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OroborOSX 0.75a1 is an X11 window manager, designed to be used in rootless mode with XDarwin and XFree86 on Mac OS X. It is currently being used with both Mac OS X v10.0.x and the new v10.1.
Intelli Innovations has released REAL Control Strip 1.1, a development that allows software developers to create dynamic control strip modules for applications without any coding. It is now available free-of-charge for inclusion with any application (commercial or non-commercial). Additionally, the complete source code is now bundled with the software for public use and modification.
Hotline Communications today announced that it resumed development on its popular community sharing software: \"Hotline Communications is proceeding with its restructuring and today announced the re-hire of an engineering team in anticipation of the Version 2.0 release. The Company has suspended the Early Adopter Program and will refund all participants. \"
Apple is expected to soon distribute an \"Internet Explorer Security Update\" via its Software Update Control panel in OS X. The update, recommended for all OS X users and Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac, is in response to a vulnerability found in Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac, according to Microsoft, although details were not provided. (The update was expected to be released Friday evening.)
Charles Haddad says that \"Mac heads shouldn\'t get too upset when they see how closely Windows XP apes Apple\'s OS X. In the long run, imitation can only help Jobs & Co.\"
Synergy Creations today released Periodic Table 3.0.1, a free update that adds four new datasets, including electric dipole polarizability, magnetic susceptibility, linear expansion coefficient, and superconductivity critical temperature as well as the etymology of all the English element names. [Classic, Carbon]
iSlideShow 1.2 adds multi-threaded export routines, offers scaling for viewing presentations, live previews during export, and other enhancements to the $10 shareware utility.
Afternoon tech news: Sharp plans to unveil a new PDA which will utilize Java and Linux as its OS foundation, and use Intel\'s 206 Mhz StrongARM processor; Analysts are predicting that China may provide a viable boost to the sagging tech economy, as Hewlett Packard says it will create almost 2,000 new jobs in the country; Sun Microsystems has posted a loss of $180 million with sales falling more than 40 percent in its most recent fiscal quarter.
Architosh notes the release of VectorWorks 9.5 beta by Nemetschek, a news on Commotion Pro (review, news, OS X news), and an \"early assessment\" of OS X 10.1.
Sapphire Innovations has released Symbols Vol 6, a set of 400 symbols for FireWorks 4, which includes of circular themed royalty-free symbols; it also released Symbols Vol 6 for Freehand. Each collection is £11.
Nick Nallick has released two new freeware utilities for OS X: ImageViewer is a free utility to view and copy still images. It uses QuickTime to read and write a wide range of still image formats and can crop images, perform simple transformations, and translate image file formats. X-Droplet, a free utility to set the attributes of files individually and by folder via drag and drop, allows you to set many of the file attributes used by OS X including creator and file types, file name extensions, dates, privileges, locks, and visibility. [IV, XD]
MacPlay today officially announced that Fox Interactive\'s Aliens Versus Predator Gold Edition has shipped, following our a news item from earlier in the week. The $30 first-person game due at software retailers within the next few weeks. (We also noted the release of MacPlay\'s Giants: Citizen Kabuto for OS X.)
MacPlay today announced that Giants: Citizen Kabuto, \"the first game to be released exclusively for Mac OS X,\" has officially gone \"gold\".
This year\'s Eco-Challenge, taking place on New Zealand\'s South Island, is being captured digitally by equipment including several Powerbook G4/400 Titanium laptops, LaCie\'s DVD-R drive, Photoshop and a sundtry of Mac shareware applications including MacBibble and iView MediaPro.
HITS, a music industry trade magazine, speculates that the device Apple is due to unveil on October 23rd will be dubbed \"iPod\" and consist of a portable hard drive for music that will sport a FireWire connection and the ability to \"synch\" with iTunes.
As noted previously, Matsushita is working on a new DVD format that could be capable of storing 50 GB per disc side using blue lasers. That capacity would allow for more than two hours of high definition video, according to Matsushita officials. Meanwhile, Plasmin is working on a DVD flavor that could eventually reach 1 terabyte of storage.
Motorola\'s PowerPC 8500--the G5--continues its development with version 0.5, bringing signifcant increase yields; however, a few cache bugs are not expected to be squashed until the next version, due to be released next month. The Register also reports on the processor\'s raw speed, as the 1.6GHz version showed a SpecInt2000 score of 1340 and a SpecFP2000 of1359 compared with the 656 and 714 scores (respectively) by the 2GHz Pentium 4.
Apple has recently upgraded the entry-level iMac in the UK to include an ATI Rage 128 Ultra graphics card with 16MB of VRAM, cut prices on low-end iMac by £100, and is offering a free HP Photosmart 318 digital camera (2.3 megapixel resolution) with the purchase of a CD-RW iMac through the end of the year, according to Macworld UK.
Marathon Computer has begun shipping the QuickSilver model of the PowerRack G Series, a rackmount chassis created exclusively for the Apple QuickSilver Power Mac G4. The chassis sports support for up to five drives in shock-mounted cage (two 5.25\" ront accessible, one 3.5\" front accessible, and two 3.5\" internal). The PowerRack G Series QuickSilver edition is priced at $599, and can house 733 Mhz, 867 Mhz, and dual 800 Mhz PowerMac G4 components.
The Digital Darkroom focuses on working with digital images under both OS 9 (using the shareware utilty Cameraid) or the build-in image capture utility in OS X.
An OSOpinion.com piece theorizes that Apple\'s October 23rd announcement may be an effort to draw attention away from Microsoft\'s much-hyped Windows XP launch party, due on October 25th. Author Kelly McNeill suggests that the device will likely have something to do with either DVD or MP3, since Apple has invested significant software development resources into each area.
Iconographer 2.2 is the latest release of a 32-bit icon editor. The new version includes support for loading and editing of Windows XP icons, support for editing of icons contained in .rsrc files, and speed improvements under Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
MaverickTrader Stock Picks Senior Editor, Dewey Burchett, has published his ratings on key stocks for the next 5 trading days. In his report, Burchett says that Apple\'s shares will likely move lower over the next week, based on \"fundamental, technical and news-related items.\"
Gartner Dataquest and IDC both said that worldwide sales of PCs slowed for a second consecutive quarter. Dell, the only major PC maker to see an increase in the just-concluded third quarter, shipped about 14.5 percent of 29.1 million PC shipped in the quarter, while Compaq, IBM, and HP rounded out the top four spots. Both blamed the ongoing PC slump on a saturated market and weak economic conditions made worse by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Early morning tech: Intel is winding down its consumer electronics division as the company continues to pare back to its core chip business, according to news.com; Intertainer and Microsoft are launching an online film and video service in 35 U.S. markets, which is aimed mainly at future users, including college students; and Lucent this week announced the development of a tiny new transistor made of a simple cluster of organic molecules and say they have already built a simple logic circuit using a pair of the organic transistors.
The freeware MacDICT 2.1 utility gives access to a number of databases, including Websters Dictionary, the US Gazetter, Free Online Dictionary of Computing, WordNet, Jargon File, and the CIA World Factbook. Version 2.1 adds an access control feature for parents/schools, an option to export to the clipboard, and other enhancements.
The $23 Web-gallery builder, Quickie Web Albums 1.5, adds import support for JPEG, GIF, BMP, PICT, or PNP pictures, a thumbnails-only creation option, and more Web layout customization options, including common header/footer for each page, border size selection, and HTML page properties. [Classic, Carbon]
Now AAPL Stock: 95.01 ( + 0.99 )
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
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ¬≠Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ