Goliath v0.9.1 is a maintenance revision of the Web site manager and creator for Mac OS 9/X from Thomas Bednarz. The update corrects several bugs from previous releases, improves overall Mac OS X performance and usability, and includes a more complete Classic installer. Goliath helps users create and manage Web sites; the application represents the first WebDAV implementation on the Macintosh. [Classic, Carbon]
The highly-anticipated, and initially delayed, NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium for Macintosh is now available for purchase as a standalone Graphics Card Kit for $400. The card was previously available exclusively as a BTO (Built To Order) option for Power Mac G4 owners. The GeForce4 Titanium works with any Power Mac G4 that has an onboard 4x AGP slot. The card sports 128MB of DDR RAM and can process over 1.23 trillion operations per second.
Newer today introduced the NuPowr G4 Pismo upgrade, a G4-based upgrade for the PowerBook G3 \"FireWire\" (aka \"Pismo\"). The G4 Pismo upgrade, which is available immediately for $300, allows owners of PowerBook G3 400MHz and 500MHz systems to upgrade to a G4/500MHz processor. Customers will be required to mail-in their laptops to NewerTech\'s facility in Wichita, Kansas and the compan is \"committed to completing the install and testing, and return the systems within two weeks of their receipt and will also cover freight by FedEx 2nd Day for the customers to send in their components and for the return of their systems.\" (PowerLogix also announced a BlueChip Pismo G4 500 processor upgrade earlier today.)
AFP548.com has released Vapor 1.0, a freeware application that allows any OS X user to \"create SSH-encrypted connections across the Internet to any SSH server and then tunnel most any IP-based service across it...users can create their own AppleShare VPN to a Mac OS X Server or create a tunnel through a server to the LAN interface of a userís firewall so it can be administered remotely with complete confidence in the security of the connection.\"
Intelli Innovations has released P.O. Toolbox 2.0, a major upgrade to its $90 US Postal Service-specific package management suite for OS X. P.O. Toolbox allows users to track packages, generate delivery confirmation labels in PDF format, calculate domestic and international rates, validate and complete addresses, and determine time-in-transit for various USPS service standards. It also includes a built-in database system for maintaining shipping manifests, including storage capabilities for item name, tracking number, internal order identifier, and a 10 kilobyte notes field for custom information. Each list can store thousands of items.
MacNN reader Stephen Samuelian notes that Apple\'s job Web site has been updated with a new retail Apple Store location in Pasadena, CA, in the Paso Colorado mall.
Scott Kevill has announced GameRanger 3.0 with a preview release of his online gaming service. Version 3.0 has been \"totally redesigned and rewritten from the ground up,\" offering support for OS X (as well as Classic compatibility). The service, with over 80,000 registered members, supports online multiplayer gameplay for over 90 game titles, including Age of Empires II, Aliens vs Predator, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Quake III Team Arena, Risk II, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Scrabble, Stronghold, and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds.
Morning tech news: The \"Perrun\" virus is \"the first to be able to cross from infecting a program to infecting data files, long considered safe from such threats [including images];\" Microsoft unveiled plans to build a worldwide network called Xbox Live that will let gamers play over the Internet; and earlier this week a federal judge on Wednesday refused a motion from Microsoft to throw out the antitrust suit by nine states.
Synk 4 is another native Cocoa file synchronization app. The $15 shareware offers preview functions, \"intelligent synchronization,\" and archival features that keeps and organizes every modified document (and optionally file permission changes).
Nick Zitzman\'s HenWen 1.0 is a network security package for OS X that makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS): \"HenWen\'s goal is to simplify setting up and maintaining software that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block. Everything you need to have is bundled in; there is no compiling or command line use necessary.\" It is free for personal, non-profit, education, and government use. (The download also includes LetterStick, a small app that provides user notification of alerts in real-time.)
Dracosoft has released Burst 1.0, which it describes as \"a highly addictive arcade/puzzle game. Line up balloons and watch them Burst. Use special items and point bonuses for enhanced entertainment.\" The $10 shareware runs on both Classic and OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Softobe\'s FoldersSynchronizer 3.0B2 is a $40 Cocoa utility for syncing or backing up files/folders/disks. It features preview functions, drag & drop support, background operation, the ability to resolve aliases/sym links, multiple session support, filter files by name, email notification, and support for Unix permissions.
Feelorium\'s Textation 1.1b4 is a beta of the QuickTime text track editor. It adds an Automatic Preview function, allows import of a text file into a new text track, adds half- and double-size menu items, and other enhancements. A release version of the $23 shareware is available online as well. [release, beta]
PowerLogix today announced the BlueChip Pismo G4 500 processor upgrade for PowerBook G3 \"Pismo\" (aka \"FireWire or G3 2000 PowerBook) laptops. The upgrade features a Motorola PowerPC G4-7410 processor running at 500 MHz and \"requires that the the original processor card have its G3 processor removed, and replaced with the G4-7410....Customers who wish to have their laptop upgraded with the BlueChip Pismo send the laptop to PowerLogix. The original processor card is verified and tested prior to the chip swap, and retested prior to shipment back to the customer. Turnaround time is guaranteed to be five business days or less for domestic customers.\" The $330 BlueChip Pismo will be available for order June 17, is warranted for two years, and includes Fedex overnight shipping both ways. A special introductory discount of $30 will be available through July, 2002.
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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
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea