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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BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e