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Proxim has released the Skyline 11Mb Wireless USB Adapter Mac OS v1.1 update for download. This update contains the Mac OS installer for the Skyline USB Adapter and the Wireless USB control panel.
File Buddy v7.0FC1 is the initial Mac OS X release of the high-level file management utility for the Mac. File Buddy 7 can edit a wide range of file and folder information as well as create \"droplet\" applications that can apply changes automatically to all items \'dropped\' on them. This release closely follows the Aqua interface guidelines and works under Mac OS 9 using CarbonLib. This version is tentatively marked \"Final Candidate,\" and is expected by the developer to operate close to its final state.
Late last week, Apple quietly released DVD Player v3.1.1 via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. Apple today posted a Knowledge Base description of the update, and has made the update available for download from its Web site. DVD Player v3.1.1 fixes an issue that could occur on non-English versions of Mac OS X that would cause DVD Player on Macs with the Graphite appearance theme to unexpectedly quit.
CERT\'s Vulnerability Note says that Mac OS X is not affected by a Double Free Bug in zlib Compression Library, noted on the main news page earlier today. The bug affects FreeBSD, most Linux variants, and XFree86.
Apple\'s Technical Note TN2043 has details of the changes provided by system software updates OS X 10.1.1 through OS X 10.1.3.
CharisMac today has announced it has added support for 40x CD recorders in an update to its CD/DVD mastering application: Discribe v5.0.11 adds support for 40x CD recorders as well as support for a variety of new DVD recorders. The $70 application, which supports OS X as well as all flavors of OS 9, supports the mastering of MP3 files to CD and includes AudioScribe, a direct-to-disk recording utility that lets you record vinyl, voice or tape to hard disk in AIFF format. A fully functional demo copy of Discribe v5.0.11 limits users to 5 burns. Upgrades from pre-5.0 versions as well as competitive upgrades are $30. [Classic, Carbon]
FrontBase today announced FBScriptAgent, a new application running under Mac OS X that would provide scriptable control to its FrontBase Relational Database Server 3.5. FBScriptAgent, offered at no additional charge, is a \"scriptable\" application which forwards commands to the FrontBase database, including sending raw SQL commands and the ability to start, stop, create and delete FrontBase databases.
Addonics today announced itse Addonics 32x Combo CDRW/Copier, which features both a 52X CD-ROM as a source drive and a 32x12x40x CDRW that can be used as a stand alone one-to-one CD duplicator as well as an external CDRW drive. The FireWire model is $520, however, Mac compatibility is limited. Addonics also introduced the 16x Pocket CDRW is \"barely larger than a standard Compact Disc case\" and weighs only 14 ounces. It features a 16x10x24x mechanism, but also has limited Mac compatibility. The FireWire version is $430.
Adobe Illustrator v10.0.1 is the first maintenance update to the popular vector graphics suite. This update addresses several performance issues and speeds up basic functions like launch, copy and paste. This release also adds better Mac support on Windows NT networks and fixes several bugs.
StimpSoft, developers of applications such as Son of Weather Grok and Smell-O-Mints, have announced that they are \"closing up\". Previous applications are still available for download, but work on them has ceased.
Terra Soft Solutions has announced shipment of a dual GHz G4 cluster node/server/workstation in a GVS 9000 2U Rack System with Mac OS X and Yellow Dog Linux 2.2 pre-installed. The powerful hardware is available for $3840. Wired also notes Terra Soft could be \"Mac Clusters Last Stand?\".
Macplay has released a beta version of the long-awaited Multiplayer patch for Sacrifice, its $50 real-time strategy game for the Mac OS.
Navdeep Bains has released Mail Beacon v1.4.2, his email utility for Mac OS 9. \"Mail Beacon alerts users of new mail in both POP3 and IMAP accounts. It can also read/delete mail on server. Mail Beacon supports a filter system, allowing users to trash spam without ever downloading it.\" Changed in the update are numerous bugs and some improvements to the interface.
MonkeyByte has released Galactic Patrol v1.6.6 beta for Mac OS X. The classic, $15 3d space shooter game now runs natively in Mac OS X, but is limited to select beta testers (the Mac OS X version will be fully available soon).
Colorfield Digital Media has announced Xproof Public Beta for Mac OS 9/X. The real-time color previewing and information tool enables web designers to quickly and easily visualize color apperances across different devices, including Windows monitors and various broadcast formats.
Radiologic Technology has released WildEepz, a display cushion for PowerBook G4 users. The small, $10 cushions, made from rubber polymer, are .040\" thick and provide space between the PowerBook screen and keyboard.
IOGEAR is now shipping MiniView III, a USB KVM Peripheral (KVMP) sharing switch that allows one USB console to control up to four computers and two USB ports (up to 127 devices with hubs) using a single KVMP switch. MiniView III also features IOGEAR\'s USB sniffing technology offering complete USB keyboard and mouse emulation for error-free booting and real-time switching. The two- and four- port products are priced at $160 and $200, respectively and come with a 3-yr warranty.
Aram Kudurshian\'s HTML Creator 3.0 is a shareware ($15) HTML editor that adds support Style Sheets and Framesets as well as a batch Find/Replace functions. It also features an updated HTML Reference, new assistants, bug fixes, and other enhancements such as improved drag and drop support, new HTML Tools, and better web page previews.
Mac versions of PC PhoneHome are now available for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. The software tracks the location of a missing laptop or desktop computer by secretly transmiting an electronic message to an email address of your choice, allowing you to track and locate your computer. A freeware Lite version sends a periodic stealth signal to the registrant\'s command center with the exact coordinates of the registrant\'s computer, but can be removed with a format, low-level format or fdisk procedure, while the paid version ($30) cannot be removed from the protected hard drive with a format, low-level format and fdisk procedure.
Melonsoft today announced WebPeek 1.0, an update to its desktop monitoring software, which allows users to run a small, non-intrusive application that takes screenshots of the destkop and uploads them to a FTP server at user-specified intervals. The $10 shareware supports JPEG and PNG image formats as well as FTP logging. [Classic, Carbon]
EZQuest is now shipping its 40x12x48 Boa FireWire CD-RW drive, which can burn a 74-minute CD in under 2 minutes. The $270 drive is housed in a light-gray casing, has a 2MB buffer, features Burn Proof technology, and ships with a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a cable and software.
osx.macnn.com has reports on a new PDF watermarking utility, updated Palm conduits for Now Up-to-Date, CopyPaste 1.2, KeyboardMaestro 1.03, and LaunchBar 3.2.
Max Prog\'s offline Web browsing tool, Web Dumper 1.5, which can dowload entire Websites, is now multi-threaded, supporting up to 10 simultaneous HTTP connections. It also supports URLs with port numbers and Flash files. [Classic, Carbon]
Tech news: A \"double-free vulnerability\" in the zlib compression library affects all Linux variants and some BSD variants (potentially OS X), according to c|net; Red Hat announced G4 processor and AltiVec support for its GNUPro Linux toolchain and cross compiler development tools, allowing the development of more AltiVec-enabled applications; and Microsoft has offered an olive branch to the European Commission, saying it will open up some information kept secret, which was allegedly in violation of European Union law.
Stone Design\'s StampInStone 0.9b is a native OS X PDF watermarking application htat allows you to instantly add text or an image to every page of a PDF document. It offers control over color, font, size and placement. A beta is available now, while the final version is expected to ship in 30 days for $50.
Dan Williams has released PennMUSH 1.74p15 for Classic, which brings the Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) server to Mac: \"Users connect to the server with a Telnet or MUD client and interact with other players in a virtual, text-based world. Mac OS X/Darwin binaries will follow for those who don\'t have the MacOS X Developer tools or the time to compile themselves for X.\"
Scripting Matters has announced new AppleScript Pro Sessions, which will be held in Monterey, CA, May 13-17. The classes will feature beginning and advanced AppleScript training, covering the new scripting features in Photoshop 7, OS X, and many other applications. Pricing starts at $400 with discounts for multiple day passes.
Keyboard Maestro 1.03 offers a the classic application switcher functionality from Program Switcher as well as other keyboard-based functions such as launching apps, inserting text, opening folders, and multiple clipboards. The new \"lite\" version of the $20 shareware supports up to 20 hotkeys.
Fungible Software has released iTunes Watcher 1.1, which displays in a small resizable window the track/artist info of the currently playing song.
Sony today announced its new Cyber-shot digital still camera, the DSC-P9. The four megapixel digital camera offers an AF Illuminator mode, which briefly illuminates the subject of a picture with an infrared light for an accurate focus lock in total darkness as well as multi-point auto focus and multi-pattern metering for better photos in all lighting conditions. It will ship (with a 16MB Memory Stick) in May for $600.
Power On Software has updated the public beta of its Palm conduits for Now Up-to-Date & Contact. The Palm conduits, available for free from the Website, allow users to synchronize their schedules and contacts with their Palm handhelds and now permits synchronization using the new OS X native conduit architecture--even on machines containing Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X on the same drive partition. It also adds an option to revert to the pre-synchronization status.
Quitling 2.1, is an update to Catchy Software\'s replacement for Mac OS 9\'s application switcher menu. New features include system-wide popup menus, launching functionality, several new actions and behaviors and a number of bug fixes. The $10 shareware also includes a standard installer and uninstaller.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ