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AOL for Mac OS X revision 13D is now available for users of the popular online Internet service (Keyword: Beta). The new release brings the software \"closer to the final version, and includes many improvements over the current revision.\"
MacNN reader Alex C. notes that the Apple store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota is preparing for its official opening next Saturday, August 11, as confirmed by the retail store section of Apple\'s Web site. \"...the Apple\'s are up on the outside of the store, all of the tables and the check-out counters are up. There was really nothing going on when I got there. It looks like all they need now are the computers.\"
Lunar Software has released EarthBrowser 1.5.3, a new version of its Earth simulation tool for Classic and Mac OS X that features a 3D globe with real-time weather conditions, 5-day forecasts, live earthquakes, Webcam images, active volcanoes and current cloud formations. Version 1.5.3 adds several new active volcanoes, new Webcams, and a fixed connection problem with AOL accounts.
SwitchRes 2.5.2 is a maintenance release of the control strip module that allows users to control the resolution of each connected display.
We have posted a report on today\'s Apple retail store opening at the Willowbend shopping mall in Plano, Texas.
MacNut reports on CyberCANdo, a \"nonprofit Macintosh-based computer apprenticeship program designed to use the creativity of people with developmental disabilities to increase job opportunities in minority-owned small businesses.\"
Mozilla 0.9.3 brings substantial stability improvements to the open-source browser, and includes Mac-specific support for Proxy Auto-config. The user interface and Chatzilla have also received enhancements. Mozilla.org officials say that the new build is more stable than Netscape 4.78.
Mike S., a senior graphic designer, has sent us feedback regarding his employer\'s recent purchase of Adobe PageMaker 7 for the Mac: \"We had believed, due to features listed on Adobe\'s web site, that PageMaker 7 upgrade would allow us to get rid of PageMaker 6 and open all files from 4.0-6.5 from both Mac and PC. But it doesn\'t. The Mac version of PageMaker 7 will not convert any PC documents less than 6.5 and no documents from Publisher 97-2000 at all...The PC version of PageMaker 7, of course, converts Mac documents from 4.0-6.5 as well as Publisher 97-2000 documents.\"
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Compaq, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft have officially announced an alliance to promote the PCI-SIG Araphoe standard, which the companies hope will replace the aging PCI expansion standard and win out over the efforts of AMD\'s HyperTransport consortium (of which Apple is a member). Araphoe will purportedly offer much greater speed than current PCI throughput, and \"co-exist and complement other I/O attach technologies such as InfiniBand, IEEE 1394b, USB 2.0, serial ATA and 1/10Gb Ethernet,\" according to Louis Burns, Intel vice president and general manager.
MacNN reader Pead has posted a series of pictures from the grand opening of the Apple Retail Store in Plano, Texas, showing an immense crowd clammoring over the QuickSilver G4s and Titanitum PowerBooks.
Thoth 1.3.0 is a shareware newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher. The latest release adds the ability to filter on additional headers, takes advantage of background processing, and adds keyboard shortcuts. The Carbonized app is both OS 9 and OS X compatible.
Job Manager 3.0 adds integration for MYOB\'s Accounting Plus and Intuit\'s QuickBooks Pro accounting software packages. The payroll management application offers data collection of employee time/material usage for jobs, analyzing productivity, tracking job costs and status, and generates invoices automatically.
Runtime Labs has introduced MacSQL 2.0 a solution for SQL database management that is AppleScriptable. The new release sports the ability to connect to MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, and ODBC database servers, a new Web script assistant, and a Table tool. MacSQL 2.0 is priced at $249, and is available for both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
CNET has posted an interview with Ellen Hancock, former Executive President of Technology at Apple under then-CEO Gil Amelio. Hancock is now the CEO of Exodus Communications, which maintains and installs the computers and other Internet infrastructure required to serve Web sites.
MacNN reader Norm Phillips points us to a TechTV report dubbed \"Judgement Call: Mac vs. PC.\" The report features Hahn Choi representing the PC, and Brett Larson defending the Mac. The article also includes benchmarking results and video highlights.
Ambrosia Software has released a Mac OS X version of its venerable game Maelstrom, which was borne out of the company\'s Linux port. The Carbonized release is free to download, and the source code has also been posted.
The XML Toolkit 2.0 is a free open-source package that lets users parse XML source into an object structure and also creates XML code from object structures. In the new version, the toolkit is re-entrant, meaning users can parse XML from several different threads.
Apple\'s Web site now features a preview, complete with map and directions, of the new retail store opening at the Willow Bend Mall in Plano, Texas. The store\'s grand opening is Friday, and it will be open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m on its day of debut.
REALBasic 3.5b3 fixes issues with RbScript and the DataControl, as well as squashing various other bugs. The latest release of the easy-to-use programming software is also compatible with Office 10 (due to debut this Fall) and garners improvements in compile speeds. [Classic, Carbon]
Vianet Technologies has announced the ZyGoVideo Codec for QuickTime and QuickTime Pro, which compresses video for on-line streaming and other limited bandwidth applications. Vianet says that Apple has accepted the codec to be included in the QuickTime component program.
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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 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
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