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Reader Jeffrey Collins recently received a letter from Bank of America regarding the dropping of support for Quicken on the Mac platform.
El Gato Software LLC has announced a new iPhoto plugin. iPhoto Toast Export Plugin enables iPhoto users to burn directly from iPhoto with Roxio Toast Titanium v5. Users can create photo CD-ROMs to share with others and send for printing. The iPhoto Toast Export Plugin is free; tech support is not provided by El Gato Software.
MacResQ announced today the launch of a new repair service for Macintosh PowerBook computers. The service, known as PowerBookResQ, will provide PowerBook users in United States with a source for service parts and labor. \"PowerBookResQ is the only service of its kind for out-of-warranty PowerBooks,\" said Shannon Jean, President of MacResQ. The cost of the program is $100-- this price includes 3-way overnight shipping, the initial diagnostic service, and the \"PowerBox\" shipping cradle, which the customer can keep.
REALmac Software today announced PhotoAlbum Pro v1.0b. This public beta release provides a simple way to create photo albums for web distribution. Users can choose from several themes and use PhotoAlbum to resize and convert PICT, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PSD and PNG files into web-ready JPEGs. PhotoAlbum Pro is available for $10 as shareware.
The second beta release of MacPAR for Mac OS X has been released. MacPAR v1.0b2 is a user friendly PAR utility for Mac OS X v10.1.2 users created by sourceforge.net contributors as a part of the mutsu and parchive projects. New in the second release is \'drag and drop\' functionality, improved checking for existing PAR files, an activity indicator, and the ability to select individual files to be placed in an archive.
Quark today released Quark XPress 5.0, a new version of the industry-standard layout software. Version 5.0 includes new Tables functionality, new Layers enhanacments, an enhanced print user interface, improved PDF support, contextual menus, and better color management. It also adds new tools Web design and improved license management. Upgrades to the $1000 application are $300 for v4.x owners and $400 for v3.x owners.
Several MacNN readers report that Adam Iser has posted Adium v1.5b for Mac OS X. Adium is a free Mac OS X AIM client with many features. Version 1.5 adds several features including full multitasking, support for custom alert sounds and more buddy list customization options.
A MacNN Reader notes that the public comment period for the Microsoft settlement ends this Monday, January 28. People who wish to express an opinion on the matter to the government must do so before the deadline. Concerned parties can e-mail the Department of Justice. [Updated]
ShaManX 0.9d is an OS X utility, currently in development, that allows you to view the \"man\" pages of the underlying Unix core, execute shell commands (only those that do not require additional user inputs), and view some system configuration files.
Forbes.com talks about the Jobs-lead Apple revival: \"Sustainable comebacks in big business are an amazing thing, partially because they are so seldom. It\'s rare that a once great company can lose its way (and tons of money) so profoundly and come back stronger than before.\"
Brent Kessler writes about a Mac series in latest edition of eWeek, a weekly printed magazine geared toward IT professionals: \"I just opened up the January 21, 2002 issue of eWeek and finished reading it. To my shock, there were no less than four articles that mentioned the Mac! In a typical month I\'d be shocked to see more than a single mention of Apple products in eWeek, and even that would be more of a passing reference....One had very positive comments about OS X, one was keen on the new iMac, one more had nice things to say about Virtual PC 5.0, and one tried very hard to be downbeat on Apple but gave me the opposite impression.\"
Despite multiple \"confirmed\" reports on the Web about the January 22 (yesterday) release of new Power Macs, Apple has delayed the release of speed-bumped Power Macs for at least another week, according to MacUser UK, (who initially reported the January 22 release date, which was then followed by other \"confirmed\" reports on the Web).
Memora has released a new iPhoto edition of its Memora Photo application, integrating the ability to share pictures with friends and family from users\' hard drives. iPhoto can share an entire album, or select different pictures within an album, and simply drag-and-drop to share them from their harddrive. The company will make the first 1,000 copies available for free.
Channel 8 Software has added a new task manager to iOrganizer 2.5, the latest version of its $25 organizational application, which includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list.
Hitachi is shipping its new 15\" flat panel, the CML155V LCD. It is the first in Hitachi\'s new Designer Decor series featuring a two-tone metallic silver and blue finish to \"present a sophisticated, designer look in a space saving 8.1-inch deep package (including the base).\" The $530 flat panel supports both analog and DVI-D inputs as well as S-Video and RGB composite inputs--with active switching between two different inputs through an on-screen menu.
LabanWriter 4.2 is a freeware graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation,which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version features expanded on-line help, new symbols and bug fixes. A beta version of LabanWriter for OS X is also available. [Classic, Carbon]
Lexar will begin shipping its 1GB capacity CompactFlash Type II card by the end of the month. The 16X-speed 1GB Professional Series card clocks a sustained write speed of 2.4MB per second. It will cost $1,200.
WiebeTech today announced pricing for its FireWire KeyChain, a high speed, portable FireWire-based, keychain-sized storage device which supports capacities of up to 1GB using nonvolatile CompactFlash storage modules. The company also says it has reduced the physical footprint of the FireWire KeyChain and will offer \"empty\" modules for $100, allowing users and dealers to install any size CompactFlash module. It is expected to begin shipping to end-users by the end of March.
Barclay Stiff writes about wide-spread problems with sound after putting Power Macs to sleep: \"Just thought I would alert you guys to a trend I have noticed about a problem that myself and others seem to be having with sound issues and OS X.1.2. Here is a link...It’s amazing to see that this seems to be happening to a lot of people.\"
Eridanus today released Baker 1.5.0, an update to its $30 application that now offers configurable default folders, a configurable system throttle for allocating system resources to the application, and list processing improvements.
PC Mall (a.k.a. MacMall) reported a net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2001 of $2.2 million or $0.20 per share, which included a tax benefit of $1.4 million or $0.13 per share. Sales for the year 2001 were $718.1 million compared with sales of $818.6 million for the year 2000, which it said was \"attributable to the impact of the September 11th tragedy, discontinuation of aggressive advertising campaigns for eCOST.com that occurred during the first half of 2000, and the challenging economic conditions in 2001.\"
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has launched the Wheels of Zeus (wOz), a new company focused on designing \"new consumer electronics wireless products to help everyday people track everyday things.\" The company has secured $6 million in first round funding from Mobius Venture Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Palo Alto Investors.
The Omni Group has posted a bug-fix release to OmniGraffle 2.0b6, its application for creating diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, and layouts.
McSerialNumber Shareware Edition v1.4 offers enhanced support for OS X savvy software registration and administration tasks as well as improved handling for adding, changing, selecting, deleting and maintaining your software product registrations in conjunction with the integrated customer database. A limited demo of the $15 utility is available online.
Name Stalker 1.0 is a freeware utility that allows you to monitor domains you own (or domains you want to capture). The database driven application is multithreaded and offers email reporting.
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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
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