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Casady & Greene has released Conflict Catcher 8.0.9, a new version of its conflict prevention utility for the Mac. Version 8.0.9 primarily addresses improvements related to Mac OS 9.2, which is currently only available on \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s, and Mac OS X.
Apple has released iDVD 1.0.1, a new version of its consumer DVD authoring application for the Mac. Changes in the new version are not immediately available. (VT)
PopTop Software has released two new scenariosMt. Sucio and Green Islandfor its new building-oriented strategy game, Tropico, which was recently released for Classic and Mac OS X by MacSoft. (The two scenarios are available for download in self-extracting .exe files, which can be decompressed by Stuffit Expander.)
Maxtor has unveiled the Ultra ATA/133 hard drive interface specification, which is capable of transferring data at 133 megabytes per second. Adaptec, Agere Systems, and Pacific Digital are among the first drive and adapter manufacturers to promise products based on the new standard. Maxtor expects widespread adoption of the Ultra ATA/133 standard in desktop systems during the beginning of 2002. Apple currently uses an Ultra ATA interface in its Power Mac G4 line.
Muska & Lipman Publishing has released CD Recordable Solutions, a new $30 how-to guide that teaches users how to burn music, data, and video CDs on Mac, Windows, or Linux. The book explains the difference between CD-recordable and CD_rewritable formats, how a CD writer works, and how to build DVD-compatible CDs. A how-to guide to Roxio\'s Toast 5 Titanium, among other CD authoring software, is also included.
Microsoft has released Scholastic\'s The Magic School Bus Volcano Adventure Activity Center, a $20 hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM featuring games, experiments, trivia, and creative activities that help children ages 6 to 10 learn about both dormant and active volcanoes, including the volatile Mayon Volcano near Legazpi, Phillipines.
PandoCalendar 5.7.1 is a new version of the program that places a fully functional calendar on the desktop. Version 5.7.1 fixes a bug that would cause the Paste menu item to act like Copy.
Boeing has released a Mac screensaver featuring its Joint Strike Fighter, a multi-role strike fighter being developed for various U.S. armed forces that can takeoff and land both conventially and using direct-lift.
Apple Talk, a new Mac radio talk show, will debut this Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 PM EST. Thw two hour show will cover topics such as a digital video workshop and a discussion on OS X on Intel.
Burning Monkey Solitaire II 2.5, the popular solitaire game from Freeverse Software, is now available for both Classic and Mac OS X. Burning Monkey Solitaire II features a full suite of classic solitaire games such as Klondike, FreeCell, Pyramid, Canfield, and 52-pick up.
AAPLTalk, after comparing both the new iBooks and iMacs to industry competition, has compared Apple\'s new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s to similarly priced systems from Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq, and Sony. The new Power Mac comes out barely above a strong competitor in the Compaq Presario 7000.
Brian Dunning has released DopeWars for Filemaker Pro 5, a controversial, free game that lets players act as a drug dealer; \"buy and sell drugs, work the loan shark, fire at the cops, and loot dead bodies.\"
osx.macnn.com reports on Kayadara\'s first Mac release of its 3D content creation tool FiLMBOX 3.0, OmniWeb 4.0.3, Pocket Notes 1.0b2, and Carbonized drivers for Griffin\'s iMate USB to ADB adapter.
Pocket Notes 1.0b2 is the latest release of an extended notepad application for outlining and planning. The new version adds undo support, a links shelf to store web links, email addresses, files, etc, and enhancements to both the toolbar and search panel. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Afternoon tech news: Sun will begin cutting hundreds of jobs for employees who can\'t find work elsewhere in the company; AT&T Labs has demonstrated a new technology that is purported to almost exactly replicate the human voice; Intel is attempting to replace the PCI expansion standard with its own solution dubbed Arapahoe, which will offer data transfer rates greater than 1.1 Gbytes per second.
Macromedia World 2001 will be held September 17 to 20 at the San Francisco Hilton. Kevin Lynch, president of Macromedia products, and Jeremy Allaire, chief technology officer for Macromedia, will give the opening keynote at the four day event aimed at educating users about Dreamweaver, Shockwave, Flash, and other Macromedia solutions. Early bird registration is available through August 15 for $1,595.
Pinehill Productions has released CreativePage 2.7.5, an update to the company\'s Web page layout application available in both Classic and Carbonized versions. The new release adds Color Syntax option for web pages not created in CreativePage, tweaks to the FTP interface and a new Mac OS X icon.
Kayadara has begun shipping FiLMBOX 3.0, a Carbonized app which is the first release of the tool for the Macintosh platform. The real-time 3D content production and delivery solution is priced at $5,000 and requires Mac OS X. Also packed in the 3.0 release are enhancements to FiLMBOX\'s character tools.
Seek Systems two new accelerated storage configurations that the company says are meant \"to respond to the CPU speeds of new Mac G4 technologies.\" MacRAID-S and MacRAID-L offer 365 GB and 1.2 TB of storage and are priced at $25,000 and $50,000, respectively. Both solutions include Adaptive Cache technology which Seek says utilizes AltiVec routines in the G4.
OmniWeb 4.0.3, the latest incarnation of the Omni Group\'s OS X-native Web browser, offers numerous bug fixes, better multiple language handling, and interface refinements.
QiPo 1.2, short for \"QuickTime in, Preview Out\" adds several enhancements to the QuickTime movie preview generator. The new release removes AppleScript dependencies for better performance, decreases memory requirements, and adds QuickTime 5 support.
ATI has begun shipping the Xclaim TV USB edition, an external TV tuner now compatible with the Mac and priced at $99. The device allows users to watch TV through plugging an external source into the USB port, and features channel preview, parental controls, and the ability to operate in the background.
Baseview Products has released the PhotoBridge plug-in, allowing iQue users to use Photoshop to edit photos from within the iQue database. PhotoBridge allows for format transitions and IPTC captions. In addition, an image\'s version history is preserved with images edited with PhotoBridge. The plug-in requires Photoshop 5.5 or higher.
Griffin Technology has posted a beta version of the OS X driver for its iMate USB to ADB adapter. The new driver supports all currently available ADB drivers including the Kensington Mouseworks driver for OS X. With the Carbonized version, ADB devices are completely hot pluggable as the iMate OS X driver loads custom ADB driver even when connected after startup.
Hynix Semiconductor, which provides DRAM chips to Apple and is the world\'s third largest supplier of memory chips, is facing financial trouble and looking to the South Korean government for support. Revenue from DRAM sales is expected to slide to $14 billion this year from nearly $32 billion last year.
Palm has introduced a new web clipping service that allows users to tap into the Knowledge Finder system through a wireless-enabled Palm VIIx or other Palm with a wireless modem. Knowledge finder is a database compiled by Palm engineers as a guide for users, and is available on the web at http://www.palm.com/support.
MacNN reader Gaither Peden sends us a description of the Apple Retail Store opening soon in Miami, FL. Apple is currently looking to hire a store manager for the Miami store, located at The Falls Center right across the street from CompUSA. \"There is a large Apple sign in the store window that the mall has placed to let shoppers know Apple is coming soon. I was told that the store is expected to open in October of this year. This mall is a fashion outdoor water mall with Macy\'s and Bloomingdale\'s retail stores along with other upscale shopping,\" said Peden.
Mactracker 1.1, which will ship in August, is the latest release of Ian Page\'s Macintosh information database that includes specs on virtually all Macs ever made. The new release will sport the ability to add custom notes to models, and information on CPU upgrades. Both Classic and OS X versions of Mactracker 1.1 will be offered.
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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