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The freeware periodic table of elements, Smell-O-Mints 1.3, fixes the OS X Menu drawing issue and has higher contrast element icons for easier determination of which icon is highlighted. [Classic, Carbon]
Destineer\'s Macintosh label Bold is now accepting pre-orders for Age of Empires II: Gold Edition, which includes both Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion.
Son of Weather Grok 4.1.2 fixes the dock icon issue with OS X 10.1, and fixes some other very minor cosmetic issues in the application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world. It taps into NOAA\'s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) data center using 4 letter ICAO codes for Airports. [Classic, Carbon]
Channel Storm today introduced a revamped product line, including its first sub-$1,000 software solution for live-broadcasting.
nothing records today announced December 4th availability for its live release from nine inch nails titled \"nine inch nails live: and all that could have been\". The project will be available in three formats: CD, DVD, and VHS. The film was shot entirely on Mini DV by nine inch nails and its crew throughout the tour and edited exclusively \"on Mac computers using Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple DVD Studio Pro software. All audio was edited and assembled on Macintosh computers using Digidesign\'s Pro Tools software.\"
Afternon tech news: Microsoft will sell a cheaper version of Office XP package for students and teachers, as a means to tap into the education market; Dell will likely cut profit expectations during a business update planned for Thursday, as it is faces weakening demand and fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks; and ATI today reported adjusted net income of $2.2 million or $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended August 31, 2001.
Network Associates has posted the October Virus definitions for Virex, its consumer anti-virus software. (The October updates for Symantec\'s Norton AntiVirus application were also recently posted.)
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including 1 Infinite Loop (Landscapes - Urban), Capitaine Flemme (Animation), Coffebreak in Kaikoura NZ (Fauna), and Eye (Portraits), Katie Holmes (Portraits), and Under the Sea 17 (Landscapes - Water). The site is updated daily. As always, the pictures are free and available in a wide range of sizes.
Aaron Bratcher\'s db Reports 2.5.2 is a maintenance release to the database reporting application that can extract, format and print data from one of various data sources, including 4D Server 6.5, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, and Valentina. [Classic, Carbon]
Galleon Software has released its first online collection of source files to allow PowerTicker 2.0 ($50) customers to quickly add new sources and keep their copy of PowerTicker up to date. Previous MacTicker customers are able to upgrade for $10.
Alco Blom\'s has posted Web Confidential 3.0b8, another update to his $25 shareware that user IDs, passwords, registration keys, PIN codes, and serial numbers.
1stKIOSK is now shipping its $1000 iPEDESTAL, an iMac-fitted, Lexan plastic holder for securing an iMac (including restricted access to the power button and CD slot) in a public space. Its $3000 KlearKIOSK is an all-inclusive, interactive presentation system that includes an iMac and a 1stTouch PSR 1 touch screen system with 4096 x 4096 points of resolution.
Hemera\'s The Big Box of Art, a digital image collection with the high-quality and a variety of images, will be available through many popular retail outlets, mail-order and online resellers in North America and Britain by mid October 2001 by late October 2001 in France and Germany. The $70 collection has 215,000 images (while the PC counterpart contains 350,000 images and sells for $30).
The shareware database and system component manager, Extension Overload v5.9.2, now has definitions of 5300 extensions, control panels, CSM and CMM system components.
Motorola is expected to announce lackluster financial results when it reports third-quarter earnings on October 9th. The company is currently in the process of cutting more than 20 percent of its work-force, and has reportedly been looking to divest its semiconductor operations, which produce PowerPC processors for Apple. The company also today named Edward Breen as its new President and COO, succeeding Robert Growney. Current analyst consensus estimates peg Motorola\'s third-quarter loss at $.07 per share.
UMAX has begun shipping the $129 Astra 4450 48-bit color scanner, which features 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution, USB connectivity and programmable push-button controls. The built-in Universal Transparency Cover allows scanning of color slides and negatives up to 4\" x 5\". The scanner only includes Windows OCR software, but ABBYY (whose package is bundled with the Astra 4450) develops a Macintosh version of FineReader 5.0.
ATI Technologies Inc, which provides graphics cards for three of Apple\'s four Macintosh model lines, reported adjusted net income of $2.2 million or $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended August 31, 2001. Revenues during the quarter declined 6.7 percent to $229.1 million from the third quarter of fiscal 2001, while the gross margin improved 5.5 percentage points to 29.6 percent. With increased competition from Nvidia, ATI officials say they are looking to products like the Nintendo GameCube, which will display an ATI logo, to sustain future revenue growth.
LaCie\'s disk utility software,Silverlining Pro 6.4.3, adds support for LaCie USB 2.0 drives (although they function at USB 1.1 speeds), improves RAID 0 (striped) performance by allowing custom block size seletion, extends RAID capacity to 12 drives, has better FireWire Support for plug/unplug and general error recovery and improves FireWire RAID performance for Oxford 911 bridges by about 10%.
Mactracker 1.2, a detailed spec database on all Macs, now offers support for OS X, the ability to add notes to all model windows as well as updates the database with Macintosh Server G4 (QuickSilver).
Barry Software has released Toolbox Helper, a $25 developer tool that provides indexed access to Apple\'s Toolbox documentation.
Last year, over 35 million PC-based and consumer electronics products were equipped with IEEE 1394 (\"FireWire\"), according to Cahners In-Stat Group, who predict that the number will exceed 200 million by 2005. The total number of 1394 devices grew by 192% in 2000 over 1999 in which PC-based products accounted for most of the shipments; however, digital consumer electronics are expected to overtake PC devices in 2001. A full report covering 12 application categories and 27 total segments is available for $3,500.
osx.macnn.com, updated daily, has reports on a new build of Timbuktu, Midiman drivers for OS X (Monday\'s news), the scientific calculator f(x) 2.0, and the release of many other applications.
PocketMac, the first software to offer the abiltiy for Macs to sync with PocketPC-based handhelds, will make its public debut tomorrow at the PocketPC 2002 launch in San Francisco tomorrow, according to MacUser UK.
Quark has posted a beta of Quark Passport 5.0b, the multi-language version of its QuarkXPress software that includes hyphenation rules and dictionaries for several non-English languages, as noted by Macworld UK.
mac:method has released a new version of its $15 scientific calculator, f(x) 2.0. The advanced programmable scientific RPN calculator offers 20 built-in scientific functions, 3 numeric input modes (decimal, hexadecimal, and binary), an editable list of constants, and complete control over numeric display.
Netopia has posted Timbuktu 6.01b3, a new version of its remote management software that provides OS X 10.1 compatibility, as well as other changes. The build, available to registered users, will expire October 26th (registration required).
Tri-Edre\'s Tri-Catalog 5.01, a file and picture cataloger for OS X, has a new user interface with floating windows, new options to set comments and marks for files/pictures, new display modes, and a new HTML export feature to publish pictures on the Web. Upgrades to the $100 application are $70.
Everyday Software\'s Bookit 2.1 is an update to its $12 bookmark management tool for OS X that supports Internet Explorer, iCab, Netscape, OmniWeb, and Opera web browsers. Version 2.1 includes the ability to support multiple item drag & drop, inline editing of bookmark names/addresses, and bookmark sorting. (Both its $5 clipEdit 2.5b2 and freeware Quick Change 2.0b2 have also been updated for OS X 10.1 compatibility.) [BI, CE, QC]
Apple is offering an extra 128MB of RAM for free with the purchase of Mac at an Apple retail store, according to a note on its Retail Web pages. The promotion ends October 31, 2001.
Mac users have reportedly succeeded in playing the German version of NSync\'s Celebrity, which warns that the CD is not playable on computers: \"But the German version does not even play on a Windows PC meaning users cannot listen to music they have bought, while they work. It cannot be copied to blank CD or sent over the internet using a PC. Nor can it be ripped to a solid state portable, such as an MP3 device.\"
Tri-Backup 3.01 is a new Carbonized version of the company\'s back-up utility, offering two different modes: (1) \"Immediate Actions\" for comparing two different folders, or for immediate backup, synchronization or restoration and (2) \"Programmed actions\" for scheduling repetitive backups or synchronization. It also adds a new \"Evolutive Mirror Backup,\" which saves the entire content of a disk with its changes, including the structure of each folder (what was modified, added and removed) as well as the recent versions of each modified document. Upgrades to the $50 utility are $30.
James Doyle notes receipt of his OS X 10.1 update in Australia: \"After originally wondering if this update would be available inside of a month (there were no dealer handouts on the official release day) I now have the 10.1 update installed! How did I get it? Why I just rang up the Apple Store and ordered it on Tuesday, and got it today via Australia Post. It looks like Apple has certainly improved here downunder!\"
Kevin Williams writes: \"I preordered the Sonnet Tempo ATA-100 PCI host card last month. At That time, the sales person said that it would ship \"sometime in October.\" Well lo and behold, it was waiting for me on the first. Seeing as it was not compatible with Mac OS X (10.0.4) I\'m guessing that this was no coincidence.\" (Earlier this week, Sonnet announced it would offer up to four 128MB DIMMs at for $50 each with the purchase of any Crescendo/PCI or Crescendo/7200 processor upgrade card through the end of the year.)
MacBibble 1.99, a new fully Carbonized version of the application for processing raw image files from highend Digital SLR\'s, has a new \"Raw\" processing engine, now offers full support for the large files from the D1X. and can generate a 10 Megapixel 4024x2624 Image from the raw data.
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Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
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