Pangea Software today announced that its Bugdom 2 video game now falls under its Scholastic Site License Offer. Since 1999, Pangea has had a policy that any school or public library may have a free site license to any of their games so long as they own at least one legitimate single-user copy. The developer is known for creating family- and child-oriented video games, and, according to Pangea president Brian Greenstone, many schools use their games as rewards for students.
Availability of Free Exhibit Hall passes for Janaury's Macworld Expo San Francisco ends October 28. Apple will exhibit at the annual West-coast expo (January 7 - 10, 2003), despite tensions between the computer maker and IDG earlier this month.
The final release of iPod2iTunes 1.7 is now available. Version 1.7 is "two-to-sixteen" times faster, includes several interface improvements, recognizes iPod "smart playlists," and works with Mac OS X 10.2.1. [243KB] Eudora 5.2b14 is now available. This beta offers countless improvements, including improved window management and dozens of bug fixes. Eudora is a popular alternative email client application for Mac OS 9/X. [Classic, OS X] Avid Xpress DV 3.5.3 is now available to registered users of the digital video editing suite. Version 3.5 is required to install the update; instructions for users of older versions are available. Hitek software has released AbleFtp -- its new FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client that boasts automation features. Scheduled backup to another computer is among the recommended uses for this utility. AbleFtp is compatible with Mac OS X only. [1.5MB]
"Best Buy is aiming to take a bite out of Apple Computer with the release of a new, wide-screen notebook designed by Porsche," according to c|net. The VPR Matrix 200A5 ($2,400) includes a 15.2" LCD with 1280x854 resolution, 2GHz Pentium 4-M processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 40GB hard drive, a combo CD-RW/DVD drive, and integrated 802.11b wireless networking. "It all comes in an eye-catching, silver-magnesium case that weighs 6.4 pounds and measures 13.9 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 1.2 inches thick."
Apple has started a new promotion, Brighten Your Holidays, which offers a full rebate on the HP Deskjet 3820 printer or a $99 savings on the HP DeskJet 5550 when purchased through the Apple Store.
Apple has released Java 1.4.1 Developer Preview 2, which is accompanied by an update to the Developer Tools for writing Java programs. "This is a pre-release implementation of JDK 1.4.1 that runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The VM is an implementation of Hotspot 1.4.1, and the UL implementation uses the Mac OS X Cocoa APIs."
Aupperle Services and Contracting has released beta Mac OS X drivers for their DFG/1394-1 Video to FireWire Converter hardware. "The DFG1394-1 Driver allows any QuickTime based Video Capture Application (i.e. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, BTV Pro, QuickTime Broadcaster, Squid Cam etc.) to view, record or broadcast full size (640x480NTSC / 768x576PAL), full frame rate (29.97NTSC / 25PAL) uncompressed YUV 4:2:2 video." The device also allows adjustment of Hue, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation or Sharpness of the video in real time. The beta version expires on November 15th, when users may purchase a license for $30. [30KB]
Baxter Computer's October cursor update for Blobber 2.1 adds an Aqua and Graphite cursor to the freeware utility that allows you to modify the "wait cursor" under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. [OCU, Blobber] Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh v1.8.1, its 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. Version 1.8.1 contains 2 new methods for a total of 413 methods across 30 modules of code. eLister 2.0 is an offline auction listing assistant for use with the eBay auction service. Version 2.0 includes support for fixed price listings, PayPal payments, post-processing options, audio cues, and support for new template tags. Licensing starts at $30 for six months. [Classic, OSX] The $20 IRC client Snak 4.8.6 features improved text display under OS X (requires OS X 10.1.5 or newer), support for system compliant help tags and improved support for AppleScript and includes a new AutoAway script as well as fixes a number of bugs and adds support for new features in some IRC servers. [1.5MB] Rampell Software's AlwaysONline 3.0 ($19), designed to keep users from logging off the ISP, and Unpopular 1.0 ($20), which intelligently eliminates pop-up ads, are now available for Mac OS 8/9. The company released OS X versions of both products earlier this month. A bundle of both products is $35. Installgen 1.27 generates install scripts to automate Oracle 9i installation procedures on Mac OS X servers. The update is the first version compatible with Oracle 9.20 (Developer Release 1) on Mac OS X. It is available for $100 on an annual subscription basis and includes free updates and the Perl source code. [2.2MB] Pod Manager 1.2 ($8) extracts music files stored in Apple's iPod. The update features improved mp3 tag detection and is now fully Unicode compliant as well as being localized in English, French and Japanese. [215KB]
Outlook2Mac 1.02 ($10) helps users migrate from Windows to OS X by converting Microsoft Outlook email, address book, and calendar folders to industry-standard formats supported by Apple Mail, Apple Address Book and Apple iCal (as well as Microsoft Entourage). It works with Outlook 97, 98, 2000, and 2002 on most versions of Windows. [OL2002, OL2000] Dartware has posted a beta of InterMapper 3.7b3, its network monitoring application. It adds support for SNPP (Simple network paging protocol), paging under Mac OS X, suppression of dependent notifications, a new security firewall, remote map editing, better HTML, and a new Xserve probe. Pricing starts at $300. [Classic, OSX] John MacDonnell has posted an all Cocoa-version of his dock utility ($15), DockFun 3.5pre, which offers the ability to have multiple dock configurations. It only works under Mac OS X 10.2.x Jaguar. [1.7MB] Kepmad Systems has released ImageBuddy 2.6, a $17 shareware photo utility that can rotate, size, crop, mask and layout digital photos for printing. Version 2.6 adds support for printing EXIF data, fixes a number of bugs, and improves integration with OSX as well as support for Drag & Drop from iPhoto. [Classic, OSX] Learning Imp 1.1 is a $20 education authoring tool and learning program that allows you to create your own dictionaries and offers several different types of tests: "[It] is a highly effective study tool suitable for elementary, secondary, high school and college students. You can create unlimited tests on any subject yourself, either by manually entering questions and answers." [3.6MB] iArch Global has released ShopPro, a cross platform business management aimed at small shops and businesses that will track inventory, customers, invoicing and will print catalogs and help create bulk mailings. The $80 application is available for $60 through December 1st. The company also updated its publishing management application PubPro X2 1.0.6 with new features such as custom client pricing, financing charges and an enhanced distribution module. Licenses, which start at $400 for 2-users, include 4 hours of free customization in a promotion that runs through November 1st. PocketNotes 2.0 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. It adds live links, a notes toolbar, margin control, an improved reminder system, better printing, improved search functions, contextual menu support, new skins (and better skin support), and more outline display options. It is a free update to the $20 application. [2.6MB]
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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