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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.
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 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, 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 is the latest version of the database server software packaged for Mac OS X.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.\"
Apple has posted QuickTime versions of its two iBook television ads, \"Universe\" and \"Middle Seat\", which first debuted last night on Monday night primetime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a free dockling for Mac OS X that places a monthly calendar in the operating system\'s dock.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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.
iMap for OS X is a Carbonized version of the recently released $30 application for mapping large amounts of latitude/longitude data.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
David\'s Backgammon 4.0 adds a new position rollout feature, improves the computer\'s skill, and fixes several bugs in the $25 shareware game for the Mac. [Classic, Carbon]
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]
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.
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.
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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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL