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MacNN Reader John Byrne writes that he has experienced a shipping delay with his iMac order: I ordered my iMac at exactly 2pm the day of release, so I am in the first batch. Here is the latest report from Fedex (it shipped from Taiwan on 1/29) Package status ANCHORAGE AK (01/31/2002 18:34) Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay I called FedEx, all they could say was that it will delay things, maybe till next week sometime. They could give me no reason for the action taken by the \"regulatory agency.\"
Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article for PowerMac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) owners interested in upgrading from Mac OS X v10.1.2 to Mac OS X Server 10.1. The article notes owners of 800 MHz, 933 MHz, and dual 1 GHz machines should initiate installation using the \"MacOSXServerInstall.mpkg,\" rather than using the \"Install Mac OS X Server\" application.
TheG4.com reports that Corel\'s Procreate and Apple ran a promotion earlier today where the companies gave away three popular creative applications to the first 1000 users who registered. The promotion, which ended very quickly, required users to possess a valid Adobe Photoshop serial number. Although users can no longer register to obtain the applications for free, Corel is offering KnockOut 2 for $50 less than the normal retail price.
MicroNet Technology today announced changes in the company\'s executive management team. Phillip Ford has been named to lead engineering initiatives as the acting CTO and Yossi Sevy is slated to manage channel relations as Director of Business Development. MicroNet has developed many storage solutions including the SANcube and DataDock.
REALmac Software has announced PhotoAlbum Pro v1.1, an update the photo album generator for web distribution. New in version 1.1 is the ability to create thumbnails ranging from 64x48 to 256X192 pixels, change the \"index page\" name and have header and footer HTML. Also added is a new theme and several bug fixes. PhotoAlbum Pro is $10.
Dennis Globus shares his dissatisfaction with a recent promotion by Apple that excludes some of the earliest iMac buyers: \"They took my order on a new iMac then, a few days later, sent me emails for a $25 discount on the computer and a $150 discount on Office. Problem is, neither of the discounts is valid because I\'d already purchased the computer.\"
LandWare has released a public beta of Pocket Quicken v2.01 for Mac OS X. \"LandWare is pleased to be among the first developers to produce a conduit that is fully compatible with Palm Desktop 4.0 beta running under Macintosh OS X.\" The new beta conduit requires Quicken 2002 for Mac OS X and Palm Desktop 4.0b.
Ilan Szekely has announced the 22nd release of the Type/Creator database. The new 2002 version includes over 5400 new codes, totalling 39115 entries in the database. The new database also includes data about duplicate codes, which can cause conflicts, and PC extensions (where available).
Pocket Software today announced that PocketNotes v1.12 has been released and is available for download. PocketNotes v1.12 is an incremental update to PocketNotes, a notepad application for outlining and planning. Enhancements include full Chinese language support. This update is free for all registered users; PocketNotes is $20 for new users.
NineWire Digital Solutions has announced a new dialup internet service for Macintosh users. NineWire CEO Jesse Williams-Proudman said the company\'s new \'RetroSpeed Nationwide 56k\' dialup plan is \"as easy as the iMac.\" The service will cost $15 a month and is being billed as an alternative to more expensive broadband service providers.
Architosh reports on results from Pro Mac Survey, indicating quad-processor macs as the first choice for 3D Mac users and Vue d\'Esprit 4 for Mac OS X and a new version of BOA 2.4.
Axcess has expanded its custom database software design base to include Satellite Internet services, offering wireless networked users internet connectivity in virtually any remote location.: \"In aircraft, we are installing a new satellite technology which delivers ISDN speeds globally. Recently Gulfstream Corp. has approved 802.11b for wireless networks inside the cabin. Combined with an on board server, we provide an \'Office in the Sky\' complete with printer, fax, file sharing and our custom client/server database solutions. It also recently released version 7.1 of its custom accounting and e-commerce client/server software for OS X, which is based on the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment.
A MacNN reader notes that King & Ferlauto has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple in California Superior Court, alleging that Apple has violated the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act by \"not supporting certain G3-equipped models of Mac systems with the same features in Mac OS X afforded to more recently developed G4-based systems. \" [no details available]
Steve Bakke notes that Apple\'s new Power Mac G4 may actually ship with a modified Geforcce 3 MX card: \"I just thought I would send in this tidbit. I spent some time looking at Apple info pages on the new G4 boxes, since I just bought the 933 system. According to Apple\'s tech info on the graphics card, the graphics chip used is an Nvidia NV17. This is what they are calling a \"GeForce 4 MX\" card. As it turns out, the GeForce 4MX is really a modified and re-branded GeForce 3 GPU. Check out the following quote from The Inquirer: \'NV 17 will use Geforce 4 MX brand. It is interesting to see that what we used to call Geforce 3 MX - the very own NV17 becomes Geforce 4 all of a sudden.\'According to Nvidia\'s web page (), the NV17 is actually their mobile version of the GeForce 3 line. So while this card is a huge improvement, Mac users shouldn\'t be fooled into thinking they got something before the PC world.\"
Roxio has informed MacNN about a fix for its Video CD encoding component: Today, the Video CD encoder QuickTime component that was delivered with the Toast 5.1 and Toast 5.1.1 updaters will expire. Customers are asked to download and run this updater to provide full Video CD encoding functionality in Toast 5 Titanium. The component will not expire. Attached is a copy of the updater as well. This fix will be rolled into the next Toast Titanium updater. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Ambrosia Software\'s Matt Slot, has written an article on software piracy \"from the perspective of a software publisher. It relates Ambrosia\'s own experience with software piracy, license codes systems, and shows, unfortunately, how rampant piracy is in the sofware business.\"
Dylan Neild notes an OS X knockoff theme for Windows XP: \"Someone made a VERY ugly OS X theme for Windows XP... right down to the finder bar and the Apple icon. With any luck, someone from Apple legal\'ll see it and unleash the hounds on them... this is to ugly to be allowed to continue. Check out the number of downloads! 100,000 XP geeks would rather look at OS X all day.\"
Richard Dreher has developed a CompactFlash/IDE interface for the Apple ][, which provides dual 32M ProDOS partitions,\" as noted by atstake. The site also notes that an \"enterprising AppleScript hacker was able to track down his sister\'s stolen iMac\" using Timbuktu.
Wired News talks about the variety of speculative Power Mac designs that Mac users were hoping for in the recent Power Mac announcement by Apple.
Manfred Lam writes \"Most UPS systems such Belkin which I own don\'t have OS X support as of yet. While browsing the web I found a beta version of a UPS manager that works for most UPS units. It is compatible for OS X and OS X server. It will automatically shutdown the computer in the event of a power failure and monitor current UPS status. PowerGuardian works with most popular UPS\'s from manufacturers such as APC, Belkin, TrippLite, and Best. With the addition of a USB-to-serial converter from Keyspan, PowerGuardian will work with the widest range of UPS products so you are no longer restricted to the few models that support USB. The software is currently free as a beta software and has just been upgraded with expanded UPS support.\"
Mactracker 1.6.2 adds info on the new Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) and Macintosh Server G4 (QuickSilver 2002) models as well as a few database corrections to the shareware database that \"provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, upgrade, and expansion options. Also included is information on Apple monitors, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Newtons and versions of the Mac OS.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Inside Mac Games has posted an interview with Steve Jobs on the state of Mac gaming: \"When I returned to Apple a few years ago, games were viewed as something which would paint the Mac as a less-than-serious business tool, so game development was discouraged. We feel quite differently, and actively try to nurture our game developers.\"
Lind Electronics is shipping its iPod Automobile Power Adapter, which connects via an included FireWire cable and provides power to charge internal battery and operate the iPod from automobile 12V DC outlet. The $20 power adapter is housed in a lightweight composite ABS plastic case with an LED to indicate that power is present. (It is manufactured by Griffin Technology, who is expected to ship a similar product at a similar price point.)
Zoomify\'s Zoomify Photo Visualizer is a free plugin for iTunes that allows users to view your favorite images while listening to music in iTunes. [Classic, Carbon]
The Iconfactory\'s Pixelpalooza is an annual icon design contest, which is accepting submissions through Monday, April 1, 2002.
Adobe today announced that it has agreed to acquire publicly-held Canadian company Accelio, a provider of Web-enabled solutions that help customers manage business processes driven by electronic forms. Adobe expects the acquisition of Accelio to \"quickly broaden its ePaper solution business by combining Accelio\'s electronic forms solutions with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) technologies.\" The all-for-stock deal is worth an estimated $72 million.
Sonnet today announced lowered pricing on its line Piccolo drives by as much as $80 and pricing on its Crescendo G3 and G4 upgrades. The Piccolo 32 MB is $70 ($30 drop), the 64MB model is $100 ($50 drop), and the 128MB model is $170 ($80 drop). Sonnet’s Crescendo/PCI G3/500/1M is $250 ($50 drop) and its Crescendo/PCI G4/450/1M is $300 ($100 drop), while its Crescendo/L2 G3/500/1M upgrade is now $300 ($50 drop). Sonnet\'s Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards also dropped by as much as $100 and its Tempo RAID66 drive controller card is now $150 ($50 drop).
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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 HermÃ©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