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Objective Development has released LaunchBar 3.1.1 for OS X, a keyboard-driven productivity utility that provides fast access to files, web-bookmarks, email-addresses and applications by entering short abbreviations. This version fixes problems during screen resolution changes, now supports alternate screen locations, and properly brings all windows to the front when switching applications.
Cisco has released its Cisco VPN 5000 Client 5.1.x, which offers secure connectivity to corporate networks and other secure servers via various authentication modes, including RADIUS, RSA SecurID, Axent Defender, and PKI user certificates. (only available to registered Cisco customers)
abyssoft has released EasyDivx 1.1, a freeware utility to make playable versions of DivX movies on OS X 10.1. It extracts the soundtrack and replaces the defunct soundtrack by the working one, and save the result as a movie using references.
Chad Bergeron wrties about another networkable PIM with an OS X client: \"Steltor, formerly known as CS&T started out by making the Calendar component of Netscape. Since then they have gone into production on their own, and have already released an OS X client for their very networkable PIM [CorporateTime].... it does scheduling, to do list, task management, address book information, and more. That seems fairly PIM-like to me.\"
Haxial DiskCatalog 1.0 is a $10 utility for cataloging CDs, hard disks, folders, and any other types of media.
Intelli Innovations has posted ProSQL 1.0p1, the first public release of its mySQL and OpenBase database management and reporting software for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The preview release is available free of charge, and expires November 8th. [Classic, Carbon]
4ee4 has released an update to MySQLConnect for 4D 1.0.2, a database plug-in for 4D that provides MySQL connection routines.
MacMusic.org has posted a report from at the 19th SATIs trade show in Paris, including the newest Logic Control from Emagic, Obleton\'s Live (ACID-like audio multitrack sequencer), Steinberg\'s Nuendo 1.5 audio sequencer, and Celemony Software\'s Melodyne audio utility that treats audio files as if they were MIDI data. [updated]
Chronos LC today announced that Group Organizer 4.0 will be released next week, which it says that it will be the first networkable PIM available for OS X. Chronos recently introduced Personal Organizer 4.0, its time and contact management application.
Apple shares have some \"serious upside potential\" despite the gloomy near-term outlook for retailers and other electronics vendors.
WindowShade X 1.1 adds new features to the $7 shareware utility that brings the familiar window collapse function to OS X. Ist adds Cocoa application support, selectable behaviors for double-clicking in the title bar, minimize button and control-double-clicking, uninstall/upgrade/reinstall options within the installer, an extended demo period, and many bug fixes.
At $399, Apple\'s iPod is one of the most expensive portable MP3 players on the market, but also one of the most powerful and versatile. FireWire transfer speeds and a massive storage capacity are its main advantages over similar products. We\'ve compiled a list of competitive MP3 players, and examined their specifications/price in contrast to the iPod.
In an article for TheStreet entitled \"Apple\'s Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel\", author Arne Alsin says \"Don\'t buy Apple\'s stock. And if you own it, sell it.\" Alsin claims that while Apple has \"cool\" products, investors are looking for profit. He opines that Apple\'s retail initiative is merely a last-ditch effort to generate product interest; \"It\'s desperation time in Cupertino, California.\"
TouchSystems has introduced a new touch-sensitive flat panel display dubbed Apollo Open. The display sports USB connectivity and tools for switiching from analog to digital signals. Now available in both 12\" and 15\" sizes, the 17\" Apollo Open LCD, featuring Super-XGA, will be launched at Comdex Fall 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 12, 2001.
Jedit 4.09r2 is a newly English-localized shareware text editor. The $25 editor supports split-editing (use of more than one window for a single document), auto-coloring for HTML, AppleScript, grep searching, multiple undo/redo, and paragraph-levle formattting as well as other functions. [Classic, Carbon]
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.2, a new version of its $25 desktop utility. this version uses uses native Quartz graphics routines under OS X 10.1 and adds options for translucent docks, anti-aliased icons, to put the trash on the desktop, bring all windows of an application to the front, and other enhancements. It is a free update for v4.0 owners and a $10 upgrade for others.
The IT-Enquirer has posted the first chapters of a new free manual covering Mac OS X 10.1. The new \"instructor\" is a work in progress with the introduction and the \'Best Practices Installation procedure\' available for download in PDF or HTML formats.
eVision has released a demo of eVe 3 Professional, its Visual Search toolkit for OS X Java developers. The new release now supports visual search for images within digital video, enabling users to locate videos (and images) using visual similarity. It analyzes, indexes and retrieves images and video content according to their perceptual features and context. The Java-based eVe API is available for any platform that supports Java as a 60-day demo.
OpenOSX.com is now shipping its $30 Grass GIS Pre 2 CD, which installs and configures several packages, including Grass 5.0Pre2, NVIZ, XFree86 126.96.36.199, XDarwin 1.0a3, PostgreSQL 7.1.2, and others. Grass is an open-source, developmental Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functions, offering 3D, dynamic spatial analysis and visualization. Jeshua Lacock has also posted the Grass Pre 2 binaries, however, \"it does not include the software required by Grass that the OpenOSX Pre2 CD installs.\"
Renaud Boisjoly\'s BatChmod 1.0 is a new freeware Cocoa utility written for manipulating file and folder privileges in OS X. It can modify the ownership as well as the privileges associated to the Owner, Group or others.
Robert Miller writes about the use of Macs in Queen\'s \'Night at the Opera\' album: \"It is being remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for DTS with Steinberg\'s Nuendo and a Mac G4 733 at Abbey Road Studios.\"
Apple has announced that it will hold the grand opening of its Cincinnati Apple store on November 3rd. Located at the Kenwood Towne Center, the opening will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the first 1000 customers receiving a free commemorative Apple T-shirt.
Apple has raised the price of the iPod in the UK from from £329 to £349, according to Macworld UK, who has been unable to clarify the reasons for the increase.
An Apple knowledge base article has some details on the iPod and the iPod FAQ has more details on its operation. We have some annotated highlights...
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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