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A reader writes about the mention of Apple hardware in Rolling Stone: \"The June issue has an article about Moby\'s laptop studio. there is a nice picture of a Mac on his coffee table. they have a list of what you need to build a virtual studio starting with a Titanium PowerBook laptop. They also have a review of the new iBook.\"
As noted few weeks ago, The Java Developer Journal Reader\'s Choice Awards are finishing tomorrow, according to a note on the WebObjects mailing list: \"Now that WebObjects 5 is out, Apple is gearing up to promote WebObjects more aggressively. You can help by voting for WebObjects as Best Application Server. \"
Czech-based 24U has introduced the first FileMaker Pro plug-in made as FAT Binary for Classic, Mac OS X, and Windows, 24U Transcoding Plug-In, which allows developers to create cross-platform FileMaker plugins in foreign languages (not possible with the standard installation of FileMaker Pro, which only supports Roman text encoding). The plug-in will be released next Wednesday.
MultiMode 3.9.4, an update to Black Cat Systems\' utility for transmission and reception of morse code, slow scan TV, and other modes, fixes a bug that caused a crash in FAX mode in MultiMode Lite. Lite and standard versions are $40 and $90, respectively. [MultiMode: 502 KB; Lite: 501 KB]
Apple Network Assistant 4.0.3 is a maintenance release of Apple\'s network management software. The new version fixes an issue that slows copies performed via the Copy Items and Copy Hard Disk commands to user workstations with Mac OS 9.1. This feature now performs as expected.
Apple Macintosh Manager 2.0.1 is a maintenance update to Apple\'s software for managing networks and user workgroups. Version 2.0.1 fixes an issue where the workstation would hang while trying to synchronize files in the backpack folder during check in.
Aladdin Systems has introduced a new Stuffit OneSource Volume License Program, which allows businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations with mixed computing platforms to purchase volume, cross-platform licenses for Stuffit products. Previously, organizations with cross-platform environments were required to purchase licenses individually for each platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The new program offers volume licenses with a minimum order of 100 client seats.
Glendower Software\'s shareware backup utility, SwitchBack 3.4b3, lets the user easily and safely synchronize two disks, so that both contain the most recently updated documents. Version 3.4b3 has been Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X.
Apple CarbonLib SDK 1.4a2 is the latest pre-release version of the software development kit for Carbon applications. The SDK is available only to Apple Developer Connection (ADC) members.
Jim H. has provided some additional details on the Dual USB DVD/CD-R Combo Drive iBooks that began shipping this week, as noted yesterday. The iBook comes pre-installed with both Mac OS X and OS 9.1 on the same partition with 9.1 selected as the default operating system. The new iBooks also come with another new version of Apple\'s DVD Player, version 2.6.
Architosh reports on an upcoming LightWave 6.5 presentation at the Apple Market Center in New York and home automation software for the Mac.
ICQ 2.6a29 is a new version of the popular cross-platform chat and instant messenging client that adds a new interface for adding, editing, and deleting messages, association with nicknames for SMS Numbers, and an improved text engine.
Disney Interactive and Pixar Animation Studios have released a new $20 hybrid (Mac/PC) game, Disney/Pixar\'s Jessie\'s Wild West Rodeo. The game, based on the cowgirl Jessie from the hit animated film \"Toy Story 2,\" lets children play three rodeo events set up by the toys: Alien Round Up, Toy Lasso, and Barrel Racing. Each activity is an arcade-style game with 10 levels.
QPS, Inc. is now shipping its Que! USB 2.0 8x8x32 external CD-RW. Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (standard on all current Macs), the $250 drive comes with 2MB of buffer RAM and includes CD mastering software, CD-R and CD-RW media, a protective carrying bag, and all necessary accessories.
Richard L. forwarded us a brief note from CE Software that outlines plans to bring the company\'s e-mail client, QuickMail Pro 2.1, to Mac OS X. \"It is our intention to carbonize QuickMail Pro. At this time I don\'t have a timeframe to make public.\"
Taking a page out of rival NVIDIA\'s book, next month ATI Technologies will shift to a new business strategy that will allow original design manufacturers and add-in board manufacturers to release products based on the company\'s graphics chipsets. The company will retain its own business of providing graphics cards to OEMs (including Apple) and releasing products in the retail channel. ATI is expected to unveil details on the Radeon 2 later this year.
Panasonic has introduced its second-generation DVD Video Recorder, the DMR-E20. The $1,500 recorder allows users to digitally record high-quality, MPEG2 video to DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs, the latter of which can be played back in most DVD players. The DMR-E20 features a unique \"Time Slip\" playback function that lets users view the recorded portion of an ongoing program from the beginning, while continuing to record the live program in progress. The company\'s previous generation DVD video recorder retailed for $4,000.
MacGeneration has posted a report on managerial shifts within Apple Switzerland, as Rogest Brustio takes over for Martin Hagger, who is joining Apple Europe as Director of education sales.
Willow Design has introduced two new carrying cases designed exclusively for the Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium. The $152 Jacques pack (PK-10) features extra padded internal dividers to isolate the Titanium within the computer compartment, a new accessory pouch in the paperwork compartment, and many extra mesh zippered pockets. The $116 Titanium Brief carrying case (NL-12) was designed in response to travelers that wanted heavy duty protection but in a thinner and lighter case. The PowerBook is placed within a double foam padded, corrugated plastic and hardboard reinforced central compartment. The case features an organizer pocket on the outside and an unpadded pocket on the back of the case.
Strike Force 1.60 is a major new release of the realistic warfare mod for Unreal Tournament. The new version features new weapons and equipment, three new game modes (Hostage Rescue, Escape, and Deathmatch), 48 new maps for all game types, improved online code, a new reticule voice command system, new art and music, and all new sounds for firing, reloading, zoom, and weapon adjustment.
John Hopkins notes that Halcyon Software is preparing to release Instant ASP for Mac OS X, the first ASP solution on the new platform. A free developer version, which is restricted to two concurrent users, will be available soon. A web site with samples that can be viewed and run is running on Mac OS X.
Addonics Technologies has announced the Pocket SuperDisk 240, a $200 240MB LS-120 transportable drive with a USB interface and backwards compatibility with SuperDisk 120 (LS-120) and standard 1.44MB floppy disks. The drive comes with a software utility that allows 32 MB to be stored on a standard floppy disk.
Fuel, an upcoming multi-vehicle racer from Firetoad Software, will ship with exclusive support for Mac OS X (no Classic version), according to FragMac. The game is expected to be released in early 2002.
SFX Machine 1.52, a $75 Premiere-format audio effects plug-in with nearly 400 presets, fixes a bug in running earlier versions under Adobe Premiere 6.0.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures, including iWant (PowerBook G4), Mod Jobs and his squad (Portraits), Sun Mirage (Art), and Your life. To go. (iBooks, 2001).
TechTool Deluxe 2.5.6, MicroMat\'s diagnostic and repair utility bundled with AppleCare protection plans, adds support for new Mac models and system versions and also contains new drive repair routines. [registration area not responding]
PageSpinner 3.1b2, a new beta of Optima System\'s $30 HTML editor, features improved OS X Classic compatibility, translucent dragging, an enhanced plug-in format, full Navigation Services support, better handling of XML files, remote file editing, and several bugs fixes. It is available for registered users only.
After a two week delay, Power On Software is now shipping Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0, a new version of its $130 PIM (Personal Information Manager) that allows users to manage their own schedules and contacts, share them across networks with work groups, and synchronize them with Palm handhelds.
Mac users (as well as other non-MS platform users) have been locked out of using the UK government\'s online e-services portal. The developers claim \"improper support for SSL and digital certificates,\" while a Linux magazine article blames the use of proprietary software.
Pioneer has announced it is now supplying its DVR-103 combo DVD/CD-RW drives (a.k.a. \"SuperDrive\") to Sony on an OEM basis for the VAIO line of computers. Shipments to other vendors, including Apple, Compaq, and NEC/Packard Bell, began earlier this year. Pioneer says it will significantly expand the production capacity in China, which began in May, to meets its worldwide production objective of 1 million units. Its retail DVR-A03 combo DVD/CD-RW drive is now shipping to distributors for $1000.
PC Connection today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Cyberian Outpost (aka \"Outpost.com\") in a stock-for-stock merger that is expected to close in the third quarter of 2001. PC Connection will immediately provide Cyberian Outpost with a working capital line of credit of up to $3 million and an inventory line of credit of up to $5 million--each of which will be secured by Cyberian Outpost\'s assets.
Mathew Smith forwarded a note from Epson indicating that the company has no current plans to support the Stylus Photo 870 under OS X: \"There are a limited number of products included on the Mac OSX CD-ROM. At this time, the Stylus Photo 870 is not included, nor do we have a timetable for the development of updated drivers that will work.\"
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 5 new sets of icons for OS X: MM Folders 3 (folders), Game Icons (games), Modern Scientists (misc.), N2MP3 (applications), and Star Wars (folders). Xicons is updated daily.
osx.macnn.com reports on an upcoming racing game that will ship with exclusive support for OS X on the Mac and Epson\'s plans for additional OS X drivers.
British telecom company Thus has signed an agreement with Apple to include its Demon ISP service with all Macs sold in the UK.
PocketDock 2.11 includes fixes bugs and minor performance enhancements to the utility for organizing and launching applications, documents, web links, and email addresses. A free 30 day trial version (English, French, German and Italian) is available online.
Apple Brazil is set to release the Portuguese language version of Mac OS X in July at Fenasoft in São Paulo, which is described as the \"the most popular computer expo in Brazil.\"
The ZipBurst CGI 2.2 is web database search engine for zip codes that can be used with WebSTAR, Personal Web Sharing or any CGI-compliant Mac web server. A Lite version is multi-threaded, offering support for unlimited databases, users, and secure serving, while the Pro version also adds distance or location-based searching. Version 2.2 can add location-based searches to FileMaker Pro, Lasso, MGI, NetCloak, WebCatalog, and other servers. Half-price special discounts end June 6th.
Mt. Everything 1.5.4 is a maitenance release to the freeware Control Panel for managing SCSI bus(es) and connected devices, adding a new option to turn off automatic bus scans and bringing other improvements, including recognition of ISO 9660 CD-ROMs in its info-dialog.
Yesterday ATI introduced its new TRUFORM rendering technology. Other reports included rising prices on the Pioneer DVR-AO3 DVD-R/CD-R, Harvard University\'s ousting of Dell, new details on Airburst, shipment of Tales of the Sword Coast, release of Yellow Dog Linux 2.0, Burger King\'s Mac kiosks, a Mac-centric Doonesbury, shipment of Dual USB DVD/CD-R iBooks, and an iBook hack that put Clarus the dogcow in the laptop\'s glowing Apple. Software releases included Apple Theater Mode Update 2.0.3, iBook Audio Update 1.3.6, Opera 5.0b1, and Virtual PC 0006 Additions.
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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
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
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.