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).
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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
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R