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osOpinion has posted an editorial by Kelly McNeill on an alternate path the much-awaited G5 processor could take. \"What I find curious is the fact that few have considered the notion that Apple might not turn to Motorola for its next-generation G5 processor. While there is a slight difference in features when comparing the Motorola PPC road map to IBM\'s own road map, the two are still surprisingly similar.\"
Charismac Engineering begun to ship version 5.0 of their popular CD/DVD mastering software Discribe. Discribe v5.0 includes several new features including DVD mastering support as well as full native Mac OS X support. Charismac has lowered the suggested retail price (SRP) of the new version from $100 to $70.
Evening tech news: c|net is reporting that AOL Time Warner will not bid for Linux manufacturer Red Hat; Toshiba is due to ship a new ultra-thin laptop in early February called the Portégé-- the $2200 portable PC is just over .7 inches at its thickest point.
Oofile v1.4 is now available for download. This release represents \"a huge step\" in features and debugging. Version 1.4 and is compatible with CodeWarrior Pro7.1 and Visual C++ v6.0. This is the first fully Carbonized release that will run natively on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Customers since the beginning of January 2000 can upgrade for $10, all older version upgrades are $20.
Groundlevel Software has released Drumbeat v1.0.5, which was demonstrated earlier this month at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco. The $30 peer-to-peer file sharing software allows connectivity to numerous servers (100+) and the sharing of music, video, text files. Updated in the new version are working adult content filters, numerous bug fixes, and an improved interface.
MCE has announced a new Battery Charger for Apple\'s Dual USB iBook. The dual-bay battery charger can charge two Lithium-Ion batteries simultaneously. The $150 peripheral will begin shipping February 20, 2002.
Tomasz Kukielka has released Contextual Menu Workshop, a free framework that includes tools for creating Contextual Menu plug-ins for Mac OS X as well as 3 \"pre-built\" plug-ins ready for users.
Fifth Wave today announced the availability of the latest version of Convert, v2.0b4, for Mac OS 9 and X. The $15 conversion and calculating tool converts categories such as temperature, velocity, time, mass, and currency; improvements include new conversion categories, interface enhancements, and Euro currency support.
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0.2, a bug fix release for its $40 FileMaker Pro plugin that allows develoopers create and implement a variety of dialog boxes in FileMaker solutions.
Digidesign\'s new Mbox is a 2-channel USB audio peripheral. It ships with Pro Tools 5.2 LE software to \"provide you with a high-quality, self-contained project studio. Features include: two analog inputs and outputs, featuring Focusrite mic pre amps; 24-bit stereo S/PDIF digital I/O; a pristine 24-bit signal path from input to output; two analog TRS inserts; a headphone amp and output with dedicated volume control; zero latency monitoring; 100% USB-powered operation; and remote collaboration capability through DigiStudio.\" it is expected to ship later this quarter.
Netlock Technologies announced today the availability of a new Mac VPN client to work with the Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator, offering users the ability to secure communication between enterprises and branch offices, business partners, mobile users and home offices.
The Fontz 3.3 is an upate to the shareware font utility that \"allows you to browse your existing fonts, see what they look like at different type sizes, styles and colors, and even group them in like categories using a \'wysiwyg\' group maker.\"
Sapphire Innovations\' new $21 collection, Saphire Brushes Vol 11 \'Randomised brushes\' contains 450 new random grainy smeared brushes for Photoshop 6 and elements, including a wide range of different brush types great for art history, dodge, burn, paint, spray and others.
Apple\'s tight-lipped culture has both operational and marketing benefits, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News.
JavaWorld talks about the state of Java on the Mac and points to some key software featured a JavaWorld\'s MacWorld conference session, including eVision Visual Search, Borland\'s JBuilder 6, QuickTime for Java, and Thinkfree Office as well as the forthcoming release of Java 1.4 (by WWDC in May).
Bob Lussier notes that Adobe has recently posted a 30-day tryout of Adobe Illustrator 10 (requires registration).
Extension Overload v5.9.5 adds Mac OS 9.2.2 compatibility to the extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management application that includes detail information of 5583 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items.
Iomega is now shipping the USB 2.0 version of its Predator 24x10x40 CD-RW drive. The $230 device, compatible with USB 1.1 machines, will be available from Iomega\'s Website later this month.
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of InDesign 2.0 software, an OS X-compatible version of its professional layout and design program. Version 2.0 also introduces editable transparency effects such as drop shadows, table creation, long document support, extensible markup language (XML) import/export support and a greatly enhanced printing interface. Upgrades to the $700 application are $100 for the next 90 days and $150 thereafter.
OpenOSX.com today published a package that installs Apache 1.3.22 and PHP 4.1.1. designed for patrons of the OpenOSX OpenWeb and OpenDB CDs versions 1.x through 2.0. The downloadable package restores and adds new functionally to OpenWeb and OpenDB installations, but does not install all of the other software the $60 OpenWeb CD or the $30 OpenDB CD.
Local Web Synch 2 is a $30 utility from Rijdat Software that helps keep your local web folders up to date and synchronised. [Classic, Carbon]
Denis Hill writes about a tip regarding unsupported Epson printers in OS: \"...Someone mentioned using the Linux drivers at http://www.linuxprinting.org. Mentioned there was a link for Unix print drivers. The drivers and there are many, are supported in FreeBSD which should work with Mac OS X. \"
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Jasmine 1.2.5, an update to the audio multitrack editor/mixer, now sports Normalize and Auto Level functions for pre-adjusting levelsfor maximizing loudness in sixteen bit formats (like Audio CD) and mixing such as in the Jasmine multitrack mode.
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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
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ