Giga Information Group vice president Rob Enderle told NewsFactor/osOpinion that a shortage of glass used in the construction of 15\" flat-panel display found in the new Apple iMac is a \"major factor\" in the delay of the product. \"The shortages are a result of increased demand for such monitors.\"
Heuris today announced the initial release of Xtractor, an application that can be used to extract, or \"rip,\" audio and video files from unencrypted DVDs. Users can \"de-multiplex\" and extract elementary streams from MPEG-1 system streams, MPEG-2 program streams and MPEG-2 transport streams -- including those HDTV streams recorded with a DTV decoder card. Xtractor is currently available directly from Heuris for $149.
Mactracker v1.6.4 is a minor, but important, maintenance release of the Macintosh specifications database that updates the domain names used to automatically connect to the update server. Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh ever made, including notes on processor speed, built-in memory and expansion options [Classic, Carbon]
Passenger v2.1 is an account creation and password generation tool that can import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP, XML files as well as create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP, Mac OS X Server, Eudora Internet Mail Server and others. This version represents a moderate update to the software package and brings a handful bug fixes and improvements that include a new Export Preview, improved Folder Migration reporting and the ability to generate passwords based on short names. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader \'Chris\' notes \"I\'ve been reading the Mac news sites lately about Apple having a shortage of iMacs. Nothing can be further from the truth at The Apple Store in Tampa. According to the sales staff, they have plenty of iMac 700MHz in stock with an ample supply of iMac 800MHz due by this weekend. I think that is a reflection of what is going on at all the Apple Stores.\"
REALbasic v4.0.2 is a free update to the object-oriented visual programming enviroment. The update fixes various bugs, improves Listbox drawing, fixes crashes with BinaryStream and Menu Balloon Help (Mac OS X) and sockets when DNS lookup fails. REALbasic is available for $150 for the Standard version, or $350 for the Professional version.
Extensis today announced QX-Tools Pro, a major upgrade to its productivity \'XTensions\' for Quark XPress. New features include the ability to import to MS Excel and PowerPoint, and faster access to keyboard shortcuts; price is $60 for an upgrade and $300 for a full version.
Scopo Gigio v1.02 is a full-featured waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The $50 software improves error checking, fixes bugs, and is now ready for After Effects 5.5 and Photoshop 7.0 in Mac OS X. Demos: [AE, PS]
Extensis has begun shipping QX-Tools Pro, a revision to the company\'s set of XTensions for QuarkXPress. New functionality includes the ability to import MS Excel and PowerPoint graphics and tables, and a palette that allows faster access to keyboard shortcuts. The software is priced at $200 and is Classic compatible.
WiebeTech\'s latest revision to its FireWire DriveDock includes an Oxford 911 bridge, gets a reduction in size, and sports support for IDE drives up to 160 GB. The company claims the new version benchmarks in excess of 30MB/second. The DriveDock is priced at $100, with an option $30 power supply.
Optima Systems has released PageSpinner 4.0, a new version of the HTML Editor that is now Carbonized. The new release adds support for Appearance and Aqua, multiple undo/redo, 8 user-selectable browsers, and better META tag support.
Virtix has unveiled Bravo and Echo, two new special effect packages that utilize the iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. The OS X versions of the effects packages can now position laser beams and lightning bolts, zoom up on a portion of an image, fix the broken pixels of a camera, and warp and distort images all by selecting positions in the iMovie preview window. A total of 38 effects is included in the two sets, priced at $25 individually and $40 together.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an Apple retail store will be opening at the West County Center Mall in Missouri. The new Apple outlet will be part of a $232 million re-opening of the shopping center.
Essential Reality will take the wraps off its P5 virtual reality glove on March 21st during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the San Jose Convention Center. With the glove, users can control games and other applications through movements of the fingers and hand. Essential says it is planning OS X compatibility for the second incarnation of the USB-based P5.
Sony and Palm have entered into a marketing agreement to develop \"strategic\" Bluetooth programs for carriers and their customers. The companies plan to deliver a series of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and communications products by the end of 2002, including a solution that would allow users to tap a phone number on a PDA that would be automatically dialed on a cell phone.
Adobe has released Acrobat Reader for Palm OS 2.0 which adds the ability to synchronize Adobe PDF files to Palm Powered handhelds from Macs, and allows access to secured Adobe PDF documents. The software will be available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish flavors. An OS 9/OS X compatible beta is currently available for download.
Etchelon Tracer 4.2, Andy Pritchard \'s $27 shareware tool for animation development, uses vector graphic and bitmap graphic morphing to create animated movies. It will morph from any key frame to any other key frame to provide animation, morphing or special effects. Version 4.2 now includes a new text alignment tool.
MSN Messenger 2.1, a new version of the instant messaging utility for MSN customers, offers updated Emoticons, improvements to enhance stability and performance, and other bug fixes. Japanese, German, Swedish, French, and Spanish versions of MSN Messenger are also now available.
Macinmind\'s server account utility, Passenger 2.1, now has checks for duplicates against NetInfo, export previews, better reporting and verification as well as other features and fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD