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Evening tech news: Code Red II, a new worm regarded as more threatening than its predecessor, is now infecting systems around the world, although systems patched to prevent infection from the original Code Red are fully protected; numbers from a Techies.com study show that more tech workers are willing to relocate in order to secure their next job; and InterTrust and DataPlay are partnering to introduce DataPlay discs and devices that hold 11 hours of compressed music, thwart piracy efforts, and are designed to replace the CD.
Macromedia and the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) have announced a partnership to test Macromedia authoring productsand the content they producefor their accessibility to people with disabilities, in compliance with recent federal guidelines and corporate initiatives.
TwinFeats E-mail Chess is a new Java2-based application for Mac OS X that lets friends play by e-mail. The game features two graphic sets for piece display and support for PNG import/export for board positions.
Hamrick Software has released VueScan 7.1.8, a new version of its batch scanning utility for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 7.1.8 adds support for the Canon FS4000, support for FireWire scanners and FireWire-to-SCSI converters on Mac OS X 10.1, and improved support for the Canon FS2700 and FS2710.
Iconizer Pro 1.4.9 lets users build a group of icons from a picture to make a folder background. The new version fixes a registration problem when used under the Classic environment of Mac OS X.
Key3Media today released official details regarding Seybold San Francisco 2001, which will run at the Moscone Center from September 23-28.
Apple will be a sponsor of the TechEd Chicago conference, which is scheduled for September 24-26, 2001 in downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers on North Water Street and the University of Chicago\'s Gleacher Center. More than 1,500 are expected to attend.
Other World Computing has posted a page with instructions on how to install Mac OS X on an unsupported machine, such as the 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600, as well as the UMAX S900 and J700, and the Power Computing PowerWave and PowerTowerPro.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SMTPit 3.0, a $65 FileMaker Pro plug-in that lets users send email directly from FileMaker without the aid of any help applications. Providing support for Classic and Mac OS X and FileMaker 4.x and 5.x, SMTPit 3.0 features connect and disconnect functions for Mass Email solutions, a status window, server authentication support, better multitasking support, a new PathToDB function for returning the path to the folder containing the database, better multi-part email support, new developer\'s versions, and send and connect functions.
Ambrosia Software is offering a competitive upgrade price of $19 ($39 for movie capture version) for Snapz Pro X to registered users of Screen Capture. We published a review of Snapz Pro X last week.
iNotePad 1.5.2, a new version of the $14 alternative to Apple\'s NotePad, fixes a bug when importing data with the unregistered version. In addition to English, iNotePad is now available in both French and Japanese.
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.2 is a new version of Adobe\'s eBook reader for the Mac. Version 2.2 improves viewing of books with large pages by adding a Fit Width button, a vertical scroll bar if necessary, and a Single-Page View button.
The Apple retail store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota is nearly ready for its debut this Saturday, August 11, according to MacNN reader Adam B. \"I was at the Mall of America this weekend, peeked into the new Apple Store (between the barriers which are set up around the front), and could clearly see iMacs and iBooks along the side of the wall; some on the shelf, and some still in-box. Several workers were milling about, laying some electrical cords, and finishing the check-out area.\"
PandoCalendar 5.7.3 is a shareware app that places a fully functional calendar on the Mac desktop. The new version adds an option to always save changes in daily information windows without asking, fixed two bugs that would cause PandoCalendar to crash if run with CarbonLib 1.4, and fixed a bug that would prevent an Apple Script from being able to export notes and appointments to a text file.
Epson has lowered the price on its Stylus Photo 780 ink jet printer to $99 from $149. The printer offers 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, six color ink, and \"borderless printing,\" and support for PRINT Image Matching-enabled digital cameras.
MacNN reader Ian S. notes that training for employees at the Apple retail store in Peabody, MA begins today. The store will be located in the Northshore Mall alongside stores such as The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Electronics Boutique, and Toys \"R\" Us.
Trolltech has released a public beta version of its Mac OS X port of Qt, a cross-platform C++ GUI application development framework. Qt/Mac Open Beta 1 lets developers create single-source applications that run natively on multiple platforms.
Panasonic has introduced the NV-EX21 DV digital camcorder, which is the first device of its kind to include a detachable network-ready digital still camera. The NV-EX21 will capture video in the QuickTime-based MPEG-4 format and include Bluetooth wireless capabilities. The $1700 camcorder will go on sale September 1 in Japan, and launch in the United States early next year.
Maxtor Personal Storage 3000LE\"the world\'s first 40GB external hard drive with high speed USB 2.0 interface\"is now shipping. The $200 drive features 5400RPM speed and backwards compatibility with USB 1.1.
Eizo Nano Technologies is now shipping its $500 FlexScan T565 17\" CRT monitor. The display offers various fine contrast modes to support varied software applications, ranging from desktop publishing and graphic design to Internet browsing, text-based programs and viewing videos. The T565 also incorporates the sRGB color standard and ScreenManager Pro for USB, providing color calibration and monitor control via an on-screen interface.
Afternoon tech news: Sun\'s upcoming UltraSparc V processor will offer \"two chips in one\" with one unit for business operations and another for server functions; Dataquest reports that PDA sales have fallen 21 percent since the first quarter of this year; Intel\'s future earnings estimate has been reduced by several analysts.
Apple will hold a \'DVD Jam\' contest in Paris next month. The three-day competition will run from September 22-25, 2001 (right before the Apple Expo), and challenge contestants to produce the most creative DVD using Apple hardware and software.
Son of Weather Grok 4.0.1 is a new version of the application that displays weather conditions from cities around the world. Version 4.0.1 now uses HTTP rather than FTP, resulting in significant increases in speed and reliability.
Documents To Go Professional Edition Version 4.0 is a solution from DataViz that enables Palm handheld users to create, view and edit Word and Excel documents and view PowerPoint presentations. The new version allows users to create Excel spreadsheets on their Palm, and adds new PowerPoint functionality. It also now includes support for synchronizing with multiple Macs. The new release is priced at $70.
Sources tell MacNN that the Omni Group is working on a 2.0 release of OmniGraffle which will add several new features and split the product into \"professional\" and \"standard\" editions. Over the weekend, we published a review of OmniGraffle in its current form.
Insider UpdateAgent 10.0.4 is the latest release of an automatic software update application that checks for both Classic and OS X apps. The new release is purportedly 30 percent faster than previous versions and includes new scheduling and power management tools.
CenDyne has introduced a 24X10X40 FireWire CD-RW drive which sports a 120 ms average access time. CenDyne says the new drive was designed with technology to prevent buffer under-runs, and (like virtually all FireWire devices) is hot-swappable. The drive comes bundled with Toast and is priced at $300.
Shrink II 1.1 allows complete manipulation of Apple II ShrinkIt archives. Both extraction and compression are supported, as well as other manipulation of archives. Version 1.1 has complete support for Navigation Services and uses the Appearance Manager to enhance its look and feel. The software is available for $30 on CD-ROM.
Voodoo Personal 2.1 is a document version organizer that keeps track of multiple saved copies of a single file. The new version comes with a Carbonized plug-in for BBEdit and fixes numerous bugs.
Mail Watcher 2.5 beta allows multiple mailboxes to checked in the background and notifies you when new messages arrive in your mailbox. The new release adds Mac OS X compatibility and support for encodings.
iWarning 1.0 is a free utility allowing to watch several e-mail accounts. It works in thorough task to warn the owner of the accounts of the arrival of new messages.
Over the weekend we noted Apple\'s discontinuation of the KidSafe component of its iTools services set, a new 17.4 inch LCD from Cornerstone Peripherals, an NPD Intelect study marking Apple as the number 4 selling retail computer maker, and Apple\'s dispute with Germantown, TN over its logo use in a retail store location. Software updates included Cookie Dog 1.1, iLabel 1.7.1, and mPeople 1.1 We also posted a review of OmniGraffle.
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq