DealNN has information on a 500MHz CD-ROM iBook (Dual USB) for $999; a similar \"open-box\" model iBook for $770; a Toshiba PDR-M21 digital camera with bonus kit for $171; Apple educational discounts, and more.
Runtime Revolution today announced the release of Revolution v1.1.1b2 -- tentative release candidate 1. Revolution is a leading development tool that allows developers to write their source code once, and deliver it on all major platforms. Revolution v1.1.1 builds on the feature set of previous releases, improves stability and adds internet access and database support enhancements under Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Tenon Intersystems and Japan-based Open Technologies have ported Openwave Post.Office to Mac OS X. Post.Office is a scalable SMTP/POP3/IMAP messaging server designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized Internet service providers. Administrators can use Post.Office to easily manage email Systems; end users can specify how their mail should be handled, join mailing lists, and manage mailing lists. Post.Office costs $295 for 100 mailboxes and 10 mailing lists.
Sputnix v0.7B is a Mac OS X client for the music sharing AudioGalaxy network. This update fixes several bugs that could cause Sputnix to lock-up, report incorrect information, or not initiate an upload. A Dutch localization has been added and minor changes have been made \"under the hood.\"
James Sentman has posted a third beta version of acgi dispatcher for OS X, which allows developers to write cgi programs for Apache in AppleScript. Beta 3 improves the Apache configuration options, including support for any file suffix and pre-processors as well as includes several cgi utilities for porting scripts (url encode/decode, pack/unpack cgi and base64).
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.4, a WebObjects-based application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. It includes improvements to the user interface, a detailed Job History feature for tracking changes on a job ticket, more search options for tickets and assets, and preferences for managing custom fields and technician editing permissions. Pricing starts at $3000.
Forbes\' \"rational comparison\" of Windows vs. Mac OS, titled \"Apple\'s New iMac: Hype Versus Reality,\" notes Mac shortcoming such as file compatibility, lack of a few popular applications, and some hardware advantages in the Wintel world. [requires free registration]
A MacNN reader notes that a second Apple retail store is scheduled to open in Dallas in November on \"Knox-Henderson avenue, a trendy area with quite a few local and national-brand stores just north of the downtown area.\"
SPSS today announced SPSS 11.0, an OS X-compatible version of the data analysis software. Due in the third quarter of 2002, version 11.0 will include linear mixed models, improvements to data management, better statistical procedures, improved analytical efficiencym, more descriptive ratio statistics, and new realistic sample data. The $1000 software is available for $600 to academic users.
The Omni Group has released a public beta of OmniOutliner 2.0, a major revision of its outlining application. It includes a new customizable toolbar, new column types, notes, auto-numbering, sorting, summary values, new keyboard shortcuts, support for alternating row colors, an updated info window to support all of these new features, and more. OmniOutliner 2.0b1 includes an extended trial license that expires on May 1, 2002.
Griffin has released its 4-Port USB-Audio Hub, the \"first USB hub fully compatible with USB Audio recording and playback.\" The fully functional USB 4-port hub works un-powered or with the included 12v power supply. The company also released its ClearChoice iPod Connection Kit, which includes a 7-inch mini-jack male to RCA Female adaptor and 6-foot mini-jack to male RCA cable for connecting the iPod to your home stereo. It is $15.
osXigen 1.2, an update to the ftp client from JomoSoft, offers web site management, the option to delete files during mirroring/synchronization, keyboard navigation, firewall support, and a new French-localized version. The $25 application is available with a $5 discount for a limited time.
Following yesterday\'s note on the closure of Capitol Mac, the company writes that \"a last minute tentative agreement has been reached between a yet-to-be announced investor and Capitol Mac. Capitol Mac plans to reopen on Monday, March 18th. Finalization of the purchase is expected today...The liquidation sale planned for tomorrow, Saturday, March 16th has been reduced to a normal closeout sale, with much of the inventory at reduced pricing. The Capitol Mac Service Department will be open as normal on Saturday, and it is expected to remain open as ownership of the company changes hands.\"
Chronos has released Group Organizer Server 4.0.3, a new Cocoa-based version of its personal information application designed for gropus. It integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock as well as Palm syncronization. A 30-day trial of the $100 application is available online.
Evological has released CoolCam 2.3, a shareware ($20) webcam application that provides WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.3 features schedules, dynamic badges, support for QuickTime Effects, and other new features.
Apple is among the companies set to open a store in Los Angeles, joining others such as Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, FAO Schwarz, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, and J. Crew. The Grove, a 575,000-square-foot retail center, is expected to open on March 15th.
Macromedia today announced it is shipping Flash MX, the latest version of the Macromedia Flash development environment. It offers support for video, application components, and accessibility. The $500 application is available as $200 upgrade. Macromedia also released Flash Player 6, a new version of its Web browser plugin for playing back Flash and other content within the Web browser.
CommonGround Softworks has released an upgrade to its web-based data server and access environment, Qilan 2.5. It adds the ability to create data arrays and dictionaries directly on the web server as well as an improved MS SQL Server adapter and improved HTML page processing.
Sonnet today announced its Crescendo/PB G3 466-1M upgrade for PowerBooks, which offers a 466MHz PowerPC G3 processor with 1MB Level 2 backside cache. It is shipping now for $300 and replaces the Crescendo/PB G3 400-1M at the same price.
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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