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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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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
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