Quark will be offering a $100 discount on QuarkXpress v5.0 for users who tested it during the beta development stage. This means testers can upgrade from version 4.1 to 5.0 for $200. Quark says in a recent email to its customers that this is their way of saying \'thanks\', for time spent beta-testing. The offer expires on February 28, 2002.
BugPlay has issued an appeal to developers interested in in writing Mac OS X drivers for the \'orphaned\' ixTV TV Tuner/Video input PCI card. [See site for info]
According to Chad Brantly, Macs and iMovie were discussed on the Rosie O\'Donnell Show with much praise. \"Her guest mentioned using it to make home movies and Rosie just got all excited and talked about how great it is. Her guest said that the hard part is keeping all of your tapes organized and labeled and Rosie told her that it is no problem for her-- she just burns them onto a DVD and lables the DVD. She said that she uses it all of the time to make videos of her kids.\"
Mattison & Co. research analyst David Bailey said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Transcript that Apple \"continues to lead the PC industry in innovation\" while their \'WinTel\' competitors have \"almost ground to a halt\" with the release of innovative products.
A MacNN Reader notes that AOL CEO Barry Schuler owns three Apple PowerMac G4s and a Gateway for home use, according to a c|net CEO profile. The article is part of c|net\'s 11-part \"Vision Series.\"
Symantec has released a public beta of Norton Utilities 7.0b, which includes an OS X native version of Norton Disk Doctor to find and repair hard disk problems; FileSaver to track critical hard disk information; UnErase for recovering deleted files; and Scheduler to schedule FileSaver activity. Symantec is offering 25 free copies to users who submit undocumented bugs and 25 more to others who participate in the beta test.
Mouseki 2.0, the first onscreen keyboard for Mac OS 9 & X, has been released. Mouseki allows text input in situations where it isn\'t possible to use a keyboard - be them kiosks or physical impairments such as RSI or disabilities. A demo version is available; the full version costs $15. [Classic, Carbon]
Architosh has posted an update on SketchUp, an application coming to Mac OS X that \"promises to be a successful 3D tool for the architecture.\" Architosh is also reporting that Microspot has released X-RIP Preview v2.0 drivers for large-format printing under Mac OS X.
Macromedia recently posted an OS X version of its Shockwave Player, as noted by several users. It officially support Explorer, although one reader says its also works with Netscape 6.
Speed Download 1.8fc1 adds better OS X support, more contextual menu options, better integration with browsers, and other improvements to the download utility that uses up to 32 simultaneous connections to improve download performance. The $20 utility supports download queues and scripting.
Colin Sandy notes that Business 2.0 Columnist Eric Hellweg has written a follow-up article on Steve Jobs and the Future of Apple, as a rebuttal to the many responses from the Mac community.
Peter Howson notes that ZephIR has posted \"early\" alpha OS X drivers for its USB- and ADB-based universal custom remote control.
ATTO has released an update to its SAN management software, AccelWare for Mac v3.2 and VMS 1.8, which allow you to share and create standard and RAID volumes in cross-platform environments. The updates add an option to disable messaging, a new 30-day evaluation mode, and other bug fixes.
Morning tech news: Adobe was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, ranking twenty-seventh; Gateway is expected to announce more layoffs today and may it may close more stores as it struggles with reduced sales; and HP has patented a process it said will help it produce atom-sized computer chips.
Addonics yesterday introduced a sleek new combination DVD/CDRW drive. The Addonics Pocket DVD/CDRW drive is available in FireWire ($430), CardBus ($415) and USB 2.0 ($400) interfaces. It features an 8x DVD player, 8x CDRW burner, and a 24x CD-ROM drive that weighs 14 ounces. (Software bundle is for Window-only.)
Econ Technologies has introduced ChronoSync, its $20 back-up and synchronization utility for OS X. It offers multiple folder synchronization, automated schedules, transaction logs, one- or two-way synchronization, and rules for filtering files. It is expected to ship in early February.
TC|Works has launched Spark FXMachine, \"the first\" virtual multi-FX processor and Synth Generator Mac-based VST Systems. It comes complete with 21 TC-quality FX & Synthesis Plug-Ins and includes an environment to create unique new effects or modular synthesizers by \"simply combining them freely in a matrix window.\" The $200 application is due to ship in February 2002.
NoteHeads Musical Expert Systems today released an update to its $300 scorewriting software, Igor Engraver 1.6. It offers performance improvements, drawing layers, and the ability to read NIFF files, allowing users to import printed sheet music into Igor Engraver for playback, editing and printing, and also import NIFF files generated by other music notation software. It is a free upgrade for owners of v1.4 and v1.5.
Aspyr is now shipping Spiderman, its third-person action/adventure, based on the Marvel comic series. The $40 title is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Griffin Technology has posted an updated driver for the PowerMate USB programmable audio and media controller, PowerMate 1.0b10. The OS X version of the driver now includes AppleScript support as well as sample scripts for brightness control, pulsing, and pulse rate are included.It also includes a fix for a rare problem where the PowerMate Control would not show up in the System Preferences. [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott is now shipping its iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette Adapter, which provides options for connecting to iPod\'s 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack to automobile stereo systems, home stereo systems, mic input of computers and other devices, boom boxes, and tape players. The kit includes an Auto Charger, Cassette Adapter, various audio cables and a carry pouch (and replaceds the FM transmitter with a cassette tape adapter).
Now AAPL Stock: 99.55 ( + 1.65 )
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z