Apple has released Networking Update v1.0 via the Software Update Application in Mac OS X. The 716KB download improves network and Internet access after \"restarting your computer or when waking from sleep.\" Apple also this evening released an update for its AirPort Wireless Software.
ATTO today announced the release of the ExpressPCI FC 3320, a 2-gigabyte PCI-X Fibre Channel HBA (Host Bus Adapter). The card offers PCI backwards-compatibility for computers that do not have a free PCI-X slot. The 133 MHz ExpressPCI FC 3320 HBA is compatible with Mac OS X, and will work in any full-height workstation or 2U server case.
Long-time Macintosh developer Casady & Greene today released TimeSlice version 2.5, an update to its time-tracking and billing application for Mac OS 9/X. TimeSlice tracks the time spent on multiple business projects and client jobs. This $30 upgrade (full version $60) makes tracking time spent on multiple projects more powerful; follows time spend in individual applications; can generate invoices; offers schedule reminders; and includes many interface enhancements. The upgrade is available immediately as an electronic download; the boxed version will be shipping soon.
Although met with modest interest in North America an Europe, the Apple eMac saw a lackluster debut in Hong Kong. A Hoover\'s article explains that shoppers at the Windsor House and Wan Chai Computer Centre lacked interest in the bulky CRT (cathode-ray tube) system, which had a \"muted\" marketing debut. A salesman from a Macintosh shop said many consumers might have confused the eMac with the old iMac, since both are CRT machines. Slim Sony products, like the Vaio PCV-LX120, are more popular in Hong Kong, because they take up very little desk space. Apple\'s compact iMac was more heavily promoted in the Asian market, analysts attribute this to the iMac\'s LCD-based design.
Aatrix today announced it will bring its Payroll Series to Mac OS X in the Fall of 2002. The payroll product line includes TopPay, Payroll, Ultimate Payroll, Multi Ultimate Payroll, and Paycheck.
callas software has released pdfPreviewMaker 2.0, a $250 plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that creates previews and thumbnails from PDF pages. The new release offers an interface for manual processing in addition to the AutoPilot mode, allowing it to be fully integrated into an automated PDF workflow.
FM7 v1.1 is an update to Native Instruments\' FM synthesizer that delivers a variety of new functions and improvements. The developer notes the following changes in version 1.1: \"The Envelopes of the Operators can be synchronized to each other and the Tempo Sync Delay Time can be set to dotted note values; the Randomize function has been improved and the FM7 is equipped with a new Pitchbend mode.\"
Pocket Software today announced the first beta of PocketNotes 2.0, its flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. PocketNotes v2.0b1 offers several major enhancements, including alphabetic sorting and prioritizing; a new reminder system; improved printing; the ability to create aliases of notes within the application; and new skin support. A 30-day demo of the new shareware ($20) beta is available.
Commesso v3.0 provides a scalable, platform-independent, \"technology-based distributed system\" for e-commerce Web sites and businesses. Commesso offers a simple interface to its database, which enables general employees to use the system. Both the client and server applications will run on Mac OS X, Linux, any UNIX and Windows; Commesso\'s open database architecture makes it compatible with any SQL-compliant database. A free demo is available for those interested in implementing the system in their enterprise.
stupidFish has released shadowGoogle 1.0 for OS X, a freeware desktop google search utility written in Cocoa. It includes options for customizable search criteria, search for keywords or images, search in given languages only, set number of results displayed per page and a \'float above all\' feature.
The Danish Technical University (DTU) has developed Scandinavia\'s largest dedicated Mac cluster, consisting of 32 dedicated Power Mac G4 Dual-800 MHz workstations (equivalent to 200 Gigaflops). The cluster, which is called Velocity-X, will be turned on for use on Monday, June 24th with the presence of Apple Denmark. The dedicated Mac cluster will primarily be used to understand proteins\' influence on cancer as well as on larger film and animation projects. Velocity-X can be rented for use through the Internet for approximately 50,000 Danish kroner per week ($1 = 8.5 DKK).
James Sentman has released a final version of his CD Session Burner 1.0 utility, which allows users to \"burn \'sessions\' to a CDR or CDRW until all the space on the disk is used up. While CD Burning is built into OS X, it burns the entire disk even if you are just backing up a [portion].\" The $17 shareware for OS X will burn 25 sessions and then limit the burn speed to 1x until registered.
Blue Line Studios is beta testing LogotypeMaker Pro 4, whose \"main function is the typesetting of a text string using all the user\'s activated fonts. The purpose is to help graphics professionals choosing an appropriate typeface when creating a logotype. Version 4 is a major overhaul. New features include the loading of fonts not activated by the system...The font list filters are also greatly improved.\" Interested parties should contact the company via email.
Several readers note that Canon has released OS X native drivers for its CanoScan N1240U scanner: ScanGear CS 220.127.116.11X (available in English, French, and German). Canon has also released ImageBrowser 2.3, which brings OS X compatibility to Canon\'s bundled application for importing and managing photos and movie clips from its PowerShot digital cameras: \"Unlike the Canon Digital Camera Plug-in Module, RAW Image Converter and USB Mounter, Canon Digital Camera Software applications such as ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, and RemoteCapture are not available as free downloads. However, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disks are available for purchase at 1-800-828-4040 for $19.95. Specifically, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk v9.0 will be available for purchase in Mid June.\"
Ricci Adams has released UpdateRadar 2.0, his $9 shareware application that tracks application updates. It adds the ability to add a program from Hard Drive\", new \"Search & Add\" features, automatic notification of updates, and automatic HTML parsing updates. The new version also downloads program icons in addition to the name, current version, and release date.
Apple Australia today issued a press release regarding a Gartner Measurement project conducted for Apple. The information contained in that report, which showed that Macs cost 36 percent less to maintain than PC counterparts, was \"specific to a particular scenario and was intended for Apple internal use only.... The press release was not approved by Gartner and Apple Australia apologizes to Gartner for any confusion this has caused.\"
Minutiae Software has released PAID! 3.01, an update to the $80 Production Accounting and Invoicing Database, which adds fiscal reporting to the FileMaker Pro runtime database for tracking Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. It also adds new report and find menus, a new file recovery tool, and an improved interface. A demo is available online. [Classic, OSX]
Twenty-nine new fonts are now available as part of the newly revised ITC Conduit typeface family. In addition to ITC Conduit\'s six original weights (light, medium and bold with italic counterparts), the family now includes extra light, regular, extra bold and black. Each new font includes italic and small cap counterparts, and seven sets of oldstyle figures have been added to complement the non-italic weights. ITC has also fine-tuned the spacing and other digital aspects of the original design. The new ITC Conduit family can is $300 for all 35 fonts (a savings of $120.00) in an introductory offer.
ZDnet speculates that 800Mbps FireWire technology will be unveiled at Macworld Expo New York in its article discussing USB 2.0, which one analyst says is \"more cost-effective. FireWire will stil be around, but over the longer term it does begin to fade.\"
Save My Whiteboard v2.0 is an important update to Rob Frohne\'s free educational-assistant used for the transformation of digital photographs of black/whiteboards to usable study notes. Version 2.0 adds program multi-threading, Mac OS X support, blackboard support -- as opposed to whiteboard-only support -- and better processing parameters for \"cleaner\" results. [Classic, Carbon]
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
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