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The Plugin Site has released Photo Textures II, a $30 collection of 1100 royalty-free photographic textures on CD-ROM divided into 78 different topics. Each of the textures is provided at a resolution of 1760x1168 pixel (4 x 6 at 300 dpi) as high quality JPG files. It can also be purchased bundled with Volume 1 for $50. A preview and demo is available online.
MacNN is proud to bring you its Second Annual Film Competition. Information on the competition rules and deadlines can be found at the website or official forum: \"The Mac community has always been known for their creative flair, and we envision this as another chance for you to flex your creative muscle with your use of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and other applications. We wish you all luck.\"
Aspyr today announced it will be publishing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone with Westlake Interactive handling the conversion. The game, which runs on both OS X and Mac OS 8/9: \"The adventure begins as Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Explore Hogwarts while solving puzzles, casting spells, battling foes and uncovering secrets. Journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and sneak, climb, and jump as you explore 3D environments.\" Pre-orders are available for $30.
PNG (Portable Network Graphics) and MNG (Multiple-image Network Graphics) developers are concerned that Apple will enforce its alpha blending patent and only allow anyone to use its patent \"on payment of reasonable, non-discriminatory royalties or fees. Apple had ealier contacted the W3C SVG 1.0 Working Group about its patent and the group created a specification that does not require implementors to infringe the patent, according to The Register.
IBM is now shipping ViaVoice for OS X, its third-generation voice recognition product for the Mac. The $171 application runs fully native on OS X, and offers \"double-sized\" vocabulary, direct dictation into many text-based Mac applications, Finder and application navigation, surf the Web and create email messages and new text-to-speech functions. Legal and medical dictionaries with over 25,000 industry-specific words are expected to ship at the end of the month. Upgrades are $80 for ViaVoice Enhanced Edition owners. A rebate of $40 is being offered to owners ViaVoice ME. [updated]
SQLBoss Series 1.0 is a final version of the suite of database tools for SQL databases such as mySQL, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, OpenBase, and ODBC. Beta drivers for Valentina, Oracle, dtfSQL and 4D. SQLBoss Monitor 1.0 helps manage the content of web-enabled databases and includes import/export functionality, a variety of dynamically generated data entry layouts to help maintain websites, and a WYSIWYG HTML Field-Editor. SQLBoss Developer offers rapid database development on remote hosts, allowing developer to create and change databases; includes all features of SQLBoss Monitor.
Vicomsoft today announced the first public beta of the Internet Gateway for Mac OS X, which has all the features of its current Internet Gateway for Mac OS 8/9. It inlcudes a robust firewall, Internet access controls by user or group, web caching to improve Internet performance and reduce bandwidth usage, automatic connection to the Internet, \"teaming\" of multiple Internet connections, dial in access, and built in DNS and DHCP servers as well as remote management.
Eridanus today released Baker 1.0.1, a utility that automates downloading of files from Usenet newsgroups. The $35 shareware supports for multiple news servers, multiple simultaneous connections, newsgroup cycling, and news server cycling.
textSOAP v3.1.1, a utility for quickly \"cleaning\" and manipulating text, fixes startup crash, Eudora plugin cleaners, restores textSOAP services under OS X, and addresses some installer issues. The update is free for v3.0 users and $10 for others.
Briefing.com reports that SoundView analysts are cautious on Apple\'s stock, citing channel data for October which suggested that Apple\'s retail consumer sales trailed the overall market, and may indicate weak Holiday sales.
Apple today posted the Star Wars Episode II: Forbidden Love trailer. (Earlier it released \"Breathing\" and \"Mystery,\" which requires purchase of the Episode I DVD).
Casey Bisson writes about problems with the Airport 2 update, which apparently renders AirPort cards unusable for some: \"I just experienced this last night and found a few threads about it on Apple\'s support forums. The AirPort 2 updater sometimes fails to update the firmware of the AirPort card and can leave it unusable. All AirPort software in OS 9 reports a -3278 error. There doesn\'t appear to be any consistent fix to the problem.\" (Meanwhile we also noted reader problems with the iPod as well.)
Ian Hornby writes about a new upgrade rebate offered by IBM for ViaVoice OS X: \"As of this morning, November 16, iBM is now offering a special upgrade path for American and Canadian users of ViaVoice Enhanced edition (aka vv 2). The special price is $79 US or $120 Canadian. This is much better than the $40 US rebate for ownders of VV ME.\" (We noted the upcoming release of ViaVoice for OS X a few days ago.)
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.0.2, a 4th Dimension component which provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension. A new demo mode allows for the component to be fully used for 30 minutes when no serial code is supplied to the TCP Deux component.
iTunes Remote 1.2 adds new features such as network control for Mac OS 9 users to the application that can control iTunes from a floating window. (A pack of iTunes Remote skins that contains 6 skins is now available as well.)
eLine\'s VideoClix 1.1 is a new OS X-version of the application that adds interactivity to digital video. The company is also offering the $650 application for $400 in an limited-time introductory offer. A limited demo is available.
Derk-Jan Hartman writes about his success with El Gato\'s SCSI helper patch, noted here a few days ago: \"They have a patch that allows you to use your SCSI burner with Toast. Just make sure you have all the lastest. 10.1.1, latest SCSI card driver and Toast SP2. Worked perfectly for my Yamaha 4416 with Adaptec 2906 after a reboot.\"
SkyTag\'s file/folder attribute editor, FileBuddy 6.1.5, is a maintenance release to the $40 package that contains the File Buddy application, the File Buddy CP control panel for opening the File Buddy Find and Info windows from the Finder, and two contextual menus plug-ins for opening items in File Buddy. It fixes a bug when deleting files and when searching multiple volumes. (It is also texting File Buddy 7b11, an OS X-native version of the application that expires at the end of the month.) [Classic, Carbon beta]
Flagstone Software has released Describe 1.1 for OS X 10.1, a freeware utility that allows developers to browse the contents of Flash files, including \"fields in each of the tags to see how the Flash file specification is put into practice.\"
Apple has posted iTunes 2.02 for both Mac OS 9 and OS X. According to MacGeneration, the OS X version is now localized in French, German and Japanese, however, other changes have not been noted.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ