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
APPLE SHIPS NEWTON PRESS FOR MAC OS
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.
HOW ABOUT SOME JAVA TO WAKE UP TO
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)
MUSIC CONFERENCE PRODUCED ON MACS
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.
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,
APPLE SCRAPS DIVIDEND
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.
NEW POWERBOOK DUE THIS YEAR
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.
PAGEMAKER FOR $199
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.
READ ABOUT GOOD MAC STUFF
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.
NEED DOS/WINDOWS BUY A MAC INSTEAD
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!