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Ralph Miranda notes the release of a new beta of the popular classic game, Castle Wolfenstein MP b7.
Augsoft today announced OS X compatibility for its ODBC Router, a Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) solution on Macintosh. It also announced a new Mac ODBC OverDRIVER that enhances the ability of FileMakerPro to connect with enterprise databases such as MS-Access, IBM DB/2, INFORMIX, MS-SQLServer and ORACLE 8i.
Miglia Technology is shipping its new Miglia Alchemy FW + USB PCI card, which offers two USB 1.0/1.1 devices and two FireWire ports. The $90 PCI card comes with free technical support and a two-year warranty.
Destineer\'s Macintosh label Bold will include the Arnold Palmer Course Designer when it ships the Mac version of Microsoft\'s Links golf game this fall. It will be the first Links product for the Macintosh to include a course designer. The APCD allows user to create courses in a real-time 3D system, including the ability to \"tweak every inch of fairway with the APCD, and create tunnels and arches with full control over each point on the course.\" In addition to the course designer, this new version of Links for the Macintosh will include a major upgrade to the graphics and physics engine, a host of new courses, new golf personalities and more.
Pete Curtner writes: \"The October 16, 2001 issue of PC Magazine has a cover story called \'The new Shape Of PCs.\' Featured prominently on the top of the cover is an Apple PowerBook G4... Interesting that the most Windows-centric technology magazine has recognized that there are other platforms out there besides just Microsoft & Intel.\"
FirewireDirect.com\'s new Spark II PRO is a 2.5\" FireWire/USB combo hard drive that supports USB 2.0 (with backward compatibility for USB 1.1 hardware) and the improved Oxford 911 ATA-100 chipset for fastest FireWire performance. Pricing is $220 (10GB), $280 (20GB), and $390 (30GB) and $140 for the stand-alonge USB/FireWire enclosure.
Coda Music\'s music notation software, Coda Finale 2002, brings a Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizer (for creating an entire orchestration from any melody with or without chord symbols); automatic insertion of slurs, expressions, articulations in repeated rhythmic patterns; and a new \"wizard\" for creating customized exercises. Upgrades to the $545 application are $100 (v 2001) and $150 (v2000); the company is offering a $200 cross-grade to owners of some competing products.
The $20 shareware, Enhancement Pack 1.4.1 for AppleWorks, provides over 40 extra features to the popular productivity suite. Version 1.4.1 works around a bug in Mac OS 9.1 (and above) where some menu commands cannot locate needed files and also improves database functions such as duplicate, search, and replace. (Some functions work under OS X.)
Rotating Ads for Lasso 3.6, a $60 upgrade to Starmark\'s $100 ad management system, adds Web administration, auto-expire and autostart features, and other enhancements. It is offered as a stand alone product or as an integrated Web Site Publisher for Lasso module.
In the wake of slow-downs and cost-increases caused by freight interuptions and stricter security measures (imposed after last week\'s tragedies), a \"deadly typhoon has disrupted production in Taiwan, one of the most important suppliers of computers, semiconductors and other electronics to the United States technology industry.\" [registration required]
24U s.r.o. has released SimpleDialog 1.0.2, an update to the FileMaker plugin that can display arbitrary dialog boxes as well as combine text, passwords, checkboxes, radio buttons.
Adobe has posted a \"OS X 10.1 native\" version of its SVG Viewer 3.0b2, a client for viewing specialized 3D elements on the Web. Version 3.0b2 brings more elements, more CSS properties, more DOM suppoty, performance improvements, and a new compressed output file format (compressed SVG, .svgz).
Adobe will Webcast next week\'s Seybold Keynote with CEO Bruce Chizen, where it \"will outline the latest developments in the next wave of publishing...Network Publishing harnesses the Internet and today\'s emerging technologies for the creation, management and delivery of visually-rich, personalized contentreliably, anywhere, anytime, on any device.\" The keynote is expected to take place on Tuesday at 12:15 pm PDT.
NewTek has announced a maintenance release, LightWave 3D [7b], which brings \"massive speed increases and optimizations for both the Intel SSE2 and AltiVec to its $2,500 3D animation package. NewTek claims render speed improvements of as much as 87% under OS X; other improvements include the use of the Motorola math library under OS X, more multiple processor support, true type support under OS X, and better compatibility with some 3rd party software packages. Through September 30, 2001, all registered owners of any version can upgrade for $500 (after which pricing for 5.6 owners and earlier increases to $600). [Classic, Carbon: 6.5MB]
The National Software Testing Labs, a leading independent technology testing organization, concluded that \"iDVD on Apple\'s Power Mac G4 was easier to learn than Sonic DVD IT! LE on a Compaq Presario 7000,\" and that the Mac was twice as fast in creating a DVD. Though the Apple system was more expensive, the Mac beat out its competitors in useability as well as performance.
EZQuest has begun shipping its Cobra+ 100GB Firewire Hard Drive, which features a 7,200 rpm mechanism as well as burst transfer rates of up to 38MB/sec and sustained rates of 34MB/sec. The drives ship with Intech\'s SpeedTools drive utility, sports dual 6-pin FireWire ports, and includes a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a built-in cooling fan, and a 6\' FireWire cable. The Cobra+ line retails for $$250 (40GB), $$300 (60GB), $360 (80GB) and $490 (100GB). All drives are shipping with a \"Pro-Mar\" exterior and are covered by a two year warranty.
AppMac has released a final version of cObserver 1.0, its client/server application that enables administrators to gather system profiles from remote computers. The application creates HTML remports, regularly checks the computers for updated profiles, and runs on both Classic and OS X. Pricing starts at $70 for 10 computers. [Classic, Carbon]
Fastware.net has posted new revisions of both the Mac OS SIM Extension v1.01 and an internal FW301 firmware upgrade for the BridgeIt FireWire to SCSI converter. SIM version 1.01 fixes a previous issue in the support and improves transfer rates of Sony DAT drives (users will need to upgrade to the new firmware revision FW302.mot). BridgeIt supports SCSI HDD, MO, tape, printers, scanners, removables and CD-R/RW in a full chain of up to 7 SCSI devices connected to a FireWire port and also has two extra 1394 ports for FireWire Hub functionality.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
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