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Pacific Bell adds disclaimer to ads

05/04, 1:17pm

Pacific Bell adds disclaimer to ads

Following Excite@home's threat that it would file suit against Pacific Bell if the company failed to remove its humorous anti-cable modem television ads, Pacific Bell has added a brief disclaimer to the ads that more specifically describe the differences between DSL and cable modems. Excite@home doesn't feel that is enough.

AltaVista unleashes Raging Search

05/04, 1:16pm

AltaVista unleashes Raging Search

Popular Web portal AltaVista has taken the wraps off its new Raging Search search engine, which it hopes will lure users away from the increasingly popular Google. Like Google, Raging Search features a clean interface with no banner ads, although small text ads do appear at the bottom of the search results page. In MacNN's brief testing we found that Google remains the superior search engine, returning more accurate results faster.

Proteron offers competetive upgrade to N2MP3

05/04, 1:14pm

Proteron offers competetive upgrade to N2MP3

Following RealNetworks' acquisition of Xing Technology and the announcement yesterday that AudioCatalyst 2.1 would be the last Mac-compatible version, Proteron is offering users of AudioCatalyst a competitive upgrade to the company's N2MP3 encoding software for $25, a $10 savings off the regular price.

Popular Web portal AltaVista has taken the wraps off its new Raging Search search engine, which it hopes will lure users away from the increasingly popular Google. Like Google, Raging Search features a clean interface with no banner ads, although small text ads do appear at the bottom of the search results page. In MacNN's brief testing we found that Google remains the superior search engine, returning more accurate results faster.

SmartDisk acquires Impleo

05/04, 1:12pm

SmartDisk acquires Impleo

SmartDisk Corp. has acquired Impleo, a digital-data transfer and storage company based in England that sells products under the Datawise brand. The acquisition allows SmartDisk to begin distribution of its digital connectivity products and personal storage systems in Europe. SmartDisk recently acquired VST Technologies, and its products will now also be available throughout Europe from Impleo.

UCR\'s Photography Museum uses Macs

05/04, 1:09pm

UCR\'s Photography Museum uses Macs

The University of California, Riverside's California Museum of Photography boasts nearly a half-million visual assets. The museum is using a Macintosh-based computer system to" organize and archive the extensive collections and make them available to the outside world." Additionally, the interns and students working on the project are learning all about desktop movie and Web site production.

Acutabove releases FinalChapter

05/04, 1:07pm

Acutabove releases FinalChapter

Acutabove Software has released FinalChapter, a $10 shareware application for creating and editing chapter tracks in QuickTime movies.

NYT: Mac users only ones who care what OS

05/04, 1:06pm

NYT: Mac users only ones who care what OS

Tom Moore noticed an article in the New York Times by Peter H. Lewis about the Microsoft breakup and how it doesn't really matter to anyone -- except Macintosh users -- what operating system he is running under. (free registration required)

"I suspect that most people do not care whether their Internet access devices are powered by Windows, Linux, BeOS, America Online, Sprint, DoCoMo, Palm OS, Java, Odwalla juice or hamsters on a treadmill. Macintosh users are a special case. They care passionately about the Mac OS and would rewire their own bodies to run on Mac OS X if such a thing were possible. But for most other people, the operating system is about as significant in their daily lives as the plumbing system."

Cybex introduces new KVM technology

05/04, 1:04pm

Cybex introduces new KVM technology

Cybex Computer Products Corp. has introduced DS1800, a digital KVM switching product that provides administrators complete access to an unlimited number of servers or devices in their network from any location. It eliminates the need for special interconnections and hardware.

Reader: Visor 2.6 works on Palm

05/04, 1:02pm

Reader: Visor 2.6 works on Palm

Joshua Rafofsky noticed that Handspring's Visor v2.6, which replaces its earlier version 2.1h, works well with Mac OS 9.0.4. He found that this update "works perfectly with Palms as well." "The sole upgrade note was that it addresses compatibility issues with OS 9.0.4." PalmPilot's version 2.5 is not compatible; HotSyncing is not possible. (Note, howeer, that Visor requires a serial number for the download.)

Today\'s Forums

05/04, 1:00pm

Today\'s Forums

Today's Forums discussions include questions about with what paint to use to customize iMac case, an Ethernet network and building an MP3 player for a car; and problems with IE/OE always doing a first-run install, Wallstreet PowerBook and audio, an iMac that crashes after installing a Brother printer, a Canon BJC3000 that doesn't recognize a cartridge, Quark that won't print fonts correctly and an illegal request error in Toast.

Addonics introduces Mobile UltraFloppy

05/04, 12:59pm

Addonics introduces Mobile UltraFloppy

Addonics Technologies has introduced Mobile UltraFloppy, a disk drive that reads/writes 1.44 and 144 MB disks and supports interfaces for PCMCIA, USB and FireWire. It weighs 23 ounces and consumes less than 4.5 watts in Seek/Write/Read mode and less than 2.5 watts in Standby mode. The data-transfer rate is 1.16 MB/sec. The PCMCIA version is $110; the USB version, $120; and the FireWire, $160. The USB and PCMCIA models are available now, while the FireWire model will be available June 1.

Yesterday at MacNN

05/04, 12:58pm

Yesterday at MacNN

Yesterday we covered FileMaker's response to the recently discovered security flaw as well as the release of Apple's QTSS 2.0 and 2.01 updates, Server Sentinel 1.0 monitoring software, and Microsoft's Outlook 8.2.2 for Macintosh.

Yamaha introduces 8x/8x/24x CD-RWs

05/04, 12:56pm

Yamaha introduces 8x/8x/24x CD-RWs

Yamaha has introduced CRW8824, a line of 8x/8x/24x internal and external CD-RW. The internal IDE-based CRW8824E will be introduced in late May, while the internal CRW8824SZ has an Ultra SCSI interface and will be available in early June. Ultra SCSI and FireWire versions are due in late June. The software bundle includes Adaptec's Toast and Adobe's ActiveShare, PageMill and Photo Deluxe Business Edition. [pricing not available]

\'Love Bug\'

05/04, 12:53pm

\'Love Bug\'

A devastating VBS.LoveLetter.A virus that infects PCs and disables mail servers has made its way to the US after crippling a number of organizations in Europe and Asia late last night. The virus, which sends itself to everyone in a recipients address book with the subject "ILOVEYOU," does not affect Mac users but can disable the mail servers that they use. MacNN has received reports that government agencies, including the Pentagon, have shut down a number of mail servers to avoid this virus and expect other companies and organizations to follow suit. Network Associates has posted an update to protect PC users from the virus.

Netscape plugs security holes with 4.7.3

05/04, 12:50pm

Netscape plugs security holes with 4.7.3

Netscape has posted Communicator 4.7.3. The new version addresses two security issues, the "JavaScript Cookie Exploit" and "Acros-Suencksen SSL Vulnerability" that are explained on Netscape's site.

Generator/MacOS 0.15a fixes preferences bug

05/04, 11:41am

Generator/MacOS 0.15a fixes preferences bug

Generator/MacOS, a Sega Genesis/Megadrive emulator for the Macintosh, has been updated to v0.15a. This version fixes a bug that prevented v0.15 from saving its preferences file in some situations. In addition, it adds stereo sound and improved frameskipping.

Sky! SE improves visuals

05/04, 11:38am

Sky! SE improves visuals

Terminal Reality has released Sky! Special Edition for the Mac, a free tool which adds improved sky, ground and weather visuals to Fly!. Also, for those who bought an early defective copy of FLY! 2K for the Mac, replacement CDs can be attained by calling the Gathering of Developers support team at (214) 303-1202. [MGL]

FlightArrivals new Web site

05/04, 11:36am

FlightArrivals new Web site

Sunil Punnoose, a loyal reader, has created a new Web site called FlightArrivals.com, an independent source of arrival/departure /delay and cancellation information for ll commercial airline flights across the United States and Canada. All information is updated every one to four minutes. The site is developed and maintained using Apple's WebObjects software on Mac OS X Server 1.2 on G3s and G4s. Soon, all the information will be available on Palm VII and on any Web-enabled cell phone or WAP device.

FinderPop 1.8.6 bug-fix update posted

05/04, 11:33am

FinderPop 1.8.6 bug-fix update posted

FinderPop 1.8.6 is a bug-fix update to the control panel that enhances the Contextual Menu feature in Mac OS 8 and 9.

Mac Cards creator launches Simon\'s Eye Cards

05/04, 11:31am

Mac Cards creator launches Simon\'s Eye Cards

Simon Jones, creator of the popular e-card service Mac Cards that was closed down by Apple last month, has launched a new e-card site called Simon's EyeCards. The site pays a humorous and functional homage to Jones' original creation, who stated "There can be no such objections with this new site, unless [Apple] wants to object to the fact they did dull cards first." The site features photographs of grass growing, pavement, street signs, and more.

Diehl\'s merger with Nemetschek approved

05/04, 11:29am

Diehl\'s merger with Nemetschek approved

The shareholders of Diehl Graphsoft, makers of 2D/3D CAD software, VectorWorks, for Macintosh and Windows, have approved the merger plan with Nemetschek AG for $9.50 per share in cash for all outstanding common stock. Diehl is no longer a separate public company, so its common shares will be delisted either May 5 or May 7 from Nasdaq. Nemetschek is one of the largest architectural software vendors in the world. [site not updated]

Belkin introduces 2 switches

05/04, 11:28am

Belkin introduces 2 switches

Belkin Components has recently introduced two OmniView KVM switches: a dual-access switch for training, and a USB switch. The $120 dual-access switch allows two users simultaneous, uninterrupted access of one computer from two sets of PS/2 keyboards, mice and monitors. Macintosh users must have a $160 adapter kit. The $250 USB switch offers cross-platform control of four USB computers and on-screen display capabilities on both PC and Macintosh. The switch also features a built-in, four-port hub. Both switches ship in June. [site not updated]

Where\'s my Window released

05/04, 11:25am

Where\'s my Window released

Katoemba Software has released Where's my window?, a $10 shareware system extension that enables you to bring any open window from any running application immediately to the foreground. After installation, it adds a menu to the control strip, which will show all windows from all running applications, and activates a window after it is chosen from this menu.

Apple posts GameSprockets 1.7.4

05/04, 11:23am

Apple posts GameSprockets 1.7.4

Apple today released the English-North American GameSprockets 1.7.4, a set of software libraries that most games and USB input devices require for optimum performance. The update includes nearly all the HID-compliant USB input devices, improves multiple monitor performance, adds higher quality 3-D sound filtering and delivers improvement for graphic-intensive games. [download 827K]

REALbasic 2.1.1 bug release posted

05/04, 11:21am

REALbasic 2.1.1 bug release posted

REALbasic 2.1.1 a maintenance update to its object-oriented BASIC, and visual development environment for Macintosh, adding a variety of Win32 routines and programming calls.

Newer Tech offers $50 cost cut

05/04, 11:20am

Newer Tech offers $50 cost cut

Newer Technology today announced a $50 price reduction on its iMAXpowr G3 CPU upgrade for 233-333MHz iMacs (rev. A-D), offering its 466 MHz/1 MB upgrade for $450. The company, however, also reduced the $200 rebate on exchanged processors to $150, but extended the required turnaround time from 5 days to 14 days.

Epson posts Stylus Color 800 v5.6AE

05/04, 11:17am

Epson posts Stylus Color 800 v5.6AE

Epson's Stylus Color 800 v5.6AE adds Mac USB support for Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 systems, according to the Web page.

Feature: \'Espionage\' ad not authentic

05/04, 11:15am

Feature: \'Espionage\' ad not authentic

A recent commercial on Ad Critic, titled as an Apple spot dubbed 'Espionage,' is not an authentic Apple advertisement, and it was not the creators' intention to confuse or trick viewers. MacNN spoke to the two men who produced the spot and who are using the love of Mac to hopefully further their careers.

iMac2day

05/04, 11:13am

iMac2day

iMac2Day notes the first mass-charging station for iBooks, which can charge up to 16 at a time and should work with any laptop; as well as a warning on advertised 27.5 GB FireWire hard drives that are actually 20 GB.

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