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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.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
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 Power 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