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c|net has posted an article discussing the relatively new area of movie piracy, noting that the RIAA\'s legal forces have largely been concentrated on Napster, but the article notes that the film Snatch has \"earned the dubious distinciton of being the most-pirated movie on the Internet, according to a survey released this week.\"
MacNN Reader Rusty Powell has notified us that a Ziff Davis poll asks \"How important is Apple/Macintosh to you?\" The poll is located on the lower right portion of the page.
CDFinder 3.1.2, Norbert M. Doerner\'s disk cataloging tool, has been updated to improve speed and fix several bugs.[Classic: 716 KB, Carbon: 632 KB]
A MacNN reader has informed us that he has received a replacement adapter for the PowerBook G3 series adapter he sent to Apple about a week after he ordered it. The adapter is one of the new \"silver discus\" models, not the thin black model that was shipped with the older PowerBook G3 portables.
Jasmine v1.0.5, a multitrack editor/mixer, now includes Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MP3 import/convert capabilities as well as tape display and other bug fixes.
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank Free Piano, a limited, freeware version of SampleTank, a software sound module which combines a sophisticated sampler/synth engine with hundreds of high quality multisampled sounds, into a VST instrument. It plays a single instrument, the smallest grand-piano included in the full version.
XMorph 2.0 and XMorph 2.0 DE are \"completely\" rebuilt versions of the OS X theme tools with a new interface. The Developer Edition (DE) contains a class that REALBasic developers can use to write their own theme switching programs that use the TPKG format. [XM, XMDE]
ClipCleaner 1.0b3 is a freeware utility for \"cleaning up clipboard text, with functions such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, converting ligatures , converting em and en dashes, removing multiple spaces & returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters (\"\"), converting ellipsis, removing spaces before punctuation, removing spaces at the start of paragraphs and more...\"
One Trick Pony 1.0 is a freeware application that will monitor a \'hot folder\' and send an email if someone added or removed an item.\"
The shareware advanced notepad utility, iOrganize 3.5, adds new print commands, preferences to customize font display, as well as several MacOS X-specific changes such as mouse wheel support. [Classic, Carbon]
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ