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Columnists: OS X vs. Linux, Apple's future
AnchorDesk's David Coursey, noting that Apple has done with OS X what the Linux community has failed to do, says he would choose OS X over Linux: "if all I wanted was a Unix (or Unix-ish) OS I could actually use, I'd choose Mac OS X. With Mac G4 machines now down to $1,100, that option buys you not just a Unix-based OS but a mature commercial OS that's easy to use, something I don't think Linux--at least the version I am using--really is." Meanwhile, PC Magazine's John Dvorak writes "Isn't it about time the Macintosh was simply discontinued—put down like an old dog?...I'm now beginning to see the Macintosh computer as an old hound that can't hunt."
Apple: 'plenty of value' despite no buyer
CNN/Money contributing columnist Adam Lashinsky discusses the prospect of an investor (Sony, Dell, Disney, etc.) buying Apple for as little as $6 per share (given its $4 billion plus in cash reserves or about $11 per share): "The response by anyone who knows Apple: No way....For starters, Apple is run like a quasi-private company. To its credit. CEO Jobs, the largest single shareholder, owns only 5.85 percent of the shares, according to the company's most recent proxy statement. But he holds an effective veto on any major transaction that wouldn't be to his liking."
OrangeWare drivers for any FireWire camera
OrangeWare's FireWire IIDC Camera v1.01 driver is designed for FireWire web cameras under OS X, including Orange Micro iBOT, ADS Pyro WebCam, Vcam IEEE 1394 PC Camera, Aplux 1394 PC Camera and any FireWire web camera based on the Texas Instruments TSB15LV01 chipset. The drivers is free for owners of Orange Micro's iBOT camera and runs in a 5-minute evaluation mode per application for others. Users can purchase it for $5. The company has also developed a set of OS X-compatible USB 2.0 drivers, which it says it liceneses to 80% of the world’s USB 2.0 host controller card manufacturers; however, they are not (yet) available for download.
Reader: Apple Xserve to ship soon
According to a reader report, the Apple Xserve rack-mounting server will begin shipping to customers, Thursday or Friday of this week. Apple has made no official announcement on impending product shipment.
Macromedia opts out of Macworld Expo NY
Macromedia has once again opted out of Macworld Expo New York: "Macromedia is totally committed to the Mac community and has brought out a great new Macromedia MX family of tools, including Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX, which are all natively compatible with Mac OS X, [but Macromedia] has found that seminars and other methods of communicating with our customers are more effective than trade shows." The Newsfactor report also notes that Adobe is currently missing the from the list of show exhibitors.
Extensis releases ATM Deluxe import utility
Extensis today released a free utility that will import ATM Deluxe fonts and font sets directly into Suitcase 10. The converter runs under OS X, Mac OS 9.x or Mac OS 8.6 and allows ATM Deluxe users to import personalized font sets to "provide an easy path for Adobe customers who want to migrate to Suitcase 10."
Googie introduces stylish FireWire HD
Denmark-based storage solution manufacturer Googie today introduced the Googie Sandwich FireWire Hard drive. The product sports a sleek Scandinavian design "at its best" and features a stylish aluminum case and a fan-less design, which delivers quiet operation. The drives use the Oxford 911 chipset. It is available in disk configurations of 80GB, 100GB, or 120GB using 7,200 rpm drives (with transfer rates of up to 35MB/sec). Other products from Googie include its compact 'Clamshell' hard disk drive and a bevy of PCI and PCMCIA cards.
GoodWay 1.0b13 flight planner for X-Plane
GoodWay 1.0b13, a flight planner for OS X, enhances" both the realism and the enjoyment of VFR and IFR flights [in X-Plane]. Among GoodWay's many features are the ability to automatically create a flight plan of waypoints given only the departure and arrival airports, full graphical map display with navigation marks overlaid, ability to download the enhanced GLOS scenery data, and powerful tools for searching for airports and navaids." The application is integrated with WeatherMe, which provides real-weather conditions and uses the same database as X-Plane to directly transfer flight plan data as well as import flight data to compare the actual flight data.
More analysts cut estimates on AAPL
First Albany analysts today cut second-quarter and full-year estimates for Apple but noted the limited downside on Apple's stock: "Given where the shares were trading after hours, we believe the stock is washed out and think there is minimal downside risk given the company's strong balance sheet." CBSMarketWatch notes that both Merrill Lynch (as noted earlier today) and A.G. Edwards also cut their ratings on Apple and that Credit Suisse First Boston lowered its third-quarter estimates because "there was concern that Apple could be hampered by a slumping educational market."
Disney ships new Lilo & Stitch game for Mac
Disney Interactive today announced Disney's Lilo & Stitch's Hawaiian Adventure Junior Game based on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming animated feature: [it] allows young players to relive the feature film's exciting story line and experience new adventures along the way. Lilo and Stitch, along with their friends from the movie, will take children through two mini-play areas and seven fun-filled challenges that feature logic, creativity and arcade excitement. The goal of the game is to teach Stitch how to be good and show him the value of helping others." It is available for both Classic and OS X.
ATI warns of weakening earnings
ATI today warned that, despite meeting third-quarter adjusted estimates, the company would fall short of expectations for the fourth fiscal quarter. The graphics chipset maker lowered earnings estimates to five cents per share for the fourth-quarter; ATI also expects revenues to be either flat or "down slightly." Gross margins for the fourth quarter are also expected to fall to as low as 32 percent, down from a third-quarter margin of 35 percent. ATI was down in trading in both the Canadian and U.S. markets. Financial analyst Thomson Kernaghan likes ATI's strategy, but his firm "[does] not like continuing softness in the PC market." Yesterday, Apple warned of a weak third quarter as a result of weakening PC demand.
Contextual menu for renaming files updated
ABFR 4.7, an update to Publicspace.net's finder enhancement utility, adds the ability to add the file date to the beginning of the file name and also features an improved OS X installer, which allows the software to be installed on user accounts with limited privileges. The $15 shareware contextual menu plugin allows users to quickly rename multiple files. [Classic, OSX]
VirtualDesktop beta offers virtual workspaces
CodeTek's VirtualDesktop 1.0b2 extends the OS X desktop with up to 100 separate virtual workspaces. The virtual desktop pager GUI offers users the abiltiy to switch between different virtual desktops and drag windows around between them. Version 1.0b2 adds support for multiple monitor configurations, configurable hotkeys, naming of desktops, changing screen resolution.
Apple 'Real People' ads to feature celebs
Damon Wright, one of the featured "Windows Switchers" in Apple's Real People campaign, notes that the next round of Real People ads will feature celebrities. His Weblog recounts the selection and filming process, noting that each of the "Joe Regulars" were paid and would receive "some royalties for each time the TV ad hit the waves."
Tiger's Eye Pub 1.0: casino gambling game
Karl Becker's Tiger's Eye Pub 1.0 is described as "the first casino gambling game that runs natively on Mac OS X, Mac OS 7.x - 9.x, and Windows (coming soon). It features blackjack, roulette, and video poker, and a bar where you can saddle up to the stool and drink one - or a lot - down. Order a martini, a brandy, a brewski, or whatever suits your fancy." [Classic, OSX]
Cisco to fix VPN vulnerability with update
Cisco will be releasing a update to its Cisco VPN Client shortly to fix a security vulnerability, according to SecureMac: "A local user could exploit the Cisco UNIX VPN client software if installed on the computer by executing arbitrary code granting administrative privledges. If the user has not altered the setuid permissions vpnclient will give administrative privledges allowing the user to modify any part of the system without authorization." The report also notes that the vulnerability can be mitigated by altering the permission of the binary using the 'chmod' command."
ImageCaster 1.0: OS X webcam app
Econ Technologies today released ImageCaster 1.0, a "straightforward and easy to use webcam application built exclusively for Mac OS X." The $20 application allows anyone to broadcast images with a Mac and a video camera. It offers custom image formatting (resize, scale, and rotate), scheduling, saved settings for multiple destinations (FTP, file servers, and WebDAV), text overlay (including date/time stamps), and AppleScript support.
Quit It 2.5 adds features to system extension
Katoemba Software has released Quit It 2.5, a shareware ($10) system extension for Classic that automatically quits an application when its last window is closed by the user. Version 2.5 adds the possibility to quit an application after a period of inactivity, has an easier to use control panel, and now works with all Carbon applications.
Streambox ACTION video compression app
Streambox ACTION is a $200 application that provides compression of video into QuickTime format. Streambox ACTION, which is bundled with the company's flagship Streambox ACT-L2 Codec, supports all QuickTime Codecs as well as AVI, DV, and QuickTime input files. It offers file merging, batch processing, image filtering/manipulation, and sound adjustment. It is available for OS X.
HP posts new OfficeJet Series G drivers
MacNN reader Mark Entress notes that Hewlett Packard has released hp officejet g series v4.3.5 software earlier this month, which provides improved support, increased stability, greater functionality and a wide range of bug fixes: "The same installer will work for OS X & 9.x; however, it must be run/installed in each environment. It has returned my ability to print browser web pages."
QuickTime market share stats to be revised
QuickTime's official market share numbers are expected to jump sharply in early July, when "Web statistics giant Nielsen/NetRatings is scheduled to release research based on new counting methods. According to one source privy to an early draft of the Nielsen/NetRatings study, QuickTime's home usage jumped fourfold in April 2002 under the new methodology compared to the last time the company published similar research in December 2001." The article notes that methodology change stemmed in part from Apple's lobbying efforts to raise QuickTime's profile in the Web community, according to c|net.
Merrill cuts rating; AAPL trading down
Merrill Lynch has downgraded Apple stock to a Long-Term Neutral from Buy due to "a lack of long-term visibility" and has cut fiscal year 2002 EPS revenue and EPS estimates to to $5.8 billion/$0.40 from $6.2 billion/$0.50, according to Briefing.com. Apple shares traded down 13 percent on the Redibook ECN at $17.35, following its third quarter earnings warning issued yesterday.
Campus Crossing: Web solution for academia
Web Crossing today announced an upgrade to its discussion-centric education system, Campus Crossing 2.0, which now includes an integrated Progress Tracking module for attendance, grades and parent notification. The customizable solution offers the ability to create courses with Course Builder and exams with Examiner, Grade Book functions, an Attendance Roster, the ability to set deadlines and send notifications to students, enroll in classes online, and participate in live classroom events and forums, and use Webmail services. It is a free upgrade to all registered users. Both Classic and OS X versions are available.
Infinisys intros English Mail Magic
Japan-based Infinisys Monday announced that it had begun online sales of its English version of Mail Magic. Mail Magic, a $20 shareware application, allows Mac users to create database-driven mailings that can be personally addressed. The email merge package helps businesses with a large number of customers send bulk messages with customer names or other personal data.
WiebeTech announces NoteBook DriveDock
WiebeTech today announced the NoteBook DriveDock, a complete FireWire bridge interface for portable 2.5" drives. The compact bridge device is constructed from rugged anodized aluminum, supports capacities up to 60GB, and costs $140.
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