FWB is now shipping BackUp ToolKit 2.2, a repackaged version of the backup utility from French software publisher Tri-Edre. The $35 utility offers multiple backup configurations, mirror and incremental backup, folder synchronization, compression, and file exclusion management. FWB is expected to introduce two other titles as result the software cross licensing agreement between it and Tri-Edre.
Square Box Systems has released CatDV 2.0, a new version of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility that adds new features as well as support for OS X. The fully cross-platform media asset management system can create a thumbnail catalog of any QuickTime supported media files, including still images, audio files, and movies and also provides searching, indexing, and and slide shows functions as well as QuickTime and HTML export routines. The $70 utility is available for $60 through September 16th. A demo is available.
Black Cat Systems\' Sara 0.4.0 is a freeware Apple III Emulator, which \"will allow your Macintosh to emulate the Apple ///, which was the computer released by Apple just after the Apple ][, and before the Lisa....users will need to get an Apple /// ROM image, as well as various disk image files.\"
Corona 1.5 adds general form entry and payroll accounting the Carbonized accounting application that also includes check register and account chart features. Version 1.5 also adds dynamic popupselectors for choosing names and accounts, expandable views with adjustable font size, and online help. A 30-day trial of the $35 application is available online.
ESP Graphics has released a free sample component of its Screens software suite: ScreensSaver, an interactive screen-saver that gives users live news headlines with customized newsgroup selection, a stock-ticker, and website bookmarks.
Exabyte and Ecrix today announced the completion of a definitive merger agreement \"motivated by the complementary nature of Exabyte\'s high performance MammothTape? and Ecrix\'s high value VXA? drive technologies and numerous synergies to be realized from the combination of the two businesses.\"
Steve Barham writes about Macs being used at the \"McInternet Cafe\" in a McDonalds restaurant in Guatemala: In Guatemala City, Guatemala, there is a McDonalds that gives free internet service. Customers that buy Big Mac or other meals can use the in-store computers for 30 minutes- gratis. These computers are all imacs running OS9 and Internet Explorer 5. There are three Indigo and two Ruby connected through ethernet cables. All have optical mice. I think it is very interesting that McDonalds chooses iMac\'s (a very good choice, though) especially since I have been having trouble finding anything Macintosh in this city.
Afternon Tech: Exodus, the Web hosting firm for many popular Internet sites, is looking for a buyer, according to company CEO Ellen Hancock (a former VP at Apple); Standard & Poor\'s lowered Gateway\'s corporate credit and bank credit ratings to junk status, to reflect \"extremely competitive industry conditions, a declining revenue base and the company\'s expectation that it will not return to material profitability until fiscal 2002;\" An increasing number of U.S. schools are equipping every student with a laptop computer for use at school or home with more than 800 schools and 125,000 students in Microsoft and Toshiba\'s Anytime Anywhere Learning program, which started in 1996.
Blackmagic Design today announced the release of the first uncompressed QuickTime codecs for MacOS 9, MacOS X and Windows NT/2000/XP. The codecs allow uncompressed files from AJA Video\'s Kona-HDTV product to be opened and rendered and are also fully compatible with Pinnacle CineWave files. Codecs are available for download today from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge.
Wildform has released Flix for Mac ($100), \"the first\" Macintosh application that encodes video into Macromedia\'s Flash format and has released SWfX for Mac ($25), \"the first\" Flash text animation software for the Mac. Both are Carbonized applications.
Nikon today introduced the Coolpix 885, a 3 megapixel digital camera that has a Transfer button on the camera for directly uploading digital photos quickly and easily to the desktop as well as a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. The sub-8 oz. camera (without battery) has a USB connection, supports CompactFlash media and ships with a complete software bundle, a 16MB media card, and a 2CR5 lithium battery as well as a lens cap, wrist strap, USB and video cables. It will be available September 2001 for $600.
John Jobe provided some details about the new Apple Retail Store in Chicago, which is expected to open this weekend: The new Apple Store in Woodfield Mall today pulled the blinders from the store window glass. For the first time we could see in and get a view of what was going on inside the store. Everything looked in place and ready to go. Lots of staff roaming the floor and looking at various pieces of equipment this morning. One guy inside with a camera taking pictures of people passing by. The only thing that kept me out were the two security guards and the big sign blocking the door saying that the grand opening would be Saturday at 9AM.
Gefen\'s new $500 ex-tend-it USB-400 system includes a 4-port USB hub and can extend the 17ft limit of USB cables. The remote 4-port hub can handle up to 12.5Mbps of data on each port; the send/receive units are connected to each other via a standard CAT-5 cable, extending the distance of a standard USB connection up to 330 feet using a single CAT5 cable.
Sean McBride writes: \"After updating Mac OS 9.1 to 9.2.1, the Bell Sympatico Access Manager software stopped working. I\'m pretty sure this happened last time I updated Mac OS too. As before, reinstalling the Access Manager software (newest is 1.11) got things working again. Be warned though: when you install Access Manager you must supply your user id and password!\"
Stone Table Software has posted public betas of two of its freeware products for OS X, RTF-to-Styled Text 1.03b, an open-source program that converts Rich Text Format documents into standard Macintosh Styled Text format, and Cobweb 1.0b is a simple, non-WYSIWYG HTML editor. [RTF--600KB, Cobweb-700KB]
MacInstall 1.3.1, Public Access\'s $25 shareware software installer for developers/programers, adds Mac OS 9.2.1 to System version pop-up menus, appropriately displays Installer items that have Actions associated with them, and has other changes.
StimpSoft\'s headline grabber Faust\'s Friend 2.1 adds compatibility with a number of news sites. [Classic, Carbon]
Fuji has unveiled its FinePix A101, FinePix A201 and the FinePix 2600 Zoom digital cameras. The A-series is the company\'s newest line of entry-level cameras, while the 2600 Zoom offers the same feature set with additional optical zoom capabilities.
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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
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f