New Microsoft ads emphasizing Macintosh and PC harmony will debut in Macintosh, business, technology and design publications tomorrow. The new ads -- which target Mac users -- differ greatly from the harsh tactics used by competing hardware makers such as Apple and Gateway, primarily because Microsoft sells products for both platforms. There are expected to be three print ads, initially, which will feature iMac and PC computers fishing, enjoying Chinese food and playing chess. Images from the latter two ads are now available.
Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit general manager Kevin Browne will leave his current role at the software giant to work in the company's Xbox gaming division. According to Microsoft's PR contact, the company is currently in the process of determining who will fill the position of General Manager, which Browne has held for six years.
MacPlay today announced that it has reached agreement with Feral Interactive for exclusive distribution rights on Feralís Macintosh games for the North American market. The agreement covers future releases as well as Feralís existing line-up. Adding to its current line-up of Black & White and Sheep, Feral is preparing the releases of Worms Blast, Formula 1 Championship Season and Creature Isle, the expansion pack to 2002ís Black & White. All three products are scheduled for release in November 2002 and several more releases are expected in early 2003.
PHP 4.3pre1 is an early testing build of the open-source scripting environment, offering support for native installations on Mac OS X / Darwin as well as support for dynamically loaded extensions on OS X / Darwin and dozens of other improvements and bug fixes: "This preliminary release is meant to kick-start this testing while the fixes are still being performed. Please join in and help us make this a high-quality release. You can use the build tracker to report the your results."
The OS X-only sync utility Executive Sync 1.1.1 uses "the superior TAS (Time And State) synchronization technique. TAS is a powerful approach to file synchronization that guarantees accuracy by storing and comparing true CRC32 bit checksums over time." The application ($20) supports file archiving, multiple projects, Windows server support, file history, long file name support, and unicode file names.
Eudora Mailbox Cleaner 2.6 is a drag & drop application which provides easy one-step migration from Eudora to Mail.app, directly importing Eudora's mailboxes and filter files and preparing nickname files for import into Address Book. It currently imports mailboxes, nicknames, and filters
Apple's Power couple promo offers up to $400 back on a purchase of a display and a qualifying PowerBook G4 or Power Mac G4. Customers can receive $400 back on a dual 1.25GHz Power Mac G4 or an 800MHz PowerBook G4, $300 back on a dual 1GHz Power Mac G4 or a 667MHz PowerBook G4, and $200 back on a dual 867MHz Power Mac G4 with the purchase of a 17", 22" or 23" Apple Cinema Display. The offer expires December 31, 2002.
Several MacNN readers note that Apple will be reserving iTools members' names after accounts expire on October 14 (for all unpaid accounts), according to an email sent by Apple: " Anticipating the day when you'll be ready to join .Mac because you want the software and services it's delivering, we'll keep reserving your old iTools member name, and you can continue to use it with iChat and the latest version of AOL Instant Messenger."
PGP Corporation has released a pulic beta of PGP 8.0b, which features a completely new Cocoa-based user interface; full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (required); interoperability with PGP Disks created by all prior PGP Disk products for Mac OS (as well as with PGP Disks created with PGP Disk for Windows 7.0 and later); AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) support in PGP Disk; significantly expanded Unicode support; built-in support for Apple Mail and Microsoft Entourage X; system-wide availability through Mac OS X services, and accessibility via the Dock menu.
Apple's Italian Language Update 1.0 for Mac OS X "provides clarification regarding availability of iDisk after a .Mac trial membership has expired for Italian users."
LaCie said its plans to be the first to market with FireWire2/1394b products, offering data-transfer speeds of 800Mbps, after it purchased the first shipment of FireWire 2 (1394b) bridges from manufacturer Oxford Semiconductor, according to Macworld UK. The company said it plans to release new products integrating the technology before anyone else and is "discussing plans to introduce mass-storage products encased in its new-look D2 enclosures with capacities in excess of 300GB."
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Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi