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Following our story yesterday regarding AOL\'s stance on the Mac platform and its commitment, several readers wrote in disputing it as per the company\'s actions during the past years.
Irving Kwong, Product Manager for Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, took the time to answer a handful of questions regarding Internet Explorer 5, including the status of the Media Player, the decision to use a 16-point font size as default, and the inclusion of the \'What\'s Related\' feature.
At midnight last night, the Unites States disabled its intentional degradation of GPS signals available to the public. Known as Selective Availability (SA), the degradation feature was put in place to protect US military and government interests, but with changing times President Clinton and his cabinet "realized that worldwide transportation safety, scientific, and commercial interests could best be served by discontinuation of SA." This means that civilian users of GPS will be able to pinpoint locations up to ten times more accurately.
Apple has posted an AppleShare IP Web & File 6.3.2 updater that fixes a potential security issue with the Web server versions of AppleShare IP 6.1 and later. "When an invalid request is made to the Web server by a client computer, the Web server can return an extra 32 kb of data."
Apple has posted AppleWorks 6.0.3, an update to the company\'s popular application suite. The update addresses a number of performance, compatibility, and stability issues with AppleWorks 6.0. Also, contrary to its version number, this is the first update to AppleWorks 6.
Generator/Mac OS 0.15 is a Sega Genesis emulator for Mac and a port of the Unix version. The new release address a number of bugs and improves emulation.
RealNetworks announced that its RealPlayer software was used by more than 29 million users in March, more than Microsoft\'s Windows Media Player and Apple\'s QuickTime combined (both of which lost market share). The company also announced that its software has become the fourth most popular application, besting other popular titles such as America Online and Office.
Microsoft today announced that it has teamed up with I-Jam to produce Win-Jam, a portable player that reads Windows Media Player files exclusively. Similar to MP3 players, Win-Jam represents the first product of its kind. Additionally, Microsoft released a test version of Windows Media Player 7, after demonstrating the product at Internet World last month, which can download and stream audio and video.
Apple says that turning on virtual memory when printing to a LaserWriter 300 or LaserWriter 350 from a 300 MHz Power Mac G3 should solve printing problems encountered by users (printing errors, blank page, vertically compressed text, etc.). Richard Bottiglieri offers another solution for users not wishing to turn on Virtual Memory: Another workaround is to use a little piece of software called the "G3 Throttle". It\'s a $10 (shareware) control strip module that controls the rate of instructions fed to the CPU. I installed it on my Mac, rebooted, and it worked great! Now, I just slow down the CPU whenever I want to print, and then set it back to normal when the printing is finished. Of course, I wish that Apple would rewrite the driver to fix this problem. Until then, this is a better alternative to turning on VM, and well worth the $10 shareware fee.
Sony Electronics has introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V, the second-generation Cyber-Shot digital camera that features a 2.6 megapixel resolution and a 3.3 megapixel CCD. The camera is also the first to feature Sony\'s new interpolation technology, dubbed Super Resolution Converter, which takes large images and interpolates them prior to applying JPEG compression, thereby producing a higher quality image than traditional interpolation techniques. Other features include 12-bit A/D conversion, a high-quality TIFF mode, USB transfer capabilities; and in-camera image resizing options. The unit will ship in June for $900 and will include an 8 MB memory stick.
Keyspan has posted version 1.6 of the drivers for its USB Twin-Serial adapter. There\'s no mention as to the changes in this version.
PC Data\'s list of top 10 hardware sites looks much the same for the week ended April 29 as it did the week before: Compaq.com is No. 1, with 1.8 percent of the market; Apple.com is No. 2, with 1.5 percent of the market; and Dell.com is No. 3.
The MP3 Alarm Clock 1.3 allows users to set up to 14 different alarms that will play a selected audio file when triggered. New features in this version include a customizable snooze time and a progressive increase in volume feature.
AppleSource MP3 2.1b5 is the latest version of the simple, Mac OS-like MP3 player. The free application features full playlist support, among other features.
Personable.com, an application service provider, has added Macintosh browser support, so Mac users can run Windows applications without emulators. There is no charge to open an individual account, and accounts are activated instantly. [site not updated]
Sources at Terminal Reality have confirmed that a major error occurred in the duplication process of FLY! 2K for the Mac. All reports indicate that all Mac copies on store shelves contain incorrectly formatted CDs, according to MGL.
Yesterday we reported that Apple does not plan on filing suit against FishPC over its translucent computer, and AOL\'s commitment to the Mac. Other notable items included a possible new Apple commercial and price cuts to Sonnet\'s G3 upgrades.
Yada Software 2000 is a suite of industry tips, knowledge base information, contracts and forms from 20 industries. The suite uses Macromedia Flash, Apple Quick Time and Borland. Programs include business management, investing, education, real estate, personal finance and legal.
SCM\'s USB-to-SCSI Intelligent Cable supports Panasonic\'s 5.2GB DVD-RAM drive, providing "true plug-and-play" with the ability to connect and mount the drive without having to shut down or reboot the system. The SCM USB-to-SCSI protocol converter allows users to support up to seven SCSI devices on a single USB port and offers 900 KB/s burst transfer rate or up to 750 KB/s sustained transfer rate. [updated]
Key Cutter 1.0 is a freeware stand alone version of the password generator that creates randomly generated passwords to match user-specified criteria.
Apple says that turning on virtual memory when printing to a LaserWriter 300 or LaserWriter 350 from a 300 MHz Power Mac G3 should solve printing problems encountered by users (printing errors, blank page, vertically compressed text, etc.).
Kevin Murphy, an Apple representative at CompUSA, was unpacking boxes recently, and he noticed that copies of the Macintosh version of Terminal Reality\'s FLY! 2K were packed with he PC version. "Nice to see this stuff coming out at the same time now."
At the 3D Conference & Expo May 7 to 11 in the Santa Clara Convention Center, there will be more than 60 classes and more than 40 companies exhibiting their products, including Discreet, NewTek and Maxon. Discreet will be demonstrating combustion* for the Mac and PC. NewTek has begun shipping LightWave  animation software for the Macintosh and will be demonstrating it at the show. Maxon will showcase its CINEMA 4D XL v.6 for Windows and Macintosh, which also began shipping recently.
Club Photo\'s services now include Pick Your Photo. Film is developed in house, scanned at high resolution and made available for preview and print ordering. The preview feature is also integrated with the photo-sharing community. The Pick Your Photo service costs $1 per roll of film. Club Photo\'s free software works with Windows, Apple and Palm platforms.
In today\'s Forums area, readers have questions about where to learn how to program Macintoshes, where to get parts for G4s and beige G3 power supply; and problems with an Epson Perfection 1200 scanner driver, Descent 3 on an iBook, a Pismo with a DVD issue and frames and scrolling in IE 5.
Entrust Technologies has introduced Entrust/TruePass, a "zero-footprint" Web-security and privacy product. It is a multiplatform, standards-based system that is transparent to users and protects confidential data while in transit on Web servers. It does not rely on a browser plug-in or ActiveX controls for security operations. Entrust/TruePass, due in June, will immediately support Netscape Communicator 4.0 on the Macintosh and will support Internet Explorer in the third quarter.
ramBunctious 1.5 is an update to the $25 RAM disk application that allows users to customize RAM disks for speed, security, safety, and versatility. Multiple RAM disks can be mounted at the same time, and each uses application memory, meaning they can surrender the RAM when quit. The update improves performance and adds color "LED" indicators showing disk accesses.
Optima Systems released StyleSpinner, a free Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) tool for PageSpinner. The company has also launched SpinnerWorld, a resource center for PageSpinner users that provides information about PageSpinner and related Web spinning software, resources, tips and news.
X-Launch 2.0 is an update to the free alternative to Apple\'s Launcher. The new version adds a handful of new features, including the ability to add up to 11 categories.
Westlake Interactive has posted Unreal Tournament Mac 413, an update for the full retail version of the game that fixes HTTP skin/map downloading, improves server stability, includes some RAVE tweaks, and fixes a variety of smaller bugs.
The May 2000 issue of Web Page Design for Designers tackles the design issues that are arising as a result of Internet Explorer 5.0 and Netscape 6.0, especially for designers using Macs.
Rock group Metallica, who late last month filed suit against Napster, three universities, and students alleging copyright infringement, announced that it collected the names of more than 350,000 users this past weekend who were distributing the band\'s music illegally. While individuals will not be named in a lawsuit, the band will present the list to Napster, whose policy is to ban users who are specifically identified as copyright violaters. High-profile rapper Dr. Dre has also filed a suit that leaves slots open for naming students, and is expected to take a similar approach.
Cable modem provider Excite@home is threatening to file suit against Pacific Bell if the company does not withdraw its humorous pro-DSL television ads. The four ads tell stories of a fictional neighborhood gone bad because of the cable modem speed fluctuations that take place as more people use the shared line. Excite@home claims that the ads are misrepresenting its cable modem service; Pacific Bell maintains that cable modems are still a shared technology and that therefore the ads are accurate.
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X