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Comdex: Toshiba speeds printers to 40ppm
Toshiba is using this week's Comdex to unveil its 40 page-per-minute e-STUDIO40P monochrome laser printer. The printer includes 32MB standard RAM, upgradeable to 384 MB, as well as a 10/100Mbit network interface. Pricing was not disclosed. Toshiba also plans to introduce a series of desktop and high-speed network printers in the 16-40 ppm range over the next few months.
Comdex: TDK goes Blue, researching AirPort
TDK Systems is unveiling several Bluetooth, wireless enabled products at this year's Comdex, including the blueM and blue5 for Palm handhelds, and a Go Blue PCMCIA Card for laptops. While displaying several Bluetooth products at this year's show, the company said in a statement that is still "actively researching" 802.11b (AirPort) devices and technology.
Comdex: QPS debuts 32X CD-RW drives
QPS, currently exhibiting at Comdex, has announced two 32X CD-RW drives that offer either USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity. Included with the new drives are UDF Reader and Toast, as well as CD-R and CD-RW media, cables, and a carrying bag. The Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW, priced at $300, and Que! Fire CD-RW drives, priced at $250, will be shipping in volume quantities by the end of December 2001.
Distant 5.2: desktop astronomy package
Distant Suns 5.2, a desktop astronomy package for both casual sky watchers to seasoned amateur astronomers, offers plugins for telescope control (programmer's SDK available) and the ability to add custom outlines to the sky to highlight favorite regions as well as merge images of deep-sky objects with the star display.
iPod to change future of computing?
c|net's music beat talks about how the iPod will change computing, despite the persistent complaints about Mac-only connectivity, (high) pricing, and lack of accessories or features: "something designed for digital music will spread across other areas of technology. Descendants of the iPod MP3 player will replace the PC as the hub of your digital life." The opinion piece counters many of the persistent criticisms of the iPod.
Revolution 1.1 supports OS X, databases
Runtime's Revolution 1.1 is a native OS X application for developing cross-platform software that offers database access and multimedia support for QuickTime. Version 1.1 of the rapid application development environment offers connectivity to ODBC, Oracle and MySQL databases, extended support for Internet protocols such as FTP, QuickTime integration (support for streaming media, sound recording and transition effects), and support for PNG alpha channels and blends. A Free Starter Kit Edition is available online. Users of HyperCard or SuperCard can upgrade for $200.
Avi2Mov 1.17: converts .avi files to .mov
Avi2Mov 1.1.7 is a new bug-fix release of utility that converts a divx .avi file to a QuickTime-based .mov file. It is a component of the DivX QuickTime component that will play the DivX video files in either .mov or .avi format.
Web Proofs 1.0 builds product order pages
Web Proofs 1.0 allows you to create web forms specifically to order products: "[it] will create your web form that will show the cost for each item, allow the user to select a quantity, show the total for the product (cost x quantity), and calculate the total order for the order. Web Proofs will then create the server side code (.asp or .php) required to order this product." [Classic, Carbon]
Address List Sorter 1.0 sorts emails
Address List Sorter 1.0 is a $100 utility for sorting and cleaning email lists, allowing you to sort your email address lists in alphabetical or domain order, remove duplicates and remove improperly formed addresses.
PocketNotes 1.02: notepad, outliner util
PocketNotes 1.02 includes fixes bugs and minor performance enhancements to the $20 notepad application for outlining and planning. It offers multiple skin options, an organizer for storing information, unlimited undo, search functions, password protection on note-pads, and a customizable toolbar.
SampleTank 1.1 Free plays limited instruments
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank 1.1 Free, a fully working freeware version of the popular sound module for VST and MAS offering 16 channelsmultitimbrality, up to 128 notes polyphony, 4 effects per voice selectable from among 20 DSP effects, G4 optimization and multiprocessor compatibility. The company plans on releasing instruments each month for use with the sound module. [VST, MAS]
Concatenate: Illustrator plugin for OS X
Concatenate, an Adobe Illustrator plugin that joins the endpoints of selected paths if those points are within a user-specified distance of each other, has been updated for Illustrator 10 and OS X.
SQL4X Manager 2.0 administer MySQL databases
SQL4X Manager 2.0 includes all functions necessary to administer a MySQL database server and supports web developers working with MySQL.
Mac Gaming day set in Halifax on Dec 1st
Atlantis Kobetek and Apple Canada are hosting the Atlantic Canadian Mac Gaming Extravaganza in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) on Saturday, December 1, 2001 from 10:00am until 3:00pm, offering Mac users the ability to try out the latest Mac games and technology as well as compete in head-to-head in network tournaments or try beating The Machine yourself. There will light refreshments served as well as various competitions (with prizes). More information is available via email.
Media: iTunes 2 praised, iPod may be \'doomed
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times says that iTunes 2 and its integration with the iPod is what sets it apart from the pack: "Behind every great band is a great arranger. The same might be said of Apple's new iPod portable music player. Yes, its sleek design is marvelous, but what really sets the iPod apart from the pack is how well it works with iTunes 2." The article also notes that pre-release versions of iTunes 2 software allowed users to manually synchronize music from the iPod with two or more Macs, although Apple said it would disable that feature in the release version of iTunes 2. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe says the the iPod may be another "bit of stylishly doomed technology, like last year's Apple Cube," noting sparse sales at various retailers.
Address Book Importer for LDIF files
Address Book Importer "allows you to easily import contact information from LDIF files into your 10.1 Address Book. [it] is a utility you can use to import email addresses into your Mac OS X Address Book from LDIF files, such as those created when you export addresses from Netscape Communicator."
Maxum posts Rumpus 2.01 update
axum's Rumpus 2.01 is an maintenance release to the high-performance ftp server for both OS X and Mac OS 8/9.
Sonnet lowers prices on products, up to $100
Sonnet today announced lowered prices by as much as $100 on many of its products, including G3 and G4 processor upgrades and other enhancement cards and USB drives.
Rackmounts for Apple 15\" Studio Display
Marathon Computer is now shipping rackmounts designed for the Apple 15" Studio Display, which allow users to mount an Apple Studio Display in any industry-standard 19" equipment rack using only front rails. It is available in two sizes: 8U and 10U; however, the 8U version requires some modification of the display's plastic legs. The Marathon rackmount is $125.
Qilan 2.2: Web-based data server updated
CommonGround Softworks has released a free update to its web-based data server and access environment, Qilan 2.2. The upgrade provides compatibility with OS X 10.1 for improved reliability and dramatic speed boosts as well as adds connectivity to FileMaker (in addition to the SQL connectivity to FrontBase and OpenBase). Version 2.2 includes new error checking tags, transaction controls, record-locking, and SQL-92 isolation controls.
REALbasic 3.5.2: BASIC developer tool updated
The popular cross-platform developer tool, REALbasic 3.5.2 addresses an issue when building Japanese-localized versions of applications and solves reports of system crashes under OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple calls racial lawsuit claims \'baseless\
Responding to the $40 million racial discrimination lawsuit noted here a few days ago, an Apple spokeswoman said: "We take this kind of accusation very seriously, but our investigation has shown this claim to be baseless and we intend to vigorously defend this lawsuit."
QuickMail Carbonized, beta client available
CE Software this morning posted a beta version of QuickMail 3.0b, which sports carbonized client and server for OS X, new address book distribution and a Windows XP client. A public beta version of QuickMail Pro client is available now, while a beta version of the server will be available soon. The QuickMail Pro 3.0 client offers the ability to display HTML messages in plain text, while the server offers a streamlined address book distribution. Both offer OS X compatibility. Pre-orders for QuickMail Pro 3.0 client are $7, and $8 for QuickMail Office 3.0 upgrades.
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