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Several MacNN readers note that the radio station KCRW is holding a contest for which the grand prize is \"a fancy new Apple Computer to be announced January 7th,\" as well as an iPod. Users who subscribe to the station between now and February 1, 2002 are automatically entered.
iHUG (the International HyperCard Users Group) plans to hold a special session regarding the current state, and future of Apple\'s now largely defunct HyperCard programming software at next week\'s expo in San Francisco. The event will take place at the Users Group lounge of the Moscone Center on Wednesday, January 9, from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Split&Concat 1.0b1 is a freeware utility to split or recombine large files (for use with newsgroups or if a file is too large to put on one CD).
Fruitz Of Dojo has released Quake II for OS X, a Cocoa port of the popular first person shooter. The download includes both software and OpenGL renderer plug-ins.
Rémi Zara has released SetiDockling 2.0, a rewrite of the application that monitors and controls any running SETI@home clients. It offers the ability to store preferences for any number of clients, and display two pieces of information from two of these clients and adds AppleScript support.
Management Software next week will debut JobOrder 10.0, which includes over 2,000 enhancements to the business application for scheduling, estimating, job costing, project management and accounting operations. It includes benchmark reports, email functions to contacts, calendar enhancements, dynamic project/road maps, project estimates (with internal approval routing), new notification rules, and a report center for storing report preferences.
MovieWorks Deluxe 5.2 for OS X is expected to introduced next week at the Expo. The multimedia authoring suite includes five functionally related production applications for producing digital (DV) video, photos, graphics, animations, narration, MIDI, MP3, CD music, text and titling, and even Virtual Reality (VR) movies. The $120 application is availale for $50 to registered owners of the Classic version. A free update for v5.1 owners will be available next 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