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Extender antennas for AirPort Base Station
Constantin von Wentzel, who recently posted instructions for replacing failed capacitors in Apple's AirPort Base Station, has also added further instructions for those who want to retrofit extender antennas.
Mac aRa Modem Magic 5.0 improves dial-up
The $40 package of modem scripts, Mac aRa Modem Magic 5.0, promises to improve modem connection speeds through optimizations and compatibility with the latest protocols. It includes over 190 new ITU 56K Standard V.90, ITU V.92/V.44 and ISDN Drivers for your Modem Scripts Folder (inside the System Folder). A list of supported modems and a demo are both available.
New Carbonized Atari 5200 emulator
Richard Bannister's Jum52/MacOS 0.5.1 is a new Atari 5200 emulator for Mac OS that includes full sound support and runs just fine under MacOS X.
Promo for StickyBrain 1.1 productivity app
Chronos' latest promotion offers StickyBrain for $20, a 43% savings: "Each subsequent day the price of StickyBrain will increase by $1 until the final retail price of $35 is reached." The company has also posted StickyBrain 1.1, an update to its "personal productivity" application that offers tools to organize and store information, password management, and to-do lists, contact lists, alarms and an infinitely customizeable interface. A demo is available online and also runs under Mac OS X.
Tape 1.6a5 edits Mac OS X Help Book bundles
Tape 1.6a5, the next version of the $10 shareware Mac OS 9 Package and Mac OS X Bundle editor, adds support for editing Mac OS X Help Book bundles, which "use a slightly different bundle format than application bundles."
CDFinderX now OS X compatible
The $20 shareware CDFinderX, now available for Mac OS X, is billed as "the first disk cataloger tool" for the upcoming OS.
SET UNiT Manager 3.3 adds OS 9.1 support
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3 is an update to the popular SETI@Home helper utility that allows users to cache work units, log the analysis process, and automatically work units to RAM Disk for improved performance. Version 3.3 brings OS 9.1 support (through a new data file format), improved compatibility with Retrospect, and improved performance. [Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN]
Apple\'s Cube prices increased in Hong Kong
Keys Curry notes an that Apple has increased the price on 500-MHz Cube in Hong Kong, despite a recent price drop in the US (as noted first by MacNN):
I have been waiting patiently for Apple Store HK to drop the price on its Fastest Cube model to match the reduction in price at the Apple Store USA. Generally, the prices at the Apple Store HK pretty closely track prices at the Apple Store USA. Anyway, imagine my shock when I found out that the Apple Store HK actually increased the price of the Faster and Fastest models from the old price (which was equivalent to the price at the Apple Store USA prior to the recent price reductions). The Faster model is now around $2,499 US and the Fastest model is now at a whopping $2,975 US. I hope that this is a mistake. I sent a note to Apple Store HK asking for comment on the price rise, but no response so far. The Fast model is pretty much equivalent to the Apple Store US price.
NetShred 1.8: privacy utility for Internet
NetShred 1.8 adds support for multiple overwrites of file names to the $10 software utility that erases the web browser cache, browser history files and email trash for improved computer privacy.
Maya 3.0 and EUI for the Mac previews in NYC
The February meeting of The 3D Artist User Group of New York will offer first looks at both Maya 3.0 and ElectricImage Universe on Wednesday, February 28th. Alias/Wavefront will be giving a Mac-oriented demo of Maya for Mac OS X and attendees will also get a first look at ElectricImage's soon to be released new interface and feature set, which will include new modeling enhancements, an improved Raytracing engine, Open GL support, new IK controls, and multi-platform support. Online pre-registration is required for the free event, which will take place at the Apple Marketing Center in NYC.
FireWire Depot adds new products
Reseller FireWire Depot is now offering CDCylone's 12x10x32 CDRW and 16x10x40 CDRW for $370 and $400 respectively and is also accepting pre-orders on CDCyclone's 'SuperDrive' DVD/CDRW for $990. It is also offering SCSI and FireWire versions of Ecrix Tape Back-up drive (starting at $1050), full-size 5.25" FireWire enclosures ($155), and 2.5" and 3.5" USB/FireWire drive enclosures for $160 and $185 respectively.
DMX controller software updated
CDS advanced technology bv has released LanBox-LCII v1.3.3, updated software and firmware for its 250 channel, DMX controller box for lighting applications.
Professional astronomy package updated
The Digital Universe 2.3 is a $100 professional-level astronomy simulation tool that integrates a "several thousand page multimedia encyclopedia of astronomy." Version 2.3 provides online integration, improved grid display and customization, and other enhancements.
FlavorSavers 2.7 screen saver package
FlavorSavers 2.7 is an update to the $25 screen saver package, adding 11 new modules, improved security, and better screen coverage.
Sleeper 3.2.3b3 adds support for latest Macs
Sleeper 3.2.3b3, a public beta version of St. Clair Software's popular screen saver and energy saving utility, improves support for Apple's latest PowerMac G4's and iMacs, resolves some isolated compatibility problems with OS 9, and adds support for Apple's Studio and Cinema LCD displays. Sleeper 3.2.3 also includes controls for managing processor cycling on Macs that support it, allowing "users who are having problems with Apple's built-in power management to disable the Energy Saver control panel completely."
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