Dave Smith has released GolfMeister v3.5, a shareware ($20) program used to record and analyze golf scores. GolfMeister stores statistics on greens in regulation, drives in fairway, eagles, birdies and more. The latest release provides full Mac OS X support, new statiscitcs and several bug fixes.
iCab v2.8.1 is a maintenance update to Alexander Clauss\' $29 Mac OS 9/X Web browser. Version 2.8.1 delivers HTTPS support for users behind a proxy or firewall; improves Java support under Mac OS X; and fixes bugs relating to the Filter Manager. [Classic, Carbon]
A MacNN Reader has provided the following transcript from correspondence with Umax, a leading developer of scanning solutions for the Macintosh. Umax indicates that it currently has no commitment to offering Mac OS X support for older professional scanners, or any consumer-level products.
Proteron has released LiteSwitch X v1.0.1, a minor update to its simple solution for the management of open applications using keyboard commands. Similar to Microsoft Window\'s \'Alt-Tab\' key command, LiteSwitch X offers application switching under Mac OS X with a simple keyboard combination. LiteSwitch X provides on-screen feedback when rotating between applications.
Handspring today announced that its Treo 90 Palm OS-based personal organizer and communicator is now available in retail channels, nationwide. Staples, Best Buy, Circuit City and CompUSA are among the retailers now carrying the Mac-compatible $300 device. The Treo 90 includes 16MB of built-in memory, a rechargeable battery, MultiMediaCard expandability, a built-in keyboard and a color display.
Riverdeep today announced the release of StarFlyers Royal Jewel Rescue and StarFlyers Alien Space Chase, two new CD-ROM adventures designed to \"inspire a child\'s imagination and provide fun, wholesome entertainment.\" StarFlyers software adventures, designed for children agest 5-8, take place in a fantasy space world that is filled with engaging, interactive puzzles and games. Royal Jewel Rescue and Alien Space Chase, the first two StarFlyers CD-ROM adventures, are available for $20 each.
Interstudio has announced DigiCad v7, its 3D software application for architects, engineers, surveyors and photogrammetry professionals. which \"is used to transform a perspective, distorted photo image in a front measurable image of the building and to digitize architectural drawings or photos,\" according to Architosh. It can also be used for mapping, to snap together pieces of a site map at the correct scale or to digitize aerial photos.
Apple Australia PR Manager Myrna van Pelt has been fired after she mistakenly issued a press release on un-endorsed Gartner Research. The report commissioned by Apple showed that Macs are up to 36 percent cheaper to own and run than competing PCs, but after it was published, Apple Australia quickly issued a public apology to Gartner for releasing the report. A Gartner spokeperson recently refused to comment on the report because Gartner \"no longer owned\" the research, despite the fact it apparently required Gartner approval before becoming public: \"The final press release was not approved by Gartner, and the research referred to is not part of published Gartner research.\"
The latest versions of ConceptDraw Professional ($250) and Standard ($125) are now available in German, French and Spanish as well as English. Users can exchange the English version of the cross-platform application for creating business and technical drawings for a localized one (German, French or Spanish) free of charge. Both run on Classic and OS X.
Nikon has announced pricing for its three new Nikon Coolpix digital cameras: the Coolpix 5700, Coolpix 4500 and Coolpix 2000. The flagship Coolpix 5700, which features a 5.0 effective megapixel CCD and 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens, is $1,200, while the Coolpix 4500 will be priced at $700, offering a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD and a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens in a swivel lens body. Finally, the entry-evel Nikon Coolpix 2000, its newest 2.0 effective megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, will be priced at $250. All three models are expected to be available July 2002.
softoBe\'s FoldersSynchronizer 3.0B5 is yet another beta release of its $40 utility for sychronizing and backing up OS X data. It offers sync/backup of deleted files/folders, the ability to execute multiple synchronizations/backup in a single session, and other features.
Nick Zitzman\'s HenWen 1.02 is an update to the network security package for Mac OS X that \"makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS)...that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block.\" This version adds a German localization, has improved documentation (\"to explain things better to non-security experts\"), and has other minor fixes.
WiebeTech has cut prices by as much as 43% on its FireWire KeyChain, its portable personal storage device that offers data transfer rates of up to 5MB/sec, support for up to 1GB of storage (via IBM\'s MicroDrive), OS X bootability, and a \"tough and beautiful\" aluminum casing.
Nikon today officially introduced Nikon Scan 3.1.3 scanner software, an OS X version of its sofware for its line of film scanners -- the Coolscan IV ED, Super Coolscan 4000 ED and Super Coolscan 8000 ED. It offers advanced imaging capabilities and restoration functionality available in Nikon\'s film scanners, including Applied Science Fiction\'s Digital ICE3, a suite of digital enhancement tools for color correcting and enhancing images. It will be shipping with the scanners in the summer and is currently available as a free download for all current Nikon Coolscan owners.
CMS Peripherals today announced the immediate availability of a new 160GB capacity Automatic Backup System Plus (ABSplus) for Desktops on Mac OS and Mac OS X. The $600 ABSplus for Desktop solution can be used as an additional drive volume, offering a simple install and users\' a settings choice of \"express\" for single machine backup (multiple partitions) or \"advanced\" for custom settings (multiple drives on one system). It is available on Mac OS 9.1 with complete native file archiving, full recovery and system bootability, while current OS X support includes native file archiving and full recovery for the user area of the directory tree (OS X system bootability is now in beta testing).
M-Systems today announced a 512MB capacity version of its DiskOnKey personal storage device. The USB device offer driverless operation and an extremely compact form factor. It is $500 and is also available in 8MB ($30), 16MB ($50), 32MB ($80), 64MB ($100), 128MB($150), and 256MB ($250) capacities.
Prosoft Engineering is now accepting orders for NetWare Client For Mac OS X IP Edition, offering \"greatly reduced\" pricing for all pre-orders through July 12th. Purchasers will receive the current beta version of the client immediately, and will receive the final release, which is scheduled to be shipping on July 15. NetWare Client For Mac OS X IP Edition is the next generation client for Mac OS connectivity to Novell networks. It is built completely from the ground up with features such as a simple install procedure, automatic IP connectivity (no AppleTalk needed), compatibility NetWare 5 and 6, NDS Browsing, RSA Encrypted Authentication, full native NCP implementation, a ubiquitous menu for login within any application, support for NSS volumes, volume Automount upon NetWare login and both command-line and GUI-based interfaces for mounting/unmounting volumes. [new link added]
Epson has introduced three new Perfection scanners: Perfection 2400 Photo ($230), the Perfection 1660 Photo (480) and the Perfection 1260 ($100)/1260 ($130) Photo. e scanners deliver maximum hardware resolutions of 2400 x 4800 dpi, 1600 x 3200 dpi and 1200 x 2400 dpi, respectively and each feature 48-bit color depth as well as faster scanning speeds. Each \"Photo\" model is also equippred a built-in 35mm adapter for scanning slides and film strips as well as a USB 2.0 interface. All models are due in August.
Logitech has introduced its Cordless Optical TrackMan, which it says is \"the first\" finger operated trackball that features both optical and cordless technology. The \"space-age\" design features 27 MHz cordless digital radio technology as well as new advanced navigation features in \"a comfortable finger-operated, form-fitting, right-handed design. It features special drag-lock functions to move text and images with ease and introduces Cruise Control scrolling, which allows the user to scroll rapidly through web pages and documents by just depressing a button.\" It also includes thumb-operated forward and back buttons. It is due in July for $70.
Grafboard is a freeware OS X utility that provides a readout of system performance data via a series of real-time graphs. Areas monitored include CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations. The user can select how many graphs to display, the color for each graph, and which metric each graph displays.
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Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z