A Dantz Retrospect Backup v5.0.205 updater is now available from Dantz for current version 5.0 owners. Customers that purchased Retrospect Backup 5.0 directly from the Dantz Web site, before 6:30PM EST, April 24, 2002 should download this patch. [Retrospect Express, Retrospect Server/WG/DT]
Switching from Microsoft Windows to the Macintosh, or vice-versa, may not be as large of a leap as it once was, according to a c|net guide. The article by John Rizzo, author of How the Mac Works, Millennium Edition indicates that the Macintosh continues to see a growth in application development, “Think you\'ll lose all your applications when you move to the Mac? Think again.”
Unsanity has released Xounds v1.2, an updated version of the Mac OS X \'haxie\' that brings Mac OS Appearance Sounds -- originally introduced with Mac OS 8.5 -- to Mac OS X. The free update allows uses to exclude specified applications from sound effects, and import Mac OS 9 sound sets.
Digital Voodoo today announced a price reduction of 20% on the Iridium AV PCI card. The now-two-thousand-dollar card is an output-only 10 bit uncompressed QuickTime PCI card for the Macintosh. Fully compatible with all Power Mac G4 series workstations, the Iridium AV provides 10-bit quality for paint, compositing and video/audio output applications such as Adobe After Effects or Photoshop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm ColorTheory DV or Boris FX.
4D has posted 4D WebSTAR Server Suite v4.5, a Mac OS 9 compatible version of its web-serving software. It provides File Upload plug-in for HTTP file uploads, long file names and paths as well as prevention of memory leaks. The update is free to all registered 4D WebSTAR 4.x users. [updated]
Speed Download v1.8 is a download manager for Mac OS 9 & X that provides enhanced speed, resumable downloads and scheduling of downloads. The \"must-have\" update has been adds numerous new features, such as better performance and compatibility with numerous browsers, faster plug-in performance, and more contextual menu options. A 30-day demo is available; price is $20.
HTML Converter 1.4 is a free tool for converting special characters into HTML code equvalents in HTML, PHP and ASP. The latest version now verifies code using the W3C\'s offical SGML list as well as updates AppleScripts.
Sapphire Inoovations\'s Tubed Volume 1-6 are a set of plug-ins for Paint Shop Pro, as well as now being compatible with Splat! plug-ins. The \"tubes\" can be used to create paint images, stamp effects, and more. A demo is available; price is $50
Matlab has started an official survey in order to evaluate the need for porting their math software to Mac OS X.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is the highly anticipated first-person shooter for Mac OS 9/X. After months of beta testing, Aspyr has begun to ship the final version which costs $50.
Blagg is an RSS aggregator designd for the Blosxom weblog application. It features RSS syndicated feeds, simple drag-n-drop installation and does not require an XML parser.
Architosh reports that a demo of Strata 3Dpro 3.7 is available for free and that Strata is set to ship Strata DVpro 5.0 in early May.
Apple UK\'s Peace of Mind promo offers a 17\" flat panel display, a Power Mac G4, and 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan at up to a £207 discount, according to Macworld UK.
RealNetworks today released RealVideo 9 and RealAudio Surround, which it says brings \"broadcast quality video to broadband users and a subscription quality video experience to dialup users.\" It claims that RealVideo 9 provides 30% bandwidth savings over RealVideo 8 at all quality levels (including VHS quality starting at 160Kpbs) and that RealAudio Surround enables multi-channel surround sound starting at 44 Kbps. The company has also submitted components of RealVideo 9 to the Joint Video Team, a joint working group of MPEG and VCEG that will create the next version of MPEG-4. RealPlayer 8 already supports RealVideo 9; a \"unix\" version of RealOne is due 30 days.
Press 3 has announced a certification program targeted toward experienced Mac technical individuals. The program, marketed as a alternative to Apple Certifications, offers three certifications with a possibility of earning a fourth, including Mac OS X, Mac Classic, and Mac Hardware; passing all three certifications gives individuals a MacCSE or Mac Certified Systems Engineer Certification. Press 3 has extended its examination period discount through Saturday, April 27th, 2002.
A MacNN reader provided a report from Apple\'s recent showcase in Beijing, China: \"Yesterday I went to the Apple demo in the Schillers 3 bar in Beijing which was performed by Derek Ling, Director of Business Development for Apple in China. He showed off most the Apple consumer hardware including iPod and Airport, He also talked about OSX in detail and showed of iPhoto, iMovie and Office X. \"He also responded to some tough questions from the Audience by appoligising for the lack of access to Apple products in china and saying Apple will be setting up 2 Stores in Beijing this year! He also denied any knowlege of OSX 10.2/10.5 (Jaguar) saying \"as far as I know, we have no update planned\", this was receved with sniggers from the audience. The whole even was very informal and great fun.\"
Glucose\'s Impasse 1.2.1 is a \"major bug fix and usability release\" to the firewall utility for OS X. It ofers more informative interactive logging, alerts users of new updates, and has other fixes. It can be registered for $10 for a limited time. A free 30-day demo is available for download.
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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