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Apple: The open source black hole?
ZDNet's Evan Leibovitch calls Apple "open source's black hole," saying that the company is taking advantage of the open source community without giving anything back. "Apple's only interest in open source is what it can extract, both in technology and publicity. Despite appearances, Darwin's dependence on free software doesn't indicate that Apple has changed its self-serving attitude towards the community."
New Diablo II ad released
Blizzard Entertainment has released "Diablo II: It's Everywhere", a television ad for its award-winning cross-platform action/role-playing game, Diablo II. The live action ad never aired, although the company aired its first ad this past holiday season, "Evil Has Survived", which featured the game's cinematics. (The Bink Movie Player is required.)
Cro-Mag Rally 2.0b3 improves OS X version
Pangea Software's Cro-Mag Rally 2.0b3 now uses Draw Sprocket in Mac OS X with the 10.0.2 update installed. The company's kart racing game running on Mac OS X will eventually be functionally identical to its OS 9 counterpart.
New search engine beta test
We are currently implementing a new search engine and invite readers to beta test. The search engine provides more options for narrowing a search and should improve results.
Mac OS X compatible PIM Org 2.0
Org 2.0 is a Carbonized personal information manager (PIM) for Mac and Mac OS X from SukiSoft Technologies. The new version adds the ability to import tab-delimited files from other PIMs, improved preferences, optional delete confirmation dialogs and button hints, improved data editing, and optimizations for Aqua and Mac OS X.
Canvas 8 coming this summer
Deneba Software has released Canvas 8 for Windows, a precision illustration software program that also integrates photo editing, page layout, desktop presentation, and Web graphics capabilities. The application will ship for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X this summer for an estimated $400 (competitive upgrades are $250). Canvas 7 purchases made after March 30, 2001 are eligible for a free upgrade.
Epson drops prices on scanners, printer
Epson today dropped prices on its Perfection 1640SU series scanners, Perfection 1240U series scanners and Stylus Photo 780 printer.
Adaptec releases OS X drivers
Adaptec recently released Mac OS X drivers for a number of its SCSI cards, including the PowerDomain 29160, 29160N, 39160, and 2930U as well as the SCSI Card 2906. An OS X driver will be coming soon for the PowerDomain SlimSCSI 1480. Other products, however, will not be supported under Mac OS X.
First "Need for Speed" on Mac postponed
Aspyr Media has announced that Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed for the Mac, which was under development at Westlake Interactive, has been postponed indefinitely. The company says that the decision was made due to "insurmountable circumstances."
Disk First Aid 8.6.1 released
Disk First Aid 8.6.1 is now available for Mac OS 9.x users. The new version, which is also available from the Software Update control panel, repairs certain types of master directory block damage on Mac OS Extended volumes, improves the compatibility of Mac OS Extended hard disks with Mac OS X, and repairs more kinds of startup disk problems. [Update: Apple has unexpectedly removed the software from its server.]
Analysts chime in on new iBook
While impressed by the new iBook, five analysts interviewed by ON24 say they don't expect the product will add much to Apple's bottom line.
How school bought 23,000 iBooks
Henrico County Public Schools, which took the spotlight yesterday after purchasing 23,000 new iBooks (the largest single educational purchase of laptops in history), will pay an estimated $18.4 million over the first two years for the new computers, according to c|net. Money was diverted from textbooks and paper to pay for the four-year lease.
CodeBlazer acquires UPresent, UGather
CodeBlazer Technologies has acquired multimedia applications UPresent and UGather from the University of Minnesota. The Mac/Windows applications will be updated and refined with enhancements such as Mac OS X compatibility, publish-to-web, and dynamic HTML help before being re-released and marketed as CodeBlazer products. UPresent is a powerful multimedia presentation tool while UGather is a multimedia database application for archiving, searching, and previewing multimedia content.
DrawSprocket improvements in OS X 10.0.2
Apple engineers report that game developers will find improvements to DrawSprocket in the Mac OS X 10.0.2 update that was released yesterday. "...DrawSprocket should be working very well for both OpenGL and 2D graphics," notes Apple Engineer Geoff Stahl. "The implementation is in-sync with Carbon SDK headers for Mac OS X API support. This should be a wonderful improvement in DrawSprocket reliability and functionality."
Apple, Channel Sources help publishers
Apple is working with Channel Sources LLC, a reseller distribution counselor, to expand and increase Mac product distribution into the US reseller channel by launching a new Apple initiative to promote custom marketing and sales programs created exclusively for Apple developers and publishers. "We see the future of Mac OS X and understand how it will benefit the reseller marketplace," said Jim Daly, President of Channel Sources.
Canon unveils DR-5060F scanner
Canon has unveiled the DR-5060F, a new high-end scanner that combines the company's digital scanning and analog microfilming technologies. The new device is capable of simultaneously backing up images with obsolescence-proof microfilm, and sports image quality of up to 300 dpi resolution and 256 levels of grayscale.
Sharp debuts six LCD displays
Sharp has debuted six new LCD displays for the U.S. market, including three 15-inch displays, a unique 16-inch monitor that offers a large-format resolution, and two high-resolution, large-format 18- and 20-inch displays. All six displays offer Color Management Technology, Dual Input for analog or digital, auto synchronization, auto brightness, and USB connectivity.
JavaEdge 2001 keynote speakers
The keynote line-up for JavaEdge 2001, a conference centering on Sun's Java programming environment, has been announced. The speakers include James Gosling, VP and Fellow of Sun Microsystems, Inc., Rod Smith, IBM's chief Java strategist, and Kevin Lynch, president of Macromedia. The conference will be held September 23-26 in New York City.
Macromedia, Intel deliver 3D Shockwave conten
Forums: iBook feedback, OS X 10.0.2 feedback
There are several threads related to the new iBook in our iBook forum, including: high-end iBook vs. low-end PowerBook, the new iBook's 66 MHz system bus, thoughts on 1024x768 on a 12" screen, and how well OS X will perform. Meanwhile, our popular OS X - General Discussion forum is tracking feedback on OS X 10.0.2 and iTunes 1.1.1, including: comments on the update, problems with the update, CD-RW support, and the lack of file burning support.
OS X: New Retrospect Client, OpenSSH 2.9p1
osx.macnn.com has reports on WebObjects 4.5.1, a new Retrospect Client for Mac OS X, compiling OpenSSH 2.9p1, and changes to DrawSprocket in Mac OS X 10.0.2.
Roundup: new iBook, OS X updates, PowerPC map
Apple yesterday announced its new Titanium-style iBook with 500MHz G3 processors and options for CD-ROM, DVD, CD-RW, and combo (DVD/CD-R) drives. Apple also released an update to Mac OS X 10.02 and iTunes for OS X, while IBM released an updated PowerPC roadmap and Dr. Bott released a new ADC-to-DVI adapter. Other updates include AirPort 1.3.1, Analog 5, updated Virus definitions, Opera PR3, and the forthcoming release of Hotline 1.8.5.
Imagine Media shuts down affiliate networks
Citing adverse market conditions, Imagine Media has shut down its affiliate networks, including the MacAddict Network. While affiliate sites will no longer receive compensation for ads, it's unclear whether the network will be disbanded entirely.
PowerFile announces enterprise jukebox
PowerFile today introduced the C200E Enterprise Edition, which combines PowerFile's C200 DVD/CD jukebox with OTG/Smart Storage's Archive software. The $5,000 FireWire solution is available now.
Kensington releases updated FlyLight
Kensington has released an updated version of its $20 FlyLight Notebook USB Light, which features the latest white LED technology. The two-ounce device plugs into a USB port and functions as a small light source, intended primarily for illuminating a laptop's keyboard.
Western Digital introduces 60GB FireWire HD
Tech: HomeRF upgraded, Adobe shutdown...
Morning tech news: the HomeRF wireless standard has received an upgrade to 10 Mbps, nearly matching the speeds of 802.11b (AirPort); in an effort to save about $4 million, Adobe is requiring nearly 2,000 employees to take the first week in July off; Connectix has posted a Virtual PC for Windows Technology Preview, which allows PCs to run multiple x86 operating systems concurrently; and Amazon has come under fire again for its accounting practices.
Compiling OpenSSH on Mac OS X 10.0.x
Scott Anguish has posted instructions for compiling OpenSSH 2.9p1 on Mac OS X. Mac OS X 10.0.x includes OpenSSH, but it's a dated version.
MacDesktops: 14 new pictures this week
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including: Curtain in the Mist (Landscapes - Rural), Jules Asner (Portraits), OS X Glow (Logos, Mac OS X), and Your life (iBooks, 2001).
Joe Gillespie releases new "mini" fonts
Joe Gillespie, creator of the popular Mini 7 and Tenacity fonts, has posted four new "mini" fonts geared towards Web design. The fonts are available for $8 each, or all four can be purchased together for $25. Gillespie has also posted the May issue of Web Site Design for Designers.
Norton AntiVirus gets May virus definitions
Symantec has posted the May virus definitions for Norton AntiVirus.
Dantz updates Retrospect Client for OS X
Dantz has posted a new build of its Dantz Retrospect Client 1.0fc3 for OS X on its ftp site.
Apple offers WebObjects 4.5.1 for $20 on CD
Apple is offering an update to its application server and development environment, WebObjects 4.5.1 on CD for $20 to registered users of v4.5: "North American customers can purchase WebObjects 4.5.1 by phone at 1-800-MY-APPLE. For a limited time, WebObjects 4.5 customers can upgrade to WebObjects 4.5.1 for $19.95. Download the U.S. or Canadian order form for additional details." The changes are not on the Website.
Fetch 4.0: new version of popular ftp client
Fetch Softworks has released the final version of Fetch 4.0, a significant upgrade to the FTP client. Version 4.0, which runs natively under OS X, adds support for eleven different proxy servers, folder mirroring, a streamlined interface, Keychain support, server-server transfers, contextual menus, Kerberos security, and integration with BBEdit, Graphic Converter and QuickTime. Single user licenses are $25 and are free for educational and charitable organizations; upgrades are free upgrade to those who purchased single user licenses after April 30, 2000. [Classic/Carbon--2.4MB, 68K--1.9MB]
Newtourage 0.4b1 syncs Newton/Entourage
Newtourage 0.4b1 adds IR connectivity and better support for USBSerial adapters, more data sychronization, and better performance to the $25 shareware utility that allows Newton MessagePad users to synchronize their contacts with Microsoft Entourage.
Snak 4.6.2 fixes bugs in Carbon IRC client
Snak 4.6.2 fixes the file transfer resume function, a crash when sending empty lines under OS X, and corrects a problem with entering some registration keys in Kent Sorensen's Carbonized IRC client. [Classic, Carbon]
JaneBUILDER preview helps build PHP/MySQL
See Jane Code has posted a preview release of JaneBUILDER for PHP and MySQL, which is described as "a visual editor for PHP [allowing] users to build complex PHP pages by dragging and dropping." The final version ($100) is expected to ship in the next few weeks.
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