Apple has released WebObjects 5.2.1, an update to its Web development software that resolves incompatibilities between it and the new Java 1.4.1 implementation for Mac OS X. The update also includes "general bug fixes."
Apple's Education group headed by John Couch has launched a new Student Web site, aimed at promoting Macs and Apple technology for the 2003 back-to-school season. Interestingly, it is one of the few Apple Web sites to use Flash technology.
O'Reilly has released "Mac OS X Hacks" ($25), by Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway. The book examines a number of modifications and optimizatiosn to improve Mac OS X's functionality. "In some ways, the Macintosh computer is like a half-grown tiger cub," the publisher says, "Its cute appearance and playful manner belie its underlying power. Mac OS X, for example, combines the user-friendly, highly customizable interface for which Macs are known with the solid
SONICblue announced today that it and three of its subsidiaries will file for bankruptcy; a new e-mail worm has surfaced that purports to show screensavers of U.S. spy satellite pictures of Iraq or animations that are either patriotic or that mock President Bush, a computer security company warned yesterday; Dell will announce its computer printer plans next week, a company spokeswoman said today.
Alco Blom's URL Manager Pro 3.0.5 adds a global bookmarks menu in the upper right corner of the menu bar in any application and the Finder on Mac OS X, while URL Manager Pro is running and a bookmark file is open. The $25 universal bookmark manager for Mac OS 9/X also offers support for Linux bookmark files, reading bookmark files in the XML Bookmark Exchange Language (XBEL). [2.7MB] Issa 1.1 is new version of the $10 virtual fridge poetry set by Stick Software: "[it] gives you a bunch of word tiles and lets you assemble poetry using them. With the ability to configure everything from Issa's vocabulary to the font, size and color of your poems, plus facilities for sharing your poems with other users and posting them to the web." Version 1.1 of Issa fixes several bugs in the previous version and adds Spanish localization. [904KB] Stick Software has also updated its full-featured screen snapshot utility, Constrictor 2.3: "It lets you position a frame and then snap the area inside, applying border effects and saving in a variety of formats. It's even scriptable." Version 2.3 of the $10 shareware fixes several bugs and adds a new icon. [396KB] MySQL 4.012 earlier this week was been declared stable for production use; with the v4.0 release, the company has released official Mac OS X binaries of the new database server software. Version 4.0 brings speed enhancements via query caching, native support for InnoDB storage engine, full-text indexing, new Truncate/Identity/Union statement support, and on-the-fly switching of parameters. [STND, MAX, Debug]
Apple today rescheduled its 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference in order to provide developers "with a more complete preview release of the next version of Mac OS X, code-named 'Panther.'" Originally scheduled for May 19-23 in San Jose, the WWDC 2003 developer conference will now be held June 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. "Our annual Worldwide Developers Conference provides our developers an in-depth look at the future of the Mac platform, and giving everyone a preview release of Panther is the best way to do that," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Moving to June ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands." The Early Bird registration discount scheduled to end on April 18th has been extended to May 23, 2003. Update: Apple today posted detailes for more than 140 of the approximately 170 sessions planned, categorized into seven tracks-Enterprise IT, QuickTime, Apple Developer Tools, Application Frameworks, Core OS, Graphics and Imaging, and Hardware.
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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