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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R