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ZDnet, PC Magazine on PB G4; iTunes \'rocks\'

02/12, 11:15pm

ZDnet, PC Magazine on PB G4; iTunes \'rocks\'

ZDnet calls the PowerBook G4 "drool-worthy," noting that the "15.2 wide-screen display is hands-down the nicest screen we've ever seen on a portable," while PC Magazine's review reads like spec sheet, noting that a 12-degree vertical shift causes image degradation on the screen (but mistakenly insists that the PowerBook doesn't have a fan). Meanwhile, Bob Levitus, writing for the Houston Chronicle, says iTunes rocks, calling it elegant and appealing.

Apple SEC form 10-Q now available online

02/12, 11:05pm

Apple SEC form 10-Q now available online

Apple today filed its Quarterly SEC Form 10-Q, which is available online and covers much of the same info presented in the Apple Q1 financial results and conference call earlier this year and the January Analyst meeting.

MarketSource looking for Demo Days help

02/12, 8:55pm

MarketSource looking for Demo Days help

Apple and MarketSource today announced Demo Days in both February and March, including a special Demo Day event for Pennsylvania during its "Tax Free" days, which are scheduled at Circuit City and CompUSA locations in the state on February 18, 24 and 25. Additionally, Nationwide Demo Days at all Circuit City locations are scheduled for March 10th and 11th. MarketSource is looking for Apple "enthusiasts"...

Digidesign ships Pro Tools 5.1 audio software

02/12, 8:45pm

Digidesign ships Pro Tools 5.1 audio software

After announcing it in mid-January, Digidesign is now shipping an update to its audio workstation software, Pro Tools 5.1, which brings major enhancements to editing, session navigation, MIDI sequencing, plug-in processing, and session interchange capabilities.

MacTella 1.01 on heels of Napster ruling

02/12, 8:20pm

MacTella 1.01 on heels of Napster ruling

MacTella 1.01 brings improved compatibility with other Gnutella clients and improved stability when using a modem connection to the distributed file sharing utility.

APS PowerTools 6.4 adds FireWire boot support

02/12, 8:10pm

APS PowerTools 6.4 adds FireWire boot support

APS Tech has released PowerTools 6.4, a free update to its $20 drive management/utility software that adds compatibility with new Power Macs and OS 9.1 as well as improved handling of ATA, SCSI, FireWire and USB drives and support for FireWire booting on selected Macs and Apple's System Profiler to recognize USB/FireWire drives.

Extreme Voice cancels Call Waiting for Mac

02/12, 8:00pm

Extreme Voice cancels Call Waiting for Mac

Greg Struve forwarded a note from Extreme Voice tech support staff noting that the company is discontinuing its Internet Call Waiting service for the Mac, and referring clients to companies with other similar services: "There appears to be no further action being taken on the beta of their software. Their web site has not been updated." (Its Website still says "Macintosh version available in the coming months.")

SpeedApp 2.0: text-based application launcher

02/12, 7:45pm

SpeedApp 2.0: text-based application launcher

SpeedApp 2.0.3 is $20 shareware application for locating and launching applications by typing in the first letters of the application.

Rearrange Folders 1.2: desktop Finder util

02/12, 7:40pm

Rearrange Folders 1.2: desktop Finder util

The $20 shareware Rearrange Folders 1.2 can be used to organize Finder windows and control their sizes and positions: "The program is ideally suited for those who need to create CD-ROMs regularly or those who want to save screen space or have less clutter on their desktops."

Tropico Character: Female Farmer

02/12, 7:15pm

Tropico Character: Female Farmer

PopTop Software has chosen the Female Farmer as this week's Tropico Character Highlight. "Yes, you'll have plenty of these back-water agronomists running around, tilling the soiling, herding the calves, doing what they can to feed your people in one of the oldest and most respected professions around."

Myst III: Exile\'s Five Ages

02/12, 7:00pm

Myst III: Exile\'s Five Ages

Presto Studios has updated the official web site for Myst III: Exile with the first look at the five ages that the new game will let users explore...

MacMoorhuhn: The Modern Duck Hunt

02/12, 6:50pm

MacMoorhuhn: The Modern Duck Hunt

Rene Trost has released MacMoorhuhn 1.1.2, a Mac port of the PC game "Moorhuh Jagd". The game is the modern equivalent of Duck Hunt for the original NES with players challenged to shoot as many birds as possible in a set amount of time.

Q3:A True Combat 0.4 Released

02/12, 6:40pm

Q3:A True Combat 0.4 Released

TeamTerminator has released True Combat 0.4, a new version of the mod for Quake III: Arena that aims to simulate gun battles in realistic environments. The new version adds two new round-based game types, (Survivor and Team Survivor), dual gun mode, a new team-oriented first aid system, a new explosion damage system, new fire modes for weapons, new weapons, new weapon models and much more.

Meshwork 1.7: 3D modeling app for games, Web

02/12, 6:30pm

Meshwork 1.7: 3D modeling app for games, Web

Codenautics Software's Meshwork 1.7, an update to its 3D trimesh modeling application for the Mac, introduces "pinned-mode texture mapping" for control over the texture coordinates for every point in the 3D model. Meshwork is designed for high-speed, efficient models for use in games, on the web, and other realtime 3D applications and offers geometry tools such as lathing and extrusion, both automatic and manual texture mapping options, and import/export in a variety of common 3D formats. The $30 shareware is available in English, Dutch, French, and German.

Database application server: FairCom Mac 6.1

02/12, 6:30pm

Database application server: FairCom Mac 6.1

The database application server, FairCom Mac Server v6.10, adds increased security, functionality and new ASP Development Kit (SDK) with support for Apple's new Mac OS X and includes support for ADSP, SPX and TCP/IP. Servers retail from $750 to $5,800, depending upon the number of users and are licensed on a per machine basis.

JVC introduces new MiniDV camera

02/12, 6:20pm

JVC introduces new MiniDV camera

JVC's new MiniDV camera, dubbed the "microPocket DV" offers a full-flat body and brushed aluminum surface. The "stylish" new GR-DVP3 has a 680,000-pixel CCD with 520 lines of horizontal resolution and support for MPEG4 video clips, MP3 sound effects, as well as a USB and FireWire connections and SD Memory Card slot. The built-in digital still camera has a 10x optical/200x digital zoom and can capture still images for output in either XGA mode (1024x 768) or VGA mode (640x480). [pricing and availability not noted]

Stratics: Rodney Hodge Interview

02/12, 6:00pm

Stratics: Rodney Hodge Interview

World War II Online Stratics has published an interview with Playnet's Rodney Hodge, one of the eighteen member group working on the massively multiplayer war combat game, World War II Online. Rodney notes that the company is already in the design phase of planning another massively multiplayer game...

Kodak mc3: new DV, MP3, digital camera device

02/12, 6:00pm

Kodak mc3: new DV, MP3, digital camera device

Kodak today introduced the Kodak mc3, a new portable unit that combines digital video with "virtually unlimited recording," an MP3 player and a digital still camera.

DVD drives available as BTO from Apple Store

02/12, 5:45pm

DVD drives available as BTO from Apple Store

Caleb Levesque notes that DVD Drives, which were delayed until mid-February, are now available as a BTO option on the PowerMac G4s at the Apple Store.

Mac Pack connects Sony\'s handheld to Macs

02/12, 5:45pm

Mac Pack connects Sony\'s handheld to Macs

Markspace is now offering a $30 Mac Pack for linking Sony's CLIÉ handheld to any USB Macintosh via the Palm Desktop 2.6.1 or later app. The Mac Pack includes the USB driver for the CLIÉ, HotTime clock syncing software and coupons for discounts on additional Mac/PalmOS software.

*DAMN: New mods for Rogue Spear

02/12, 5:10pm

*DAMN: New mods for Rogue Spear

*DAMN Gamer has released two new maps, Omaha Beach and Silent Ark, as well as a weapon mod for the Mac version of Rogue Spear. Fire Power is a small weapon mod that adds a few rocket launchers and several special items.

PakRat 0.8.1 Released

02/12, 5:05pm

PakRat 0.8.1 Released

PakRat 0.8.1 is a new version of the model viewer for Quake III: Arena and other Quake-engine games such as Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. The new version includes a shader preview, the ability pause shaders, new icons, several bug fixes and more. The next version is expected to be Carbonized for use under Mac OS X.

Master of Orion III Dev. Diary #5

02/12, 3:15pm

Master of Orion III Dev. Diary #5

Quicksilver Software's Corey Nelson has provided GameSpy with Developer Diary #5 which describes the current state of development for turn-based strategy game Master of Orion III. "The technology system has also been created and so you can go in and research items. Space combat works in its more basic form and once we get the ship design screens in we'll be working on some heavy balancing of it as well as the more advanced features (area effect weapons, specials etc)."

Rune Mapping Contest Winners

02/12, 3:10pm

Rune Mapping Contest Winners

Human Head Studios has selected seven winning maps in its Rune Mapping Contest to be included in the Rune Add-on Pack. In addition, three runner-ups and seven honorable mentions have been made available for download.

Deus Ex: Behind the Scenes

02/12, 3:05pm

Deus Ex: Behind the Scenes

DeusEx-Machina takes a Behind the Scenes Look in the Making of Deus Ex by talking to Ion Storm's Deus Ex development team about all of the small references in the game, what they were inspired by and the reasons for various plot lines and stories within the game.

GA-RPG: BioFiles 2

02/12, 2:45pm

GA-RPG: BioFiles 2

GA-RPG has posted the second edition of its new BioFiles column with Bioware's James Ohlen, Writer and Designer on Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, continuing on what the company did wrong with character interaction in the sequel to its award-winning role-playing game. "We really wanted to make player interjections one of the most noticeable differences between Baldur's Gate 1 and 2," notes, Ohlen. "While we were successful in this, our implementation still fell short of blending seamlessly with gameplay in Baldur's Gate 2."

Mac OS X Core OS contributor leaves Apple

02/12, 2:41pm

Mac OS X Core OS contributor leaves Apple

Wilfredo Sánchez, an important contributor at Apple's Core Operating System Group, where he "maintained much of the BSD user-level code in Mac OS X, and lead the open source engineering effort at Apple," has left Apple, according to his Website: "Though I no longer work at Apple, I'm still an active Darwin developer, and still maintain the Darwin/Mac OS port of software like Perl and Apache."

SimpleText Enhancer 4.0 adds new functions

02/12, 2:30pm

SimpleText Enhancer 4.0 adds new functions

Steve Becker's SimpleText Enhancer 4.0 adds a simple hotkey for direct printing, new tool bar commands, text manipulation options, word count functions, customizable glossaries, and other enhancements to his $20 utility for enhancing the SimpleText text editor (upgrades are $12). A 10-day demo is available.

Quit It 2.4.2f fixes bugs in system extension

02/12, 2:29pm

Quit It 2.4.2f fixes bugs in system extension

Katoemba Software has released Quit It 2.4.2, a system extension that automatically quits an application when its last window is closed by the user.

SuperReport Pro 2.5: 4D reporting tool

02/12, 2:25pm

SuperReport Pro 2.5: 4D reporting tool

Automated Solutions Group has released SuperReport Pro 2.5, its 4D reporting tool with over 50 new and enhanced routines, a new developer API, enhanced user interface, enhanced HTML interface and web integration and compatibility with 4D 6.5/6.7. A single platform version is $400, while a bundle of both Mac and Windows is $700.

Live Deskpicture 1.2 adds earthlights, PB G4

02/12, 2:15pm

Live Deskpicture 1.2 adds earthlights, PB G4

Live Deskpicture v1.2 offers the ability to place dynamic image of the earth that updates as the world turns on your desktop or as a screen saver. This version adds an option to display night earthlights from cities around the world, and a new display size to support the Titanium PowerBook.

Slacker\'s Guide to Shareware Pt. 4

02/12, 2:10pm

Slacker\'s Guide to Shareware Pt. 4

We have published the Slacker's Guide to Shareware Gaming Pt. 4 which covers four games that are easy to learn, fun, addictive and available for download.

Games: Slacker\'s Shareware Part 4

02/12, 2:05pm

Games: Slacker\'s Shareware Part 4

games.macnn.com has published the Slacker's Guide to Shareware Gaming Part 4 which covers four games that are easy to learn, fun, addictive and available for download.

Roundup: Target Korea and more

02/12, 2:00pm

Roundup: Target Korea and more

Last Friday, Westlake Interactive released Total Annihilation 3.1.2 Beta 6 which primarily adds GameRanger support and tweaks the network code, PopTop Software issued an update on the development of building/strategy game Tropico and Sickware announced an upcoming massively multiplayer flight sim for the Mac and PC, Target Korea. We updated Custer's Corner with a new desktop picture, Vanity, featuring John Blade, J.D. and Alexis Sinclaire from Ritual Entertainment's first-person shooter, SiN.

Canon introduces new photo inkjet printer

02/12, 2:00pm

Canon introduces new photo inkjet printer

Canon has introduced its S800 Bubble Jet photo printer, which replaces Canon's BJC-8200 printer and offers 2400x1200 dpi resolution. Canon says it prints an 8x10-inch photo image prints in approximately two minutes. Cannon is including a Type I and Type II CompactFlash reader with the $300 printer. it is due in late March.

Canon flatbed scanners have new compression

02/12, 2:00pm

Canon flatbed scanners have new compression

Canon also introduced new CanoScan 1230UF and CanoScan 2400UF color flatbed scanners with large format built-in film adapters, which offer 48-bit color scanning, improved resolutions and scanning speeds. The USB-enabled scanners offer the ability for users to scan 35mm, medium format and 4x5-inch slides, transparencies and negatives and use new Data Compression Transfer technology, which it says transfers images 30 percent faster than previous CanoScan scanner models. The 1230UF offers 1200x2400 dpi while the 2400UF offers 2400x4800 dpi up to 9600x9600 dpi for ultra-high-resolution color scans. Both ship in April for $300 and $500 respectively.

Napster ruling could limit file exchanges

02/12, 1:45pm

Napster ruling could limit file exchanges

Calling it "overbroad" and asking for modifications in its scope, a federal appeals court sent back an injunction against Napster, a decision which allows users to continue to use Napster to exchange files for now, but in the future could limit the types of files that can be exchanged.

Card Photo Printer CP-10 from Cannon

02/12, 1:40pm

Card Photo Printer CP-10 from Cannon

Canon today introduced its Card Photo Printer CP-10, which is compatible with its new PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH, A20, and A10 cameras and offers full control of print settings directly from the camera's LCD monitor. The ultra-compact dye-sublimation printer produces credit card-sized color prints in as little as 56 seconds and offers 300dpi image resolution, a UV overcoat for image protection, a choice of bordered or borderless images, compatibility with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and compatibility with sticker paper. The 18-oz printer ships with a translucent blue case with stainless steel accents and is due in the second quarter for $400.

Up to $200 back on Helix RADE purchases

02/12, 1:35pm

Up to $200 back on Helix RADE purchases

Helix Technologies is offering gift certificates of either $100 or $200 at the Chip Merchant with the purchase of new copies of Helix RADE ($150) and http://www.HelixTech.com/products.html ($400), respectively. Helix RADE is a development environment for the Helix product suite and can execute Helix applications in single user mode.

Apple PowerBook G4 orders delayed (again)

02/12, 1:30pm

Apple PowerBook G4 orders delayed (again)

Apple has, once again, pushed back delivery of Titanium PowerBook G4s, according several readers who have received delay notices, indicating delivery on March 4th: "I just received an email from the Apple Store that my BTO Powerbook G4 will not ship until March 3 (presumably 2001, but who knows?). The only custom option on my G4 is the AirPort card."

iListen speech software offer expires soon

02/12, 1:25pm

iListen speech software offer expires soon

MacSpeech today announced its $100 introductory offer ($40 off regular price) for iListen 1.0.1 speech recognition software will expire on Thursday February 15th. iListen allows users to dictate into virtually any Macintosh application, and has full Command & Control features that allow users to control their Mac with their voice.

YellowPad: new free-form text manager

02/12, 12:35pm

YellowPad: new free-form text manager

Quantum Meruit's YellowPad 1.0 s a $25 free-form information manager for keeping track of text information, offering encryption, support for styled text, advanced search function, and multiple-undo.

OpenGL Mac DoomLegacy 1.0 Released

02/12, 12:25pm

OpenGL Mac DoomLegacy 1.0 Released

OpenGL Mac DoomLegacy 1.0 is the first non-beta release of the OpenGL version of Doom and Doom II for the Mac. This version corrects missing textures, adds support for eight mouse buttons, no longer crashes after long periods of play and plays Doom music by default as opposed to MP3s.

MWA: Mumbo Jumbo Interview Pt. 1

02/12, 12:15pm

MWA: Mumbo Jumbo Interview Pt. 1

The newly launched mythwolfage.com has published part one of an interview with Mumbo Jumbo Games' Craig Goodman, Paul Callender and Richard Cowhill (known to Myth community members as Santa's Head, fisj and iggy the popp, respectively). The group answers questions regarding Myth III: The Wolf Age including how Mumbo Jumbo beat out several other proposals for the rights to develop the game...

New Sony Mini DV Digital Handycam camcorders

02/12, 12:15pm

New Sony Mini DV Digital Handycam camcorders

Sony today introduced new Mini DV Digital Handycam camcorders, the DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30, both of which offer USB connectivity, MPEG movie conversion mode for capturing short videos, and new imaging software, including MGI PhotoSuite and MGI VideoWave software to facilitate media transfers to a PC. Both offer a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens, 10X Optical/120X Precision Digital Zoom, a FireWire interface, and "NightShot" technology for capturing imags in the dark. The DCR-TRV30 also has a 1.5 mega-pixel CCD featuring up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution and the ability to capture 1360x1020 digital still images. They are will be available in April for $1,100 and $1,700, respectively.

Sony updates Cyber-shot digital cameras

02/12, 12:10pm

Sony updates Cyber-shot digital cameras

Sony has also updated its Cyber-shot digital still camera line. The DSC-P30, DSC-P50 and DSC-S75 cameras, which will be available in stores in May, have new cases, controls and styling. The "ergonomically-designed" DSC-S75 ($700) features 3.3 megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, a Carl Zeiss lens and a new Jog Dial navigator as well as a two-frame burst mode, a 14 bit A/D converter, and the ability to capture 320 x 240 video at 16fps. The smaller, more stylish DSC-P30 ($400) and DSC-P50 ($500) offer 3x Optical/6x Precision Digital zoom, AF Illuminator light, MPEG EX video, and Sony's newly developed low-power circuitry and power management system for up to 1100 shots on two AA cells (or 2200 shots on the optional InfoLithium S battery).

Audio Overload 1.1 plays Gameboy music

02/12, 12:05pm

Audio Overload 1.1 plays Gameboy music

Richard Bannister has released Audio Overload 1.1, a new version of his game music player for the Mac. This new version now supports playing Gameboy music files.

New Mavica FD Cameras from Sony

02/12, 12:00pm

New Mavica FD Cameras from Sony

Sony today announced the four latest additions to its FD Mavica camera line. The new models include the MVC-FD75, MVC-FD87, MVC-FD92 and the MVC-FD97, which offer direct compatibility with both floppy disk and Memory Stick media. Its high-end MVC-FD97 has a 10X Optical Zoom, image stabilization and 2.1 Mega-pixel resolution and is due in March for $900. The $600 MVC-FD92 with a 8x optical/16x digital zoom and 1.3 megapixel resolution (with 1.6 megapixel interpolated mode) will be available in March as well for about $600. Both the MVC-FD75 (10x optical zoom, no USB) and MVC-FD87 (3x optical zoom) are due in February for $400 and $500, respectively.

Tropico Structure Types

02/12, 11:55am

Tropico Structure Types

PopTop Software and Gathering of Developers have released information on the structure types in Tropico, the upcoming building/strategy game featuring the player as a Caribbean dictator managing a small tropical island.

SE: NVIDIA Interview

02/12, 11:45am

SE: NVIDIA Interview

Sharky Extreme has posted an interview with NVIDIA Corporation which contains questions offered by readers on the company's past, present and future products and strategies.

Audio Overload v1.1 plays Gamebody music

02/12, 11:35am

Audio Overload v1.1 plays Gamebody music

Audio Overload v1.1 adds support for playing Gameboy music files to the video game music player that supports .nsf (NES) tracks, .gbs (Gameboy) tracks, .spc (Super Nintendo) tracks, and .gym (Genesis/Megadrive) logs. as well as play lists and transparent decompresion of .rar archives.

MonacoEZcolor bundled with Expression 1680

02/12, 11:30am

MonacoEZcolor bundled with Expression 1680

Monaco Systems' color management software, MonacoEZcolor, will ship with the Epson Expression 1680 Artist, Professional, and Professional FireWire series scanners, which are due in February with an increase in dynamic range to 3.6 Dmax and 48-bit color. The Expression 1680 achieves 1600 x 3200 dpi true hardware resolution and ships with a transparency unit in the Professional and Professional FireWire models. A demo of MonacoEZcolor is available online and users can purchase the MonacoSENSOR colorimeter for improved monitor calibration for $250.

CanoScan FS4000US: desktop film scanner

02/12, 11:25am

CanoScan FS4000US: desktop film scanner

Canon today introduced a new, high-speed desktop film scanner designed for use with "virtually all" 35mm and Advanced Photo System films. The CanoScan FS4000US offers 4000-dpi optical resolution at 42-bit color as well as 14-bit A/D conversion; both USB and SCSI-2 interfaces; a built-in autofocus mechanism; and a software bundle that includes Adobe Photoshop LE and Canon's FilmGet FS driver software. The $1,100 scanner is due in the second quarter of this year.

Hardware-dongle HASP4 USB for Mac OS X

02/12, 11:15am

Hardware-dongle HASP4 USB for Mac OS X

Aladdin Knowledge Systems has released HASP4 USB for Mac OS X, its hardware-based software protection system for Mac OS X applications as well as applications for Win32 on PCs. The dongle offers developers options for creating time-limited demos, concurrent or floating licenses and remote updating of software modules. [MacTech]

Upcoming edutainment title teaches math

02/12, 10:55am

Upcoming edutainment title teaches math

Kutoka Interactive's upcoming edutainment title, Mia: Just in Time! is a time travel adventure for kids where "along the way math activities are seamlessly integrated into the story." The $20 software title, with four different skill levels, is due in the second quarter of this year.

Epson introduces new Stylus Pro 5500

02/12, 10:40am

Epson introduces new Stylus Pro 5500

Epson also introduced its 13-inch wide-format, high-end ink jet printer, Stylus Pro 5500, which offers 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, variable-sized three-picoliter droplets and photographic quality output using six heads with 96 nozzles. The printer has a 250-sheet feeder as well as a USB, parallel and Epson Type-B expansion slots standard with optional cards available for 10/100 BaseT and FireWire. The $3,500 printer is now available with an optional $3,000 EFI Fiery Spark Professional RIP for creating color composites and proofs for press runs. Epson today also reduced pricing on its other professional printers, offering the Stylus Pro 5000 for $2,500; the 9000 for $7,000 and the 9500 for $8,000.

Forums: G4/733, PB cases, PBG4+Airport, more

02/12, 10:40am

Forums: G4/733, PB cases, PBG4+Airport, more

Interesting threads in our forums include: G4/733 ship times · Apple's next motherboard architecture · carrying cases for the PowerBook G4 · AirPort and PowerBook G4 case difficulties · Mac OS 9.1 adverseley affecting Lombard PowerBook G3s · FireWire hard drive or tape for back up · 10"x13" color printer recommendations · multichannel FireWire audio-out solutions · uninterruptable power supply recommendations · using ATI's Radeon in an older Power Mac · upgrade paths for Windows-to-Mac versions of software.

DP Autochanger 1.5 gets OS 9.1 support

02/12, 10:10am

DP Autochanger 1.5 gets OS 9.1 support

Quandir Software has released DP Autochanger 1.5, a shareware utility for (randomly) changing your desktop picture from a designated folder of images. Version 1.5, which adds OS 9.1 compatibility, will now display pictures in random order or in alphabetic sequence and can use URL files that point to pictures on the Web.

Agfa introduces new flatbed scanner

02/12, 9:50am

Agfa introduces new flatbed scanner

Agfa recently released the Duoscan F40, a new version of its 1200x2400 dpi, 42-bit color flatbed scanner with TwinPlate technology, which offers a conventional scan bed for reflective originals and a separate tray for glass-less transparency scanning. It bundles FotoLook 3.5 software, Agfa's ColorTune 3.02 software, Adobe Photoshop LE and Readiris OCR. The scanner offers both FireWire and USB interfaces. [pricing not available]

Epson introduces 3 new photo inkjets

02/12, 9:30am

Epson introduces 3 new photo inkjets

At the Photo Marketing Association Show in Orlando, FL, Epson has introduced three ink jet printers, all three of which feature borderless printing, six-color printing, up to 2,980-by-720 dpi, "unvisible" four-picoliter droplets.

BaSh 1.5.4: updated component for 4D

02/12, 9:15am

BaSh 1.5.4: updated component for 4D

Deep Sky has released BASh v1.5.4, a 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space as well as more than two dozen new methods.

New Yamaha CD-RW due in mid-February

02/12, 9:15am

New Yamaha CD-RW due in mid-February

Yamaha has introduced LightSpeed CRW2100FXZ, a external, FireWire-based CD-RW. The 16x10x40 mechanism has an 8-MB buffer memory. Shipping in mid-February, the price will be $400. [site not updated]

Pricing corrected at Apple Store Hong Kong

02/12, 9:10am

Pricing corrected at Apple Store Hong Kong

Keys Curry notes that the Apple Store Hong Kong revised the Power Mac G4 Cube price for the 'Faster' and 'Fastest' models downward this morning (Monday, February 12), after our note yesterday about increased pricing.

Freeware software for testing MIDI interfaces

02/12, 9:00am

Freeware software for testing MIDI interfaces

MIDI Test 1.3 is a simple utility that allows users to test MIDI devices by displaying messages such as NoteOn, AfterTouch, PitchBend, ProgramChanges, Controllers and SystemExclusives.

Key Holder: password management application

02/12, 9:00am

Key Holder: password management application

Key Holder 1.0 is a $12 password account database application that supports multiple account files, encrypted account files, and searching. A 30-day free trial is available online.

Canon intros PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH

02/12, 8:55am

Canon intros PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH

Canon recently expanded its line of digital cameras with the $700 PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH, the smallest 2.1 megapixel camera in the world with 3x zoom. Other features include the ability to capture movie clips with audio, direct prints using the new CP-10 Dye-Sub printer, and an adaptive primary color filter for improved color reproduction.

REALbasic 3 adds OS X support, now shipping

02/12, 8:55am

REALbasic 3 adds OS X support, now shipping

REAL Software is now shipping REALbasic 3, a new version of its popular development application for Classic Mac OS, Mac OS X, and Windows ("without requiring any platform-specific adjustments"). Version 3 brings Mac OS X support, an all-new animation engine, revamped database features, enhancements to the Code editor and debugger, crash recovery, searchable online reference, AppleScriptable compilation process, and "vastly" improved Windows support. The Standard edition sells for $150 while the Pro version carries a $350 price tag.

Macromedia releases new extensions

02/12, 8:50am

Macromedia releases new extensions

Macromedia has released a new suite of extensions for Flash, Dreamweaver, and Dreamweaver UltraDev that allow users to "create and deliver learning content that complies with industry standards for tracking assessment results." The extensions are available free of charge. [Windows only]

Canon intros PowerShot A10 and A20

02/12, 8:50am

Canon intros PowerShot A10 and A20

Canon has also introduced the PowerShot A10 and A20 digital cameras. Features include a compact size, the ability to create credit card-sized prints using the new CP-10 printer, 3x digital zoom, a primary color filter, adaptive signal processing and USB interface. The PowerShot A20, for $600, has a 2.1 megapixel CCD, while the A10, for $500, features a 1.3 megapixel CCD.

Jasmine 0.90b: sound editor/mixer

02/12, 8:45am

Jasmine 0.90b: sound editor/mixer

Jasmine 0.90b, an update to the multitrack sound editor/mixer, adds Mac OS 9.1 compatibility and a more robust import engine plus several user-inteface enhancements.

Upside: Mac OS X may not be enough

02/12, 8:25am

Upside: Mac OS X may not be enough

Upside has published an article regarding Mac OS X and its potential impact on Apple's sales, noting that the operating system alone may not be enough to provide Apple with any signficant boost given the current state of the PC industry.

Earthlink, Sprint revise partnership terms

02/12, 8:15am

Earthlink, Sprint revise partnership terms

Earthlink and Sprint have revised the terms of their three-year alliance, dissolving Sprint's exclusive rights to acquire the company and allowing each company to pursue more third-party agreements. In doing so, analysts speculate that Microsoft could step up and become a major investor in Earthlink, or even acquire the ISP outright. Earthlink, which is Apple's exclusive ISP partner, has stumbled upon rough times in the last year as a result of weakened market conditions and a stop in the growth of its dial-up subscriber base.

Adobe takes wraps off Photoshop Elements

02/12, 8:00am

Adobe takes wraps off Photoshop Elements

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a new, $100 mid-range photo editing application geared towards prosumers. Among the application's features are more than 95 filters, a streamlined process for preparing images for the Web, and the ability to directly order prints of images from the Web. Photoshop Elements will ship in the second quarter and will include a $30 rebate for owners of PhotoDeluxe, Photoshop LE, or competing products.

Tech: Napster fate, Demo 2001, more

02/12, 7:30am

Tech: Napster fate, Demo 2001, more

Early morning tech news: the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will announce its verdict in the Napster lawsuit by 1 PM EST today; several new products from popular companies will be on display at Demo 2001 in Phoenix this week; hackers who penetrated a computer system at the recent World Economic Forum and gained sensitive information on 27,000 prominent attendees called the hack "easy"; and Rambus' patent-infringement lawsuit against memory makers Micron and Hyndai begins this week.

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