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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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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