The Omni Group has released OmniWeb v4.1 beta 1. OmniWeb is a popular web browser for Mac OS X. New features include a compatibility preferences pane that allows the user to make websites think OmniWeb is another browser and several user interface enhancements like pop-up history menus on the forward/back buttons. The new beta also has a redesigned download manager with more options. OmniWeb is available for $30 ($20 educational); OmniWeb can also be used for free.
GameRanger 2.1.6 is an update to the Mac-friendly, web based game enviroment that \"works around a problem with web proxies that some ex-@Home users (and possibly others) were experiencing that prevented auto-updating.\"
IOXperts has announced the release of its FireWire Webcam Driver 1.0 for Mac OS X. The \"extremely\" stable driver provides support for OS X users using some FireWire Webcams. A free trial version of the $20 software is available online.
Micronet has re-introduced its Advantage Series of external single bay hard drives. Available in 60GB, 80GB, 100GB, and 120 GB capacities, the small 5\" x 9\" footprint hard drives are priced from $290 to $455.
Xnet Communications today announced Captain FTP v1.0, a new FTP client specifically designed for Mac OS X. Captain FTP has drag-and-drop functionality, file and folder transfers, basic FTP functions like renaming/moving, interrupted download resuming and bookmarks. Future features may include mirror transfers and a text terminal.
Rijdat Software has released PDFCat 1.0, a new $30 utility that tracks and indexes PDF documents, including title, author, subject, keywords, and other data.
We\'ve published an in-depth preview of the upcoming International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2002 in Las Vegas, which coincides with the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
AustinSoft has released DTerm 1.0, a $65 programming utility that provides an \"interface for displaying diagnostic and debugging information in real-time from your programs. Each program has its own window, and can intelligently merge the contents of multiple windows into a single window, showing the interactions between multiple programs.\" It works with both Mac OS 9 CFM programs as well as Mac OS X Mach-O programs.
Dave Hirsch has released a Cocoa version of TestTimer 2.0, a utility designed to do help teachers proctor a station-based exam: \"Each station has a certain amount of time, and an aural announcement must be made when it is time to switch stations.\" The source code is also posted for both the Classic and Cocoa versions at the same web site.
Afternoon tech: The open-source MPlayer offers QuickTime support under Linux with its latest release; A recent study found that up to 5% of the Internet - potentially 100 million hosts - are completely unreachable; and Yahoo announced that sales volume at its shopping sites between Thanksgiving and Christmas increased more than 86 percent from a year ago and that its shoppers spent $10.3 billion online in the fourth quarter.
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times writes \"Although the older OS 9 remains a better choice for many types of users, OS X is becoming more viable every day,\" noting the growing numer of applications for OS X.
Apple has granted options for one million shares to each of its senior executives except Chief Executive Steven Jobs, according to the company\'s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
Yahoo! Shopping has named Apple\'s Titanium PowerBook G4 as one of the best sellers for the 2001 holiday buying season. Other top sellers include Microsoft\'s xBox, Nintendo\'s GameCube, and the Nikon Coolpix 995.
Morning tech news: The FBI has warned owners of Windows XP to disable a feature that could open the operating system to intrusion from hackers; Minolta has halted new product development for APS (advanced photo system) cameras, announcing that it will instead focus on digital cameras; E-Commerce sites are reporting strong holiday sales, with Yahoo revealing that its visitors spent more $10.3 billion in the fourth quarter.
Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software notes that the company is not working on an OS X version of its popular Cro-Mag Rally because of Apple\'s lack of Net Sprocket on OS X.
iPod Free File Sync 2.0b1 now displays which MP3/AIFF/WAV files on an iPod are not on your computer and offers the ability to sync the iPod with any computer.
Signwave Auto-Illustrator 1.0 is described as \"an experimental, semi-autonomous, generative software artwork and a fully functional vector graphic design application to sit alongside your existing professional graphic design utilities.\" Registered users of the beta version receive $30 off the $100 registration price.
XPlay Preview Release 2, a new version of Mediafour\'s Windows utilty for the iPod, adds the ability to copy MP3, AIF and WAV files through both Windows Media Player and Explorer. The preview release expires January 31, 2002.
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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