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Microsoft to embrace AirPort networking
With Windows XP, Microsoft will embrace the 802.11b wireless networking standard pioneered by Apple's "AirPort" system. Analysts opine that Microsoft's support for 802.11b could give the technology enough clout to become the de facto standard, which Michael Dell recently claimed was a Dell innovation.
Sorenson to release betas of Video, Squeeze
Sorenson Media says it will soon release two new public betas for Sorenson Video 3 Professional owners, Sorenson Video 3.1 Professional and Sorenson Squeeze, which allows you to encode and deliver high-quality QuickTime 5 media for streaming and progressive downloads with both single-pass and 2-pass Variable Bit Rate (VBR) compression options. The betas, for both Mac OS 9 and OS X are only available to owners of Sorenson Video 3 Professional Edition. Sorenson Video 3.1 adds support for OS X, single-pass VBR, multi-processor support under Mac OS 9, Sorenson Squeeze integration, and other performance improvements and quality optimizations.
Apple attends trade negotiation meeting
At a meeting attended by Apple executives, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill asked Silicon Valley leaders Thursday to support the Bush administration's quest for "fast-track" trade authority, which would allow the President to negotiate trade agreement terms with other countries. Apple is currently affected by defense trade regulations barring the company from shipping its G4 systems to certain nations.
Evening tech news: AOL, Cable, HP
Evening tech news: Mozilla executive Mitchell Baker has apparently fallen out of good grace with AOL Time Warner leaders, but Mozilla plans to keep her on board with or without AOL's approval; CableLabs plans to certify a new cable modem standard that could significantly boost transfer speed as well as offer new services; Hewlett Packard and Compaq are likely to face some anti-trust matters with their recently announced merger.
Apple sued by small Colorado company
Apple has once again been sued for patent infringement. This time it is by a three-person company out of Colorado called BIAX. No details regarding the nature of the patent infringement allegations are yet available, though a BIAX lawyer reportedly said that the company is owned by a father and son who live in Florida and Colorado respectively.
Mac IPSec client for Nortel Contivity Switch
The "first" Mac IPSec client specifically for the Nortel Networks Contivity Extranet Switch, developed by Nortel and Netlock Technologies, Inc. is now available, offering IPsec Tunnel modes, IKE aggressive, Radius/LDAP/Token-based authentication, error logging, and other features. Licenses are available in 1, 100, 1000, and 5000 levels.
OS X: Maya update, OS X Server Award
osx.macnn.com has news of an early shipment of Maya for OS X, a slideshow dock utility, and an award won by Mac OS X Server.
Maya for OS X to ship one week early
Alias|Wavefront today announced that Maya for OS X is now complete and will begin shipping on September 18, one week ahead of schedule. Through Thursday, September 20th, the company will continue to offer its "pre-order special" that bundles a 3-button mouse from Contour, "Getting Started with Maya on the Mac OS X" DVD, a voucher for a free 6x8 Intuos Tablet, the book 'The Art of Maya', and a limited edition Maya on the Mac Jacket. Additionally all orders until the end of the year receive twelve months* of maintenance.
Upgrade offer for DragThing 4.1 dock utility
TLA Systems has announced a new competitive upgrade offer for users of Aladdin DragStrip 3 and PowerOn ACTION GoMac 2, offering users of these older products to upgrade to the latest version of DragThing for the reduced price of $19 ($6 off). [pricing corrected]
RandomBackground 1.2 now uses MacDesktops
The free utility RandomBackground 1.2, which changes your desktop pictures, at each login, taking the pictures of a choosen directory or on the internet, can now grab Desktop Pictures from www.macdesktops.com at each login.
Preview of cObserver 1.0pr admin util posted
AppMac has released a preview of cObserver 1.0pr for OS 9 and OS X, which "has the tools you need to keep your workstations running efficiently and users productive... itís your all-in-one solution for system profiling and administration." The client/server/admin suite is expected to ship at Apple Expo. Pricing starts at $70 for up to ten computers.
JPEGDeux 1.0: view slideshows in dock
Peter Ammon has released the initial version of JPEGDeux 1.0, a lightweight open source Mac OS X application for displaying slideshows of images in a window, full screen, or in the Dock.
Extensions Overload 5.9.1 has 9.2.1 support
Extension Overload 5.9.1 brings support and information on Mac OS 9.2.1 as well as 100 more listings to the $30 shareware exhaustive management application and informational database on sytem extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management.
Apple: "No news is good news"
Apple CFO Fred Anderson told reporters at the Salomon Smith Barney Tech2001 Conference that the computer maker has no additional word on its quarterly earnings forecast to what it gave earlier this summer, saying that "if you don't hear from us, that's good news." The article notes that Apple's retail division is expected to show a 'slight profit' in 2002 and will break even in the December quarter and that it is 'doing well' in the education market as it gains market share.
New Web-based email system for MGI
PagePlanet Software has released PagePOP3, a web-based POP email client using Modular Gateway Interface (MGI) v2: "[it] takes literally minutes to set-up with our full web-based administration for adding, modifying and deleting users." It is free in a limited a time offer (through September) with the purchase of MGI Commerce Suite ($300). It can also be purchased for $25 per domain hosted.
Deep Sky releases new 4th Dimension products
Deep Sky today announced the full release of HTTP Client Deux v1.0.1, a 4th Dimension component which provides a comprehensive set of HTTP and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects and SMTP Deux v1.0.0, a 4th Dimension component which provides a complete implementation of the SMTP protocol. The licenses are free for use with the newly released TCP Deux 1.0.1, a 4th Dimension component which provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension. It is $95 for the first year (with 10 deployments).
New Virex definitions update addresses issues
The new September 1st Virex definition update fixes an 'error 32767' problem with some Application files, a "strange but as yet unknown error (32767)" when scanning some application files, and improves compatibility with Connectix Virtual PC 3.x.
Epson unveils two new printers
Epson has unveiled two new high-end color ink-jet printers, the Stylus Pro 5500 and Stylus Pro 10000. The EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 with the Fiery Spark Designer RIP offers PANTONE color matching, full Macintosh OS 8.5.1 through 9.x compatibility, out-of-box color matching and the all-new Fiery Spark User Interface. Pricing information is not yet available.
DOJ will not pursue MS break-up
The Justice Department has released a statement saying that it will not pursue a break-up of Microsoft as a remedy to the company's on-going anti-trust legal proceedings. The Department will instead form a solution based on the conduct-related provisions of the Final Judgment previously ordered in the case.
Palm MP3 package unveiled
Palm, Inc., Shinei International and Liquid Audio, Inc. have announced a complete digital music package for users of the Palm m100 and m105 -- including Shinei's expandable Porteson MP3 player and Palm co-branded Liquid Player Plus desktop software, licensed by Shinei from Liquid Audio. Shinei's Porteson MP3 player can be used as a standalone product or in conjunction with Palm m100 and m105 handhelds. There are two memory options -- 32MB for $149.99 and 64MB for $199.99
Asante to show new products at Networld
Asante Technologies, Inc. will showcase Gigabit Ethernet technologies and introduce new solutions as a partner in National Semiconductor's booth No. 4322 at the Networld+Interop trade show, which runs September 11-13 in Atlanta. Product introductions taking place at the show include a gigabit Ethernet PCI card and a new router.
QPS offers USB 2.0, FIreWire DVDBurners
QPS has introduced three new Que! DVDBurners including the internal IDE/ATAPI Que! DVDBurner, the external QUE! USB 2.0 DVDBurner, and the external QUE! Fire DVDBurner. Both DVD-R and DVD-RAM discs can be used with these drives. The Internal model is priced at $549 and the External FireWire and USB 2.0 models are priced at $699. All models are available immediately
Apple wins Web Techniques award
Apple has informed us that Mac OS X Server won the Web Techniques 2001 Web Tools Editors' Choice award for the category of Infrastructure. Other winners of the awards include Adobe Photoshop, and Macromedia ColdFusion.
Apple Store in San Diego
MacNN reader Josh Heyer reports the Warner Bros. Store in his home-town in San Diego had disappeared. "In its place was a large, multicolored barrier covering the opening to the store. The barrier didn't say anything on it except "Opening Fall 2001". Oh yeah; THERE WERE APPLE LOGOS COVERING THE BARRIER... Fashion Valley Shopping Center is an up-scale mall in the Mission Valley area of San Diego."
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