Apple has posted its iPod Software 1.2 on its Website, after pre-announcing its releases in latest edition of Apple eNews this morning. The new software will update older versions of the iPod with new software that features contacts, calendar, clock, Audible.com support, Sound Check functionality, play count tracking, and other enhancements shown at Macworld Expo NY. [updated]
The Apple Store in the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa (Milwaukee), Wisconsin will open on Saturday August 31st, according to one reader. Along with this opening, the Apple Store in Wellington, Florida, will be holding the grand opening on August 17th (as noted yesterday).
StudioLink allows the transmission of video and other data via 1394 over optical fiber up to 1,000 meters without signal degradation or the need for additional repeaters or boosters. Uses include transfering large video or data via FireWire at speeds of 500 Mbps. Each kit includes one repeater and a power adapter priced at $699.
Ambrosia Software has released the source code to Trinity, a plugin that adds significant enhancements to the role playing game, Pillars of Garendall (which was updated yesterday).
CompuCable has announced the FIREXPRESS 250 Combo hard drive, which features FireWire and USB 2.0 compatibility. The portable drives, which work with Mac OS 9 & X, is available in 20GB ($200), 30GB ($250), 40GB ($300) and 60GB ($620) sizes.
piPop 2.0.3 is a file navigator and launcher for Mac OS 9 & X. It allows users to access any file quickly with a single click. The update renders menus 200% faster than 1.x versions and operates considerably more smoothly than previous versions.
Other World Computing has introduced the 7200RPM Mercury Elite FireWire/USB 2.0 Combo hard drive. The Mac OS compatible drive ranges from 40GBs to 120GBs and features transfer rates of up to 480Mbps with USB 2.0 and 400Mbps with FireWire. Prices range from $190 for the 40GB model up to $300 for the 120GB drive.
World War II Online, a new multi-player online war game, has opened beta testing to all Mac users. Mac OS X and a 32MB 3D graphics card are required.
Terra Soft has announced the availability of Apple computers with Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed. PowerMac G4s, iBooks, G4 iMacs are available and automatically boot into Yellow Dog Linux. Xserves will soon be available.
Switcheroo 1.0 is a dock replacement for Mac OS X that \"makes up for the Dock\'s shortcomings.\" The $10 shareware utility, which looks like a traditional taskbar, does away with unnamed Dock icons and only shows an applications name.
Synchronize! Pro X 2.0b1 is a free beta of the Mac OS X backup and file synchronization utility. The beta version makes bootable Mac OS X system backups while logged in as a regular user. The free beta period extends to August 28.
Tri-CATALOG 5.06 is a file and picture cataloger for Mac OS 9 & X. It provides a powerful search tool for CDs, DVDs, FireWire hard drives and more. The update features several improvements: user interface improvements under Mac OS X, new picture formats are recognized and drag and drop problem fixed. The update is free; a full license is $100.
A free seminar from Apple invites interested individuals to see Xserve and Mac OS X Server 10.2, Apple\'s 1U rack-mountable server solution, in person. The seminar will teach attendees about the Xserve technology and different situations it can be used in, new Mac OS X Server 10.2 features and more.
Three REALbasic plug-ins have been updated by Alfred Van Hoek: HTMLrendering 2.2, cIconButtons 2.1 and NavDialog 2.7. HTMLrendering 2.2 exploits the HTML rendering capabilities of the Mac OS. The update fixes major rendering flaws and other bugs. cIconButtons 2.1 is a plugin where various buttons are grouped into one control which makes it easier to have a homing button together with a goBack and goForward button. NavDialog 2.7 provides better support for the Navigation Services available for the Mac OS. The update fixes different bugs that caused crashes. An amateur license is available for free; academic and professional licenses are also available, for $12 and $40, respectively.
Desideratum\'s Praeco 1.0 is a new tool ($30) for eBay buyers and sellers, which claims to \"assist users by maintaining a categorized database of auctions the user wishes to monitor, searching eBay for new auctions, and placing automated bids for the user at specified times.\" It offers a hierarchical organization, customizable view opions, automatic update options, a bidding engine for placing bids at specificed times, and built-in search functions. A limited demo is available. [Classic, OSX]
The DVD+RW Alliance today announced the specifications for 4x DVD+R recording speeds and for the smaller 8cm DVD+RW/+R media, allowing DVD recorders and data drives to record at 44 Mb/sec for improved performance. The 8cm form factor is designed to enable compatibility with existing PCs with DVD-ROM and DVD players and offers disc capacities of 1.46GB. Pioneer, part of the DVD Forum and manufacturer of Apple\'s SuperDrives, recently said it would introduce products based on the 4X DVD-R spec, which directly competes with the DVD+RW/+R format, later this year. DVD Forum says that the 4X DVD-R spec is expected to be approved next month.
Pepsan has updated two of its free OS X utilities for Jaguar: AysMon provides an \"at-a-glance\" view of active network services and network interfaces; and Granet (Graph networking) is a utility that graphs the throughput of each active network interface on your computer. [AM, GT]
MacTelnet X Preview 2 is a preview of the OS X-based terminal application that offers support for AppleScript, sophisticated terminal emulation, macros, the floating command line and Tektronix vector graphics as well as the ability to interface directly with the UNIX layer to run applications locally in a MacTelnet terminal window. The pages notes a few problems when running under Jaguar, which are expected to be addressed by the time it ships.
Northern Softworks today released ClipDoubler Pro 1.0, its $15 clipboard enhancement utility, offering unlimited clipboards, search functions, shortcuts (to copy time, date, ip address), drag & drop to copy file pathnames, shortcuts to process text on the clipboard, the ability to save to disk, user-defined hotkeys, and other features. For a limited time, a free Trash X registration is offered with each ClipDoubler Pro registration.
SyncDeK 4.1 provides field-level conflict resolution, distributed ownership-based access control, conditional sharing options, and enhanced security via encryption and incremental sync updates. SyncDeK\'s Version Update Manager also allows developers to automate the process of distributing design changes for the database structure itself. Version 4.1 adds better conditional sharing, FileMaker 6 support, support for OS X, new local testing tools, IMAP support and container field support.
Blackmagic Design and AJA Video have released a public beta of Kona Film SD 2.1b3, a new software upgrade for its realtime capture and playback Kona SD PCI card. The free update provides 24 fps motion picture editing and design, which includes an \"inverse telecine\" process that removes the 3:2 pulldown added to the video by the telecine film scanner, and provides clean artifact free 24 fps video. Kona Film 24 frame support is available at uncompressed 10-bit, uncompressed 8-bit, and Online JPEG video quality modes.
IBM is expected to disclose the technical details of its new 64-bit PowerPC microprocessor designed for desktops and entry-level servers at the upcoming Microprocessor Forum in October. The design, based on the Power4 design which the company uses in high-end servers, is an 8-way superscalar design that fully design supports Symmetric MultiProcessing (SMP). The chip also has an AtliVec-like vector processing unit that implements over 160 specialized vector instructions and implements a system interface capable of up to 6.4GB/s.
Selznick Scientific\'s SmartWrap 2.2 adds a new OS X installer, an unlimited size clipboard, and other enhancements to the text utility that analyzes text, detects paragraphs and lists, and rewraps the text. It is available as a text services plugin for OS X, a Eudora plugin, a clipboard application, an AppleScript Addition, a BBEdit/MailSmith/CodeWarrior plugin, a REALbasic plugin, and as AppleScripts for use with Outlook Express, Claris E-Mailer, and PowerMail. Upgrades to the $18 utility are free for v2.0 owners and $10 for others.
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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