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AOLtools is a graphical toolbar for users of online service America Online that contains many shortcuts to features in the America Online software that are hidden by AOLís \"clumsy interface.\"
As noted in previous reports, Microsoft plans to further its relations with Apple following the termination of its five-year agreement with the computer maker. \"The agreement has ended, but our business is absolutely continuing,\" said Kevin Browne, as noted by c|net.
Microsoft is reported to have choosen sides in the \"DVD war\" involving DVD+RW and DVD-RW -- choosing DVD+RW -- while Apple has choosen to use DVD-RW. \"This presentation explains how support for DVD+RW in Windows has been designed to become the standard storage solution for the PC and consumer electronics environments.\" Analysts say confusion over DVD compatibility remains an obstacle to expanding sales.
PowerLogix has released an update to their cache enabling utility for PowerLogix upgrade cards, Cache Control X v1.2. It allows users to adjust L2 cache settings and set speculative addressing and dynamic power management.
Mammoth PostgreSQL is a $150 SQL-compatible Object Relational Database Management System (ORDBMS) for small to medium size busniesses. It is compatible with Mac OS X and ships with support for SSL connectivity as well as programming APIs for C/C++, Perl and Python.
Synchronize! Pro X v1.1 is a Mac OS X application that allows file synchronization and system backups. New features include priveleges being saved during a backup and a few bugs were fixed. Price is $100.
A recent solication by the Apple Developer Connection to registered developers promised that \"WWDC 2002 attendees will be the first to explore the powerful new capabilities of the next major release of Mac OS X,\" setting the stage for the introduction of a new version of OS X.
Colourfull Creations has released Power ToDo v1.1, its powerful knowledge collarboration software for Mac OS 9/X. Updated interface and note features have been added to the release; price is $5.
Computer Systems Odessa has released German, French and Spanish editions of ConceptDraw 1.7.5, its cross-platform diagramming and flowcharting software package for creating business and technical drawings. Standard and Pro versions are available for $125 and $250. Registered users can download the newly localized versions free of charge.
A Better Finder Rename 4.5 features new contextual menu integration into the OS X Finder, a full MindVision licensed installer and can now remove trailing spaces from file names. A demo of the $15 shareware is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
MacPlay announced today that the Mac conversion of Ubi Soft\'s realMYST, the anticipated real-time 3D adventure, has begun shipping. realMYST uses a real-time 3D graphics engine to present MYST as \"a tale of mystery and intrigue, set in an immersive, dynamic world. Wide-open game play allows players to walk and look anywhere they choose in real-time with 360 degrees of freedom. Witness extraordinary 3D effects as day changes into night and weather changes from brilliant sun to dreary rain, creating an entirely new game experience.\" The title is $30.
Tornado Technologies will be bringing its 3D CAD visualization tool AEC|VIZ to the Macintosh in the third quarter of 2002, according to Architosh. It allows you to fully view and explore 3D CAD files based on industry standard file formats, including DXF, DWG, 3DS, SAT and others.
eWeek\'s Hot Java revives Mac programming and Java Developer\'s Journal\'s \"Mac OS X & Java: A perfect marriage\" [paid subscription required] talk about the growing interest in Java on the Mac platform.
Default Folder X 1.1.1 fixes a problem with the preference pane freezing the System Preferences application and adds localization for French-speaking users.
The FileMaker Developer Conference 2002 is scheduled for August 12-15 at the Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa, in Palm Desert, California. The conference will include sessions on creating XSL style sheets; FileMaker Security & Privilege Management System; CDML vs. XML; SQL Server syncronization; managing web content; XML; and integration with Microsoft .NET. Registrants who sign up for the conference by June 28 will receive $200 off the regular registration fee of $1,200.
Apple is offering all WWDC 2002 Attendees a free copy of Zero G\'s InstallAnywhere - Mac OS X Edition ($2000 value), a developer tool for creating professional installers on Mac OS X in either Cocoa, Carbon, Classic, and Java.
Matterform Media\'s Spamfire 1.02 is an email filtering program that removes spam from your in-box. The application works with any POP3 account and any email software using \"fuzzy logic filters. A lite ($20) version can delete email from a single email account, while the Pro ($30) support unlimited email accounts and automatically downloads filter updates for up-to-date spam protection. A 15-day demo is available.
DigiTunnel is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Mac OS X, compatible with Windows 2000 servers, offering support for PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol). A public beta is now available.
Xerox FreeColorPrinters.com, in conjunction with the Apple Developer Connection, is offering ADC Premier and Select members the opportunity to receive a free, high-performance Xerox Phaser color printer. The network color printers (with a retail value of US$ 4,500) can print up to 16 color pages a minute. Applicants must fill out an online application on or before April 15 (using the program code, \'AAPL021\') and must agree to maintain the monthly print volume estimates in the application, and must buy ink directly from FreeColorPrinters.com.
Sassafras Software is now shipping KeyAccess for Mac OS X, although its \"website is quite sketchy on the detail,\" according to a MacNN reader. KeyAccess is the client of their KeyServer product which allows you to license serve applications over your network.
IGS Twisted v1.1 is a Mac OS X screen saver that features full integration with the operating system\'s built-in functionality. IGS Twisted is a collection of OpenGL squares in a three-dimensional environment that use a unique movement algorithm for interesting effects. Version 1.1 features a \"trails\" option, customizable trail length and mono color.
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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 Herm√©s 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