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Software developer Peter Ammon has released JPEGDeux v1.3, an open source image slideshow viewer for Mac OS X. Version 1.3 fixes a bug that caused some images to display smaller than intended, adds the ability to display filenames, and provides recursive searches of subfolders.
Googie Drives has announced the release of their new line of Firewire hard drives, which will be shipping at the end of February. The drives, which are fan-less and only 3 1/2\" wide (smallest on the market), come in 40Gb, 60Gb, and 80Gb, and run at speeds of 7200 RPM. Prices are estimated at $230, $270, and $300 respectively. [updated]
Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has published a review of Apple\'s iPhoto software. \"If digital photos are your passion, iPhoto is a strong argument for getting a Mac.\"
Other World Computing has released XpOSfacto v2.11, an update to its utility which allows some pre-G3 Macs to run Mac OS X. Previously known as Unsupported UtilityX, the new version adds support for a wider range of SCSI CD-ROM devices and creation of custom Mac OS X install CDs and assorted bug fixes.
SourceForge member Derk Hartman has updated Samba Sharing Package. The free software, which allows file sharing between Macs and PCs, fixes known bugs in previous versions, adds a new preference pane, and updates the Documentation.
Roarcube Software has released iContact v1.1.0, its $10 shareware utility for Mac OS 8, 9 and 10. The utility, which stores data like URLs, addresses and dates, is now fully Carbonized to work with Mac OS X and now allows importing of URLs. This maintenance release also fixes minor bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
ConceptDraw MINDMAP v1.0.5 is now available for users of the Standard and Professional editions of the organizational software. Version 1.0.5 includes enhanced support for multiple maps, printing improvements and a number of bugs fixes.
Intelli Innovations has announced Barcode Producer v1.1, an update to its $65 barcode generation software for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The update adds the ability to save barcodes in BMP, PICT, Photoshop and TIFF formats and fixes bugs forund in the initial release.
iView has released iView MediaPro v1.4, an update to its photo gallery software. Included in the update are backup features, a new HTML Gallery function and better optimization under Mac OS X.
MacNN Reader Matt Roberts dropped us a note indicating that Apple has placed a large advertisement in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. \"There\'s a slick 12 page advertising insert from Apple in Entertainment Weekly magazine (and probably others) touting the new iMac, iPhoto, the \'digital lifestyle\' and OSX. They even have a de-bunking myth section that explicitly goes after Windows users. It\'s quite impressive.\"
Spectorsoft Inc. has announced the release of its new spyware program, Spector v1.0, which automatically takes periodic screenshots of a PowerPC-based Macintosh and saves those screenshots to a local or network drive. Screenshots can be taken as often as every few seconds, or as infrequently as once every few minutes. The Mac OS 8.0-9.x software is available for $70.
Palm, Inc. has announced that it will will have a presence at the PalmSource Conference and Expo, \"the premier gathering of the Palm OS community.\" Palm OS subsidiary CEO David Nagel will discuss the future of the Palm OS platform in his first address to the Palm OS community. Attendees can visit developer booths to see the latest in Palm-powered devices and peripherals. The expo will take place February 5-8 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Dr. Bott LLC, today announced that it is shipping a new seven-port USB Hub. The fist-sized T7Hub offers LEDs on each port indicating device connection and status of USB peripherals. Dr. Bott now has a full line of USB hubs including the \'thumb-sized\' T3Hub, the \'palm-sized\' gHub and the new T7Hub. The T7Hub is available immediately for $60.
Vincent Jalby has released the final version of his free font utility for Mac OS X. X Font Info v1.0 displays the content of any Mac OS X Font file. X Font Info works with Mac OS X v10.1.1 and later.
Rijdat Software has released CGMailCleaner v2.0, a $30 utility for use with the CommuniGator e-mail system. CGMailCleaner will \'tidy up\' file names and make saved mail messages open in with a selected word processor. CGMailCleaner can be downloaded from Rijdat, but will only function as a 30-day trial. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN Reader, \'Eric,\' reports that Shaquille O\'Neal appeared on last night\'s Fox Sports LA sportscast using an Apple iPod in the gym. \"They showed Shaquille O\'Neal working out in the gym and using his iPod, and he goes on to rave about it. Then they showed 2 Laker players, Sumaki Walker and Jelani McCoy take a limo and go to the Apple Store at the Mall of America where they purchased two iPods.\"
MacSpeech, Inc. announced today it has certified the iMic from Griffin Technologies for use with its Speech Recognition products, including iListen for Mac OS 9 and the upcoming iDictate for Mac OS X. The iMic universal audio adapter is a USB device that allows the connection of virtually any microphone or sound input device to the iBook, G4 Cube, Titanium PowerBook G4 or any other Mac with USB ports.
osOpinion has posted an editorial on the recent controversy over OWC\'s latest processor upgrades: \"Late last week, an e-mail forwarded throughout the Mac community sparked an eruption of controversy as allegations of misleading marketing tactics surfaced against upgrade manufacturer Sonnet Technologies. Online Mac reseller Other World Computing (OWC) stated overtly that Sonnet was labeling its processor upgrade cards with clock speeds higher than supported by the rating of the PowerPC chip inside.\"
MonkeyByte and Sacred Tree Software have released an update to their OS X native game,
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
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