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DealNN has information on a 500MHz CD-ROM iBook (Dual USB) for $999; a similar \"open-box\" model iBook for $770; a Toshiba PDR-M21 digital camera with bonus kit for $171; Apple educational discounts, and more.
Runtime Revolution today announced the release of Revolution v1.1.1b2 -- tentative release candidate 1. Revolution is a leading development tool that allows developers to write their source code once, and deliver it on all major platforms. Revolution v1.1.1 builds on the feature set of previous releases, improves stability and adds internet access and database support enhancements under Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Tenon Intersystems and Japan-based Open Technologies have ported Openwave Post.Office to Mac OS X. Post.Office is a scalable SMTP/POP3/IMAP messaging server designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized Internet service providers. Administrators can use Post.Office to easily manage email Systems; end users can specify how their mail should be handled, join mailing lists, and manage mailing lists. Post.Office costs $295 for 100 mailboxes and 10 mailing lists.
Sputnix v0.7B is a Mac OS X client for the music sharing AudioGalaxy network. This update fixes several bugs that could cause Sputnix to lock-up, report incorrect information, or not initiate an upload. A Dutch localization has been added and minor changes have been made \"under the hood.\"
James Sentman has posted a third beta version of acgi dispatcher for OS X, which allows developers to write cgi programs for Apache in AppleScript. Beta 3 improves the Apache configuration options, including support for any file suffix and pre-processors as well as includes several cgi utilities for porting scripts (url encode/decode, pack/unpack cgi and base64).
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.4, a WebObjects-based application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. It includes improvements to the user interface, a detailed Job History feature for tracking changes on a job ticket, more search options for tickets and assets, and preferences for managing custom fields and technician editing permissions. Pricing starts at $3000.
Forbes\' \"rational comparison\" of Windows vs. Mac OS, titled \"Apple\'s New iMac: Hype Versus Reality,\" notes Mac shortcoming such as file compatibility, lack of a few popular applications, and some hardware advantages in the Wintel world. [requires free registration]
A MacNN reader notes that a second Apple retail store is scheduled to open in Dallas in November on \"Knox-Henderson avenue, a trendy area with quite a few local and national-brand stores just north of the downtown area.\"
SPSS today announced SPSS 11.0, an OS X-compatible version of the data analysis software. Due in the third quarter of 2002, version 11.0 will include linear mixed models, improvements to data management, better statistical procedures, improved analytical efficiencym, more descriptive ratio statistics, and new realistic sample data. The $1000 software is available for $600 to academic users.
The Omni Group has released a public beta of OmniOutliner 2.0, a major revision of its outlining application. It includes a new customizable toolbar, new column types, notes, auto-numbering, sorting, summary values, new keyboard shortcuts, support for alternating row colors, an updated info window to support all of these new features, and more. OmniOutliner 2.0b1 includes an extended trial license that expires on May 1, 2002.
Griffin has released its 4-Port USB-Audio Hub, the \"first USB hub fully compatible with USB Audio recording and playback.\" The fully functional USB 4-port hub works un-powered or with the included 12v power supply. The company also released its ClearChoice iPod Connection Kit, which includes a 7-inch mini-jack male to RCA Female adaptor and 6-foot mini-jack to male RCA cable for connecting the iPod to your home stereo. It is $15.
osXigen 1.2, an update to the ftp client from JomoSoft, offers web site management, the option to delete files during mirroring/synchronization, keyboard navigation, firewall support, and a new French-localized version. The $25 application is available with a $5 discount for a limited time.
Following yesterday\'s note on the closure of Capitol Mac, the company writes that \"a last minute tentative agreement has been reached between a yet-to-be announced investor and Capitol Mac. Capitol Mac plans to reopen on Monday, March 18th. Finalization of the purchase is expected today...The liquidation sale planned for tomorrow, Saturday, March 16th has been reduced to a normal closeout sale, with much of the inventory at reduced pricing. The Capitol Mac Service Department will be open as normal on Saturday, and it is expected to remain open as ownership of the company changes hands.\"
Chronos has released Group Organizer Server 4.0.3, a new Cocoa-based version of its personal information application designed for gropus. It integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock as well as Palm syncronization. A 30-day trial of the $100 application is available online.
Evological has released CoolCam 2.3, a shareware ($20) webcam application that provides WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.3 features schedules, dynamic badges, support for QuickTime Effects, and other new features.
Apple is among the companies set to open a store in Los Angeles, joining others such as Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, FAO Schwarz, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, and J. Crew. The Grove, a 575,000-square-foot retail center, is expected to open on March 15th.
Macromedia today announced it is shipping Flash MX, the latest version of the Macromedia Flash development environment. It offers support for video, application components, and accessibility. The $500 application is available as $200 upgrade. Macromedia also released Flash Player 6, a new version of its Web browser plugin for playing back Flash and other content within the Web browser.
CommonGround Softworks has released an upgrade to its web-based data server and access environment, Qilan 2.5. It adds the ability to create data arrays and dictionaries directly on the web server as well as an improved MS SQL Server adapter and improved HTML page processing.
Sonnet today announced its Crescendo/PB G3 466-1M upgrade for PowerBooks, which offers a 466MHz PowerPC G3 processor with 1MB Level 2 backside cache. It is shipping now for $300 and replaces the Crescendo/PB G3 400-1M at the same price.
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq