eScope 1.0 is a personal horoscope monitoring program for Mac OS X 10.2. It features a one-touch button for retrieving horoscope data from the internet, and the added ability to add each day's horoscope directly to iCal or have eScope eMail your daily horoscope automatically. [1.0MB] Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b4 is a validating XML editor that lets you easily create and modify XML documents. It offers improved handling of misplaced text, faster loading times for plugins, and many bug fixes. Pricing for version 2.x of the Java-based application is $150. DCIT announced it will unveil the latest version of its BusinessMind for Jewelers software suite at the JA International Jewelry. Version 3.0 offers improvements in installation and networking. BusinessMind for Jewelers, billed a as a scalable software solution for jewelers for deployment in large multi-location network environments or simple single station systems, is expected to ship in the first week of Febraury. It will be a free update to existing users who have an active support and upgrades subscription. RedleX has released Mellel 1.4.2, a minor update to its advanced word-processor for Mac OS X. The update includes support for import of vector graphics and hi-resolution images (including PDF), support for export.import encodings for Greek, Cyrillic and Central European languages, enhanced default view options, support for Greek and Cyrillic scripts, and more. It is $20. [2.0MB]
Willow Design has announced a new line of slipcases for the Titanium, 12" and 14" iBooks. The new slipcases are based on its previous line, but add more space for accessories: "To meet their needs, we've designed the new line to feature a slightly thicker front pocket for accessories and then added a flat rear pocket which can bellow out to add a couple of inches of space when needed." The slipcases also include an externally accessed keychain clip and a change or small accessory pocket in the lid. Pricing is $80 each. Slipcases for the new 12" and 17" Powerbooks are in production and should be available within the next couple of weeks.
c|net reports on the slew of Keynote problems users experiencing with the recently released presentation application, noting problems on older systems, printing glitches with translucent objects, and much larger-than-expected PDF files when exported. (See also Apple's Support Forums on Keynote.)
Lexmark today introduced its Lexmark X5150 AIO Print Center, an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet-based device. The X150 features high-end print, scan, PC-fax functions, and flatbed copy functions. It offers 4800x1200 dpi printing in black and color (on all paper types); 19 ppm black and 16 ppm color print speeds; up to 11 ppm color copying; 600x2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit true color/12-bit grayscale for flatbed scanning; and a software bundle with photo editing software, BVRP Fax Software, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. It is available for $150 and supports Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS 10.1.5.
Synergy Software is now shipping KaleidaGraph 3.6 for Macintosh, which brings Mac OS X support. The suite also adds new parametric tests (ANOVA, Student T-test), new nonparametric tests (Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, Matched Pairs Test, etc.), and Post Hoc Tests (Tukey HSD, Bonferroni, Holm, and Dunnet). Other improvements include scroll-wheel support,support for high resolution PICT and TIFF files, improved text import, and an improved documentation and help system. Upgrades are $50, while the full version is $160 for a single-user license and $730 for a 5-user license.
A MacNN reader reports receipt of his 12" PowerBook G4: "Just unpacked my cool new 12" Tin G4. My LA dealer got directly from Apple. No Tech-Data, No Ingram yet. Basic unit 256/40G with NO extreme airport card. Not yet avail. Very pretty black box!! Comes with 10.2.3 Build 6H28 and Quickbooks 5 New User Ed CD (not Quicken) Netscape and Explorer installed but no Safari." Meanwhile, MacNN reader John Byrne has posted photos of the new PowerBook. Another reader provided some more info on the new PowerBook: [updated]
MacNN sources have confirmed the iLife delay reported yesterday. Apple resellers report that the digital hub suite has been put on "indefinite hold," and have been told to notify pre-order customers. However, it is still unknown whether iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 will be released for download via the Internet as previously announced. (Apple's iLife Website still indicates a January 25th ship date, although orders from the Apple store are delayed by 5 days or more with some now indicating "on or before February 5, 2003".) Update: Sources indicate the iLife suite (and the iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 downloads) will not be available until January 31st. (Apple did not return phone calls confirming the delay or new ship date, but recently updated its iLife Website with "available soon.")
JR Hill & Co has announced its new Screen Protectors for the new 12" and 17" Aluminum PowerBook G4s, which are available in both full grain leather or durable vinyl. The Screen Protector for the new 17" PowerBook G4 retails for $18 (leather) and $10 (vinyl), while the counterparts for the 12" PowerBook are $13 (leather) and $7 (vinyl). The Screen Protectors ship with a Lifetime Warranty and are available now.
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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