Stairways Software has released Interarchy 5.0, a new version of its popular file transfer tool that now features support for both Classic and Mac OS X. Interachy 5.0 features downloads via both FTP and HTTP, as well as a suite of tools designed to help the Mac Internet user. New in version 5.0 is FTP Disk, a feature that allows users to access files on frequently-used servers with any application in the same way users would access files on the hard drive. FTP Disk also provides instant access to files over a slow connection or while offline. A free, fully functional version of Interarchy 5.0 will be available until October 1, 2001; single-user licenses are $45.
Logitech MouseWare 4.0.1 is a maintenance release of the software for supporting Logitech\'s USB mice and trackballs under Mac OS 9.
A Better Finder Rename 4.0 Preview 2 is a new version of the contextual menu plugin for quickly renaming multiple files. Version 4.0p2 corrects a bug in Preview 1 that made it possible to drag and drop files onto the application or its alias on the desktop.
10191 Technologies has released Real Braininabox for Mac OS X, a graphical user interface for building a neural network.
Power On Software has acknowledged that some users are experiencing crashes with the Now Up-to-Date Public Event Server due to attacks from the Code Red worm. MacNN reader Tom N. notes that his Now Up-to-Date server crashed every 10 minutes; after reporting the issue to Power On, the company recommended that he change the port for broadcasting Web information from port 80 to another port. Power On Software is working on re-developing the Web publishing services so that future attacks can be avoided.
Apple\'s \"AirPort: Gateway to a Wireless World\" details several popular providers of broadband, wireless Internet access and how and where owners of an Apple laptop equipped with an AirPort card can connect to the Internet.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued an order denying a request by Microsoft that could have delayed further proceedings in its antitrust case until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the appeal, according to c|net. The mandate to return the case to trial court will be issued next Friday, which means that the Justice Department can resume proceedings in front of a federal district judge shortly.
MacPlay has announced that Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, the highly anticipated fantasy role-playing game sequel from Bioware, has reached golden master and will begin shipping for Classic and Mac OS X in early September. In Baldur\'s Gate II, the Forgotten Realms adventure ensues along the southern portion of the Sword Coast in the merchant kingdom of Amn. The region includes diverse environments such as the Forests of Thethyr, the Cloudpeak Mountains, the Drow cities of the Underdark, and more.
Wacom has introduced the Graphire2, a new consumer/prosumer-level mouse/graphics tablet. The $100, USB-based tablet features 512 levels of pressure, a programmable DuoSwitch, a built-in eraser, a three-button, cordless, ball-free Graphire2 Mouse, a removable pen stand and transparent overlay, and comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop LE and Corel Painter Classic.
The discontinued Power Mac G4 Cube is among six Apple products recently acquired by the New York Museum of Modern Art, according to The New York Times. The museum already owns several other Apple products for display, including an original Macintosh from 1984, a Macintosh SE from 1987, and QuickTake, Apple\'s original digital camera from 1994. [free registration required]
IomegaWare 3.0.4 is a new version of the software for Iomega products, such as the Zip, Jaz, and PocketZip. Version 3.0.4 adds support for the company\'s new Peerless drives and Active Disk technology.
America Online has released AOL for Mac OS X 14B, a new version of its online service software for the new operating system. Version 14B, available via keyword \"Beta,\" improves \"full\" connections when connecting to AOL from behind firewalls, including many cable and DSL modems, and improves handling of links to Flash/swf multimedia files.
Architosh reports on a demonstration of OpenWorlds\' X3D Open Standards technology and the release of Strata DVplus 5.0.
Power On Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0.3, an update to its contact management and scheduling software for the Mac. Version 4.0.3 adds additional user-definable custom fields, addition Internet/email/phone fields, the ability to view more detailed information in QuickContact, shared keywords, a migration tool that lets users extract data from Microsoft Entourage, full TCP/IP implementation for support of firewalls and NAT routing, one-click sorting, drag and drop layout capabilities, and more. [form]
Soft Solutions has announced that the upcoming release of 4-Sight Fax 5.0, its Java-based fax viewer, will incorporate QuickTime for ensuring identical display of documents across multiple platforms, as well as allow for translation of fax files to multiple formats.
Glenwarne Limited is shipping FaxElite 6.0, a new version of its $75 faxing software for the Mac. New features include smart dialing, a phonebook editor, multi-page cover pages, enhanced FaxViewer, enhanced phonebook, enhanced forwarding of received faxes, customizable headers, and more. A free Mac OS X upgrade will be available later this year.
Silvamber Software has released Medical Billing Circle 6.7, a new version of its medical office software designed for medical offices, hospitals, and clinics. Version 6.7 adds over 72 new features, specifically in the areas of Case management, Electronic Claims submissions, and Medical Record building blocks. A standalone single user version is $1,290; users of the previous version can upgrade for $554.
The MacGIMP Project, an endeavor to bring the popular open source image editing application to Mac OS X, is now available with themes for its window manager, including Brushed, Hackt, NeXT, and several more. All the themes listed on the page are also shipping on the MacGIMP CD.
Canon has introduced the CanoScan FS2720U, a High-Speed Film Scanner For 35mm And Advanced Photo System Film formats. The CanoScan FS2720U offers a maximum scanning speed of 10 seconds per frame, 2,720 dpi optical resolution, 12-bit RGB input and output, and the ability to accept slides or negatives, color or black-and-white in either the 35mm or APS formats. The new scanner will be available beginning in September with USB connectivity at a suggested list price of $599. Canon will offer OS 9 drivers with the device.
VistaPro 3.0 is an upcoming landscape generating program that uses DEMs (Digital Elevation Maps) to turn 2D topographical data, into 3D terrains. The tool will be coming to the Macintosh for the first time in a new release from MonkeyByte Software.
Applimac Address Book 4.1 is a telephone and address program that allows users to manage addresses, phone numbers, URLs and e-mail addresses. The new version corrects some minor bugs and includes a re-styling of the user interface.
Be-Accountable 2.0 is a $149 tool aimed at graphics design and PR firms for managing projects so they can \"be accountable\" for time and resources spent on client projects. Be-Accountable supports from one to 50 users and requires FileMaker Pro 5.0 or higher.
CrushFTP 3.0b8 is the latest version of a full-fledged FTP server for both OS 9 and OS X. The new beta now allows the refresh rate for ip discovery to be set, adds a test button for email events, and fixes the CWD response so that it is more accurate. [Classic, Carbon]
The Digital Camera Resource Page has posted a review of the new Canon PowerShot G2, which was introduced today. The new $999 camera will ship in September and offer 4 megapixel image resolution as well as USB connectivity.
textSOAP 3.0.1 adds numerous fixes to the tool for cleaning up text, removing garbage characters, and reformatting. The new release fixed unexpected quits associated with drag-n-drop inside the application and resolved problems with the custom cleaner editor.
Startup Security 1.0 is a new tool that enables firmware security under both OS 9 and OS X. The software allows users to set a firmware password so that boot device settings and other machine parameters cannot be changed without authorization, as well as completely disallow the boot process without a proper password.
Optigold 2.8 us a business software package to run all aspects of an internet service provider, including billing and server management. The new release adds real-time credit card and ACH processing via SurePay and Select Check, ability to bill for tech support calls, and FTP added as an option for email and generic server setup actions. [download form]
Yesterday Intuit began shipping Quicken 2002 for Classic and Mac OS X. Other reports included Palm\'s acquisition of Be, skyrocketing sales of memory and LCDs, Sorenson\'s Ultimate Streaming Seminar, record NVIDIA earnings, Formac\'s 24x10x40 CD-RW FireWire drive, Canadian Apple Demo Days, AT&T-branded CD-R/RW media, new Apple AirPort models featuring 128-bit encryption, shipment of ACTION GoMac 2.1, price drops on Sonnet G3/G4 upgrades, and Black & White for the Mac. Software releases included Sophos Anti-virus 3.48 Beta, MacMAME 0.53, and A Better Finder Rename 4.0PR1.
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Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC