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A MacNN reader warns that hitting the \"cancel\" button during the iPod software update process may render your iPod unusable: \"Just to let you know that I had a perfectly working ipod until I decided to run the update. No progress was being shown on the progress bar so I decided after 5 mins to press the CANCEL\" ... \"now stuck on the welcome screen (apple logo with Ipod Title) and the HD is running constantly\" ... \"I believed that is that option was available that meant that it was not dangerous.\"
Ian Struckhoff has provided MacNN with the transcript of an email he received from Excite today: Excite is transitioning to new management. If you want to keep your free excite.com email account and personalized Excite settings (stock portfolio, classified listings, Chat profile, etc.), all you need to do is click Yes! below. This will give us permission to transfer your membership information to the NEW Excite. Please transfer my Excite settings and excite.com email account to the NEW Excite. [Activation address provided] We appreciate your prompt response, and look forward to your continued membership with Excite.
Handheld computer maker Handspring today announced they have started a new holiday promotion. Starting December 9, the Visor Edge will sell for $270; additionally, until December 15, anyone who buys a Visor handheld, except Visor Deluxe, from a participating retail store will receive a free Springboard expansion module worth up to $50.
CNNmoney is reporting that opponents of the federal government\'s proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft, including nine states, have submitted an alternative proposal. Among the new, stricter provisions, is one calling for an independent \"special master\" with more power to curb anticompetitive behavior -- more than the \"oversight committee\" the U.S. Justice Department calls for. Another, perhaps more significant, provision in the purposed settlement is one that would require the software giant to make its \'Office\' productivity suite available on at least three operating systems other than Windows-- including the Mac OS and Linux.
Panasonic has introduced the KX-P7100, a $280 duplex laser printer that delivers 600-dpi output and 15 pages per minute print speed. The printer also includes a power saving mode that is activated after no data is received for 15 minutes. The KX-P7100 comes standard with 2MB RAM and USB connectivity. An Ethernet connection and extra sheet capacity are available as options.
Angelo Scicolone, a Mac OS and Mac OS X software deleoper, today announced the release of ClipWorks v2.0.1. With version 2.0.1, ClipWorks remembers Print Settings and no longer has a bug that causes Apple and Application Menu Items to appear in German on non-German OS X machines. ClipWorks is a $10 carbon utility that allows you to quickly edit the content of the clipboard.
Netscape has released version 6.2.1 of its popular carbon web browser and email client. The update brings improved stability and several new features; a new address book tab and an improved autocomplete are among the additions.
Apple has posted an iPod Software updater v1.02, which adds support for additional languages, including Spanish, Italian, and Dutch and improves power management in low battery conditions.
Afternoon tech news: Palm reported that an unnamed investor has provided $50 million in financing to help fund the company\'s wireless and corporate sales efforts; Earthlink plans to acquire the assets of OmniSky, a wireless ISP with 32,000 subscribers; Intel and AMD have both raised quarterly profit projections, citing strong holiday demand for personal computers.
The Caledonia Community Schools district in Michigan has announced that it will retain its Macintosh systems thanks to new hardware from 3Com, which boasts compatibility with AppleTalk. 85 percent of the school\'s computers are Macs, and school officials say that the new quarter-million dollar purchase from 3Com will enable a new video broadcasting application and ensure secure Internet access for 3,202 students.
Addonics has announced a new CD-RW drive combination that can also be used as a stand alone one-to-one CD duplicator. The Combo CDRW/Copier includes a 52X CD-ROM as a source drive and a 24 x 10 x 40 CDRW as the destination drive. List price of the Addonics CDRW/Copier is $430 with USB 2.0 interface cable, $450 with CardBus cable, and $470 with FireWire cable.
The Standard Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association officially approved the IEEE Standard 802.16 (\"Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems\") today. Representatives say the approval will speed deployment of 10 to 66 GHz wireless metropolitan area networks that function in a manner similar to AirPort networks.
PocketDock 2.23 adds Japanese language support to the $20 shareware application launcher/organizer with multiple skin support.
TC Works is offering SparkLE, its new real-time audio editing and authoring application, for $20 in a special Christmas Offer. SparkLE includes a Plug-In bundle with a mastering quality Audio Maximizer, a flexible Tempo Delay and a One Band EQ with various equalization options (selectable Notch, Low Pass, High Pass and Parametric). A new version is due in January with MP3 encoding via the original Fraunhofer codec. Registered customers will be offered an upgrade to the $50 application for $10.
Apple\'s Instant Loan offers the bility to defer interest and payments for 180 days to qualified buyers. The promo, which ends December 31st, offers APRs as low as 9.9% on loans of up to $25,000.
Diiva Associates has released Diiva 1.0.3pre1, a preview of its $35 newsreader for images, lets you easily browse through the encoded pictures in newsgroups. It\'s able to automatically categorize images, display image previews, and manage your archive of downloaded pictures.
MacNN reader Eric Cherry writes about continued problems with the initial shipments of Office v.X, noting that Microsoft is still struggling to help customers activate their software package, after including incorrect product keys with the package (and other shipping the delays).
The $25 iOrganizer 2.1, which includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list, adds new contact icons to personalize contacts in the address book. [Classic, Carbon]
Ambrosia Software has released Deimos Rising, the much-anticipated sequel to its Mars Rising. The fast-action, arcade-style game is \"about revenge. And not yours. Mars Rising\'s big brother is here, and he\'s pissed off. David Wareing has once again crafted a masterpiece of twitch gaming bliss that combines killer graphics, sounds, music, and action into an experience that\'ll leave you breathless.\" The $20 shareware supports OS X as well.
MAKI Enterprise has released Magellan 3.0.1, a maintenance update to its email client that brings better Unicode conversion for Hebrew, a new OS X application, and support for spell checker/word services in OS X. It is available in both Japanese and English. [Classic, Carbon]
Quanta, Taiwan\'s largest notebook-computer maker, has received an order from Apple to manufacture a new model of the iMac, according to report in the Economic Daily News. The report also notes that the order for more than a million iMacs a year starting in the first quarter of 2002 is Quanta\'s first contract to produce desktop computers for another company and that Apple will introduce the new model, fitted with a 15-inch liquid crystal display in January at Macworld SF.
Tribeworks has releaesd iShell 2.5.1, a framework for developers to create dynamic, data-intensive applications. Version 2.5.1 includes dynamic font-loading and enhanced interoperability with QuickTime and Flash as well as integration of the Internet module for secure data transfer and ftp upload, improved support for Unix servers, and hot text support in HTML and RTF.
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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