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Macromedia has released Authorware Player 6.0 for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, which allows you to view application created with its Authorware application that generates Web-based tutorials and audio/video simulations. [Classic, Carbon]
Tim Rand writes about the proposted settlement for Microsoft\'s antitrust litigation: \"I find it interesting that the Proposed Microsoft settlement for the Microsoft Antitrust Litigation includes the donation of Macintosh systems to schools. See page 24 of [pdf document] as well as other locations throughout the proposed settlement. What it doesn\'t say is anything about the proportions of non-Microsoft equipment. As well, where it refers to Macintosh systems, it is usually listed as ... or Pentium ... or some such alternative. There are a lot of references to Windows 98SE as the standard OS, but not a version of Mac OS. My guess is that all they would donate would be Mac Office and not anything else. Since this is a class action suit and as computer owners and users includes you and me, we should all review the settlement and give the Court our views of this proposed settlement.\"
Doug Jones notes that iDVD2 for OS X fails to burn 90 minute projects or any project over 60 minutes.
Julian Huff writes: \"Just thought I\'d drop a note that the Limited Edition Planet of The Apes CD-ROM that comes with the DVD states that it requires a 200 mhzPC with Windows 98, 2000, or NT with 64MB RAM. However, when I popped it in my Quicksilver 867, it came up and ran just fine! Mac compatibility is not mentioned on the cover of the CD, but it\'s nice to know that it was thought about and implemented! Now, if only Lucas Arts and other companies would get a clue and start doing this with their DVD content!\"
Ben Spink\'s Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b21, offers now supports Netscape 6 (as well as IE) for Web administration as wellas adds search support for ftp sites, improves directory parsing, IRC bot authentication, and other changes.
HotApp 1.0rc2 adds the ability to execute a system command (e.g. sleep, restart, Shutdown) as well as open a directory in the Finder to the keyboard utility. HotApp SDK, now available, is a free developer kit which can be used for the development of new plugins for HotApp.
Yves Pelletier has released YP Rectilinear Motion 1.0, a shareware ($20) educational software package designed for physics teachers and physics students that allows the user to plot a graph of velocity as a function of time as well as provide a simulation of the motion described by the graph.
Computer Systems Odessa has released ConceptDraw Medical, a special edition of ConceptDraw Professional, based on its powerful vector drawing engine. The $250 cross-platform application can be used for for illustrating, visualizing and demonstrating medical documents. It is bundled with over 120 libraries and 3000 objects as well as images on different medical topics (bones, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, genital, muscles, nervous, and sensory systems). Upgrades are $125.
Richard Kim writes that \"Office V.X comes with a OS X version of Windows Media Player in the Value Pack installer that comes on the CD.\" (It is not yet available on the Web.)
Maxprog has released Loan Calc v1.3 adds printing support to its $10 shareware, currency-independent loan calculator that offers \"everything from monthly payments up to total loan costs and allows you to generate and save to a text or excel sheet the full payments list, from a customizable start date.\" [Classic, Carbon]
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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