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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 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.
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.
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.
iRez is once again offering some of its discontinued desktop video cameras eBay.
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.
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.
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.
\"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.\"
We have posted a review of Absynth, a new, real-time midi-controlled software synthesizer.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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]
Xicons.com has posted \"G4 Cube & Tower,\" a new set of Finder toolbar icons for Mac OS X. The icons can only be installed using Switcheroo!.
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.
Frank Ted recently updated his Steve Jobs History site with new video clips and pictures.
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 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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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 ÂPower 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