IDC Technologies today announced the acquisition of Bing Software Division, ID Four\'s Macintosh platform based technology division. The deal, valued at $500,000 is scheduled to close before the end of the year. Bing develops and distributes telephony software products, such as \"Megaphone\" and \"Phone-Pro\" and \"is currently developing a new product line of advanced telephony software for distribution in major retail chain stores nationwide.\"
Michael Fox writs \"there\'s a new release of the OS X PC Card ATA Driver available. The driver enables the use of a variety of ATA-based PC Card devices such as CompactFlash cards, SmartMedia cards, Sony Memory Sticks, and micro disk drives under MacOS X 10.1.1. The current release is intended for developers and early adopters.\"
Macscript.com Library 2.0 is a $50 collection of more than 150 functions written natively in AppleScript. It allows scripters to write powerful, robust scripts with only a few lines of code. Versoin 2.0 includes 40 new functions, OS X support, a comprehensive reference in PDF format, an AppleScript dictionary of Library functions, dozens of example scripts, complete portability, and other enhancements. [site not responding]
Several MacNN readers report that Apple\'s DVD Player 3.01 for OS X is available through the Software Update feature. The new upgrade purportedly delivers improved performance and stability, as well as support for Blue and White Power Mac G3 and Power Mac G4 systems with PCI-based graphics.
Palm has issued a statement claiming that two turaround strategy initiatives implemented six months ago are beginning to reap benefits. Among these cutbacks was the elimination of 250 jobs, and integration of assets and employees from Be Inc, which was acquired by Palm earlier this year. The company accordingly updated its Q2 financial outlook, stating that it would generate between $250 million and $280 million in revenue.
The Western Show, which kicked off on Nov. 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif, holds a bevy of networking, broadband, and wireless announcements pertinent to the Mac community. We\'ve produced a compilation of exhibitors attending the show, and their respective product introductions.
Past Efforts is a new tool from Quantum Meruit for saving and reusing legal decision research. It sells for $100, but will be available for $70 through the end of December. A 60-day trial version is available for download. [Classic, Carbon]
macinfo.de has published a benchmark review on the PowerBook G4/667, which shows that \"despite its fast G4 processor it can be slower than even a Pismo G3/500 in some cache/memory intensive tasks. However, in the graphics arena as well as under MacOS X it\'s the unbeat speed king of Apples portables.\" [German text; charts available]
Koingo Software has released Christmas Super Frog v1.5, a complete rewrite of its freeware Christmas game: \"Santa\'s sleigh has broken down in mid-flight and all of his gifts are scattered around town. But, it\'s Santa\'s lucky night! With the magic of Christmas, a \'super\' frog is born. You must play this character and find all the lost gifts to save Christmas!\" A second episode, titled \'Caribbean Super Frog\' where \"you must save all the Koala bears from swashbuckling pirates,\" is planned for release before Spring of 2002. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s iPod support Website says that \"the iPod Updater is expected to be available for download here soon.\"
ViewSonic yesterday announced it is working with Microsoft to create a new category of smart display devices, including large-screen monitors that bring digital entertainment to home and business users. Expected for release in first quarter 2002, the first of the series--the VX3600--will allow users to view all forms of digital entertainment from one device--VCR, DVD, camcorder, digital camera, cable box, game player and television signals--at resolutions up to four times higher than standard television images.
Morning tech news: A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld an order that prohibits publishing or linking to DVD-cracking code, which has \"sweeping significance for free-speech rights and copyright protection on the Internet;\" The top three U.S. airlines have canceled plans to invest in its high-speed airborne Internet service; President Bush renewed a ban on Internet taxes Wednesday, offers users 2 more years of tax-free shopping on the Internet.
Stewart Alsop, writing for Fortune, calls the iPod a \"perfect template for how digital devices should be designed in the future,\" but notes some shortcoming in managing larger numbers of songs and synchronization issues.
Intuit today released TurboTax Deluxe for Mac, an update to its $50 tax software package. It that brings an updated Tax Law Advisor, includes a 401k Maximizer, a ten-year forecaster, and a year-to-year deduction manager as well as a new feature which can electronically transfer mortgage interest information (Form 1098) directly into TurboTax software and the TurboTax for the Web service. It comes with one free TruboTax State for Mac product download.
iBuild 1.1 adds OS X compatiblity to the multimedia authoring and presentation tool: \"iBuild stacks can be constructed from a selection of over 40 different types of \'objects\', many of which are interactive or animated.\" The scriptable application is available in Lite (free), Pro ($30), Developer, and Site versions.
Vincent Jalby\'s $12 shareware X Font Manager 1.0 is a simple font manager that lets you activate and desactivate your fonts by moving them in and out the Fonts folders; can create/save several (global) sets and switch between them; and displays font info and previews of fonts.
Roarcube is now shipping iContact 1.0, a contact utility that stores data such as URLs, addresses or dates, can be used as an alarm station, and can build a peer-to-peer chat system with an unlimited number of participants. (An OS X version is due in first quarter of 2002.) A demo of the $10 shareware utility is available online.
digital.forest has announced the acquisition of the Internet business of Infoasis, a San Francisco Bay Area-based Macintosh-centric Internet Service Provider.
iXQ 0.9b is a beta release of a new, Cocoa-native ICQ Client for OS X, supporting the new protocol of AOL, OSCAR (ICQv7).
sMailing 3.0, a new version of AppMac\'s personalized e-mail software, brings a new interface, an improved engine for sending messages, better HTML management, better support under OS X 10.1, and other enhancements. A free trial of the $100 application is available online.
Selznick\'s Password Wallet 2.7 adds more reliable auto-typing, an improved random password generator, persistent auto-save, scroll-wheel support, and an all new Palm conduit to the $15 shareware utility for securely storing passwords.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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