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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 1.1.7 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 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 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 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.
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, 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 includes all functions necessary to administer a MySQL database server and supports web developers working with MySQL.
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.
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 \"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.\"
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 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.
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.
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.
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]
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.\"
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.
Apple\'s iPod Updater 1.0 returns an iPod to \'factory fresh\' condition and erases and reformats the iPod before downloading new software.
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Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC