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Apple has released the Disc Recording Update 1.3.5 for Mac OS X. The update adds additional support for CD-RW drives from LaCie, EZquest and Iomega. A list of current drives supported is available.
Auction Tender v4 is a Mac OS X application ($20) that manages online auctions. The latest version brings a new interface that features improved compatibility with auction houses such as eBay.
ImageCaster 1.0.2, Econ Technologies easy to use webcam applicatoin, now gained full AppleScript support. The new Scriptors Kit gives examples of code that can take advantage of ImageCaster\'s capabilities. The $20 applicatoin requires Mac OS X.
Consumer Reports has given Apple top marks among other PC makers for Technical Support, beating out Dell, Gateway, HP and Compaq. Apple also scored high marks for the number of repairs that were needed on systems during the past five years, only being beaten by Dell.
Alarm Clock S.E. v3.0 is a shareware ($7) alarm clock for Mac OS X. The clock can run shell and Applescripts, wake up to music, or remind users of appointments at any time. The latest version has been entirely rewritten, sporting improved speed and response and much more.
SQLBoss Developer, an easy to use database front end builder, is now available for Mac OS 9 & X. It allows users to maintain data and retrieve it without using any SQL commands. Features include desgin layouts, fully object oriented, an event builder and more.
Backdrops Vol. 2: Themes for iDVD now contains full themes for iDVD, with animated and motion backdrops, custom buttons and music. The set features 8 themes, ranging from Sea Grass to Jungle Cat to Spectral Mist. The CD set is priced at $15.
DockFun! v3.0.1 is a shareware ($15) tool to run an infinite number of Mac OS X\'s Dock configurations. The small maintenance update fixes bugs from the previous release.
A MacNN reader notes why the Mac OS X \'Jaguar\' name cannot be used in Australia. \"This has to do with Ford Motor Company\'s intellectual property of the name \'Jaguar\'. Apparently there is a car with the same name ;-). Apple Australia\'s website reflects this as their is no mention of Jaguar on their Mac OS X site.\" Numerous readers also note that the name \'Jaguar\' cannot be used on the European box or by retailers, although people will still know it by name. [updated]
MadsonLine has reduced pricing to thier AC adapters for PowerBook G4s and iBooks (Dual USB). The \"world\'s smallest\" PowerBook AC apdapter weighs just 5oz, and features heavy duty, 30\" 20 wire gauge DC cord, automatically adjusting power supply between 240-100 volts AC and more. The MicroAdapter is now $76; the Auto/Air Adapter is now $144; the Airline Cord Travel Set is now $87.
SyncDeK 4.1, the latest version of the tool for enabling synchronization of a distributed set of FileMaker Pro databases, has been released. It adds support for FileMaker 6 and Mac OS X as well as other features.
ArcaneWare has updated its Mac OS 9 & X font viewing utility, TypeJet 1.0.1. It features automatic or user defined grouped font sets, a live search feature, slideshow, and now full keyboard support to the main window and more. The shareware utility is $11. [Classic, Carbon]
Keyboard Maestro v1.2b1 is a utility that allows users to define keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X. It now features a Window Switcher and Select Menu Item hot key action. The Window Switcher feature presents a pop-up menu of of the current applicationís windows with a user-configurable keystroke. The Select Menu Item hot key action allows the user to add to his hot key macros the ability to select any menu item in any application simply by name. A free \"lite\" version is available; the full version is $20.
Harpoon3 v184.108.40.206, a real-time naval warfare simulation game for Mac OS 9 & X, is now available. New features include better messaging, a new registration system and bug fixes for Mac OS X 10.1.5 as well as Jaguar. A demo is available; the full version is $40.
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr