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IntelliMerge 1.1.2 improves the Import Recipients feature in the $60 dynamic e-mail merge software for Classic and Mac OS X from Intelli Innovations.
TheCowCatchingGame 1.61 is a maintence release of the OpenGL-based $10 arcade game for Mac OS X. The game requires a Mac with a Rage 128, Rage 128 Pro, Radeon, or GeForce2 MX running Mac OS X 10.0 or later.
Like Business Week last January, Apple has profiled SkyCorp owner Dennis Wingo, who plans to use Power Mac G4 Cubes to build a 544-satellite constellation to provide earthbound Web hosting and e-mail. Wingo chose the Mac partly because of its security. \"...the Macintosh operating system is certified by the U.S. Army as being secure enough for classified missions. Others like Windows NT and Linux haven\'t made the cut.\"
Label Printer Pro 6.0.1 is a maintenance release of the $35 Carbonized application for printing a wide variety of labels, from address labels to CD jewel cases, VHS tapes, and more.
Mac2Mac 0.1, an open source utility bound to the GNU-GPL license and written using REALbasic, allows users to control a remote Mac over TCP/IP. The Mac2Mac Project is seeking programmers, graphics artists, beta testers, and technical writers to assist in the software\'s development.
Evening tech news: After postponing its IPO last year, Adaptec will spin off its Roxio software division on May 11; Cisco posted a $2.69 billion net loss for its third quarter, the company\'s first loss ever, as sales fell a staggering 29 percent from the previous quarter; and as Napster\'s popularity plummets, some are questioning the future of peer-to-peer file sharing.
MacGhostView 2.1, a new version of the Carbonized general purpose Postscript and PDF previewer, includes macps2pdf, a Postscript to PDF converter based on ghostscript 7.00, which is found on many Unix machines.
Family Address Book 2.0.5, a new version of the $15 contact organizer, fixes a printing bug introduced in the previous version.
The June issue of Consumer Reports features a review of laptops, including Apple\'s PowerBook G4 and the old iBook. The magazine calls the PowerBook G4 \"very good overall, but pricey\" and recommends it for commuters and road warriors, while the older iBook is \"very good overall\" and well-suited for home users and students.
Knowledge Adventure will be releasing a new edition of the Math Blaster series, Cross Terrain Challenge, in June. The $20 Mac/PC title challenges players ages 9-12 to apply strategy, speed and skill as they race through a cross terrain obstacle course designed to strengthen their logic and critical-thinking skills.
At Apple\'s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on May 21, Metrowerks will be releasing CodeWarrior for Mac OS 6.2 for download. An Early Access of CodeWarrior for Mac OS 7.0 components, which includes a new CodeWarrior IDE with support for Mac OS X and Java debugging on OS X, will be available on CD to registered WWDC attendees.
The Apple Store incorrectly lists two of the specifications for Apple\'s new iBook. The 10GB hard drive is noted as running at 5400 RPM, but an Apple System Profiler report identifies the drive as an IBM DJSA-210, which runs at 4200 RPM (the PowerBook G4 models also feature 4200 RPM hard drives). Additionally, the Apple Store states that the DVD/CD-RW combo drive writes CDs at 8x, but an updated developer note states a 4x writing speed. The CD-RW drive, however, does in fact write discs at 8x.
Eric Cherry notes that the June 2001 issue of Game Developer Magazine features a \"Building Games for OS X\" article written by The Omni Group\'s Timothy Wood that covers platform specific APIs, PowerPC specification pitfalls, sound, and input devices and includes sample code. Yesterday we published an interview with Wood discussing the company\'s work on bringing several high-profile games to the new platform.
We have posted a second reader report on the McLean, Virginia, Apple Retail Store, with additional details and photos.
Logitech\'s Cordless MouseMan Optical, its $60 USB mouse that \"combines optical precision with cordless freedom\", is now shipping in volume. The mouse\'s duplex optical sensor is the first of its kind that measures the amount of light reflected from the surface in order to gauge required brightness of the LED, resulting in reduced battery consumption.
PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer told MacNN today that the Mac version of its strategy/simulation game, Tropico, is progressing well. \"We have the game up and running in Mac OS 9 and are working on getting it running on Mac OS X.\" He also noted that the game is expected to reach golden master in early June, and will be published by MacSoft, not by Gathering of Developers, as had been previously announced.
We have posted a reader report on the new iBook, including first impressions and 14 photos of the iBook and its packaging. (Last week we posted photos of the iBook compared to the PowerBook G3 and G4.)
Apple has released a French version of iMovie 2 for Mac OS X, its consumer-oriented video editing application.
RhapsOGL X 1.0b3 is the first third-party visual plugin for the Mac OS X version of Apple\'s iTunes, according to MacGeneration. This beta version is unoptimized and thus may appear choppy on some systems.
Apple has announced the addition of Lane Roathe to its Darwin Development Team. Roathe, of Monkey Byte Development, will be working on Apple\'s open-source networking APIs, NetSprocket and OpenPlay. Roathe has over 18 years of experience in software development and is perhaps best known for co-founding id Software.
DMG Maker 1.0.5 is a maintenance release of the Mac OS X freeware utility for creating disk images (.dmg or .img).
Following the report on the McLean, Virginia, Apple Retail Store, MacNN sources note that security has been significantly tightened, with at least a half dozen mall security guards on foot both inside and at the store\'s back entrance. Sources were only able to get close enough to snap this nondescript shot of the rear entrance. A FedEx semi was delivering items to the store, with a UPS truck also unloading boxes for the store.
Kensington MouseWorks 1.0 for Mac OS X is the first official public non-beta release of the company\'s OS X drivers for its mice and trackballs. The drivers support all of the company\'s USB and ADB mice and trackballs except one-button mice and Turbo Mouse 1.0-4.0 (the older, 2-button models). The Kensington MouseWorks for OS X drivers will not work with the Griffin iMate ADB-to-USB adapter until drivers become available for that device, and users of the Turbo Mouse Pro or Expert Mouse Pro will be have to manually program DirectLaunch buttons.
AvantGo Connect/Conduit 4.0 is a new version of the free utility that allows Palm users to sync with web content and a variety of content channels.
Sandeep Khandelwal let us know that Eskape Labs is currently working on new Classic and Mac OS X drivers for its MyTV/fm USB external tuner and input device. The company hopes to release the drivers in beta form in the August/September timeframe, and the first release will likely not include the VCR features.
Olympus today introduced the Camedia D-510 Zoom Digital Camera, a $500, 2.1 megapixel camera that features 3x optical zoom, 9x digital zoom, a 1.8-inch LCD monitor, and an 8MB SmartMedia card. The camera will ship in June and replaces the D-490.
Orange Micro today began shipping the industry\'s first USB 2.0 CardBus PC card. The $110 card features four USB 2.0 ports.
Default Folder 3.1.1 is a maintenance update to the $25 utility for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes. The new version includes compatibility fixes for Photoshop 6.0.1, Acrobat Reader 5, and Omnis databases.
SmartDisk VST today unveiled its line of PowerBook G4 accessories. The G4 Battery Charger, AC Adapter, and Airline Adapter are all shipping now for $170, $70, and $40, respectively. The $80 Auto Adapter will ship by the end of the month, while the $80 Titanium Floppy Drive is due in June. A G4 Mobility Bundle, which features a SmartDisk VST Battery Charger, Apple G4 Battery, and Apple AC Adapter, will be available in June for $280.
Less than a week after he declined to enter a \"war of words\" over the \"disparaging remarks\" Michael Dell has publicly made about the company, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told CNBC that he would like to publicly debate Dell on the merits of their respective notebook computers. There is no word at this time if Dell plans to respond to the challenge.
Alex Cannon has posted Golf Tracker 1.0 Development Release 1, an application for tracking golf scores. \"Please note that this is a very early development version and many more features will be added as time progresses.\"
ClipCleaner 1.0b2 is a small utility for cleaning up clipboard text, including removing quote characters, line breaks, and converting curly quotes to straight quotes.
SoftTTY 1.1 fixes a bug that would cause the $75 TTY software, which lets a Mac communicate over the telephone with other deaf or hard-of-hearing people using TTY\'s, to crash.
A job listing at Apple for a Microprocessor Development Project Manager to \"manage the development of new high-performance microprocessors for future Apple computer products\" could signal a successor to Apple\'s failed Newton handheld, speculates a Register article.
Morning tech news: Motorola\'s CEO says the company is on track to recover from its financial problems; Morris Communication is selling its dial-up ISP service to Earthlink; Adobe has released 200 leading business eBook titles for purchase; and photos of Palm\'s forthcoming m700 have surfaced.
We have a first-hand report on the McLean, VA, Apple Retail Store, following yesterday\'s news that it will be the first location to open on May 19. Additionally, a New York Post article reports that Apple has taken over a 25,000-square-foot location in New York\'s SoHo district, which carries a $1.5 million a year rent.
SuSE today announced that SuSE Linux 7.1, which features the new 2.4 kernel, offers support for Panasonic\'s 4.7GB DVD-RAM drive. SuSE Linux 7.1 is available for PowerPC for $50.
Mozilla 0.9, the latest milestone release of the open-source browser, is now available. Version 0.9 features automatic proxy configuration, Personal Security Manager 2.0, several performance enhancements, and more.
Microsoft plans to eliminate the \"perpetual use\" clause in its software licenses, which allowed institutional buyers to continue using \"old\" versions of MS software indefinitely. While this move mainly affects businesses and other institutional buyers of MS software (who usually pay \"per seat\" or \"per machine\"), it is seen as a prototype of the licensing model the company plans to eventually use across the board.
osx.macnn.com reports on the first third-party visual plugin for iTunes for Mac OS X, Kensington\'s release of Mac OS X drivers for its mice and trackballs, and Eskape Labs\' statement on Mac OS X drivers for its myTV tuner.
Yesterday we reported on the upcoming launch of Apple\'s first retail store in McLean, Virginia. Other reports included an interview with Omni\'s Timothy Wood, changes in Mac OS X 10.0.2, ceased publication of SoundJam MP, delays for LaCie\'s PocketDrive CD-RWs, Charter One buying iMacs for schools, and shipment of Myst III: Exile. Software releases included OmniWeb 4.0, Bushfire 1.10, FastTrack Schedule 7.02, Grammarian 2.1.3, Apple Authoring Support 1.1, eMail Alert! 2.6.2, and MP3 Rage 3.3.
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Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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