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Art submissions are now being accepted for the fifth-annual Macworld Conference and Expo Digital Art Contest. The contest, judged by an independent panel of professionals from the digital arts community, will accept entries until the specified deadline of June 1, 2002. Current contest sponsors include Iomega, Xerox, Aladdin Systems, Peachpit Press and MacAddict Magazine. The winning images will premiere at Macworld Expo in New York City in July.
Apple is currently seeking user feedback on a redesign of its product technical support Web page. Users are asked to individually rank all four design options on a scale of one (best) to three (worst).
Media software developer Wildform today announced the release of Flix Pro for the Macintosh. Flix Pro features high-quality Flash MX v6.0 and Flash FLV video output, as well as support for Flash v3-5 video. Flix Pro is the \"only\" software suite that outputs all Flash video types in additon to offering 1 and 2-pass variable bitrate encoding. The $149 software aids in the creation of Web content and the production of video CD-ROMs.
Kids GoGoGo v5.5 is a Web filtration system that protects children from harmful or inappropriate content on the Internet. Kids GoGoGo can screen adult content or limit access to approved Web sites only. The $30 ($40 for combined Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X support) application is designed for use in schools as well as home and offers surveillance features and HTML logging in addition to video screening and application/protocol blocking. A free trial is available. [Classic, Carbon]
La Jolla Underground today announced the availability of ResPloder v1.6, a basic update to the resource fork viewer, which adds several new features and bug patches. New script functionality includes the use of \"explode\" and \"implode\" verbs, better handling of resource types with Unicode characters, added is the ability to set file type and creators for exploded files, and a new Window menu is available.
DEVONthink Personal Edition 1.2.2 further improves reliability and performance to the information manager for OS X that \"fully or semi-automatically classifies elements, lists similar contents and words immediately using fuzzy algorithms, finds and compares text and even images, summarises texts intelligently and provides high performance concordance tools.\" The $35 application is available as free limited-time demo.
Marathon Computer, maker of an array of rack-mount server solutions, today unveiled DeskMount, a unit designed specifically for Power Mac G3 and G4 computers users. The $60 DeskMount self-descriptively mounts on the underside of any desk to provide a sturdy storage space and easy CD/DVD tray access to any recent Power Mac tower. DeskMount offers easy access while protecting a Power Mac from accidental damage by placing it in a less susceptible location.. Built-in security is available that attatches directly to the Power Mac case.
The Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms, which makes technology recommendations to senators, has eliminated almost all Macs on Capitol Hill with the exception of three offices, and while the SAA\'s recommendations aren\'t mandatory, those that follow them are provided with follow-up hardware and software, and technical support, according to Wired News.
Wolfram Research today announced OS X support for webMathematica, its product that merges the \"computational power of Mathematica with the convenience and accessibility of the web.\" It offers the ability to add interactive calculations to the web, enabling users to build custom websites that provide specialized calculations; compute, visualize, and analyze data using a web browser; deliver sophisticated courseware and publish interactive books; and provide active functionality for technical documentation that can be instantly updated from a centralized location. The Java-based product is available in two license configurations: Professional for the development and deployment of sophisticated intranet and internet sites, and Amateur for individuals to showcase their work over the web.
Apple today announced the winners of the Apple Design Awards. Toon Boom Studio was the winner in the Best New Mac OS X Product category (with Marketcircle DayLite the runner up). Karelia Software\'s Watson 1.5 won in the Most Innovative Mac OS X Product category with Toon Boom Studio as the runner up. OmniGraffle 2.0 captured the Best Mac OS X User Experience, while STX 1.0, an integrated business management tool with timesheets, payroll, inventory, billing, and accounting capabilities, was the runner up. OmniGraffle 2.0 also won the Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption category with Vektor 3 3.1.3 (full-featured chess application) as the runner up. The Best Mac OS X Open Source Port was TeXShop 1.19, a tool for formatting scientific and technical documents, while SIDekick 1.1, a tool for salvaging legacy sound files stored on Commodore64 SID file players, was the runner up. MacJournal 2.1, a tool for keeping and organizing logs, diaries, journals, notes, and ideas, was the Best Mac OS X Student Product, while CanCombineIcons 2.1.0, a tool helps you easily create icons for your applications, was the runner up.
CMS Peripherals today announced price reductions for its entire line of Notebook and Desktop Automatic Backup System Plus (ABSplus) solutions. The drives provide hands-free, automatic backup and external storage in capacities ranging from 20GB to 120GB as well as a choice of USB 2.0 or FireWire connectivity. The pocket-sized Notebook ABSplus now starts at $300 for the 20GB model ($50 reduction) and the EPEG line of Notebook Hard Drive Upgrades starts at $180 ($50 reduction).
Several readers have posted screen shots, details, and thoughts on the latest builds of Jaguar in our forums.
Blue Globe Software\'s $15 shareware Tiff-Sight 1.2.3 adds German language support to the fax viewing application with support for anti-aliased text and for viewing, printing, scaling, rotating, and exporting files.
The AbiWord team has released AbiWord 1.0.1, a free cross-platform word processor which runs on Linux and Windows, Mac OS X, QNX, FreeBSD, and Solaris. It is small and compact (\"20 times smaller than OpenOffice\"), but has most of the features found in larger word processors, including Word and WordPerfect import/export.
Tim Bajarin writes: \"Apple\'s real secret weapon is the free software that lets users create and manage digital music, images and movies all seamlessly compatible with Mac\'s OS X...Apple\'s iPhoto and iTunes software is so easy to use ó and so powerful ó that it makes me want to spend more time with digital music, take more pictures and manage my digital images.\"
Michael M. Briley notes that IRAF V2.12/X11IRAF V1.3, the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility\", developed by the National Optical Astronomical Observatories Association has just been released for OS X: \"This is pretty much the gold standard of astronomical image processing software, at least for data from the national observatory system. For astronomers with Powerbooks, this means we can start reducing our images on the plane ride home (instead of sleeping)!\" He also notes that Maplesoft will be supporting OS X with the next version of Maple, a mathematics package, due in the second half of 2002.
My Money Minder 1.0 is a new shareware application that tracks expenses, income and bank account balances: \"these are displayed in a spreadsheet style grid or can also be graphed.\" [Carbon, OSX]
Barry Software has released a public alpha of BugSpray, a new automated debugging tool for Carbon developers. It is an automated debugging tool that closely monitors the executable code and \"catches problems at the exact point they occur rather than at the point that the computer crashes - which can be completely unrelated.\" The alpha builds of BugSpray can be downloaded for free, but will expire each month. The $150 license includes all upgrades and support for a year.
Apple has released Bluetooth Technology Preview 2, which adds support for 2-Byte characters when transferring files, the bility to pair with devices other than phones, and the ability to create create outgoing serial ports. It requires OS 10.1.4 and the D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter.
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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
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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t