Black Cat Systems has released Audiocorder 3.2.1. The updated shareware ($19) program, which allows your Mac to act as an audio recorder, fixes numerous bugs, improves the interface, and adds the ability to save recordings as WAV files. [Classic,Carbon]
Unsanity LCC has released Dock Detox 1.0. The freeware \"haxie\" suppresses the bouncing notification behavior of the Dock in Mac OS X.
w00w00.org, a nonprofit internet security team, has found vulnerabilities in AOL\'s Instant Messenger software for Windows. The vulnerability in the latest version (4.7.2480) and beta version (4.8.2616) could allow worms, such as Melissa, ILOVEYOU, CodeRed, and nimda to spread throughout systems using the software. AOL plans on fixing the problem in the next few days.
WiebeTech Micro Storage Solutions, a company that specializes in portable storage solutions for the Mac, is set to release a new line of products on January 8 at Macworld Expo.
MacMuse Software, Shareware for Education, today announced the release of Teacher\'s Toolbox version 1.0. Teacher\'s Toolbox is a utility with 6 modules that assist teachers or parents with common tasks and lesson planning. List Manager, Word Find, Name Manager, Web Sites and Password Vault are all part of the registered version of Teacher\'s Toolbox. TTBox v1.0 costs $12 to register ($75 for site licence).
Einhugur Software has released LongBinaryStream version 1.0, a cross-platform BinaryStream for 2 GB and larger files for REALbasic. LongBinaryStream will automatically switch to the 2 GB files, is \"as easy to use\" as REALbasic\'s built in BinaryStream and is 68K, PPC, Carbon and Win32 compatible. LongBinaryStream is available for $49 as a part of the Einhugur plug-in pack. A trial version is available.
Jasmine 1.5b, a multitrack audio editor/mixer for OS X, is now available for public testing: \"It is a free download and is virtually identical in design to the version that runs under OS 9. Testers are urged to provide feedback to help identify remaining pre-release issues.\"
Several MacNN readers note the release of CarbonLib 1.5 via the Software Update Control Panel in Mac OS 9, although it has yet to be posted as a separate download via the Web. (We do not currently have a list of changes.)
Apple today officially announced the Webcast of Steve Jobs\' keynote as well as the (expected) satellite simulcast on Monday, January 7th at 9 am PST. Apple VP\'s Avie Tevanian and Phil Schiller will also be giving a \"Power of X\" feature presentation on Tuesday, January 8th at 12 pm PST. Jobs\' keynote satellite broadcast will be available on both KU and C bands.
Cocoa eFax (not affiliated with the eFax service) is a freeware Cocoa frontend to the UNIX tool efax, which lets you send and receive faxes. Currently users must an external TIFF-compatible appliation to view faxes; however, future versions will convert received faxes to PDF files. It supports all fax modems, offers automatic reception of faxes (after 1 ring of the phone), and generates an automatic email with the fax as an attachment.
HotApp 1.0 is a $15 shareware utility thats let you take control of various elements of OS X directly from your keyboard, including application launching applications, opening folders, visiting URLs, pasting commonly used text, etc. A limited demo is available online.
QPict 5.0.1 helps organize digital media files (supporting meta data such as ANPA (IPTC) and EXIF photo information) and includes advanced search and batch processing functions. This version adds support for Canon Raw Files and is also available for Mac OS 8.6-9 in addition to OS X. A demo of the $35 application is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Dartware has announced InterMapper 3.6, an update to its network monitoring and alerting program. Version 3.6 saves info on packet loss, response time and availability. It also includes support for background images for maps, response time measurements for devices, SNMPv2c and 64-bit counters, persistent chart data (across restarts), a new outages window, and multiple log file support. It has also announced InterMapper Remote 1.0, a new $200 cross-platform, remote viewer application that displays real-time status of routers, switches, servers and other networking equipment. Both are expected to be released at Macworld Expo next week.
Investment firm Robert W. Baird has downgraded Adobe\'s stock from market outperform, to market perform. As of 2:30 PM EST, shares of ADBE were down $.30 to $30.75 a change of just under 1 percent.
The judge in Microsoft\'s on-going anti-trust trial scheduled a hearing for Jan. 7 on whether to grant the company\'s delay request, filed on Dec. 21. Under the originial plan, hearings are scheduled to begin on March 11.
Afternoon tech news: Bill Gates remained the top charity giver in 2001, with a $2 billion gift to his foundation, down from $5 billion in 2000; Memory prices may be on the rise again, after a 30 percent price hike from Hynix; The Semiconductor Industry Association says that sales rose in November, ending a long decline.
OmniDictionary 2.0 is a free utility from OmniGroup that allows users to look up words via public dictionary servers available via the Internet (it also provides services in other applications for streamlined lookup functions). Version 2.0 adds speech support, history navigation, customization of the dictionary server, and other other enhancements.
FirewireDirect.com has announced the FireWire RAID Vanguard, an external storage device that offers RAID Level 1 and NRAID. The hardware-based RAID offers an auto rebuilding feature that allows full access to one volume while rebuilding the RAID 1 mirror in the event of a hard disk failure. Each RAID Vanguard System contains two drives, with capacities of 160/80GB ($1000), 200/100GB ($1300) and 240/120GB ($1500) of RAID Level 1 or NRAID, also known as \"spanning\" (allows 2 drives to be spanned as a single larger volume).
IDG has issued a statement highlighting some aspects of next week\'s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The company says it expects more than 300 exhibitors at this year\'s show, and claims \"Due to the impact of new announcements from Apple, Steve Jobs\' keynote was moved to one day earlier than previously scheduled.\" Among the companies profiled by IDG as spotlight exhibitors are NewTek, Roxio, Sony, Connectix, Creo, and ThinkFree.
Foxchange Software has released Cave Dig 3, a $15 arcade/puzzle game: \"You control Simon, a small fox with great powers, who is transported in a fantastic underground world. You will have to dig, move stones, travel through warps and ultimately use a laser pistol to escape from the hostile caves.\" A demo is available online.
Epson has released two new projectors under its \"Value Series\" line - the PowerLite 51c and PowerLite 71c. The PowerLite 51c delivers 1,200 ANSI lumens, SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution, a 400:1 contrast ratio and is priced at $2200. The PowerLite 71c is rated at 1,000 ANSI lumens with XGA (1,024 x 768) native resolution, 300:1 contrast ratio and sells for $3000. Both models weigh just under 7 pounds, and use Epson\'s triple LCD system.
US-International 1.0 is a freeware utility (for both Mac OS 9 and OS X) from Rainer Brockerhoff that \"duplicates as closely as possible the Window key sequences, while keeping most of the option-key sequences intact.\"
Essential Reality has disclosed that it will reveal the final product design of its P5 virtual reality glove peripheral at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs from January 8 - January 10. The company says it expects to deliver a Macintosh compatible version of the USB-based P5 soon after its introduction at CES.
AustinSoft has updated DTerm, its $65 real-time debugging application for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The new version now supports CFM programs under OS X (in addition to Mach-O programs)
Wired News has posted a piece titled \"Virtual PC is Virtually Perfect,\" in which author Dave Horrigan profiles Connectix\'s PC emulation software and states \"It\'s one thing to tell PC users that a Mac is better, but to show them that even a PC is better when it runs on a Mac really drives the point home.\" Horrigan praises VPC 5\'s fast Windows XP installation, ability to run nearly a dozen operating systems, and speed.
Giles Williams has updated JewelToy 1.15, his \"fiendishly\" addictive puzzle game, which adds \"a lot more speed and many little enhancements to gameplay.\' He has also updated YaxJournal 1.05, his offline LiveJournal client, to fix a few bugs and bring compatibility with OS X 10.1. [JT, YJ]
Cyclone 1.5.1 is the latest release of Tomasz Kukielka freeware text converter based on that is based on Apple\'s Text Encoding Converter engine. The new version provides a polished OS X styled interface and bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Analyst Gerard Klauer Mattison has upgraded AAPL to \'Outperform\' from \'Neutral\', noting that \"desktops and the maturation of the Mac OS X operating system should accelerate an upgrade cycle among installed base.\" He lowerdc FY02 estimate to $0.52 from $0.55 and has established a price target of $26, saying that he expects AAPL to \"continue to run up before MacWorld Expo on Jan 7 and fall off afterwards.\"
Now AAPL Stock: 140.71 ( + 0.07 )
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