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OS X Server 10.0 due out next week?
ZDnet writes about Beta 3 of Mac OS X Server 10.0, which it says may be released as early as next week at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The server-oriented OS will combine AppleShare IP (ASIP) functionality with OS X; UI-based administration for ASIP mail services, DNS, and QuickTime Streaming Server; and extended Web services such as Java Servlets and PHP; Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (or WebDAV); DNS Service; IP Filter Service; and a new version of NetBoot Desktop Administration.
".biz" and ".info" coming soon
The operating companies of new domain suffixes ".info" and ".biz" have completed contracts with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that pave the way to begin taking registrations for domain names using the suffixes. Beginning Monday, holders of trademarks will have first opportunity to register the ".biz" domain name of their trademarked names, while trademark holders will be able to register ".info" names first in late June. Registration will be opened to all Net users later in the summer.
iOrganizer 1.2.4: PIM for the 'Net
iOrganizer 1.2.4 is a maintenance release of Channel 8 Software's $18 organizational application for time management on the Internet that includes an address book, a bookmark list, a personal event calendar, and a file download list.
CalcWorks 1.7.5: Scientific calculator
CalcWorks 1.7.5, a new version of the $15 scientific calculator, adds a new "brushed aluminum" background pattern and updates currency conversions with the latest exchange rates.
MySQL 3.23.38 for Mac OS X released
MySQL 3.23.38 is the latest version of the database server software packaged for Mac OS X.
UCLA and Apple forge new relationship
UCLA Today, the staff and faculty newspaper of the California university, chronicles a unique relationship that has formed between Apple and the university. Apple's movie editing software, Final Cut Pro, is being used throughout the campus by students and teachers in various research and learning projects. The video data is stored on a fiber-optically connected Final Cut Pro storage area network (SAN) that is capable of storing 3.4 terabytes (3,400 gigabytes) of data, and has caught the attention of major film studios such as Fox, Paramount, Universal, and Warner Brothers, all of whom have personally perused the technology solution at UCLA.
Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4 delayed
Power On Software has announced that Now Up-to-Date & Contact Version 4, which was originally expected to be released today, has been delayed while the company spends additional time testing the product. The company now expects to release the product later this month.
Sonnet adds PCI upgrade model, lowers prices
Sonnet Technologies today added a new 450MHz G3 processor upgrade card to its line of Crescendo PCI upgrades, while lowering prices by as much as $150 on many of its G3 and G4 processor upgrades and other peripherals.
FileMaker Pro 5.5 Trial available
FileMaker, Inc. has released a trial version of FileMaker Pro 5.5, which it introduced yesterday as one of the first mainstream productivity applications to ship with native support for Mac OS X. The trial version expires 30 days after installation, and also contains other limitations. [Classic: 12.1 MB; Carbon: 8.9 MB]
UpTime Log 1.7 logs system crashes
Synergy Creations posted UpTime Log 1.7, an update to its $15 application for tracking system/machine usage. It now detects and logs system crashes, adds a new log window for displaying logged information (total uptime, uptime since last crash, total crashes, and total normal restarts/shutdowns), and an option to reduce processor utilization.
IPNetSentry 1.1 protects against intruders
Sustainable Softworks' IPNetSentry 1.1, its $35 security application that protects your Mac: "[it] silently and intelligently watches for suspicious behavior, and when triggered, invokes a solid filter which completely bans the potential intruder."
QuickTime iBook television ads available
Integrating MYOB AccountEdge with Ch-Ching!
Imacination Software has announced that users of its Ch-Ching! 3.1 Instant E-commerce software now have the ability to synchronize their accounting data with MYOB AccountEdge for Macintosh. Ch-Ching! Accounting Connection, which coordinates the integration, is available for $100 until the end of May (a $50 savings). Additionally, anyone who buys Ch-Ching! 3.1 during May will receive a free copy of Ch-Ching! Accounting Connection.
QuicKeys for OS X in summer
CE Software indicated in its quarterly financial report that it expects Mac OS X to represent a source of future revenue growth. The company's president says that the company "anticipate(s) announcing a new version of QuicKeys for the Macintosh OS X operating system this summer." For the quarter, CE reported a net loss of $272,000, or $0.23 per share on revenues of $400,000.
PowerBook owners: Securing your data
Solagent, Inc. has introduced a new system that allows owners of PowerBooks and other devices to secure their data even after their device has been stolen by remotely encrypting the data. The tool consists of a host system, an associated database and a small client agent that is capable of residing on multiple operating systems including all versions of the Mac OS. The service is priced at $30 per year.
NVIDIA to host conference call
NVIDIA, manufacturer of the GeForce2 graphics cards found in a handful of Apple's Power Mac G4 models, will host a conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2002, as well as its expectations for the year. The event will take place Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 2:00 PM Pacific.
SSPA Online Testing available
The Apple-sponsored Software Support Professionals Association (SSPA) announced that On-Line Testing is now available for the SSPA Certified Support Professional (CSP) Certification Program. The two-day class will be presented at the SSPA Tech Support Teams Conference, May 21-24, 2001 in Austin, Texas.
Troi Text Plug-in 2.1 adds FM Pro 5.5 support
Troi Text Plug-in 2.1 for FileMaker 5.5, "the first" third party plug-in to be available for FileMaker 5.5 and OS X, has been updated for the latest release of the popular database. It provides several text field-based functions, including parsing of XML tags into fields, the ability to combine portions of two text fields, and sorting of words and/or lines as well as other features.
Poser Pro Pack SR1 released
Curious Labs has posted Service Release 1 for its Poser Pro Pack application. Pro Pack is a set of tools and plug-ins that expand the functionality of Poser 4, the popular 3D character animation and figure design tool. The new release includes plug-in support for Discreet's 3ds max 4.
Iomega ships 16x10x40x internal CD-RW
Iomega is now shipping its 16x10x40x internal CD-RW drive with "Burn Proof" technology. The $250 drive includes 32X DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) speeds for ripping an audio recording from a CD, a $50 mail-in rebate, and an Adaptec Toast, MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, and Adobe ActiveShare software bundle.
McLean, VA, Apple Retail Store reader report
We have posted a reader report of the McLean, VA, Apple Retail Store, which will open to the public on Saturday.
Calindock 1.0.0: Calendar dockling
Calindock 1.0.0 is a free dockling for Mac OS X that places a monthly calendar in the operating system's dock.
IomegaWare 3.0: Jaz, Zip drive software
Iomega has released IomegaWare 3.0, a new version of drivers and software for its Zip and Jaz removable media drives. New features and changes have not yet been documented on the company's Web site.
P5 Glove to debut at E3
At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Essential Reality will debut its USB-based P5 glove-like peripheral, which is compatible with Macs, PCs, and next-generation consoles such as the Playstation 2 and XBox. Expected to be priced at $130, the P5 provides the user with an ergonomically designed hand device that controls software in 3D space through diverse hand gestures.
TravelTrackerMac: Sync with your Palm
SilverWARE has released a Mac desktop companion, TravelTrackerMac 1.0, for its Palm application for managing a busy travel schedule, TravelTracker. The trial version will expire on June 15, 2001.
25 Apple retail stores due by year's end
Apple today announced that it plans to open 25 retail stores across the US in 2001, with the first two stores opening this weekend in McLean, VA, and Glendale, CA. Other locations include four stores in Los Angeles, CA, San Jose, CA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and Hartford, CT. The retail stores will be divided into eight different sections and carry more than 500 products, including 300 software titles. On the financial side, Apple CFO Fred Anderson expects the stores to break even during the holiday quarter ending December 31, and garner a "slight profit" during fiscal 2002, according to Reuters. [updated]
Password protecting Open Firmware
Apple's latest firmware updates add support for password protecting the Open Firmware. SecureMac has compiled an article that discusses the feature and how to enable it.
Intermapper 3.5b1 adds Carbon support
Intermapper 3.5b1 is the first public beta release of the forthcoming revision to the popular network monitoring tool that adds OS X compatibility (Carbon), custom SNMP probes, new probes, and several small features and bug fixes. Pricing for the final version of Intermapper starts at $300 for up to 10 devices, and ranges up to $2000 for an unlimited number of devices. [Classic: 2.1 MB, Carbon: 1.5 MB]
OnStream relaunches operations
ADR tape drive manufacturer OnStream, which shut down its US operations in mid-March, will begin selling drives and cartridges again after the company's Netherland-based headquarters received funding from private investors to relaunch the company.
Petition to add customization to OS X
X, OUR way is an online petition soliciting support from members of the Mac community who wish to have Apple support themes and other customizable aspects under OS X.
Configure OS X's firewall with Firewalk
Firewalk X 1.0 is a $12 application for configuring Mac OS X's built-in firewall. A number of rules can be configuring with Firewalk, as well as other features.
Carbonized iMap released
iMap for OS X is a Carbonized version of the recently released $30 application for mapping large amounts of latitude/longitude data.
REAL Software posts REALbasic 3.2 final
REAL Software today released REALbasic 3.2, a free update to the application development environment for Classic and Carbon applications. The new version adds countless new OS X features, significant improvements to database functionality, and more. [Classic: 3.2 MB, Carbon: 4.2 MB]
Tech: Palm's 10,000th app, AOL and PS2, more
Morning tech news: Palm has launched a new Software Connection Web site, following the release of the 10,000th Palm OS application; Sony and AOL have partnered to bring high-speed Internet access to the PlayStation 2 by the end of the year; CE Software, creators of QuicKeys and QuickMail, reported a second quarter loss of $272,000 on revenues of $400,000; and Handspring has dropped the price of its VisorPhone by $50.
"World's fastest" Macintosh cluster
Researchers at the Grupo de Lasers e Plasmas (GoLP) in Portugal have created what they bill as the world's fastest Macintosh-based cluster. Consisting of 16 dual-processor Power Mac G4/450s, the cluster delivers more than 50 GigaFlops of peak power and took just one day to set up.
Pix Lite preview 3 for OS X posted
Pix Lite PR3 for Mac OS X is the third preview release of the $15 shareware QuickTime-based Media Viewer. Pix Lite also boasts a slide show feature and integrated AppleScript support.
Epson introduces new digital camera
Epson today introduced the PhotoPC 3100Z, a three megapixel digital camera that features Epson's HyPict image enhancement technology that can boost resolution to 4.8 megapixels. The PhotoPC 3100Z also marks the company's first camera to feature PRINT Image Matching technology, which allows the camera to communicate with a printer to produce the higher-quality prints. Other features include USB connectivity, a 3x optical zoom, and 16MB CompactFlash card. The camera will ship later this month for $799 and replaces the 3000Z.
Backgammon game for Mac updated
NotePod beta organizes notes in heirarchy
Rick Johnson has released NotePod 1.0b11, his note organizer that allows you to drag text from emails and other documents into a hierarchical Finder-like list: "You can then attach reminders, URLs, email addresses, files and folders to the notes. It can also function as a to-do list." [Classic, Carbon]
DataShell 1.4 database access for FutureBASIC
DataShell 1.4 is an updated version of the $50 programming utility that allows FutureBASIC^3 developers to use Valentina XCMD, an object-relational, SQL-powered database engine, in their applications.
Programming package for Carbon/Classic
Sig Software's MADE 1.7.5 is a $20 shareware package of C/C++ code that "provides all the lowest-level needs for a Macintosh application, for both the Classic and Carbon APIs... [including] a unified wrapper for much of the Classic and Carbon APIs." Version 1.7.5 is updated for full compatibility with the latest CodeWarrior 6 compiler and Carbon headers, adds more accessors and functions to the Classic/Carbon glue code, and has debug-friendly error reporting.
Roundup: FileMaker Pro 5.5, Vue d'Esprit 4
Yesterday FileMaker, Inc. announced FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Classic and Mac OS X and e-on software announced plans to bring Vue d'Esprit 4 to Mac OS X. Other reports included a new iBook television ad, Civilization III for the Mac, a Birmingham Apple Store, the RumbleFX 3D Sound Amplifier, and Mac drivers for the "Q" USB hard drive. Software releases included LimeWire 1.4b, FontAgent 8.2, and KidsGoGoGo 2.7.
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