Darwin 1.4.1, released last week by Apple, is available on the Web. GNU-Darwin has posted Net Installation instructions for Darwin-only users and a beta of its bootable Installer CD. The new GNU packages, which work with the Darwin-bundled XFree86 software, are compatible with OS X 10.1, including OpenSSH and XFree86. A reader forwarded some more notes from a mass email: \"It is important for OSX.1 users to upgrade their OpenSSH. This is a great time to check out our other packaged offerings, which are also Darwin-1.4.1 and Mac OSX.1 compatible. OSX.1 users who are new to GNU-Darwin might like to try our new Net Installer. Just follow the OSX-specific directions at the top of the script.\"
AIMgadget 2.2 is a freeware tool for conveniently viewing logs. Version 2.2 adds the ability to view Netscape AIM logs and suppor for reverse session order, as well as other minor improvements. A Carbon version, AIMgadget 2.2b1, is also available, for viewing old logs in Mac OS X (however, AIM for Mac OS X does not support logging, yet). [Classic, Carbon]
ZipBurst CGI 2.5, a distance locator and database lookup tool for Webservers, adds three new conditional tests to show records in your data base that can\'t be physically located. A new \"Trial Size\" 2-month license for The ZipBurst CGI Pro with US locations is available for $25 (with upgrades to the full 1-year license also discounted by 25%).
Some interesting threads in our recently reopened forums include: a welcome to and some information about our new forums, slower Terminal.app speed in OS X 10.1, setting up Anonymous FTP services in OS X 10.1, a reader\'s ideas on how to improve the Dock, news about Unreal Tournament for Mac OS X, and information about our new Team MacNN Distributed Computing website.
The Motley Fool has published a \"Fool Plate Special\" examining different tactics being exhibited by computer manufacturers in the retail market. The article says that while Dell, Gateway and Apple have similar strategies, they are using contrasting methods. \"Apple ... is moving in the opposite direction, gradually opening retail stores across the country... While the differing approaches may seem odd given that these two companies peddle ostensibly similar products -- though one, obviously, is a manufacturer and marketer and the other a straight retailer -- both moves make sense, though neither is without risk.\"
The MacNN forums are online and operational again on our new forum server. We took the opportunity to clean up a few things during the transition, and we greatly appreciate your support and patience over the past few weeks. The new forums are accessible at http://newforums.macnn.com, and we should be making additional modifications for additional performance boosts over the next two weeks. Thanks to our forum administrators for their hard work. Hope to see you at our new forums! --MacNN Staff
Macrovision Corp has begun shipping FLEXlm, its licensing management pacakge, for Mac OS X. \"(Our Software) benefits from the super-modern operating system\'s power, stability and advanced networking capabilities,\" said company officials in a statement. Several license options are available for FLEXlm, including a demo version.
English and Dutch versions of PocketNotes 1.01, an update to the $20 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning, includefixes bugs and minor performance enhancements.
CE Software today announced the release of QuicKeys X, a Cocoa- version of its keyboard and automation utility that includes the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts repetitive tasks, including \"Type Text\" functions and Mouse Recording. The $60 utiilty is available for a special migration price of $50. A bundle of QuicKeys 5.0/QuickKeys X is $140. [updated]
A Reuters article notes that Microsoft has begun a $6 million marketing campaign to sell Office v.X and that the company projects sales of 750,000 by next June.
SearchWare Solutions has released Pix Lite 1.1.6, an OS X 10.1-compatible version of its $15 shareware QuickTime-based media viewer.
Dell sees reason for a turnaround in 2002 in its PC sales, ancitipating resumed consumer spending on computers and pledging to spend some $700 million a year on research and development.
Joy 2.3 adds OS X 10.1 compatibility to AAA+ Software\'s developer productivity and RAD tool that includes a run-time class browser and object inspector to debug applications and inspect Cocoa applications. Licensing starts at $70 and a free demo is available.
An OsOpinion.com article discusses Intel\'s recent attempts to discourage PC manufacturers from including floppy drives and serial ports in their upcoming models. \"The iMac\'s form factor, small footprint, colors, removal of many legacy ports, and nearly every other aspect of the machine have been all but entirely copied except for one thing -- removal of the floppy drive.\"
breve 1.2 is a simulation environment which allows users to define the behaviors and interactions of different types of agents in a simulated 3D world and observe the emergent behaviors. The new version features enhanced graphics, speed improvements, and more comprehensive documentation.
Our new forum server is up and running, and we\'re almost done transferring all our forum data across. We\'re in the finishing stages of polishing it up, optimizing performance, fixing a few problems that occurred during the forum transplant, and updating the DNS to point to the raw IP address. The forums currently located at http://forums.macnn.com are still down, but once the new forums are up we will set those links to redirect to our new pages. As soon as we finish up, we will inform our readers (even if the DNS hasn\'t fully updated yet) so they can get back to discussion. MacNN Forums are on schedule to open later today. Thank you for your patience during this turbulent transition.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ