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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 AOL’s \"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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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