Gary Martin has released his OS X freeware application EarthGlobe v0.9, a real-time, OpenGL rendered globe: \"Designed as a sister application to MoonDock - it provides a lightweight view of the Earth day-light/seasonal cycles and takes up few system resources so it can be left running on your desktop.\"
Virtix Spectra for iMovie is a package ($25) of 20 filters, useful for subtly correcting colors, highlighting objects or adding truly unique color effects to your videos. It includes a suite of color correction filters and advanced Black & White filters can be used to separate and manipulate different colors. Color Bleed, which can make colors \"run\" off the screen and the Moonlight and Sunset can be used to \"take footage shot in broad daylight and make it look like it was shot in the evening.\"
Apple and Sun are cooperating on a Mac OS X version of Sun\'s StarOffice productivity suite, according to c|net. Sun has been seeking alliances with hardware makers in its effort to overthrow Microsoft\'s Office suite with its StarOffice. This announcements comes after relations between Microsoft and Apple have sunk to more tense levels.
Deals notes: Amazon.com is apparently offering a $50 mail-in rebate on Mac OS X 10.2; today is the last day of the Omni Group\'s special productivity bundle offer ($100).
Freeverse has posted a maintenance update to Arcane Arena, its \"persistent online game of dank dungeons and magical mayhem.\" The update boasts a host of bug fixes and improved stability.
MacCVSClient 1.7 adds scroll wheel support, a \"Move to Trash\" command, long file name support and a handful of bug fixes to the free CVS source code revision control client. MacCVSClient displays \"checked out files in an intuitive hierarchical list view\" to monitor the \"status\" of files over time. Several editions of the application are available for different operating systems; a new Mac OS X-only version is available. [MacCVSClient - Classic, Carbon]
AEC Software has begun shipping copies of FastTrack Schedule 8 for Mac. Version 8 is redesigned to run on Mac OS X and take advantage of its and its \"elegant Aqua interface.\" The full version of FastTrack Schedule sells for $300, upgrades to version 8 are $150.
InterMapper 3.6.2 is the latest version of Dartware\'s network monitoring and alerting software. Version 3.6.2 delivers wireless probe enhancements for AirPort networks, an improved Web display and device labeling that includes SNMP \'Interface Names.\' Pricing ranges from $2000 for an unlimited number of devices down to $295 for ten devices. Dartware has also announced the release of InterMapper Remote 1.0.2x for Mac OS X. The update to the $195 application provides performance optimizations.
Excel Software today announced that it had started to ship major upgrades to its popular MacA&D and WinA&D software design tools. MacA&D 7.4 and WinA&D 3.4 both provided enhancements to identify, specify, track and control system requirements of projects. Additionally, both suites now offer user-defined \"definition templates\" that help developers \"capture a structured collection of fields in each requirement entry,\" such as Status, Priority, Author, Date, Assigned, Category, Effort, Summary and Description. Both packages come in four editions: Standard ($500), Desktop ($1300), Educational ($850) and Developer ($2000).
Apple is offering \"all\" Xserve customers the ability to upgrade to \"Jaguar\" Server for $20 via its Xserve Up-To-Date program (regardless of purchase date). We also recently noted Apple\'s Up-to-Date programs for retail OS X purchases and Mac purchases made after July 17, 2002.
NewTek has released its free LightWave 7.5 3D Discovery Edition CD, a fully-functional trial of the 3D-animation and video product, which ships with five interactive Flash tutorials, PDF-based documentation, and \"all the models, images, textures and scenes from the retail version of the product. The product lets animators save their creations with up to 400 animation points, and \"subtly\" watermarks the renders,\" according to Macworld UK.
PC manufacturer Northgate has produced an iMac-inspired PC clone that \"crosses the boundaries between the PC industry to home entertainment and a wide range of digital multimedia uses.\" The Integra is designed to compete directly against the eMac and iMac with \"a minimum of 35 per cent increase in performance at 35-40 per cent less cost.\" (We also recently noted an iPod knockoff by e.Digital.)
ideaSpiral 1.5 updates the alternative word processor for trackng ideas and projects. The $20 application can store multiple text entries in a single file and can organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window to provide convenient one-click access. Version 1.5 includes a new \'Sections\' feature for better organization and new Auto-Save and backup features. [Classic, OSX]
Casady & Greene has updated iData Pro, a simple database for tracking stored in free-form or in templates. It provides the ability to dial phone numbers, search for data instantaneously, and archive emails from Outlook Express, Entourage, Netscape, and Eudora. The $40 application will be bundled with iData Remote which allows users to sync contact information, or any other data, directly with any Palm OS product. Registered users will receive a free update.
John Scalo\'s Key Xing 2.1.2 is a $7 shareware utility, which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. It adds Jaguar compatibility, \"anytime\" Google searches, and an Empty Trash action.
ExecutiveSync 1.0 for Mac OS X provides a \"dependable file synchronization\" solution for Mac OS X users. It offers support for long file names, Unicode and synchronization with Microsoft Windows File Servers, among other features. ExecutiveSync -- in its initial release stage -- \"works the way you expect a file synchronization utility to work.\"
Customer Tracker 2.7.1 is a $35 ($20 upgrade) invoicing and customer database application, used to store and track jobs done for customers, amd print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes or labels. Version 2.7.1 fixes countless bugs, adds VAT number/Company Registration number storage and includes more straightforward alert messages. [Classic, Carbon]
Adaptec may be winding-down Macintosh development, according to a reader report. An Adaptec representative reports that it currently employs a single part-time Mac programmer. Reportedly a result of an executive decision by a high-ranking VP, the Macintosh market is less of a priority to the hardware/software developer than in previous times.
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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
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