Reader Todd Bangerter sent us a report on the status of Mac-supoorted Free ISPs.
Worldweb.net has introduced XT Connector 1.5 for the Macintosh and PC, which translates QuarkXPress documents and directories to XML. The documents are then stored within worldweb.net\'s Expressroom I/O.
Federal Computer Week has posted a story about the demise of Macintosh hardware in the U.S. Navy, citing Electronic Data Services Corp.\'s decision not to support it in its eight-year contract. \"The Naval Air Systems Command once had more than 10,000 Apple users, but their numbers have dwindled in recent years as Navair chief information officers in China Lake, Calif., and Patuxent River, Md., have restricted purchases of non-Microsoft Corp. systems.\"
Zero-Knowledge Systems has introduced the Windows version of Freedom 2.0, a free Internet privacy suite. A Macintosh version is slated for release some time in 2001. The suite includes a personal firewall, form filler, cookie manager, ad manager and keyword alert. The premium service, $50 per year, offers untraceable encrypted e-mail and anonymous browsing and chat.
Evening tech news: Palm has released a beta version of its newest 4.0 operating system; Creditcards.com was the victim of an extortion attempt that exposed more than 55,000 credit card numbers; and Lucent Technologies may be bought out by Nokia.
Bare Bones Software has posted BBEdit 6.0.2, an update to its popular text editor that adds various enhancements, interface refinements, and bug fixes. Release notes are documented here.
games.macnn.com has received an exclusive update on the development of Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac as well as news that JET SKI watercraft has reached golden master and will be available for purchase this Friday, December 15. In addition, the site has information on the forthcoming release of Myst III: Exile and demo releases for both M&M\'s: The Lost Formulas and Maximum Pool. [updated]
IDG World Expo has announced that Kevin Browne, General Manager of Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, and Rob Burgess, CEO of Macromedia, will be featured speakers at Macworld Expo San Francisco. Browne will speak on January 10 at 9:00 AM while Burgess will present on January 11 at 9:00 AM. Macworld Expo runs from January 9-12; exhibits run from January 10-12.
Polar Orbit Software has posted MacZaic 2.0, a $25 shareware application for creating photomosaics from digital photographs on Macintosh. It allows for scaling of subimage blocks, offers a preview mode, and creates JPEG images.
Xicons recently added a new set of Mac OS X toolbar icons for use with its Switcheroo! utility. The site has also added another set of icons, titled Agrapha Utilities II.
MacAcademy has announced the inaugural FileMaker Pro User\'s Learning Summit will be held in Orlando, FL, Feb. 26 through March 1. The event will offer four days of training, 64 different workshops and seven of the nation\'s leading FileMaker Pro experts. Registration is $1,000, and group discounts are offered.
Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications has introduced Securedge Extranet, a secure networking product designed to enable protected business-to-business transactions and communications via the Internet. The suite also includes Securedge BPN, Securedge Advisor and Suceredge Protector. The client-side software is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.1b2 is now available, adding several improvements to the popular SETI@home utility. (Join Team MacNN, our SETI@home effort, and show your support!)
Sony today introduced the PFM42B1 SuperSlim monitor, a 42\" flat panel monitor. The units supports both horizontal and vertical orientation, a 1024x768 resolution, and several digital video signals including HTDV. The display is available now for $8,000.
Apple, Cisco, Kasenna, Philips, Sun Microsystems and other companies, have launched the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. ISMA\'s mission is to accelerate the market adoption of open standards for streaming rich media over Internet Protocol. The first formal meeting is scheduled for February, when ISMA founders will circulate for review an initial specification for MPEG-4 over IP. Neither Microsoft nor Real Networks are members.
Fortune has posted a positive article comparing the iMac to Internet appliances. \"[iMac] does everything the appliances can do (with the exception of the touch screen) but has all the power and flexibility of a \'real\' personal computer. In other words, unlike the other mutts in this litter, this old dog can teach the user new tricks.\"
VSE is offering a special holiday Webmaster bundle that includes the company\'s Be Found 2 Professional, Link Tester Business, Web Site Turbo, and Animation Maker applications for $200, a savings of $60.
Thoth, a $25 shareware newsreader, has been updated to version 1.0.3, which includes a variety of minor enhancements.
Iomega has posted IomegaWare 2.8
Early morning tech news: AOL is in talks with Toyota and Sony to expand its Internet presence to cars and video game consoles; AMD has joined the ranks of Apple and Gateway in issuing an earnings warning, stating that profits this quarter will come in some 10-15 percent lower than expected and revenue would be flat; Compaq has begun testing PCI-X, its technology for doubling the speed of the PCI bus; and Adobe will announce its fourth-quarter results at 5 PM on Thursday.
Now AAPL Stock: 100.35 ( -0.06 )
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives