Kenneth Roberts recently contacted SoftRAID about Mac OS X drivers for their RAID products. Despite a statement on their website indicating a MacWorld San Francisco announcement, no such release was announced. Shortly after emailing SoftRAID, Mr. Roberts was informed that drivers would be available \"at the end of the quarter\" and in \"worst case\" by mid April.
Aladdin Systems and Prosoft Engineering have partnered to offer outsourcing options for software installers based on StuffIt InstallerMaker. Engineering services for the design and creation of software installers based on StuffIt InstallerMaker are now available. The new service offers developers custom-built and tested installers created by engineers \"intimately\" familiar with both InstallerMaker and the Mac OS. Pricing starts at $500 for a basic installer/uninstaller and testing on three platforms.
A MacNN Reader notes that c|net has put the Apple PowerMac G4 tower at the top of its \'leading-edge PCs\' list.
Mile23 has released a new REALbasic plug-in that extends the Application class with three properties and a method. MacAppProcess is free and runs on 68k and PPC as well as Mac OS X. App.MacCreator, App.MacFolderItem, App.MacName and App.MacSendToFront make up MacAppProcess.
Architosh reports that the new Blender 3D application is featured in an \"awesome\" QuickTime Trailer; Oracle has introduced \'Oracle CADViewer 3D,\' a collaboration tool; AEC Vision has turned its attention to Macintosh-based BOA by BOA Research.
Report Magic v2.13 has been released. Brazilian Portuguese is now \'pt-BR,\' and character set conversion only converts text if the character set is iso-8859-1; the update also includes several big fixes.
Seapine Software today announced that it is shipping TestTrack Pro 4.5 for Mac OS X. The cross-platform application offers enterprise-level, web-based defect management solution; version 4.5 adds a Visual C++ add-in access to TestTrack Pro, full TestTrack Pro administration support from a Web browser, additional SCC integration with support for Perforce and CS-RCS, and server support for OS X.
Pressplay, a Web music service owned by Sony and Vivendi Universal, said it hopes to make its online service available to Mac users sometime this year, according Reuters.
eLister 1.2, an update to the $40 auction listing utility, includes a completely new, faster category update system, updated listing fees to reflect eBay\'s price increases which go into effect on January 31, and a number of other minor changes. [Classic, Carbon]
Stone Table has Beta G of Z-Write 1.3b, which adds new features, such as Internet dictionary and thesaurus lookup to its $30 \"non-linear\" word processor.
Keith Bourgoin notes that Steve Jobs is missing from c|net\'s review of top tech CEOS: \"c|net is actually running a review of influencial tech CEOs (see right side bar). Surprisingly, Steve Jobs was carefully omitted from this exclusive crowd. It seems correct to assume that in line with their evaluation points, he would probably get an A for leadership, an A+ for vision, a B+ for execution (remember the cube fiasco) and an A+ for star power (surely). This would bring him to the top of the crowd at this point with an average of A.\"
OmniGraffle 2.0 Beta, a public beta of Omni Group\'s diagramming and charting application, include AppleScript support, URL links to graphics, layer support, cool new tools, shape enhancements, line ending enhancements, export to HTML, grid enhancements, auto layout improvements, a magnet editor, OmniOutliner import preferences, and other fixes and miscellaneous enhancements.
A reader forwarded a note from Other World Computing, which discusses the use of lower-rated in chips in some of Sonnet\'s upgrade products: \"Responding to an anonymous insider tip, we did a closer inspection on the Sonnet Upgrade models we had in stock and found that the Sonnet G3/500 PCI and G3/500 L2 Sonnet upgrades actually had 466MHz marked IBM G3 processors and even more of a stretch, the Sonnet G3/450MHZ PCI had a 333MHz marked IBM G3 processor. [...]\" \"I approached an available Sonnet manager on this issue [who said] it was normal and that they had high-temp rated chips and that was why they could use them for a faster speed than their markings.\"
Apple is expected to introduce new speed-bumped Power Macs next week (Tuesday, January 22), according to a report on MacUser UK: \"Dealers in the US have been alerted to expect new stock of three new models early next week.\" The high-end machine will be a dual 1-GHz G4 machine, according to the report. Other speeds and pricing are not available.
At NAMM 2002, Native Instruments today released a new sampling application Kontakt, offering support for standard sample playback and manipulation abilities as well as realtime time-stretching and resynthesis, graphical breakpoint envelopes, an integrated loop editor, analog-modelled filters, visually displayed modulation, and better efficiency for up to 256 stereo voices per instance on a standard computer. The $400 application is due in March with 3GB of high-quality samples.
Mac OS X Unleashed ($50 list price) is a \"complete guide and reference\" for Mac OS users both new and advanced users, covering system administration topics ranging from advanced configuration of FTP servers, SSH tunneling, to installing secure E-mail and Web servers. Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours ($25 list price), the \"little brother\" of Unleashed, is described as \"a streamlined version of the content of the Unleashed book, directed at home users.\"
pearCalc 0.3 adds a new shortcut-feature for defining constants or shortcuts for application names to the freeware calculator and application-launcher for OS X.
The Wall Street Journal\'s Walt Mossberg has written a glowing review of the new iMac: \"despite a few drawbacks, it works very well. The screen is the most vivid 15-inch flat panel I\'ve seen, and insidethe base Apple has packed a surprisingly powerful computer with a fast G4 processor, ample memory and hard-disk space...\"
Chronos LC has released a beta Palm conduit for synchronizing Personal & Group Organizer with Palm OS-based handhelds. The new conduit is designed to work with the Palm Desktop 4.0 public beta. It is immediately available for Mac OS 9 and OS X, free of charge, to all existing Personal & Group Organizer 4 users. A 30-day trial of Personal ($60) and Group Organizer ($100) are available online. [Conduit: Classic, Carbon]
Constantin von Wentzel writes about the AirPort basestation failures noted here over the past few months, including one report by a reader that coincided with the AirPort Driver Update 2.01 release yesterday evening: \"...the most prevalent reason why ABS\' have been failing is because of the well-documented internal power supply problem. Apple has a informal recall on selected units....There are two failure modes: During operation and after resets/firmware upgrades/power downs. The later failure mode can make people believe that the unit has failed due to the firmware upgrade. In fact, boot-up is the most stressful time for the internal power supply, so if it\'s marginal, it\'ll fail during boot-up (the dreaded infinite reboot LED sequence). \"Two things to keep in mind: ABS\' are fairly simple to repair. Even better, as long as you live in the right country, Apple will replace a large number of them for free. However, the refurbished units you get in return may not be as pretty to look at.\"
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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