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MacNN reader Antony Rodriguez notes that the domain www.thinkdifferent.com, which uses the slogan found in many of Apple\'s television and print advertisements, is being sold for $3288.
CrushFTP 3.0b12 is the latest release of Ben Spink\'s FTP server with users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, and virtual directories. The new version adds file content, or extension verification, FTP server upload, and download queues including estimated wait time. [Classic, Carbon]
Kensington has unveiled the Slim MicroSaver cable lock, which works with the Security Slot that Kensington claims is found in more than 95 percent of all laptop computers.†Slim MicroSaver will be available in late September for $45.
Apple, alongisde Hewlett-Packard, 3Com, and Xerox, has helped to found the Anti-Gray Market Alliance (AGMA), with the mission of \"assuring customers greater product satisfaction, educating the marketplace about the illegal or deceptive brokering or diversion of products, and to address the unauthorized flow of products to the gray market.\" The \"gray market\" involves the unauthorized transfer of brand name computer products. In Apple\'s case, gray market resellers are often able to undercut prices offered by authorized resellers by re-packaging systems meant for distribution in other countries or otherwise subverting Apple\'s traditional resale lineage.
The Motley Fool is running a \"Dueling Fools\" article entitled \"Apple Core of Ailing PC Sector.\" The report pits Rick Aristotle Munarriz as the Bull, arguing that Apple\'s prospects are bright, while Paul Larson is the Bear, arguing that Apple is headed down the tubes as part of the current technology slump. The article asks \" Is Apple \'different\' enough to stand out in a moribund industry?\"
Afternoon tech news: NEC and Sony are working on a new type of power cell that will convert methanol fuel directly into electricity, significantly extending the life of batteries used in notebook computers and other devices; IBM has unveiled a new UNIX OS based server that utilizes the company\'s fastest processor; MP3.com has replaced top executives and is re-directing its efforts to focus on technology for delivering movies and games over wireless connections.
Apple is one of the many companies throwing its support and development resources behind the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.0 specification, which was submitted today as a W3C Recommendation. SVG is an XML-based language that allows authors to create two dimensional vector graphics. Other key supporters of the SVG format include Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft, Nokia, and Web browser developer Opera Software.
Eovia is offering a 30% discount to all users of any original MetaCreations application (any version) or any re-branded MetaCreations application. Both Carrara Studio and Amapi 3D v6.1 are available for the discounted price of $280 for the month of September.
Keyspan has announced new versions of its USB PDA Adapter and its High Speed USB Serial Adapter, which offer enhanced performance and a new physical form factor to \"make them more convenient to use.\"
Hewlett-Packard has introduced three graphics printers with advanced color accuracy and remote proofing capabilities: The HP Designjet 10ps, HP Designjet 20ps and HP Designjet 50ps printers are part of a company-wide commercial printing initiative to improve printing and pre-press processes.
Morphon Technologies has released Morphon XML-Editor 2.0b1 and Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0 Standalone Beta 3b, which add support for tables, character mapping for special characters, the ability to remove CSS markup, and other enhancements to the Web design applications.
A Morningstar article talks about Apple\'s retail strategy and its potential to increase Apple\'s 5% market share: \"Since Apple\'s customers are so loyal, the company tends to do much better among customers who actually have hands-on experience with Macs.\"
Elite Computers, an Apple Specialist located across from Apple\'s Cupertino Campus, announced today that it has purchased the rights to the name \"ComputerWare\", along with other \"certain trademarks and assets\" associated with the Mac-only chain that closed earlier this year. ComputerWare had been the largest Apple Specialist in the country, with 10 stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.
osx.macnn.com has news of a new public preview of Canvas 8 for OS X, a new keyboard-based navigation tool, and several other OS X utilities.
Deneba Software today announced the release of a special public preview version of Canvas 8.0b Professional for OS X, which contains hundreds of enhancements and advanced new features including: vector and raster Sequence recording, AppleScript, ColorSync, and QuickTime support. The new version also contains customizable Web Image Slicing and direct Flash export as an updated PDF export filter which supports full data stream compression, direct embedding of PostScript and TrueType fonts, hypertext links, transitions and other enhancements. [form]
Style Master 2.0 is the latest release of WestCiv\'s CSS development environment for Web professionals. Style Master supports all of the CSS2 specification including the positioning properties. This upgrade incorporates a new find and replace function, and ther tools for direct hand editing of style sheets, including color coded syntax and user control over white space in the generated style sheet.
Wickedly Simple Software\'s $10 shareware BookTracker 1.1 is \"an easy to use way of keeping track of books that you own, have read or have listened to. [It] also allows you to place your books in an unlimited number of groups that you create yourself.\"
A MacNN reader notes that Emagic has delayed the release of Logic Audio 5, its production tool for music and audio professionals, until January 2002, with the first demonstrations of the product due in November: \"Superior product quality remains most important for us and this takes on even greater significance when it comes to the integration of Logic 5 and Logic Control. Therefore, we have decided to release this software/hardware combination in a carefully considered fashion.\"
The freeware utility for OS X, RandomBackground 1.1, randomly changes your desktop pictures, at each login, taking the pictures of a choosen directory. The source code is also available.
Keyboard Maestro is a key-based navigation tool, now in beta, that allows users to define any number of hot keys that can be activated anywhere simply by pressing a user definable keystroke. Among the included functions are Switch to last application, Open files, and Launch URL.
SockhoEasyFind 1.0, a new Internet search utility for OS X, allows you to access six of the most popular search engines directly from any application in either German, English, Chinese, Danish, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian.
MacNN reader Benjamin Kerosky reports that Sony stopped production of the eVilla, a network appliance based on the BeOS on August 30. \"Looks like the end of the line for the BeOS, as Palm has little reason to develop it as its own OS any further now that its only client for a standalone BeOS is no longer there,\" said Kerosky.
Hold-up 1.1 is a financial app that can manage several accounts, enter an unlimited number of transactions, create scheduled transactions, define categories, and payment types. New features in version 1.1 include balance columns and new printing options.
Archer 1.0.2 is a small, fast slide show player that supports audio and video as well as still images. Archer supports multiple players running at the same time each with their own set of images, speed setting, and size. The new version fixes several minor bugs and addresses the problem of multiple players opening when creating a new Archer document.
Apple has acknowledged technical issues with its new Web support system that requires users to sign-in each time, noting that changes were made a few weeks ago to the login procedure for security purposes. It, however, has posted a few workarounds to help achieve better performance and is \"working to restore the ability to set Apple ID from signin shortly.\"
Sonnet is now shipping updated versions of its Crescendo/7200 processor G3/G4 upgrades, which now offer compatibility with both 168-pin EDO and FPM (Fast Page Mode) 5 volt DIMMs. It is also shipping updated Crescendo/7200 software which supports virtual memory up to the full 1GB supported by the native Mac OS (up from the previous limit of 256MB) and includes broader support for third party PCI cards. The cards support systems through Mac OS 9.04, while Mac OS 9.1 support is expected this fall.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir