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After becoming available earlier this week via the Software Update control panel, Apple has now released Multiple Users 1.4.1 as a separate download. The new version includes a number of bug fixes and addresses several security concerns brought up by users.
TheCowCatchingGame 1.6 is a new version of the OpenGL-based game for Mac OS X. The new version corrects problems on the Apple Cinema Display, adds a window mode and adds a setting for turn speed.
In the year to March 2001, PC shipments in Japan rose 31.4 percent, with standouts such as Sony and Dell increasing their shipments by 71.9 and 56.3 percent, respectively. During that same period, Apple\'s sales increased only 7.1 percent to 600,000 units, the lowest of any PC maker included in the report.
ZDNet\'s Stephan Somogyi suggests that Apple create a \"personal server\" that is modeled after the original Macintosh LC, which could be used as both a consumer and server computer. The low-cost computer would include a 7410 G4, be small enough to fit in a 1U shelf for stacking, and include a single PCI slot for expansion. \"This would be a killer machine for the education market, as a general purpose desktop machine, and would also make a darn fine light- to middleweight server.\"
Infogrames, Inc. has signed a multi-year licensing agreement to develop and publish Mac, PC and console games based on the popular CBS show, \"Survivor\". The first game, which is slated for release in late 2001, will be based on the current \"Survivor: The Australian Outback\" series.
Rune: Halls of Valhalla, the multiplayer-focused expansion pack that shipped today for the PC, is now in early development for the Mac at Westlake Interactive and is expected to ship in May or June from Gathering of Developers. The game can be installed on top of the original Rune, or played as a standalone multiplayer-only game.
Apple has released the iTunes Visual Plug-ins Software Development Kit (SDK), which allows developers to create their own visual plug-ins for iTunes 1.1 or later. The included sample code is a fully functional Visual Plug-in developed using Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro 6.
A statement on Adobe\'s Website says that Adobe\'s ATM Deluxe is not compatible with OS X: \"As an alternative for users of Mac OS X, Adobe is recommending that customers evaluate DiamondSoft Font Reserve and Extensis Suitcase products. Adobe has no plans at present to create a version of ATM Deluxe that runs on Mac OS X.\"[MacUser UK]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a factory refurbished iMac DV/400 ($790), a refurbished blueberry iBook G3/300 with 128 MB RAM free ($999), a 512 MB DIMM for the PowerBook G4 ($375), an iMac G3/266 ($499), a 17\" Apple Multiple Scan Display ($100), and 50 Memorex CD-Rs ($5).
Barres 1.1.1 is a $10 bar code drawer for the Mac, which creates EAN 13 or UPC bar codes simply by typing in a number.
While Apple has yet to make an official announcement regarding next week\'s May 1st media event, company officials tell MacNN that presently there are no plans to webcast the event or provide a satellite feed.
Yesterday we noted speculation on the forthcoming iBook, the upcoming inclusion of Sorenson 3 in QuickTime 5, and Sonic\'s SonicStudio HD 1.6 premastering softtware. Other updates include iCab 2.5, Macromedia\'s Shockwave 8.5 plugin, and its Dreamweaver 4.01 update.
Markzware has updated its FlightCheck 3.9r9 preflighting software, which runs through desktop publishing applications created in several applications and checks for potential errors, to version 3.9r9. The new release resolves a potential crash, and problem in detecting color spaces of inline images.
Uni Software Plus has released a public beta version of its flagship version control tool VOODOO Server 1.3b6 for OS X that uses a client/server architecture through a CodeWarrior for tracking programming file updates.
Sony today announced the DCR-PC9 Mini DV Handycam. The lightweight (1.1 lb.) device features a 10x optical/120x-digital zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, a 2.5\" LCD screen, USB connectivity, and Sony\'s InfoLithium battery that allows the camcorder to be used for nearly two hours between charges. The camera also features a Memory Stick for capturing still images or short MPEG movies, which can then be transferred through the camera\'s USB interface. The DCR-PC9 will ship in June for $1,300.
OmniGraffle b5 is a another development version of the charting and diagramming software for OS X, adding a \"Scale To Fit\" button to the page inspector, a color well for setting the canvas color, and a preferences panel for export options.
WildPackets has released a Carbonized version of iNetTools 2.6, formerly known as AGNetTools. The application contains more than a dozen tools for Internet connections, including: ping, ping scan, port scan, service scan, throughput, and trace route. The software is available for $50; owners of WildPackets\' EtherPeek can receive the upgrade free of charge. A demo is also available.
Morning tech news: Qualcomm Inc has announced revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2001 of $713 million and earnings of $.29 per share (compared to $.26 in the year-ago quarter). Symantec has announced increased revenue of $250.6 million for the fourth fiscal quarter 2001, along with better-than-expected earnings of $48.2 million, or 62 cents per share; Kodak has reached a cross-licensing pact for digital photography with Sanyo, withdrawing a suit that charged Sanyo and several of its customers with infringing on Kodak patent.
Nikon\'s Coolpix 995 is a 3.34-megapixel CCD digital camera that has a multi-mode pop-up flash, a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, and support for Type I/II CompactFlash cards. It is expected to ship in June for $900 with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger, a 16MB CompactFlash Card and a USB cable as well as NikonView 4 software and a suite of applications from ArcSoft. Nikon also introduced CoolPix 775, which offers a 3x zoom lens, a 2.14 megapixel CCD, and a \"One-Touch\" button to allow users to upload digital images directly to the desktop or the Web. Due in July for $450, it will ship with a 8MB Type I CompactFlash memory card and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with charger.
Options Czar 1.0 is described as an \"innovative strategy design application for listed Equity Options [using] free* data from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) to evaluate a wide variety of options strategies, while allowing the user to track his/her stock and options portfolios.\" The $150 application is available as 15-day trial. [Classic, Carbon]
Eric Steiner writes about a limitation in Adobe\'s eBook 2.1b reader, which allows display of files on a single computer: \"Just wanted to let you know about a pretty significant limitation to the Adobe eBook software. While the reader itself is transferable, the files (or books) are not. If you purchase several books, and then get a new computer (as I routinely do) the old files will not transfer. According to Adobe this is because of licensing fees paid to publishers, but they do not proactively advertise this fact. Taking a look at Adobe.com and Barnes and Noble.com (where ebooks are sold) this information is not readily apparent in their descriptions or FAQs. It is, however listed in the \'troubleshooting\' section of their guide. But most folks don\'t read this part of the manual until a problem exists; or until after they have paid for books they can no longer read. Adobe will do a one-time license transfer, but after that you are out of luck.\"
Stephen Hardie\'s $30 shareware utility for renaming multiple files Quick Rename 2.0 has folder recursion, redesigned selection tool, several new and improved file select options, file manipulation options, new \'Schemes\' collection, improved file list, export options, and improved help systemS
Chronos LC has posted StickyBrain 1.2.1, an update to its $35 personal productivity application that incorporates a \"sticky note\" interface to compile and sort information such as text, pictures, sounds, file/application links, contacts, web and e-mail addresses, internet passwords, etc. Verison 1.2.1 has OS X-related fixes as well as improved search features, spell-checker, and launch speeds. [Classic, Carbon]
\"Marukka\" has posted a modified version of the mach_init that \"will make it so Mac OS X does not have the ability to boot into single user mode. The MSEC single-user patch disables the ability to boot into single-user mode under OS X. If this patch is not applied then anyone with physical access to the Mac OS X machine can gain root access easily by holding down the command and s keys at startup.\" (The patch does not allow you restore Single User mode.)
Mail Monitor 2 is a $10 shareware, multithreaded utility that checks an unlimited number of POP3 or IMAP mail accounts at a specified interval for new mail. Version 2 includes functions for mail previewing and sorting, and an improved advanced report window.
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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