FileMaker Pro 6.0v2 is a maintenance update to yesterday\'s release of FileMaker 6 for Mac OS X. The 6.0v2 updater adds support for the importing of XML data via HTTP; fixes interface and operational bugs and offers enhanced Find and Replace functionality.
MCE today unveiled the Lucid-24, a 24x10x24 portable FireWire CD-RW drive, billed as the first portable 24x CD-writer on the market. The Lucid-24 sports a stylish and \"aggressive\" plastic and aluminum enclosure that is less than an inch thick and occupies a small footprint. The Lucid-24 24x10x24 writes \'recordable\' CDs at speeds of up to 24x (3600KB/Sec); re-writable discs at up to 10x (1500KB/Sec); and reads regular CD-ROMs at up to 24x. The Mac OS 9/X-compatible drive carries a price of $300.
Deals roundup: Shop4tech offers the Zenergy 128MB CompactFlash card for $53 with free shipping; Formac announced today that purchasers of qualifying PowerBook G4 models can receive the Formac gallery 1740 DVI flat-panel display for as low as $800; Piranha Technology offers a 40GB 5400RPM FireWire hard drive kit for $100, in addition to a host of specials on other IDE products.
Afternoon tech news: Broadband providers are cracking down on Wi-Fi networks, threatening to cut service to customers who set up the inexpensive wireless systems and allow others to freely tap into their Internet access; VoiceStream Wireless is in talks to merge with AT&T Wireless Services, a move that would create the second largest cellular phone company; and Graphics chip manufacturer Nvidia is expected to announce next week a new generation of nForce, its integrated product that combines graphics and chipset functions.
Kensington introduced today a high-end input device: the StudioMouse, which combines \"uncommon industrial design with sophisticated functionality to create acustomizable, professional-grade tool that makes work on a Mac simpler, smarter, and much more stylish.\" It features a Scroll Sensor, which replaces the scroll wheel with a multi-function, touch-sensitive strip as well as optical technology and three customizable buttons (using the MouseWorks software). The company is accepting pre-orders for the $60 device, but has not announced a ship date.
FMR Corp., an investment adviser to mutual fund giant Fidelity, has halved its stake in Apple Computer to 4.99 percent. Reuters reports that FMR now holds 17.8 million shares compared to 36.4 million shares or 10.28 percent on April 10, as noted in a recent SEC filing.
IK Multimedia today announced SampleTank RTAS plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools systems will be shipping in July. Sampletank is an expandable, professional virtual sound module plug-in that offers access to thousands of high-quality multi-sampled sounds directly within Pro Tools LE or TDM and also offers many sonic expansion possibilities. It offers a powerful sample-based synthesis engine without any hardware limitations. It is available in three versions: SampleTank L for $280 (2CDs, 200 sounds, 1.1GB samples, AKAI S1000-3000 converter); SampleTank XL for $500 (4 CDs, 450 sounds, 2.5GB samples, AKAI S1000-3000); and SampleTank LE for $80-$250 depending on configuration.
cosmicsoft has released starQuiz 1.5, an update to its $25 utility for teachers that allows them to administer quizzes on the computer in the classroom. The new version features interface improvements, lab-based quiz administration, and a new true or false question type. starQuiz Reader and starQuiz NetClient, two utilities for use with starQuiz, have also been updated to version 1.5. It is available in a 30-day trial for OS X and Mac OS 9. [Classic, OS X]
Tri-BACKUP 3.10 brings support for administrator privileges and lock/unlock functions for backup routines as wel as a bug fix when saving to multiple volumes. The $50 backup utility can als0 create complete and bootable Mac OS X backups and also perform multiple backup routines at scheduled intervals or times. Thirty-day trial versions of the English/French application are available online.
Apple\'s Additional Features of the Dock summarizes the keyboard shortcuts that can be used with the dock.
Michael Herzog\'s PG_Tooltip offers a complete Tooltip-Engine for programmers. The 10 Euro package includes all Classes and Modules for using tooltips inside REALbasic projects and also contains a sample window with the basic functionality and IDE-Extras for REALbasic 4.x. Mike Murry has also released an updated REALdocbuilder 1.5b1, his utility for generating HTML documentation for REALbasic projects.
Fujifilm today announced that it will offer a branded version of the M-Systems\' Disk-On-Key USB-based personal removable storage roduct. The driverless storage device will be in 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB and 256MB capacities. The USB Drive storage device will be offered through the business and retail sales channels of the Computer Products Division of Fujifilm, beginning in July. (Pricing not available.)
CenDyne is now shipping its Arsion portable 40x12x40 USB 2.0 CD-RW drive. The 1.25 pound CD burner is $180 and includes CD-R media, USB 2.0 interface cable and power cable. (It is backward compatible with USB 1.1 as well as compatible with any of the recently introduced USB 2.0 interfaces for Macs.)
Meetinghouse Data Communications has added support for OS X to its AEGIS line of network authentication software. AEGIS is an end-to-end 802.1X security solution providing a secure, standards-based user authentication system for wired and wireless LANs in enterprise and public access networks. It offers both client and server software that suppors enhanced EAP-TTLS tunneling authentication and also \"repairs the weaknesses in the 802.1X protocol allowing dynamic WEP key exchange while supporting legacy, non-EAP, authentication methods such as PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAP, and MS-CHAP V2 through the authentication tunnel.\" Beta versions of AEGIS Client for OS X (which only supports EAP-MD5 authentication) are available now, while the final release is expected in August for $50 per user.
Fifth Wave has released Convert 2.0, a Carbonized version of its data conversion tool that includes 45 different categories such as temperature, velocity, time, mass, currency, bartending, etc. Version 2.0 adds the Radix (base) conversion category, support for multiple conversion windows with \"memory\", and expanded localizations. The $15 utility is free to all users who registered in 2002.
mac:method has updated its $15 RPN scientific calculator for OS X: f(x) v2.5 is an advanced programmable scientific calculator that offers 20 built-in scientific functions, decimal, hexadecimal, and binary numeric input modes, and a persistent and virtually limitless stack. Version 2.5 brings improved copy & paste functions, expanded numerics, and an updated user interface. A 60-day trial is available.
Apple is expected to announce a 17\" flat-panel iMac model next week at Macworld Exo, according to c|net. The article also speculates that Steve Jobs will announce \"an August release date for Jaguar...But other sources said Jaguar development is so far ahead of schedule that, barring any last-minute glitches, Jobs may deliver surprise news on how soon the new OS will be ready.\" Other announcements include a for-fee services .Mac implementation to be included with Jaguar, and a new iTunes revision with MPEG-4 audio codec support. However, the article notes that new Power Macs are not expected until mid-August.
The Gantt and PERT chart creator, chartConstructor 1.03, adds milestone options, a new toolboar, an inspector panel, several display options based on project timelines, and the ability to store notes on individual tasks to the project management software. A 30-day trial of the $30 application is available online.
XtremeMac today reduced the price on its Premium iPod Car Charger by $5 to $20. The charger is made of high-impact Apple-white plastic and features a white retractable 10-foot coil cord: \"The Premium iPod Car Charger also allows users to listen to their iPod even while it is charging - a feature not possible when using the Apple wall charger.\"
Willow Design has upgraded its Cinema Display case to fit the 23-inch Cinema HD display (while still snuggly fitting the 22-inch display with special spacers). The $260 case, which also now features an integral Titanium PowerBook compartment, offers protection with dual density foams, extra corrugated plastic reinforcement, hardboard bottoms and bi-direction plastic reinforcement for the display side outer wall as well as a heavy duty molded rubber curved briefcase handle, contoured shoulder carry strap and luggage feet riveted through the wood on the bottom which keep the case securely upright.
WiebeTech is expected to intrduce a trio of portable storage solutions at Macworld Expo next week, including a bus-powered, fanless desktop drive utilizing high-performancee 3.5 inch drives (UltraGB); a bus-powered FireWire DriveDock for 3.5 inch drives (Super DriveDock); and an ultra-portable, pocket drive available with either OXFW911-based FireWire or USB2 interfaces (NanoGB). NanoGB, less than 0.5 inches thick, will be available in capacities of up to 40GB, and will offer data transfer rates of up to 35MB/sec.
MoonMenu 2.0.2 adds a host of improvements to the Mac OS 9/X moon-phase menu bar add-on, including the correction of latitude/longitude glitches. MoonMenu works by displaying a small icon in the menu bar that can be clicked to reveal a textual description of the moon phase, illumination percentage, the moon\'s age in days, sun and moon rise/set times and upcoming quarter predictions. This update also includes an enhanced Aqua interface and compatibility with the developer preview of Mac OS X 10.2.
1st Kiosk announced informally today that it would deliver \'k-Builder\' for Mac OS X in September. k-Builder will help develop Macintosh-based kiosk solutions -- which Mitch Krayton of 1st Kiosk indicates can be set-up for under $800. In a recent article, Mr. Krayton explains why the Macintosh platform is ideal for this purpose: \"[the Mac] defies normal convention, but it works so well for me that I run my business on it.\"
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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