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Easy Software Products announced Friday that Apple has licensed the Common UNIX Printing System for use with Apple operating systems and software. The CUPS software will provide enhanced printing capabilities under Mac OS X. It is also anticipated that other Apple software will benefit from the technology. CUPS technology uses the Internet Printing Protocol as the basis for managing print jobs and queues.
Apple has announced the iPhoto contest winners in the People, Creative and Nature categories. Three \"Grand Prize\" and three \"1st prize\" winners have been awarded an Apple iPod and Canon camera for winning in their respective category.
Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg compares the Apple iPod to SonicBlue\'s Rio Riot in a two-product review published yesterday. Although Mr. Mossberg commends the Riot for its out-of-the-box Windows compatibility and larger storage capacity, he likens the Rio Riot to a \"predecessor product\" of the iPod. The iPod receives much praise for a fast 400Mbp/s FireWire connection and pocketsize design.
Mac OS X developer Eric Seidel today announced OpenAG X v1.0 Final. OpenAG X is a client for the Audiogalaxy file sharing system that includes both essential and advanced features. OpenAG X has been in development as public beta software for several months and now sports a redesigned GUI and countless new features. [GUI, CLI]
Apple has released DVD Player v3.1 via the Apple Software Update application in Mac OS X. The DVD software update adds features for DVD authoring, including the ability to select and play the contents of a \'VIDEO_TS\' folder from a local volume as well as AppleScript support for selection and playback of DVD content and a \'wide\' info window layout, bug fixes, and stability enhancements.
DealNN notes that Sonnet Technologies has dropped the price on the Encore/ZIF G4 500 processor upgrade by $100 to $300. The Encore/ZIF G4 500 upgrade is one of the most popular cards from the upgrade manufacturer.
Associated Press writer Matthew Fordahl puts the PowerMac G4 in the spotlight with praise for the machine\'s feature set and case design in his latest review. \"The Power Mac G4s look like a traditional PC tower on style steroids.\" Fordahl also calls the latch-based case design with well-laid-out innards \"eloquent.\"
Adobe\'s LiveMotion 2.0 EPS Support plug-in provides support for EPS files in Adobe LiveMotion 2.0: \"This installation improves on the existing support. It is recommended that all Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 users download and install this updated plug-in.\"
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 2.0.1, which squashes a few bugs and addes the ability to extract emails from file via regular expression and wildcard searches. The $65 application offers dynamic e-mail merge and includes an integrated message editor, a recipient database system, and a message mailer. [Classic, Carbon]
Blosxom is a lightweight \"Weblog-in-a-jiffy\" Perl CGI script for Mac OS X that features simple drag & drop installation, a number of customizable defaults, CSS-styled output, Permalinks, day/month/year \"archive\" views, and Weblogging from any text editor.
Pic2Icon 1.3 is a small utility that creates 128x128 OS X icons for your pictures: \"Simply drop pictures or folders full of pictures onto the application and it will start creating icons, complete with drop shadows and peeled back dog-ears, control over image quality, and support for many image types, including PDF and quicktime movies!\" It now automatically quits after processing and adds an \'Open Recent\' menu.
Eudora Mailbox Cleaner 2.0 is \"a simple drag\'n\'drop application which provides easy one-step migration from Eudora to Mail.app, directly importing Eudora\'s mailboxes and filter files and preparing nickname files for import into Address Book.\" It currently imports Mailboxes, nickname, and filters. Versin 2.0 offers direct conversion into Mail.app, performance increases during import, and other enhancements.
osx.macnn.com has reports on the latest Eudora beta, FutureBASIC R6, PowerGuardian for monitoring UPS systems, Firewalk X 2.0 (advanced firewall application), and a new Folding@home graphical client.
Don Pavlish writes \"Congressional hearings on the draconian SSSCA bill were held yesterday...this is the bill that would force copy-protection onto computers and put people in jail for five years if they disabled this on their own machines. ..Apparently, Disney CEO Mike Eisner isn\'t too keen on Apple\'s \'rip, mix, burn\' slogan. A VP of Intel was also at the hearing, and issued this defense of the slogan.\"
Steve Jobs is among the world\'s top billionaires, ranking 413th, with a fortune of $1.1 billion. Forbes\' 16th annual ranking of the world\'s billionaires tracks 497 people, including 50% of whom saw their net worth fall and the average net worth dipped from $3.2 billion to $3.1 billion. Bill Gates ($52.8B), Warren Buffett ($35B), Karl Albrecht ($26.8B), Paul Allen ($25.2B), and Apple Board member Larry Ellison ($23.5B) round out the top 5, respectively.
Interstudio has announced Domus.Cad v11, a 3D-based architectural CAD for Macintosh, according to Architosh.
Intuit today released Quicken Deluxe 2001R3 and Quicken 2002R3. Both updates include new Quicken online certificates, which are required \"in order to continue using some of the online features of Quicken 2002. If you have already installed the R2 update, this is the only change.\" [2001R3, 2002R3]
Pangea Software has re-released its popular video game Bugdom 1.1.5 as a $20 shareware title. Pangea will donate 50% of all profits from Bugdom shareware sales during the month of March to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The boxed version of Bugdom will continue to be sold off of Pangea\'s web site until inventory runs out.
Trek 2000 will not be providing OS X support for the original ThumbDrive, according to a note from company representative. A new, driverless model \"ThumbDrive Smart,\" however, will support OS X.
The latest beta of Qualcomm\'s Eudora 5.1b21 email client is available. It now supports services in the Services menu (under the Eudora menu): \"However, there is an OS X bug that prevents services from pasting data into Eudora if the service provider as a Cocoa application.\" It also brings a new application icon, LDAP support, better scroll wheel support, and other enhancements as well as restored URL Access.
Apple now offers the iMac-styled Apple Pro Keyboard (White keys) for purchase from the Apple Store for $60 as well as the Apple Pro Mouse (White color) for $60.
Hex Appeal 1.0 an original puzzle game for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X: \"The aim of the game is to unscramble a hexagonal grid of colored pieces in a given number of moves.\" The $15 shareware includes 12 boards, 2 practice modes, a board editor, and \"beat-the-clock\" and regular game modes.
Describe 2.0, now completely re-written in Java 2, adds Flash 5 support to the utility that allows \"developers and the curious to browse the contents of Flash files - examining the fields in each of the tags to see how the Flash file specification is put into practice.\" It can also browse files containing \'compiled\' ActionScript to view the byte-codes executed by the Flash player. It is freeware.
STAZ Software has released FutureBASIC R6, an update to its BASIC programming environment that offers performance increases as well as OS X compatibility. Release 6 provides access to all Appearance Manager buttons and implements all window types including sheets, floating windows, and windows with toolbars as well as advanced features for handling preference files and automated features that move the Quit and Preferences menu items to the application menu when a program is run under OS X. The $170 application includes 1-year of updates on CD--after which the price is $100 per year. It is also available in French, Italian, and Japanese.
Final versions of the Folding@Home 2.1.9 client is available for OS X, offering users the ability to help scientists understand protein folding by \"donating\" the computational power of their computer when it is idle. Command-line (CLI) and graphical clients (GUI) are available. (Readers are encouraged to visit Team MacNN for more information on our effort.) [CLI, GUI]
Toshiba has reduced the price on its 2.2 megapixel digital camera. The PDR-M25, now available for $250 ($30 drop), has an aspherical glass lens, offers a 3X optical/2X digital zoom; a 1.5-inch high-resolution color LCD, SmartMedia card storage; and a macro mode. It includes a soft case, a wrist strap, a protective lens cap, an instruction manual on CD, a USB cable, a Video cable (PAL/NTSC), and 4x Alkaline AA batteries.
BenaTong has introduced PowerGuardian, a $20 application for OS X that monitors a connected UPS (uninteruptable power supply) and performs a safe system shutdown (saving open files) as well as optionally allows for shutdowns to be based on remaining battery capacity (if supported by the UPS).
The Los Angeles Times has published part one of The iMac Challenge, which compares a new flat-panel iMac to a Gateway 500SE: \"From the hardware perspective, neither computer cleaned the other\'s clock. The iMac has style and setup advantages; the Gateway is marginally cheaper and far more expandable.\"
Firewalk X 2.0 is a $35 firewall software package offering the ability to restrict network access by appliction, IP, user, and traffic-type. Firewall rules can apply to IP addresses and ports, both destination and source, subnets, port ranges, incoming and outgoing traffic, and specific devices. It is fully compatible with the system\'s built-in firewall system. [download available again as of 3:45 pm]
Intelli Innovations has released ProSQL 1.1.4, adding support for the display of Japanese characters within database records to the advanced SQL database management software package. Licensing starts at $90. [Classic, Carbon]
Iomega yesterday released IomegaWare 3.5, an OS X-compatible version of its software for formatting, protecting, managing and changing settings on Iomega drives, including Zip, Peerless, Jaz, PocketZip, FotoShow Digital Image Center, and HipZip products. Version 3.5 adds support for OS X 10.1, support for Active Disk titles, and other enhancements. The package includes Iomeag drivers, Password App, contextual menu suport, Mac Help guide, and single installer for Classic and OS X.
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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 Hermés 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