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Kensington has posted new OS X drivers v1.1 for its line of USB and ADB mice and trackballs.
LSI Logic has introduced a new 36 GB, 15000 RPM disk drive under its MetaStor E-Series family of storage systems. The new drive is available in both low profile and half-height configurations, and comes pacakged with a series of storage set-ups.
Apple has released iPod Software Updater v1.0.3. iPod now supports additional languages-- including Brazilian/Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish-- and 255-character filenames. MP3 sound quality has also been improved and two functions, update and restore, have been added to the iPod Updater. The update command downloads new software to an iPod and the restore command returns an iPod to a \"factory fresh\" condition.
SmithMicro has released FAXstf X, a $60 cocoa fax software. The Mac OS X native software utilizes the built-in Address Book and Print Center to manage fax jobs, allows multiple user support, includes PDF file format, and can automatically receive faxes.
Architosh is reporting on MacDraft 5 users being wanted for drawings and on Apple\'s new AppleScript Studio being able to deliver on Architosh ideas.
RagTime GmbH has announced that a full version of their business publishing software, RagTime, will be available free of charge for non-commercial use. [site not updated]
MOTU\'s Digital Performer 3.02 update contains a \"workaround to a bug in the ATI Graphics Update file under OS 9.2x. The bug in the ATI Graphics update may result in System freezing when restarting or shutting down on Titanium Powerbook 500\'s or 667\'s.\" it also requires MOTU Audio System 2.33.
Afternoon tech news: Microsoft is suing a Linux OS manufacturer called \"Lindows\" over its name; Palm is appealing a ruling that 3Com infringed on Xerox patents with the development of its handwriting recognition system; AMD is leading a new initiative to create more effective chip manufacturing process to reduce errors in fabrication.
Apple\'s PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9, for 550MHz/667MHz PowerBooks, will only run on Mac OS 9.1 or later from a local (writeable) drive. It includes improvements to Firewire target disk mode when running Mac OS X, and improves starting up on systems with 1gigabyte (GB) RAM and enables Netbooting over gigabit Ethernet.
EscapePod 1.0, a free AppleScript application that retrieves songs stored from Apple\'s iPod, is now available for OS 9.x and OS X.
FileMaker Inc today issued a press release detailing the role of its database software in the creation of the new feature film \"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.\" The film\'s production crew used four FileMaker databases to track story lines, and assign characters to different shots.
Cameraid 1.2 is an update to the shareware digital photography and photomanagement utility. Version 1.2 of the $15 shareware offers improved display performance, support for browsing QuickTime movies, improved batch renaming, and UI improvements.
MacSoft has posted a Myth III Demo 1.0, \"a prequel to the original game, is set one thousand years before the coming of the Fallen Lords. The world of Myth is on the brink of destruction. The race of devils known as the Myrkridia had single-handedly hunted the lands of humanity to near extinction.\"
Law.com\'s recent profile on Apple\'s Corporate Counsel discusses the company\'s efforts to protect its intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks, noting that Apple\'s law department monitors over 30 trade and fan sites that publish information about company products.
eWeeK Labs\' tests of OS X Server 10.1 showed the now-Unix-based Mac \"finally makes a good server,\" according to an article that lauds the Mac-based GUI management tools: \"We found that the Mac-based GUI management tools provided much easier administration than did the Unix-based versions of these tools.\"
cyan soft Ltd. has released a public beta of MacServerIP 8 for Windows XP/2000/NT, a fast file server for Mac clients that speeds up the file transfer between Macs and Windows XP/2000/NT by up to 5 times. It brings faster folder browsing, support for Windows XP, and has been optimized for Windows NT cluster and Windows 2000 Datacenter.
Digital Juke 2.0 is a free upgrade to the $15 jukebox mp3 player, which provides users \"with a jukebox-like user interface for selecting the tracks, and also provides a level of security for you, by ensuring your guests cannot access your computer when the software is running.\" It offers track export, full screen mode, keyboard or mouse control, and playlist logging.
The Morphon XML Editor 2.0b3 is the latest revision to the Java-based validating WYSIWYG XML editor that lets you create and modify XML documents. It is bundled with the Morphon CSS Editor that can be used to customize your CSS or can also be used stand-alone to directly create CSS for the web.
Apple yesterday released OS X 10.1.2 as well as a new updated Open Firmware Password 1.02 utility. It also announced that certain Macs will never support OpenGL under OS X. Other updates include a Carbon version of Acrobat (separate from Acrobat Reader), Metrowerks\' CodeWarrior Pro 7.1, Limewire 2.0, and BBEdit 6.5.1.
Jeff Adams notes that HP has quietly released printer drivers for his HP G85/G85xi, although they are not available on HP\'s website: \"I received an update CD from HP to fix a problem I was having under Windows 2000 with my G85xi. The new version (2.5) cannot be obtained from the HP web support site. Look at the right side of the CD. Yep the drivers are there! They work great under 9.2.2 and 10.1.1 and 10.1.2. The pertinent items seem to be dated in October of this year. My G85xi scans (guess where the scan came from), prints, faxes and copies just fine under OS X.\"
Nisus has released Nisus Writer 6.5, which now includes an integrated outliner and an innovative Document Manager as well as other enhancements to improve stability and compatibility with Mac OS 9.2.2. The company is offering discounts of $20 off the $100 application and $10 off the upgrade price ($50) for a limited time. A 30-day demo is available online.
Stone Table has updated its freeware scanned image resolution calculator, ScanCalc 1.7, which adds OS X compatibility, improved launch speeds, a new hierarchal help system, revised documentation, and minor bug fixes. The application will determine how much disk space an uncompressed scanned image will require at specific size, resolution, and color format (CMYK, RGB, grayscale, etc.). [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott is shipping its iPod Connection Kit with FM Transmitter, which has options for connecting the iPod\'s 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack to automobile stereo systems, home stereo systems, mic input of computers and other devices, boom boxes, and clock radios. The $50 kit includes an iPod Auto Charger, FM Transmitter (batteries included), three audio cables and a carry pouch. (The iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette adapter will be available in January 2002.)
David Coursey of ZDNet writes: \"AirPort wireless technology made for the easiest and most straightforward networking I did in 2001. It pretty much just works. And the high-quality Agere hardware is what AirPort is built around.\"
Norbert Doerner has released CDFinder 3.5.1, an update to his $25 utility for catalogging hard disks and removeable media. It adds support for the scroll wheel under OS X, fixes problems reading MP3 tags, and has other enhancements.
Rob Buckey notes that Kodak has recently released OS X drivers for its USB card reader.
Adobe yesterday announced it has entered into an agreement to settle a lawsuit brought by Trio Systems involving Adobe’s InDesign 1.5 and InCopy 1.1 products. The settlement resolves both Trio’s claims and Adobe’s counter-claims of fraud and copyright misuse, allow Adobe to continue to include the disputed C-Index technology in those products, and dissolves the injunction recently issued by the court, which prevented Adobe from shipping InDesign 1.5. (Neither InDesign 2.0, which will be released in Adobe’s first quarter of fiscal 2002, nor InCopy 2.0, which will be released soon after, include C-Index. Both new versions of the products were beyond the scope of the lawsuit or injunction issued earlier this week.)
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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