Narrator 1.0 is a $25 application that utilizes Apple\'s speech synthesis technology to \"read\" complex documents. Several \"actors\" can be defined with varying voices to portray any number of \"characters.\" Narrator is immediately available through Dejal\'s online store for Mac OS X.
Ogg Vorbis 1.0 is a new audio compression format and is roughly comparable to other formats used to store and play digital music, such as MP3, VQF, AAC, and other digital audio formats. It differs from these other formats because it is completely free, open, and unpatented. The latest version is compatible with Audion, Unsanity Echo and MacAMP.
Logitech is now fully supporting Mac OS X with its current line wireless mice, keyboards and trackballs. The new software compatibility enables specialized features , such as internet hot keys and multimedia controls. The software is now available and is compatible with the current line of mice and keyboards, ranging in price from $15 to $100.
We\'ve posted five floor galleries from the final day of Macworld Expo New York: 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
VideoClix is a Mac OS X only QuickTime 6 compatible interactive video authoring software. It enables users to build Hyper Objects into QuickTime movies, allowing viewers to click on actual items in the video for improved interactive content. The price is $400, with a MacWorld show special of $250.
Perl 5.8.0 has been released, sporting numerous bug fixes and development changes. Highlights include improved Unicode support, a new threading implementation, a new I/O implementation, better numeric accuracy, 64-bit support, safe signals, a number of new modules, and extensive regression testing. Perl 5.8.0 is currently only available via source (not binary), so a C compiler is required to install the release. A number of other changes and incompatibilities are listed in the Perl release notes, and a list of download mirrors is also available on the website.
Mactracker 2.0 Preview 1, an application that provides detailed information on every Apple, Motorola, PowerComputing and UMAX Mac OS computer ever made, is now available. The latest preview adds images to descriptions as well as many other improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
In recent weeks, a number of readers have informed us that Internet Explorer 5.x on Mac OS X consistently hangs while viewing pages on MacNN. We have indeed been following up with this, and recently turned to Microsoft to obtain some help tracking down the bug; however, we need some help getting the correct debug information to send to them. Please visit our explanation in the forums for instructions on what to send us. Thank you for your assistance and patience in this matter. Update: limited testing has suggested that emptying and disabling browser cache may offer a temporary solution to the problem.
Apple has clarified that it will not be offering .Mac email email-only accounts to non-paying users, according to a recently updated FAQ on its Website: \"If you want to convert your .Mac trial account to an email-only account, you cannot do this directly. You must have a full .Mac member, who has purchased an additional email-only account, include your converted account as part of their membership.\" Meanwhile, several readers note that Apple has begun deleting posts critical of the .Mac subscription fee (and $130 Jaguar pricing) in its Apple subscription area. We recently noted an online .Mac feedback form by Apple as well as several petitions for and against .Mac. Education customers can send comments to Apple directly, where \"the AppleCare Education Support team in Austin will provide executive summaries of the feedback activity captured.\"
Sorenson Media has responded to Apple\'s April 2002 lawsuit against it by filing counterclaims for breach of contract, fraud, and related claims in Federal Court in San Jose, CA. Sorenson\'s claim focuses on an email sent from Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Sorenson Media\'s CEO, in which Jobs states that Apple had exclusive rights to past but not future versions of software codecs produced by Sorenson Media.
Black & White 1.1.6 is an update to Lionhead\'s god game, adding support for the multiplayer GameRanger service, improves performance with GeForce video cards, and includes several fixes and enhancements. Black & White is published on the Macintosh by Feral, and was ported to the Macintosh by Zonic.
Myster P4 is a new release of the peer-to-peer file sharing utility that allows you to share your files with others and download files being shared by others on the Myster Network. The cross-platform application (Classic, OS X, Windows, Linux) has search functions, support for all data types, supports a \"realtime, self-organizing and self-optimizing network,\" and other advanced features. [Classic, OSX]
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has announced that its flagship product, EverQuest, is coming to the Mac. SOE, which became an official online gaming developer for the Mac in January and previously made its top games at The Station, such as Wheel of Fortune Online and Jeopardy! Online, available to Mac users. Due out in the Spring of 2003, Mac users can purchase the original EverQuest and its expansion packs including: The Shadows of Luclin, The Ruins of Kunark and The Scars of Velious. EverQuest, the described as the \"world\'s most successful massively multiplayer online game,\" has close to 100,000 simultaneously users during peak periods. The Station will offer software updates and news about the game, message boards and other community features for $13 per month.
Kanex Group today released a new MP3 player, Air Whisper 1.0, which claims to utilizes \"much less system resources than other MP3 players.\" It supports skins, an always-on-top window, hierarchical song organization, ID3 tags, CBR and VBR playback, keyboard shortcuts, and other standard player functions. A 30-day trial of the $20 application is available online.
Digital Video Editing has published the second round of its Mac vs PC: Benchmark Duel, comparing a Single Processor Pentium 4 2.53GHz against the dual-1GHz Power Mac G4 and the Dual-AthlonMP 2000+. The tests cover both Adobe After Effects 5.5 video editing and Adobe Photoshop 7 image editing and the article concludes: \"the dual Athlon is still the fastest PC we\'ve tested, but the single Intel P4 2.53 GHz machine runs a close second, and even beats the dual Athlon on some of the tests. And, as expected, the Mac dual 1GHz G4 could not even come close to keeping up with these two PCs.\"
MacSpeech today announced ScriptPaks for QuarkXPress and iTunes. ScriptPaks are plug-ins that add application-specific commands to the company\'s iListen application, as well as its free Mac OS 9-only ListenDo! utility. The QuarkXPress ScriptPak ($40) offers voice access to over 125 commands in QuarkXPress, while the iTunes 2 ScriptPak ($15) allows the user to control iTunes \"even when it is not the front-most application\" with commands to skip to the next song, raise or lower volume, pause, fast forward, and rewind. A ScriptPak for iTunes 3 is in the works and is expected to be available by the time the company releases its forthcoming Mac OS X products, iListen 1.3 and iDictate 1.0 (as noted yesterday). Both ScriptPaks are in final testing and will be released as soon as testing is completed. [site not updated]
Other World Computing Wednesday introduced the Mercury G3/533MHz and G4/550MHz ZIF upgrades for the Apple PowerMac G3 \'Beige\' and \'Blue & White\' and G4 \"Yikes\" models. The new $260 Mercury ZIF plug-and-play upgrades are fully compatible with all existing hardware and software, according to OWC.
snapHappy 1.2 is a simple image viewer and organizer for Mac OS X that can browse, sort, rename, rotate, export, crop and manage images. Version 1.2 adds color channel, brightness and contrast adjustment; introduces special effects and; fixes several bugs.
Discreet today announced that it would ship cleaner 6 for Mac this fall. Expanding upon cleaner 5.1, version 6.0 for Mac will adopt many features from Mac OS X\'s Aqua user interface for a better user experience. New watch folders, drag and drop capabilities and nested settings are part of the new streamlined workflow of the application.†cleaner 6 for Mac is expected to ship initially in North America this Fall for $600 ($180 upgrade).
We\'ve posted a second roundup of new products, which were shown at the Expo in New York, including a new Griffin prototype, Postworx\'s Speedball, Pixologic Zbrush 1.5 and Creo\'s Six Degrees.
MacNN Reader \"ber\" has provided us with an additional gallery with pictures from the Apple SoHo opening. ber notes: \"My comments were about how helpful the management [in SoHo] was -- especially today with so much new stuff being announced this week and old promo literature that doesn\'t reflect the new products.\"
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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e