The winners of the MacNN Film Competition have been chosen. The competition, which has been going on for over 5 months, now has 10 winners in 5 different categories: Animation, Computer Related, Miscellaneous, Movie Trailer and Music Video.
The virus definitions for both Symantec and Virex have been updated, offering protection against the latest reported viruses.
Digital FireworX is an application that creates fully rendered simulated fireworks. The software allows users to fire off fountains, gerbs, cones, firecrackers, mortars, and rockets that are accompanied by 3D particle animations and sounds. The shareware costs $10
A MacNN reader notes that MSN\'s internet access is now available for Mac users via Qwest. The service is compatible with Mac OS 9 (not X).
Sorenson Media has responded to a lawsuit that has been filed against the company by Apple. Apple has claimed that the release of Sorenson Spark has breached their contract as the company previously signed an agreement with Apple preventing them from \"developing, marketing, or licensing\" any form of their compression technology used in QuickTime. Sorenson believes that Apple\'s claims are \"without merit, and if necessary, intends to mount a vigorous defense against the allegations.\" Also, Jim Sorenson, the CEO of Sorenson Media states \"We are reasonable, and as is usual practice, we are always willing to discuss and work to resolve issues. In the meantime, we remain focused on executing our overall corporate and product strategy and doing what we feel is best for our customers.\" [updated]
A NFN article shows the issues developers face in choosing between Cocoa and Carbon for their Mac OS X applications. \"Apple has been slow to promote the advantages of Cocoa, instead touting Carbon as a swift development route with little re-coding required.\"
Dantz has released an updater for Retrospect Express 5.0 for owners of Symantec\'s Norton SystemWorks 2.0. \"This updater is only for Retrospect Express 5.0 that came with Norton SystemWorks 2.0 and may be accessed from the Symantec page on the Dantz website.\" The update improves OS X functionality and added support for additional backup devices.
Apple has released the developer notes for both the new eMac and the update to the PowerBook G4 (DVI), which were noted yesterday (eMac, PowerBook G4). The notes contain developer-oriented, in-depth technical information the new hardware.
Aspyr has offered updates on several of its games, including Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, The Sims Hot Date, and Harry Potter v1.01 update as well as a special promo on SpiderMan.
Digital Voodoo today introduced the Iridium AD, an uncompressed 10-bit SDI 64-bit PCI card designed specifically for broadcast designers and visual effects artists. It features dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs, one analog component output for analog tape decks, a composite output for viewing SD-SDI video, and 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It is compatible with After Effects, PhotoShop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm\'s ColorTheory DV and Boris FX. It is due in the second quarter for $2,500.
Feelorium has updated several of its QuickTime applications: Tattto 1.1, its $23 tool for adding media skin and interactive buttons to QuickTime Movies, has 13 new buttons, support unlimited undo, export options for a self-contained movie (or with dependencies), and limited control of the aspect ratio. Textation 1.06 adds a \'Save Replace\' function to the $23 QuickTime text track editor for OS X. Both Full Screen Player 1.1.3 ($12) and Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.6 ($12), which provides a floating QuickTime Movie player and Web Cam viewer, have also been updated. A bundle of the four applications is $35, a 50% savings over purchases of each application individually.
IPNetMonitor X 1.01 is an update to Sustainable Softworks\' $40 Internet suite with Lookup, Ping, Trace Route, Name Server Query, Who Is, Finger, Subnet Calculator, DHCP Lease, TCP Dump, Address Scan, Port Scan, Link Rate, Connection List and TCP Info functions. Version 1.01 encodes tool paths using UTF8 to accomodate extended characters in path names when first run.
A MacNN reader notes that an update to iPhoto, Apple\'s digital photo application, is due out \"soon\" via the Software Update Control Panel. iPhoto 1.1 is expected to bring \"enhanced editing, improved organizing and new ways to share your photos including the ability to include photos in Email, set your desktop picture and your Screen Saver slideshow.\"
Doug\'s AppleScripts has released iTunes Library Manager v1.2, an applet that allows you to make a back-up copy of your \"iTunes Music Library (2)\" file, allowing users to save multiple copies of various Library/playlist configurations which the applet is able to retrieve at any time. Version 1.2 allows you to over-write a previously backed-up Library with an updated version. Four iPod Scripts 1.1, also available, includes \'Random Albums to iPod\', \'Random Artist to iPod\', \'Random iPod\', and \'Clean iPod\'.
Chimera 0.2.6 adds default OS homepage support, view source support, proxy settings and bookmark import functions (from Mozilla, Netscape, Internet Explorer, or Omniweb) to the Cocoa-based browser project.
MicroNet today announced OS X compatible configurations of its SANcube, its FireWire SAN (Storage Area Network). The single-user SANcube provides up to 720 GB of online storage and delivers up to 33 MB/sec data throughput, while the new dual channel SANcube X-stream arrays offer up to 720GB capacities, and achieve up to 65 MB/sec sustained throughput by striping data across two FireWire busses. The company says that OS X compatibility is currently limited to single attached systems. The 720GB version of the SANcube and the dual-channel SANcube X-stream arrays will be available for shipment in May 2002. Upgrades consists of software and firmware; current owners of the SANcubes can send in their SANcube to MicroNet for single-user OS X upgrade for $270.
QPS has released the new set of drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW drive, according to MacNN reader Gabriel Botnick: \" The installer says the drivers work with OS X up to 10.1.3, but it in fact works with 10.1.4 as well.\"
The shareware ($15) e-mail notification application eMail Alert! 3.0 includes a refined user interface with spaced controls, easier message readability, and a redesigned global alert system with 22 built-in alert sound effects, including a floating alert for OS X users. [Classic, OSX]
Modeless Software today released a save-disabled demo version of Liquid Ledger as well as an update to its $40 personal finance application that offers the ability to record bank account and credit card activity; track income and expenses; track investments and measure resulting capital gains and losses; manage foreign currency accounts; obtain summary information; and other functions. Liquid Ledger 1.01 offers improved support for the sorting of accounts and transactions as well as minor bug fixes. [demo, update]
MPEG2Splitter 1.4 splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments, manually or automatically, from any size source (support files over 2GB). Version 1.4 brings OS X 10.1.4 compatibility and fixes other bugs. A 15-day demo of the $15 utility is available online.
Macromedia representatives note that the company is working on a port of Director to OS X: \"As you know, Director is a very powerful application with many years of coding poured into it. We\'re working as fast as we can to port this code to OS X. We can\'t discuss dates at this time, but again, stay tuned for more information.\"
Quandir Software has released an OS X version of Daydreamer, which will display pictures (at one or more URLs on the Web) at customized intervals. The $10 shareware can create time-lapse movies of the URL picture, adding a new frame to a movie each time the picture is refreshed. It is AppleScriptable and is bundled with sample scripts that allows you to view slide shows of picture folders on your computer, or even make those slide shows into QuickTime movies.
Iomega is shipping its 40x12x48 FireWire CD-RW drive, which offers a DAE (digital audio extraction) speed of 32x and includes HotBurn software for Classic. The $300 drive is available in the US.
ramBunctious 2.0, an OS X-compatible version of the $25 shareware utility, provides basic RAM disk functionality for OS X, including being able to read from and write to RAM disks created using ramBunctious 1.x on OS 9 or below.
BatChmod 1.3 is an update to the Cocoa utility written by Renaud Boisjoly for manipulating file and folder privileges in OS X.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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