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ObjectTools v1.5.1 is a maintenance update to the $150 4th Dimension plugin which provides a set of routines that allow you to create Objects, a single entity in which you can store and retrieve any amount of data of differing types. Versions for both Windows and Mac OS are bundled together for $200.
Zeep.com has released LocalizerDSP 1.0 plug-in for VST and MAS architectures, which provides control over multi-channel audio mixing: \"more than a simple multi-channel panner, [it] simulates the acoustic phenomena of sound moving about a listener in a given environment.\" It includes spatial renderers for 5.1 surround, 7.1, quad/octo, LCRS, and stereo as well as zVerb surround processoróa true multi-channel space simulator. An introductory price of $595 is available as well as $150 discount off the regular price through March 1, 2001.
AppleInsider has information regarding a Mac version of WinAmp, the most popular MP3 player for Windows, expected to be released in the near future.
Apple has posted MRJ 2.2.4 for download, after we initially noted its release via the Software Update Control Panel yesterday. It resolves a security issue noted here a few weeks ago, which one reader confirms: \"I\'ve verified that the security hole in MRJ (2.2.3) has been fixed in version 2.2.4. \"
Lurk 4.2 is a freeware webcam browser in which you can type or paste the url of a webcampicture, set a refreshrate and watch the cam. It offers support for login and passwords, allows you to archive selected cams if the picture is new, customize the creator/type of the save pictures, and create QuickTime movies from the archives. (It requires a PowerPC processor and QuickTime 4.)
ScheduleOnline has announced that Mac users can now synchronize calendars, to-do lists and address books with Palm OS-based devices. Users can synchronize PDAs with a group scheduler that checks, in real-time, the availability of colleagues. The Mac-synch software is free.
Interesting threads in our forums include: why menu bar corners are rounded · a continued debate over the resolution of the PowerBook G4\'s screen · a new list view bug in Mac OS 9 · upgrading a new G4/466 down the road · problems with a G4/500 MP, RADEON, and 17\" MutliScan display · an iBook speaker that cuts out · and how to import Entourage data to Outlook Express.
WIBU-SYSTEMS, a leading manufacturer in the copy protection and license management software, announced a new Macintosh Driver v3.0 to support Mac OS X. Due when Mac OS X ships in March, the company will show WIBU-KEY with the latest drivers at CeBIT 2001 (hall 13 booth E66). The new functions of USB-based WIBU-KEY dongle are inside the newly developed driver and will be available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X (CFM and Mach-O) and \"will be 100% identical with the v3.0 Windows drivers and offers thus the same functions as under Windows.\" [MacTech]
Dan Caugherty notes that Slashdot today posted the responses of FreeBSD developer/guru Robert Watson to readers\' questions: \"Many of his answers are quite favorable to MacOS X as well as Apple\'s commitment to the open source movement.\"
Cyrusoft\'s POP and IMAP email client, Mulberry v2.1a2, offers new rules support including local filtering and SIEVE script generation and also brings a native Mac OS X support.
Chris Franson sent us a note about Powerbook G3 Hinge failure, which he says is a widespread defect in some of Apple\'s notebooks: \"I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that, for a period of about 2 months, Apple *had* covered some of these failures on otherwise out of warranty PowerBooks, but they are no longer doing so.\"
Valentina technology release 1.8.7 now includes new functionality to most SDKs and Mac OS X support. It introduces the first Valentina for Java (VJSDK) for both Mac and Windows ($300), Shockwave and Authorware friendly versions of Valentina for Director, and Mac OS X ready versions of Valentina application and Valentina for REALbasic. It is a free upgrade for registered users.
Ray Pfeffer notes that MessageLabs has detected a minor outbreak of Melissa.W virus: \"The Melissa code is contained in a Macintosh Office 2001 Word document, which it appears cannot be decoded properly by old versions of many virus scanners. MessageLabs therefore recommend that you update your scanner to a version that can cope with Macintosh Office 2001. The outbreak is currently being tracked on our threatlist as W2001MAC/Melissa.W. Most copies have come from the UK, which is where the outbreak originated, but we have also seen one copy from South Africa.\"
Ekim Software releases MailCall 1.7, an update to its $12 shareware e-mail notification software that performs periodic checks of your account(s) and notifies you when new mail has arrived. Version 1.7 drastically reduces the application\'s CPU usage.
AlbumWrap 1.0 is a new shareware utility that can create archives that \"wrap\" several MP3 songs into a single file, while still providing relevant information such as title, author, bit rate, and album length in file searches and downloads. The cross-platform utility comes with a free extractor that can be used to \"take apart\" the archive. A 10-day demo is available for Mac OS X, Classic Mac OS, and Windows.
Daniel Vanwie notes that the LA Times has published a full page spread in the Technology section titled \" Macworld Special Report.\" The five new articles, also available online, take a look at the platform, its users, the Mac vision, and Apple\'s new products as well as include a review of iTunes and iDVD.
Fujistu yesterday cut prices on its line of 1.3 GB Magneto-Optical drives and media. The FireWire drive is now priced at $430, while the external SCSI/USB drive is $350 and the internal SCSI is $340. 1.3 GB MO disks carry a new price of $20, while 640 MB MO disks, which are also compatible with the 1.3 GB drives, have been reduced to $8.
The Macintosh Guy has added a new mailing list for the Titanium PowerBook G4. Discussion lists are also available for a plethora of other topics, from digital cameras to Mac OS X.
PhotoSpin.com has written a favorable article regarding the 733 MHz Power Mac G4 and iDVD that says, \"With these amazing tools at your disposal, a client can walk into your facility and go out with a finished DVD just a couple of hours later. And the cost to do all this is actually less than just that of a DVD burner up to this point.\"
FWB Software and TRI-EDRE have partnered to cross license software technology. TRI-EDRE will be localizing and distributing French versions of FWB Software\'s Hard Disk Toolkit while FWB will have exclusive rights to distribute the English version of the Tri-Backup package.
No-U-Turn Software has introduced Dot What? 1.0 for Macintosh, a $15 shareware application that describes which applications files with three-letter extensions (.sit, .doc, etc.) are associated with. The database currently contains more than 1,500 file extensions.
Keyspan has posted USB Twin Serial adapter 1.8, an updated driver for its serial-to-USB adapter. This version improves overall serial communications, fixes an issues with virtual memory and the assistant control panel\'s adapter test now operates properly.
Apple has been reiterated \"neutral\" by analyst Andrew J Neff at Bear, Stearns & Co. Apple\'s stock was also reiterated \"neutral\" by analyst Richard Gardner at Salomon Smith Barney, but Gardner raised Apple\'s stock price target to $17 from $15. [updated]
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s financials and conference notes, Sonnet\'s acquisition of Newer engineers, CNN\'s use of Macs, and Apple\'s DVD-ROM v1.1 and MRJ 2.2.4 updates. Other updates include Power Windows 2.4.5, MAK 2.5, Disk Warrior 2.05, and Rewind v1.1.
Afternoon tech news: \"Mafiaboy,\" a 16-year-old computer hacker accused of crippling several major Internet sites, pleaded guilty in a Canadian court on to 55 charges of mischief;rolling blackouts continued for the second day in California, especially in Northern California; and the American Library Association will file a lawsuit challenging a new federal law that would require filtering in public schools and libraries.
Desktop Magician 2.01 fixes several bugs in the utility that gives you the ability to customize your desktop and easily save and restore the running environment on your Mac. The $20 shareware uses desktop sets to manage icon positions, groups of running applications, Finder windows, networked and mounted volumes, and other desktop settings.
The shareware file launcher, File Freak 3.0, which allows you to select and launch applications by typing the first few letters of the application name, has a new interface and OS X compatibility.
Terra Soft Solutions has enabled a PowerPC Linux kernel with support for dual-processor Apple G4s and 1GB RAM and has posted the experimental kernel, vmlinux-2.4.1-pre2, on its ftp servers.
OneApp Software has released Italian Words and Phrases 1.1, an education application that offers a comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary with grammatical notes; a phrase book containing thousand of English phrases with Italian translation; and a business dictionary helping you to write commercial letters, send emails and make phone calls in good Italian.
OT/PPP Strip 1.1, a useful $5 shareware system utility from Dennis J. Wilkinson for connecting without a modal dialog, adds support for Mac OS 9.1 and has an updated interface.
Chris Carruthers has posted iTimer 2.5.1, a maintenance update to the application for timing and regulating Internet use from one computer that supports multiple users and is fully administrable.
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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