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dbReports 2.5 final released
dbReports 2.5 is the final release of Aaron Bratcher's report writing application that inludes a built-in assistant and a drawing environment. The new version fixes problems with copy/paste, adds Frontbase support, and resolves issues with ODBC reports. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple to offer media preview for Chicago
MacNN reader Aaron W Uribe notes that Apple will offer a preview to the media on August 23rd of its new retail store opening at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. The store's grand opening will take place on Saturday, August 25th at 9:00 am.
TechWorks to ship 512 MB modules for TiBook
MacNN has exclusively learned that TechWorks plans to debut a 512MB SODIMM for the Titanium PowerBook G4 and PowerBook FireWire 2000 (Pismo. The company also plans to introduce a 512 MB SODIMM for all iBook models. TechWorks also offers a 10 percent discount to MacNN readers - you must use the source code "MACNN" at check-out.
REALbasic 3.5 released
After numerous beta releases, the final version of REALbasic 3.5 has begun shipping. The new update improves support for Mac OS X, and adds new 3D graphics, Microsoft Office automation, an internal scripting language, as well as other new features. REALbasic is available for $150 for the Standard Edition and $350 for the Professional Edition. Downloadable upgrades for previous versions will range from $30 to $90.
Sorenson, Future join for streaming seminar
Sorenson Services USA and Future Concepts have joined to present the "Ultimate Streaming Seminar," covering MPEG, QuickTime, Real Media and Windows Media solutions for both video on demand and live streaming. The seminar features products from Apple, Media100, Real Networks and others.
On2 offers VP3 source code
On2 Technologies, The Duck Corporation has launched a new Web site, VP3.com, which will allow users to download the VP3 for QuickTime source code. The first release of the VP3.2 (built-in to VP3) video compression algorithm will be made available to the public on Thursday, September 6, 2001.
Handspring cuts prices
Handspring has cut prices across its PDA line, discounting the 2MB Visor by $20 to $129, the 8MB Visor Deluxe by $30 to $169, the 8MB Visor Platinum by $50 to $199 and the slim Visor Edge by $100 to $299. All price cuts are effective immediately.
Apple leaks iPhoto details
Apple may have inadvertently leaked details about its forthcoming image editing application, dubbed iPhoto Studio. "Discover iPhoto Studio, the perfect solution for the high volume requirements of professional photographers. Combined with a Power Mac G4, iPhoto Studio lets you focus on the quality of your images by helping you manage your workflow for greater productivity and profitability," reads an Apple description of an upcoming solutions seminar taking place tomorrow in New York. Unlike previous mentions of iPhoto, which Apple claims were in reference to a third-party product, the current seminar invitation adds "Featured products include two Apple-based digital photography solutions: iPhoto Studio and Studio in a Bag." [update: this story appears to be in error, as the seminar features a product from another company]
Computer Admin Pro released
Computer Admin Pro replaces Computer Admin 2.2 as CG Software's help desk and asset management software package. The tool allows hardware and software tracking, secure access to information, and generation of reports. Computer Admin Pro is available for Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher, and is priced at $149 for a single-user version.
AppMac updates apps, releases iGo 1.0
AppMac has released updates for two of its applications and released a third: nQuick 2.0 is a completely revamped release of the tool used to manage texts, notes, passwords, serials, and to do lists; iWarning 1.1 fixes bugs in the utility for checking multiple clients and accounts for new e-mail; iGo 1.0 is a new program that manages URLs outside of a browser environment.
APC Tracker aids UPS users
APC Tracker is a new utility that interfaces with UPS hardware from APC (which provide emergency power during an electrical failure) to power off a Macintosh client computer regularly once power is interrupted. The software is the first of its kind on the Mac platform, as this capability was previously restricted to Windows and Linux users.
Schiller, Jobs to officially keynote Seybold
Though previously confirmed, Key3Media has officially announced that Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller, will present the day's opening keynote at Seybold San Francisco 2001 on Tuesday, September 25 at the Moscone Center. Schiller, will be joined by Steve Jobs briefly, via sattelite. "If it weren't for Apple, the graphic arts and publishing industries wouldn't be as advanced as they are today ... We are thrilled to have Phil and Steve on our roster in San Francisco," said Gene Gable, president, Seybold Seminars and Publications.
MacTracker 1.1 released
Mactracker 1.1 is the latest release of Ian Page's database that provides detailed information on every Mac ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, upgrade, and expansion options. The new release adds the ability to add custom notes to any of the desktop or notebook models, as well as information about processor upgrades specific to each model. [Classic, Carbon]
Sony offers new CD-RW drives
Sony has introduced four new CD-RW drives with out-of-the-box Macintosh compatibility and software bundles. The new 24X/10X/40X CD-RW drives are available with internal ATAPI (EIDE), as well as external USB 2.0 and IEEE1394/FireWire interfaces. Sony will offer the first CD-RW drive with a Memory Stick media slot in the CRX175M/A1 internal model. The Sony CD-RW ATAPI internal drive will be available in October while the Memory Stick model will be available in November with estimated U.S. retail prices of $179 and $229 respectively. The USB 2.0 and FireWire external drives will also be available in November, with prices of $279 and $299 respectively.
Resonext unveils new AirPort chip specs
Resonext has key architectural details on its upcoming 5GHz WLAN chipsets, which will power the successor to the wireless 802.11a standard, used in Apple's AirPort. The new 5 Ghz standard is expected to boast transfer speeds upwards of 50 megabits per second - Apple's current implementation is limited to 11 megabits per second. "We have successfully engineered key technology components that will enable 5 GHz WLAN platform scalability, investment longevity, and affordable deployment cost," said David Tahmassebi, president and CEO of Resonext Communications.
Sony ships Bluetooth-enabled DV cameras
Sony has unveiled two new digital camcorders with Bluetooth wireless networking technology built in. Bluetooth will allow the two video camcorders, the DV format DCR-PC120 and the new MICROMV format DCR-IP7, to send moving and still digital images to both computers and other devices like wireless phones. The DCR-PC120 will ship in September for under $1500, while the DCR-IP7 will begin shipping on Octotber 10th for $1,577.
IBM to begin bundling Plantronics headsets
IBM plans to begin bundling Plantronics' digital DSP-300 and analog P-2000 speech recognition computer microphone headsets with the ViaVoice software package. The DSP-300 is a USB microphone with noice-cancellation functionality, while the P-2000 is a standard analog microphone.
Security hole found in Hotmail
Newsbytes is reporting on a security hole in Microsoft's hotmail that would allow hackers to read any users e-mail simply by entering a certain URL. According to the article, a hacker simply has to know a user's sign-in name and an identifier for individual messages on the Hotmail system.
Apple and Adobe confirm spots for MacFest
Both Adobe and Apple have confirmed their spots for the upcoming MacFest road show, which will take place in Leeds and Birmingham, UK on September 4th and 6th respectively. Apple will show off DVD Studio Pro and Final Cut Pro, while Adobe will run seminars on GoLive, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other apps.
Macworld UK finishes conducting poll
Macworld UK has finished conducting a poll of its users, asking which features they would most like to see on upcoming Macs. Among the most popular requests were more models with SuperDrives, 800 Mbps FireWire, DDR SDRAM, internal Iomega drives, and native MIDI support.
Apple Manager to present in London
John Johnson, Forecasting and Planning Manager for Apple will present: "Using workforce management to control 100,000 calls, 11 multi-lingual desks and 350 agents at Apple's European technical support center," at the Call Centre Expo 2001 Conference which will be held on October 9-10 at the NEC Birmingham complex in London.
HP to unveil first DVD+RW drive
Hewlett Packard is preparing to launch the first DVD+RW (which allows DVDs to be written, erased, and re-written) drive which will cost $599 when it debuts in September. HP's dvd100i will use media that costs $15.99 per disc, and will carry a re-write speed of 2.4x. The new drive is also capable of re-writing CDs.
Macintosh Home and Business Expo coming
Apple and First Tech Computer will jointly host the Macintosh Home and Business Expo 2001 at the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington, MN on Wednesday September 6th. Tony Lee, Senior Director of Worldwide Markets at Apple, will deliver the show's opening keynote. Notable exhibitors at the Home and Business expo include Adobe, Corel, FileMaker Inc, Asante, Alias/Wavefront, NEC, Sorenson Media, and Xerox.
SofTTY allows deaf communication
SoftTTY 1.2 is the latest version of Intelligent Products' TTY emulator for the Macintosh. A TTY (aka TDD) is a device that allows people to communicate with their deaf (or hard of hearing) individuals over the telephone. This update has improved performance and includes some new features and bug fixes.
ODBC OverDRIVER begins shipping
August Software has begun shipping ODBC OverDRIVER, which enhances the ability of Microsoft Office, File Maker Pro and many other Mac applications to use virtually any database system, including MS-Access, Oracle, SYBASE and others.
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