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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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