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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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