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McAfee has released the Virex definitions for July. Users can also download the new definitions by using the built-in update feature of the virus scanning utility.
BusinessWeek Online\'s Charles Haddad hopes that Apple\'s new retail stores are a success and become a blueprint for other computer retailers to follow. \"The success of these stores might work as a cudgel to knock some sense into other computer retailers, too.\"
Evening tech news: Microsoft has decided to remove Smart Tags from the final release of its Windows XP operating system, a technology that allows Microsoft to link any word on a Web page to another site of its choosing; today\'s release of a new Napster client brings additional music filtering that will result in even less music being available on the swapping service; and a new report shows that consumers are spending increasingly more money on online auction sites, especially eBay.
Aimster 1.002 Beta is a new version of the popular file sharing environment first released on the Mac earlier this week. Version 1.002 Beta fixes the \"existing username\" bug.
Marc Liyanage has released version 4.0.6 of the PHP module that he provides for the Apache web serevr included with Mac OS X. Marc provides complete instructions for downloading and installing the PHP module using the Terminal application.
Stimpsoft has released Solscape 1.0b3, a new version of its tool designed to \"mine\" specific Web sites for solar and geomagnetic data and activity, including up to the minute photos, alerts, warnings, and forecasts. The new version adds UVI images to the aurora area, a new Earth Images tab with NDAA GEOS Satellite images for most parts of the globe, and additional improvements and bug fixes. [Classic: 1.8 MB; Carbon: 2.0 MB]
On Magazine has posted a review of Microsoft Office XP for Windows, in which the reviewer maintains his view that Microsoft makes a better Office for Mac than for Windows. \"While XP has some interesting features, it’s not as clever as the Mac Office, and is notable only for its irksome copy protection system.\"
MacNN has learned that an Apple retail store in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois (a major suburb of Chicago) is scheduled to open on Saturday, August 25, 2001. Apple has job listings posted for both full-time and part-time sales associates at the location.
VH Publications and MightyData plan to offer $700-$1,300 2- and 3-day training classes for beginning to advanced FileMaker Pro and Lasso users in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dallas, Texas. Classes include Introduction to FileMaker, Philosophy of Scripting 1 and 2, Intermediate Database Design, and the first courses offered using Lasso 5: Apprentice Wizardry, Security Wizardry, and eCommerce Wizardry.
Some distributors have begun notifying European resellers that they can no longer order iMacs after current stock is depleted, indicating that the product is close to \'EOL\' status (End of Life). The move supports industry rumors that new iMacs will be introduced at next month\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
Blizzard Entertainment\'s Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the $40 expansion set to action/role-playing game Diablo II, began shipping yesterday—two days ahead of schedule. Blizzard has also released a 1.08 patch for the new expansion set, which includes dozens of changes and bug fixes, including many to the new Druid and Assassin character classes. Mac users should update immediately after installing Diablo II: Lord of Destruction by logging in to Battle.net in order to restore access to their original Diablo II characters. [updated]
Creative has released new Macintosh 1.04 firmware for its Nomad IIc MP3 Player, which adds support for more brands of SmartMedia memory cards.
sMailing 1.1 is a new version of AppMac Software\'s mass e-mail application for Classic and Mac OS X that adds the ability to manage different targets with different e-mail and fixes several bugs. [form]
Macromedia has announced that it expects a pro forma loss of 15 to 20 cents per share for its first quarter ending June 30 due to a \"weak market in developing content for the Internet.\" First Call/Thomson Financial published earnings estimates of a profit of 13 cents per share for the first quarter. Macromedia will report results on July 19.
Selznick Scientific Software has announced a $5 summer discount on all of its products purchased through July 10, 2001, including PasswordWallet, MoonMenu, SmartWrap, CopyPaths, and TypePopper. To receive the discount, users should specify coupon code B7151.
Deep Sky Technologies has released HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0b2, a new version of tis 4th Dimension component that provides a comprehensive set of HTTp and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects.
A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed in part the proposed break-up of Microsoft for alleged violations of antitrust law, rebuking Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson\'s earlier handling of the case, citing an \"appearance of partiality.\" Additionally, the Court ruled that the break-up order was not warranted by Microsoft\'s actions. A Washington Post article notes that the appeals court ruling upheld Jackson\'s claim that Microsoft broke the law when it threatened to withhold a version of Microsoft Office from Apple unless it cut an exclusive deal to use Internet Explorer. The case will be sent back to the lower court to be heard by a different judge. [updated]
Acrux Software has released iBuild 1.0.3, a new version of its multimedia authoring and presentation tool that fixes a minor bug related to setting properties in QuickTime objects. iBuild is available in Lite, Pro, Site, and Developer editions. A kiosk and Mac OS X version of iBuild are under development.
Architosh reports on a new Wildcat II \"workstation class\" graphics card and the impending release of an update for VectorWorks.
Apple\'s Charlie McCabe, Manager of AppleCare Web Publishing, has provided MacNN with some tips, helpful articles, and search keywords to help users migrate from the retired asu.info.apple.com to AppleCare KnowledgeBase for finding software updates.
ResExcellence has released its second appearance theme for Mac OS X, Glass, which features a polished metal look designed by Michael Rabe.
MacHack, the leading edge conference for developers that took place earlier this month in Dearborn, Michigan, is offering a $20 MacHack 2001 CD loaded with the 82 hacks created for this year\'s MacHax Best Hack Contest. Additionally, the CD contains this year\'s papers and many of the presentations. The hacks on the CD are untested, and thus MacHack assumes no responsibility for its contents or any machine on which the hacks are installed. All profits from sales of the CD go towards funding MacHack 2002.
Erik K. notes that an auction underway at eBay is offering two MacUser Editor\'s Choice Award statuettes from the 1980\'s. On one statuette, the figure is holding an early Macintosh while on the other the figure is holding a Macintosh SE.
ACD Systems has released ACDSee for Mac 1.6, a free update to its $40 digital imaging software designed for professional and amateur photographers, digital video professionals, graphic designers, and other users that manage large collections of images. Version 1.6 is now OS X compatible and offers support for EXIF JPEG formats and TWAIN support. A trial version is available.
Calerga has posted a new pre-release of SysQuake 2 LE for Classic and OS X, its freeware scientific application for designing complex systems using interactive graphics. Version 2 adds libraries of functions, an easier programming model for simple problems, multiple documents and a built-in text editor (on Mac OS), plus many other enhancements. [Classic: 1.1MB, Carbon: 1.6MB]
The extremely popular music sharing client, Napster 1.0b2, has been updated with many bug fixes, new OS X style preferences, and improved OS X support.
Stone Table Software\'s Z-Write 1.3BETAC, an organizational word processor for writers, is now in beta-testing. The $20 \"non-linear\" word processor is designed to help writers organize large writing projects.
\"Glass\" is yet another theme file for OS X that \"features a polished metal look designed.
Yesterday we posted additional photos from NECC 2001. Other reports included a customized iBook, TechWorks\' reduced memory pricing, the temporary unavailability of multiple displays at the Apple Store, the discontinuation of Mac Quake III: Arena, the reduced wait time for 17\" flat-panel Apple Studio Displays, Steve Jobs\' MWNY 2001 keynote, new Reader Rabbit titles, Maxtor\'s new \"Big Drive\" ATA storage, and a new 20x10x40x CD-RW with 8MB buffer. Software releases included Microsoft Outlook 2001, Stata 7x.275.0626DLL, and SecureFM 5.5.
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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 HermĂ©s 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
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