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JomoSoft has announced an update to osXigen, its new Cocoa-based FTP client. osXigen v1.1.1 fixes a problem introduced in v1.1 where the application would not start the 21-day trial period for some users. Also included are other minor bug fixes.
Keyboard Maestro 1.01, an update to Michael Kamprath\'s system utility for OS X, includes the popular Program Switcher functionality as well as a keyboard-utility for pasting text, launching applications, and executing AppleScripts.
As a follow up to our report earlier today on Telstra\'s lack of support for Mac OS versions above 9.0.4, reader Melissa Jenks notes that Verizon also lacks support for newer Mac OS versions. \"My ISP in Washington, DC, Verizon DSL, doesn\'t support past Mac OS 9.0.4. I\'ve yet to send large emails (photo attachments) with this account and their support won\'t help.\"
PcConverter v2.2 allows converting of text files (including RTF files) from Windows or Unix to the Mac OS, as well as the ability to process custom database files and to automate the conversion of text files to HTML. [Classic, Carbon]
c|net, as part of their Vision Series, has posted an interview with Dell CEO, Michael Dell. \"If there is a key to Michael Dell\'s success, it is his ability to make the right decision at the right time--and often, that decision is to do nothing at all.\" Although Dell attributes a jump in sales to the \'Stephen\' adveritsing campaign, it has avoided producing PDAs and opening stores as a method to jump-start sales.
Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro X v1.0.2 -- a free update to all registered users of Snapz Pro X. This version adds Finnish and Traditional Chinese localizations, full Spanish documentation, improved compatibility with Final Cut Pro and minor big fixes.
Evening tech news: c|net reports that a federal judge has granted a Microsoft request that would close upcoming testimony in its antitrust trial to the media. However, in a seemingly unprecedented move, district judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she would allow the media to file court briefs in response to the request.
An Australian Mac user reports that one of the largest internet service providers in the country apparently does not support Mac OS versions newer than v9.0.4. After contacting technical support, Aidan was informed by a representative that Telstra does not support his operating system (Mac OS 9.2.2): \"He said \'can\'t help at all sorry\' and ended the call to me.\" There is no notice of this policy on the Telstra website.
iMedia software has released MediaEdit 1.1, an update to its $60 movie and graphic editing tool that lets you add transitions and effects. [Classic, Carbon]
VizSync 0.98 for the Palm OS Address Book allows multi-user synchronization to occur between the native the Address Book application and FileMaker Pro databases. The pre-release license is being offered with a 50 percent discount ($35) through the end of the month.
Needham & Company\'s analyst Charles Wolf issued a word of caution against Apple\'s retail strategy, saying that \"Apple appeared not to be transforming high foot traffic numbers into sales of computers so far. At least 2 percent of the stores\' visitors must buy computers to make the company\'s retail store gamble pay off.\"
David Coursey of AnchorDesk notes that Microsoft\'s 5-year commitment to build applications for the Mac expires this August: \"...Microsoft can stop developing for the Mac anytime after this August. Will it? Probably not. But it must do more than just continue with its so-so support--and raise Mac users from the ranks of second-class citizens.\"
Everyday Software has released Mac OS X Toolbar Buttons Pro v1.0, its software that allows the creation of Cocoa-like toolbars in REALbasic. New features include contextual menu support, drawing optimizations, and modified apperance under Classic; pricing is $25.
The State of Maine\'s iBook initiative has its critics as conservative activist Mary Adams cites security and abuse issues in Virginia\'s recall of over 11,000 iBooks, according to the Bangor Daily News; however, Department of Education spokesman Yellow Light Breen responded: \"Maine has foreseen many of the problems, and has required \'some pretty significant commitments\' in the final contract with Apple that Henrico County officials didnít envision regarding technical support.\"
PIT today announced the availability of the MemPlug Memory Stick adaptor, a Memory Stick Springboard module for the Handspring Visor that provides up to 128MB storage using a MemoryStick. The $70 adaptor includes seven self-installing applications and registered gMovie Maker software, including software for formatting, file management, application backup/restoration, JPEG viewing, movie playback, and direct viewing of docs and databases. (Handspring also announced the availability of its Treo 180 communicators in Hong Kong and dropped the price on its Visor Pro by $50 to $250.)
Apple\'s new Power Mac G4 line-up will also include new \'OS X Server\' models, which will ship in February with OS X Server: 933MHz/256KL2/2MBL3/256MB/80GBATA/CD-RW $2,799 Dual 1-GHz/256KL2/2MBL3/512MB/80GBATA/CD-RW $3,299 Dual 1-GHz/256KL2/2MBL3/1GB/72GBU160/CD-RW $4,549
Dartware is now shipping InterMapper 3.6 network monitoring and alerting software, an OS X and Classic application that monitors servers, routers, switches and other devices on a network as well as the local and wide area links that connect them. Version 3.6 adds a remote viewer application, supports background images for maps, offers response time measurements, SNMPv2c and 64-bit Counters, persistent chart data,, new SNPP probes, and multiple log files. [Classic, Carbon]
Media 100 today announced support for Apple\'s new Power Mac G4 systems, including the new dual 1-GHz model, with its Media 100 i digital media solutions pending final certification on production models. The company says that Media 100 i V8, the recently introduced OS X-compatible version of its content design system for content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists, has been tested extensively on the dual 1-GHz as well as the 933MHz models.
Motorla\'s new 1GHz PowerPC 7455 chip used in the new Power Macs, boasts higher clock speed and lower power consumption than previous versions of the chip and uses a newer manufacturing process that includes silicon on insulator (SOI), making it the first to deliver SOI technology to desktop computers.
iCab 2.7.1 is the latest release of the small, compact browser, which now expires in June 2002. Registration is $30, but the preview is free to use until it expires. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN readers, who ordered G4 iMacs on the day it was introduced, report receiving shipment confirmation from The Apple Store.
A MacNN reader points to an (older) article at InfoSatellite.com which talks about Intel\'s support for USB 2.0 over FireWire: \"A European Intel spokesman has forecasted the demise of Apple\'s IEEE 1394 Firewire technology. The company is dropping Firewire support in its chipsets, and is backing the new USB 2.0 standard as the next evolution in pluggable interfaces.\"
Andreas Amann has updated his freeware Eudora Mailbox Cleaner 1.1.2, which helps migrate from Eudora to OSX\'s Mail.app and Address Book.
HotApp 1.2, an update to the $15 shareware system utility for OS X, offers additional support for French, Japanese, and Dutch-localizations as well as the ability to print key combinations. (The utility offers the ablity launch files/folders/URLs via a customizable hotkey as well as insert custom text strings.)
MPEG2Splitter 1.1 splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments--manually or automatically--from any size source. Version 1.1 adds overlapped splitting capability to ease splitting of problematic MPEG2 files. A 15-day demo of the $15 shareware is available online.
Limewire 2.1.3 is the latest version of the Java-based peer-to-peer client that offers connectivity to the Gnutella file sharing network. Both the Basic (free) and Pro ($8.50) versions are available online. [Classic, Carbon]
NS Team Scheduler X 1.8 is a Java-based shareware ($32) application for \"people who organize team sporting or game events. It is truly unique as it\'s the only available sports scheduling software with complete support for the Mac OS.\"
Contextual Menu Workshop is a free framework for creating Contextual Menu plugins for OS X. It includes three pre-built and ready to use plugins, including InternetLocationCM for creating/copying Internet Location files; FileUtilsCM for setting different file or folder attributes; and BinJugglerCM for encoding and decoding MacBinary files.
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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS