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MySQL for Mac OS X now available
MySQL for Mac OS X 3.23.36 from MySQL AB is an OS X-compatible release of the Open Source SQL database.
GraphicConverter 4.06 now available
Lemke Software's excellent $35 shareware graphics utility, GraphicConverter 4.06, brings better stability to the Carbon version, swf export routines, the ability to create 128x128 thumbnail icons, and several bug fixes. [Carbon, Classic]
Netscape 4.77 due out soon
A MacNN reader notes that Netscape is preparing to push out Netscape Communicator 4.7.7, a new version of its browser, as indicated by the new folder on its ftp site.
AppleWorks 6.1.2 updater available
After making the update available on users' iDisks earlier this week, Apple has posted the AppleWorks 6.12 updater on its Website, which will update v6.03 or v6.04 of the productivity suite and also install a preview of the Carbon version. (Apple also posted the AppleScript 1.6 update on its Website.)
TEAC ships internal 16x10x40x CD-RW
TEAC has begun shipping a 16x10x40 CD-RW drive that is fully Macintosh compatible. The $280 internal drive is purportedly able to burn a full 650 MB CD in less than five minutes. It ships with a 2 MB buffer as well as two pieces of writable media.
New database tool for Mac OS X
Raining Data and Frontbase have formed an agreement where the two companies will team to ship an advanced database tool for Mac OS X dubbed Omnis Studio. The new package will include support for traditional SQL databases such as Frontbase, Oracle, Sybase, DB2 and Informix.
New PowerBook audo adapter from Lind
Lind Electronics is beginning shipment of a new $130 laptop DC power adapter that will allow PowerBooks to be used in automobiles. Lind claims its new adapter closely emulates that of a PowerBook's AC adapter.
Metal 1.7a: freeware BASIC metacompiler
METAL v1.7a is a freeware BASIC language metacompiler that includes graphics, sound, speech, math and file I/O routines. Version 1.7a brings "vastly improved compiler stability", a better editor and help system, improved error reporting, new loop and flow control constructs, and 37 new commands.
Tech: MP3 market, Tablet PC news...
Tech news: IDC is predicting that the market for MP3 and other compressed audio players will eventually outship portable cassette and CD players, growing at a rate of 51 percent in 2001 and peaking at 26 million units sold in 2005. Several major PC and processor manufacturers, such as Acer, Compaq, Sony, Intel, and Transmeta have lined up to support the "Tablet PC," a new slate-like computer based on the Windows XP operating system. The first Tablet PCs will debut in 2002.
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