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PrinterSwitch 1.6b1, a new beta of the shareware that lets you switch printers from within any application, without using the Chooser; version 1.6 brings a new Control Strip and PrinterSwitch Application for greater compatiblity with Microsoft applications.
Richard Bannister has posted RockNES/Mac OS 1.600, an NES emulator for Macintosh. This release adds a PPU tile-caching system, a savestate format (not compatible with the old ones) and added a mapper #180 (Nichibutsu, game Crazy Climber supported).
StoneTablet Publishing has released StoneTable 4.0.9, a free update to the list-manager replacement. This version adds Mac OS X and CodeWarrior 6 support. New users may purchase the full version for $100 until Dec. 31. A demo is available.
Yupo Corp. is sponsoring a contest for redesigning the infamous Florida butterfly ballot. The first prize is an Apple G4 Cube with 17-inch studio display.
MacTreasures has a program whereby you can donate old Macintosh computers to schools. The site now maintains a database of donors and schools seeking Macintosh equipment. If you wish to donate a Macintosh or have a school included in the program, send an e-mail to the site.
Texas Instruments has introduced the TSB43AA82, a 1394 data-mover device that improves the performance to PC and Macintosh peripherals, as well as to any other peripherals utilizing the Serial Bus Protocol 2 transport protocols. The device also integrates a two-port 400 Mb/sec 1394a-compliant physical layer device.
Evening tech news: Adobe\'s stock slid today on Bank of America\'s downgrade; ATI\'s Mobility M4 chip will be used in the Dell Inspiron 8000 and Latitude C800 notebook PCs.
The Toronto Star reports that sales of Macs grew by 47% last year in Canada with relatively even distribution across all of its product lines in its latest article on Apple, Mac is the apple of Canada\'s eye, which featured large color photo\'s of an Indigo iBook, the Cube, and a 17" Studio monitor. NRG analyst attributed the sales edge to its marketing efforts: "Apple has a much more sizable portion of (its) budget that goes to outdoor advertising than any of those companies that push PCs or PC-based software."
Audio Ease today released Peter Pan, a new 5.1 surround panner for MOTU Audio System that offers the option to separate the sub woofer channel from the input signal with a smooth and adjustable low-pass filter. The $40 application, which brings surround panning to Digital Performer and AudioDesk users, is available online as a demo.
Macromedia today announced the immediate availability of the Dreamweaver 4 Fireworks 4 Studio, which bundles both Dreamweaver 4 and Fireworks 4 in a single environment that "unifies HTML code and graphics workflow and provides professional Web designers with an integrated authoring platform." Both the Studio ($450) and standalone versions of the products are available for download and purchase today from the Macromedia online store for $300 each. Dreamweaver and Fireworks customers can upgrade to the Studio for $200. Users upgrading standalone versions can upgrade to the latest version for $150 per product.
We have posted a review of Microtech\'s ZiO!, a miniature and affordable flash card reader.
MacSpeech today released iListen 1.0, its long-anticipated $130 speech recognition software. The software utilizes Philips Speech Processing\'s FreeSpeech 2000 engine, and features TalkAnywhere technology, allowing users to dictate anywhere typing would normally be used while the application remains in the background. The software requires a G3 or G4 with 128 MB of RAM and is available now for download (a $30 rebate is available to owners of IBM\'s ViaVoice). The boxed version will begin shipping in the coming weeks. A $30 introductory discount is being offered on packages without a headset (which can also be purchased at a discount) through the end of the year.
Interesting threads in our forums include: a discussion on Apple\'s philosophy today versus years past, beige G3 power supply issues, inverted colors on a PowerBook during startup, an update on members\' success in getting an aftermarket ADC Radeon from Apple, questions regarding Speed Download, the best-selling iMac color, master/slave ATA drive configurations, using AirPort with Orinoco Access Point, using Flash to control QuickTime movies, and creating Aqua-like objects.
Stream Machine has released its $5,000 USB-TV manufacturing kit, which includes a TV Tuner to enable Digital VCR/Time-shift recording on a PC and also enables the creation of content for streaming media applications. The kit allows developers and manufacturers to bring \"the ability to view TV in a window on a PC monitor and to record TV programming at near-DVD-quality levels\" using an include Stream Machine SM2210 MPEG-2 video codec, which supports real-time video encoding and decoding using a single-pass variable bit rate MPEG-2 encoding technique.
Kepmad Systems has released ImageBuddy v1.0.4 an improved version of the $15 shareware photo printing software. This release improves memory management and corrects problems with some TIFF and JPEG file types.
games.macnn.com has details on a 1.0.2 update for MacSoft\'s Links LS 2000; earlier today, the site posted the latest status on Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac and covered the release of GLHexen2, a Mac version of the originally PC-only first-person shooter, Hexen 2. [updated]
Afternoon tech news: Buy.com has been gradually increasing its prices in an attempt to make money without losing customers; Dutch computer maker Tulip has sued Dell, alleging infringement of a patent covering improvements to a common PC design, saying that over $17 billion worth of Dell sales, more than two-thirds of its revenue reported, was in violation of the patent; and Microsoft latest legal filing argues that the law was misinterpreted in the decision to split the company.
Several readers have noticed that Propellerhead Software has posted a demo of Reason 1.0, its new music software that offers samplers, analog synths, mixers, step-time drum machines, effects, and a realtime multi-track sequencer. It also offers support for ASIO, MME, DirectX and SoundManager for compatibility with "just about every sound card on the planet."
Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh v1.5.1, a 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space. BASh v1.5.1 adds seven new modules--tripling the number of calls available in the BASh component.
Asante is offering a mail-in rebate of between $20 and $30 on all FriendlyNET routers purchased through Dec. 31. Prices range from $160 to $180, after the rebates.
ksoft has posted CPLAT 2.8, a $50, full-featured C++ framework for Macintosh and Windows development. This version adds new classes for sockets, Internet protocols and XML reading and writing; Mac support and the ability to use either Metrowerks Codewarrior Pro 6 or Apple Project Builder builds.
MUGOO, a MUG in Ottawa, Canada, has scheduled an iMeeting for tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The presentation features highlights of Office Mac 2001 and GriffTax, a personal and corporate tax software. Admission is free for members and $3 for guests.
Adobe has established the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, an annual competition that recognizes the most promising student graphic designers, illustrators, digital film makers and computer artists in the United States. The competition, the first of which will conclude Aug. 15 at SIGGRAPH 2001, is a component of the Adobe Partners by Design program. Categories include print, photography, film and Web. Prizes are software, $2,000 grant and admission to SIGGRAPH.
SSEYO today announced new cross-platform SSEYO Koan authoring tools, Koan Plugin 8.02 and Koan Pro v2.6 which include support for "Koan Vector Audio", which can describe music and quality custom sounds in simple text format (as small as 300 bytes) as well as include an updated Software Synthesiser engine.Licensing for the company\'s interactive audio and generative music authoring system is $200.
Over the weekend Xicons.com posted a set of \"Internet X-plorer\" icons for OS X and iMac replacement icons for the computer button of the Finder window toolbar (for use with Switcheroo!)
Dan Nigrin\'s VSTi Host 2.0 is a $15 application that allows VST instrument plugins to be used as a standalone synth, without the use of a host environment such Cubase or Logic. Version 2 allows you to add up to two VST effects to the audio chain.
Apple has introduced its AppleMaster program in Asia with a four-day program on iMovie for 18 students who paired with 18 AppleMasters. The two individuals work together to gather materials within two hours, spend two days editing film to produce a two-minute story.
Washington Apple Pi MUG is hosting its annual Computer Show & Sale Dec. 9 from 9 am to 2 pm at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.
Syzygy Research & Technology has begun shipping The Digital Universe, a new astronomical simulator that allows users to view and retrieve information on approximately 20 million objects, including stars, galaxies, nebulae, the planets and their moons, and many more. Among the software\'s other features is the ability to generate views of the night sky from 100,000 BC to 100,000 AD, as well as an integrated multimedia dictionary. The software is available for C$150 (approximately US$100).
Electro Acoustics, creators of FUNDimensions fundraising software, has a new article that discusses how non-profit organizations can use the software to help donors, reduce taxes, and make a gift to their favorite charity.
MenuStrip 1.0 is a $12 shareware system utility for Mac OS X that places frequently adjusted settings, such as screen resolution and volume, the menu bar for quick access.
Intelli Innovations has posted PowerPrompter 1.6, an update to its $15 shareware text prompting software. The new version reduces the memory requirements in half and fixes minor bugs.
Today\'s DealNN bargains include: 128 MB PC100 RAM for $50, 40 GB 7200 RPM hard drive for $109 shipped, refurbished Summer 2000 iMac DV SE for $1350, several software tittles for under a dollar, and a free 10-pack of 12x CD-R media after rebate.
Over the holiday weekend we noted an Epson driver update for Remote Access problems, resignation of Apple\'s marketing VP, Met@box\'s holiday rebates, Microsoft\'s Office 2001 rebate, and the release of Cubase VST Mac 5.0, Terran\'s Cleaner 5.01 update, FaxBee 1.2, Corel Painter 6.1b, and BigBusiness 3.0.
Harvest 1.1 is an Adobe Illustrator and EPS file manager designed for those "who regularly deal with hundreds of files will find Harvest useful for its ability to easily move layouts with all their placed art and fonts in a ssimple, drag and drop operation."
Benoit Widemann has released Carnet 3.7.1, a $50 address book application available in both English- and French-localized versions. Carnet adds a full version of the Palm conduit "Carnet To Go" with full HotSync functions to the previously released JoliPhone application for printing, organizing, and searching for contacts.
Jeremy Kezer\'s ClockSync II 1.4.1 is a maintenance update to the shareware client-server application that keeps the date and time of two or more Macs in sync.
Early morning tech news: Microsoft\'s argument against splitting the company in two is due today in the U.S. Court of Appeals; and E-Stamp, currently trading at 99 percent off its 52-week high, will exit the Internet-postage business and cut its work force by 30 percent.
Now AAPL Stock: 95.01 ( + 0.99 )
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