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‘Code 66’ and ‘3TAG AB’ have introduced a REALbasic plug-in that allows REALbasic under Mac OSX to “do some new cool stuff.” The plug-in contains two controls and one \"global methods pack.\" The HotKey control can register a GlobalHotKey combination, and when the respective key combination is pressed, the control’s EventHandler will be called; the KeyCode control identifies virtual keycodes for keys pressed-- useful for configuring GlobalHotKeys. The PostKeyEvent methods allow applications made with REALbasic to post ‘keydown’ and ‘keyup’ events to the system, which will be received by the frontmost application. Pricing is $8 and $25 for “Hobby” and “Pro” licences.
MacNN Reader Norm Rechtman reports, effective February 28, At&T Broadband is eliminating the ability to dial-in remotely with a modem to its service. Users have expressed concern because people who work \'on-the-road\' will need to sign-up for a separate dial-up ISP. [At&T has yet to issue an official notice]
A Sharp has released an update to Addressix, its envelope printing utility for Mac OS X. Addressix v1.1 remembers printer settings, auto-completes addresses, and prints barcodes for automated sorting. The new version adds the most popular user requests -- the ability to have graphical return addresses. A fully functional 30-day trial is available; users can purchase a copy for $12.
In response to claims made by the Bank of America regarding the dropping support of Macintosh users, Intuit, maker of Quicken, has clarified its position on the issue noting that Mac Quicken users will still be able to take advantage of the BOA service.
Reader Eric Johnson has dropped us a note on a new offer at the online Apple Store: \"The Apple Store is offering 180 days (6 months) same as cash PLUS free ground shipping. The deal even applies to education orders (for students, faculty members, etc.). But you have to act before 1/31/02 (tomorrow).\"
MacNN Reader \'pcurtner\' reports: \"New York City\'s TekServe, the greatest Mac shop on the planet, told me today that they have received the dual 1GHz G4 model.\"
Gibson Guitar Company has released two music sequencing applications as freeware -- Studio Pro Vision v4.5.1 and Vision DSP v4.5.1. The applications are intended for users of previous versions, but no registration is required for new users. [Studio, DSP]
Presenta Ltd. has announced the release of iGetter Download Manager v1.7 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The download utility allows resuming of broken (interrupted) downloads, segmented downloading, scheduling of downloads and automatic reconnection if the modem connection is lost. Additions in the new version include an improved drag-and-drop interface, support for Internet Explorer v5.1 and a browser plug-in uninstaller. [Classic, Carbon]
Logitech has posted several international versions of its MouseWare 4.03 driver utility.
Vicomsoft\'s Internet Gateway 7.05 and SurfDoubler 7.05, fixing problems where long URLs would caush a crash when using CyberNOT and an issue during Auto Setup would configure the application to use using the Apple Modem Tool instead of the Open Transport Modem. [IG, SD]
Athena Shareware has released Game Memorizer 1.03, an update to its utility that helps you memorize the keys or buttons to your games.
Stomp has released the Mac edition of its Click \'N Design 3D labeling software, which allows computer users to design and print their own custom labels for CDs, DVDs, CD business cards, mini CDs, zip disks, VHS, cassettes, 3.5-inch diskettes and jewel case inserts. The $20 utility includes 3D text, dynamic circular text editing and multiple options for graphic effects as well as graphics import filters and an include 5,000-piece background clip art library.
Several readers followed-up on our ISP notes over the past few days: [\"Luke\"] \"I thought you might also like to know that the world\'s largest ISP, AOL doesn\'t support macs (at all) down under either. On their website they state no date, when AOL for OS X in the US has already been released and on Mac for years... Thought you\'d like to know in light of your telstra comments.\" [Neil Burham] \"Why not use OS X? It is very easy touse DSL with it. I just set up my Lombard to work with Centurytel\'s DSL. Have not signed on yet with OS 9 via MacPoet, but went right one with X. Their tech support said X is the easiest OS to get on with. Just set up TCP/IP for via ethernet and supplied via server, then on to PPoE where I typed in my service provider, name and pasword, closed and then open connection with Internet connect, the same as you do with dialup. I would also try a static IP address, which should allow you to go on without most of the above.\"
unmarked software\'s $20 text cleaning utility textSOAP 3.1.5 fixes services under OS X, adds better URL support to the SCRUB and MIME filters, and includes AppleScripts for Entourage X.
MegaSeg 2.1b3 adds refinements to the search engine, Griffin iMic and Telex P900 support on OS X, improved speed on OS X, and Mixer enhancements to the OS X-compatible version of the Radio and Mobile DJ music mixer and catalog program. Other featuers of the new version include custom display options, VU meters, full screen mode, Drag-n-Drop support, improved mixer controls, Automatic Gain Control, increased library size, and easy import options from iTunes and iPod.
Revolution 1.1.1b1 is a public beta of the developer tool for deploying application on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux) using a \"powerful English-like programming language, easy to use GUI builder and development tools.\" [Classic, Carbon]
MusicMatch today introduced MusicMatch Radio MX, a new subscription service for Mac owners available through MusicMatch Jukebox 3.0. The \"near music-on-demand service\" offers CD-quality, ad-free streams of customized music. The $5 per month service is available with both Basic (free) and Plus ($20) versions of the Jukebox 3.0 software.
Stuart Roebuck notes that \"Epson Scanner drivers for OS X are due out by the end of tomorrow.\"
Morning tech news: Sony will start selling Linux kits to allow Linux applications to run on its PlayStation 2 game console; The personal computer business of a merged Hewlett-Packard and Compaq would be profitable next year, according to Compaq\'s CEO Michael Capellas; the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is offering free AirPort-compatible internet access to laptop owners users beginning in March and is charging others $6-$8 for the use of kiosks.
FileMaker announced today it will offer non-profit organizations (NPOs) special pricing--up to 40 percent off the single-unit price, on FileMaker Pro 5.5 database software. Beginning in February, NPOs will be offered FileMaker Pro 5.5 at $150 per seat (in quantities of 10 or more) and upgrades for $100 (for 10 or more).
Gefen is shipping its ex-tend-it CAT5 extenders, which employ a core USB technology that enables a single CAT5 cable to carry signals for both USB and monitor peripherals. The ex-tend-it CAT5-1000 ($700) includes a sender unit, a receiver unit, and a CAT5 cable up to 330 feet in length, allowing users to remotely connect a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and up to two USB peripherals. The ex-tend-it CAT5-5000 ($1000) supports remote connection of two monitor workstations.
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
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 HermĂ©s 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