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Macromedia and Nokia today jointly announced the public beta release of the Nokia WML Studio for Dreamweaver. The extension, which allows developers to design content using Wireless Markup Language for Nokia\'s mobile phones, is available to download from Macromedia\'s Exchange site. Macromedia is also handing out free copies from their booth, #408, at Internet World UK 2000, which is presently taking place in London.
Apple received three awards at the British Design and Art Direction ceremony last night, according to Macworld UK. The Cinema Display took home a gold, while the Power Mac G4 and iBook won silvers in their respective categories. The awards ceremony can watched from Apple\'s site using QuickTime.
Blue Line Studios has released of TextBroom 2.5 for Macintosh in an OS X Aqua look. TextBroom uses smart search and replace functions to process text files. This version removes the one-month limit on the demo and replaces it with a limit of 24 uses.
MacToolkit.com announced eMailMan 1.5, a free upgrade to the $12 e-mail notification product. This release adds a control strip module for easier mail access and fixes a few minor issues.
Richard Bannister has released two game-system emulators: the Handy/MacOS 0.72, a major upgrade that improves compatibility with the Atari Lynx; and the SMS/MacOS 0.9 , a free, brand-new Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear emulator.
Beenox Studios has released of the Coldstone Game Engine Beta 8, a package for creating role-playing games for the Macintosh. The "major update" adds a multilayer graphic system in the map engine allowing for the creation of environments. The user can add realistic nature elements like trees, rocks, lakes and mountains, as well as 3D-rendered houses and furniture. There will be a full demonstration game available this summer.
SSEYO has added a hybrid digital/analogue synthesizer to its products in the Koan line. The synthesizer modules are fully routeable and Web page programmable. It also supports full MIDI file playback allowing generative augmentation of existing MIDI material. Other features include a range of effects units, a range of highly specified generator units and a range of transformer and modulator units.
Tegrity has released WebLearner 4.5, a classroom-based authoring system for creating multimedia, Web-based teaching and learning content. The update adds support for Microsoft Windows Media Player on Macintosh.
MGL has a \"sneak peek\" of Lucas Learning\'s Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing, described as "your favorite Star Wars characters -- with big heads." The kart-racing game will be released simultaneously for the Macintosh, PC, Sony Playstation 2 and Dreamcast.
Aladdin has begun shipping Spring Cleaning 3.5, a $50 Macintosh uninstaller with 13 cleaning and organizing utilities. The update now includes iClean for fast Internet file cleanup, speeds up searches with new search filtering and improves the interface. Customers who purchased version 3.0 between April 24 and May 24 can get the update for free. Other users can get it for $20. A $30 mail-in upgrade rebate is available when purchasing from retailers.
TextureMagic 1.3.1 is an update to ARTIS Software\'s $50 seamless texture graphics application. Version 1.3.1 adds the ability to export in Photoshop, PNG, Silicon Graphics and Targa file formats. A Pro version with additional software and 250 royalty-free textures is available for $100.
In our Forums area today, readers have questions about disabling sleep when Pismo is closed, HP Office Jet G85 compatibility, Archos MiniCD-RW, Toast and FireWire support, FireWire or USB device for backup, OpenTransport programming assistance, updating firmware in LinkSys router and setting up a mailserver; and problems with undeliverable mail in Outlook Express 5, Strata3D "CfgOpenTpt" not found, shutdown and sleep, HotSync hangs and Pismo "disk full" message.
Sams Publishing, part of Macmillan USA, has introduced Gene Steinberg\'s How to Use Your Mac, targeted toward beginning users. The $25 book includes colorful diagrams and photos illustrate and clearly explains each feature of the Mac.
Frank Reiff has released A Better Finder Attributes 1.5, a $10 contextual menu plug-in for the Macintosh Finder which allows for quickly changing attributes. The new version extends the date and time manipulation abilities of the tool.
TLA Systems Ltd. has posted a German-language plug-in for DragThing, the application dock: "With this new plug-in installed into the \'DragThing Languages\' folder of DragThing 2.8, the user interface can be switched entirely into German." The DragThing 2.8 installer already supports English, French, Italian and Japanese
Channel 8 Software has introduced iOrganizer 1.0, a software for time management on the Internet that includes an address book, a bookmark list, a personal event calendar and a file download list. iOrganizer can also import contacts, bookmarks, events and file URLs from a variety of formats; search, sort and print lists; launch e-mail clients to send a message to a contact; open a Web site in the browser; and internally download files from FTP or HTTP servers. A single-user license is $18, and a site license is $160.
Epson has posted version 6.3AE of the drivers for its Stylus Pro 9000 inkjet printer.
Microtek has introduced the ScanMaker 3700, a 1200x600dpi, 42-bit scanner geared towards the consumer market. The $120 device features Microtek\'s one-touch scanning, which allows users to scan images with the push of a button, and includes a transparency adapter, the LightLid 35, and web publishing software for home and office. It is expected to ship next month.
Apple has won two silvers and a gold awards at the British Design and Art Direction Awards ceremony. The Apple Cinema Display took the gold award in the category "Product Design for Work." The PowerMac G4 won a silver in this same category. iBook was the other silver in the category "Product Design for the Home." Winners in all the categories can be viewed at Apple\'s QuickTime site.
MacNN has learned that Adobe officially discontinued PageMill in March, although no word of this was ever sent out to the media or posted on its website. The departure of PageMill, coupled with the discontinuation of Claris HomePage more than a year ago, leaves a void in consumer-level Web publishing applications.
The German advertising agency that earlier this month ran a full-page ad in a German newspaper poking fun Windows users and the ILOVEYOU virus, plans to publish a full-page apology to Apple for misusing Apple\'s trademarks.
MacDeals! bargains today include a PowerMac G4/400 bundle, with USB color scanner, extra 64 MB RAM and USB floppy disk drive for $1,683; MacNN readers receive free Fed Ex shipping on LaCie SCSI CD-R and CD-R/W drives with software, cables and manuals; and 128 MB RAM upgrade for free with any iMac DV or iMac DV SE purchase from Small Dog Electronics.
Yesterday we had new articles on Jackson\'s request for a second Microsoft remedy, on the launch of RealSystem 8, and Jobs\' jury duty summons as well as the release of Eudora 4.3.2 Update, Tiff-Sight 1.03, and Terran\'s updated Media Cleaner Pro 4.
Fantom Drives has added FireWire-based DVD-RAM and DVD-ROM drives to its FireWire product line. The new 8x DVD-ROM drive, which costs $400, can read DVD-ROM and DVD-Video formats, as well as single-sided DVD-RAM discs and is compatible with Apple\'s hardware and software DVD-decoders, according to the company. Its DVD-RAM drive will cost $750 and will use Hitachi\'s GF-1000 DVD-RAM mechanism.
OmniWeb 4.0b3 for Mac OS X DP4 is now available online with an updated user interface (including slide-out bookmarks and history drawers), better performance and stability, and some bug fixes.
EZQuest is now shipping its 45GB and 60GB FireWire hard drives, which feature a 7,200 rpm mechanism, transfer rates of 12/13MB/sec, dual 6pin FireWire ports, and internal power supply. The drivesare $600 for the 45GB and $700 for the 60GB capacities (and are also avaiable in 20GB and 30GB models for $380 and $490 respectively).
The American Radio Relay League, the largest amateur radio organization in the US, is currently conducting a survey on which platform choice, according to Chris Smolinski "Hams using Macs should certainly make sure their voice is heard. There is already the perception that there is no ham radio software for the Mac, and no hams use Macs."
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
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