Apple has posted a QuickTime 5 Reinstaller for Mac OS X, which removes the QuickTime 6 Public Preview from any Mac OS X system, and restores QuickTime 5.0 -- the latest release version of the QuickTime component. Apple also released standalone versions of the Mac OS X 10.1.5 updater-- previously available only through Mac OS X\'s Software Update application -- in both standard and combo configurations. The Mac OS X 10.1.5 updater will upgrade OS X 10.1.3 and 10.1.4 versions, while users of Mac OS X 10.1.0 to 10.1.2 should use the Mac OS X 10.1.5 Combo Updater. Apple has also posted language updates for Asian, Roman and Portugese language localizations, among others.
Cocoa eFax 0.9.6 is a $5 shareware application that sends and receives faxes using almost any fax modem. Features include optional coversheet support, support for a wide variety of modems (internal and external) and automatic PDF file saving.
Extensis has announced a preview release of Portfolio 6 for Mac OS X. The preview of the organizational software is now available for download; registered users of Portfolio 6 will be eligible for a free upgrade to the OS X version when it is finally released later this summer. [login required for download]
ZipBurst CGI Pro 3.0 performs multi-threaded location-based searches for web based databases. The upgrade, which is free to all 2.0 Lite and Pro owners, now supports Loops, embedded CGI calls, HTTP and HTTPS include and more; pricing begins at $200.
As noted last week for the Epson 850 USB printer, another hack for the Epson 1520 printer has been discovered. Architosh notes how hacking the 850 drivers can allow the Epson 1520 printer to be compatible with Mac OS X.
The AppleCare Knowledge Base notes how to change user short names in Mac OS X as well noting to not disconnect an iPod while burning a CD using an external FireWire burner, which could cause a failed burn session.
Aspyr Media has begun shipping Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, the real-time strategy game built on the Age of Empire game engine (conversion performed by Westlake Interactive). The game offers both single and multiplayer modes, where players can deploy armies of up to 200 units including bounty hunters, Wookiees, droids and more. The game retails for $50.
The $7 shareware Cram Session 1.0 is a study tool that \"emulates conventional flash card sets. You can set it up to test yourself on anything you want. It allows for the standard two-word setup, but also allows the questions to be full-fledged sentences.\" It supports an unlimited number of flash card sets, has support for multiple choice questions, can test for both \"sides of the card\" (question or answer), and can simultaneously test for multiple flash card sets. [Classic, OSX]
Austin-Soft has released HappyGear 2.51, a new version of its $30 game control software that adds a new assistant as well as audio/video setting for each file: \"[it] is the only software that permits users of newer InputSprocket compatible game devices, such as joysticks, game pads and wheels, to be used with both older games designed to use old ADB-based game devices as well as programs that were designed to be used with just the keyboard and mouse.\"
Unsanity today announced Silk 1.0, a new haxie which enables Quartz text rendering in Carbon applications: \"This means antialiased text in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and many others. Why wait for developers to update their Carbon applications when you can get the silky smooth text everywhere, right now? And of course, Silk is completely free!\"
Jason Wilkins\' Unofficial GameBoy Advance SDK has been compiled and packaged for distribution on Mac OS X. It allows developers to create files that will work with the Gameboy Advance and GameBody Advance emulators: \"It\'s basically the same tools that Nintendo gives to its licensed developers. I hope that I may even be able to add more value and give you more than Nintendo gives its developers.\"
Ciboulette X 1.5 is an OS X version of the shareware ($10) encryption utility released for Classic earlier this week. It features Dock menus, Sheets, multi-threading, and other features such as 448-bit key and AppleScript support.
IK Multimedia is shipping AmpliTube, a guitar amp and effects plug-in for Pro Tools and VST. It allows guitar players to \"simulate the entire guitar array used to craft a superb guitar tone including amplifier, stomp-boxes and post effects modeling, in their preferred recording platforms. It is $400.
Mike Bombich has released Carbon Copy Cloner 1.2.2, an update to his OS X-only cloning utility developed with AppleScript Studio. It assists users in backing up or moving OS X installations from one partition to another as easily as possible. Version 1.2.2 adds \"Authenticate\" to the File menu, sets the target disk to be the startup disk when finished, and fixes a permissions problem that affected items copied to the root level of the target disk.
Asypr has announced that both its Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the World War II first-person shooter from Electronic Arts, and Sims Hot Date, the expansion set for the popular Sims life simulation game, have gone \'golden master\' and are expected to begin shipping soon. Both are expected to be available for Classic and OS X.
AnchorDesk\'s David Coursey writes about the irony in yesterday\'s CRT-based eMac announcement: \"That announcement made business sense, in that it gave Apple a lower-priced hardware platform. It also made Steve\'s report of the CRT\'s demise just a tad premature...But while some people will consider the eMac announcement a major policy reversal, I just think it\'s further evidence that Steve has become less ideological and more practical.\"
Web Crossing today announced Team Crossing v2.0, which brings a fully localizable user and host interface, expanded look and feel customization features, and new custom positioning for optional site elements to the specialized implementation of Web Crossing optimized and configured especially for Intranet and workgroup use. The OS X application offers a portal-like desktop area for each user, a general public discussion area, and an unlimited number of open or access-controlled project areas as well as the ability to run email lists, offer email to users, and serve static or dynamic HTML pages. Licensing options are available on a per-seat or traffic basis.
Manfred Lippert\'s $7 shareware LittleSecrets 2.1, a notepad utility that supports encryption for better privacy, adds search functions such as an autolocator, a toolbar search function, and a complete Find/Replace dialog panel.
AKTIV Software announced that it is now selling and supporting Phantom, the Web site indexing and search solution previously available from Maxum Development. Phantom combines a Web crawler, indexer, and search engine into a single, comprehensive solution. AKTIV Software says it is currently working on the MacOS X version of Phantom, anticipating a beta release by the first week of August, 2002. (Phantom is based on the 4D database engine which \"until recently hasn\'t been supported on MacOS X.\")
Chaotic Software\'s MP3 Rage 5.1 adds several new features and improvements collection of tools for MP3 enthusiasts, which offers the ability to edit ID3 tags; analyze MP3\'s and adjust sound volume automatically to play at similar levels; export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CDs; play MP3 files with the built-in player; catalog, organize, rename, find, and change MP3 files; and search for and download artwork and lyrics from the Internet. A 15-day trial of the $25 suite is available online.
Objective Development today announced the availability of Sharity 2.7, a client for the file sharing protocol used by Windows. The application mounts volumes shared by these servers in the file system of OS X, allowing users to open files directly from the server with any application. Version 2.7 fixes freezes in OS X 10.1.4 and later, adds support for files larger than 2GB via a new NFS3 module, and brings improved browsing. A single installation/connection is free for non-commercial use, while a single installation/unlimited connections starts at $100. (A number of other \"free\" licenses are available.)
c|net\'s interview with Steve Jobs discusses the absence of a final licensing agreement with a patent group that holds the rights to MPEG-4, a next-generation compression format for video and audio and the technology used in QuickTime 6, which was released yesterday: \"The licensing stuff is getting worked out. It isn\'t totally worked out yet. Every \'i\' is not dotted and every \'t\' is not crossed, but it\'s getting there. I have a lot of confidence it will. This is too important not to get worked out. We\'ll be shipping QuickTime 6 as part of Jaguar, our next major release of Mac OS X, which ships later this summer. I expect stuff will be worked out by then.\"
Joseph Tate reports that Apple has advised customers experiencing difficulty with PowerBook G4 DVD output to wait for the release of Mac OS X 10.2 to remedy video defects. The major Mac OS X update, due out in August, will fix a glitch that causes white areas of DVD movies to appear black when outputted through S-Video, according to an Apple representative. Apple\'s stance, however, has left some users unhappy with the several-month wait. An Apple support discussion forum thread contains customer accounts of the problem (PowerBook G4 Computers > DVD).
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First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu