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The newest test release of the XDarwin 1.04, an X window server, fixes many bugs and adds a new preferences panel to access new XFree86 4.1 features via a GUI. It also includes a rewritten help file and is now localized in Japanese, French, German, and Swedish. (Different files are available for OS X 10.04 and OS X 10.1.) [v10.1, v10.04]
Adobe has posted a final version of SVG Viewer 3.0, its viewer for the SVG graphics file format and Web development language based on XML. Version 3.0 includes a number of new features to more fully support the SVG 1.0 specification, including more support for elements and attributes and CSS properties and DOM. It also offers customizable contextual menus, an internal script engine, performance improvements, and support for OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Castle Wolfenstein MP Test 2 is latest version of the classic first person shooter. It contains one multiplayer level and represents an unsupported version of the multiplayer mode of RtCW: \"The Allies must storm the beach and capture the Axis documents and transmit them via radio.\"
Limewire 1.8, a Java-based client for Gnutella file sharing network, offers better stability, a chat feature, and an mp3 player built into the app. [Classic, Carbon]
Marc Weil has released NP Grade 1.5, which brings a completely customizable grading scale, the ability to export only assignments or only the students to class files, unlimited students and assignments, and automatic alphabetizing of student names to the freeware gradebook for school teachers. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple is offering users who lost data using the initial version of the iTunes 2.0 for OS X installer both reimbursement for purchase of Norton Utilities and/or data recovery services.
Digital Voodoo today introduced Iridium AV, a standard definition output only broadcast design card featuring two 10-bit SDI outputs, one composite output for composite preview and 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It is designed for output to a broadcast SDI monitor or on a standard NTSC/PAL video monitor as well digital audio output. The $2.500 card is bundled with Digital Voodoo\'s Media Transfer application, which permits the frame accurate capture and insertion from and to RS-422 controllable digital tape decks such as Sony\'s Digital Betacam decks.
Sibelius 2, a music notation application, will be available for OS X in the first quarter of 2002: \"It has been re-designed to take advantage of the Aqua interface and will utilize OS X\'s new MIDI architecture. No OMS or FreeMIDI to deal with,\" writes Joseph Dakroub.
Fire 0.28b, the popular multiplatform Instant Messenger client, fixes some bugs with the Yahoo! client routines. The freeware utility can handle similtaneous connections to AIM, ICQ, Yahoo , IRC, MSN and Jabber IM.
PocketDock 2.2 adds interface enhancements, updated skins, performance enhancements, and bug fixes to the utility to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, and email addresses. A free 30-day trial version is available online.
Snak 4.8, an update to Kent Sorensen\'s IRC client, offers improved window sharing, better nick completion, improved DCC transfer speeds, and otehr usability improvements.
The Register speculates on the forthcoming Carbon releases of various Adobe applications, including Photoshop, following the release of Illustrator 10 earlier this week.
Apple today officially announced retail store openings for Fashion Island (Newport Beach, CA) and Aspen Grove (Littleton, CO) on Saturday, November 10th at 10 am.
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetRouter 1.6.2, an update to its popular $90 Internet sharing software. Version 1.6.2 increases the aged filter table size to 2000 entries from 250, adds integration with IPNetSentry with the option to turn on/off the application, and extends the DHCP Server functionality to handle any DHCP Option, including custom commands.
Shapes Volume 9, a set of custom shapes for Photoshop 6/Elements, includes 400 warped shapes for use in web design, layer effects, text effects, and as paths in Photoshop. It is £13 (approximately $18).
Chronos today announced Group Organizer 4.0, a network organizer for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. It integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock into a single application. It also includes Palm sychronization. Group Organizer 4.0 uses a client/server architecture to provide group collaboration, including the ability to perform synchronization updates when connected to the network. It adds a new spell checker, customizable button bar, adjustable mini-calendards, and new interface themes/\"skins\" as well as other changes. Licensing is $100 per user; upgrades are $60.
CommmandAndControl 1.1 is a kernel extension for OS X 10.1 that is designed to reconfigure the keyboard: \"This utility remaps the enter key into a Command (open apple) key, and switches the option and control keys. Thus, on the left side of the keyboard, the keys (in order) are: fn, opt, ctrl, command, and on the right side: command, ctrl.\"
MacLine, one of the UK\'s leading Mac dealers, has gone into \"receivership,\" according to MacUser UK, who also notes that \"MacLine is the second dealer to go to the wall in little over a month, following the demise of Mygate at the beginning of October.\"
Justin Grevich writes about PowerBook G4 delays, which Apple finally acknowledged in an email after he tried following up several times: \"Due to an unexpected supply delay, we are unable to ship your PBG4/667/768/48G/DVD/AP/LL by the date you were originally quoted. Our goal is to ship your order within the next 7 business days.\"
The free \"Select\" plugin from Graffix has been updated for Adobe Illustrator 10, and is Carbonized for OS X. It adds 18 types of objects to the Select menu, including envelopes, symbols, embedded raster art and placed art. [Classic, Carbon]
The open-source Troi ASCII Plug-in v1.02 for FileMaker Pro adds the ability to convert higher ASCII characters to lower ASCII characters, while trying to retain as much information as possible.
Chris Silverberg has released a modified version of Gerry\'s ICQ: \"This version fixes bugs several important bugs that are specific to MacOS X, and work will continue to improve the client with specific focus on the new OS. Full source code is available.\"
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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
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ