PowerLogix has announced the 'PowerForce Dual G4' line of processor upgrade cards for recent and older PowerMac G4 models. The new PowerForce Dual G4 Series 100 and Series 133 processor upgrades will begin shipping with speeds ranging from 800MHz to 1 GHz. PowerLogix is able to deliver the latest upgrades expeditiously, as a result of a universal circuit board design used in both single- and dual-processor upgrades. PowerLogix explains that it opted to avoid the use of DDR cache, because it offers a "zero performance advantage." The PowerForce Dual G4 Series 100 and 133 differ only by their supported bus speeds of 100MHz and 133MHz, respectively. Pricing on the 800MHz and 1 GHz models of both lines is $800 and $1200, respectively. (A detailed product page was not available at the time of publication.)
Another MacNN reader has published a photo album from the opening of the Apple Store at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, MI. Like many past Apple Store launches, the Novi opening saw a large crowd of Mac fans.
Evening tech news: A series of realistic military combat simulation games put out by the United States Army aims to inspire, attract and recruit new military personnel; Microsoft users in Florida can band together in a single class-action lawsuit to pursue antitrust claims against the software company, a judge has ruled; hope for a revival of defunct online music service Napster faded today as German media group Bertelsmann abandoned its planned purchase of the service, after a U.S. court blocked its bid.
Although Gateway touts the superiority of its Profile 4 all-in-one computer over the Apple iMac with a series of new animated commercials, TechTV takes a closer look at the two competitors. The low-end Profile 4 PC starts at just $1,000, whereas the iMac bases at a more modest $1,300. Although Gateway capture the \'bargain-basement\' range, the article estimates that a custom Profile 4 equivalent to the low-end iMac would cost $1,160. Both the high-end Profile 4XL and top of-the-line iMac sell for $2,000, but columnist Brett Larson suggests that despite the Gateway\'s larger hard drive and RAM allocations, the iMac is still superior, thanks to its SuperDrive for DVD authoring -- not even an option on the Profile 4 -- and its Nvidia GeForce4 MX video card. Additionally, although the Profile 4 is seen \"bouncing around\" more dramatically than the iMac ever did in its animated spots, the review cautions that, in reality, the iMac is far more flexible, adjustable and ergonomic than the Gateway machine.
Reiss Studio today announced a new Maya plug-in, BodyStudio, which allows users to render and playback Poser animations in Maya. BodyStudio includes shader translation functions and Real World Scaling Presets, support for Poser\'s .bum file format for bump maps, and automatically inverted transparency maps (to match Maya\'s transparency functions). It also includes automatic application of updates to changed models using Maya\'s construction history features. The $300 plugin is available now for Windows with an OS X version due soon.
PdfCompress 1.0 is a compression tool for Quartz PDF files. It can reduce the size of a PDF files made in Mac OS X by up to a factor of 10 without visibly altering the image quality; the price is $25.
Tex9 has been forced to change the name of xtunes, its open source iTunes project for Linux, at the request of Apple. The new application will be called sumi, and will sport an interface that does not resemble iTunes. \"We received a letter from an attorney at Apple Computer stating that our xtunes software is guilty of copyright and trademark infringement. The copyright infringement has to do with the look-and-feel of the user interface and its similarity to Apple\'s iTunes product.\"
Apple has begun a new offer for the education market, dubbed \"More Back to School in Style.\" The offer allows customers to purchase an iBook from the Apple Store for Education and receive a $50 discount through September 25th. A previous offer, the \"Back to School in Style\" promotion, offered $150 off the PowerBook purchase price from the Apple Store for Education.
Unsanity has released updates to two of their haxies, WindowShade X 2.1.1 and Application Enhancer 1.1. WindowShade X ($7) brings the window shade function from Mac OS 9 into Mac OS X. It now features Japanese localization, improved code optimizations and bug fixes. Application Enhancer 1.1 is a system which allows for 3rd party modules to modify and enhance the way applications behave and operate. The update fixes a bug with USB cameras in Mac OS X. [Window Shade, Enhancer]
The Apple Store The Westchester is set to open this coming weekend, September 7, in White Plains, NY. MacNN readers Tim Benning, Drew Domkus, Alric Lopez, Ryan Morse, have posted photos from the grand opening of the Apple Store Mayfair (Milwaukee, WI) and Chad Cole has also posted photos from the opening of Apple Store Twelve Oaks (Novi, MI)--both of which opened this past weekend.
Maxprog\'s Web Dumper 1.6 is a Web tool, which allows users to download web sites for offline browsing. Version 1.6 adds proxy support, better anchor management, better HTML tag support, and other enhancements. [Classic, OSX]
Badia Software today announced Duplica XT 2.0 for QuarkXPress and QuarkXPress Passport 5.0, offering a new palette, additional methods for copying and applying attributes, and native QuarkXPress 5.0 support. Duplica allows users to sample some or all attributes of characters, paragraphs, pictures, boxes, lines and pages and apply them to other elements in the same or another document, without altering the contents of the Clipboard. It also offers a cloning engine to duplicate and transform QuarkXPress items. Single-user licenses are $50, while upgrades from version 1.0x are $30.
Microsoft today add seven products to its mouse and keyboard product lines. The new Wireless Optical Mouse Blue ($45), Optical Mouse Blue ($35), MultiMedia Keyboard ($35), and Natural MultiMedia Keyboard ($55) all feature a new Astral blue finish, an enhanced scroll wheel and a keyboard multimedia center for one-touch access to media commands. The new Wireless Optical Desktop ($85) and Wireless Optical Desktop Pro ($105) offer black-and-titanium-accents, a wireless optical mouse and wireless keyboard, a sleek receiver and attractive finishes. The Notebook Optical Mouse ($35) offers a red-accented titanium finish. The products are expected to be available by the end of September. [site not updated]
Drew Hamlin has released QueueSocket 1.01, an open-source socket solution for REALbasic developers. It provides a simple introduction program as well as a complex, fully developed Network Tic-Tac-Toe game with accompanying source code and internet tracker application. He has also released Xoggle B15, an open-source, networkable game of the popular classic game Boggle. Xoggle includes source code and a dictionary word list and is distributed under the GNU General Public License.
Black Cat Systems has released Atomic Mac 5.5, its periodic table of the elements and nuclear database for the Macintosh. The latest version updates data to the latest IUAPC values as well as compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. A demo of the $25 shareware is available online. The company also released Morse Mania 2.3.2, which brings Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility to its $20 morse code tutor for the Mac. [AM-Cl, AM-X, MM-Cl, MM-X]
AppMac has released sMailing 4.5, an update to its $60 personalized email software application. It offers an improved interface and better performance, as well as improved HTML management, group management, vCard format support, and other new features. iWarning 3.0 is also an update to the free utility that allows users to watch several mailboxes for new email. It can now display HTML messages for quick reading, has a new interface, and offers the ability to reply to email messages. Both are available for Classic and OS X. [sMl, iWn]
Pacific Tech says it is evaluating an OS X native port of its popular Graphing Calculator: \"Development costs are prohibitive, so we are seeking funding and polling the Macintosh community to gauge interest.\"
Apple and Best Buy today announced that Best Buy will begin selling the iPod at each of its 500 retail stores in 47 states beginning September 15th. It will offer three iPod configurations in its retail stores: the 10GB iPod for Windows, the 20GB iPod for Windows and the 10GB iPod for Mac as well as the entire line of iPod portable digital music players at BestBuy.com.
Streambox Action 1.06 with ACT-L2 encoder adds AltiVec optimizations, an updated/improved user manual, support for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 decoding (via Apple MPEG-2 Playback Component), support for VBR decoding (MP3, AAC), support for AAC (MPEG-4) encoding, and improved decoding/encoding for both G3 and G4 Macs. The OS X version is limited to 15fps; however, the company offers a real-time version of the encoder (30fps on a 1GHz Power Mac G4). It is a free update to the $45 application.
Niemeijer Consult\'s KeyStrokes 2.2.2 brings updated documentation and improved registration to the on-screen keyboard with word prediction. The $45 application runs on Classic (as well as Jaguar) and offers \"intelligent, language independent word prediction, flexible shortcuts to frequently used text, multiple keyboard layouts (including alphabetic) and a full implementation of functions keys. Word prediction dictionaries containing the most frequently used 15,000 words are available for US English, UK English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.\"
j2k 1.1, an update to the free JPEG 2000 plug-in for Photoshop and After Effects, offers support for embedded ICC profiles, assuring that \"a JP2 file will look identical on any computer on any platform with proper color management. Version 1.1 has also been improved so that all the standard JPEG 2000 test images open properly. It is the only mainstream implementation that can make that claim.\"
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac PasswordVault 1.0 for securely storing website access information, Internet banking data and software registration details and other information in a central location. It supports strong 896-bit encryption. The $15 application is available for both Classic and OS X; a demo is available. [Classic, OSX]
Apple has posted Technote 2053, which details the software development related changes provided in system software update Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), including the changes that affect API level programming and product testing.
The BDControl Framework 1.0 is an open-source framework offering Cocoa developers the ability to create flexible and robust applications even faster by providing special qualifier and sort ordering objects for software developers to use when constructing applications: \"These objects let developers work with information at a higher level of abstraction, reducing code complexity and increasing both code flexibility & reuse at the same time.\"
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R