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iPod Promotion video available online
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."
LiveSlideShow 2.0: slide show presentations
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 adjust system parameters
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.
FrontBase 3.3 brings speed increases, new UI
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.
Apple VRM replacement helps upgrade customers
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 announces growing profit
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.
Apple offers $499 iMacs for Sept. 11 relief
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 unveils wireless 802.11b device line
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.
iPod introduced: audio, MP3 player
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.
CPLAT 3.6: C++ framework for development
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.
Swift 3D LW plugin: OS X, Lightwave 7 support
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.
Adaptec introduces XHub for USB 2.0 devices
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 to unveil digital device today
Apple will introduce its "groundbreaking" digital device today at 10 am PT at its invite-only event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA.
OS X: Epson printer drivers, AOL client 17B
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.
AppleShare security hole gives folder access
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."
PicTriX 1.0.7: XTension for managing images
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.
AAPL reiterated a "buy" by Needham analyst
Apple was reiterated "buy" by analyst Charles R Wolf at Needham & Co with a price target of $30.
Final version of Adobe DesignTeam Service
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.
Visualizer 1.0 offer ER diagramming for FMPro
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.
PasswordWallet 2.6.1 stores data securely
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 for database data
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.
Reader comments on new Epson driver release
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."
SDIsland: DV-to-SDI converter due in December
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 to benefit from HP-Compaq merger?
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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