The Internet worm that nearly cut off Web access in South Korea and shut down some U.S. bank teller machines doubled the number of computers it infected every 8.5 seconds in the first minute of its appearance; Microsoft is "warning" that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the software giant to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits; Dell Computer says the time is right to stop including floppy disk drives as standard hardware on its consumer desktop computers.
Our special 12" PowerBook G4 and iMovie 3 coverage continues today. More owner comments about heat is included in the PowerBook report; further bug reports have been added to the iMovie 3 issue catalog.
Boris FX today announced Continuum Complete 2.0, a package of 110 filters for Adobe After Effects 5.5, Apple Final Cut Pro 3, Discreet combustion 2.1, and Boris RED. The package includes 16-bit processing, optical flow for high-quality footage retiming, 32 new filters including new texture generators, hundreds of user-customizable presets, filter-specific electronic help, and substantial revision of all existing filters to add new features and optimize render quality and speed. It is available now for $600 with upgrades starting at $200. It is a free upgrade for users who purchased after December 1, 2002.
USC's Daily Trojan reports on a potentially dangerous defective Apple power cords and a law student's efforts to have the power cords recalled because of saftey concers due to aberrent electrical discharges (sparks). The same problems were evidently echoed by other readers in Apple's Support Forums, but Apple refused to acknowledge the problem (or resolve the situation) and subsequently deleted the posts (as well as links to the online petition requesting a recall of defective power cords).
The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 2.1.1, its Mac OS X diagramming and charting application. The update provides minor bug fixes. [13.2MB] Intelli Innovations has released an update to its $80 e-mail merge software for sending business and personal e-mail. IntelliMerge 3.1 adds Mac OS X 10.2 Address Book integration, improved batch unsubscribe, and improved Bounce Checker, and and SQL Dump and XML export improvements. [Classic, OSX] Scott Kevill's GameRanger 3.1.2 adds several new features to his online gaming service for Mac users, including automatic game detection, email address validation, automatic mute when chat view is collapsed, and fixes for several games. [182KB] MicroMat's Drive 10 v1.1.4 update is an update to its advanced disk utility for Mac OS X, offering both disk repair and data recovery functions as well as automatic, regular backups of important volume structure data. It addresses issues with Energy Saver, updates for French and Italian localization, and improved Volume Structure Rebuild/Repair routines. [3.5MB]
Digital Peripheral Solutions (DPS) today announced that it has purchased the assets and brand name of QPS Inc., the manufacture of computer hard drives, CD burners and DVD burners, as part of QPS's reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The new company will continue manufacturing its Que!-branded products and distribute them through the retail channel, provide customer and technical support, and introduce new products in the coming months. DPS specializes in external storage devices that include DVD, CD and hard drives for PCs, Macs, notebooks and other devices with a self-described mission to "deliver advanced, award-winning products complete with all appropriate software and cables."
Avondale Media today announced that Apple will be offering a 20% discount on the iLife suite to all attendees of the next iDay seminar, which takes place on Saturday, February 8 in Palo Alto, California. The Saturday's iDay 2003 will also feature a guest speaker: Joe Lambert, who will speak on the power of digital storytelling and on the capabilities that the Mac and iLife software bring to storytellers. iDay 2003 is an eight-hour seminar devoted to iLife as well as Adobe Photoshop, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Express, and DVD Studio Pro. The seminar's focus is on helping Mac users of all levels master today's digital media tools. Registration is $100; a half-off discount to user group members is also available.
BetterHTMLExport 2.01 is a shareware ($20) export plugin for iPhoto that exports html pages. Version 2.0 offers compatibility with iPhoto 2, expanded documentation, export of IPTC information from images, a software update checker, and new variables available for templates--as part of the new and improved template mechanism, which allows you to create your own additional templates and install them. [179KB] ScriptOrganizer for FileMaker Pro is a simple tool which enables developers to efficiently organize scripts in ScriptMaker. It offers multiple script selection, sort functions, Script menu customization, and script renaming functions. The $60 tool is fully compatible with all .FP5 and .FP3 files and runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. February updates for Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus and Network Associates' Virex 7 are now available. [NAV7-OSX, NAV8, V6, V7]
A reader has written instructions for extracting video from a TiVo Series 1 with Mac OS X: " I was frustrated with the lack of information available on TiVo Community and Deal Database forums for Mac owners. The only solutions I found on these boards were overly elaborate and involved either Virtual PC or an additional Wintel box."
Macworld Expo promoter Charlie Greco is leaving local trade show giant IDG World Expo to work for tech consulting firm Gartner Group, of Stamford, Conn. The Boston Herald notes the departure may "complicate efforts to ensure that corporate star Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, makes an appearance at the trade show next year," however, Greco said he expects to see the computer maker set up a booth alongside hundreds of companies that sell products for its machines.
Readers note that Apple is searching for employees for upcoming retail store locations in Chestnut Hill, MA as well as Boca Raton, FL. MacNN reader Benjamin Lowengard describes the possible Chestnut Hill locations: "I'm not sure if it's headed for the Atrium mall or the Chestnut Hill Mall--both of which have many locations for a store. The Atrium is a nicer mall with Williams Sonoma, Borders and a great Vietnamese local restaurant chain. The Chestnut Hill mall has Brooks Brothers, HMV and Bloomingdales." Meanwhile, another reader passed along an unconfirmed report about an upcoming store in Toronto, Canada: "I've heard from a reliable source that a large Toronto store which has been for sale for almost two years has been purchased by Apple. It's on Queen Street East, just east of Broadview, in an area known as the Queen-Broadview Village." [updated]
CandyBar 1.5 is the latest version of the Mac OS X system icon customization application. Version 1.5 brings support for iContainers, a new way to package and distribute icons, developed jointly by Panic and The Iconfactory. iContainers are a large group of icons packaged into one handy container - a single file, allowing users to import and export entire CandyBar icon sets from a single file. A demo of the $13 software is available now.
WiebeTech today announced Forensic NoteBook DriveDock, a write-blocked FireWire bridge that can be used for forensic analysis of notebook data storage devices and will be "especially useful for law enforcement and criminal investigation marketplaces." It allows data to be read from drives without risk of writing data back to the drives. (The original Forensic DriveDock is already available and supports 3.5-inch drives.) The $300 compact device uses the Oxford 911 FireWire bridge, is bus-powered, and requires no drivers.
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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