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The Cleaner 5 v5.0.1 update is the first of two that Terran Interactive (a Media 100 company) will release to shake out issues discovered since the launch of Cleaner 5. This update includes many fixes, including better handling of 16:9 DV sources and better scaling of interlaced sources. The second (available in beta form within a few weeks) will address two major remaining issues in the Macintosh release: the ability to create the proprietary MPEG-1 files that Adaptec Toast requires to make Video CDs, and a fix for problems when creating long Windows Media files. The Read Me notes a workaround for the Sorenson Video 2 quality issue on dual-processor G4s, and talks about the need to disable the RadDV codec (which Cleaner 5 includes for high-performance, high-quality DV decoding) when using Final Cut Pro on the same machine. [updated]
Scott Kevill today added Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Monopoly to GameRanger, his Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service that now includes nearly 50 titles.
Uni Software has released a public beta version of its new version organizer, Voodoo Personal 2.0b3, designed for people working in a broad range of areas, including web publishers, designers, book writers and musicians. It adds a new contextual menu plug-in, improved ease of use, and other enhancements. The final version of the $80 application is expected early next year.
Adaptec recently posted first beta release of the PowerDomain 29160N 1.0b1 driver for Mac OS X beta.
games.macnn.com has published an article detailing tips and strategies for Monopoly for the Mac from United States Monopoly Champion Matt Gissel.
Chris Ruzin today updated LinkBox 3.3, his $10 shareware URL scrapbook application. It adds the ability to export links as HTML, the option to sort by usage, and an improved list display. A 15-day trial version is available online.
Mark/Space has posted a beta of PageNOW! 2.0b, its messaging application that can send messages from your Mac to pagers and PCS/GSM digital phones, including personal messages, wireless email, fax notification, and appointments/reminders.
Apple\'s vice president of marketing communications Steve Wilhite has resigned effective immediately. The departure follows the retirement last month of Mitch Mandich, Apple\'s senior VP of worldwide sales: "Wilhite oversaw advertising, marketing communications and online marketing. He was Apple\'s primary contact with TBWA/Chiat/Day, the company\'s advertising agency....Apple\'s Web site describes Wilhite as "the man singularly responsible for protecting and promoting the Apple brand." His replacement has not yet been named.
The Associated Press (republished by USA Today) is the latest publication to review Mac OS X, concluding: "Long-time users may complain of a learning curve, given how much OS X differs from its predecessors. But the stability, speed and visual stunningness of the new system far outweigh the familiarity of the old. One important note of advice, though: I wouldn\'t recommend installing OS X unless you\'re an experienced computer user who doesn\'t mind weathering a beta\'s turbulence. "
Aaron Bratcher says he will post the "full source of the current version" of vServe 1.3.1 this weekend. The utility allows REALbasic developers to share valentina databases with multiple Macs via TCP/IP and gives clients some sqlExecute commands. (The client does not use Valentina classes or classes that resemble the valentina classes.) [MacTech]
APS has released PowerTools 6.3.2, an update to its hard drive formatting utility from APS.
Optigold ISP 2.6.1 adds new FTP server actions, HTTP realm support, HTTP POST server actions, new billing functions, new online signup functions, and a few other miscellaneous new features to the cross-platform ISP application. A full demo is available online.
Yesterday we posted a review of The Sims: Livin\' Large, and noted Met@box\'s holiday reabtes, Microsoft\'s $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001, as well as the release of Corel Painter 6.1b, Big Business 3.0, Pacific Tech\'s Graphing Calculator 3.0, and GrabPac\'s new cases for the iMac and iBook.
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq