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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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives