes support for Firewire, USB 1.1, and the forthcoming USB 2.0; sizes range from 40GB to 80GB. Pricing begins at $160. The company also announced MicroGB, the world\'s smallest FireWire, USB 1.1, and USB 2.0 storage device. DriveDock, another new device, enables any 3.5\" hard drive to be a USB external storage solution. Both are due to ship in January.
IOGEAR is shipping its $130 USB 2.0/FireWire PCI combo card, which features two external and one internal USB 2.0 ports and two external and one internal FireWire ports.
REAL Software announced today that REALbasic 4 will be available in January 2002 and is offering a free upgrade to all purchases after December 1, 2001. Version 4 will bring improvements to the IDE as well as EditField, ListBox, Canvas, Shell, and multimedia components. It also supports external Project Items and compiled RbScript. REALbasic 4.0b3 is available for download now. Upgrades will be between $30 and $90 for v3.5 owners. It will be available in Personal ($150) and Professional ($350) editions. [Classic, Carbon]
Knowledge Adventure is shipping JumpStart Languages, a new $30 software title that prepares children ages 3 to 6 to learn a second language (Spanish, French, Japanese and English). The company is also shipping JumpStart Explorers, a new $30 CD-ROM designed for students in grades pre-K to 2. It introduces children to age-appropriate history and social studies curriculum as they travel back in time with famous explorers on educational expeditions around the world. A $40 license for the teacher\'s edition includes two copies of the software and teacher edition includes lesson plans, and lab pack for 5 users is $120 (site license for 15 users is $325).
Totally Hip has launched its new LiveStage Professional Educational Development Program, which is \"designed to assist educators in integrating interactive video authoring with existing core new media programs at a reasonable cost.\" It offers a 50-seat site license for $5,000 as well as a certification component that may be added to the site license, complete with course materials and classroom workbooks with supplementary CD ROMs.
ImageDroplet 1.0b1 is a free utility for translating the format of still image files via drag and drop. (Other useful utilitiesi include SimpleImageViewer 1.0 to view, perform limited editing of, and translate the file formats of images from a large variety of image file types and X-Droplet 1.0, user configurable droplet application for modifying the attributes of single or batches of files. It is particularly useful for adjusting the file attributes used by Mac OS X such as creator and file types, name extensions, privileges, and locks.) [ID, SIV, XD]
osx.macnn.com has reports on the forthcoming release of OS X 10.1.2, Tri-Backup 3.04, the latest Alcatel SpeedTouch USB drivers, and other updates.
Apple and IDG today announced that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will kick off Macworld Expo 2002 in San Francisco with the opening keynote presentation on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 9:00 AM instead of the previously scheduled Tuesday keynote, making this year\'s MWSF five days long. [updated]
Tri-BACKUP 3.04, a free update to the backup utility for OS X, adds the ability to create a complete (bootable) backup of an OS X, which can be used to restore part or all of OS X. Other changes include \"fuzzy\" date matching to prevent unnecessary backups, more synchronization options, an option to exclude aliases, and other enhancements. The $50 utility is a $30 upgrade for registered users of previous versions (free to v3.0 owners).
The latest Speed Touch USB v1.4.3 drivers now support OS X and are available for residents of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, and UK.
Mireth Technology has released ShredIt X 5.0, a Cooca-based version of its privacy utility that securely deletes files and folders. It includes a Safe Place feature which allows you to protect important documents from accidental deletion. A demo of the $20 shareware is available online.
MacNN sister\'s site, MacGeneration, reports that Mac OS X 10.1.2 is \"ready for primetime\" and could be released as early as today (later this evening). The 30MB update will bring numerous fixes, including USB and FireWire improvements, PC Card management, PowerBook IrDA modem support on FireWire PowerBooks as well as as updated components such as AirPort 2.0.2, Apache 1.3.22 and AppleScript 1.8.
SWIG-1.3.10 is a compiler that connects C and C++ with a variety of scripting languages including Perl, Python, Tcl, Guile, and Ruby. Version 1.3.10 features \"substantial\" changes to typemaps, exception handling, and SWIG\'s internals and also includes support for C++ operator overloading and an experimental PHP module.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has honored FileMaker database software products as finalists for two prestigious Codie Awards, selecting FileMaker Mobile as a finalist for Best Handheld Application, and FileMaker Developer 5.5 as a Best Software Development Product finalist. The awards will be presented April 15, 2002 at the SIIA annual conference. (In 2001, FileMaker Pro 5 Unlimited won the Codie Award for Best Numeric/DatabaseSoftware.)
Sonnet today officially announced that its Crescendo/7200 v1.0.2 driver upgrade, noted here several weeks ago, provides OS 9.1 compatibility for the Power Mac 7200, 7215, 8200 and Workgroup Server 7250 machines and extends support for the recently released Sonnet Tempo ATA100 PCI Host Adapter as well as increases total RAM capacity to 768MB (384MB on the Crescendo/7200 card and 384MB on the motherboard). The Crescendo/7200 upgrade is available in G3/400/512K ($250), G3/400/1MB ($300), and G4/400/1MB ($400) versions.
John Scalo\'s File Freak 3.5.3, a $13 shareware utility for Mac OS 9 and OS X which allows you to quickly access your files by just typing a few letters, fixes a memory leak that could lead to redraw problems or the application quitting unexpectedly.
New Classic and Carbon versions of Ircle 3.1b12, the popular IRC client, are now available on the Web. It adds support for long file names (supported on OS 9.1 thru OS X), fixed a few text display bugs (and a \"rather large memory leak\"), and improves compatibility with OS X (requires OS X 10.1). [Classic, Carbon]
Stephen Falk notes that early versions of PPC G4 (with the Uni-North: 3 memory controller) are not compatible with Sonnet\'s dual G4 upgrades: \"Go into the go to the Sonnett home page and you\'ll find out the process involved in getting this uni-n 3 number it\'s under the Apple Profiler. I thought I had at least a few years of life with this machine with upgrades.\"
Dr. Bott is now shipping its $25 Auto Charger for iPod, which connects to the standard12 Volt DC cigarette lighter found in most any car and provides power to the FireWire port of the iPod.
Early morning tech news: Federal agents carried out dozens of raids today against the \"\"DrinkOrDie\" warez group, seizeing computers and hard drives in at least 27 cities in 21 states in raids on businesses, university computer centers, Internet service providers and many residences; High-speed Internet connections in homes has surged this year to more than 21 million; and Intel is planning the stealth introduction of a chipset that will allow Pentium 4 computers to use DDR (double data rate) memory.
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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