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Apple recently added several new movie trailers to its QuickTime site, including Vertical Limit, The Grinch, Dune, Cast Away, Little Nicky, Red Planet, and The 6th Day.
Newer Technology is featuring a Holiday Sale that includes price drops of 5 to 50 percent on a number of its products. Among the highlights: G4/450 ZIF upgrade for $500, G3/500 ZIF upgrade for $380, G4/450 daughtercard (PCI) upgrades for $550, and the BookEndz docking station for Lombard (1999) PowerBook G3s for $100. The company today also posted Mac OS X drivers for several of its products.
Virtual Ink has posted mimio 1.02, an update to the Mac software for collaboration, which began shipping just a couple weeks ago. There\'s no mention as to what\'s been added or fixed.
Steve Massey has released I have released StevePerfect 4.6, an update to his text editor, picture viewer and multimedia player that fixes a problem with the dictionary client.
Intech has released CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5, a new version of the $40 software for optimizing performance of such drives, as well as supporting a number of third-party drives that Apple does not.
We\'ve posted eight photo galleries of the Comdex 2000 event, which runs through tomorrow. Other Comdex 2000 coverage includes a FireWire Storage report, a report on Eskape Labs, a report on I-Jam, a USB Pavilion report, QPS\'s new drive and product offerings, and DA Computing\'s Power Mac G4 Cube knock-off.
Apple is planning its first retail presence in downtown Palo Alto with a 6,500-square-foot retail space being built as a prototype for future Apple stores--as many as three in California--according to the San Jose Mercury News. The shop, which will be located at University and Kipling avenues, was shown to members of Palo Alto\'s architectural review board who said the building "won\'t come with any Apple signage, just two white Apple logos illuminated on glass doors." Reuters is reporting the stores could open as early as April. [updated]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include 128-MB PC100 Kingston ValueRAM for $66, 30-GB Quantum 7200 RPM hard drive for $78, a 19-inch KDS Trinitron monitor for $310 and UMAX Astra 2200 USB/SCSI scanner for $75.
XLR8 is now bundling Quick Time 4.1 Pro to its $100 USB video capture product, InterView 2.0. Other software includes Strata Video shop 4.5, XLR8 theatre, and web cleaner (XLR8\'s web compression utility). [site not updated]
Yesterday we noted the release of Adaptec Toast 4.1.2 (with a list of known issues and comments from readers), MYOB AccountEdge 1.0, HP\'s Color LaserJet 4550 printer family, Lasso Studio 1.7 for Adobe GoLive 5.0, and the release of WebEvent 3.4, Compositor 1.0, and Lasso Web Data Engine 3.6.6.
The Cro-Mag Rally v1.03 update for both the demo and full version of Pangea\'s Cro-Mag Rally game removes some unnecessary code and addresses a file corruption issue. [40MB -- demo; 292KB -- update]
Afternoon tech news: Boston\'s Public Interactive Inc. has selected Akamai to provide live and on-demand streaming audio services; Adobe Systems will use technology developed at its Indian center to fan out in the e-book business by using its pdf reading format to enable multilingual electronic book authoring and presentation; and Pentium 4 computers are due Monday along with performance benchmarks for the chip.
The LA Times recently posted an article about QuickTime vs. Media Player technologies, noting that Microsoft\'s Windows Media technology is in second place behind RealNetworks\' RealSystem, with Apple\'s QuickTime coming in third.
RBdbMaker v.1.0 is a $15 shareware development environment tool for REALbasic developers using REALbasic\'s built-in database engine: "More than the need to visually create his database, a developer needs to test SQL commands that he or she will utilize within code, have an ability to save those commands as stored procedures, and be able to call those commands again."
Updated Apple TILs include a note about a crash with any Carbon application under Mac OS 9.04 when the Internet Config Extension has been removed from the Extensions folder; the BTO-only ATI Rage 128 PCI card option prevents the computer from entering low-power mode when it is in sleep, keeping the fan running even when the computer is asleep; routine DHCP polling will cause computers running Mac OS 8.6 to "pause" and become unresponsive.
Several readers note that Apple has dropped its product prices for education customers at the Apple Store Education; it also has several other limited time promotions including a 2.9 percent interest rate financing for all qualified HED and K12 education customers through December 18th: Power Mac G4 Cube -- $1349 ($350 drop) Power Mac G4 Cube w/ 17\" Display Bundle -- ($200 drop) Power Mac G4 Cube w/ 15\" Flat Panel Display Bundle $2248 -- ($250 drop) Power Mac G4 DP / 450 -- $1999 ($250 drop) Power Mac G4 DP / 500 / DVD-ROM -- $2529 ($350 drop) Power Mac G4 DP / 500 / DVD-RAM -- $2799 ($350 drop)
Mobility Electronics this week introduced the EasiExpansion T45, the latest product in its line of universal expansion products for servers and desktop computers. The EasiExpansion T45 adds three internal 3.5" drive bays, two external accessible 5.25" bays, and four full-length PCI expansion slots via an external chassis connected to an internal PCI card using the company\'s Split Bridge technology, which offers bi-directional bandwidth of 1.25 Gbps. The $600 product is compatible with the G3 and G4 Power Macs and is expected to ship in December 2000.
ADS Technologies earlier this week announced that it has shipped the PYRO 1394 WebCam, a FireWire-based Internet video camera, offering 640x480 resolution at 30 fps. The $150 camera includes Smith Micro\'s VideoLink Pro is the first H.323-compliant video conferencing software, and ArcSoft\'s PhotoFantasy 2000 image entertainment program and its VideoImpression v1.5 video and image editing software program
Tiger Technologies has posted Holiday Lights 1.5, a $20 shareware application that strings rows of Christmas tree bulbs around the edges of your screen, with music playing in the background. It also includes a screensaver with several choices. The screen saver is free to users of version 5.0. [1.6 MB]
REAL Software is sponsoring the Cubies, awards "recognizing the excellence of what [developers] have produced with REALbasic." The contest opens now and closes Dec. 15. The winners in each category -- Mac OS X, Game, Internet, Cross-platform, Utility, REALbasic Development Aid, Overall and Advocate of the Year -- will be announced at Macworld San Francisco. The products must be developed by Premier partners in the Made with REALbasic program. Winners will receive a free upgrade to REALbasic 3.
Topics in our Forum areas include questions about replacing the 100- MB internal ZIP drive with a 250-MB, the possibility of a 17-inch screen on an iMac and what is the maximum resolution for a Pismo; and problems with G4 500 MPs that keep switching their monitor settings at random, startup on a 466 iBook SE and finding a printer for a 5300 PowerBook.
Cody Pearson has learned that Webshots 2.0 for the Macintosh, a photo wallpaper and screen saver on the Internet, is nearly ready for testing. Currently, the only Mac version available is the Lite edition. "It doesn\'t appear to be called \'Webshots Desktop Lite,\' so maybe it will have some of the features of the Windows version, like screensaver and storing pictures offline."
Dr. Bott LLC is now distributing MicroMat\'s TechTool Pro 3, the popular $100 diagnostic, repair and maintenance utility.
Morning tech news: ICANN has selected seven new domain names, including .biz, .info and .name; Priceline.com founder Jay Walker has sold 2 million shares of the Internet company; and ZDnet (as well as other publications) followed our Power Mac G4 Cube knockoff report with one of its own.
eZediaMX 2.0 is a new software package for managing, distributing, and presenting digital media assets, allowing users to create multimedia reports, interactive training programs, electronic image archives, voice and audio overlays, and conditional media sequences that track user input. A demo of the $200 application is available online.
Jeremy Kezer\'s Thermograph 1.1.1 is an update to the $7 shareware utility to monitor the temperature of your G3 or G4 processor. [340KB]
Scour has voluntarily shut down Scour Exchange, its popular file-sharing application downloaded by over 7 million Internet users that was used to find audio, video, images and animation, including music videos, movie trailers, and full-length movies: "With heavy hearts, we have come to this decision after months of litigation with the music and movie industries, a bankruptcy and a series of layoffs of our staff [and] to facilitate a resolution of the massive copyright infringement lawsuit pending against Scour..."
Early morning tech news: People surfing the Web at home spent 23 percent more time online this year than last year, surfing an average of 10 hours and 4 minutes in October and New documents shed more light on FBI\'s "Carnivore."
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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