Architosh reports that Informatix Software International is producing a Macintosh version of Piranesi due to popular demand. The Macintosh version is expected to be announced in the Summer or Autumn of 2003. Presumably, it will be available for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, but sources have not specified what platforms will be supported. Piranesi is unique 3D rendering software that can be used in conjunction with many different 3D model file types.
IOXperts, has released version 1.0.6 of its $20 universal FireWire WebCam driver, which supports a wide array of low-cost cameras, including the ADS PYRO WebCam, Unibrain Fire-i, Orange Micro iBOT, iRez StealthFire, and others. This version offers full compatibility with QuickTime 6.0.2 and 6.1 and addresses a conflict with the Apple driver built into Mac OS X 10.2. The company soon expects to release an "industrial strength" Mac OS X camera driver that will support the advanced features of high-end digital cameras used in factories and research labs.
American Power Conversion today issued a voluntary recall of two models in its Back-UPS CS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) line, due to potential safety issues that may result in overheating. APC has received eight reports worldwide of units overheating resulting in the melting of the unit's outer casing, six of which occurred in the United States. The total number of affected devices being recalled worldwide is approximately 2.1 million with approximately 900,000 devices recalled in the United States.
Apple will open a new retail store in Highland Park, Texas next Saturday, according to the company's Web site. The store is located at 3101 Knox Street, and will be open at 10:00 a.m. on January 25.
Emagic today unveiled Logic 6, a new version of its digital audio and MIDI production software. The update will be available in February for Mac OS 9/X, and will include "a new level of processor efficiency and extensive enhancements." New features include: CPU resource management, grouping of Mixer objects, DV movie playback via FireWire, a Setup Assistant, enhanced import/export functionality, and expanded control surface support.
Chicago Tribune writer Tom Moon explains in an editorial posted today his gradual appreciation for Apple's iPod. "Something radical happens when you disengage from physical discs and tapes, when you collapse the distance separating 'rock,' 'jazz' and 'world' in the record stores and view the collection as an ocean of possibility," he says.
Formac today released a software update to enable its devideon superdrive to be compatible with high-speed DVD media. The Formac-developed software allows the use of 4x media for DVD-R and 2x for DVD-RW. Formac devideon superdrive is the world's "only" external DVD drive that is shipped with a DVD authoring software. [Download 2.1MB] BK Task Timer 2.0.5 is a maintenance update to the $100 time management solution form BKeeney Software, which helps users keep track the amount of time of the time spent on projects and the tasks associated with those projects. Version 2.0.5 offers better data integrity under Mac OS 9, displays the elapsed time in the OS X Dock, improves MySQL compatibility MySQL compatibility, and adds ability to reset window locations. [Download Classic, OS X] Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Automator 1.1.1, a functionality update to its bulk barcode generation software. This revision adds: a Code 39 Control Character, expanded factor and truncation settings, and an ISBN Assistant. [Download 1.1MB] Bobby Cronkhite Software has released version 1.1.5 of ZeboPhoto, its popular image viewer/editor. The update adds new Slide Show settings, a minimize toggle button for the Slide Show Controls window, and a reworked Print Layout window. ZeboPhoto is a utility for viewing and editing images conveniently. "Images are displayed without borders or enclosing windows, so as to give them a clean look on the screen," explains the developer. [Download Classic, OS X] EuroTable 2.0b2 address a bug introduced with the first beta release of the version. EuroTable is a Mac OS 9/X application for easily converting between old Euro-Zone currencies and in other most common currencies. It also automatically calculates Value Added Tax (VAT). [Download Classic, OS X]
CompuCable is now shipping FireCABLE, a unique FireWire accessory that provides DC electric power to any device that would usually require a powered FireWire controller. FireCABLE is ideal for users of CardBus/PCMCIA controllers, or i.LINK ports. It is also a suitable companion for the Windows iPod, and older PowerBooks.
Investment firm UBS Warburg has reiterated its "buy" rating on shares of Apple Computer Inc., after yesterday's second consecutive quarterly loss. Warburg's reasoning for the recommendation was the company's steady increase in revenues and growing International share of sales mix.
While USB Warburg reiterates its "buy" rating for AAPL, another firm - Needham - has downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy, saying it's unlikely that AAPL will outperform until growth returns in the Dec qtr, even if the co can gain mkt share; cuts FY03 est to $0.22 from $0.40.
Sibelius Software Ltd. developer of music notation software has announced a new guitar tablature program dubbed G7. "Developed to provide an exciting new way for guitarists and songwriters to produce and convert guitar tablature, G7 delivers unparalleled ease-of-use and product features never available before in tab software, and is designed for use with PC or Mac platforms (including Mac OS X)." G7 retails for $149 US and will be widely available in Q1 2003.
Keyspan has begun shipping its 7-Way Media Reader (MSRP $49) and USB BlueTooth Adapter (MSRP $59). †Keyspan's 7-Way Media Reader allows any USB-equipped PC to read and write various memory cards. The reader supports all major types of digital media including: Compact Flash I and II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MemoryStick, SD, and MultiMedia Card (MMC). The USB BlueTooth Adapter enables wireless connectivity with BlueTooth enabled devices within a 50-ft. range. The adapter complies with both BlueTooth 1.1 and USB 1.1 industry standards. ††
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Twitter for Mac gets Moments, Polls
Twitter has updated its Mac app with Moments and Polls, features previously rolled out in its web portal and in its mobile apps. The new Moments tab is designed to make it easier to find more interesting and relevant content. Content is curated in categories including News, Sports, Entertainment and Fun, with trending topics highlighted for an easier to use, more engaging experience. The Twitter for Mac app also picks up the ability to create custom multiple choice polls via Tweets that are live for a 24-hour period. Users can also share GIFs in both Tweets and Direct Messages thanks to a new GIF search function. http://apple.co/1rxCvA0
GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq