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Minutiae Software\'s $60 reunion planning and organizing application, Reunion Planner 4.8.7, includes separate, expanded Budget Module and projected estimates, expanded Events capabilities and new Ticket Sales tracking.
The PowerShot Pro90 IS digital camera is Canon\'s first digital camera to incorporate a built-in 10x zoom lens with optical Image Stabilization. The 3.34 megapixel CCD, offers movie recording (NTSC/PAL) and playback with audio, compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards (including IBM microdrives, a wireless remote controller and either USB or an optional RS-232C serial interface interface. It is due this month for $1,300.
Belkin today introduced its "stylish" FireWire 6-Port hub (F5U526), which is expected to ship in March for $100: "The FireWire hub surpasses conventional hubs by allowing you to connect other Belkin FireWire devices, including additional hubs, hard disk drives and other devices using its unique docking ring feature."
The wKiosk company is expected to announce a new Mac Internet browser next week at MWSF. Based on the Netscape\'s Gecko engine, the browser is designed for use in secure Internet kiosks in public areas and will offer limited URL browsing as well as full screen-only browsing. Both French and English versions as well as a Mac OS X version will be available.
MoonBeam\'s $15 shareware Private Eye 1.0.1 is an update to its privacy utility that protects your files and folders instantly "using clever hiding techniques and password protection."
JAM yesterday introduced three new cases for Apple portables: MacPack, a padded backpack for the iBook that is available in two sizes as well as in each of the iBook flavors; MacCase for PowerBooks, a handheld/shoulder case designed to minimize bulk while maximizing protection, mimics the a PowerBook\'s matte-stain finish and has both interior and exterior pockets for accessories; and JAM-Pack, which offers either handheld, shoulder or backpack modes.
Following a MacNN reader note last October about the future of Imation\'s SuperDisk drives and a recent note about its discontinuation and product availability (added to the end of the thread), Imation yesterday announced and showcased several new and updated products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a new USB floppy drive, although the rumored half-height SuperDisk model, possibly marketed by Panasonic has not yet been announced: Imation DataPlay digital media, a miniature optical media the size of a quarter that designed to let users download and record 500MB of digital content and play it back on any DataPlay-enabled device. It will also showcase Imation DiscGO!, a USB-based portable, self-hosted DataPlay device compatible with multiple memory card formats and Imation DataPlay digital media. Both are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2001. Imation CD Burn-R 16X10X40 and the Imation CD Burn-R 12X10X32 are internal, IDE-based mechanisms that offer Burn Proof Technology to prevent Buffer Under Run Errors and are bundled with Adaptec software. Imation USB Floppy Drive, which provides portable floppy compatibility to users of 1.44MB disks. The USB-powered drive, weighing only 0.68 pounds, requires no additional power cord and comes with eleven customizable colored faceplate covers.
Several readers are noting that Apple has updated (some of) its user iDisks, offering a new folders and software for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X (note the absence of \'public beta\' in all documentation) and suggesting that Apple has plans to use its iTools as a software distribution network: "The Apple software folder just has an image of Disk Copy 6.3.3, but the OSX folder has a ton of stuff [including games, utilities, and internet applications]." One reader has posted a screenshot as well as the complete contents of the included Read Me.
Olympus yesterday introduced two new digital cameras, the Camedia C-3040 Zoom and the Camedia C-2040 Zoom, which both offer "the world\'s first" super bright F1.8 aperture digital zoom lens with an extended flash working range, a 3X zoom lense, and plug-and-play USB support without additional drivers. The $1000 C-3040 with an included 16MB SmartMedia card offers 3.34 megapixel resolution and is due in March, while the $700 C-2040 with 2-megapixel resolution and 8MB card is expected to ship later this month.
Bruno Blondeau\'s iOrganize 3.2, a multipurpose organization tool with an advanced NotePad, an Address Book, and an Alias Manager, adds several enhancements and bug fixes to its three modules. A beta of the Carbon is also available online.
Yesterday we noted the Illustrator 9.02 update, GM release of Mac OS 9.1 (to ADC developers), Iomega\'s new Peerless drive system, Apple\'s corporate refocus, and dozens of new products expected at next week\'s Macworld Expo.
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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