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Internet Call Waiting beta posted
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
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.
Oni preview at MacNN
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.
Charts Pro 1.5.1
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.
Desktop Magician 2.0
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.
QuickTime 5.0 Preview 2 privately seeded
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.
Radeon PCI on the horizon
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 praises Cinema Display
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 posted
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.
Fifth annual Pixelpalooza begins
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\'s December 1 announcements
- 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
Early Morning Tech News
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.
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