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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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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 Power 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