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Intego has released 23 new virus definitions for the detection and eradication of recently discovered viruses. VirusBarrier 1.5 is required for this set.
Sun Microsystem is considering including some Apple-written code in a Sun Java Virtual machine to boost performance, according to InfoWorld: \"[Apple] has modified Sun\'s Java HotSpot VM to boost loading speed and reduce memory consumption. The modified VM is part of Apple\'s Mac OS/10 [and] involve improvements to shared system libraries.\"
Roxio is now shipping Toast 5 with Jam, its new product bundle that includes Jam 5, an update to its audio CD mastering software.
piDog Software announced today the release of piDock v2.0a1. piDock is a utility for the navigation of files and folders in a natural and efficient manner. The new version includes translucent menus that take advantage of the display abilities of Mac OS X, user-viewable information about files and bug fixes for improved application behavior.
Harpoon3 v3.4.6 is an update to the popular shareware game that offers increased stability, a simplified updating process and usability enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
MYOB has announced MYOB FirstEdge, a new entry-level business product for Mac OS X. The easy-to-use business management product is designed for small businesses and integrates banking, sales and expense tracking into one application; pricing is $100 and will be available in mid-April.
At NAB 2002 (April 8-11), Digital Voodoo will introduce HD Fury, a High Definition PCI card featuring one HD SDI input and one HD SDI output, Genlock and SD SDI down conversion. It supports dual stream HD as well as 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio at 24 bit / 96 Khz. It is also expected to introduce its Compound SD, the comany\'s latest SDI I/O digital and analog videographics engine billed as the \"first multiple format 10-bit I/O card for the Mac.\" The multiple format PCI card supports 10-bit uncompressed SDI input and output as well as component RGB, YUV, Y/C and composite (NTSC and PAL) video. It also has built-in support for multiple layers of video or video and graphics as well 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio.
In response to Apple\'s request for input from PC users, Steve Klingsporn of OSNews.com has come up with some the following ideas: computer boot time from 10-15 seconds, less processor intensive activies (movies, music), better kernel scheduling, dynamic plug-in architecture, a better naming system, and no more legacy applications. Along many with other ideas already listed, Klingsporn is asking for more suggestions from users.
Studiotron is publicly tesing Mailtron v2.0b1 for Mac OS X. The email gateway allows hosting of mail domains without having a full time internet connection or paying fees. The latest version features \"industrial strenght\" mail forwarding using fetchmail, automatic protocol detection, and IMAP support.
Faust\'s Friend v2.3 is a free ticker application that displays headlines from several Macintosh websites. The maintenance upgrade fixes issues with the existing channels. Sites included in the ticker are MacNN, MacSlash, MacFixit, and Slashdot. [Classic, Carbon]
IPNetSentry v1.3.6 is a firewall application that can stop hackers, intruders, and Cod Red-type worms. The update \"made the payload inspection command support both \"word offset\" and \"length\" parameters when searching incoming datagrams for specific strings.\" Also
Rage Software has released WebDesign v1.5.1, a maintenance update to the web development application for Mac OS 9 & X. WebDesign allows extended features through the use of plug-ins and extensions; the update includes a number of bug fixes and improves the attribute editor. Price is $30 for a new liscense and $20 for an upgrade.
Scott Thompson has forwarded us an email from Artec USA regarding their scanner support for Mac OS X. \"I\'m sorry, but there will be no update for our scanners to support Mac OS 9.1 and higher. We apologize for this.\"
FirewireDirect.com today announced a new line of FireWire portable hard drives, powered by a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and offering up to 40 GB of storage capacity. The new Spark III EmPowered (Spark EP) has a sharp black and metallic industrial design, with brushed metal side panels and a piercing bright ice blue power light and features the latest high-performance Oxford 911 chipset. The battery automatically recharges itself when plugged into a powered FireWire port or when connected to the AC adaptor. Prices for the 10GB, 20GB, 30GB, and 40GB are $200, $220, $350, and $390, respectively. An enclosure for any 9.5mm disk drive and battery is $150.
MacNN reader Colin Sandy notes Forbes.com\'s positive but fair review of the new 10 gigabyte iPod. The article notes a rumored Apple solution for connecting the MP3 player to Windows systems; meanwhile, USA Today says that \"Windows users eagerly adopt Apple iPod,\" noting Windows connectivity solutions: MediaFour\'s XPlay Preview 5 and Joe Masters\' \"EphPod.\"
D-Link has launched the D-Link DWB-120M, a compact Bluetooth USB wireless network adapter designed specifically for Macs. It allows any Apple computer with a USB port running Mac OS X 10.1.3 to create connections to other Bluetooth-enabled devices. It is strictly compliant to the Bluetooth 1.1 specification and provides connection speeds of up to 1 Mbps with up to 33 feet (or 10 Meters) of range. It will be available in April exclusively through the Apple Store for $50.
Apple is teaming up with UK computer-retail vendor PC World to install Mac only software areas in 109 PC World stores across the UK, according to Macworld UK. The areas, expected to launch in mid-May, follows the installation of a protoype in PC World Luton last year after Christmas and will carry up to 30 Apple and third-party Mac software titles, including games and reference titles, utility and system apps, Mac OS X 10.1 and Corel Draw 10.
Nathan Sturtevant\'s VCD Copy X 1.0 is a freeware OS X utility for copying the tracks off of a VCD.
Recosoft has released VINC 1.0, an integrated document viewing and converter application that provides rapid viewing and conversion of files created in different word processing and graphics software, including MSWord, AppleWorks, HTML, RTF, PNG, JPEG, and Photoshop formats. It also supports Japanese-language text contained in documents and retains the integrity of Japanese-language word processing files. It is priced at $50. [Classic, Carbon]
HannStar Display has received new 15-inch LCD panel orders for Apple\'s new iMac. Shipments are scheduled to begin in May with an \"initial monthly volume of 10,000 units, which could then rise to 30,000 units in the future.\" HannStar joins LG.Philips as the sole vendors of LCD panels for Apple\'s iMac, according to DigiTimes. Another article notes that tight supply of TFT LCD panels for the iMac has hampered shipments as well as confirms production problems in assembling the iMac \"arm.\"
ChronoSync 1.02 is an update to the $20 application for synchronizing files and folders, adding the ability to detect missed schedules (due to computer sleep or shutdown) as well as the ability to delete a file if it exists only on one side of the synchronization tree. The update also offers other functions and bug fixes.
Portraits & Prints 1.1 adds manual photo placement, a customizable user interface, full ColorSync workflow support, better integration with other programs (such as iPhoto), and the ability to export photos to the $20 photo layout and printing application. A demo is available.
Alias/Wavefront will announce drastic price cuts on its professional versions, Maya Complete ($2,000) and Maya Unlimited ($7,000) from their former prices of $7,500 and $16,000, respectively. Last week NewTek cut the price of its LightWave 3-D software from $2,500 to $1,600, according to the USA Today report.
The $12 shareware Alarm Clock Pro 5.2 from Koingo Software adds the ability to play iTunes playlists, a new resume-able Stop Watch, a silent Ring Beep, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Two of thirteen directors being sued by Apple for the demise of Australian Buzzle venture have fired back with lawsuits of their own against Apple, alleging channel stuffing and misleading statements by Apple representatives: \"Donald Hartono and Wing Liu, have hit back by filing a separate Federal Court action in Victoria. The pair allege that Apple had engaged in misleading conduct that partly contributed to Buzzle\'s failure.\"
Power On has released a free NowPak module that lets Now Up-to-Date & Contact users quickly and easily put their important contact data on any iPod running the new iPod 1.1.
Blizzard Entertainment has released OS X patches for Diablo II and the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion for Mac OS X, after announcing the patches earlier this year. ExtremeSims is providing a mirror for the updates. [DII, DIILOD; DII mirror; DIILOD mirror]
Rainer Brockerhoff has released XRay 1.0, an update to his $10 shareware File/Folder information utility that offers a more detailed view of files, folders, applications and volumes. It can edit permissions, type/creator codes (from a pre-built database), and has other functions. A two-week trial is available.
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Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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