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Reader: Free CD-RW with TiPB edu discount
MacNN reader Paul Zugnoni says he has verified that the Free VST CD-RW offer is good with the recently announced educational discount on the Titanium PowerBooks.
Apple details workaround for IE 5.5sp2, IE 6
A message to the QuickTime Developer mailing list confirms earlier reports that Apple has developed a workaround for users of Internet Explorer on Windows systems to combat issues where IE 5.5SP2 and IE 6.0 do display QuickTime content in the browser.
Soundex 1.0: phonetic searches in REALbasic
Soundex 1.0 is a REALbasic module that can be used develop programs that can search databases by phonetic spelling: Soundex was "developed by the United States government to aid in searching their vast databases of people. It allows searching by how a name sounds rather than how it is spelled."
Lighthouse 2.2 improves search engine speed
Options Czar 1.5 adds new graphing function
SCA Mecanica has posted Options Czar 1.5, a major upgrade to its $50 options strategy building and tracking software. It includes a new chart that plots the profit and losses areas as a function of the stock price and the date to "better understand options expiration dates and the possibilities of turning a profit." A Free 15-day trial is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Motorola may consider semiconductor unit sale
Motorola may consider selling or spinning off its semiconductor unit if it cannot turn the struggling business around, in a Reuters article that quotes representatives as saying that the unit has "lagged its competitors in performance."
Apple to exhibit at MacExpo in UK
Apple will exhibiting at UK MacExpo this November, marking the company's first appearance in the UK since 1997: "Apple very enthusiastically wants to support MacExpo, and has now confirmed attendance by booking the largest stand in the building."
Apple posts ActiveX version of QuickTime
Larry Acosta Wong writes: "Looks like Apple finished their ActiveX version of QuickTime 5 for Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2. I just went to quicktime.apple.com and received an automatic prompt to download the ActiveX object. Now I can once again view QuickTime movies on my Windows 2000 computer."
Blizzard posts Diablo II v1.09 patch
Blizzard has posted a Diablo II v1.09 patch, which fixes a few bugs and has a handful of improvements in the isometric role-playing/action game. A patch is also available for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction v1.09. [DII, DIILOD]
Apple Store to open this weekend in Chicago
Another Apple Retail Store will open this Saturday in Chicago, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times: "The Woodfield location is the first of three sites slated for the Chicago area (North Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Park are the others) over the next 18 months, and the fifth of 25 freestanding Apple stores expected to open nationwide by the end of 2001."
Apple posts Mac OS 9.2.1 Update
Apple has posted its Mac OS 9.2.1 Update. Update: MacNN reader Norm Phillips writes that the update installed over OS 9.1: "The Mac OS 9.2.1 update is for BOTH computers with Mac OS 9.2 installed AND Mac OS 9.1! I installed it successfully on my 450/DP G4 with Mac OS 9.1 on my repair HD, swap partition for my Yellow Dog Linux 2 HD, and my main/Classic HD!"
LaCie Ultra 160 RAID Tower ships for Macs
LaCie today announced it is shipping its Ultra 160 RAID Tower, the TX12000. The driver-less storage solution offers transfer rates of up to 75 MB/sec. and a 2ms average access time when configured with LaCie's new 7200 rpm 180GB hard drives. It supports between 3 and 12 hotswappable drives for up to 2.16TB of storage using the 180GB drives and is also available with half-height SCSI SCA 36GB and 73GB 10,000 rpm drives.
CMS Peripherals developing Mac drivers
CMS Peripherals is currently developing USB 1.1 and 2.0 Macintosh drivers for its new 48GB backup solution designed for notebook users. The new pocket-sized ABSplus includes a Rescue Disk designed to completely restore the notebook drive from backed-up data. Pricing for the new drive is set at $329.
Apple \"Cool Stuff\" rebates comes to UK
Following a "Cool Stuff" rebate offered in the US last month, Apple UK is also offering up to £300 back on purchases of a new iBook or CD-RW iMac at the Apple Store UK or Apple authorized resellers. The offer, good until October 14, includes rebates on selected Lexmark Printers, Rio MP3 Players, Canon MV400i series Camcorders and Kodak EasyShare Digital Cameras, according to MacUser UK.
Contact This v1.1 for Entourage conversion
Pariahware has released Contact This! v1.1, an Entourage address book importer for Mac OS X's Mail. The shareware utility imports all of the contacts and information exported by Entourage and supports editable contacts, mutiple address selection (and drag & drop), and addition & deletion of contacts.
Sony introduces new five megapixel camera
Sony has introduced its new five megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-F707 digital still camera, which has Carl Zeiss optics, and an advanced automatic flash system, a 5X optical zoom lens with F2.0 aperture, a 1.8-inch LCD screen, and a new eye-level electronic viewfinder as well as NightShot and NightFraming technology for low-lighting environments.
New palm-sized digital printer from Sony
Sony today introduced what it called the "the world's smallest and lightest" dye-sublimation digital photo printer. The palm-sized, sub-one-pound portable DPP-MP1 digital photo printer produces borderless, full-color photos in less than two minutes. It offers USB connectivity and memory stick support. Both the printer and battery pack will be available in November for about $280 and $70, respectively. Paper is available in packs of 24 and is sold with a print cartridge for about $20.
Sony today introduced two new slender Cyber-shot digital still cameras, the DSC-P5 and DSC-P3, which the company says are its "smallest cameras to date." Both cameras, due in October, offer a new new features such as a AF Illuminator for focusing in the dark and a two-shot burst mode. The $600 DSC-P5 has a 3x/6x optical/digital zoom, 3.34 megapixel resolution, a more precise 14-bit A/D converter and MPEG EX movie mode, while the $500 DSC-P3 camera only has a 3x digital zoom.
Willow Design ships new iBook slipcase
Willow Design has introduced an iBook slipcase, which offers half an inch of soft open cell foam housed in a rigid, corrugated plastic case outside. The Whumph! slipcase ships with a foam padded, contoured shoulder strap and is covered by Willow's 100% satisfaction guarantee and lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.
Apple helps plan \"Technology Safari\"
Apple helped plan Pinellas County Schools' "Technology Safari," the largest hands-on technology workshop attempted in the school district that focused on wireless computers, digital cameras and other tools.
Jobs: \"No new hardware at Apple Expo Paris\"
Apple today announced that Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple Expo 2001 in Paris on Wednesday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. CET in the Palais de Congres. Apple Expo 2001 will be held at the Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, September 26-30. Steve Jobs is quoted in the press release:
"My keynote will focus on Mac OS X v10.1, the super-fast new version of Mac OS X, and our revolutionary new iDVD 2 software, which lets users create their own custom DVDs that can be played on consumer DVD players. This has been an incredible new product year for Apple, so we don't plan to launch any new hardware products in Paris this year."
IDC says notebook sales picking up
Research firm IDC says notebooks broke the 20 percent market-share mark last year and over the last several quarters have crept up to nearly 24 percent. The firm attributes significantly lower pricing on consumer notebooks and the proliferation of the 802.11b wireless networking standard (which Apple helped to pioneer) for spurring the shift away from desktops.
ImageBuddy 1.45 allows digital image printing
ImageBuddy v1.4.5 is a digital photo printing program that lets users View, Grade, Layout, Crop, Mask and Overlay digital images. The new release adds improved file management and fixes a bug in the contact sheet panel witch prevented the last page from sometimes printing and a masking bug in the OS X version. [Classic, Carbon]
\'AirSnort\' can tap into AirPort networks
A Wired News article discusses "AirSnort," a new underground utility that can grab and analyze data moving across just about every major wireless network, including the 802.11b standard used in Apple's AirPort. The article notes that a new, tougher-security 802.11b is due in mid-2002.
Apple promotional offer
Numerous MacNN readers report receiving coupons via e-mail good for $50 off purchases of $999 or more through Apple's direct sales line at 1-800-MYAPPLE. The offer is good through September 7th, leading analysts and users alike to speculate that new hardware announcements will be made in same time period.
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