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Apple has posted CPU Plugin for Gigabit Power Mac G4s 2.7, which \"updates the Apple CPU Plugin extension and provides more reliable performance from your Power Mac G4.\" The software was originally made available on Friday via the Software Update control panel.
Evening tech news: More than half of U.S. households now have Internet access, according to a report by Nielsen/Net Ratings; Dell is struggling with shipping delays, some as long as six weeks; and Microsoft shares have fallen to a two-year low of $49.19.
Philip Kahn notes that Apple and/or the BBC have recently updated their QuickTime streaming servers. \"The results over broadband are spectacular; this is definitely the best streaming I have seen over the Web and it\'s only coming in at around 250K.\"
MaxGate has introduced UGate-3200P, a seven-port, Cable/DSL modem sharing device. Features of the $270 switch/router include a built-in, single-port print server; spooling and queuing of print jobs; and built-in Dynamic Domain Name Service support.
Newsweek has posted a positive review of iMovie. \"Then I saw a TV commercial for Apple\'s iMac, playing up the candy-colored bubble\'s ability to edit digital video. I realized that there\'s technology out there claiming to work just like the professional video-editing suites I\'ve used a bit in previous jobs.\"
Norbert Doerner has posted CDFinder 3.0, an update to his $20 shareware disk cataloging tool, which has a new, enhanced catalog file format, threaded operations, improved peformance of up to 200%, and the ability to eject multi-session CD volumes correctly.
During a conference call this morning conducted by Nvidia Corporation executives, the company indicated that they plan to offer positions to one hundred former employees of 3dfx Interactive (approximately 25% of the company\'s workforce) with the vast majority being hardware engineers described by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang as \"world-class\" and \"the best of the best\". The company also indicated that 3dfx Interactive was developing two product lines beyond the Rampage architecture expected for release in Q1 2001, and Nvidia will begin the process of looking over those technologies as early as next week to decide which features to incorporate into future Nvidia technologies. The $112 million agreement for the acquisition of assets from 3dfx Interactive, which is pending shareholder approval, includes $70 million cash and 1 million shares of Nvidia common stock.
Paradigma\'s database development tool, VXCMD 1.8.6, works with any Macintosh "card" scripting tool, including Apple\'s HyperCard, IncWell SuperCard, and MetaCard, is based on the Valentina database kernel. Valentina Technology Release 1.8.6, now also available, updates all Valentina kernel based products, bringing "dramatic" speed improvements in VarChar indexing and improvements in Valentina caching.
games.macnn.com covers a multitude of Mac game demo releases today including Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Avernum 2, Kawasaki Jet Ski watercraft and SiN Gold. In addition, the site provides details on the release of a 1.0.6 update for both the demo and retail versions of Cro-Mag Rally. [updated]
Interesting threads in our forums include: why CDs are sometimes ejected at startup, the future of 3dfx and OS X drivers for its products, setting up an FTP server, the purpose of Adobe Type Manager, quiet hard drives for iBook/PowerBooks, and opinions regarding VST drives, FWB Hard Disk Toolkit 4.0, and the iMac DV SE.
Cyclone 1.4 is a maintenance release to Classic version the freeware text converter based on Apple Text Encoding Converter engine. A new Carbon version is also available.
A security hole in Apple\'s MRJ 2.2.3 allows intruders to view and copy files on your computer\'s hard drive. The report on Apple\'s discussion board says that Apple has not responded to the security flaw for the last 45 days. A demo applet is available online.
Dennis C. De Mars has posted Pads 2.0, a $15 replacement for the standard Note Pad and Stickies applications. Version 2.0 is now Carbonized and allows users to drag text selections, clippings and files directly to the Pads window.
Peninsula Group has introduced its CCD Wildcat 80-mm USB barcode scanner, a $230 contact CCD designed fo retail, library, database and other applications where the barcode is less than 80mm in length.
Yenco\'s $20 shareware cataloging utility, Archive 4.6, has new interface icons, improved preference handling, a context-aware help system, and other minor enhancements.
Tri-CATALOG 4.0 brings the ability to catalog an unlimited number of volumes and files, to use multiple browsers and to use multiple data bases to the $100 cataloging utility.
Jonathan Rentzsch has posted Red Shed Threads, which gives developers the ability to add pre-emptive threading to the classic Mac OS. The complete threads package contains everything from a low-level context switcher to a high-level threaded Open Transport wrapper and runs natively on a Mac II running System 7 as well as a G4 running Mac OS X: "Preemptive threading can result in huge speed gains and greater user satisfaction...The threaded File Manager wrapper included with Red Shed Threads was tested to be over 400% faster than the Thread Manager at copying files." An unlimited license is $1,025.A FAQ has more details. [MacTech]
Painting 2.0.1 is a maintenance release to Sarwat Khan\'s $20 shareware graphics program that fixes a crash that some users have reported involving the Colors window.
Scooter Graphics Nu Font Pack 1.5 updates the NuCasual font (based on the Newton Casual font) in the $30 font bundle of its popular faces that also includes Nu Sans, Nu Serif, Nu Casual and Nu Sans Monospaced.
Syzygy Research & Technology has posted The Digital Universe 2.20, an update to the $150 astronomy simulation software that can now display radiants for meteor showers and legends on printed star charts.
Handspring today began shipping its VisorPhone GSM Springboard module. The $300 device can be purchased direct from Handspring along with service plan activation from Cingular Wireless. The device allows Handspring owners to use their PDAs as a cell phone.
Xochi Media has released iScreensaver Toolkit 1.1, a $10 screensaver that also allows users to create their own screensavers using Flash or QuickTime movies.
In keeping with previous seasons, Apple has posted Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and just plain winter iCards.
Xicons.com has posted two new sets of icons for OS X: Macromedia Pro Collection 2001 and Rendered Trash, a set of trash can replacements.
Evological has posted VolumeRocker 1.6 and BrightnessRocker 1.1, its two $5 Control Strip modules that provide rocker switch-style volume and brightness controls. Both updates offer support for ACTION GoMac and fixes a problem when using the module with Extensions Strip. The BrightnessRocker update also adds several new options.
Ken Winograd has posted Presidents3000 1.03, a $20 shareware hangman-type game for learning presidents. This version adds the results of the Nov. 7 presidential election and corrects three errors in the vice presidential info displayed.
Panic today released Audion 2, a major upgrade to its MP3 player. The new version adds encoding capabilities, a waveform editor, crossfading between multiple tracks, and more. The shareware application costs $33 with encoder and $20 without encoder. Upgrades from version 1.0 are $20 and $10, respectively. We have also posted our review of Audion 2.
Over the weekend we noted Circuit City\'s new $100 rebate, the collapse of Japanese upgrade manufacturer Interware, 3dfx\'s layoffs and recommended sale to Nvidia. Other software releases included 3ivx delta decoder 1.0d1, Mirabilis\' ICQ 2.3a for Mac, ExchangePoint 1.0 for Internet-based collaboration, and LuraWave Director Xtra 2.2.
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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
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
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq