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Sonnet has posted Encore G4 X Install 1.0, which \"provides optimum cache performance for your beige Power Macintosh G3 upgraded with any Sonnet Encore/ZIF G4.\" The utility for OS X, requires that Mac OS 9.1 also be installed.
Power On Software announced that Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0, the much anticipated release of its popular contact management software, is currently in beta testing and will ship on May 15, 2001. Version 4.0, which will bring a \"dazzling new interface\" as well as compatibility with Classic under OS X, will be $130 ($50 upgrade). Version 4.1, due later this summer, will be completely Carbonized to run natively under OS X and will be a free update to v4.0 owners. Power On is offering free upgrades to all purchases of v3.92 ($90 standalone; $40 upgrade) on or after February 15th.
REAL Software has released REALbasic 3.1, a free update to its popular programming environment for Classic, OS X, and Windows that brings improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.0 as well as \"major\" improvements to database functionality. Standard and Professional packages are $150 and $350. An updated set of plugins for database access to OpenBase, CSV Database, PostgreSQL, DBF, OracleOCI 7.1, ODBC Databases, dtfSQL, Primebase, and 4D are also available. [Classic, Carbon, 68K]
Evening tech news: IBM today announced new midrange Unix servers in its bid to take back marketshare in the server market from Sun Microsystems; Gateway, in its attempt to become less dependent on PC sales, introduced three new network-attached storage (NAS) devices under the GS 400 brand; Java is seen as the best choice for developing wireless applications, outpacing support for the Palm OS and Windows CE; and age discrimination is rampant in the technology industry, according to newly released numbers, and the phenomenon hurts both old and young workers.
MP3 Streamer 1.2, a new version of Malia Soft\'s $20 server for streaming MP3s over a LAN or the Internet, fixes problems encountered when running the Carbonized application under Mac OS X 10.0.1.
Extensis has released QX-Effects 3.0.3, a new version of its $130 extension for QuarkXPress that lets users add shadows, bevels, glows, embosses and other effects. Version 3.0.3 fixes a bug when using the extension under OS 9.1.
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 1.1.1, a maintenance release to its $60 dynamic e-mail merge software for Mac and Mac OS X that features an integrated message editor, recipient database system, and message mailer for managing contacts and creating personalized e-mail messages.
Sorenson Media today announced Vcast, a personal broadcasting service that lets people stream live or on-demand video and audio content across the Internet. The downloadable Vcast client, which will be released as a public preview in May with a full release in the summer, will let users stream video live from a video camera, or compress existing video content with Vcast. Pricing will be based on the length of the stream and the number of viewers anticipated to watch.
Pangea Software has given MacNN an inside look at the second level of its upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac, Otto Matic, which is expected to be released in 2002. Pangea\'s President, Brian Greenstone, talked in more detail about Otto Matic during an interview with MacNN last month.
LittleFish Software today released ScreenCloze 2.0, a new version of its educational software for making and completing on-screen Cloze procedure passages (fill in the missing word exercises). Version 2.0 has been completely re-written and adds support for multiple fonts, sizes, and colors, printing worksheets, and improved record keeping.
Comm-Unity Networking has released FTPit 1.0b4 for FileMaker Pro 4/5. The public of the FileMaker plug-in uses FTP to allow you to upload and download files to and from an FTP site and also allows you to upload text from a FileMaker field directly to a file on an FTP site. Single-user licenses are $45, while site licenses are $170.
A reader sent in a hidden function in OS X (4L13): \"Perhaps this has already been publicized, but I haven\'t noticed it: on my TiBook running OS 10.0.1 (4L13), pressing the command key and the \"fn\" key simultaneously will bring up a Restart/Sleep/Shutdown dialog.\"
MAKI Enterprise has released a new version of its multilingual email software, Magellan 1.8.1, which adds full support for Right-to-Left language processing for Hebrew and Arabic languages, support searches when using Sherlock\'s \"Find By Content,\" Unicode 3.0 support and dozens of other minor improvements and bug fixes.
Eric Hancock writes about a potential issue with OS X, which has caused data loss under OS X: \"Twice since I got OS X, my system has become unbootable after leaving a CD in the drive during a reboot. Each time this happened, I rebooted OS X with a plain old data CD in the drive. After several long minutes of spinning beach ball, the disk with a question mark icon appeared. Disk First Aid says that there are \"Keys out of order.\" Each time I had to reinstall OS X. Apple tech support didn\'t have any ideas what caused this, or how to recover the disk or its data. This happened on a \'bronze\' PowerBook G3, 256 Meg of RAM, stock 12 gig drive.\"
IDG World Expo has announced that Macworld Expo New York in July will feature a Special Interest Boulevard. The Boulevard, first introduced at Macworld Expo San Francisco in January, features up to 100 exhibitors and focuses on digital media, small business products, sci-tech, education, and 3D/animation. IDG said the section was a huge hit at Macworld Expo SF.
Last week\'s Plugfest in Tokyo, one of a series of events designed to ensure interoperability between FireWire devices, was attended by Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Texas Instruments, and others. During the event\'s \"Grand Melee,\", 47 different FireWire devices were linked onto a single network, up from 36 different network-connected devices during the Fall 2000 plugfest. The next plugfest is scheduled for August 5-7 at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue, Washington.
SearchWare Solutions has released a public preview of an OS X native version of Pix Lite PR1, its QuickTime-based media viewer with slideshow and movie presentation functions as well as integrated AppleScript support. The $15 shareware is available as 30-day demo.
Transoft Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, will be showcasing the new version 3 of its FibreNet Storage Area Network (SAN) for Mac OS X and Windows 2000 in multiple booths at this week\'s NAB. The Apple booth includes FibreNet\'s SAN solution in a demonstration of end-to-end workflow.
Greg Landweber\'s SmoothType 2.3.3 improves kerning, fixes problems with Internet Explorer, DreamWeaver, and BBEdit, and prevents its shareware reminder from appearing during the initial trial period in his $10 shareware for on-screen font smoothing.
LaCie announced \"the first\" external, FireWire DVD-R/CD-RW combo drive. Due in June, the drive will record DVD-R at 2x speeds and read DVD-R media at 6x speeds. The mechanism also features a 8x4x24x CD-RW for compatibility with CD-R media. The $1000 drive will ship with either a FireWire or SCSI-3 interface along with Adaptec Toast 4.1.2. LaCie also offers 4.7GB DVD-R General media for $15.
Quadmation today released PlayerPRO 5.8 for OS X, a Carbon version of its freeware music editing program that can play a variety of sound formats.
ATTO will debut ATTO ExpressStripe for Mac OS X RAID software package at NAB 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ExpressStripe allows Mac users to create and manage standard and RAID 0 volumes for external and internal SCSI storage.
eWeek\'s Herb Bethoney suggests, as several editorials have done before, that Apple should help developers bring the open-source Darwinthe core of Apple\'s Mac OS Xto X86-based PCs, such as those from Intel and AMD. \"Face it, it\'s still an X86 world. By updating its Rhapsody tools for X86 machines and making them available to developers, Apple can instantly broaden its base of potential users.\"
Aladdin Systems is now shipping the StuffIt Engine SDK 6.0.1, which allows third-party software developers to put the power of StuffIt technology in their own applications. Version 6.01 is Carbonized, supports compression and encoding in AppleSingle, BtoA, Gzip, Lha, Tar, and Unix Compress as well as expansion and decoding of AppleSingle, BtoA, Gzip and Rar formats.
Trey Kaiser notes that Sony\'s Broadcast and Professional Website is currently turning away Mac users using the Internet Explorer 5 browser, prompting them to download the Netscape counterpart to view the site.
Bushfire 1.07 is a new version of Strange Flavour\'s popular $3 2D side-scrolling action game for Mac and Mac OS X. Version 1.07 now records the best times taken to complete each level to an HTML file for comparing with other Bushfire users. New music for the game is expected to be released soon. [10.7 MB -- full; 1.9 MB -- update]
Focal Point Systems, creator of the digital video software FilmLogic, has been acquired by Apple. FilmLogic is an application that works with non-linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere to allow users to edit electronically while finishing on film.
SmartWrap 1.8 brings OS X compatibility to its utility suite to reflow and \"clean-up\" text. The package includes a Eudora plug-in, Clipboard utility, and a BBEdit/Mailsmith/CodeWarrior plug-in. The $15 shareware package also offers improvements to the SmartWrap algorithm.
An article in The Industry Standard compares Palm\'s current licensing situation to Apple\'s. In Apple\'s case, the licensing program was abruptly discontinued because company execs concluded that clone makers were stealing too much of Apple\'s market share. Palm denies that licensing is hurting the company, but the company\'s market share is slipping, its stock is off more than 90 percent from its high, and 300 employees were recently laid off.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3.2 is a new maintenance release of the free utility for managing and optimizing the crunching of units in the SETI@Home project. (Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN.)
osx.macnn.com reports on the announcement of Maya 4, the 3D video animation and effects software from Alias|Wavefront, as well as a Mac OS X compatibility statement from upgrade maker Sonnet that includes plans for providing OS X compatibility for machines not officially supported by Apple.
Apple has published an in-depth guide to wireless gaming using AirPort, including mixing both wireless and wired (Ethernet) computers and using the AirPort Base Station to allow multiple wireless clients to play games over the Internet.
Apple has announced that QuickTime 5 is now shipping, posting QuickTime 5.01, which is now available for download via the QuickTime 4.12 updater or via Apple\'s Website (updated since this morning) or as a standalone QT 5 download. QuickTime Pro is available for $30; owners of QuickTime Pro 3/4 will need to pay again for QuickTime Pro 5, although purchases since early October of last year are except from upgrade fees. Meanwhile, QuickTime Streaming Server 3 is scheduled to ship next month. \"QuickTime 5 includes an enhanced user-interface with new audio controls, “Hot Picks” guide and QuickTime TV™ (QTV) channels display; a new DV codec for enhanced speed and quality; the ability for content creators to design custom interfaces for the delivery of their QuickTime content; and a component downloader to add Apple’s own enhancements as well as third-party plug-ins on the fly. QuickTime 5 also offers full support for MPEG-1, Flash 4 and QuickTime’s new Cubic VR technology.\" [updated]
Sonnet today announced Mac OS X compatibility for its entire line of Sonnet Encore/ZIF and Encore/ST G3/G4 processor upgrades, Tempo ATA, and Tango Firewire/USB cards as well as a program to provide OS X support for owners of Newer Technology\'s MaxPower G3 and G4 ZIF products. OS X compatibility for the Newer upgrades will require a software upgrade, which will be available by the end of May for a $30 download fee. Additionally, Sonnet will offer OS X compatibility solutions for Macintosh platforms that Apple is not officially supporting.
Pioneer today announced that it will begin shipping the DVR-A03 DVD/CD recordable drive by the end of May for $1000. The drive is similar to the DVR-103 \"Superdrive\" found in Apple\'s PowerMac G4/733, but features DVD-RW capability as well. LaCie, meanwhile, announced that it will ship a FireWire version of the drive for $1000 in June. CDCyClone previously announced plans to also ship a FireWire version of the drive.
Canon today introduced the world\'s first 3D lens, a 3x zoom lens for its Canon XL1 digital camcorder that simulates the human eyes and brain by including two lenses in one. The camcorder provides stereoscopic synchronization between the two lenses, which captures left and right eye images alternately on the CCD for 1/60 second using an LCD shutter panel. The lens will be available in October 2001 for $8,500.
Alias|Wavefront today announced Maya 4, a major upgrade to the company\'s world-renowned 3D animation and video effects software. The software is on display at NAB, including a Mac OS X version at Apple\'s booth. Maya for OS X is expected to ship this summer. Maya Complete 4 sells for $7,500 and Maya Unlimited 4 carries a $16,000 price tag. Pricing for the OS X versions has not yet been set.
Apple has compiled a list of articles that have been posted on the site relating to Apple Media Arts and Final Cut Pro under the heading \"The Final Cut Pro Revolution.\"
A terminal at Burbank Airport in California was shut down for five hours after a PowerBook G4 was the suspect of a possible bomb scare. X-ray machines had reportedly been unable to provide authorities with an image inside of the computer in a high enough detail, and a swab sample that was then taken contained a \"chemical residue of concern,\" most likely due to the titanium case. No bomb was found.
Matt Anderson continues to update his OS X theme, Unlined Charcoal X 1.1.6, which brings a more Classic feel to OS X.
Morning tech news: Intel has introduced the 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 at a price tag that will see the chip put in systems priced at $1,800 (incl. monitor) while 1.3 GHz Pentium 4 systems be dropping below then $1,000 price point; and Bill Gates, now worth about $54 billion, is no longer the world\'s richest man, as Wal-Mart head S. Robson Walton is valued at $65 billion.
Akamai and Apple today announced that they will continue to work together to deliver high quality streaming video and audio over the Internet.
P-in-P 1.2, an update to the QuickTime package that plays movies or live video in a floating window, brings support for streaming movie files and fixes a few bugs.
At NAB 2001 today, Media 100 made several announcements including a new MPEG-2 encoding system, Cleaner XL, \"ICE\'d\" solutions for After Effects 5, and Media 100 i v7.5 with \"lossless\" video.
Malevolence is a new application developed by a hacker that \"exploits a bug in the operating system that dumps the /etc/password file,\" that allows users to view an unshadowed version of the file on a Mac OS X computer. \"Under Mac OS X passwords are encrypted. This program allows the user to dump the encrypted passwords into a text file. Normally you have to be root or be a administrator in order to do this. What Malevolence does however is that it allows a unprivileged user to do this. Once the passwords have been dumped than can either be put up against a dictionary brute force attack or a true brute force attack and can be cracked quickly since apple choose to use DES instead of a more secure algorithm such as MD5 or BlowFish.\"
Brian Tobin\'s article discusses Apple\'s somewhat conflicting goals of keeping OS X simple enough for the average user, but useful and powerful enough for unix users, noting that some power user features have been removed and other \"dumbed down features.\"
Johan Kool\'s freeware utilty with information on various elements in the periodic table, Periodic System 2.0b, includes information on physical properties, electron structure, isotopes, standard free energy, enthalpy and entropy and average abundance.
Over the weekend we posted an in-depth look at Apple\'s earnings, we noted Toast 5.01\'s computability with DiscBurner, Heuris\' MPEG Power Professional-HD encoding solution. Other recent updates include BBEdit 6.1, El Gato\'s freeware iTunes CD-RW Helper, and new beta of Fetch 4.0.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k