Aspyr has released updates to two of its popular Macintosh games. Medal of Honor Allied Assault v1.12 fixes a crash bug that occurs while loading levels; improves performance under Mac OS X and with dual-processor computers; and restores the 3D sound function. The Sims Hot Date 2.3.1 corrects an installation glitch under Mac OS 8.6 (error -43); uses less CPU time when paused; fixes other minor bugs.
Tekadence Magik 1.0 is a new tool for building \"pure\" Java software applications without any programming knowledge. The application offers an intuitive, visual approach to creating sophisticated software, while opening Java development to a broader group. After \"one week\" of development time, Tekadence engineers extended support for its Java-based visual development tool to the Mac platform, including OS X.
Marware today announced the release of SportSuit Basic for iPod -- a rugged, black neoprene case that fits all currently-available iPod models. The $25 case comes equipped with a removable low-profile spring clip, and accommodates the 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPod models. The SportSuit employs a durable 2mm neoprene exterior, clear plastic screen protection, a \"plush-lined\" interior and Velcro buckles.
Apple is expected to quietly reduce the pricing of its 700MHz G4 iMac (CD-RW) to $1300, according to several MacNN sources. The $100 price drop would return the flat-panel computer to its original pricing, after a price hike following its introduction. Update: Amazon.com is now offering the 700MHz iMac for $1300.
A MacNN reader notes that Apple is giving all buyers of Jaguar (through the Apple Store) 75 free prints via iPhoto. \"This afternoon in my mailbox came a letter from Apple letting me know that my 1-click account has been credited with 75 photos. Clearly this beats the $10 price difference [from other online Mac retailers].\" (We\'ve also recently noted the $50 rebate from Amazon.com.)
FBX for QuickTime is a \"generic \'wrapper\' for 3D data that packages the original 3D data in such a way as to include all the information necessary for the data to later be \'unpacked\' into many different 3D packages.\" The latest component corrects some stability problems found in the Public Preview Release, and it is recommended that all previous users upgrade.
Apple has recently released two new Development Kits, QuickTime for Java SDK and QuickTime for Java Windows SDK. Both SDKs include documentation and sample code files.
The ImmerVision Studio Lite is a suite of two applications for Mac OS 9 & X that allow users to create interactive virtual panoramic images. The ImmerVision VisitMaker creates the panoramic images and also allows hotspots to be added. The ImmerVision PanoEditor adds 3D objects, sound and light. The suite of applications is free.
Perl GPSx for Mac OS X reads GPS input via a Keyspan USB PDA Adapter. It can then parse the different data packets and create MapPoint and MapBlast URLs using the current position.
El Gato has posted an EyeTV 1.01 updater for its digital video recorder that cab find and track all television programming, record/archive programming, pause live television, and skip commercials. Version 1.01 reduces the time to switch between channels, improves overall stability, correctly displays the television channel for a scheduled recording, and restores the ability to copy a movie frame when the recording is paused.
NTI today announced the addition of the USB CAT5 Extender to its line of USB products. The $180 extender breaks through the five-meter barrier on USB extension, allowing users to connect a single USB-enabled Mac to as many as four remote USB devices up to 100 feet away using a standard CAT5 patch cable, a compact local unit, and a 4-port USB remote unit. A $220 model supports Mac soft (keyboard) power-on. An AC adapter on the remote unit provides ample power for the USB Extender and attached devices.
Steinberg has announced a \"Q4 2002\" release date for Cubase SX for OS X, its professional music creation and production environment with both VST and ASIO interfaces.
Real\'s recently announced Helix open-source initiative for its streaming server may find success where Apple\'s open-source QuickTime streaming effort failed. According to one analyst quoted by c|net: \"What Apple did with QuickTime was far more restrictive, and what they actually opened up was somewhat less. Also, you have to have a willingness to work with the open-source folks and take them seriously, and at that time Apple was more interested in being associated with trendy open-source people than really opening up QuickTime.\"
ArKaos VJ 2.2 is a real-time multimedia program that offers the ability to edit and manipulate a visual performances. It allows users to create live visual animation, using existing image and movie files, adding different real-time effect types and sequences. Version 2.2 can play live video sessions, record personalised visual performance files and automatically synchronize digital imaging with any audio input. A 21-day demo of the $445 application is available now.
Appligent today introduced a new server-based software application that adds security and authentication capabilities to PDF files. SecurSign 2.0 allows PDF users to add digital signatures directly to PDFs, as well as apply standard Adobe security features to these documents with either 40-bit or 128-bit encryption. It is compatible with Acrobat 4.0 and 5.0 security and utilizes standard X.509 digital certificates to secure documents. SecurSign offers the ability to add user/owner passwords and restrictions for printing, modifying, and copying text and graphics, as well as adding or changing notes and form fields. The 128-bit encryption level also provides the ability to restrict filling-in or signing form fields, accessibility, document assembly and high-resolution printing. The OS X version is discounted 25% to $2,250 through the end of the month.
Olympus and Fuji today announced the xD-Picture Card, a new type of memory media with an ultra-compact design (about the size of a postage stamp), an image storage capacity of up to 8 gigabytes, and prices that are \"comparable to current SmartMedia cards.\" It will be available initially in memory sizes from 16MB to 128MB, which will be followed by 256MB delivery in December 2002 and larger sizes up to 8GB next year. The xD-Picture Card can be used with any Compact Flash-compatible device when used with a Compact Flash adapter or can be connected to any computer via a USB Reader/Writer or a PCMCIA PC Card adapter. (Pricing not available.)
HP yesterday announced four photo printers with new print techology, new photo paper and three digital cameras with instant share technology.
CE Software\'s QuickMail Pro client 3.1 offers support for built-in viewing of HTML messages within the message window and Message Peek. It is a free update for registered users of QuickMail Pro, the company\'s $35 POP3 e-mail client that features SMTP Authorization support and Mail Manager rules for filtering and support for multiple accounts and an address book/contact manager.
Deep Sky Technologies has released Fix Up 4D v1.0.1, a set of 4D extensions which enhance, improve, and correct the 4th Dimension development and runtime environment. The fixes included in the FU4D package all work independently of each other. Version 1.01 is compatible with the 4D v6.7.4 product line.
The first displays of an \"Aquafied\" OpenOffice.org, an open-source office suite, are available online, demonstrating \"some proof of concept work to illustrate the feasibility of getting OpenOffice.org drawing using the beloved Aqua interface that makes MacOS X so distinctive. This work was done in OO638C_MacOSX, the only OOo currently building for Quartz graphics. Screenshots of what OOo looks like with this preliminary Aquafication appear below.\" [screenshot link added]
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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