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Customer Tracker, a $35 invoicing and customer database application, has been updated to version 2.6. Customer Tracker v2.6 can be used to store and track jobs done for customers, print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes, labels etc. New features include the printing of higher-than-than-72dpi logos and international Number formatting. [Classic, Carbon]
Last week, Aspyr Media began taking preorders for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds from LucasArts. Aspyr reports that the game, first shown at MacWorld Expo San Francisco, reached \'first playable\' late last week. Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds centers around the Star Wars saga with real-time strategy involving six key civilizations. The Mac OS X-compatible game sells for $40.
Apple has released an update to PowerBook G4 systems that fixes the Mac OS 9 DVD Player. The update for 550 Mhz or 667 Mhz systems fixes an issue when using the DVD player for extended periods or while using it simultaneously with other applications that use the graphics processor.
XMedia UI has been released, replacing the beta version of the XML capable plug-in that was included with InDesign 2.0 for Mac OS 9 & X. The plug-in allows importing, creation, editing, and exporting of XML files. New features of the update are image conversion, which automatically exports images as web-ready graphics, and full support for importing and exporting Shift-JIS encoded characters.
Password Retriever v3.0 is a $12 application that will categorize and retrieve thousands of passwords for purposes including voicemail PIN numbers to email passwords. This update improves speed and stability under Mac OS X and is approximately 50% quicker. [Classic, Carbon]
We\'ve posted a review of the Lapvantage Ergo by The Plasticsmith, a specialized riser unit that elevates any laptop computer off the desk for optimal viewing. the Lapvantage includes an area for an extended keyboard.
According to a c|net report, shares of Apple fell Wednesday after Merrill Lynch warned that shipments of new flat-panel iMacs would not meet consumer demand, citing reports of production problems in Taiwan. Orders for iMac desktops have reached nearly 200,000 units; Apple has only fulfilled 10,000 to 15,000 orders.
ideaSpiral v 1.0.1 is a word processing enviroment designed to help keep track of ideas and projects. It allows multiple text entries in one file and hierarchical lists to help organize text documents. The latest version of the $14 shareware application fixes naming problems and other minor bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple has released Final Cut Pro 3.0.1, which addresses a problem with installing FCP on dual processor systems that \"has plagued the software since its initial release. Owners of dual 1-GHz machines have been struggling with crashing installers since that machine\'s introduction.\" The update also claims to fix a conflict with the Internet System Preferences file. Updaters for Retail, NFR, Academic and Academic Lab are available.
Kodak earlier this week introduced the EasyShare DX4900 Zoom Digital Camera, which features 4.0 megapixel resolution, an all-glass aspherical lense system and a 3x digital/2x optical zoom. It will be available in stores in March for $400. [link updated]
Email Magician 1.5, the YAV\'s $35 utility for Eudora users, has more than 1000 spam filters as well as Spammer Address Collection for tracking spammers. The utility also features the ability to export mailboxes to FileMaker Pro while stripping html tags. It is a free upgrade.
Panasonic has introduced a new series of Lumix digital cameras which feature Leica lenses that can \"capture the most delicate nuances of light and shade, the elusive ambience of \'air,\' and subtle gradations of color.\" Panasonic\'s DMC-F7 ($500) and DMC-LC20 ($350) feature a 2.1 megapixel CCD and support Vario-Elmarit lenses, while the DMC-LC40 ($700) and the DMC-LC5 ($900) feature 4.0 megapixel CCDs and support Vario Summicron lenses. The Lumix cameras also offer USB connectivity and feature a memory card slot that is compatible with either SD Memory Cards or aMultiMediaCard. An 8MB, 16MB or 32MB SD Memory Card, depending upon the model; All models except the DMC-F7 feature a 3x optical and a 2x digital zoom and all but the entry-level DMC-LC20 (April) are due in March.
Wildform\'s $130 Flix 2.0 can turn a standard video into a vectorized video and also offers the ability to encode Flash files. Version 2.0 also features batch encoding, advanced Flash features, the ability to add an overlay or watermark, export audio as .wav or .mp3 files, and to set outut audio sampling and bitrates as well as video size.
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its 60GB Cobra Slim FireWire hard drive. The drive, which weights 0.7lbs, operates at 5400RPM, has a 28MB/s transfer rate, a 2MB buffer, and is bus-powered. The $630 drive ships with Intech Speed Tools Formatting and RAID Level 0 software, a six-foot FireWire cable, EZ Start Up CD and an optional AC power adapter and ships with a one-year warranty.
The 802.11b WLAN market grew 14% in the fourth quarter of last year, according to In-Stat/MDR. A new report by the high-tech market research firm, notes that rapidly decreasing prices, especially for Network Interface Cards (NICs) and low-end Access Points (APs), contributed to negative revenue growth during the same quarter. Apple was among the top six vendors who shipped to the home market, which grew 20% in terms of shipments (11% by revenue) in Q4 of 2001.
osx.macnn.com has notes on new Adaptec drivers for its SCSI cards, FAXstf 10.0.3, Frontbase 3.5 (scaleable database server), iMsafe (a new backup utility), and LaunchBar 3.2b2, a useful system utility for quickly locating apps, URLs, and other items.
Willow Design has released its The Flat Panel iMac Wedge. The flat-panel iMac case is 8 lbs. and offers rigid protective external walls, and dividers throughout to separate and protect the flat panel and other components. There are specific compartments for the iMac, speakers, keyboard, two separate accessory compartments and room for cables. It is available in black, navy, and charcoal for $207.
4D today announced the release of its 4D WebSTAR 5.1, an update to its Internet Server package, offering integrated FastCGI functions, a new 4D WebSTAR Rewrite plug-in for URL management, new Language Negotiation features and a new Admin Client with increased performance and interface improvements. Other enhancements include a new WebObjects adapter, compatibility with PHP 4.1.1, an updated 4D Link Plug-in and improved Search summaries.
BusinessWeek Online debates the merits of Apple selling PC software: \"The notion of tackling Microsoft on its home turf appeals to Mac partisans. A moment\'s reflection, however, reveals a host of pitfalls.\"
DockFun 2.01 is a tool that can run up to ten Dock configurations. Version 2.0 adds customized graphics for each Dock configuration, improves performance, and offers control via the contextual menu as well as other enhancements and bug fixes.
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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