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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6