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Apple adds more movie trailers
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 Holiday Sale
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.
mimio 1.02 posted
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.
StevePerfect 4.6 released
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 releases CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5
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.
Apple planning retail store
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]
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.
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.
Yesterday's top stories
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.
XLR8 bundling Quick Time 4.1 Pro
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]
Cro-Mag Rally v1.03 update released
Afternoon Tech News
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.
QuickTime vs. Media Player
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 development environment
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
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.
Mobility Electronics introduced the EasiExpan
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.
Apple has dropped its product prices for educ
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)
PYRO 1394 WebCam announced
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 posts Holiday Lights 1.5
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]
Today's Forum Topics
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.
REAL Software sponsoring the Cubies
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.
Webshots 2.0 for the Macintosh almost ready f
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 distributing TechTool Pro
Dr. Bott LLC is now distributing MicroMat's TechTool Pro 3, the popular $100 diagnostic, repair and maintenance utility.
Morning tech news
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.
Thermograph 1.1.1 released
eZediaMX 2.0 released
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.
Scour shuts down its popular file-sharing app
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..."
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