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Digium has announced the availability of the WildCard series of interface cards for Terra Soft\'s Yellow Dog Linux for PowerPC. \"The WildCards are half-length PCI cards that fit into a desktop or rackmount computer, providing a telephony interface to either analog or digital lines. WildCards support industry standard telephony and data protocols, including both RBS and Primary Rate ISDN (PRI) protocol families for voice and PPP, Cisco HDLC, and Frame Relay data modes.\"
MacNN reader Michael Campbell reports receiving Mac OS 10.2 \"Jaguar\" update CDs with his new 667MHz Titanium PowerBook: \"I\'ve just taken delivery of a TiBook 667 and inside is a package that contains the upgrade disks for 10.2. I\'m here in Australia...does that make me first!\" Another reader notes that their 17\" iMac shipped with Mac OS X 10.2 in the box, but not installed.
Auto FX has released Dreamy Photo, a free Photoshop plug-in that gives images a \"soft romantic feel\". The effect can also be achieved through a stand-alone application included.
InterView v2.2 for Mac OS X is an update to the software for the USB video capture device. New features in the update include \"Dynamic Quality Management,\" which manages the compression levels of the video to improve frame rates and quality during periods of less active video. The price is $25.
PlayerPRO v5.9.5 is a complete music editing program that needs no additional hardware to be fully functional. Many different audio formats are supported, and the update brings Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility, 10% increase in speed on the Sound Driver and MPEG-4 support with AAC audio compression.
ICQ 3.1a43 is an alpha build to the popular free chat utility. The latest version supports file transfer between PC and Mac versions that was previously unavailable. It also includes a typing indicator that allows users to see if thier contact is currently typing a message.
DEVONthink v1.2.4 is a maintenance update to the $40 information manager for Mac OS X. It fully or semi-automatically classifies elements, lists similar contents and words immediately using fuzzy algorithms, finds and compares text and even images, summarises texts intelligently and provides high performance concordance tools. The update corrects bugs and interface glitches.
MP3 Rage v5.2, which is used to manage small or large collections of MP3s easily, has been released today by Chaotic Software. The update adds support for reading AIFF files embedded by iTunes and improves the appearance of drag & drop to Aqua striped windows. Pricing for a full license is $25, while an update from v5.0 or later is free; a $10 price is available for users upgrading from older versions.
Two events celebrating the releases of Mac OS X 10.2 will be occuring on August 23rd. Both the Haddock Computer Center in Wichita, Kansas, and Castle Computers in Albany, New York, will be holding a \"Midnight Madness\" event, which will offer Mac OS X 10.2 at 10:20 PM. Castle Computers is also having a \"Made With Mac\" Expo and Film Showcase, which will feature top local filmmakers such as Robert Bengraff from Griffin Digital, Ben Chadabe from Electronic Music Foundation, Brian Mertik from Mid-Hudson Media and more. The film showcase begins at 6 PM.
Dartware LLC has completed the Mac OS X version of QuickPage. It offers an SNPP server (Simple Network Paging Protocol) that listens for SNPP messages and sends them through a modem using the TAP protocol. It also allows users to send pager messages to an SNPP server. The server is free of charge.
Troi Automatisering today released the first public beta of its Troi URL Plug-in 0.9b1 for Filemaker Pro 6 at the FileMaker Developer Conference. The plugin can help fill in forms on the Internet and also retrieve data from any HTTP URL, including information such as stock quotes and weather reports.
A move by Apple to Intel-based PCs (advocated recently by a Bear Stearns analyst and AnchorDesk\'s Executive Editor) is unlikely due to the logistics and effort involved in porting/converting existing applications to the new architecture and because Apple \"doesn\'t want to go head-to-head with Microsoft,\" according to Forbes Magazine.
Apple has launched a new monitor promotion today, $200 off for the 17” Studio or the 22” Cinema or $500 off the 23” Cinema HD when you buy a Power Mac, Power Mac Server, or Xserve.
Afternoon Tech News: Microsoft is looking into claims that Internet Explorer has a flaw that lets attackers pretend to be Web Site operators; and Researchers at Columbia University and Counterpane Internet Security Inc. discovered that snoopers could descrambler mail that you send with Pretty Good Privacy; and Bungie recently announced Halo 2, a sequel to its popular first person shooter game, which was announced for both Mac and PCs and is planned on being made by Westlake. [updated]
Mac developer EchoFX announced continued support for its OS X software for the XLR8\'s InterView USB analog video capture device, following XLR8\'s sudden shutdown last week. XLR8 had been shipping EchoFX\'s software with XLR8 InterView 2.1 since May of this year. EchoFX will now provide its latest OS X software drivers to previous XLR8 InterView 2.1 customers free of charge and will continue to sell its Mac OS X software upgrade ($25) for the InterView USB video capture device via the EchoFX web site. (It no longer requires users to send in the device for upgrade, as was required by XLR8\'s upgrade program.)
Virtual Programming has entered into an agreement with Cognitoy to bring its 3D strategy/programming game MindRover - The Europa Project to the Mac. \"This is a new genre that encompasses the depth of play found in strategy games with a new concept in player control. You get to program the intelligence of robotic vehicles. Once you have chosen a challenge, equip your vehicle (hovercraft, wheeled or treaded) with various sensors, movement components, and weapons.\"
Kodak added two new models to its Kodak EasyShare digital camera line, including the DX4330 Zoom Digital Camera ($350) featuring a new 1.8\" indoor/outdoor LCD display, 3.1 megapixel resolution, 3X optical/3.3 digital zoom, and continuous capture of video and sound. Kodak also added the \"point and shoot\" CX4200 ($180), which offers 2.0 megapixel resolution with a 2X digital zoom. Both cameras offer an automatic picture rotation feature that ensures that pictures always appear right side up on the camera, computer or TV and also ship with 16MB of internal memory and a memory expansion slot for MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital memory cards.
Apple will not include a Mac OS 9.2 install CD with Mac OS X 10.2 or new Macs, but will bundle Classic on a backup Restore CD, according to a Macworld UK report. (eWeek previously reported that Apple may be planning on allowing future systems to only boot into Mac OS X.)
BitHeadz has announced a free update to its music software line, Unity. Version 3.04 of the company\'s audio synthesizer and sampling environment (includes Unity Session, Unity DS-1 and Unity AS-1) offers support for the mp3 file format as well as the ability to sync the tempo of any loops loaded into Unity with the VST clock. Other features include improved OSX menu support, better bank loading, and restored support for Mac OS 8.6/9.0. [not yet available as of 10 am ET]
Apple today unveiled its new Power Mac G4 product line--each featuring dual PowerPC G4 processors, the new Xserve high-performance architecture with support for up to 2GB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory at up to 333 MHz, an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB of DDR SDRAM and an \"enhanced enclosure with increased storage up to nearly half a terabyte.\" The new Power Macs also ship with Mac OS X \"Jaguar\" pre-installed. The Power Mac dual 867 MHz and dual 1 GHz processor models are available this week, while the dual 1.25 GHz processor Power Mac G4 is expected to be available in the second half of September. dual 867MHz/nVidia GeForce4 MX with 32MB/256MB/60GB 7,200 rpm ATA drive/Combo Drive/1MB DDR L3 Cache--$1,699 dual 1GHz/256MB/ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64MB/256MB/80GB 7,200 rpm ATA drive/SuperDrive/1MB DDR L3 Cache--$2,499 dual 1.25GHz/512MB/ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64MB/512MB/120GB 7,200 rpm ATA drive/SuperDrive/2MB DDR L3 Cache--$3,299
Apple today announced a new SuperDrive eMac as well as revamped its eMac product line to include two models: a Combo/CD-RW for $1,099 (same as previous price of the CD-RW model) and the new $1,499 SuperDrive eMac. Apple has also lowered the price on its CD-RW and the Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW flat-panel iMacs by $100 each, to $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. The Combo drive eMac with Combo drive is expected to available this week, while the SuperDrive eMac is expected to be available by the end of of August.
Trolltech is offering a preview of Qt 3.1 at LinuxWorld, its standard C++ application framework for multiplatform development, which allows developers to write a single source-tree that will run natively on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and embedded Linux. The Mac OS X version of Qt 3.1 introduces integration with the Mac Appearance Manager, anti-aliased text drawing, and user settings as well as \"greatly\" improved OpenGL support. The first beta is due in the next few weeks and will be free to open-source developers.
Several readers note that AOL has yet to post on the Web the new \"Aqua\" version of its Mac OS X AOL client, which the company announced yesterday. Meanwhile, Macworld UK reports that AOL UK is entering the final stages of testing a localized before it releases the UK version in coming \"weeks.\" Apple has posted a new feature on the release along with several screen shots. (The release, however, is available via AOL\'s internal network.)
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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