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Heidi Shanklin notes that Network Associates has posted a November virus definition update for Virex, its antivirus utility. (Symantec has yet to post updates for its NAV application.) [updated]
24U Preferencis+Globals Plug-In 1.0 for FileMaker Pro offers custom preferences and global variables to multiple open databases. Global variables can be used as simpler replacement for gobal fields, and can avoid opening multiple copies of the same database.
Portraits & Prints, a photo studio application for OS X, is now shipping. The Cocoa-based application offers one-trouch image enhancements, easy layout options, and works with OS X’s Image Capture to automatically download pictures from digital cameras. The $20 application is bundled with the Portraits & Prints Template Maker program free of charge during the month of November.
Pepsan & Associates\' utility for monitoring system parameters, Perfboard 1.2 (previously named Dashboard) now uses auto-scaling for the network input/output displays. The freeware utility monitors CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations.
A group of developers in our forums have been trying to complete the carbonization of the popular ICQ client, Gerry\'s ICQ, for Mac OS 10.1. So far, several outstanding bugs have been addressed, and source code is available as well. If you are interested in helping out with this project or testing the applications, visit the website or read the forum thread.
Adrenaline Software announced that it will cease operations as of today, October 31st due \"to difficult current market conditions.\" The company says that current orders for copies of Adrenaline Charts Pro 1.5 will be fulfilled \"promptly\" (customers can email firstname.lastname@example.org for status information). Adrenaline was among the first companies to develop for Apple\'s now defunct OpenDoc technology, which Apple discontinued in 1997.
Carracho has released Beta 4 of its client/server suite, Carracho 1.0b4, which includes a flat news system, a rewritten network engine for faster file transfers, and a better server performance, and also improves stability under Mac OS 9 and OS X. [Client: Classic, Carbon; Server: Classic, Carbon]
A USA Today columnist, a self-declared Window user, has some positive comments about OS X as compared with Windows XP.
Intelli Innovations has released ProSQL 1.0pr2, the 2nd preview release of its database management software. It offers PostgreSQL, FrontBase, and ODBC support, AppleScriptability, SQL dump import/export, an updated OpenBase driver, and other enhancements and will expire on November 15th, 2001. [Classic, Carbon]
Agfa has decided to abandon its digital camera and consumer scanner businesses in North America, citing intense compeititon and market pressure. The German company will instead focus on its core operations of professional scanners, retail photo labs and camera film. Agfa\'s digital camera shipments fell from 29,000 units in the first quarter to 6,500 units in the third quarter of this year.
James Strickland forwarded an email from SAS Technical support that notes the company is not currently developing its products for OS X: \"At this point in time, there are no plans to continue development of the SAS software for Macintosh, even though OS X is a Unix-like operating system. However, we have folks here at SAS monitoring requests we receive to have SAS running on OS X.\" A FAQ on the Website says that \"there will not be a carbon-compliant version of SAS for Mac OS X.\"
Titan Computer has released a demo version of its forthcoming strategy game, AlienNations.
After several informal statements and notices, the law firm of Cauley Geller Bowman and Coates, LLP has formally brought a class action law suit against Apple Computer Inc on behalf of investors in publicly traded securities during the period between July 19, 2000-September 28, 2000. The complaint charges Apple with \" issuing false and misleading statements concerning its business and financial condition.\"
Aladdin today released StuffIt InstallerMaker 7.1, an update to its installation and distribution application for developers. It now allows software developers to create a single installer for both OS X 10.1 and Mac OS 8/9 from a single archive. Version 7.1 also offers more error control, a new Universal ILoc and Guide for writing InstallerMaker locations, a destination path helper application, the ability to add a start up picture from a file, and improved permissions for directories. It is a free update to current registered users.
Destineer\'s Macintosh label, Bold, announced today that it is now shipping Age of Empires II: Gold Edition for Macintosh in North America. The real-time strategy gme will ship throughout the day today and tomorrow to resellers, as well as to individuals who pre-ordered the product directly from Bold. The Gold edition includes both Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion.
Corel has launched KnockOut 2, a new version of its Adobe Photoshop masking tool, under the company\'s procreate product mantra. The new release converts KnockOut into a plug-in rather than a standalone app, adds precision tools for improved masking and support for the CMYK color model. KnockOut 2 will be available for purchase November 2001 at the suggested retail price of US $330, while upgrades will be priced at $150. KnockOut 2 is Classic/Carbon compatible, with Mac OS X specific interface features.
The $30 shareware sound utility, SndSampler 4.5, includes an improved recording dialog, new features to help with iMovie, improved QuickTime movie editing, special functions to assist in creating Appearance Manager sound sets, and other bug fixes and enhancements.
M-Systems has debuted a new version of its DiskOnKey personal storage device that now includes an automatic boot function and recognition by most BIOS (Basic Input Output System) systems. The DiskOnKey is a lightweight USB storage device about the size of a typical pen. Pricing for the 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB models is $29.99, $49.99, $79.99, $99.99 and $129.99, respectively. The DiskOnKey is Mac OS Classic/X compatible.
Adobe yesterday announced that its fourth-quarter and 2002 earnings will be below previous estimates and said it plans to cut 150 jobs, or 5% of its workforce. For the fourth quarter ending Nov. 30, Adobe expects to earn 20 to 22 cents a share, below the consensus forecast of 26 cents. It also said that it expects to earn $1.03 a share on revenue of $1.3 billion during 2002, while analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.22 a share.
QPS Inc., a supplier of CD-R, CD-RW and DVD solutions for the Mac market, has signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro UK for distribution of products in Britain. Among the products included under the agreement QPS\' FireWire range of external DVD-RW and CD-RW drives.
Apple today officially announced the immediate availability of iDVD 2, its application for creating DVDs that play in consumer DVD players, after it began takin g orders for upgrades ($20) yesterday. The OS X 10.1 compatible software requires an Apple \"SuperDrive\", a G4 Power Mac, and 256MB of RAM. iDVD 2 is available now in English, French, German and Japanese as an upgrade package.
Epson plans to offer alternate dye inks for the Stylus Pro 9000 and Stylus Pro 7000 color printers which the company claims will deliver improved lightfastness and achieve better short-term stability. The new inks will be available in early November through Epson\'s Profocus dealers. The new cartridges will be the same price as the standard cartridges.
Netscape 6.2, released yesterday, brings OS X support, improved performance on a dual-CPU machines, better mail/news performance, LDAP support, an integrated AIM client, Page Setup functions, and many bug fixes (QT movies, spellcheck, infinite number of mail folders, etc.)
Charles Haddad of BusinessWeek Online compares the iPod to other available solutions on the market, noting that Apple\'s latest foray into the consumer electronics will be a success, despite several previous failed attempts: \"iPod will be a double win for Apple. First, it will prompt many Mac users to upgrade to OS 9, if not all the way up to X. It\'s that cool. And second, I\'m betting that the iPod, glistening in the storefront window, will lure music lovers of all stripes into Apple\'s new stores.\"
SMC Networks is the latest vendor to announce its next-generation, 802.11a-based wireless products, supporting data transfer rates of up to 72Mbps. The new $365 EZ Connect Wireless Access Point (SMC2755W) and $145 Wireless CardBus Adapter (SMC2735W) offer transmission speeds of up to 54Mbps in standard mode and 72Mbps in \"Turbo Mode\" using the 5Ghz frequency range. The access point supports up to 64 simultaneous wireless clients and provides security features such as 64-, 128- and 152-bit WEP encryption, and MAC address filtering. (These products are currently incompatible with AirPort products and the Mac OS.)
HP\'s Customer Care Technical Center says it will soon be releasing an OS X driver for its HP PSC 750, an all-in-one multifunction device that offers printing, scanning, and copying functions: \"The PSC OS X software is to be released in the near future. Although, a release date has yet yet to be announced. When a new driver becomes available, it will be posted to our web site. You may sign up at the following web page to receive email notifications when new drivers are released.\"
Apple and AMD are both encouraging customers to look beyond clock speed when purchasing a computer; however, Intel says claims can be deceptive: \"You can show that any machine is faster than any other machine with any particular operation. They can claim that the Mac is faster than the Pentium 4 at any particular thing but I can find seven or eight things where the Pentium 4 can beat the Mac.\"
Japanese domestic shipments of PCs fell by 21 percent in the July to September period, the first decline in about three years, according to Bloomberg. PC vendors led by NEC, Toshiba, and Fujitsu, shipped 2.27 million units in the second quarter, down from 2.9 million a year ago. Shipments of desktops fell 26 percent from the year ago quarter, while notebook sales fell 16 percent.
Opera Software has posted Opera 5.0b4, a new version of the alternative browser. Beta 4 now has an advertising-supported mode as well as file upload functions, a new \"Link Toolbar\", an updated user interface, a new installer, better AppleScript support, autofill of forms, new balloon help, revised preferences layout, and searchable/dockable bookmarks.
Louis Block notes that EarthLink Kids is yet another application only available on the Windows platform: \"I\'m getting increasingly irritated by products promoted for all users turning out to be Windows only solutions. This is the second time this week I\'ve run into this with Earthlink. The first was when trying to download a database of dialup numbers for the Palm! After jumping through all the hoops to get to the file, I get a .exe! There is no reason for a Palm file to be Windows specific.\"
Totally Hip Software has released HipFlics 1.1, an audio/video compression tool supporting all QuickTime 5 codecs, including Sorenson Video 3. The company says it allows \"everyday consumers\" to produce video for the web or CD-ROM using its drag & drop interface and timeline-based controls. HipFlics supports multiple codecs within a single movie, cropping, watermarking, and filter effects. Version 1.1 suppports all QuickTime 5 codecs and VP3, the open-source codec from On2 and is a free upgrade to the $100 application. A demo is expected to be posted soon.
Panic has released Audion 2.6.1, a free, maintenance release to its popular MP3 player/encoder. The release fixes a number of bugs, includes latest LAME and Fraunhofer encoding libraries, and \"greatly\" improves performance under Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Adobe yesterday announced PDF Transit, a software developer kit (SDK) that enables print shops to offer an PDF-based service for customers to submit and manage print jobs.
The $7 shareware iDisk Manager 1.0 is designed to help users manage multiple iDisk accounts and can automate the iDisk login process by storing login information.
iOrganizer 2.0, a $25 shareware from Channel 8 Software, includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list.
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Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF