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Several MacNN readers write to confirm that Apple has begun shipping nVidia GeForce 4 Titanium (M8831LL/A) AGP video cards to customers. A generic message sent to purchasers advised them check their order status on Apple\'s Web site. \"We are very excited to be shipping the nVidia GeForce 4 Titanium graphics card to you at no charge. We appreciate how patient you have been in waiting for the card to arrive and it should be on your doorstep very soon!\"
MacNN\'s Architosh has posted speculative specifications of Apple\'s forthcoming rack-mount server product. The article suggests that tomorrow\'s expected server announcement may consist of a MPC7455/MPC8540 processor-equipped machine with 1GHz-plus clock speeds, DMA controllers, serial and USB ports and 800Mbps FireWire.
Apple will be hosting a special event tomorrow morning at 9:00AM, PT, where the company is expected to introduce a new Mac OS X server product. Sources at last week’s Apple World Wide Developer Conference indicated that Apple would likely ship a rack-mounting G4 server for Web and business applications -- such an announcement would be Apple\'s first foray into the mainstream server market.
El Gato\'s iPhoto v1.1.1 plugin is a minor update to the Roxio Toast Titanium plug-in that enables users to write CDs directly from Apple\'s iPhoto. Version 1.1.1 offers full compatibility with the 1.1.1 release of Apple\'s photo management software.
CCDP Beta 1 is a simple CD and digital music music player for Mac OS X that uses approximately one third of the resources that Apple\'s iTunes consumes. The beta, which expires June 15, boasts standard controls, Internet track name queries, and very modest system requirements.
Vindigo v2.0 is now available for Palm Desktop 4.0 for Mac OS 9 & X. The personal navigation system for both Palm and Pocket PCs shows directions, resturants, full color maps and other information for larger cities. The new version, along with bringing OS X support, now includes more cities information. An introductory price of $20 is available until May 24, while the regular price is $25 per year.
Apple has been put on the list of 50 public companies that are likely to \"Change the World\" by RedHerring. Other companies include IBM, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Oracle.
File Manipulator v2.0.2 is a file/folder manipulation utility that allows users to create self-contained Droplets to Move, Copy, Delete and Rename files and folders. The update fixes a problem with moving or copying folders. It runs on both Mac OS 9 & X; the price is $20.
An article from Thestar.com talks about industrial design in Silicon Valley, which is moving from high-tech to other things, such as diving instruments and blood sugar monitors. Jay Wilson, one designer, credits Steve Jobs with the boom in the Bay Area\'s industrial design industry. \"It was in Jobs\' genes to make beautiful, elegant things,\" Wilson says. \"Elegant in appearance, elegant in the operation. That\'s just the way he\'s wired.\" Also stated is the way Apple is moving in their designs today, \"Apple has just got the whole world chasing colour and they go to monochrome.\"
AtWork 2.5, an update to the Cocoa timer/billing application, adds support for exporting projects as Excel files and text (tab delimited) files. Additional new features include: an improved project database with a toolbar, new toolbar buttons to manage the project database, support for fixed rate earnings for events, table column width and window size saving and several other improvements.
August Software today delivered updated Macintosh ODBC drivers that offer better support for the Tango 2000 Web Application Development Studio. The free ODBC drivers, SDKs and its low cost ODBC Router provide Macs and PCs with client/server access to many SQL database systems, including MS-Access, DB/2, ORACLE, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, and SYBASE.
Navdeep Bains has created Bad Cookie! 1.0, a cookie manager supporting both Netscape & Mozilla, Internet Explorer, and OmniWeb. It supports an unlimited number of profiles as well the ability to automatically scan for new cookies, inspect the details of a cookie (domain, path, date discovered, expiration date), delete cookies, and edit a cookie\'s content. A 30-run limited version of the $15 shareware is available
PrefsOverload 4.2 is a new version of the preferences management tool; it sports a faster rating engine that offers a ten times performance improvement, and other enhancements.
Subband Software has released MacAmp Lite X v1.0.0, (a.k.a, MaltX), a complete rewrite of the original music playback application: \"[it] uses far less CPU than other audio apps, and saves screen space. From MacAmp Lite\'s compact player window, which floats above other applications, users are able to maintain complete control using the standard controls, as well as a full playlist menu.\" A two-week fully functional demo of the $12 shareware is available. [read more OS X news...]
Celestia is a free real-time space simulation, now available for OS X, lets you experience our universe in three dimensions: \"Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn\'t confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.\"
OpenOSX today started shipping its $40 Office 1.0 CD. It automatically installs AbiWord 1.0.1, Gnumeric 1.0.6, SodiPodi 0.24.1 and TeXShop 1.19 which offers the ability to edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file formats.
Apple CFO Fred Anderson planned to sell $3.8 million worth of shares, according to the May 8th filing with the SEC in which he said he intended to sell 159,332 shares recently acquired through exercising options. Anderson previously sold sold 274,000 shares for about $6.6 million in four transactions between April 23 and May 3, according to Reuters. Apple board member Sina Tamaddon also said he planned to sell 250,000 Apple shares valued at $6.1 million.
Mozilla 1.0rc2 is another candidate release of the open-source browser effort, offering fixes for a security vulnerability, more bug fixes, support for CSS2 :hover, and the ability to enable in preferences HTTP 1.1 pipelining as well as restored support for Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6. [Classic, OSX]
Michael Zapp\'s OS X AppleScript, EntourageMail 1.0, takes Entourage e-mail messages from a given folder and exports them into vCard files: \"Each message includes the sender name and e-mail address, when it was sent and indicates if it has been read, forwarded, replied to, redirect or flagged (with the information only being displayed if it has). It will also indicate if the message has attachments.\"
AOL/Netscape has quietly posted Netscape 6.2.3 for Classic OS X on its ftp servers without announcing any of the changes, according to a MacNN reader. [Classic, OS X]
DEVONtechnologies has introduced ServicePack 1, which includes 3 freeware tools: AntiWordService, CalcService and WordService. AntiWordService 1.0, enables Cocoa applications able to read plain text and to open Microsoft Word documents; CalcService 2.6 replaces a selected formula by the result of the calculation and WordService 2.3 provides a variety of 30 functions for converting, formatting, sorting or speaking text, inserting the current date, time or folder contents, and showing statistics about selected text.
Black Cat Systems has released updates to its shareware applications: iUnit 2.1 adds 80 new conversion units to its $20 measurement unit conversion program. Audio Toolbox 1.1 brings the ability to store generated sounds as AIFF recording files to the $20 software-based audio function generator that can produce sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms of any frequency up to 22 kHz. The MultiMode 4.0a8 is an early alpha of the shareware which allows your Macintosh to decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio.
MacAT 6.1, a $50 automated task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators, is now available as a Carbon application. Version 6.1 also brings \"Perform Shell Command\" task for OS X, adds a \"Boot Volume Free Space\" to email Vocabulary, includes a new \'Send TELNET\' task that sends a telnet command to a Solaris UNIX server, and other enhancements.
Fractal Domains\' Pads 2.1b1 is a Note Pad and Stickies replacement application that adds a new Dock menu feature, the ability to reorder pages by title or date, a new autosave feature, and other enhancements to the $15 shareware.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t