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In weekend tech news: Motorola will demonstrate a new DSL-based set-top device it calls Streamaster, which will facilitate digital-quality broadcast television, high-speed Web access, 2-D/3-D games, video/music-on-demand and on-line shopping; Negotiations regarding whether AOL will be included in Windows XP have reportedly broken down; McAfee and Symantec are playing more friendly with a new virus program that will co-exist with its competitor.
DiscoveryTools.com and CompUSA are teaming up to provide Mac training in 12 CompUSA Training Centers around the U.S this summer. Participants will use PowerBook G4 laptops equipped with AirPort. Training is available for iMovie 2, Final Cut Pro 2, Streaming Video, DVD Creation, and OS 9 to OS X migration. The training sessions will be available in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Scottsdale, AZ, and Dallas, TX.
Apple has posted documentation and sample code for developers covering the HID Manager, which controls gamepads, joysticks, and other input devices in Mac OS X. The release should bring input device support to games and other applications in the new operating system.
In a letter from Outpost.com Founder and CEO Darryl Peck to its customers, the CEO explains that their acquisition by PC Connection means that Outpost.com \"will indeed be here forever.\" The acquisition also provides Outpost.com with tens of millions in inventory and additional staff for its warehouses.
GameRanger, the multiplayer online gaming service for the Mac, has added support for Tales of the Sword Coast, an expansion set to role-playing game Baldur\'s Gate that began shipping earlier this week. The game joins 68 previously supported games, and the free service now has over 50,000 members.
Angelo Scicolone\'s ClipWorks 1.0 is a $15 utility that allows users to quickly edit the contents of the clipboard, either text or graphics.
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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