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Strata today announced the upcoming release of Strata DVpro v5.0. Strata DVpro is billed as a professional-grade desktop DV editing and compression solution with advanced Macromedia Flash integration. Strata employs Sorenson Spark codec technology and incorporates new export options including those for the Real Player, Sorenson Squeeze, Macromedia Flash, MP3, AVI and QuickTime technologies.
Business Week Online has posted the results from a limited user survey that suggests user loyalty among Mac users is high. 62% of the participants claimed to own Mac hardware; nearly 50% said they would consider switching to a Mac if they did not own one already; only 5% said they would never consider the Mac platform. It is important to note that this survey included under 2000 readers and does not appear to be in-line with Apple’s reported market share of less than 5%.
KidsMenu v1.7 is a secure launcher utility for Mac OS 9/X designed especially for younger kids. It provides an At Ease style interface that allows parents to limit what the child can access. The update fixes problems with the previous version and brings further internal optimization.
IOGEAR has launced a guide to understanding USB 2.0 \"in layman\'s terms\". The guide outlines the key features that will benefit consumers using USB 2.0, specifies what operating systems integrate the technology through different products and provides links for consumers to learn more about the new technology.
Gaps v3.0 is a $10 shareware solitaire game that now supports Mac OS X, includes multiple undo levels and offers an improved shuffling ability. [pricing updated; Classic, Carbon]
Lyrictracker Client v2.9 is a free tool for Mac OS 9/X that allows access to lyrictracker.com\'s online song database. New in the version are bug fixes, rewritten chat/communication engine and new user interface icons.
Apple has updated its word processing application for Mac OS 9, AppleWorks v6.2.3, and the Mac OS X version, AppleWorks 6.2.4. Both new versions improve integration between Macintosh manager and FAXstf, add the ability to read and write Microsoft Excel and Word files, improve network compatibility, and speeds up internet template download. The price is $80.
ATI\'s new \"Supercharge your Power Mac G4\" promotion allows customers to trade in the Apple bundled graphics card in Power Mac G4s. It is offering a $150 rebate on the $300 Radeon 8500 when customers return the Apple-branded Radeon 7500 or the Apple-branded nVidia GeForce 4MX. The promotion expires May 31, 2002.
Afternoon tech news: Lawyers told a federal judge Monday that the controversial new U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act sets unconstitutional limits on free speech rights; IBM has teamed up with Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment and Toshiba, to create a new alliance for chipmaking; Intel today announced its fastest Pentium 4 chip to date, a 2.4GHz processor for desktop PCs.
osx.macnn.com has news on the release of OmniGroup\'s OmniGraffle drawing/charting application, FileXaminer 1.0, MacSQL 2.2, a SQL query tool for Sybase databases, and Apple\'s Bluetooth Technology Preview 1.0 release (see yesterday\'s news).
Iomega has released its new HotBurn 2.1.1 software for burning CDs on Macs, according to MacNN reader Jason Greene. It supports the creation of audio and data CD, CD duplication, drag & drop, and CD label printing. The $30 software is offered with a $10 discount to current Iomega drive owners. It currently only supports external USB and FireWire mechanisms from Iomega.
WiebeTech has addeed support for IBM MicroDrives to its FireWire KeyChain, a high-speed, portable FireWire key chain-sized storage device designed to accept user installable CompactFlash I and II modules (and now IBM MicroDrives). It accepts 340MB, 512MB and 1GB IBM MicroDrives as well as CompactFlash up to 1GB as well as OS X bootability. The enhanced version is expected to ship on April 15 for $100.
Waves in Motion released Dragon Web Surveys 6.5, an upgrade to the powerful, cross-platform, FileMaker Pro-based system which allows users to create, publish and tabulate internet-based surveys. Dragon 6.5 adds built-in support for web-based quizzes as well as the ability to attach a point value to any answer and improved import/export features. It requires FileMaker Pro Unlimited with a a dedicated IP for Web-based surveys. Upgrades to the $900 application are $100.
FileXaminer 1.0, a file/folder information utility, allows you to modify file and other folder attributes, such as Type/Creator info, UNIX permissions, and others. It includes UNIX group management (without using NetInfo manager ), batch support for changing icons, batch support for changing modified and created dates, and Super Delete Contextual menu to delete any file/folder as Administrator. It is a $10 shareware utility.
Runtime Labs has released MacSQL 2.2, which allows users to view schema information and issue queries to SQL Databases. It includes native drivers for MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Frontbase, PostgreSQL (Mac OS X only), ODBC, and Oracle. Version 2.2 adds a FileMaker assistant for synchronizing SQL tables with FileMaker databases, improved spreadsheet functions on OS X, the ability to add/edit columns from the Schema Viewer, native Oracle support on OS X, and other enhancements. The full version is $250, while a \"Lite\" version is $100 and provides limited functionality.
The action-adventure game Otto Matic 1.2 adds force feedback support for MacAlly iShock, and a feedback option to the settings dialog as well as fixes some minor audio glitches with OS X.
IDG World Expo has expanded its conference offerings for the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City, which will take place July 15-19, 2002 at the Javits Convention Center. The Hands-on MacLabs will provide focused computer training on a variety of applications and tools for the Mac; the new Power Tools Conferences will provide two days of intensive training on Photoshop, FileMaker Pro, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and AppleScript.
lSQL for X is a SQL query tool for Sybase databases: Adaptive Server Enterprise, Adaptive Server IQ and Adaptive Server. The shareware uses its own implementation of Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol (v5.0), and does not require additional Sybase software such as OpenClient.
Apple is No. 325 on the newest 2002 Fortune 500 list, dropping from its No. 236 rank last year. It is the No. 9 PC company (as detailed by an industry snapshot), but is the No. 3 Most Admired Company and achieved the top spot for innovativeness in its industry (Computers, Office Equipment). Wal-Mart, Exxon, General Motors, Ford, and Enron were among the top 5 respectively in the Fortune 500 list, while PC/Computer Equipment vendors IBM, HP, Compaq, Dell, Sun, Xerox, Gateway, and NCR all outranked Apple in the Fortune 500 list.
Chronos today announced the release of StickyBrain 2, an update to its productivity application that \"lets the user store anything and find anything with one click.\" Version 2.0 adds a new Sticky Browser, which performs Boolean searches like an Internet search engine; a system-Wide Contextual Menu for storing and finding items; a Web-page grabber; a new tape calculator; better security for passwords; and services support under OS X. Upgrades to the $40 application are $25 through the end of May. StickyBrain 2 upgrades are also bundled with Personal Organizer (regularly $60) for $55. A 30-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
Intech\'s Hard Disk SpeedTools 3.5, an update to its disk formatting and test utility software, adds support for native ATA disk drive capacities of more than 128GB as well as introduces two new tools for OS X: QuickBench X and Integrity X (available separately with the classic counterparts for $20). It is a free upgrade to registered owners of the $60 utility.
The Omni Group has released a final version of OmniGraffle 2.0, its $60 drawing/charting program that now includes layers, new drawing tools and modes, embedded hyperlinks and more web export options as well as AppleScript support, editable magnets on shapes, more advanced and faster layout panel, and new object palettes.
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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 ÂPower 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