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Special Report: MS Settlement under fire
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]
PowerBook G4 with CD-RW now shipping
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.
Atlas: the Gift of Aramai v1.1 released
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.
Kensington posts MouseWorks 5.7 installer
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.
Apple announces Dec 1 opening for Clarendon
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 SQL 7.02 for Linux, Windows, Solaris
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.
Super Get Info 1.0.5: file/folder utility
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]
Watson: new direct Web services for OS X
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 gets updated UPS plugin
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]
Xpod software for iPod demo due by Christmas
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.
MS settlement criticized by Apple consultant
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."
Apple\'s shares upgraded to \"outperform\"
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 introduces digital cam add-on
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.
Apple opposes MS class-action settlement
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 collects fonts for output
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 RTMac with Premiere realtime editing
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.
XTension 3.7.4 home automation software
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 adds new feature to MWSF 2002
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.
eMail Alert! 2.8.5 checks for new email
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]
Howard Stern praises iPod in the air
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 has power user features
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 3rd among US companies in survey
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 CineWave RT for real-time editing
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 delivers codesharing app for OS X
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 supports Canon CRW files
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.
SmartWrap 2.1 improves text utility
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.
Montage: OS X-native authoring application
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.
Transmit 1.7b2 fixes bugs, adds Classic app
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]
Alcatel pushes back OS X driver release
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.
Baker 1.1 automates Usenet downloads
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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