Intego has released 23 new virus definitions for the detection and eradication of recently discovered viruses. VirusBarrier 1.5 is required for this set.
Sun Microsystem is considering including some Apple-written code in a Sun Java Virtual machine to boost performance, according to InfoWorld: \"[Apple] has modified Sun\'s Java HotSpot VM to boost loading speed and reduce memory consumption. The modified VM is part of Apple\'s Mac OS/10 [and] involve improvements to shared system libraries.\"
Roxio is now shipping Toast 5 with Jam, its new product bundle that includes Jam 5, an update to its audio CD mastering software.
piDog Software announced today the release of piDock v2.0a1. piDock is a utility for the navigation of files and folders in a natural and efficient manner. The new version includes translucent menus that take advantage of the display abilities of Mac OS X, user-viewable information about files and bug fixes for improved application behavior.
Harpoon3 v3.4.6 is an update to the popular shareware game that offers increased stability, a simplified updating process and usability enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
MYOB has announced MYOB FirstEdge, a new entry-level business product for Mac OS X. The easy-to-use business management product is designed for small businesses and integrates banking, sales and expense tracking into one application; pricing is $100 and will be available in mid-April.
At NAB 2002 (April 8-11), Digital Voodoo will introduce HD Fury, a High Definition PCI card featuring one HD SDI input and one HD SDI output, Genlock and SD SDI down conversion. It supports dual stream HD as well as 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio at 24 bit / 96 Khz. It is also expected to introduce its Compound SD, the comany\'s latest SDI I/O digital and analog videographics engine billed as the \"first multiple format 10-bit I/O card for the Mac.\" The multiple format PCI card supports 10-bit uncompressed SDI input and output as well as component RGB, YUV, Y/C and composite (NTSC and PAL) video. It also has built-in support for multiple layers of video or video and graphics as well 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio.
In response to Apple\'s request for input from PC users, Steve Klingsporn of OSNews.com has come up with some the following ideas: computer boot time from 10-15 seconds, less processor intensive activies (movies, music), better kernel scheduling, dynamic plug-in architecture, a better naming system, and no more legacy applications. Along many with other ideas already listed, Klingsporn is asking for more suggestions from users.
Studiotron is publicly tesing Mailtron v2.0b1 for Mac OS X. The email gateway allows hosting of mail domains without having a full time internet connection or paying fees. The latest version features \"industrial strenght\" mail forwarding using fetchmail, automatic protocol detection, and IMAP support.
Faust\'s Friend v2.3 is a free ticker application that displays headlines from several Macintosh websites. The maintenance upgrade fixes issues with the existing channels. Sites included in the ticker are MacNN, MacSlash, MacFixit, and Slashdot. [Classic, Carbon]
IPNetSentry v1.3.6 is a firewall application that can stop hackers, intruders, and Cod Red-type worms. The update \"made the payload inspection command support both \"word offset\" and \"length\" parameters when searching incoming datagrams for specific strings.\" Also
Rage Software has released WebDesign v1.5.1, a maintenance update to the web development application for Mac OS 9 & X. WebDesign allows extended features through the use of plug-ins and extensions; the update includes a number of bug fixes and improves the attribute editor. Price is $30 for a new liscense and $20 for an upgrade.
Scott Thompson has forwarded us an email from Artec USA regarding their scanner support for Mac OS X. \"I\'m sorry, but there will be no update for our scanners to support Mac OS 9.1 and higher. We apologize for this.\"
FirewireDirect.com today announced a new line of FireWire portable hard drives, powered by a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and offering up to 40 GB of storage capacity. The new Spark III EmPowered (Spark EP) has a sharp black and metallic industrial design, with brushed metal side panels and a piercing bright ice blue power light and features the latest high-performance Oxford 911 chipset. The battery automatically recharges itself when plugged into a powered FireWire port or when connected to the AC adaptor. Prices for the 10GB, 20GB, 30GB, and 40GB are $200, $220, $350, and $390, respectively. An enclosure for any 9.5mm disk drive and battery is $150.
MacNN reader Colin Sandy notes Forbes.com\'s positive but fair review of the new 10 gigabyte iPod. The article notes a rumored Apple solution for connecting the MP3 player to Windows systems; meanwhile, USA Today says that \"Windows users eagerly adopt Apple iPod,\" noting Windows connectivity solutions: MediaFour\'s XPlay Preview 5 and Joe Masters\' \"EphPod.\"
D-Link has launched the D-Link DWB-120M, a compact Bluetooth USB wireless network adapter designed specifically for Macs. It allows any Apple computer with a USB port running Mac OS X 10.1.3 to create connections to other Bluetooth-enabled devices. It is strictly compliant to the Bluetooth 1.1 specification and provides connection speeds of up to 1 Mbps with up to 33 feet (or 10 Meters) of range. It will be available in April exclusively through the Apple Store for $50.
Apple is teaming up with UK computer-retail vendor PC World to install Mac only software areas in 109 PC World stores across the UK, according to Macworld UK. The areas, expected to launch in mid-May, follows the installation of a protoype in PC World Luton last year after Christmas and will carry up to 30 Apple and third-party Mac software titles, including games and reference titles, utility and system apps, Mac OS X 10.1 and Corel Draw 10.
Nathan Sturtevant\'s VCD Copy X 1.0 is a freeware OS X utility for copying the tracks off of a VCD.
Recosoft has released VINC 1.0, an integrated document viewing and converter application that provides rapid viewing and conversion of files created in different word processing and graphics software, including MSWord, AppleWorks, HTML, RTF, PNG, JPEG, and Photoshop formats. It also supports Japanese-language text contained in documents and retains the integrity of Japanese-language word processing files. It is priced at $50. [Classic, Carbon]
HannStar Display has received new 15-inch LCD panel orders for Apple\'s new iMac. Shipments are scheduled to begin in May with an \"initial monthly volume of 10,000 units, which could then rise to 30,000 units in the future.\" HannStar joins LG.Philips as the sole vendors of LCD panels for Apple\'s iMac, according to DigiTimes. Another article notes that tight supply of TFT LCD panels for the iMac has hampered shipments as well as confirms production problems in assembling the iMac \"arm.\"
ChronoSync 1.02 is an update to the $20 application for synchronizing files and folders, adding the ability to detect missed schedules (due to computer sleep or shutdown) as well as the ability to delete a file if it exists only on one side of the synchronization tree. The update also offers other functions and bug fixes.
Portraits & Prints 1.1 adds manual photo placement, a customizable user interface, full ColorSync workflow support, better integration with other programs (such as iPhoto), and the ability to export photos to the $20 photo layout and printing application. A demo is available.
Alias/Wavefront will announce drastic price cuts on its professional versions, Maya Complete ($2,000) and Maya Unlimited ($7,000) from their former prices of $7,500 and $16,000, respectively. Last week NewTek cut the price of its LightWave 3-D software from $2,500 to $1,600, according to the USA Today report.
The $12 shareware Alarm Clock Pro 5.2 from Koingo Software adds the ability to play iTunes playlists, a new resume-able Stop Watch, a silent Ring Beep, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Two of thirteen directors being sued by Apple for the demise of Australian Buzzle venture have fired back with lawsuits of their own against Apple, alleging channel stuffing and misleading statements by Apple representatives: \"Donald Hartono and Wing Liu, have hit back by filing a separate Federal Court action in Victoria. The pair allege that Apple had engaged in misleading conduct that partly contributed to Buzzle\'s failure.\"
Power On has released a free NowPak module that lets Now Up-to-Date & Contact users quickly and easily put their important contact data on any iPod running the new iPod 1.1.
Blizzard Entertainment has released OS X patches for Diablo II and the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion for Mac OS X, after announcing the patches earlier this year. ExtremeSims is providing a mirror for the updates. [DII, DIILOD; DII mirror; DIILOD mirror]
Rainer Brockerhoff has released XRay 1.0, an update to his $10 shareware File/Folder information utility that offers a more detailed view of files, folders, applications and volumes. It can edit permissions, type/creator codes (from a pre-built database), and has other functions. A two-week trial is available.
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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