Apple has posted an official MacWorld Expo San Francisco webcast page, which indicates that Macintosh enthusiasts will be able to \"tune-in\" to Steve Jobs\' keynote address on January 7 at 9am PT via QuickTime. \"It\'s an event you won\'t want to miss.\"
Graphics software developer Fifth Wave today announced the availability of Convert version 1.3.3. Convert is an in-depth tool for calculations and conversions on the Macintosh. 40 different conversion categories allow for \"thousands of conversion possibilities,\" according to the developer. Version 1.3.3 adds a number of improvements including PowerPC and 68K native code, new conversion factors for the Volume, Moment of Inertia, and Mass categories. Convert is available for $15 through Kagi.
Grammatica 3.07, the bilingual grammar and spelling utility, has been released. The update improves French checking and includes a new and direct access to the FR, ENG, and FR-ENG Ultralingua dictionairies; price for the full version is $45.
Mallet and Bare has released Erase the Trail 1.2, the hard drive management tool, for Mac OS 9. The utility allows batch change of creator codes, deletion, creation, and management of invisible files, and backup of the entire drive with the click of a button. Erase the Trail\'s cost is $7, but discounts will be given on later versions for registered users.
MOTU today announced a public beta of its USB MIDI driver for all MOTU MIDI interfaces, including the 2x2 FastLane-USB, 4x6 micro express-USB, 8x8 MIDI Express XT-USB and the 8x8 MIDI Timepiece AV-USB interface/universal synchronizer. The MOTU USB driver leverages OS X\'s new \'CoreMIDI\' architecture, making \"all MOTU USB MIDI interfaces compatible with all Macintosh software that supports standard Mac OS X MIDI drivers. \"
The Omni Group is shipping OmniOutliner v1.2, a cocoa application that can make outlines and lists in Mac OS X. New in this version is the ability to export to plain text, multiple columns, document-wide stylesheets, multiple bug fixes and numerous interface enhancements. A free trial version is available; the full version is $21.
Word Translator 4.5 brings OS X compatibility to the application that can translate English words into 14 other languages. The $40 shareware integrates with other applications, has user-modifiable dictionaries and can accept very large dictionaries-- some up to 400,000 words. A trial version is avaialbe that will expire after \"a few weeks\" of usage.
ntop v2.0, a Unix tool that generates detailed network usage reports, has been released. ntop works with Mac OS X servers and is compatible with several protocols including AppleTalk. The ntop source code is available to the public.
TheStreet.com has posted a piece dubbed \"Sweet Exec Deals Sour Apple\'s Image\" in which columnist Glenn Curtis criticizes Apple\'s executive compensation. Curtis says he\'s \"not always convinced that the company has the common shareholder\'s best interest at heart,\" pointing out a $500,000 signing bonus for Timothy Cook, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales Service and support, and hefty stock option awards.
A MacNN reader writes \"DV Pressroom has an interesting \'Dual Duel\' article in which a PM G4 800 DP got summarily clobbered by multi-processor Wintel peers in a digital video editing shootout. Not a happy story for us Mac faithful, but not the complete story, either.\"
Morning tech news: AOL\'s global subscriber base has topped 33 million; CD prices are set to fall due in part to increased availability of music online; and The FCC granted Boeing a license for the aircraft manufacturer\'s Connexion service, which will let passengers transmit and receive broadband data in flight.
David Pogue\'s latest New York Times column highlights OS X and the iPod as \"some of the year\'s most notable products.\"
Cisco recently posted updated Aironet 2.0 drivers for its line of wireless PCI/PC card adpaters. Version 2.0 contains new OS X drivers as well the previous release of Mac OS 9 drivers; James Nenneman provided some feedback: \"I emailed you last week about the drivers that were soon to be posted for Aironet Cards. I downloaded them within an hour of their being posted. The 2.0 version of the driver software for OS X does not work. I have tested it with Powerbook G4s and G3s running anything from 10.1 to 10.1.2. It does not work. ;-( What is more disappointing is that when installed on OS 9 the driver and utility package are still the older 1.02. I have attempted to contact Cisco, but with no luck.\"
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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