Mediafour has released XPlay Preview 3, iPod connection software. XPlay allows users of Microsoft Windows to connect an Apple iPod to their FireWire-equipped PC. Because XPlay is currently pre-release software, and distributed at no charge, technical support is not available. However, users are encouraged to email Mediafour if they encounter problems in the software.
As reported yesterday, AOL has fixed the security hole found by the w00w00 security group in their AOL Instant Messenger software.
Reader Scott Hancock has noted a problem with tcpdump, a packet sniffer, and Mac OS X: After upgrading to MacOS 10.1.2, I noticed that tcpdump causes a kernel panic on all of my Macs. I found several posts about the problem on the Apple Support Discussions groups. It may have started as early as 10.1.1 and may also happen when running tcpflow. That indicates that its not tcpdump but some underlying piece that\'s causing the problem.
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its Cobra+ 120GB, 7200 RPM external hard drive (also available in 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB sizes). The stackable, FireWire drive is housed in a light-gray fully shielded case; price is $490.
MacNN reader David Jones notes that in addition to Apple\'s Webcast and Satellitecast and TechTV\'s live coverage, readers can attend the keynote at any Apple Store: \"Just to let everyone know, apparently anyone can attend the Steve\'s Keynote Speech in the Apple Retail Stores. The retail stores are handing out invitations, but you don\'t need one to attend the Theater Event. I guess there has been some confusion over this. The Apple Stores are open for business so that means anyone can sit in! Be warned--they are apparently standing room only!\"
Unsanity\'s $7 shareware utility, FruitMenu 1.1 adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu in OS X. Version 1.1 is now implemented as a preference pane and offers the ability to order items in the menu (as well as insert separators).
Chronos LC today announced Personal Organizer 4.02 ($60) and Group Organizer 4.02 ($100), a free update that adds includes 3 minor feature enhancements and 25 minor bug fixes to the application that integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock as well as Palm synchronization. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s CarbonLib 1.5 extension is now available on the Web, after the company released it to Mac OS 9.2 users via the Software Update Control Panel yesterday.
Feelorium\'s Picture-in-Picture X v1.05 is a $7 shareware QuickTime movie player and web cam viewer that offers a \"always-on-top window\" as well other features such as dock menu for movie controok and playlist organization. Version 1.05 adds the ability to make files that point a Web page/movie, and allows users to customize reload intervals of Webcam pages.
Apple has extended its Mac OS X Up-to-Date program for upgrades to OS X 10.1 for purchasers of the retail version of OS X and qualifying computers. The deadline has been moved from December 31,2001 to January 31, 2002, as noted by MacNN reader Richard Lorenc.
AliasMultiplier 2.5, now available for OS X, brings a few interface adjustments (for Aqua) to the $7 shareware that creates single aliases that can open more programs, documents, folders or web pages. The custom aliases also allow uers to easily modify aliases or edit the launch-order.
The Nielsen//NetRatings Holiday eCommerce Index has ranked Apple fifth in its list of the fastest growing e-tailers for the 2001 holiday season. The firm says Apple\'s e-commerce site garnered 17,642,000 shoppers in the 2001 Holiday season, up from 10,322,000 the previous year, a gain of 71 percent. The fastest growing e-tailers include Columbia House and fingerhut.com, each at least doubling their traffic from the previous year.
Several MacNN readers note that Steve Jobs\' Expo keynote will be covered on TechTV Cable Channel (as well as Webcast and Satellicast, as noted yesterday): \"TechTV WILL be covering the January 7, 2001 MacWorld Expo keynote and any new products....Special Thanks to those of you who wrote asking about the keynote being carried. It was what was needed to push the issue and get a decision to send Brett [Larson].\" [updated] A MacNN reader brought to our attention that TechTV will cover the keynote, and not necessarily broadcast it live.
The Register, noting several shortcomings in OS X\'s Aqua interface (which it notes are echoed by other prominent UI experts and columnists), writes \"Aqua has been more a case of a death of a thousand cuts: there\'s no big flaw so obnoxious it\'s enough to cause a revolt , but it\'s felt like a constant hindrance, and the annoyances add up.\"
Austrian graphic designer Robert Kalina used a Power Mac to design the first series of euro banknotes for the new European Union.
Apple\'s pre-show hype, as noted by Forbes.com may not live up to expectations, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal: \"Stock could \'hit the skids\' after Monday\'s MacWorld trade show, according to the WSJ\'s \'Heard on the Street\' column. Even much-anticipated new product releases may not provide a boost to the stock, continuing the historical pattern of a run-up before the show and a sell-off following the news.\"
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 4.1, an update to its MP3 tools suite that improves Gnutella support, adds artist/album tag swapping, and fixes a few minor problems. Chaotic\'s offline download Web page download utility Web Devil 5.4, also updated, adds an incremental downloader, improves support for long URLs, and offers better OS X support, while its movie creation utility, QuickMovie 1.5, adds support for easily sorting images. [MP3, WD, QM]
New flat panel iMacs and 1GHz+ Power Mac G4s are among eWeek\'s predictions for Apple product announcements at next week\'s Expo: \"Expectations for the show have been running extraordinarily high, even by the ebullient standards of the Mac community....Meanwhile, Apple seems unusually confident that it can deliver. The company was uncharacteristically blunt about quashing rumors of major hardware innovations at September\'s Apple Expo in Paris and Seybold Seminars/San Francisco; this time around, Apple\'s home page encourages Mac optimists to believe the hype, even if it doesn\'t fill in the blanks. \"
Morning tech news: President Bush has allowed U.S. companies to sell high-speed computers to countries such as Russia, China and India, easing a Cold War-era ban designed to halt the spread of nuclear arms; Scientists have developed a sophisticated imaging technique that can detect a lie at first blush b detecting increased blood flow levels near the mouth; and an AOL glitch classified some emails from a college admissions office as junk mail.
Glenn Anderson has licensed Eudora Internet Mail Server (EIMS) from Qualcomm, and has released EIMS 3.1b3, an update that fixes an LDAP issue (and expires on January 30, 2002). Upgrades from EIMS 3.0.x to 3.1 are $60, and an upgrade from EIMS 2.x to 3.1 is $150, while new EIMS 3.1 licenses are available for $400. Also available is EIMS Admin 3.1a7 for OS X, which \"should be fully operational, it just needs a lot of cosmetic work.\" [EIMS 3.1b3, EIMS 3.1a7 for OS X]
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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