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February 16, 1996


Cyberdog is the code name for Apple's newest way to explore the Internet. Based on OpenDoc 1.0, (WHICH MUST BE INSTALLED), Apple's new component software technology, Cyberdog provides a suite of internet browsers, data viewers, and communication tools to do what you want to do on the Internet. This web site provides news, feature information, newsgroups for discussing Cyberdog, general and technical FAQ files, lists of known bugs, and preliminary developer information. Software, bug reporting, and full developer information are coming very, very soon.
February 15, 1996


Apple Computer today announced that Newton Press for Macintosh is now available to customers worldwide through Apple authorized resellers. Newton Press offers an essential integration capability to customers, making it easy to take important documents from their Mac OS-based personal computer with them on their Newton PDA. Using an easy drag-and-drop method, Newton Press users can create electronic reference documents or Newton books from files on a Mac OS-based personal computer. These books are created by simply dropping files onto the Newton Press icon on the Macintosh, which automatically formats the document so it can be viewed on a Newton Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) such as the MessagePad. Newton Press supports a variety of word processing, text, or graphics documents supported by the Claris XTND technology for the Mac OS. "The availability of Newton Press is a significant milestone in our endeavor to continue the positive momentum generated by Newton 2.0," said Sandy Benett, acting vice president of Apple's Newton Systems Group. "The numerous positive reviews and comments we're receiving are a testament to the genuine viability of the Newton platform and bring us another step closer to making Newton PDAs the ubiquitous device they were envisioned to be." With Newton Press, mobile professionals and corporate customers can take advantage of the combined power of personal computers, enterprise information, and Newton PDAs to easily publish and distribute electronic documents. Word processing files, email messages, graphics and text blocks from Mac OS-based personal computers now can be readily available to reference, annotate, fax or print from the Newton PDA. These electronic documents can even be distributed to other Newton users, making Newton Press a perfect solution for mobile professionals needing to exchange and distribute data. Said Tom Koballa, workstation technologist at St. Louis-based Monsanto Company, "When I'm in the field, which could be anywhere from the next door office to one of our regional offices, I need access to a variety of software and hardware reference information. Rather than haul manuals or my laptop loaded with the information, Newton Press lets me access and retrieve the information from my hand-held MessagePad." Newton Press for Mac OS is priced at US$69.00. A prerelease version of Newton Press for Windows is expected to be available free of charge online in the first half of 1996.


A Beta version of Java developement kit for the Macintosh is finally here. It runs on both 68x0 and PowerPC Macs. The kit includes the Java Byte Code Compiler; AppletViewer for testing and running applets; a database of class files used in the compiler and applet viewer; the Java virtual machine; a virtual machine shared library for PowerPC; documentation and several sample applets. For Mac users who want to see Java applets in action will have to download the development kit. There is no Java-enabled browsers for the Mac yet. JavaSoft is said to be working on a version its HotJava browser that will run atop the newly released virtual machine for the Mac. There has been no release date set.
February 14, 1996 (Happy Valentines Day)


The 10th annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW) will be held from March 8th - 15th, in Austin, Texas. (I know for a fact that this is being produced exclusively on Macintoshes) The Mutimedia Conference will kick off with an open house on March 9th, and continue thru March 12th at the Austin Convention Center. It will be a very cool event.


You can find a complete list of all shipping as well as work in progress plug-ins for Netscape (Macintosh version 2 and above) at MacWeek's Navigator 2.0 Pug-ins page.


Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) today announced the Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server 2.1, a single, integrated solution for workgroups of 10 to 200 people who need scalable, cost-effective MacOS-based remote network access. The solution enables desktop and PowerBook users to connect to an ARA server for access to network-based information and resources at a remote location using included ARA Client Software. "The new MultiPort Server 2.1 makes remote communications easier and more affordable for Mac users," said Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, product manager, Apple Computer. "Because it's plug and play, secure and scalable, it is a perfect solution for small to medium-sized businesses or schools that need to provide remote LAN access." Improved Stability and Scalability The Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server 2.1 has improved stability and a new multi-line NuBus-based four-port serial card. The new serial card is a short NuBus card that will fit into Workgroup Server, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh systems. As many as four cards can be used with PowerPC systems, allowing the MultiPort Server to support 16 simultaneous connections. Multiple Levels of Security The Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server 2.1 has sophisticated built- in security features, including password aging, location validation and the ability to filter access to network services. It also supports third- party security products, including Secure ID and Factor2, for advanced user security and authentication. Pricing and Availability The Apple MultiPort Server 2.1 is currently available though Apple's authorized resellers and is priced at $1,099 (ApplePrice U.S.). For existing MultiPort customers, the software upgrade may be obtained via eWorld, America Online, CompuServe or Apple Internet site To purchase the Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server 2.1 or other Apple brand software sold by Claris, call 800-950-5382. Claris will also be selling Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server 2.1 through the ClarisPLUS volume licensing program. ClarisPLUS serves two main customer segments -- corporations and education sites -- and is designed to address how enterprise customers want to buy and use Apple and Claris software. ClarisPLUS offers aggressive pricing, flexible volume licensing programs and maintenance.
February 13, 1996


Apple Computer Corp. is scrapping its quarterly payout to shareholders and doesn't plan on resuming the dividends soon. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said the 12-cent per common share dividend won't be paid for the final three months of 1995. Apple said its board doesn't expect any dividend will be paid ''in the near future given the financial condition of the company.'' Apple has said its loss from the current quarter would exceed its $69 million loss in the October-December quarter of 1995.


MacWeek has a scoop on the new PowerBook Epic and Hooper due out (hopefully) this year. We are talking 133 Mhz -200 Mhz, finally internal CD Rom drives, 256K of Level 2 Cache & PCI.


Adobe is offering a special deal to try and make up some lost ground in the Page Composition market. For a limited time Adobe is offering a competitive upgrade to all registered users of QuarkXpress QuarkXpress that allows the purchase of Adobe PageMaker 6.0 for the promotional price of $199. All those Quark users have been patiently awaiting an update of Xpress for, well let's just say a long time now.


MacSciTech has compiled 30 quotes, read good stuff about Macs, from 3rd party publications., grouped into four categories: Power, Ease of use, Compatibility, and Overall value. We love to read good stuff for a change.


Reply now lets PowerMac 8100 users put an entire PC (that's the other guys WinTel that we don't talk about much) inside their computer, plugging into the PDS slot. The card uses a Cyrix 486 DX2/66, 486 DX2/100 or 5x86/100 processor and cost $695, $795 and $895. In June of this year they are going to offer a DOS card for the new PCI Macs, supposedly running at speeds of up to 150 Mhz Pentium. Reply's DOS on Mac card is now available for the Power Macintosh 6100, 7100, 8100, Macintosh Quadra 610, 650, 700, 800, 900, 950 and Centris 610 and 650 systems. I am still not sure who really wants to put a DOS card in a Mac, but There must be a market out there, somewhere!