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On-Core has posted OS X 10.1-compatible versions of its freeware OS X products, including its AudioCD Player Dockling 2.0 and Volume Dockling 2.0. [ACD, VD]
Canon today introduced new PowerShot S40 and S30 digital still cameras, which are due at the end of October for $600 and $800 respectively. Both feature a high-resolution 7.1-21.3mm 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm in the 35mm format), 3-point autofocus, and options for 13 shooting modes as well as compatibility with Type I and Type II CompactFlash (CF) cards, USB connectivity, Movie Mode, and Direct Printing using Canon\'s new S820D Bubble Jet printer.
James R. Ehrler notes that his Kingston 120TX NIC 10/100 PCI Ethernet card driver no longer worked after he upgraded to OS X 10.1: \"My Kingston 120TX NIC 10/100 PCI Ethernet card was working great with Realtek\'s 8139 Beta driver in OSX 10.0.4. But, after upgrading to 10.1 it no longer appeared as an option in the Network Panel. Realtek has now uploaded a new 10.1 beta driver at this address:
IK Multimedia\'s SampleTank 1.1, its VST Sound Module, combines a powerful synth/sampler engine and high quality multi-sampled sounds into a VST instrument. Version 1.1, a free update, offers AltiVec optimizations, dual processor support, and a new user-selectable resampling/repitching engine with high-quality and high-performance modes. Pricing starts at $200.
Bare Bones today released BBEdit Lite 6.1.2, an update to its free text editor that address specific issues with previous versions running under OS X 10.1.
Zoom is now shipping its Global Village-branded CableModem Model 6011 which it says is \"specifically designed for Mac users.\" The $200 package includes CableLabs and @Home certified Ethernet cable modem, Ethernet cable, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Antivirus , and Lemke\'s GraphicConverter.
PineHill\'s CreativePage 2.8.1 is a maintenance update to its $25 web site creation tools offering 25 assistants, many formatting options, and editing tools. Version 2.8.1 adds new features to shortcuts, fixes a few web related bugs, and more. A demo is available.
Boris Vlajcic writes about some problems using a US-localized version of Mac OS on his PowerBook bought in Japan: I live in Tokyo, and just bought the sleek Titanium PB G4-500. First thing, like I did with my previous PB G3, I wanted to change from Japanese MacOS 9.1. to the English version. Not possible . My G4 PB just tells me that it does not accept this program. I did initialize the hard disk ,and then tried to boot from 9.1 CD, my PB G4 , does not want to boot from English Mac OS 9,1, Well I tried all the tricks , no way. Maybe G4 PB sold in Japan have a chip inside accepting only Japanese? All my sofware is in English. Can enyone help me out ? The shop where I bought my G4 is ignorant and cannot help. Apple customer support does not accept e-mail. There must be something Apple did in Japan on their new PB, my old G3 had no problem with accepting the change from Japanese version to English version. [follow-up] \"This has nothing to do with the fact that it\'s a Japanese TiBook. The version of OS 9.1 that comes with it is newer than the Retail OS 9.1 US version. I had the same problem with a PowerMac G4/733. It had a Dutch 9.1 version on it and wouldn\'t accept either OS 9.1 US Retail or the OS 9.1 version that comes along with MacOS X v10.0. Solution: get OS 9.2.1 US as fast as you can (comes along with OS X v10.1). Trust me, it\'ll work.\" [follow-up: Chris Whittier] \"There isn\'t any chip that Apple is or anyone else is putting in there. The ONLY thing it can be is the New World ROM in the Powerbook. Logic dictates that Apple has its own Japanese ROM. Likely by (re)installing the latest Powerbook ENGLISH G4 ROM updater, it should fix the problem for Boris...\"
MonkeyByte.com has released a demo version of VistaPro, which is described as \"an ultra-fast landscape generating program that uses DEMs (Digital Elevation Maps) to turn 2D topographical data, into beautiful 3D terrains. Create scenic fly-throughs, explore distant planets, or create your own landscapes all in a fractal of a minute.\"
Handspring today announced a new Module Madness promotion that offers a 20 percent instant rebate on 23 different Springboard modules on PalmGear through November 6, 2001 and also says it will reduce the price on its the Handspring Visor Prism to $300 ($100 reduction) beginning October 8, 2001. Raynet also introduced \"the first\" body massager Springboard module for $100 and Kensington introduces its PocketType portable keyboard, designed as a small, clip-on keyboard for most Handspring handhelds. The 0.4lb keyboard is expected to ship in mid-October for $50.
The University of Texas at Austin MUG group will be hosting a panel of speakers on Tuesday, October 9 in WEL 2.224, where they will be \"discussing what companies look for in developers for intern and new hire positions.\"
Nvidia has unveiled a new line of cards under the mantra \"GeForce Titanium\" that the company claims will offer twice the performance for the same price as its older accelerators. Nvidia says the new chips were derived from the same technology used in Microsoft\'s XBox gaming console. The chips will begin shipping on Oct. 12, and systems manufacturers will begin incorporating the cards roughly a month after the introduction. Apple currently uses Nvidia\'s GeForce 2 and GeForce 3 cards.
Brian Dunning\'s $40 ChartMaker Pro 5.0 adds the ability to create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts from within FileMaker: [it] does not require a plug-in, [so] the charts are fully cross platform and will work on anyone\'s computer.\"
Sterling Ledet & Associates announced hands-on training for Adobe After Effects with Trish Meyer, the author of the Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects and the featured artist in the VideoSyncrasies video tape series. The classes are scheduled for November 14-16 in Chicago, IL and November 28-30 in Atlanta, GA. Each student receives a copy of Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects as well as a copy of the VideoSyncrasies tape set. The cost for this class is $1500 per student.
Jérome Foucher\'s $7 shareware A-Dock 2.5 brings the OS X-style dock to Mac OS 8/9. Version 2.5 of the application switcher and desktop organizer improves exclusion lists, includes a power-user shortcut to quit or hide applications, and option to play sound with dock actions.
Early morning tech: Networking software maker Novell has filed suit against Microsoft in federal court to stop it from spreading \"false and misleading\" statements that Novell was shifting away from software development. Compaq warned it would report an operating loss in the third quarter after the weak economy, its own merger plans and the chaos following the attacks on the World Trade Center converged to create \"the perfect storm;\" and the Federal Reserve is expected to slash the interest rate by 50 basis points at today\'s policy meeting.
Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0 is a $40 Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor written in Java that supports full CSS1 and CSS2 and offers an interactive user interface. It also has full Unicode 3.0 support, support for multiple style sheets, source-code editing, preview options, and dynamic localization. A demo is available. [Classic, Carbon] [pricing updated]
An OSOpinion piece discusses IBM\'s use of a new marketing slogan that mimics the infamous \"Intel Inside,\" campaign. The upcoming Nintento GameCube, which contains a PowerPC processor variation, will be the first product to display the \"IBM Technology\" logo. Author Kelly McNeill says that \"Apple may receive marketing support in this area.\"
CellSynth 1.5 is the latest release of Living Memory\'s Mac-only audio production software. The tool provides audio synthesis, sample manipulation, audio processing and automation sequencing. Version 1.5 adds full real time MIDI control of virtually all parameters and a new sample modulation function.
Gefen has begun shipping its ex-tend-it DVI-Hub, which is designed to extend two flat panel digital monitors up to 100 feet from the computer using DVI cables for transmission. The ex-tend-it DVI-Hub is priced at $599.00 and available immediately.
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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