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Blue Nomad has posted WordSmith 1.0b2, the latest beta of its full-featured word processor for the Palm OS, which includes Mac support. Among WordSmith\'s features is the ability to synchronize and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Word, via an included document conversion application.
Tom McKenna informed us that the Software Update control panel on his G4 reported an AGP Update 1.0 extension at 7:30 PM EST, which is supposed to improve the reliability of the Rage 128 Pro. However, our own attempts to download the update proved unsuccessful late this evening.
Palm announced that its U.S.-based customer service organization will be open during the holiday season. The company also launched Palm Knowledge Finder, an online service that contains hundreds of technical solutions compiled by Palm engineers worldwide.
MK Consulting has posted Eudora2FMP 1.6.4, a $10 shareware set of FileMaker Pro databases which import and parse Eudora mailboxes. This new version includes a completely unlocked E-mail Archive file that can be modified by the end user.
After the company\'s web site was unveiled earlier this week, x3dfx has temporarily closed their web site citing involvement in \"sensitive negotiations\". The company is made up of former software engineers of 3dfx Interactive who worked out of the company\'s Northern Ireland offices.
The iBook SE tops the LA Times\' list of "Slam-Dunk Gifts: "Apple\'s top-of-the-line iBook is fast and stylish, and its built-in FireWire connector and bundled iMovie software make it a portable video-editing studio."
The Apple Developer Connection and ABC-TV are offering ADC Premier and Select developers a three week broadcast television package for $50,000 that gives customers the opportunity to win several prizes, including a trip for two to see a live taping of ABC\'s "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in New York City.
Afternoon tech news: Microsoft has acquired Great Plains Software in a deal worth $1.1 billion, which it says will "create new opportunities" through its .NET foundation of small and medium business applications (last year, Great Plains discontinued support for the Mac in in its popular accounting software); Amazon.com Outlet, a discount retail website, will feature discounted books, cameras, electronics, home and kitchen tools and other excess merchandise from the Amazon.com inventory; and SmartDisk, parent company of VST Technologies, reduced its earnings estimates for Q4 2000, indicating that the shortfall was "primarily to diminished demand for Apple-based products, certain anticipated non-recurring charges and other factors, and that expects to report a significant loss for the fourth quarter.
We have published a review of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, the new real-time strategy game from Cyberlore Studios and MacPlay which offers fresh new twists to the genre.
games.macnn.com has information on today\'s release of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the Mac, a first-person 3D action game which is the first on the Mac to utilize the LithTech 3D engine.
Xboxaddict.com has published a transcript of last evening\'s chat with Bungie Studios\' John Howard, Lead Designer on Halo, and Matt Soell. \"Regarding the rendering,\" remarks Howard, \"the phrase I keep hearing is: Halo is what nature would be, if nature were cooler.\"
Epson today announced the Perfection 1240U Photo LE scanner and Stylus Photo 870 LE printer, two limited edition, \"stylish\" versions of the products. The devices, which will sell for $350 and $300 (a $50 premium over the regular versions), feature a \"modern look with the striking color combination of platinum and midnight blue.\" The Perfection 1240U Photo LE is a 42-bit, 1200x2400 dpi scanner while the Stylush Photo 870 LE is prints at resolutions up to 1440x720 dpi with edge-to-edge support for 4\"x6\" photo prints.
MacSpeech has begun shipping iListen 1.0.1 CDs, a speech-recognition program for Macintosh. The introductory download price is $100, and the CDs sell for $110. Analog and USB headsets are also available from the company\'s Web site.
Bargains today at DealNN include a PowerBook G3/400 with free flight bag and 128 MB RAM for $2,300, a refurbished 17-inch Apple Studio Display with ADC connector for $333, 256-MB PC100 SDRAM for $100 and UMAX Astra 2100U for $60 after rebate.
Iomega has begun shipping its FireWire adapter in North America for Jaz drives. The $100 device is compatible with both 1 GB and 2 GB drives, and will be part of a special $350 Jaz 2 GB bundle that includes both the drive and adapter. European shipments of the adapter are expected to commence in January.
PCShooter.com has published an interview with Raven Software\'s Mike Gummelt and Kenn Hoekstra on the company\'s latest Quake III-engine first-person shooter action game for the Mac and PC, Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. The pair is confident that the Quake III engine will be used in games for another two years. \"The first run of games [using the Quake III engine] has only scratched the surface of what the engine is capable of doing if properly modified,\" says Hoekstra.
The Washington Post has named FileMaker Pro 5 one of the best products of the year. \"It took only 45 minutes to construct a database of 25 contacts. Those 45 minutes included the software installation but no reading of instructions. For other database products, it\'s generally necessary to study a good portion of the help file to construct a database.\"
Stata Corp. has begun shipping Stata 7, a major update to its $1,000 statistics, graphics and data-management software. The update includes new estimators and statistics commands, improvements to output, and the addition of low-level programming for development of graphs. The company also claims the application\'s performance has been improved by bout 10 percent. The upgrade price is $375, but it on sale until Feb. 28 for $350.
Titan Computer has announced the release of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the Mac. The unique first-person shooter is the first on the Mac to utilize the LithTech engine and puts the player in a 10-meter tall robot as Sanjuro, a hotshot commander caught in the middle of a war against a terrorist organization that cost him his family and his girl friend. The game was ported to the Mac by Hyperion Studios.
Real Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a16, a new pre-release version of the application development environment for Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X, which includes a number of bug fixes and small changes.
eRoom Technology has introduced eRoom.net, a hosted service that provides access to eRoom 5.0, a digital collaborative workplace product. eRoom allows for real-time, secure collaboration and application sharing over the Internet using Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape Navigator 4.x running on Windows95/98/NT/2000, Macintosh, Linux, or UNIX workstations.
Artist Michael Phillips uses Apple software and hardware to create his photographic images from a reclining wheelchair or from his bed. He uses the assistive technology hardware/software package Discover:Kenx to control his two Macs.
Early morning tech news: The FCC\'s ongoing auction of airwaves has pulled in $9.34 billion in bids; \"Kriz,\" the year-old computer virus, may be coming back for Christmas this year, because of its ability to piggyback on other viruses and spread with them; and Palm Inc.\'s second-quarter numbers beat Wall Street expectations, with earnings of $20.3 million, or 4 cents per share.
Jay Lichtenauer\'s $60 server account creation and password generation tools, Passenger 1.1, performs a number of administrative functions, including the ability to import database text, formulate user names, generate passwords, set account parameters, export data and create folders. Version 1.1 adds limited import of ASIP 6.3 XML and other import options as well as minor enhancements.
Solitaire Till Dawn 4.0, a free update to the popular $20 shareware solitaire program that has more than three dozen varieties of solitaire, offers new artwork, larger cards, better sound, more features, and more games.
Portents has posted DiskTracker 2.1 adds advance search capabilities and improves search times in the $30 shareware disk cataloging and labeling system.
MP3 Menu 1.0b1 is a contextual plugin that can quickly insert relevant encoding and ID3 tag info from MP3 files and also allows you to rename MP3 files according to the info in its ID3 tags as well as change its file type and creator.
Yesterday we noted availability of Iomega\'s Predator CDRW, more demo days at Circuit City, shipments of the Rio 800, HP\'s new Mac-compatible multifunction devices and Kingston\'s plans for Mac versions of its Fingerprint security products.
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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