CTM Development\'s PowerMail 3.09 brings a new native Carbon version as well other features and bug fixes to the company\'s $50 e-mail application with powerful mail search functions as well as support for non-Roman scripts (Japanese, Chinese and Hebrew). A 30-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
OSXvnc 0.5 is a program that allows you to view and interact with your Mac OS X desktop from another computer over a network using VNC (Virtual Network Computing) protocol developed at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge.
A minor update to the small, compact browser, iCab 2.5.1, has been posted. The preview expires in early October. [Classic, Carbon]
Members of the N.C. Crystal Coast Mac Users Group showed up Carteret County Commissioners\' meeting, asking why the school system was making a move to PCs.
Channel D has posted Phase Scope 1.0b3 for iTunes, a free, Visual Plug-In that shows the amount of stereo information in a recording.
MacAT v6.0 adds a \"Download URL\" Task and conditional branching to the $50 \"cron\" task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators.
SyBrowser 4.0 brings partial OS X support (mySQL and PorstreSQL only) to the $45 a suite of Classic, OS X and Win32 ODBC client applications that provide an overview of the tables in Sybase, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS SQL databases hosted on UNIX, Linux, and Windows servers. It allows the execution of SQL queries against these RDBMS and the query results can be saved to disk.
VSE BeFound 2.6 is an update to the Web site promotion tool that can submit a Web site to hundreds of search engines. The new version can save the results of the rank check in Excel format. BeFound Lite sells for $20 and is limited to 10 search engines, while BeFound Pro sells for $90.
IBM plans to introduce a 20.8-inch flat-panel display in May that will feature picture-in-picture TV streams and various split-screen configurations. While slightly smaller than Apple\'s Cinema Display, the display will feature a 2048x1536 resolution, or almost twice the resolution and working area of Apple\'s offering. The display will sell for around $6,000.
One MacNN reader notes that Apple\'s Czech Republic Web site has updated its main page with an image of a PowerBook G4 and Handspring Visor Edge, which takes you to a PowerBook/Edge bundle page. Other Apple sites, including the US site, have not been updated to reflect the new promotion. Due to the language barrier, details of the promotion are unclear.
Kensington has posted MouseWorks 1.0b4 for Mac OS X, the software and drivers for its input devices. Several bugs have been corrected with this release.
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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD