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Disney Interactive has introduced Disney\'s The Emperor\'s New Groove -- Groove Center on a Mac/Windows hybrid for $30. The game is based on Disney\'s animated feature film \"The Emperor\'s New Groove,\" which opens in theaters Dec. 15.
Digital Voodoo today announced that its D1 Desktop series of PCI QuickTime cards, the D1 Desktop 128HD, has been named a 2000 Vanguard Award Winner by Video Systems magazine, which "seek to honor the most innovative new products to come to market in 2000. " The D1 Desktop 128HD offers full, uncompressed HDTV support as well as standard definition formats for amazing flexibility both now and in the future. In addition to full HDVT support, the D1 Desktop 128HD features true uncompressed 10-bit video capture and playback with 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It can also provide HDTV capture and playback support for applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Discreet combustion, and other applications.
Maxum\'s NetCloak 3.1, its Webserver plug-in or CGI that works with most Mac-based web servers, now offers complete set of Dreamweaver extensions that are accessible via a NetCloak objects palette and interactive property inspector as well as more control of the HTTP response header for pages and other advanced features.
Evening tech news: Corel stock dropped Monday on news that it could sell its Linux software operationl and following our lead over the weekend, c|net also notes Apple\'s mail-in rebates, which take $300 off the dual- 450-MHz and $500 off the 500-MHz PowerMac G4.
Sean Hayes forwarded a note from technical support indicating that Hi-Tek will be releasing Mac drives for Music Compressor, formerly known as the Personal Jukebox, "within the next week or so." The $750 device stores more than 100 hours of high-quality music using an included 6.4-GB drive.
We have posted a comparative review of 10 optical mice, from Apple, Microsoft, Logitech, Kensington, MacAlly, and Contour Design.
MP3 Strip 1.0b3 is a Control Strip Module what lets you playback audio MP3 files.
Heat Firewire Utilities v1.1b adds support for RBC bridge-type devices to the disk utility for formatting, partitioning and optimizing FireWire (1394) hard drives. A demo is available online for free to registered users on the site.
Highwind\'s $25 back-up utility that uses digital signatures to verify back-up files, FullBack 2.5, adds support for performing compression without backing up and now excludes invisible files from the backup. A $50 deluxe edition uses 512-bit randomly generated encryption keys (in lieu of the 40-bit keys in the standard edition). [servers overloaded]
Frederick Cheung\'s Speed Download 1.0 is a file download tool for FTP and HTTP protocols that opens up to 32 connections per file to improve download speeds. It is AppleScriptable, has support for FTP and HTTP proxy servers as well as scheduling, and includes a contextual menu plug-in.
Thoth 1.01, an update to the Carbonized newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher, offers power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article and header downloads, quoted text colorizing, reference-based article threading, mutli-threaded connection to the news server, and sophisticated filtering.
TECSoft has announced a new training program, titled Workflow Automation with AppleScript. The program is a two-day class that teaches participants how to create workflow automation solutions with FileMaker Pro, Canto Cumulus and QuarkXPress. An optional third day is available that emphasizes advanced techniques. The classes will begin Nov. 28 in various cities, including New York and Santa Monica, Calif. The two-day class is $1,000, and the three-day class is $1,500.
In today\'s Forum discussions, there are questions about the availability of a PCMCIA slot in a G4 Cube, recommendations for a video card and hard drive for an iMac and sharing a DSL between a G4 and an iBook with AirPort cards; and problems an amber power button on a 333 iMac, inverted colors on start up and a yellowish tint on an iBook display.
Erik J. Barzeski has launched AppleScript Central, which offers more than 100 free AppleScripts for use with Microsoft\'s Outlook Express and Entourage e-mail clients. The site is updated daily, and all downloads are free.
Artly There Software has updated Compositor to 1.0.3, a $16 image-to-art creator. This version fixes a bug in the Custom Ration dialog and adds some interface and filter improvements.
PhotoEmpt has relaunched its royalty-free image Web site with new pricing and expanded choice. Seven themes are currently available: houses, fall, door, Tuscany 1 and 2 and London 1 and 2. Future sets include flowers, Provence (France) and Prince Edward Island (Canada). The themed sets, $50 for 100 images, are provided in JPG format. High-resolution images are $300 a set.
Metrowerks today announced CodeWarrior for Java 6.0, a new version of its integrated development environment for programming 100% Pure Java applications. Among the title\'s new features is the inclusion of the PointBase database, which offers developers the smallest Java database foot print available. Metrowerks also announced CodeWarrior support for Sun\'s PersonalJava Platform, as well as a partnership with Sun to deliver development tools for the Java Card platform. CodeWarrior for Java 6.0 will ship at the end of the month for $400.
Club Photo has posted Album To Go 1.61, a free software to allow Palm OS handhelds to share photos with other Palm handhelds. It can beam and receive photos via IR from another Palm OS handheld, download from the PC or Mac using the Album To Go desktop software or download photos directly from a personal free online photo album.
Clearway has discontinued development of FireSite for Mac, its Internet content delivery system. \"Our decision was based primarily on market issues, revenue opportunities and the management of Company resources.\" The company has made available a final, nonexpiring version of the FireSite 2.x plug-in. Additionally, the company will provide three months\' free use of the Clearway network for those customers who start using FireSite 3.1 on a supported platform: Apache on Linux and Microsoft IIS on Windows NT.
Today\'s postings at Xicons.com include Adobe Pro Collection 2001 and Fork Converter, a set of drag and drop applications useful in accessing the data fork of a file for more advanced icon edits.
Black Cat Systems has released Weight Tracker 1.0.0, which tracks and graphs weight and measurements losses and gains.
Apple has been downgraded to "buy" from "strong buy" by analyst Jason Wells at Wit SoundView. In the past 2 months, ten analysts have lowered their ratings on Apple stock.
Bargains at DealNN today include 128-MB PC100 Kingston ValueRAM for $50 after rebate, 30-GB Maxtor 5400 RPM hard drive at CompUSA this week only, iMac 350/Epson 777i/128 MB RAM for $900 and UMAX Astra 2010U for $15 after rebate.
Earthlink and Time Warner today announced a partnership that will make Earthlink\'s broadband internet services available over Time Warner\'s cable systems. Earthlink anticipates being able to offer the service to some 20 million Time Warner customers beginning in the second half of next year.
Aspyr today began shipping Star Trek Voyager - Elite Force ($50) as well as The Sims Livin\' Large expansion pack ($30).
Scooter Graphics has posted Nu Font Pack 1.4, which adds Nu Sans Monospaced Bold to the $31 collection of fonts. A demo is available online.
Jeremy\'s CSM 2.1.4 is an update to the collection of fourteen control strip modules that features enhancements to the Temperature and Disk Space modules.
Over the weekend, we posted a note from Adobe on the loss of Acrobat Reader functionality in Netscape 6, Newer\'s Holiday Saale (and OS X drivers), a new Power Mac G4 rebate at the Apple Store, and the release of Greg Landweber\'s SmoothType 2.2.2.
simpleDays 1.0 is a personal information and time management tool that includes a perpetual calendar, popup reminders of special events, "to do" management, a personal journal, a day planner, and contact information management.
db Reports 2.2 is a report writer for the Macintosh that works with several data sources: 4D Server 6.5, ODBC, Openbase, Oracle, PostgreSQL, REAL Database, and Valentina. It fixes a few connectivity and sorting busg and adds a few new features.
Justin Cordesman sent us a note regarding his disconcerting experience trying to update his Palm to Palm OS 3.5 via his PowerBook.
Version 2.0 of PhotoAdvent is a $20 shareware Christmas Advent Calendar that ships with 25 built-in pictures, and allows users to personalize the calendar by importing their own pictures.
A thread in Apple\'s discussion forum talks about problems users are having playing DVD-RAM disks in their PowerBooks--a function that was promised with all Generation 3 DVD-ROM drives, but is apparently only limited to "certain" models.
CtoFB3 0.4d is a freeware program that converts most aspects of "C-Language" functions into Staz Software\'s FutureBASIC^3, allowing BASIC programmers to use most code resources.
Early morning tech news: Intel\'s Pentium 4 begins shipping today, with The Register publishing a first look at its performance; and Compaq has been sued by a seven-member group for infringing video-compression patents, while the group has sent letters to Apple, Dell, and HP asking that they obtain licenses for the patents.
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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
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ