Apple has posted a public beta of Backup 2, its backup utility for .Mac members, offering the ability to select any folder on any hard drive as a destination for your backup, including external FireWire hard drives, network servers, or even an iPod. It also features the ability to schedule these backups, adds support for third-party CD and DVD drives, and expands CD and DVD support beyond Apple-supplied internal optical drives to many third-party drives. It also lets you mix different optical disk types in a single backup set. It is only available to .Mac members and requires Mac OS X 10.2.6.
Apple is offering new exclusives for .Mac members, including a free copy of the StickyBrain 2 organizational tool from Chronos ($40 value) to any member through October 1, 2003. Members can also receive $10 off Chronos' F10 Launch Studio, which it describes as "One of the premier management utilities for Mac OS X, F10 Launch Studio gives you full control over all your applications and provides a lightning-fast way to launch applications and open documents."
Consumers can resell CDs purchased in a record shop, but the same does not easily apply to digital music files downloaded from an online store. In a move that could spark a legal test of Internet music resale rights, George Hotelling, a Web developer, on Tuesday night put a digital song he purchased online at Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store up for auction on eBay. Hotelling said he isn't concerned about getting his money back for the Devin Vasquez remake of Frankie Smith's song "Double Dutch Bus," which cost him 99 cents. Instead, he said he's using the attempted sale to probe some consumer issues stemming from commercial online music services, in particular, technology known as digital rights management that's used to prevent unauthorized copying.
MOTU has released Digital Performer 4.1, an update to its integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. It provides a "comprehensive environment" for editing, arranging, mixing, processing and mastering multitrack audio projects for a wide variety of applications. Details of version 4.1 are contained in the application's readme.
Qualcomm has released Eudora 6.0, a new upgrade to the popular email client for both Mac OS 9/X. Version 6.0 features SpamWatch to filter spam into a predetermined "Junk" mail box; a new "content concentrator" to locate and organize email threads; contextual filing options based on custom keywords; a new mailbox drawer; and new toolbar icons. Paid mode ($50) includes SpamWatch, tech support, and 12 months of upgrades. Sponsored mode features an ad window and 3 sponsored toolbar links, while the Light mode, with limited features, is free. Upgrades are $40. [Classic, OSX]
An Apple Store will reportedly open in Charlotte, NC in March of 2004, according to The Charlotte Observer. The store will be 4,000 square feet.
Evening tech news: Technology enthusiasts seeking tips and information on a multitude of Macintosh computer products and software are invited to attend the Mac Computer Expo on Saturday September 20, at the Santa Rosa Junior College campus; ArsTechnica users discuss IBM's release of the XCL compiler for Mac OS X; Microsoft is being sued by a company for allegedly stealing a media transmission technology and using it in Media Player 9.
Web Crossing today announced a Weblog plug-in to quickly and easily publish Blogs in Web Crossing 5.0. The new Weblog plug-in installs directly into a Web Crossing 5.0 environment and with no configuration necessary and extends the system to include easily customizable, flexible Weblogs with support for categories. Web Crossing Weblogs can be access protected, with access groups designated at the time of posting, to display a particular Weblog or a single entry, only to those authorized to view it.
Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood is using a Mac laptop on stage to record and remix audio in real time, according to MacNN reader "BCD" of Denver. "He basically is recording loops of what is played" and then mixes and loops it mid-song, and integrates it with other parts of the song, the reader explains.
Focus Enhancements is offering its SDK for the CommandPost USB controller as an open-source project, according to one MacNN reader: "The CommandPost is a lot like Griffin's multimedia shuttle pro and space shuttle, but it has more buttons and sports a cool light-up base and a T-wand for sound mixing and transition effects. It was well supported under Mac OS 9, but the company can't support it under Mac OS X or Linux, and hence is making the SDK available for the asking. This controller was over $250 when it came out, utnow can be found in many places for less than $80, and it is very funtional and effective!" Interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the agreement and the SDK.
The Omni Group has released OmniDiskSweeper 1.4, an update to its Mac OS X disk cleaning utility. OmniDiskSweeper is a tool for quickly making space on your hard drive by finding and deleting unwanted files. OmniDiskSweeper 1.4 provides a number of fixes to the program including improvements to the drive list, updated keyboard shortcuts, and improved stability. It is $15 shareware. [914KB]
Microsoft today posted Microsoft Office v. X 10.1.5 Update, which addresses several stability issues with PowerPoint, Excel, and Visual Basic for Applications for Office v. X: "If you have not installed Microsoft Office v. X 10.1.2 Update and Microsoft Exchange Update for Entourage X (Office v. X 10.1.4 Update), you must do so before installing Microsoft Office v. X 10.1.5 Update." [10.1.5, 10.1.4]
Miglia Technology is now shipping an ATA/6 compliant version of its FireWire RAID 1 Solution, the MediaBank HS-R. The dual bay hard drive enclosure offers built-in hardware-based mirroring of data onto both hard drives: "With the continued storage capacity increase of IDE hard drives, it was only logical to release an ATA/6 compliant version of HS-R. You can now install drives larger than 120GB" MediaBank HS-R, which includes cables and three hard drive trays is $480.
Steve Wozniak is scheduled to speak at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 10 at the Monroe Community College Auditorium. The event is open to the public with tickets priced at $10 for the general public and $5 for students and members of Apple CIDER. Wozniak will be in Rochester to help Apple CIDER (Apple Computer Information and Data Exchange of Rochester) celebrate its 25th year of assisting Apple and Macintosh users in western New York: "With 170 members, Apple CIDER is one of the oldest continuously operating computer clubs in the country and by far the largest computer club in Rochester."
After it began shipping Toast 6 Titanium yesterday, Roxio today told MacNN it will be hosting a series of launch events in Apple Stores across the US. The first "Don't Burn It. Toast It" launch celebration will be held at the Apple Store SoHo in New York City on September 6th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, where Roxio will be offering a limited edition Toast 6 t-shirt with every purchase. Users who cannot attend can receive an additional $10 off the downloadable version or a limited edition Toast 6 t-shirt if purchase from Roxio's Launch Website on the same day (9/6). The next event will be held in Los Angeles on September 13th.
BHand 2.4 beta is a new user authentication technology based on innovative and original approach analysing the user keyboard typing style. The GUI component is designed to allow developers to supplement security by incorporating the biometrical analyzer engine that can distinguish users using the keyboard. [2.4MB] Deep Sky today released Athenaeums 1.0b4, an EIMS filter that archives standard EIMS documents, specifically the EIMS error log. It works with both EIMS and EIMS X, offers the ability to customize the archive target directory, archive document names, and the document type/creator. [235KB] Charles 1.6 is a shareware ($50) Java HTTP proxy/monitor and reverse proxy that enables a developer to view all of the HTTP traffic between their machine and the Internet. This includes requests, responses and the HTTP headers (which contain the cookies and caching information). It can simulate modem speeds by effectively throttling your bandwidth and introducing latency. [30KB] Eudora Conduit 0.42 for Mac OS X allows you transfer email messages between the Eudora and any Palm PDA. It supports Palm mail programs Palm Mail, Mark/Space Mail, MultiMail SE, VersaMail2.0, and Clie Mail. The freewarwe requires Palm Desktop 4.0. [166KB] The $100 Sybase tool for Mac OS X, LSQL 2.0, offers type-ahead autocompletion, syntax highlighting, direct BCP from table or SQL SELECT to table on remote server and CPU/IO/disk/network monitoring. It supports Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), Adaptive Server IQ and Adaptive Server Anywhere. It adds support for plugins, quick access to SQL, etc. [716KB] Safari Menu 1.7 includes a UI overhaul, new icons, more Google search options, file favorite support, and other enhancements. The freeware lets you view Safari bookmarks from a system-wide menu, search Google, and share your bookmarks over a local network using Rendezvous technology. [243KB]
LinuxWorld reports that Mac OS X Panther will have significant improvements for Unix users, as noted in a presentation by Apple software product manager Darren Sng. Panther will include an optional, optimized version of X11, the X window system for GUIs; a X11 SDK; kernel synchronization with BSD 4.8; IPv6 support; sychronization with FreeBSD's NFSv3; and the inclusion of Unix and Linux APIs such as POSIX AIO, poll and dlopen.
KB roundup: Apple says that Parallel-to-Serial ATA adapters made by third-party vendors do not work with Power Mac G5s; Soundtrack may quit unexpectedly after opening the Preferences pane under Mac OS X 10.2.7 on a G5; the Power Mac G5 will run at a reduced speed when the air deflector is not installed properly; audio is muted when the DVD Player is open on a G5; Apple Pro Speakers do not work with the Power Mac G5; and the Power Mac G5 does not support any version of Mac OS X Server 10.2, or any earlier version of Mac OS X Server.
FileMaker today announced it will publish ready-to-use FileMaker Applications for business-specific tasks. Based on the FileMaker Pro 6 database, the FileMaker-based applications are designed for simple installation and do not require expertise in how to use a database. FileMaker said the first two FileMaker Applications, FileMaker Recruiter ($300) and FileMaker Meetings ($50), are available now. FileMaker says it will develop applications on an ongoing basis, addressing common business tasks, such as sales prospecting, project management, asset tracking, soliciting donations and customer service. Each application, ranging in price from $50 to $300, will generally include built-in email and reporting templates.
Ableton today announced the upcoming release of Live 3, an upgrade to its sequencing instrument for Mac OS 9/X. Live 3 is scheduled for release in October of this year and will be available for public beta testing this weekend. The integrated audio sequencing tool gives users control "inside" of the sample with the ability to apply changes in volume, pitch, pan, effects controls onto any section of a sample as clip envelopes. It allows users to add unlimited dynamic musical expression in real-time.
Microsoft today introduced six new wireless peripherals with an innovative new scroll wheel and wireless optical technologies, including its Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer, IntelliMouse Explorer, Wireless Optical Mouse, Wireless Optical Desktop Elite, Wireless Optical Desktop Pro, Wireless Optical Desktop and Basic Wireless Optical Desktop. Each contains a new battery-saving wireless chip and Microsoft's new scroll wheel with proprietary Tilt Wheel Technology, offering both vertical and horizontal scrolling in a single wheel, accelerated scrolling, and the ability to toggle between open windows by depressing the wheel button. They are expected to ship by the end of September 2003.
The Iconfactory has announced that its Mac OS X system monitoring utility, iPulse 2.0, is currently in beta testing. It will feature over 30 "new and compelling" features, including complete system reporting, mobility gauges and the addition of iPulse skins or "Jackets" for increased customization. iPulse 2.0 is being repriced at $13; however, customers who purchase iPulse 1.0 today will receive a free upgrade when the upgrade ships in the next 60 days. A preview of iPulse v2.0 features is available now.
Linksys today announced its Wireless-B Internet Video Camera (WVC11B), which contains its own IP address so it can connect directly to any existing Ethernet or Wireless network. It features advanced MPEG-4 video compression for as well as an option for email notification of motion and date/time stamping of images. Up to four users can view the camera's live images. The $230 works with its new optional SoloLink Dynamic Domain Name System Service that tracks camera's IP address automatically (90-day free trial; $20 per year).
Creative today announced NOMAD MuVo2, a new line of ultra-compact and lightweight MP3 players. The pocket-sized hard drive player, NOMAD MuVo2 1.5GB, will be available late this month for $230 with hi-fi audio quality at 98dB SNR. It features drive-based storage, a cool blue backlit LCD and is bundled with earbuds and a stylish/protective black carrying case, which includes a belt clip and a compartment to store the player's USB cable. Creative's flash memory-based NOMAD MuVo2 X-Trainer will be available in 512MB ($270, ships later this month) and 1GB ($500, October availability) capacities. Each of the three models include USB 2.0 connectivity, a high-capacity removable and rechargeable Li-Ion battery, and a headphone jack with upcoming support for a FM Wired Remote accessory.
Memorex has introduced its Memorex USB 2.0 ThumbDrive, featuring "the slimmest profile and sporting a unique, ergonomic silver and black design." The flash storage device offers 8MB/sec read and 5MB/sec write speeds via USB 2.0 connection, which it says is up to 50 percent faster than its competitors' models. It will be in stores this month for $60 (128MB), $100 (256MB), and $180 (512MB). A 1GB version will be available early next year, according to the company.
HP has updated its HP Mac deskjet v2.2.1 printer driver for the HP Deskjet printers with both USB and network connectivity: "Top margins are finally not chopped off when printing. Although it states the driver was posted 8/1/03, looks like it was really posted on 9/1, as I've been checking quite frequently." [23MB] A MacNN reader has developed a hack for the Palm Desktop that allows the Garmin iQue 3600 PDA to Hotsync with Mac OS X via the USB HotSync Cradle. Emailchemy 1.5.3 ($25) reads email files from the proprietary formats of the most popular email applications and converts them to standard formats. Version 1.5.3 is a maintenance release with improved PowerTalk converter and new PowerTalk conversion wizard and an improved Claris Emailer 2.x converter. [383KB] disclabel 1.1 updates SmileOnMyMac's CD labeling software with many new label types (including business card CDs and VHS tapes), enhanced text editing, and additional online help. The $30 software is available as a 30-day free demo and requires Mac OS X 10.2. [3.0MB] Optigold ISP 3.3 is an update to the cross-platform business software package for ISPs (from billing to server management). Version 3.3 adds new clean up options, altered how drivers license is passed to processing gateways, new search options, and new ISP management web interface functionality. Derman Enterprises has released ClipCommControl 1.0, which lets you to share your Mac's clipboard with other Macs on the network. It provides Clipboard Sharing and works with KMremoteControl to automatically synchronize Clipboards. It is $8 for a 2-license 'Starter Pak'. It requires Mac OS X. [2.6MB] KMremoteControl lets you use one system's keyboard/mouse to operate all the PCs and Macs on your desk. Users can control your PC via your Mac (or vice versa). It requires Windows 2000, Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.2. Introductory pricing is $16 for a 2-license Starter Pak. [2.7MB] Trucker Software's workspace solution, Workspaces 1.01 ($15), includes a new Dock menu, reworked semantics for the Workspaces Manager, and a fixes for several issues. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 and supports Panther. [746KB]
OpenOSX has released WinTel 1.0.1, its $30 solution for configuring and utilizing the proven open-source "Bochs" software, which allows users to run x86/Pentium-based operating systems on any Mac. It offers increased performance on the new PowerMac G5, updated software, additional features and enhanced performance and stability. WinTel also features a customizable single-click installer with separate disk images of 10 ready-to-use, popular open source x86 operating systems pre-installed, including RedHat Linux, FreeDos and FreeBSD (along wtih a Win 98/2K/XP install tutorial).
Salling Clicker 2.0 is a substantial update to its innovative software that lets users remotely control Mac applications from a handheld device using Bluetooth. Version 2.0 extends the original concept of proximity sensing to include more general "activity awareness". It also adds iPhoto integration; support for more Palm and Sony hardware; and drag-and-drop installation of new actions from most web browsers and email clients. It is $10 for Sony Ericsson phones (free upgrade) and $15 for Palm OS handhelds (Tungsten T/T2). In unregistered trial-mode, Salling Clicker is limited to 30 clicks at a time.
EZQuest is shipping its new external Boa Slim DVD-RW drive, whic weighs less than a pound, measures 6" x 5.5" x 0.75", and features both a FireWire and a USB 2.0 port. The bus-powered (FireWire only) drive operates at 2x DVD-R, 2x DVD-RW, 8x DVD-ROM, 16x CD-R, 8x CD-RW and 24x CD-ROM speeds. It includes Pixela IMX authoring software for encoding iMovies to MPEG-2 and burning DVDs; Charismac for burning CDs and DVDs; and Retrospect Express for scheduling automatic backups. It is available now with a 1-year warranty for $360, while a USB-only version is also available for $340. [originally posted 9/02]
Early morning tech: Amazon.com received a patent for new features on its ordering forms; Intel quietly stopped selling its Intel- and Xircom- branded wireless products in February 2003; IBM reclaimed the top market share spot among computer server companies worldwide during the second quarter, followed by HP, Sun and Dell (respectively); and Roughly a dozen universities hope to bundle industry-sanctioned digital music services along with cable television, free newspapers, and other perks of campus by spring semester of next year.
Apple was No. 5 in the US notebook market with 7 percent marketshare, behind Dell (27%), HP (20%), Toshiba (10%), and IBM (9%), according to CNET News.com: "Statistics published Tuesday by IDC show that industrywide notebook shipments rose by 22.4 percent globally on a year-over-year basis during the second quarter and grew by 1.5 percent from the first quarter. Meanwhile, shipments in the US grew by 18 percent year over year and by 8 percent sequentially."
Apple yesterday officially released Power Mac G5 at a launch party in Beijing and is expected to continue the series of launch parties in nineteen more major Chinese cities throughout the month of September, according to BeiMac: "The Power Mac G5 goes for as low as CNY 20,680. Representatives from Adobe and other companies were also on hand to present InDesign's Chinese plug-in, InChinese, and other applications."
XtremeMac has announced an updated Deluxe iPod case designed specifically for the new generation 10GB, 15GB and 30GB iPods. XtremeMac's new design is "the first and only" iPod case to securely hold the iPod with no material covering any part of the front of the iPod. Along with the glove soft black leather version, XtremeMac also debuts its latest designer iPod cases, including black ballistic nylon, and designer camel tweed with saddle leather trim. Each of XtremeMac's iPod cases are $30 and also include a built-in mounting post with its secure swivel belt clip.
Sonnet today announced its Encore/ZIF G4 700MHz upgrade for ZIF-based Power Macs. The $350 upgrade uses Motorola's PowerPC 745X chips with 256K L2 and 1MB L3 cache. As with Sonnet's 1.0GHz G4 upgrade ($500) announced earlier this year, it is compatible with Beige G3 Power Macs, and Sonnet says that "further announcements regarding compatibility with Blue & White and G4 PCI Graphics systems for these speeds are expected in the coming weeks." Sonnet also lowered the price of its 500MHz G4 upgrade by $50 to $250.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R