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Canon has introduced its \"Entry-level\" camera: the 2-megapixel, single-focal length autofocus PowerShot A200. The camera incorporates several advanced features, including Movie mode (320 x 240 pixels), Photo Effect Mode, Direct Pring capabilities and magnified playback up to 10x. The A200 uses two AA-size batteries and is compatible with CompactFlash Type 1 removable media. The camera will be available in July and carries a suggested retail price of $300.
Ircle 3.1b14 is the latest release for the Mac OS 9/X IRC client. The update fixes a problem with long files names, improves preferences and AppleScript problems. [Classic, Carbon]
A NewsFactor article notes that OmniWeb 5.0 is slated for release in early 2003. The Cocoa-only browser is competiting with new releases from Netscape (Mozilla 1.0) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer 5.5, to be released in the summer), both which do not charge for use. While the OmniGroup does charge for licenses, they claim that it is one of their most profitable products, \"It was our highest-profit app until a couple of months ago, and it\'s still selling more seats than any other app we have. We have about 450,000 users out there that prefer us to the free, bundled version of IE. I think that\'s really saying something.\" On a related note, OmniWeb v4.1 -- a more modest update -- will be available tomorrow.
A new Final Cut Pro user group has been formed in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, and the first meeting is planned for June 18. Leading the meeting will be Arthur Aldrich, video editor and Apple Certified Final Cut Pro instructor. Interested individuals are requested to RSVP via email.
c|net notes Apple\'s expanding retail strategy, which could include having PCs in the retail stores for comparisions. \"If the proposal is adopted, PCs from one or more manufacturers would be compared with Macs, the sources said. Apple also plans to run Connectix VirtualPC--emulation software for running Windows on Macs--on store demo units. This too would be part of the \"conversion\" strategy, showing potential PC customers that they could continue using current Windows software on their new Macs.\" Apple also plans to open an additional 18 stores this year, bringing the total to 49.
MacNN reader Varen Swaab has alerted us to a problem with Mac OS X 10.1.5 and Dreamweaver MX. \"I have discovered (through my own experience and a discussion with MM Tech Support) a problem which prevents Dreamweaver MX users from being able to use their site file, rendering the program virtually useless. The message: If you use Dreamweaver MX DO NOT upgrade to 10.1.5.\"
MoonDock v1.2.2 is a lightweight freeware application that displays up-to-date images of the moon phase in the Mac OS X Dock or Desktop. The update is now compatible with 10.1.5 and adds some new features.
Aspyr Media today that Medal of Honor Allied Assault has shipped for the Mac, after announcing the first-person shooter went \"GM\" earlier this week. The Carbonized single and multiplayer title, based on the Quake(R) III engine, is set during the most trying years of World War II. The $50 title was developed by Electronics Arts and ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive.
Virtix has introduced Virtix Pan & Scan for iMovie, a $20 plugin pack that contains 10 special effects that allow the user to move back and forth between portions of a video clip. It allows iMovie users to move across an image at a constant speed, or gently speed up at the beginning and slow down at the end of the panning motion and also contains effects to hold the position at the beginning and end of a pan. Effects are included for both still images and motion video. It requires iMovie 2.1.1 and OS X. Other iMovie special effects packages from the company include Bravo Filters ($25), Echo Transitions ($25), and Zoom Filters ($20).
Ask The Web 1.2b1 is a universal dictionary client for web-based dictionary servers. Now in beta, it adds contextual menu support, a history menu, new search methods, better font customization, translation dictionary support via Altavista Babelfish, AppleScript support and new plugins for a total of 150. [Classic, OSX]
MacNN reader Colin Sandy notes that Forbes.com praises the new eMac as a great alternative for \"those who think the new iMac looks too weird\" and touts the eMac\'s larger screen and lower price tag.
Mr. Tides 2.0.5 is a maintenance update to the open-source application that provides tide and current predictions in a wide variety of formats (graphs, text listings, and calendars or a tide clock). It uses the algorithm used by the National Ocean Service in the U.S., which \"is significantly more accurate than the simple tide clocks that can be bought in novelty stores.\" [Classic, OSX]
SmartDisk has released USB 2.0 versions of its FireLite portable hard drives. Available in capacities of 20GB ($200), 30GB ($260) and 40GB ($310), they have a sleek, silver-colored magnesium casing, weigh just over six ounces, and require no driver installation when used with Classic or OS X (with USB 1.1 support). Each drive ships with Connectix CopyAgent data backup, recovery and synchronization software for Macintosh users as well as an AC adapter, a stacking clip and a protective carrying case.
Mailsmith 1.5.3, Bare Bones Software\'s $100 email client, incorporates several significant new features, as well as additional interface refinements and fixes> It introduces the ability to locate messages rapidly, based on content relevance to specified words or phrases; it also brings several other enhancements, including the addition of a new \"(any address)\" term to Mailsmith\'s advanced query capability; the ability to transform displayed messages for easier reading, and improved notification of new mail arrival via the Dock under OS X.
Mireth Technology\'s ToTheTrash! 1.1 \"provides a place to put those files you\'re not ready to delete yet, and an opportunity to specify how long to keep each one. [It] will store the files for you until they expire, allowing you to retrieve them in the mean time if you need them, and automatically deleting them for you if you don\'t.\" A demo of the OS X utility is available online.
Blackmagic Design today released new image control real-time effects for the Kona SD, its $3,300 uncompressed 10-bit PCI video card designed for video editing and design. Included in the Kona SD software v1.3.1, the new Image Control real-time effects include Tint, Sepia, Gamma Correction, Brightness Contrast, Proc Amp, and Desaturate. The Kona SD now offers a dozen real-time effects as well as 10-bit uncompressed capture and playback, desktop view for real-time Photoshop paint, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio with built in sample rate conversion, and native OS X support with certification for Final Cut Pro 3 on OS X.
Chaparral Software\'s Brushfire 1.5.3 is an update to its script analysis utility for FileMaker Pro 5: \"[it] analyzes related files, producing in-depth reports that reveal script details, errors, warning, and functional data about your FileMaker Pro solutions.\" A lite version of the $250 application is available for $80 as is a limited demo.
Advenio Software today released SQLGrinder 1.2.1, a native shareware SQL editor and developer tool for OS X, which allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse their database structures. It supports a variety of databases (with JDBC drivers), including Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, Openbase SQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise. It is $50 ($30 for education customers).
Diamondsoft is shipping Font Reserve Server 1.5, which adds support for Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server to the client/server font management system for controlling and using fonts throughout organizations and workgroups.
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Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ