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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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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
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir