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Macromedia today announced that Macromedia Web World 2001, which takes place September 17-20 at the San Francisco Hilton, will focus on streamlining the Web development workflow and delivering more content with less resources. The four-day conference will focus on how developers use Macromedia products to design, develop, deliver, and display Web content and applications to multiple platforms and devices.
Youpi Optimizer 1.5 is a utility that \"deletes localized resources which take up unnecessary space on your hard drive.\" Version 1.5 adds an improved interface, with a button to optimize the selection of the resources to delete, is compatible with ISO 639 and ISO 3166 standard fork resource name, can delete resources which need administrator authorization, and supports logging.
Evening tech news: Gateway will cut thousands of jobs and post a loss in the third quarter and may exit the European market altogether; Intel still expects demand in the second half of the year to increase from the first half despite the weak economy; and An increasing number of people in the open-source community are very concerned about Microsoft\'s initiative to buy software patents and to patent as much of its own technology as it can.
Electrix\'s Repeater, which will soon be available from local retailers, brings a \"Hands On\" interface and DSP technology to loop based recording. It features a MIDI sequencer style control of your audio loops by offering independent, real time, manipulation over tempo, key and track offset as well as the ability to record, arrange and remix their music with real-time control over loops and samples.
Tyson Tate today released PassMan 1.5, an update to his encrypted password storage and retrieval program. Version 1.5 introduces a new one window interface and fixes all known bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
Power On Software has posted ACTION GoMac 2.1.1, a maintenance update to the shareware control panel to unexpectedly quit when switching between items in the control panel.
Matrox has posted a RTMac firmware updater v1.1 for its RTMac real-time editing and effects graphics card.
ABBYY has released the public beta of FineReader 5 Pro for Mac, the company\'s first OCR (optical character recognition) offering for the Mac OS. Sources tell MacNN that the company is planning to release a gold master version of the software by September 10th, when it will be priced at $129 for an upgrade from any OCR software, including competitive products and versions bundled free with scanners.
Casady & Greene\'s new $150 font collection, Fluent Laser Fonts, contains 83 Postscript and True Type fonts with C&G\'s most versatile and best-selling typefaces. Each can be purchased separately for $30.
Can Combine Icons 1.0 is a desktop tool to merge several existent icons into one for creating custom folders icons, create thumbnails, and other tasks.
Neil Bauman has scheduled MacMania, a seven-day cruise that will set sail in May, merging Alaska\'s Inside Passage and the iMac.
Continuting on the MHz theme, Matt Pennington writes \"today on TechTV their cover story is which is faster P4 or G4. It should be going on and off all day.\" A feature article on the platform wars writes: \"But the disparity in chip speed doesn\'t necessarily translate into better performance. In fact, the latest Macs are faster than the higher-megahertz PCs when it comes to such tasks as compression and running multimedia software, due to Apple\'s chip architecture.
The LinuxWorld 2001 Expo kicks off today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Speakers at the conference include Mathew Szulik President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc., Linus Torvalds, and Ed Leonard, Head of Technology, DreamWorks Animation.
Henry Norr talks about the introduction of Intel\'s 2GHz Pentium 4 processor and its significance to computer users: \"These milestones no longer tempt me to whip out the credit card and order up a new machine, and from a bottom-line perspective, that\'s the heart of the matter.\"
Dragan Petrovic has released DR-Verb 1.15, an update to his VST plug-in which delivers complex reverb simulations. It adds a new EQ section and a CPU activity monitor as well as expanded EQ Frequencies (up to 20kHz).
Totally Hip Software has launched a new Website site, BlueAbuse, which it describes as a \"showcase of interactive QuickTime content. Everything from complete sites using QuickTime to individual QuickTime movies. Our goal is to promote the interactive QuickTime community by showing \'what is possible\', and how easily it can be created.\"
MacNN reader Chip Mosher notes an SF Gate article that discusses the possibility of an Apple buyout of Palm, stating that under the terms of Palm\'s spin-off from 3Com, any company taking over the PDA-maker now would face huge tax liabilities, but that those restrictions will expire in June. When Jean-Louis Gassee, former Apple exec and founder of Be was asked about an Apple buyout, he simply said \"I didn\'t hear you.\"
Cypress Semiconductor has begun shipping a USB 2.0 hub controller that allows all three USB speeds -- low-speed (1.5 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps) and hi-speed (480 Mbps) -- to coexist in any USB-enabled system. The new device will begin shipping immediately to OEM dealers, and later for the general public.
Morning Tech News: Intel has debuted the 2 Ghz Pentium 4 processor and cut prices on its slower chips; IBM thinks that Linux has begun fulfilling its destiny as a mainstream server platfrom; Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 6.0, with lack of support for traditional plug-ins such as Apple\'s QuickTime browser add-on.
Alpha Software Express has released a Mac OS compatible Java implementation of its flagship product for the design and management of drawings. CAD Object Manager is a $500 tool provides document management functions, like drawing check-out and check-in, as well as, user ownership features like privilege token assignment.
Easy Beat 1.3.1 is a music production tool that allows users to compose songs by drawing notes or recording them with a MIDI instrument. In the new version stylistic variations, which were broken in version 1.3, work again.
Digital Specter\'s Startup Security 1.1, an update to the security tool, adds both password protection and the ability to disable the shift key under Mac OS 9 to the $20 security application for both OS X and Mac OS 8/9.
QuizMaker Pro 4.1 is an \"all-in-one quiz application\" that generates, administers, archives, and scores multiple choice, matching, and short answer tests. The free update to the $18 utility adds more preferences, fixes a few bugs, and other enhancements.
Brennan Stehling has posted an article on customizing the settings for the ipfw firewall which is built into Mac OS X.
Apple\'s Carbon Lib 1.4, part of OS 9.2.1, \"delivers improved functionality for Carbon-based applications on Mac OS 8.6, all Mac OS 9 releases and Mac OS X.\"
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Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
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