iTunes v2.0.3 has been released via the Mac OS X Software Update panel : iTunes for Mac OS X lets you create and organize your own personal digital music library. The second generation of iTunes adds powerful new tools that help enhance your listening experience, burns MP3 data CDs, and provides support for Apple\'s iPod, offering unprecedented music portability. This version also improves overall stability and performance. The Mac OS 9 version is available at Apple\'s download page.
MacNN reader Jason Thacker has started an online petition aimed at Apple; the petition asks that \"Apple use the Windows implementation of AVI (in Quicktime) instead of the official specification. This will allow Mac users to play most AVIs when used with the new Divx codecs.\"
Spiderweb Software, the makers of Exile, Nethergate and Avernum, today announced Geneforge, a fantasy role-playing game. \"It features fully animated 16-bit graphics, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help.\" Geneforge costs $25, but a free demo is available.
Pedagoguery Software Inc. has released Tess 1.06, an educational mathematics application that creates planar illustrations. The update improves functionality and design ability.
O\'Reilley & Associates has published a new book entitled \"Building Wireless Community Networks\" ($25 retail). Included in this comprehensive publication are tips on network layout, implementation, and general help on setting up your own wireless network.
A MacNN reader has posted a scan of the two-page OS X advertisement that appeared on the inside cover of the December 17th edition of Newsweek magazine.
Portents has released an update to DiskTracker 2.2. At beta 4, the disk cataloging software can now be natively run in OS X; more bug fixes are also included. [Classic,Carbon]
We have published a review of Buena Software\'s three Video Effects Packs, priced at $30 each and compatible with QuickTime Player Pro and any other video editor that accepts QuickTime effects.
LemkeSoftware has released version 4.2 of its popular GraphicConverter software. The update brings dozens of improvements and bug fixes including: drawing of recorded points, improvements in slide shows, and expanded support for graphic formats. The retail price is $35. [Classic,Carbon]
Apple has posted standalone Quicktime 4.1.2 installers for both Mac OS and Windows.
CE Software has posted another development build of its next generation office mail utility, QuickMail 3.0b3. This version fixes problems with draft emails, adds message formatting tools to the Edit menu, supports commas in URLs, and other enhancements.
Internet World Fall 2001 wraps up today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Show officials have chosen this year\'s \"Best of Show\" award winners, which include Sierra\'s AirCard 555 wireless networking add-on; the Lexign Suite for managing electronic transactions; and Caw Network\'s WebAvalanche 3.1.
A Sharp has released Addressix 1.0, its $16 envelope printing utility for OS X: \"It remembers printer settings so you can\'t forget to use manual feed, auto-completes addresses, and prints bar codes for automated sorting.\" A fully functional 30-day trial is available.
Corel has quietly posted a Bryce 5.01 updater for its 3D landscaping and animation package, fixing several outstanding issues with the previous release, including extraneous artifacts on transparent objects, camera tracking problems, and fixes for several network rendering isues. (You must download and install the 5.01 Lightning client to use the Bryce network rendering solution, as older clients are no longer compatible with the update.)
osx.macnn.com reports on the release of December\'s OS X 10.1 Developer Tools set, a new version of CopyPaste-X, Alias/Wavefront\'s shipment of Maya 3.5.1, and a final release candidate for CarbonLib 1.5.
Afternoon tech news: U.S. Customs Agency officials are planning more raids targeting Internet \"warez\" groups in the coming weeks, including efforts overseas; Intel\'s new mobile Pentium 4 chip, which will reportedly run at 1.7 Ghz, will produce significantly more heat and consume more power than current portable chip offerings; The FBI has confirmed the existence of a \"Magic Lantern\" project that could be used to eavesdrop on computer communications.
SiPix, the same company that helped Apple to develop its first mouse, has unveiled a new $100 photo printer that produces wallet-style glossy prints as well as photograph stickers. The PocketColor 100 connects via the USB port and runs on four AA batteries. Packs of 20 sheets of media for the PocketColor 100 include a color cartridge and cost $9 for photo paper and $10 for stickers.
Along with a host of other digital music player manufacturers responding to Apple\'s iPod, D-Link has introduced the 10 GB capacity Roq-it MP3 Jukebox. The device sports ID3 Tag Support, a backlit LCD Display, a USB Interface and M3U Playlist Support. Five minutes of skip protection are provided through a 2 MB DRAM buffer and D-Link claims the Lithium-Ion battery delivers 8 hours of juice. The Roq-it MP3 Jukebox is priced at $210 and is available immediately,
NewsFactor\'s Robyn Weisman compares Microsoft\'s recent Windows XP commercials to Apple advertisements, saying \"As Madonna\'s \'Ray of Light\' pulses, a person flies through a Technicolor blue sky holding a Windows laptop, while below people edit movies and do all sorts of multimedia things. It is as if they had walked into a Mac ad by mistake.\"
wxWindows 2.3.2 is a development version of the C++ GUI library with bindings for Python, Perl, and recently Basic and Lua. This is the first release that supports MacOS 8/9 and MacOS X, compiled either with CodeWarror or Apple\'s Developers\' Tools. It is the open-source alternative to the Qt toolkit and is free for any use, including commercial use. The currently supported platforms are Windows (including WinXP), the GTK toolkit, widely used under Linux and Unix and Mac OS.
Handmark has acquired MemoWare, a provider of on-line content for PDAs and other handheld digital devices. Under the arrangement MemoWare will operate as an autonomous business unit within Handmark. MemoWare founder Dr. Craig Froehle becomes president of the MemoWare division reporting to Handmark CEO August Grasis III. Handmark produces several Mac-compatible desktop PDA componenets.
A MacNN reader provided a status update on the online Developer Tools, which were made available earlier today, but temporarily pulled: The December Dev tools for OS X are also BACK online at ADC, the ones that were online for 2.5 hours on the 8th, now back online since around 2AM est this morning, pulled for a few hours AGAIN today, and now back again, still no word on OS X 10.1.2 which apple says is REQUIRED to use some of the tools (Applescript Studio).
Web Proofs 1.2, a $35 software package that helps create web forms and other online ordering documents, adds PayPal integration, allowing users to use PayPal\'s shopping cart in an online store. [Classic, Carbon]
Marty Pfeiffer has updated his $31 Nu Font Pack, which contains some of Scooter Graphics\' most popular fonts: Nu Sans, Nu Serif, Nu Casual and Nu Sans Monospaced--in a single package that is offered at a 20% discount. A demo version is available. This release allows folks to use Nu Sans as the system font in Mac OS 9.2.2. Nu Sans is available separately for $12.
CopyPaste-X 1.01 is an update to the popular utlity that extends the OS X clipboard.
The Boston Globe has a feature article on Jordon Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD project, who now works for Apple: \"[OS X] is what I\'ve been waiting for the past 20 years ... I never thought about working for Apple before, and now I was saying, \'How do I join?\'\"
Apple yesterday released another final candidate of its CarbonLib 1.5f5 SDK, which is available to all ADC Members and provides all the files needed to begin Carbon development.
Miramar today released PC MACLAN 7.2.1 for Windows 95/98/Me, which \"provides seamless compatibility between users of Windows 9.x and Apple OS X.1, allowing them to maximize the use of digital media devices to both operating systems, while also sharing files and printers bi-directionally over AppleTalk or TCP/IP.\" It supports AFP (AppleTalk File Protocol) over IP as well as AppleTalk to provide the ability to connect to AppleShare servers and Macintosh workstations. It retails for $200 and is available as an upgrade ($70-$100).
Alias/Wavefront is now shipping an OS X 10.1.1-compatible version of its Maya 3.5.1 package. The free update also brings support for new grpahic cards, including the ATI Mobility Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX and NVIDIA GeForce3. The updaet will be shipped on CD to existing customers and is available for sale ($7,500) through Alias/Wavefront or its resellers.
David Rider has received a status update from Microsoft late this evening, noting that his order for Office v.X Special Upgrade shipped yesterday, instead of the original January date.
Microsoft yesterday rejected a settlement offer from the nine dissenting states in the DOJ/States antitrust case, saying that proposals \"seem calculated to inflict maximum commercial harm on Microsoft\" and would amount to a divestiture of its valuable Windows operating system and Office suite of business software.
4D has released 4D for Dreamweaver v1.0, an extension plug-in for Dreamweaver which inserts 4D tags into pages designed in Dreamweaver via an easy-to-use GUI. The free utility is designed for use with Dreamweaver 3.x, 4.x or UltraDev and requires 4D Version 6.7.1 or higher.
Sonnet has extended its \"128MB for FREE\" DIMM program, which it has been offering with the purchase of any Sonnet Crescendo/7200 upgrade. U.S., Canadian, European and Japanese customers are eligible for a free 128MB DIMM with any qualifying purchase through the end of the year. Claims must be submitted by mail and postmarked by January 31, 2002.
Web Confidential 3.0, Alco Blom\'s $20 shareware password manager, offers industrial-strength encryption (using BlowFish), automatic entry of WWW Forms and automatic HTTP Authentication, access to passwords in your browser and from the Dock, synchronization with a Palm via a Conduit, a password generator, new dock menus, and new help book. Upgrades are $11.
Several readers note that December 2001 OS X 10.1 Developer Tools are available to online ADC members via the private developer site. (Online ADC Membership is free.)
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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