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Circuit City offers $100 rebate
Circuit City will begin offering its own $100 rebate off the price of any new iBook, iMac or G4 Cube as a "Manager's Special" starting tomorrow (12/17) and running through Saturday (12/23). This rebate can be combined with the existing HP/Apple $100 rebate (when you buy an iMac or iBook and an HP 648C printer) and the existing $300 G4 Cube rebate from Apple.
Interware files for Bankruptcy
Sources tell MacNN that Japanese upgrade and peripheral manufacturer Interware has closed its doors. Interware filed for bankruptcy on December 14th, according to reliable sources and has a note at its place of business "posted by lawyers [that] basically says, 'Stealing stuff from this office while bankruptcy proceedings are in place is a crime.'" Interware was the parent company of Vimage, a US company that stopped selling directly to consumers in favor of an OEM model. Interware's Website is available online and has drivers for the company's products. [updated]
Multimode 3.8 adds TCP/IP communication
MultiMode 3.8, an update to Black Cat Systems' utility for transmission and reception of morse code, slow scan TV, and other modes, adds the ability to send decoded data to other applications for additional processing via TCP/IP as well as the ability to demodulate OSCAR 40 satellite telemetry transmissions in MPSK mode. Lite and standard versions are $40 and $90 respectively.
3ivx Codec available for Mac first
Happy Machines has released an early build of its 3ivx delta decoder 1.0d1, as we anticipated late last month. The codec, compatible with any QuickTime application, is based on the MPEG-4 specification. One reader in our forums claims that the new codec offers better compression ratios compared to QT5's Sorenson Codec.
IE cookie deletion tool updated
Cookie Dog 1.04 is an update to the tool to automatically delete cookies set by Internet Explorer.
ICQ 2.3a for Mac adds new talk modes
Pablo Gómez notes that ICQ 2.3a for Mac has been released recently, offering a changed interface and new DND and N/A Modes as well as fixes a few bugs.
Sound Studio 1.5 adds features, fixes bugs
Sound Studio 1.5 adds the ability to mix two sounds together, a more complete set of single-channel tools, faster performance, and many user interface tweaks as well as several "major bug fixes" to the $35 shareware digital audio recording and editing application.
Apple.com now \'Powered by Mac OS X Server\'
A MacNN reader notes that www.apple.com now displays a "Powered by Mac OS X Server" badge, after the site was previously hosted on Sun Solaris running Netscape-Enterprise application server, according to a November Netcraft survey, which also lists the OS and server platform for many Apple.com subdomains. [The Webserver is Apache 1.3.9, according to httpver 1.1 , although the Netcraft survey engine is not currently running as of 11:00 am ET; oddly, Apple.com is not displaying the same badge.]
ExchangePoint: new collaboration software
ExchangePoint 1.0 is a new client and server suite from Channel 8 Software that allows two or more users to chat, share files, post news, send and receive private electronic messages, and even draw together on a networked digital whiteboard. It is free to use to join and interact in existing communities; however, customers who wish to build their own online community can buy a personal license for $35 or a company license for $280.
Director Xtra brings adds .LWF file support
LuraTech's LuraWave Director Xtra 2.2 is a new plug-in that adds support for .LWF files to Macromedia Director, allowing users to view files compressed with SmartCompress and the LuraWave Photoshop Plug-In, which offer lossless to lossy, scalable, multi-resolution proprietary image compression. The Director Xtra is bundled with SmartCompress for $150 or with the Photoshop plug-in for $200. Limited demo versions of the Xtra plug-in and compression applications are available online.
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