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Apple\'s dual 1GHz Xserve was a top performer among dual-CPU machines in recent Xinet benchmarks, edging Dell\'s dual 1.4GHz PowerEdge 1650 Server in tests. The Xserve, along with other competing servers from companies such as SGI and Sun, were tested in both \"Output Generation\" and \"Photoshop Open\" tests.
Terra Soft today began shipping Yellow Dog Linux 2.3, an update to the the company\'s Linux OS for Power Macs. Version 2.3 offers the new KDE 3 desktop which provides several feeatures enhancemens such as GUI \'translucency\' and the new CUPS print system, a simple, web-based configuration tool for a wide-range of printers. YDL 2.3 also replaces the \'yup!\' package management utility with \'apt-get\' for automatically keeping the system current with new releases. Other updates include the 2.4.19 kernel, OpenOffice 1.0, Mozilla 0.9.9, AbiWord 1.02, and Netatalk 18.104.22.168. It is available with 60-days of support ($60) or in a CD-only version ($30).
Spiderweb Software today released the third and final installment of the Avernum game trilogy, Avernum 3. Avernum 3 features an \"enormous\" story line that spans over 100 towns, villages and dungeons. Players take on the role of a scout, whose goal is to escape from a prison under the Earth\'s surface. The fantasy game works with Mac OS 9, and sells for $25 ($32 with a hint book). A Mac OS X version can be expected in later Summer 2002, according to the developer.
O\'Reilly & Associates has released Learning Unix for Mac OS X: a \"concise\" and \"easy-to-follow\" introduction to Unix functions under Mac OS X. \"Mac users tend to be passionate about their computers; having grown comfortable with the elegance of the Mac GUI, they are loath to change. With OS X they can continue to use their preferred platform, but also have the option of exploring the powerful capabilities of Unix.\" The book -- initially announced by O\'Reilly in May -- sells for $20.
Evening Tech News: Shares of Nvidia fell to an 18-month low today (by nearly 16 percent) on concerns over sales growth prospects; Microsoft today announced that laptop/PDA hybrids powered by its Tablet PC software would appear November 7th; Distributor Ingram says U.S. demand for personal computers in recent months has shown neither seasonal jumps nor dips; this week Ingram said iMac sales had weakened.
CharisMac has lowered the price of AudioScribe through the end of July to stimulate sales of the popular Mac OS 9 audio recording utility. The now-ten-dollar application -- down from $20 -- assists users with the recording of audio from vinyl records or cassette tapes.
Michael Tsai has released updates to two Mac OS X shareware utilities. DropDMG v1.5 simplifies the creation of Apple DMG disk images by automating the \'imaging\' and compression processes; DropDMG ($5) includes support for the zlib, ADC, and NDIF compressed formats, in addition to post-processing with GZip or MacBinary. File Adopter v1.0 utilizes Internet Config preference settings to add type and creator codes to files that lack them. [DropDMG, File Adopter]
Antares Audio Technologies last week introduced kantos 1.0 for the VST and RTAS audio editing software packages. kantos is a software-based synthesizer that eliminates the need for MIDI, keyboards and controllers, according to the developer. The powerful audio manipulation software, which sells for about $270, includes the ability to extract information from unpitched input; offers oscillators and filters; supports polyphonic input; and includes an \'Articulator,\' \'Modulation Matrix\' and delay/tempo control.
The IRIS Business Card Reader software, accompanied by appropriate hardware, can automatically catalogue business cards in both bitmap and text formats. The Mac OS X-compatible Business Card Reader suite can perform OCR (optical character recognition) functions to parse information from any business card, and store it in a database.
Gluon has released QC System v5, a $200 suite of applications designed to ensure \"quality control\" of QuarkXPress documents. The suite, which includes QC, QC Collect and the QC Bureau Utility. Version 5 includes new proofreading checks in QC, compression and ftp to QC Collect and a newly added QC Bureau Utility. Upgrades are $100. QC Collect is available separately for $80; and The Quality Pack, which includes QC, QC Collect and DocuSlim is available for $350.
Canon yesterday posted an OS X native CanoScan plugin for a few of its scanners: \"This plug-in is compatible with the Apple Macintosh iMac, G3 & G4 systems using Mac OS 10.1.3 or greater, with built in USB ports. This plug-in is for Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Mac OS X and the CanoScan N670U & N676U scanners.\"
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European video solutions provider Miglia today launched DV-Inabler, a €109/$109 device that takes advantage of the DV-IN functionality in many European camcorders. By default, video cameras shipped to European countries have this functionality factory-disabled, thereby preventing users from exporting video footage from a computer to a camcorder. Canon, Sony, Panasonic and JVC Camcorders are among the brands that can be adjusted using the DV-Inabler.
Verbatim today announced DataLifePlus 48x-certified CD-R discs that can burn a full 700MB of data or 80 minutes of music in about 2 minutes. The discs use a reformulated version of the company\'s patented \"Super Azo\" recording dye technology to achieve error-free recording at the new faster write speed. The new media\'s CD-R silver reflective layer is safeguarded with a dual-protective layer that provides a longer archival life and protection from scratches that can damage the recording layer. Street prices for the new media are $1 for a single disc and $9 for a 10-pack.
Synergy Creations has released ConverTable Units 2.1, which adds a RPN calculator option and several smaller improvements to its $15 shareware unit conversion utility. ConverTable Units has the unique ability to \"show the math\" that it\'s doing to get the answer, which can be used for instructional purposes. [Classic, OSX]
Walter Mossberg\'s follow-up on PC switchers talks about transferring PC files and data to a Mac: \"Transitioning to the Mac is easier than it seems, and doesn\'t take much technical skill. Everyone isn\'t a good candidate for the Mac, but for those who are, making the switch is entirely doable.\"
Ulead Photo Explorer 2.0 is a media management tool for acquiring, organizing, and sharing image, video and other media files. It also offers image management and enhancement tools specifically designed for digital camera owners, including the ability to adjust hue, saturation, brightness and contrast, and color balance. It also includes blur and sharpen tools, the ability to add captions or text to photos, HTML output options, custom onscreen slideshows with transitions (using images, video and audio), and printing features for creating contact sheets, cards and calendars. The $25 application is available for Classic and OS X.
Apple\'s iMac Update 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.1.5 (5T91) includes enhancements to support the installation of third party applications and the Networking Update which improves network and Internet access after restarting your computer or when waking from sleep.
OpenSSH 3.4, an update to the free version of the SSH protocol suite of network connectivity tools, is now available via ftp and fixes the recent security hole--details of which are available the ISS Advisory or the OpenSSH advisory: \"The 3.4 release contain many other fixes done over a week long audit started when this issue came to light. We believe that some of those fixes are likely to be important security fixes. Therefore, we urge an upgrade to 3.4.\" Apple has not provided a fix for the security issue yet, although users can install the new version to protect their systems.
Marc Moini\'s Startup Doubler 2.7b offers software-based startup acceleration that streamlines loading of Extensions, Control Panels, Startup Items and the Finder to improve startup times. Version 2.7b1 includes changes to prevent a rare startup freeze affecting some Virtual Memory configurations.
Doggiebox 1A1 is a preview release of the \"versatile drum machine for Mac OS X that empowers you to create and manipulate percussion-based songs. With Doggiebox, you can create drum tracks in minutes, ranging from the realism of a human drummer on a full kit to imaginitively bizarre experimental pieces.\"
MindAvenue has added new import and export functions to AXEL, the company\'s 3D interactive web authoring tool. Due in the fall, AXEL will offer the ability to import and export SWF files from AXEL, enabling them to easily create interactive 3D content. indAvenue will showcase the new import/export capabilities during Flashforward (July 10-12, 2002). The company is currently recruiting for its beta program, which will start in August.
BIAS has added OS X support to Deck 3.5, its multitrack digital audio workstation software. The \"signficant\" update, now available, also includes OMF file importing and 5.1-channel surround mixing. Deck 3.5 now supports importing OMF sessions from video editing and authoring applications such as Final Cut Pro, Avid, and others and also includes the ability to output surround sessions to popular DVD authoring applications that include AC3 or DTS encoding, such as DVD Studio Pro. Updates to the $400 application are $150 (free to all purchases after October 1st, 2001).
Norbyte has updated its shareware ($10) puzzle game Manic Minefields 2.0, adding new themes, new interface, new rules, new graphics, new sound effects and more. It features 12 uniquely designed minefields, games with special rules (i.e. obstacles), marathon mode, 4 sizes, and a hint/help function. Burst 1.01 is also an update to the $10 shareware arcade/puzzle game.
Glucose today updated WeatherPop 1.2 (freeware) and WeatherPop Advance 1.2 (commercial), adding new features and bug fixes as well as French- and Swedish-localizations. WeatherPop Advance, available as a 14-day demo, now also includes dewpoint data. It costs $8. [WP, WPA]
Avid is now shipping Avid Xpress DV v3.5 for Mac OS X, its professional DV studio for industry-standard Avid digital video editing. In addition to OS X-compatibility, it also adds an expert color correction toolset, featuring technology that automatically matches skin tones between scenes with a single click. The package offers more than 100 customizable real-time effects, titling, compositing and color correction with multiple, simultaneous streams as well as real-time color correction tool and customizable workspaces.
The Iconfactory has released a \"highly realistic Aqua-style icon interpretations of the five fictional team hovercraft\" from Wipeout 2097 as well as a free custom Wipeout 2097 desktop picture at Pixelhaus.
Norbyte\'s Manic Minefields v2.0 is a significant update to the developer\'s minesweeping game, which boasts a set of twelve \"pumped-up\" minefields. The $10 Manic Minefields features unique gameplay accompanied by \"crisp\" sound and graphics. Major changes in version 2.0 include new themes, interface, rules, graphics and sound effects.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
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 ÂPower 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