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Dr. Bott introduces MoniSwitchPro Dual
Dr. Bott has introduced the MoniSwitchPro Dual VGA, a keyboard-video-monitor (KVM) switch for users who use a dual-monitor set up on multiple Macs. The MoniSwitchPro Dual VGA is compatible with both Mac and windows systems and includes all necessary VGA and USB cables. It is available now for $400.
Apple/HP $100 printer rebate
Apple and HP are offering $50 mail-in rebates each (totalling $100) when a user purchases a $99 HP Deskjet 648C printer along with any iMac or iBook. The offer is valid through February 4, 2001.
iRez offers products on eBay
iRez is once again offering some of its discontinued desktop video cameras eBay.
Eudora2FMP 1.6 posted
MK Consulting has posted Eudora2FMP 1.6, a $10 shareware application for archiving mail from Eudora to FileMaker Pro. This version processes mail faster, adds the ability to import and queue mailboxes for unattended processing and adds more features to locked templates.
Extensis updates products
Extensis has posted a free upgrade to all its design tools for Adobe Photoshop. These versions have been updated for compatibility with Photoshop 6.0. Products included in the update are: Intellihance Pro 4.03, which streamlines image and color correction; and PhotoFrame 2.0, which creates image frame and border effects.
iCalender 1.8 posted
Yenco has posted iCalendar 1.8, a $20 shareware calendar for the desktop. This version adds a PNG export option, updates the welcome window and updates the splash screen appearance and links.
Thoth 1.0.4 posted
J.B. Moreno has posted Thoth 1.0.4, a $25 shareware newsreader that is fully carbonized for use on Mac OS 8.x/9.x or Mac OS X.
Evening tech news 12/4/00
iBook (FireWire) Battery Update 1.0
iBook (FireWire) Battery Update 1.0 corrects a problem that prevented batteries from charging properly. Users must apply the update under Mac OS 9.0.4.
Fool.com reader analyzes Apple
"What if Apple never grew again?" analyzes Apple's recent stock performance and takes a look at how much Apple should be worth if the company, theoretically, never grows. "Add the $10.15 per share for the future cash flows to the $10.48 per share for cash already in Apple's bank, and we get a value of $20.63 per share. And that's assuming Apple never grows... ever. A nice little 21% premium over today's stock price! Don't know about you, but I'm seriously thinking of scooping up a few shares."
Absynth review at MacNN
We have posted a review of Absynth, a new, real-time midi-controlled software synthesizer.
MacDesktops update 12/4/00
MacDesktops has added 28 previously-created game-themed desktops from Brad Custer, whose Custer's Corner weekly game composition will be joining games.macnn.com this week.
YARC Ethernet Mac RIPs for HP DesignJet
YARC has released Ethernet Macintosh RIPs for HP DesignJet wide-format printers. Full Colorsync ICC is built-in, as well as YARC's CMYK based ICC-Tuning technology. DesignJets without a network interface can be driven directly from the Mac using a USB-to-parallel adapter cable available from YARC. A demo copy is available that allows printing of documents up to 24 inches wide.
Sapphire Pack 3 released
Sapphire Innovations has introduced Sapphire Pack 3, 14 plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 8/9. The plug-ins are themed around gradients and gradient mesh effects. Each plug-in has real-time preview and comes with a range of options to manipulate gradients. The pack costs $56.
CD Caterpillar 1.0 offer for MacNN readers
During the month of December, when MacNN readers purchase a copy of Inspired Logic's $16 C.D. Caterpillar 10.0, the company will send an additional copy to a friend or relative as a gift. The stories in version 10.0 included the entire text of Ozma of Oz and The Story of Christopher Columbus. In order to take advantage of the offer, readers must enter the address of the other recepient in the comments field of the order form.
Macintstein offering free hosting
Macinstein is now offering a free Web site building tool and hosting facility. There are currently eight different templates for users to choose from.
Sampo America 42" Plasma display
Sampo America has introduced the PME-42V3 Plasma Multimedia Monitor, a 42-inch plasma monitor with Digital Video Interface. Features of the $9,000 monitor include a maximum resolution of 1280x1024, support for HDTV signals, 160-degree viewing angle, and a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Printworkers.com is a new site for linking workers in the print, copy, digital, and Web industries with companies looking for their services. Workers can search for jobs as well as post their résumé, while companies can post job openings to the site.
Forbes takes a look at new economy
A Forbes.com article takes a look at the so-called new economy, drawing parallels between it and the old economy. "The new economy is nothing more than the old economy because it is impossible to maintain high growth rates... Apple and other computer makers can sell a lot of computers, but people do not necessarily want to continually buy new machines. While it's nice to have a fast machine, individuals can quickly decide that they don't need a new machine if there is no compelling reason to upgrade. There hasn't been a compelling reason for years and the machines seem to be holding up."
Newsweek looks at OS interface history
Newsweek has published an article that takes a look at the history of computer operating system interfaces, including Mac OS and Mac OS X.
David Niemeijer has posted KeyStrokes 2.0.1, a minor bug fix to the on-screen keyboard software for the Macintosh. KeyStrokes allows users to type with the mouse anywhere you would use a normal (hardware) keyboard. Until Dec. 31, the introductory price for the software is $40.
Apple's holiday gift guide
Apple has posted a holiday gift guide for Mac owners, categorized by type of user as well as by price. (Readers should note that Apple does not necessarily offer the best prices on the items it recommends.)
games.macnn.com update 12/4/00
games.macnn.com has received word that the Macintosh version of Rune, a third-person 3D Viking-themed action game, is now shipping to stores nationwide; the site also notes that a demo of Driver has been released, and provides information on a new 1.0.5 update for both the demo and retail versions of Cro-Mag Rally as well as an update on the Mac demo for Quake III: Team Arena. [updated]
Xcaret introduces redesigned expansion bay
Xcarét today introduced a redesigned version of its Xcarét Pro 99 expansion bay hard drives, for Bronze and FireWire PowerBooks. The new drives are more rugged, feature a power/activity LED, and are lighter and more compact. Prices range from $350 to $650, for the 10 GB and 30 GB models, respecitvely. A drive kit, which includes just the expansion bay and no drive, sells for $150.
Steve Jobs history updated
Frank Ted recently updated his Steve Jobs History site with new video clips and pictures.
Early morning tech news
Early morning tech news: Microsoft has announced it will give $100 million to underprivileged American boys and girls to give them more access to technology, Motorola has said it will license ARM's wireless chip technology for its phones (Apple holds a stake in ARM), and the CIO of Ford has unexpectedly quit.
Over the weekend...
Over the weekend we noted on readers success in obtaining a BTO Radeon card after purchasing his G4 Cube, FireWire Depot's BridgeIt FireWire-to-SCSI adapter, and the release of Nisus Writer 6.0.1, SpeedDownload 1.0.2, GraphicConverter 4.0.1, and FinderPop 1.9.2.
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