At last week’s Macworld Expo in New York City, Steve Jobs introduced the iBook, Apple’s forthcoming consumer laptop, and AirPort, Apple’s inexpensive wireless networking technology. Adam looks through the hyperbole at how these products stack up, and how Apple’s focus on consumers may change the Macintosh world forever. Also this week, we note Y2K updates for FileMaker Pro 4.x, speech recognition announcements, and the new eFax Microviewer.
Continuous Speech Recognition Pipes Up -- Following closely on Dragon Systems' announcement last May of plans to develop a version of NaturallySpeaking for the Macintosh, both IBM and MacSpeech are raising the stakes for continuous speech recognition technologies on the Mac
Y2K Updates for FileMaker Pro 4.0 and 4.1 -- After withdrawing its 4.1v2 updaters a few weeks ago, FileMaker Inc. has released free updaters for both FileMaker Pro 4.0 and 4.1 to address Y2K-related inconsistencies in the way the database applications handle dates
eFax Releases Mac Microviewer -- Mac users of the eFax online fax delivery service can now download the company's eFax Microviewer for Macintosh. (For more on Internet fax services, see "Facts about Internet Faxing" in TidBITS-484.) The eFax Microviewer allows you to receive, view, and use password protection on incoming faxes
The most common question I was asked at last week's Macworld Expo in New York (apart from the much-appreciated "How's Tonya?" - she stayed home with Tristan) was the standard, "So what's the most interesting thing you've seen?" This year nothing could compare to the iBook, which made its debut during Steve Jobs's keynote.
What Is the iBook? When Steve Jobs regained the reins at Apple, he outlined a four-square product matrix with desktop and portable products for both consumers and professionals
This year's Macworld Expo in New York City opened with a stunt-filled keynote in which actor Noah Wyle briefly impersonated Steve Jobs and Apple vice president Phil Schiller jumped from a 30-foot ledge holding an iBook to demonstrate its wireless networking