Giga Information Group vice president Rob Enderle told NewsFactor/osOpinion that a shortage of glass used in the construction of 15\" flat-panel display found in the new Apple iMac is a \"major factor\" in the delay of the product. \"The shortages are a result of increased demand for such monitors.\"
Heuris today announced the initial release of Xtractor, an application that can be used to extract, or \"rip,\" audio and video files from unencrypted DVDs. Users can \"de-multiplex\" and extract elementary streams from MPEG-1 system streams, MPEG-2 program streams and MPEG-2 transport streams -- including those HDTV streams recorded with a DTV decoder card. Xtractor is currently available directly from Heuris for $149.
Mactracker v1.6.4 is a minor, but important, maintenance release of the Macintosh specifications database that updates the domain names used to automatically connect to the update server. Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh ever made, including notes on processor speed, built-in memory and expansion options [Classic, Carbon]
Passenger v2.1 is an account creation and password generation tool that can import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP, XML files as well as create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP, Mac OS X Server, Eudora Internet Mail Server and others. This version represents a moderate update to the software package and brings a handful bug fixes and improvements that include a new Export Preview, improved Folder Migration reporting and the ability to generate passwords based on short names. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader \'Chris\' notes \"I\'ve been reading the Mac news sites lately about Apple having a shortage of iMacs. Nothing can be further from the truth at The Apple Store in Tampa. According to the sales staff, they have plenty of iMac 700MHz in stock with an ample supply of iMac 800MHz due by this weekend. I think that is a reflection of what is going on at all the Apple Stores.\"
REALbasic v4.0.2 is a free update to the object-oriented visual programming enviroment. The update fixes various bugs, improves Listbox drawing, fixes crashes with BinaryStream and Menu Balloon Help (Mac OS X) and sockets when DNS lookup fails. REALbasic is available for $150 for the Standard version, or $350 for the Professional version.
Extensis today announced QX-Tools Pro, a major upgrade to its productivity \'XTensions\' for Quark XPress. New features include the ability to import to MS Excel and PowerPoint, and faster access to keyboard shortcuts; price is $60 for an upgrade and $300 for a full version.
Scopo Gigio v1.02 is a full-featured waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The $50 software improves error checking, fixes bugs, and is now ready for After Effects 5.5 and Photoshop 7.0 in Mac OS X. Demos: [AE, PS]
Extensis has begun shipping QX-Tools Pro, a revision to the company\'s set of XTensions for QuarkXPress. New functionality includes the ability to import MS Excel and PowerPoint graphics and tables, and a palette that allows faster access to keyboard shortcuts. The software is priced at $200 and is Classic compatible.
WiebeTech\'s latest revision to its FireWire DriveDock includes an Oxford 911 bridge, gets a reduction in size, and sports support for IDE drives up to 160 GB. The company claims the new version benchmarks in excess of 30MB/second. The DriveDock is priced at $100, with an option $30 power supply.
Optima Systems has released PageSpinner 4.0, a new version of the HTML Editor that is now Carbonized. The new release adds support for Appearance and Aqua, multiple undo/redo, 8 user-selectable browsers, and better META tag support.
Virtix has unveiled Bravo and Echo, two new special effect packages that utilize the iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. The OS X versions of the effects packages can now position laser beams and lightning bolts, zoom up on a portion of an image, fix the broken pixels of a camera, and warp and distort images all by selecting positions in the iMovie preview window. A total of 38 effects is included in the two sets, priced at $25 individually and $40 together.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an Apple retail store will be opening at the West County Center Mall in Missouri. The new Apple outlet will be part of a $232 million re-opening of the shopping center.
Essential Reality will take the wraps off its P5 virtual reality glove on March 21st during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the San Jose Convention Center. With the glove, users can control games and other applications through movements of the fingers and hand. Essential says it is planning OS X compatibility for the second incarnation of the USB-based P5.
Sony and Palm have entered into a marketing agreement to develop \"strategic\" Bluetooth programs for carriers and their customers. The companies plan to deliver a series of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and communications products by the end of 2002, including a solution that would allow users to tap a phone number on a PDA that would be automatically dialed on a cell phone.
Adobe has released Acrobat Reader for Palm OS 2.0 which adds the ability to synchronize Adobe PDF files to Palm Powered handhelds from Macs, and allows access to secured Adobe PDF documents. The software will be available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish flavors. An OS 9/OS X compatible beta is currently available for download.
Etchelon Tracer 4.2, Andy Pritchard \'s $27 shareware tool for animation development, uses vector graphic and bitmap graphic morphing to create animated movies. It will morph from any key frame to any other key frame to provide animation, morphing or special effects. Version 4.2 now includes a new text alignment tool.
MSN Messenger 2.1, a new version of the instant messaging utility for MSN customers, offers updated Emoticons, improvements to enhance stability and performance, and other bug fixes. Japanese, German, Swedish, French, and Spanish versions of MSN Messenger are also now available.
Macinmind\'s server account utility, Passenger 2.1, now has checks for duplicates against NetInfo, export previews, better reporting and verification as well as other features and fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
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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