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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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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