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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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT