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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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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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