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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6