Some teachers at Foster High School in Tukwila, Washington are expressing great disappointment that the school board could refuse to let them accept $43,000 worth of new Macintosh computers the school was recently awarded through a grant program. Earlier this year, teacher Jeff Heiman applied for a grant from a nonprofit organization offering 30 new Macintosh computers and six laser printers to a school in an economically challenged community. But according to the school technology plan created in 2000, Tukwila schools will move toward using only IBM-compatible computers, not Macs, for financial reasons.
A shareware developer and former Microsoft worker is vowing to fight the software giant for the right to distribute his home-networking software; the U.S. government is warning financial institutions about a virus-like infection that has targeted computers at roughly 1,200 banks worldwide, trying to steal corporate passwords; "Half-Life 2," the sequel to one of the best-selling PC games of all time, won top honors in the "Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2003," voted on by 35 judges from both mainstream and industry newspapers, magazines, and Web sites.
Quark today announced that QuarkXPress 6 -- the much-awaited Mac OS X version of the company's layout software -- will ship next week to customers and retailers. The unveiling took place at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, with strong support from the computer maker. Apple's Web site also contains information on version 6.0. It carries a suggested retail price of over $1,000, but can be purchased from the online Apple store for $900.
FileMaker has released an update to its free FileMaker to Keynote tool, which allows FileMaker customers to transform data contained within FileMaker Pro 6 databases into native presentations for Apple's Keynote presentation software. Leveraging the XML/XSLT support built within FileMaker Pro 6, FileMaker to Keynote tool 1.1 helps developers extract text, graphics, and chart data from FileMaker Pro 6 databases to build professional quality Keynote presentations.
Platypus 1.0 is a Mac OS X program for creating application wrappers around shell scripts, i.e. creating Mac OS X applications that execute a shell script they are bundled with. Thus scripts can be run transparently from the graphical window environment without running them manually from the command line. The freeware runs on Mac OS X. [183KB] jon klein's Musik? is a "musical toy" for Mac OS X that generates live customized multi-track music in real-time using QuickTime MIDI instruments. The freeware is available for download via the Web. [81KB] WeatherMan 1.8.2 ($10 shareware) displays detailed weather information for multiple user defined locations in the US and throughout the world. This free upgrade for registered users is a major re-write of the code to address stability and performance issues. Each city displays current conditions information, 24 hour weather historical data, extended forecasts, current weather alerts, several Nexrad radar displays, satellite images and solar and lunar data using beautiful full color icons. [Classic, OS] RandomExtra 2.0 is a tool helps you manage your Screen Savers. It picks a module according to your configuration and uses it when screen saver starts. It adds sorting functions and other new features. It is freeware for Mac OS X. [70KB] Gammawork is described as "a handy, powerful, easy-to-use monitor calibration tool [that] lets a user set a monitorís colors to make certain they will correspond to those of another device, such as a printer. [It] allows a user to adjust up to four connected monitors, independently varying each of the three color channels (red, green, and blue) on each display." The freeware is available for Mac OS X. [140KB]
iseemedia Inc. today announced that it has released Photovista Panorama 3.0 for Mac OS X. Photovista Panorama let's users create spectacular 360-degree panoramic images that users can automatically print, email, and publish to any website. The new Photovista Panorama software provides a new interface and workflow, including support for Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X 10.2 as well as support for Image Capture Architecture (ICA), which enables users to acquire images from compatible devices. It also includes auto-crop and enhanced printing options, 2D vertical stitch and the ability to import a cylindrical QuickTime 4 VR movie. It is $80 for electronic delivery and $90 for box shipment. [updated link]
MacNN reader Gabriel Botnick writes: "The iTunes Music Store released the new Guster album, Keep It Together, today...two weeks before it is released in traditional music stores. It's the complete album for 9.99. Just thought people might like to know that there may be other albums out there like this one." Meanwhile, another reader notes that the soundtrack to Pixar's latest movie is not yet available: "Just saw Finding Nemo this weekend and according to the end credits, the soundtrack is available in stores. I find it odd, however, that it's not available in the iTunes Music Store. Given that Jobs runs both Apple and Pixar, you'd think new Pixar soundtracks would be available right away in the ITMS."
VVI has released two applications for technical reporting: the charting application Web Signal can be used to plot numeric values that change on the web. It can be used to extract numbers from a variety of web pages such as a Yahoo financial page or NOAA weather information and plot the numbers in realtime. VVI also released an Interface Builder graph palette, which enables scientists and engineers to quickly add charts to their own in-house applications. Charts can be transfered to the chart building application at the click of a button so engineers and scientists can change any chart attribute and modify it for publication quality formatting without the need to program the functionality into their own application.
Aladdin today announced Internet Cleanup 1.0, a new privacy tool that blocks pop-ups, banner Ads, and detects the presence of Spyware on the computer. Internet Cleanup removes cookies, history files and Internet clutter that can be traced and allows for the permanent deletion of any file or folder. It works with all the popular Mac browsers including Safari and Internet Explorer. The $30 tool runs on Mac OS 9/X.
YazSoft has released Speed Download 2, an evolution of the company's download manager. It features a redesigned Mac OS X interface, performance improvements of up to 75%, integrated rendezvous technology, integrated Remote technology., multiple URL download support, a live bandwidth monitor and regulator, a new folder/queue system, support for large files (> 2GB), and many other changes. A 15-day demo of the $20 shareware is available. No upgrade pricing is available. [845KB] Brian Bergstrand's freeware Ext2 Filesystem 1.0a3 fixes several major bugs that caused directory and total file system corruption as well as several panics that were related to said corruptions. It also adds automount content hint for the CD partition type. The utility enables the use of Linux Ext2 formatted hard disks, floppies, CD-ROM's, etc from within Mac OS X, including support for reading, writing, formatting, etc. [634KB] Defaults Manager 1.0b1, now in bea, is an editor for the User Defaults (Preferences) database on Mac OS X. It allows you to easily view, edit, and delete preferences that are stored in the User Defaults database. It can be used to view and change the preferences in almost any application: "As a developer, you can use it to make sure your preferences are being stored and changed correctly. As a user you can use it to unlock features that previously required the use of Terminal." It is $35 (or $25 using the coupon "KNDM100BETA" while it is in beta testing). [209KB] NetOp 7.6 for Mac OS X is a Remote Control software which allows you to access your Mac desktop from a Windows- or Linux PC. This is achieved through a remote control session using TCP/IP (Internet) protocols. It offers control over your Mac display, keyboard, mouse and all actions as you would be in front of your Mac. The session is protected by a number of security settings. It also supports high-speed file transfer with a split screen, drag-and-drop functionality and a text chat. Pricing starts at $120. Monkeybread Software has released IP in menubar v2.0, a utility to display the current IP in the menubar near the clock. Version 2.0 adds router support using a configuration file and menu commands for 'Quit' and updating the IP. It is freeware. [820KB]
Tenon announced it is discontinuing WebTen, its "point and click" version of Apache for Mac OS: "WebTen, the first and only Apache for Mac OS, was the easiest Apache in the world to set-up and administer. Further, Tenon's breakthrough technology made WebTen five times faster than the popular WebSTAR and even faster than Apache on Linux and Solaris." WebTen will be sold for $100 per copy for a very limited time.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-√Člys√©es. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6