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Nortel Networks has posted a new public beta of its Internet Call Waiting client for Macs. The software notifies users when a phone call comes in while online, allowing you to answer the call, route the call to another phone, have the software play back a message for the caller, or have the caller leave a message that is then sent to your email account as an audio file.
DivX Player 1.0b9 is the latest version of the software that enables Mac users to view DivX movies using Windows Media Player 6.3. The maintenance update primarily fixes bugs.
games.macnn.com has posted a detailed, five-page preview of Oni, the highly-anticipated third-person action game from Bungie Software due out January 29, 2001. Also included in the preview are nearly 100 screenshots.
Adrenaline Software has released Charts Pro 1.5.1, an update to its $400 chart-making software. This version exports data values in QuickTime movies, does not reset data values options with a new data drop and displays the row/series option properly in Animation Preview.
Straight Ahead has begun shipping Desktop Magician 2.0, a $20 shareware desktop utility for Macintosh which saves and restores the desktop, open applications and monitor settings. This version adds a new toolbar and contextual menu plug-in and saves and restores sets of open Finder windows for particular projects.
Several readers note that Apple has seeded QuickTime 5 Preview 2 to developers. The software, available to registered developers from the Apple Developer Connection, includes the first Windows preview of QuickTime 5.0. While changes from Preview 1 are not explicit noted, one reader states that the Aqua-look has been removed from the OS 9 version of QuickTime. It\'s unclear whether Apple will make the new preview available to consumers, although the company has promised that a Windows preview will be ready early next year.
MacNN sources confirm that ATI has ceased distribution of its aftermarket Rage 128-based graphics cards for Macs, signaling the near imminent release of the company\'s PCI Radeon card, expected to arrive this month. Rage 128 cards can still be found in limited quantities in the channel.
Newsday.com has a very positive article about Apple\'s 22-inch Cinema Display. \"For now, the king of the flat/big monitor market is Apple\'s 22-inch Cinema Display, a masterful execution of what computing should look like in the 21st Century.\"
Unsanity Echo 1.2 updates the relatively new MP3/audio player, adding new visual plugins, digital signal processors, joint stereo labeling, and bug fixes. Unsanity Echo is $20 shareware.
Iconfactory has kicked off its fifth annual Pixelpalooza icon design contest, which goes through February 1, 2001. The contest has four categories: 2D, 3D, System Replacement, and OS X. Prizes include an iBook and various software titles. Last year\'s contest generated 126 entries.
Sonnet Technologies today made several announcements: (Post a comment) Tempo RAID66 - a high-performance, UltraATA RAID PCI card, offering support for striping with a claimed theoretical transfer rate of up to 130 MB/sec. The card also supports booting from the RAID. It is shipping now for $200. G3/G4 upgrade price drops - prices have been reduced $50-$100 on several upgrades, including the G4/400/1M PCI (now $400), G4/400/1M ZIF (now $500), and G4/500/1M (now $700). NuBus/Tango rebates - users who purchase the Tango USB/FireWire PCI card can receive a $10 rebate, or a $25 rebate if another Sonnet upgrade is purchased as well; mail-in rebates from $30-$50 are available on the company\'s line of G3 upgrades for NuBus-based first-generation Power Macs.
December virus definitions are now available for Virex and Norton AntiVirus. The updates can also be obtained from each application\'s Internet update feature.
Early morning tech news: Dell has invested in Eazel and agreed to ship Eazel\'s network-user environment software with its Linux-based computers; and Michael Powell, son of retired Gen. Colin Powell, is said to have the inside track to chair the FCC if George W. Bush becomes the next president.
Yesterday we noted that Apple has made WWDC conference sessions available on DVD, the release of VirusBarrier 1.1, WebShocker 2.2, America Online\'s two-way pager, and Sony\'s 9.1 GB MO drive.
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Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd