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Microsoft is changing its upgrade policy for corporate customers, which will require them to purchase upgrades as they are released, whether they want them or not. Most firms will see costs rise 33% to 107%, according to the Gartner Group.
Palmac has a new new home and a new interface: \"The site compiles tidbits of news, tips, and other info about using Palm organizers with the Macintosh, and is also the home to the Palmac mailing list, a user group of about 800 members helping each other out with problems.\"
WebEvent 4.0, the latest version of the Web-based calendar and scheduling solution, is now shipping. Version 4.0 adds a new interface, Cascading Style Sheet support, an export function, and events that can repeat in multiple calendars. This is a free upgrade for all WebEvent users currently under maintenance.
Logitech\'s new metallic-colored MouseMan Dual Optical, offers two to \"deliver increased accuracy and precision on a broader range of surfaces.\" The $50 mouse has 4 buttons, a scrollwheel, and 800 dpi resolution for each sensor and is expected to ship later this month.
CreoScitex has introduced ShadowFX, a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that creates transparent shadows for PDF page elements (text or images). It leverages the transparency capabilities of Acrobat 5.0 to facilitate the creation and placement of shadows directly on top of any page element without obscuring it and provides full control over the color, offset, opacity, and blur radius. Transparent shadows can be used in any PDF workflow that supports PDF 1.4.
Business Week\'s \"Byte of Apple\" column talks about Netscape\'s recent Navigator 6.01 release: \"The underdog browser\'s 6.01 version is challenging Microsoft Explorer. Even Mac surfers who won\'t be using it should cheer.\"
Sapphire Innovations has released the Brushes Vol 6, a £11 set of 400 brushes/paths for Illustrator based around a circular theme.
Apple has announced the grand opening its Apple retail store in Palo Alto (451 University Ave) on Saturday, October 6, 2001 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The first 1000 customers at the grand opening will receive a free commemorative Apple T-shirt.
OpenWeb 2.0 adds new application installation options and OS X 10.1 compatibility to the $30 OS X installation CD, which includes options for configuring and installing a variety of Unix applications, including Apache, PHP, WebDAV, MySQL, Tomcat, phpMyAdmin, SSL, OpenSSL, PostreSQL, and other packages.
Automatisering today announced the availability of the full download version of Troi Graphic Plug-in 1.1 for FileMaker 5.5, which adds powerful graphics functions, such as RGB colors, screen capture, and the ability to create thumbnails. It runs on Mac OS 8/9 and OS X.
ATI has begun shipping the Radeon 7500 graphics card to North American retail outlets. The card carries a core clock speed of 290MHz and a memory clock speed of 230MHz. It also incorporates 64MB DDR RAM and ATI\'s HyperZ technology. Worldwide availability of the new card is expected on October 1st.
Quatech debuted two new IEEE 1394 \"Firewire\" adapters for PCI and CardBus interfaces. The new TFC-100 provides two four-pin IEEE 1394 ports and one six-pin port (includes power) via the PCI bus. The DFP-100 provides two six-pin ports via a CardBus interface. Both cards use 32-bit bus mastering and support operating speeds of 100, 200, and 400 Mbps. Quatech\'s TFC-100 (PCI) lists for $129, while the DFP-100 (CardBus) lists for $149.
First International Digital has introduced two new portable MP3 players: the irock! 510 and the irock! 520. The irock! 510 has 32MB of built-in memory and an SMC slot for an additional 64MB of expandable memory. The irock! 520 has 64MB of onboard memory and a SMC slot for an additional 64 MB. The new players will be priced at $79.99 (510) and $99.99 (520).
SmartDisk Corp has announced new versions of its SmartDisk VST FireWire Desktop Drives, featuring increased storage capacities and lower prices. The new drives, available in 40GB ($300), 60GB ($350), 80GB ($450) and 100GB ($500) capacities, can be stacked horizontally or vertically and ship with VST Format 2.3.1 with Hot Plug Events for Macs, which offers formatting and partitioning functions, password control, write protection, encryption (by partition) and the ability to execute any number of tasks automatically upon plug-in. Both the 40GB and 100GB models are due in October, while the other models are available now.
Morning tech news: Exodus, the high-profile \"new economy\" Web hosting firm, is filing for bankruptcy protection; Microsoft is investing $30 million over the next 12 months to woo advertisers to its MSN portal; and Corel said that \"financial discipline\" helped achieve profits of $500,000, or 1 cent a share descreased revenues $34.2 million.
Virex 7.0 for OS X is now available to those with an NAI Grant No. The Virex package includes a native OS X application and a command-line scanner thatetects and cleans Windows and Macintosh viruses and Trojans. Version 7 is now native for OS X, offers online HTML help, supports drag & drop scanning and cleaning, provides ccess to its online Virus Information Library, and includes report generation.
Stephen Sebeny notes with the release of OS X 10.1, users from any platform can log into and use Apple\'s iDisk, according to an email sent to iDisk users: \"Even the most die-hard Mac users can sometimes find themselves being forced to use a beige box. Thanks to changes coinciding with the release of Mac OS X version 10.1, being cut off from a Mac no longer means being cut off from iDisk. Behind the scenes, an advanced networking protocol called WebDAV is improving connection options for all users. Regardless of whether they upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.1 or not, iTools members can now access their iDisk from any Internet-connected computer that has a WebDAV client application, including several versions of Windows and Linux.\"
Apple has posted a photo gallery from Seybold SF taking place this week.
Apple has posted a photo gallery from Seybold SF takiing place this week.
Following up on a note in Apple\'s press release a few days ago, Macworld UK reports that Palm expects to complete development on its Palm Desktop for OS X software by \"the end of the year\" with a \"redesigned the look and feel for Mac OS X and improved data compatibility for better synchronization with Palm handhelds.\"
BTV 5.1, an update to Ben Bird\'s $20 shareware video display and capture software, can now capture video when video input window is completely obscured, provides an option to capture a single frame after a specified delay, adds new shortcut keys, and other enhancements.
The Iconfactory\'s latest installment of its popular World of Copland series contains over 50 pre-OS X freeware icons, including all new Mac hardware, hand-held devices, folders, everyday objects and some special patriotic items that fans have been requesting: World of Copland: Volume 6 is a free download and is available today as either standard icons or as a space-saving IconDropper Pack.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe