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December 2001 Developer Tools Update
A Mac OS X developer notes that Apple has release a small update to the December 2001 Developer Tools. December 2001 Developer Tools Update includes enhancements to ProjectBuilder and FileMerge. This maintenance release is intended for use with systems with December 2001 Developer Tools installed. Contained in the updater are the DebuggerPatch and FileMergeUpdate packages. [Registration required - 1.2MB]
Apple adds new categories to Design Awards
Regular submissions for Apple's Seventh Annual Design Awards are due by April 5th, while student submissions are due by March 1st. This year's design awards, focused on Mac OS X, offer an "Ultimate" Power Mac & Apple Cinema Display for regular submissions and an "Ultimate" PowerBook to student winners in the category of "Best Mac OS X Student Product'. The Official Contest Rules have now been expanded to include a 'Best Mac OS X Open Source Port' category. The expansion also allows developers, including student developers, to enter collaborative projects. Winners will be announced at Apple's annual WWDC 2002 Conference, which takes place from May 6-10, in San Jose. (Conference details are due in late February.)
DealNN posts several new Mac deals
DealNN has posted several Macintosh hardware and software deals including prices on refurbished displays and new low-cost DVD-R drives.
PC Magazine: iMac elegant and powerful
PC Magazine has posted a glowing review of the new iMac in which editor Troy Dreier calls the iMac's casing " elegant" with its 'retro and futuristic' design ethos: "It also has one of the best ergonomic designs we've seen," Mr. Dreier goes on to say, but criticizes the machine's keyboard and mouse which he claims would fall apart after "a bout of heavy typing." Despite the minor drawbacks noted, the flat-panel iMac received a rating of 4/5.
Apple boosting iMac stock at stores
According to a reader report, the Valley Fair Apple retail store located in Santa Clara, CA now has seventy 800MHz iMac units in stock. The 800MHz model is Apple's top-of-the-line iMac configuration and includes a DVD-R drive. Earlier today we noted that the new iMac, which made a February 13 debut on Amazon was the site's fastest-selling computer ever.
BASh v1.7.0 Released by Deep Sky Technologies
Deep Sky Technologies announced the release of BASh v1.7.0 for Macintosh. BASh is a 4th Dimension component that provides extensive functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module (for reusing variable space) and encoding & cryptography routines. BASh v1.7.0 contains 17 new methods and an updated manual for improved readability.
Reader: .biz \'fiasco\' rages on
A MacNN Reader reports that serious disputes continue take place over ".biz" domain names from Verisign and other domain registration companies. Christopher Koveleski notes that Verisign intends to offer customers a "second chance" at registration, following a 'first chance' that sent 39,00 disputes to the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
Galactic Patrol beta brings OS X support
MonkeyByte.com has released Galactic Patrol beta for Mac OS X, a 3D arcade-style game, and is looking for beta testers that use non-standard mac peripherals (mice, joysticks, and video cards).
Reckless Drivin\' 1.31 fixes OS X bug
Reckless Drivin' v1.31 is an update to the 2-dimensional car racing game for Mac OS X. The update fixes a bug in Mac OS X 10.1.3 that caused the screen to stay black after gameplay.
Desktastic for drawing on OS X desktop
Steven Frank's Desktastic allows you to use your mouse to draw directly onto the Mac OS X desktop.
Researchers looking for more compact Macs
Researchers on the Human Genome Project would rather use Macs, however, "Apple's computers are the wrong shape to make into high-power computer clusters. Apple's flagship G4 PowerMacs are powerful number-crunchers, but their upright design makes them unsuitable for stacking into computing clusters -- supercomputers made from cheap, off-the-shelf PCs," according to a Wired News article.
Canon intros new PowerShot cameras, printer
Canon today introduced three new PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot A40, A30 and the entry-level A100 as well as a new Card Photo Printer.
New iMac best selling computer at Amazon
Amazon today said that the flat-panel iMac desktop, which made its debut in the Amazon.com Computer store on February 13, 2002, was the fastest-selling computer in the Amazon.com Computer store history, with the entire stock selling out in less than four hours. It also said that Apple laptop and desktop systems currently claim 10 of the top 25 bestseller spots in the Computer store.
Canon introduces 6 megapixel camera
Canon has introduced the EOS D60 digital SLR, a 6.3 megapixel digital camera resolution that includes a 3-point AF system with more responsive performance; 3 illuminated viewfinder focusing points; and the ability to capture images simultaneously in RAW and JPEG modes. The camera suports CompactFlash cards and is expected to be supported by Apple's Mac OS X Image Capture application in the near future. It is due in April for $3,000.
c|net looks at MS-Apple as contract nears end
The end of the formal Microsoft-Apple five-year contract is nearing this summer and despite the pledge to work together with the MacBU, Apple still has has its differences with (other parts of) Microsoft, raising "the question of whether the two companies--which have long had a love-hate relationship--will reaffirm their commitments or begin to drift apart," according c|net.
Kids GoGoGo 5.1 adds better security
MAKI Enterprise has released an update to its parental control program: Kids GoGoGo 5.1 adds Mozilla browser support, extended logging, and better security to the Classic version and multiple user support, better customization, per-user logging, and other enhancemens to the OS X version. It is a free update for registered users. Licenses are $30 for either the Classic or OS X version or $40 or for the bundle. [Classic, Carbon]
New Apple-store coming to Dublin
MacNN reader Cormac Shaw writes about an iMac review in the Technology in Business section of today's (Friday) edition of The Irish Times, which notes the opening a new Apple-only store on Kildare Street, Dublin tomorrow:
Pic2Icon 1.2: freeware app fro creating icons
Pic2Icon 1.2 is a free Cocoa utility that creates 128x128 Mac OS X thumbnail icons for your pictures. Version 1.2 adds icon drop shadows, dog-ears, pdf and mov support, speed improvements, bug fixes, and Dutch localization.
Picture Play 1.5.2: electronic collage app
Picture Play 1.5.2 adds a rewritten preferences system, easy access to recently opened items, increased magnification options, and other bug fixes to the application for creating compositions from many smaller images (an electronic collage).
Iconfactory releases The Las Vegas Collection
The Iconfactory has released another freeware icon collection, The Las Vegas Collection, which is available as either standard Mac icons (optimized for OS X) or as an icon pack that can be used with IconBrowser under OS X.
PowerMate 1.0 driver finalized for USB device
Griffin Technology has released PowerMate 1.0 software for both OS 9 and OS X, which fix numerous bugs, add AppleScript support, and extend the functionality of the PowerMate, audio & video programmable USB controller. The OS X also adds an uninstaller. [Classic, Carbon]
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