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The proposed plan for settling lawsuits by disgruntled customers against Microsoft is coming under attack by some, but is being supported by others. The settlement for the class-action lawsuit by customers requires that Microsoft donate about $1.6 billion worth of refurbished computer equipment, software, and other assets to some of the nation\'s poorest schools. The agreement came under heavy fire soon after it was proposed, however, garnering criticism from a sundry of industry heavyweights. [updated]
MacNN reader Larry Stram notes that his order of 667MHz PowerBook G4s with a BTO CD-RW drive is now shipping, according to an email notification by the Apple Store.
Freeverse Software has released Atlas: the Gift of Aramai v1.1, a $20 classic RPG game of \"exploration and adventure in a realm on the brink of magical reawakening. Take the role of Jarreck as he leads an eclectic band of adventurers on a mission of reckoning and rediscovery.\" Version 1.1 includes bug fixes and a new extensive manual.
Jason Greene notes that Kensington has posted a new MouseWorks 5.7 installer for its line of input devices. It addresses all the known issues under MacOS 9.x and supports both ADB and USB devices.
Dennis Dimick notes that Apple has officially announced a December 1st opening date for its Clarendon store (Arlington, VA) in an email to customers.
OpenBase today released a new version of its fault-tolerant and scalable high-performance SQL database, OpenBase SQL 7.0.2 for Sun Solaris 8, Linux, and Windows (in addition to previously included OS X support). Version 7 offers Java stored procedures, built-in credit card payment processing, integrated e-mail automation, support for ODBC, database transactions, and a multi-threaded server. A OpenBase Performer license ($300 upgrade) offers ODBC support, enhanced query optimization, realtime database load monitoring and cut & paste to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, while an OpenBase PowerCenter license, customers includes support for Java stored procedures, stored procedure scheduling, document indexing for ultra-fast text searching, database replication/offline synchronization and other options.
Bare Bones has released Super Get Info 1.0.5, an update to its $20 file and folder info utility for OS X that adds a preference setting to change the keyboard shortcut used to invoke Super Get Info from within the Finder (including customizable modifier keys) as well as brings improvements to Super Get Info\'s \"Empty Trash\" functions. [demo, update]
Karelia Software released Watson, an extendable $30 application for OS X that adds a number of Internet-based services such as stock quotes, telephone lookup, and movie schedules to the \"Aqua\" user interface. The services bypasses the Web Browser to connect to a \"handful of other useful services available on the Internet.\" A time-limited, fully functional demo, is available with nine initial tools installed: eBay auction tracker, exchange rate calculator, image search assistant, movie schedules, telephone directory, recipe browser, stock tracker, Yahoo! category browser, and Zip Code lookup.
Package Tracker 3.6 updates the UPS plug-in to display additional package information, including the specific location of a package, the path in which it has come so far, and the date/time of each checkpoint. Other changes to Intelli Innovations\' $35 package tracking software include updated QuickTrack and Tool Palette windows with cosmetic improvements, new fonts, and faster tracking; several bug fixes and customer-requested changes. [Classic, Carbon]
The Des Moines Register notes that Mediafour plans to release a demo of its XPod software, which allows Windows users to connect with the iPod, by Christmas. Apple has contacted the company to find out more about the XPod software, but has not said anything about its development. A full-featured version of XPod is expected to be in stores and for download on its Web site by early next year.
Microsoft\'s recently announced settlement with the Department of Justice has been criticized by a consultant to Apple, according to a report by the Associated Press. In the article, Linda Roberts, who directed the Clinton administration\'s educational technology program and now consults for Apple, said \"This settlement, I fear, will perpetuate and institutionalize the digital divide between our affluent schools and our poor schools.\"
Investment analyst firm MaverickTrader has upgraded Apple\'s stock to an \"outperform\" rating. The firm had previously rendered Apple a \"buy\" rating. On the reccomendation change, Apple\'s stock was down $.52 to $20.85, representing a change of 2.43 percent. Volume on the stock, at midday, was relatively moderate with 2,271,900 shares changing hands.
Targus has introuced a lightweight digital camera add-on that is compatible with Handspring\'s line of Visor handhelds. The new HandCam weighs 1.4 ounces, includes wireless IR image transfer to and from a PDA and computer, 24-Bit True Color digital image capture and two megabytes of on-board memory. The HandCam will be available in December for $100.
U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz today is expected to hear testimony from Apple, which opposes the Microsoft settlement that requires it to pay $1.6 billion worth of grants, software, refurbished computers and technical support to more than 16,000 of the nation\'s poorest schools.
Font Sneak 4.0 is a stand-alone application that collects fonts for output for QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand 7.0, and EPS files. It offers batch collection routines, precise font gathering control (by folder, font type, etc.), and will simultaneous offer the ability to test and repair fonts. A demo of the $70 (single-user) software is available online.
Matrox has released Matrox RTMac with Adobe Premiere realtime editing bundle for the Power Mac G4. The $1,100 bundle features \"Matrox Flex 3D\" architecture, which offers broadcast-quality effects and 32-bit, uncompressed, animated graphics in a dual-stream, native-DV editing environment. Owners of Adobe Premiere 6.0 can purchase the Matrox RTMac hardware for $1000. Registered owners of Matrox RTMac who also own Adobe Premiere 6.0 can download the drivers and user guide free of charge from the Matrox web site.
Sand Hill Engineering has released XTension 3.7.4, an update to its Mac-only home automation software that brings Web-based administration. It includes new \"verbs\" that let you control and monitor your home automation system from any web browser. XTension is available in a free Lite version which incorporates all of the features of the full version, but limits the number of database units. Packages of the software and X-10 starter kits are available at different web sales sites and start at $80.
IDG today announced a new feature presentation at MWSF \'02 titled \"This ain\'t your parents\' Mac.\" Scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at 9:30 a.m., it will include a panel of industry experts sharing their views on the direction of the Mac platform as well as overview of the state of the Mac platform and where it\'s heading. The panel will include Macworld Editor Rick LePage, Tim Bajarin, Bob \"Dr. Mac\" LeVitus, and New York Times Editor David Pogue. It is open to all Platinum Pass, Super Pass, Pro Conference, Users Conference, Power Tools Conference, Workshop and Media badge holders.
Intelli Innovations has released eMail Alert! 2.8.5, a new version of its e-mail notification software. It significantly improves IMAP support and adds a new option to expand/collapse eMail Alert!\'s floating status window. [Classic, Carbon]
Paul Balcer writes \"While listening to The Howard Stern Show this morning, I overheard the self-proclaimed King of All Media, Howard Stern, advertising Apple\'s new iPod. He and his producer Garry Dell\'Abate were praising iPod\'s versatility, ease-of-use and size, comparing it to a pack of cigarettes. How times have changed. I remember Howard Stern lambasting Apple for lack of interest in supporting his show and countless praises of IBM equipment.\"
Trash X 1.0 is a $7 shareware replacement for the Trashcan in OS X: \"[the] handy tool designed to emulate the classic Mac OS trashcan under Mac OS X. The application also features numerous useful functions for the power user,\" including shortcuts for immediate deletion of files/folders and to empty trash only on selected disks.
Apple ranks ninth in the the 3rd Annual Computer Report Card, which measures electronics equipment and the performance of computer industry companies as it relates to \"clean production, protecting workers\' health and producing environmentally superior products.\" The report, which coincides with the launch of the National Computer TakeBack Campaign, notes that some companies have better recycling and evironmentally-friendly waste programs overseas as mandated by International laws, and that no major policy initiatives exist in the U.S. to reduce environmental health impacts of computer equipment. (Apple Germany, for example, allows customers to return electronic appliances at no charge, but offers no such program to U.S. consumers.)
Pinnacle Systems today announced the immediate availability of CineWave RT, which delivers real-time editing, effects, and compositing with uncompressed standard definition (SD) video. The software upgrade allows users to perform keyframeable image control and add motion effects, as well as create transitions on up to two tracks of video and two tracks of graphics with alpha channels in real-time. The CineWave engine provides unlimited layering, effects, advanced non-linear editing, motion tracking, paint, and compositing tools and the full package includes Final Cut Pro, Commotion Pro, Knoll Light Factory, the TARGA Cine Engine (PCI card), a Pro Analog or Pro Digital Breakout Box, and the CineWave RT software.
Perforce has released Software Configuration Management (SCM) system for OS X, which allows Mac application development teams to share code easily among developers on more than 50 operating systems. CWPerforce, a plug-in allowing integration between the Perforce SCM for OS X and the CodeWarrior 7 development environment, will be available in December 2001. Pricing starts at $600 per person. A 45-day trial is available for developers.
iView MediaPro 1.3.1, now bundled with some Nikon digital cameras, offers added support for Canon CRW files as well as improved PhotoCD, voice recording, PDF generation, and printing support. The $50 application allows you to view, organize and present multimedia files, including photos, images, movies, sounds, fonts, HTML, PDF and other documents.
Selznick Scientific has released SmartWrap 2.1, which brings new icons, advanced \"Smiley Detection and Protection,\" an enhanced clipboard, a rewritten OS X 10.1 \"Text Service,\" and AppleScript support to the $18 text manipulation utility.
Arboretum Systems will be showcasing its Cocoa-native, \"trackless,\" multimedia authoring application, Montage, during the upcoming 111th AES Convention in New York, from November 30 to December 3. Montage is trackless. Users are not required to create tracks upfront, allowing for maximum freedom throughout the process of creation. In Montage, video, pictures, audio, MIDI and text are equally at home. All media components share a single, infinitely expandable workspace, with moveable clips that can be freely associated, edited in place and processed either individually or in groups.
Panic has released Transmit 1.7b2, an update to the popular ftp client. \"The 1.7 release of Transmit focuses largely on our Mac OS X effort. It features a fully Aqua interface, Mac OS X-style multitasking, improved stability, handy wheel scrolling, live resizing, and support for long filenames (currently upload-only)! [Version] 1.7b2, is significantly faster than 1.7b1, more compatible, fixes a big number of small bugs, and introduces a Mac OS 8/9 version.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Steve Haunch writes that Alcatel has \"now issued a revised release date for the Mac OS X drivers for their Speedtouch USB modem (ADSL),\" noting that the Mac drivers will be available for download on Monday, December 3.
Eridanus today released Baker 1.1, a $35 shareware utility used to simplify the task of downloading files from Usenet newsgroups. This release adds Persistent Article Queues, which \"remembers all the articles you have selected in all the newsgroups and on all the news servers you access.\" It is a free upgrade to registered users.
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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