Apple U.K. has announced a Winter savings promotion for British and Irish residents. The offer -- valid until January -- allows purchasers of new Macs to split payment over six months, with no interest.
Mobility Electronics today announced that Mac OS X 10.2.2 now offers support for MAGMA CardBus-to-PCI Expansion Systems, allowing users to upgrade their PowerBook computers to Mac OS X without losing compatibility with the MAGMA CardBus Expansion line of products. The company offers external (mobile) expansion systems for 1-, 2-, and 4-slot PCI cards (both half- and full-length) starting at $945.
New: CandyBar 1.0.2 is the latest version of the simple Mac OS X toolbar/system icon customization utility from Panic and The Iconfactory, which now includes full support for OS X 10.2.2. [1.6MB] New: Mulberry 3.0 brings a new user interface, new text macros and several bug fixes to the scaleable email client for Mac OS X. The new interface sports a standard OS X toolbar, option three-pane window layout, a tabbed mailbox pane and separate mailbox/address book windows. [Download form] Doug's AppleScripts has released iTunes Library Manager 2.5, an AppleScript applet that makes back-up copies of the iTunes Library database file. It now displays the name of the currently loaded "Library" in the Source pane, automatically backs-up current Library before loading a new one, and other enhancements. It is $5 shareware. iCal Calling iTunes! is another script that schedules iTunes Playlists to play with iCal and Make Mine MPEG-4 assists in ripping CD tracks as MPEG-4 audio using QuickTime Pro. [ILM, ICI, MMM] Sophisticated Circuits has added new features for Mac OS X to the public beta of iDo Script Scheduler. Version 1.5b10 includes the ability to run Unix shell and Perl scripts on a schedule, on idle, and with Hot Keys. [1.7MB] Isadora v0.9.8 adds three new 'actors,' an Image Tiler, a ditherer and video preloading to the graphical programming environment. An Isadora program is created by linking together "graphically represented building blocks," each of which performs a specific function. [6.5MB]
Update: Apple has released Backup 1.2.1 via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. New features since v1.0 include Disc spanning, scanning performance improvements, a combined CD/DVD mode, updated iTunes and iCal 'QuickPicks,' a better log file and support for larger 'recordable' CDs (such as 700MB). Version 1.2.1 also sports a 'metal' UI design. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 for Mac has reached the beta development stage, according to Aspyr Media. Developer Erkki Halkka has released the final version of Eki's PlugPak 2.0 ($50) for LightWave. New features in version 2.0 include SeaGen -- the highlight of the release -- which is a script for creating oceans. The update also includes 'Scenes,' which is a new script for previewing WIP models in a pre-made, lit scene. [Web site unavailable] Centromedia has announced the availability of Address Office 3.5 for Mac OS 9/X. Address Office is a free PIM (Personal Information Manager) that stores basic contact information such as phone numbers and addresses, in addition to email addresses, relevant URLs, and IM handles.[Classic, OS X] Events 1.5 Beta 3 is an update to the calendar Web site creation tool. Version 1.5 runs natively under Mac OS X (as well as supporting Classic versions of the Mac OS with the latest CarbonLib from Apple installed). iEvents generates HTML Web pages files that can then be uploaded to any Internet server. [981KB]
Aladdin Systems today announced financial earnings results for third quarter, ended September 30, 2002. The company reported a net income of $336,163 -- or $0.03 per share -- on revenues of $1,943,060, compared with a net loss of $387,102 on slightly lower revenues for the year ago quarter. "Being profitable in this economy is important," said Jonathan Kahn, CEO of the compression software maker, "the combination of the StuffIt and Ten for X product releases helped make the quarter successful."
British software maker Feral has released a demo of F1 Championship 2000 for the Mac OS. A trailer of the fast-paced racing game was also released today. The developer will ship a full version of the game November 22nd; the game will debut at the London Mac Expo, at the Islington Design Centre.
3DO is now shipping the Mac version of Heroes of Might and Magic IV. The game is the fourth installment in the popular strategy/fantasy series, in which "Emilia Nighthaven" must battle the "evil immortal King Gavin Magnus" and his "horde of Dragon Golems." 'Heroes IV' is available for Mac OS 9 & X at a retail price of $50.
SoftIntegration today released SIGL for Mac OS X, its solution for 2D/3D graphical plotting within the framework of C/C++: "SIGL meets the demand for an easy-to-use cross platform C++ graphical application. All functions in SIGL are supported in Ch, a C/C++ interpreter. The same graphical application can be either compiled in C++ or run from Ch directly without compilation... With SIGL, you can design and deploy the graphical application running across different platforms." It contains a plotting class with many member functions for visualization and simplifies the graphical plotting for C++ users. The $300 package requires XDarwin with the OroborOSX window manager in Mac OS X.
Planar today added two new 17-inch LCDs to its PL monitor product line. Planar's high-end PL171M offers both analog and digital inputs, ultra-slim bezels, integrated speakers and better visual performance. It is available with black, white or silver bezels for $560. The PL170, with a "sleek industrial design" and only an analog input, is available with black or white bezels for $520. All Planar desktop monitors include a three-year warranty with free, 2-Day Air advance product replacement for all three years.
Trolltech today announced the release of Qt 3.1, which Mac OS X 10.2 support as well as Motif integration to its multiplatform C++ software development tool. The Qt 3.1 QMotif integration module allows developers to insert Qt-based code into existing Motif applications step by step. The software is integrated with the Mac Appearance Manager, offers anti-aliased text drawing, user settings and greatly improved OpenGL support. Qt 3.1 is free of charge to open-source developers on Unix/Linux.
Script Software's Easy Card Creator 1.1 can create attractive and personal cards using personal digital photos. It can also create envelopes and supports templates for saving commonly used card styles. Version 1.1 supports drop shadows on nearly all objects, translucency, captions, and round rectangles as well as offers an improved interface and more folding options. [2.5MB] Stick Software has released Issa 1.0, a $10 shareware OS X application that offers a "virtual refrigerator poetry set." It allows you to change fonts, styles and colors, use different word lists, and export finished poems as text, HTML or images. [876KB]
A new Knowledge Base article provides more details on File System Journaling introduced in Mac OS X Server 10.2.2, which was released earlier this week (other Journaling-related articles, include Repair a Journaled Volume, fsck Reports Benign Errors, Disk Quotas and Journaling Not Compatible): "Mac OS X Server version 10.2.2 provides a new journaling feature for the Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) file system which enhances server availability and fault resilience. Journaling protects the integrity of the file system on Xserve and other computers using Mac OS X Server in the event of an unplanned shutdown or power failure. It also helps to maximize the uptime of servers and attached storage devices by dramatically expediting repairs to the affected volumes when the system restarts. "Journaling is a technique that helps protect the integrity of the Mac OS Extended file systems on Mac OS X Server volumes. It both prevents a disk from getting into an inconsistent state and expedites disk repair if the server fails."
Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 7.0, an update to advanced text editing application. Version 7.0 offers integrated support for CVS, support for multiple Web sites, new Sort Lines and Process Duplicate plug-ins, rectangular selection, ASP/VBScript syntax coloring, "Quartz" text smoothing, and better support for Mac OS X Services. The $180 package is available as a cross-grade ($120) to owners of GoLive, Dreamweaver, or BBEdit Lite. Upgrades are $50 for any registered user of v2.5 or later through the end of the year--after which version 6.1 customers can register for $60 and v6.5 owners can register for $50. [site inaccessible due to heavy traffic]
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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