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MacPlay\'s Aliens vs Predator 1.0.1 patch brings compatibility with the final version of OS X 10.1.
Al LeVine notes that \"Epson today posted drivers for the Model C60 epson printer as well as many other printers for OS X.\" The newly supported drivers include Stylus C40 v1.1, Stylus C60 v1.1, Stylus C80 v1.1, Stylus Photo 820 v1.1, and Stylus Photo 785EPX v1.1.
A MacNN reader notes that his new iBook 600 DVD arrived today: \"I ordered it through the On-line Apple Educational Store. I\'ve posted images of the A/C adapter next to the old round a/c adapter. Also, I\'ve included a photo of the build version of OS x that it came with: Build 5L14.\"
AOL has posted a new build of its OS X-compatible client software, AOL X 17B. Users can download the newest build by by using the \'BETA\' keyword feature.
MacPlay today announced that it has secured the rights to publish Fox Interactive\'s The Operative: No One Lives Forever. The first-person shoot, expected to ship ship in the second quarter of 2002, offers 15 single player missions spanning across 60 levels, more than 30 unique and ingenious spy weapons and gadgetry, and support for multiplay for up to 16 players.
The PandaWare Company has released a free maintenance update to TimeCache 4.1.3, its $40 time and expense tracking application for users who bill clients for project work. It fixes a problem with improper type rendering in Mac OS X 10.1 and a cosmetic bug, and improves print previews. [Classic, Carbon]
frogslapper 2.0 is a light, free POP3 email checker, allowing you to download the Sender, Date, and Subject of emails from multiple accounts.
Steven Massey has updated SteveMovieFloat 2.2, his movie viewer that can \"float on top\" of all of the open windows in any application. It brings OS X 10.1 compatibility, performance improvements, and various bug fixes.
A MacNN reader has posted photos and movies of Apple\'s Northridge Store opening. Meanwhile, Drew Lamont has posted an iMovie of the Apple Store Grand Opening at the Chandler Fashion Center in Arizona.
IOGEAR today announced its MiniView USB device, a true USB KVM solution that enables two or four separate computers to be accessed from a single console over a USB connection. The two ($150) and four- ($200) port models also come equipped with two peripheral plug-ins, allowing users to share USB devices such as printers and scanners. Both are equipped with 2048 x 1536 VGA resolution, built-in AutoScan function, two bonded cables and a LED display for easy status monitoring. It ships with a three-year warranty. IOGEAR is currently offering a mail-in rebate promotion which allows customers to receive $20 and $30 cash back on its 2- and 4-port hubs.
Afternoon tech news: A Forrestor Survey report claims that Bluetooth devices will outstrip wireless LAN nodes (including AirPort enabled devices) 10 to 1, but that both wireless access methods will be able to co-exist; Yahoo is set to unveil a new version of its instant messaging client that includes the ability to assign animated backdrops, allowing marketers to brand the software; AOL Time Warner inked a deal to bring an entertainment cable channel to South China in exchange for airtime on US stations.
Thursby today announced a public beta of DAVE 3.1, its cross-platform networking software. Version 3.1 works with OS X 10.1 as well as Mac OS 8.6-9.2 and brings support for inkjet printing as well as support file sizes larger than 2GB and file names longer than 31 characters. DAVE 3.1 is scheduled for release early in November for $150 and will be offered as a free upgrade for customers currently using DAVE 2.5.2 and for those who have a support contract. Customers with older versions can upgrade for $90.
Agere is now shipping its new ORiNOCO AP-2000 Access Point, a dual-slot access point that enables the operation of two separate wireless networks in the same physical space, including both 802.11a (54 Mbps/sec) as well as 802.11b (11 Mbps/sec) networks.
Derek Smith has released MacSFV 1.3, an update to his RAR package verification program that \"has been rewritten entirely in Cocoa with Apple\'s Project Builder and can scan packages up to 20% than the MacOS 9 classic application. MacSFV is used to verify complete RAR sets and to identify bad or missing individual files in a set.\" It also includes support for multiple processors, and a progress indicator. [Classic, Cocoa]
Startup Doubler 2.6.1 is the latest release of Marc Moini\'s tool for accelerating the startup time of most Macs. Moini claims the software is capable of accelerating startup times on non-G4 Macs up to 50 percent. Version 2.6.1 is a maintenance release adding support for Mac OS 9.2.1.
Sony has announced its new CLIE PEG-T415 handheld, a Palm OS-based PDA that includes universal remote control capabilities. †The company also announced an optional Memory Stick camera module that allows users to shoot and view digital photos. The new CLIE handheld will retail for about $300, and the PEGA-MSC1 camera module for around $150. Both devices are expected to be available in November.
The Register speculates on the future of PowerPC, citing sources who claim re-emerging difficulties between Apple and Motorola, frustration with G4 performance (compared with the G3), and the possibility of a new leader in PowerPC development--either Apple or an Apple-IBM partnership.
CBS MarketWatch has thrown its hat into the speculation swirling around Apple\'s \"digital device\" announcement, due tomorrow. \"I\'m theorizing that it\'s a moderately priced DVD/CD player, a multimedia MP3 jukebox, with DVR (digital video recording) onto a hard drive, CD burning capabilities, and a form of limited Web access to preselected home entertainment related sites, including Apple\'s iTools,\" says author Barry Ritholtz.
CrystalMaker 5.03 is an application for displaying and manipulating crystal and molecular structures in photo-realistic colour or 3D stereo. Version 5.0.3 includes more flexibility in generating bonds, including multiple bond definitions for the same atom-pair combinations (with different bond lengths and bond styles) as well as features improved display of crystallographic vectors.
Lexmark, a manufacturer of Mac-compatible printers, has announced results for its fiscal third quarter. Third quarter revenue was $1.004 billion, up 8 percent (9 percent in constant currency) from the same period in 2000. Diluted net earnings per share were 52 cents compared to 50 cents reported a year ago. The company says it will scale back its workforce up to 12 percent based on the results.
Earlier this month, Strata began shipping the Rich Media Edition of Strata 3Dpro 3.6, its high-end 3D package, according to Macworld UK. Version 3.6 offers the ability to render 3D images and animations and export them as Macromedia Flash files and other vector formats for the web or for print. The application incorporates Swift 3D PowerModule, which utilizes RAViX II rendering technology from Electric Rain to produce high-quality, low-bandwidth, scaleable 3D vector animations for Flash-enabled Websites.
Kiongo Software\'s Alarm Clock Pro 4.0.2 adds an option for monthly and yearly reoccuring alarms. [Classic, Carbon]
Blue Line Studios is looking for beta testers for JewelCase Illustrator, a drawing program for creating CD labels, tray liners, and booklets: \"its most interesting feature is the Finder-like directory list that it typesets by simply dropping a volume onto the layout windows.\"
Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro X 1.01, an update to its advanceed image/QuickTime movie capture tool for OS X. Version 1.01 adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, additional features, bug fixes, and adds French-, Italian and Japanese- localizations.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
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