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Aspyr has released updates to two of its popular Macintosh games. Medal of Honor Allied Assault v1.12 fixes a crash bug that occurs while loading levels; improves performance under Mac OS X and with dual-processor computers; and restores the 3D sound function. The Sims Hot Date 2.3.1 corrects an installation glitch under Mac OS 8.6 (error -43); uses less CPU time when paused; fixes other minor bugs.
Tekadence Magik 1.0 is a new tool for building \"pure\" Java software applications without any programming knowledge. The application offers an intuitive, visual approach to creating sophisticated software, while opening Java development to a broader group. After \"one week\" of development time, Tekadence engineers extended support for its Java-based visual development tool to the Mac platform, including OS X.
Marware today announced the release of SportSuit Basic for iPod -- a rugged, black neoprene case that fits all currently-available iPod models. The $25 case comes equipped with a removable low-profile spring clip, and accommodates the 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPod models. The SportSuit employs a durable 2mm neoprene exterior, clear plastic screen protection, a \"plush-lined\" interior and Velcro buckles.
Apple is expected to quietly reduce the pricing of its 700MHz G4 iMac (CD-RW) to $1300, according to several MacNN sources. The $100 price drop would return the flat-panel computer to its original pricing, after a price hike following its introduction. Update: Amazon.com is now offering the 700MHz iMac for $1300.
A MacNN reader notes that Apple is giving all buyers of Jaguar (through the Apple Store) 75 free prints via iPhoto. \"This afternoon in my mailbox came a letter from Apple letting me know that my 1-click account has been credited with 75 photos. Clearly this beats the $10 price difference [from other online Mac retailers].\" (We\'ve also recently noted the $50 rebate from Amazon.com.)
FBX for QuickTime is a \"generic \'wrapper\' for 3D data that packages the original 3D data in such a way as to include all the information necessary for the data to later be \'unpacked\' into many different 3D packages.\" The latest component corrects some stability problems found in the Public Preview Release, and it is recommended that all previous users upgrade.
Apple has recently released two new Development Kits, QuickTime for Java SDK and QuickTime for Java Windows SDK. Both SDKs include documentation and sample code files.
The ImmerVision Studio Lite is a suite of two applications for Mac OS 9 & X that allow users to create interactive virtual panoramic images. The ImmerVision VisitMaker creates the panoramic images and also allows hotspots to be added. The ImmerVision PanoEditor adds 3D objects, sound and light. The suite of applications is free.
Perl GPSx for Mac OS X reads GPS input via a Keyspan USB PDA Adapter. It can then parse the different data packets and create MapPoint and MapBlast URLs using the current position.
El Gato has posted an EyeTV 1.01 updater for its digital video recorder that cab find and track all television programming, record/archive programming, pause live television, and skip commercials. Version 1.01 reduces the time to switch between channels, improves overall stability, correctly displays the television channel for a scheduled recording, and restores the ability to copy a movie frame when the recording is paused.
NTI today announced the addition of the USB CAT5 Extender to its line of USB products. The $180 extender breaks through the five-meter barrier on USB extension, allowing users to connect a single USB-enabled Mac to as many as four remote USB devices up to 100 feet away using a standard CAT5 patch cable, a compact local unit, and a 4-port USB remote unit. A $220 model supports Mac soft (keyboard) power-on. An AC adapter on the remote unit provides ample power for the USB Extender and attached devices.
Steinberg has announced a \"Q4 2002\" release date for Cubase SX for OS X, its professional music creation and production environment with both VST and ASIO interfaces.
Real\'s recently announced Helix open-source initiative for its streaming server may find success where Apple\'s open-source QuickTime streaming effort failed. According to one analyst quoted by c|net: \"What Apple did with QuickTime was far more restrictive, and what they actually opened up was somewhat less. Also, you have to have a willingness to work with the open-source folks and take them seriously, and at that time Apple was more interested in being associated with trendy open-source people than really opening up QuickTime.\"
ArKaos VJ 2.2 is a real-time multimedia program that offers the ability to edit and manipulate a visual performances. It allows users to create live visual animation, using existing image and movie files, adding different real-time effect types and sequences. Version 2.2 can play live video sessions, record personalised visual performance files and automatically synchronize digital imaging with any audio input. A 21-day demo of the $445 application is available now.
Appligent today introduced a new server-based software application that adds security and authentication capabilities to PDF files. SecurSign 2.0 allows PDF users to add digital signatures directly to PDFs, as well as apply standard Adobe security features to these documents with either 40-bit or 128-bit encryption. It is compatible with Acrobat 4.0 and 5.0 security and utilizes standard X.509 digital certificates to secure documents. SecurSign offers the ability to add user/owner passwords and restrictions for printing, modifying, and copying text and graphics, as well as adding or changing notes and form fields. The 128-bit encryption level also provides the ability to restrict filling-in or signing form fields, accessibility, document assembly and high-resolution printing. The OS X version is discounted 25% to $2,250 through the end of the month.
Olympus and Fuji today announced the xD-Picture Card, a new type of memory media with an ultra-compact design (about the size of a postage stamp), an image storage capacity of up to 8 gigabytes, and prices that are \"comparable to current SmartMedia cards.\" It will be available initially in memory sizes from 16MB to 128MB, which will be followed by 256MB delivery in December 2002 and larger sizes up to 8GB next year. The xD-Picture Card can be used with any Compact Flash-compatible device when used with a Compact Flash adapter or can be connected to any computer via a USB Reader/Writer or a PCMCIA PC Card adapter. (Pricing not available.)
HP yesterday announced four photo printers with new print techology, new photo paper and three digital cameras with instant share technology.
CE Software\'s QuickMail Pro client 3.1 offers support for built-in viewing of HTML messages within the message window and Message Peek. It is a free update for registered users of QuickMail Pro, the company\'s $35 POP3 e-mail client that features SMTP Authorization support and Mail Manager rules for filtering and support for multiple accounts and an address book/contact manager.
Deep Sky Technologies has released Fix Up 4D v1.0.1, a set of 4D extensions which enhance, improve, and correct the 4th Dimension development and runtime environment. The fixes included in the FU4D package all work independently of each other. Version 1.01 is compatible with the 4D v6.7.4 product line.
The first displays of an \"Aquafied\" OpenOffice.org, an open-source office suite, are available online, demonstrating \"some proof of concept work to illustrate the feasibility of getting OpenOffice.org drawing using the beloved Aqua interface that makes MacOS X so distinctive. This work was done in OO638C_MacOSX, the only OOo currently building for Quartz graphics. Screenshots of what OOo looks like with this preliminary Aquafication appear below.\" [screenshot link added]
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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