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Che Butterfield writes about the new iPod promotional video available on Apple\'s Website: \"Watch carefully when Rubenstein talks about the battery life. He actually says eight hours but has been overdubbed with VO of ten hours. Hmmmmmm. I hope they improved the battery life and changed the promo instead of just changing the promo and using marketing hype to describe the 10 hour battery life.\"
Totally Hip Software tomorrow will release LiveSlideShow 2.0, which offers tools and functions for transforming digital photos into a professional looking presentations. It offers transitions and effects, as well as the ability to add voiceovers, sound effects, interactive elements, and scrolling captions as well as custom media skins. The $50 product is available as a $20 upgrade to registered users. It runs on both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X.
TinkerTool 2.0 is a freeware utilty that allows users to change various OS X system parameters. The utility allows users to enable/disable the Mac OS X desktop, disable animation effects when opening files, show/hide hidden system files in the Finder, control font smoothing in OS X applications, and select the default font in Cocoa applications.
Front Base has released FrontBase 3.3, an update to its enterprise-level relational database server. The download package, which contains the FrontBase plugin for WebObjects 5, also gives better indication of where in the input SQL string a given syntax error has occured and fixes a few other bugs. Version 3.2 also brought a 100% improvement in overall performance, a new full text search engine, improvements to the Replication and Clustering functions, and a new transaction logging mechanism as well as a multi-threaded Aqua application for database administration.
Creative Connections, Inc. is manufacturing a replacement part for the Apple VRM (Voltage regulator module) part number 922-3292 that will work with accelerator cards for the \"Beige G3\" models, allowing consumers to \"G4\" performance by using aftermarket accelerator processors. It says that Sonnet Technologies has tested the part and is recommending it to its customers.
PC Mall, the parent company of MacMall, reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2001 of $0.5 million or $0.05 per share, a $1.2 million or $0.12 per share improvement from the net loss of $0.7 million for the comparable quarter a year earlier. Frank Khulusi, Chairman, President and CEO of PC Mall, said, \"This quarter is our fourth consecutive profitable quarter, and we have continued to achieve improved results by focusing on our Core business.
Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. as well as New York can purchase an older iMac (Indigo 400/10 GB/64 MB/CD-ROM) for the special price of $500: \"Due to the tragic events of September 11th, Apple Computer has decided to offer a selected model of its famous iMac line for a special price...\"
Belkin has announced five new wireless devices that use the 802.11b (AirPort) networking standard, including wireless access points, DSL routers, and USB adapters. All of the new devices sport 11 Mbps transfer speed and 64/128-bit WEP data encryption.
Apple\'s special event began slightly after its 10:00 am anticipated start time with Steve Jobs recapping Apple\'s digital hub vision. Jobs then introduced the iPod, a digital audio player with a 5GB drive (1000 songs), 20-minute skip protection, a FireWire port, and an advanced Lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours (and fully charges in just over an hour---by an included A/C adapter or the FireWire port). The portable device is the about the \"size of a deck of cards,\" with a backlit LCD display, and offers support for playlists, ID3 tags, and iTunes. The $400 device will be available on November 10. The Apple Store is accepting pre-orders for the device. Jobs also announced iTunes 2, a new version of Apple\'s popular music application. Version 2 offers the ability to burn MP3 files onto CDs, adjust play/record parameters through a new equalizer, and apply cross-fades to music. The download will be freely available in November.
Electric Rain is now shipping an OS X version of its Swift 3D LW vector rendering plug-in, which brings the ability to render 3D scenes directly to popular vector-based file formats from within LightWave. The plugin supports Macromedia Flash (SWF), AI, EPS, and SVG file formats and is compatible with LightWave versions 6.5 through 7.0b.
CPLAT 3.6, a low-cost C++ cross platfform framework for MacOS/Windows/Linux development, has been updated to work with CodeWarrior Pro 7, the latest version of Apple Project Builder (released with OS X 10.1) and to include trial versions for Microsoft Visual C++ and Apple Project Builder.
Adaptec yesterday announced its desktop XHub, a USB 2.0 hub with a \"superior cable management system\" and LED indicators for each port. All ports are powered for compatibility with bus-powered peripherals and are backward compatible with USB 1.x peripherals. It will be available in three models: XHub 4, XHub4 Plus and XHub7 Plus (Plus models include cable management); they will be available in mid-November through select retailers.
Apple will introduce its \"groundbreaking\" digital device today at 10 am PT at its invite-only event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA.
Martin Ler, editor of the Czech Mac Magazine, writes about another OS X-related security hole (which has yet to be confirmed) that gives access to home folders via AppleShare: \"If you are Admin user on some machine (so you are NOT a root, which have access everywhere), you are not able to surf through home folders of another users. But when you will connect to the same computer through AppleShare (even on the same computer), with your name and passwd, you will got access to the disk and public folders of users and when you will mount disk, where users folders are, you can freele surf through and copy anythink and make any changes. Of course, you can do this through network too. For normal users (not admins) are accessible just public folders, so they can\'t access anything more, than they realy can. This security problem is just afecting users home folders, not System folder, so it\'s not possible to render system unusable.\"
osx.macnn.com yesterday noted the release of new Epson print drivers as well as a new version of AOL\'s client software for OS X.
Adobe today launched the final version of Adobe DesignTeam service as part of its Adobe Studio Web site. The subscription-based collaboration service offer the ability to securely share and manage visually rich files with version control, as well as organize and track team communication around key project milestones and assignments. It also allows designers to review files and Web sites while automatically collecting, tracking and collating reviewers\' comments without the need for original applications. Adobe is offering a one month free trial to users from time of subscription to the DesignTeam service.
Apple was reiterated \"buy\" by analyst Charles R Wolf at Needham & Co with a price target of $30.
PicTriX 1.0.7 fixes several bugs in the English-localized version of the Quark Xtension that helps manipulate image frames, image files and placed images in QuarkXPress 4.x. It can reconnect or reimport image files based on various criteria, rename picture files while retaining their links, archive document or load fonts required by EPS pictures and perform editing functions such as conversion of embedded paths into XPress bezier boxes.
Waves in Motion today announced Visualizer 1.0, an entity relationship (ER) diagramming tool for FileMaker Pro that offers prototyping and documenting of projects. It can automatically generate an ER diagram based on an existing FileMaker Pro database structure and allows for display control of fields and animates relationships associated with the selected entity. A demo of the $100 utility is available online.
Selznick Scientific has released PasswordWallet 2.6.1, an update the $15 utilty for securely storing passwords, PINs, and other data. It brings better support for auto-typing under OS X 10.1 and other enhancements.
db Reports 2.5.3 fixes a bug with calculations in page and report footers and adds Valentina 1.8.9r7 support to the cross-platform report writing application that can extract, format and print data from one of various data sources.
Adam Little also notes the release of new Epson drivers (see yesterday\'s news), providing some comments: \"...Epson posted the MacOS X printer drivers for the Stylus C40, C60, C80, and Photo 785EPX. I bought a C80 a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the OS X drivers. The drivers are nearly fully-featured (one feature I wish they\'d put in is the ink monitor). Epson also has a page with the schedule for driver releases for their other models. \"The drivers (at least the C80 driver) have support for printing over an AppleTalk network. I have an EpsonNET 10/100 print server attached to my printer, and it works like a charm, with no flaws at all.\"
Fastware.net has begun accepting pre-orders for its upcoming DV-to-SDI converter with AES/EBU digital audio. SDIsland, scheduled to be available in mid-December 2001, converts a FireWire DV data stream to SDI format, while also delivering 48 KHz AES digital audio. The small, portable, external device is bus-powered, offering a 4-pin and 6-pin FireWire connector inputs and a 3-pin AES audio output along with two 75-ohm BNC SDI outputs. It auto-detects PAL & NTSC and supports both Windows and Mac OS.
Apple says it is expecting to find more store shelves to fill with Macs following the thinning of the PC retailing business and as HP\'s finalizes its takeover of Compaq, according to Apple Phils., Inc. country manager Charlie Tang.
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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