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snapHappy 1.3 adds custom \'eCard\' support, help menu access and a better find feature to the $14 image management, editing, sharing and viewing suite. Also new in the free update is the ability to apply styled text directly to images, a display of any crop area\'s dimensions and various bug fixes.
V-ONE today announced that beta testing of its VPN client software for Mac OS X had begun. SmartPass, which will include OS X 10.2 compatibility and ship in September, boasts a reputation as one of the few VPN clients providing a security solution for the Mac. It allows Mac OS 9 and OS X users to \"secure all their critical communications.\" Pricing was not announced.
SBC Communications -- a Yahoo! dial-up Internet service provider -- has informed users of the defunct \'Prodigy\' service that they must transition to SBC\'s new Internet connection software by the end of October. The new software, which replaces Prodigy\'s offering, is not compatible with Mac OS X as a native application or in the \'Classic\' environment. SBC representatives contend that the company has no plans to support Mac OS X in the future.
Apple has released a Mac OS X security update for the 20th of August. The update is available via the Software Update application under Mac OS X 10.1.x. More details may be forthcoming.
To showcase rapidly-developing technologies, tools and techniques, the International QuickTime VR Association today announced that it would expand its October 7-9th virtual reality conference to include new speakers and programs. The \'Summit in the Rockies\' Virtual Reality conference is held in Boulder, Colorado. The summit is open to the public; registration is $950; IQTVRA members pay only $675.
Intelli Innovations today announced that it has started to ship its IntelliScanner 3000i USB Barcode Scanner to customers. The company shipped the first round of backordered IntelliScanner units ahead of schedule on August 13th; Intelli Innovations intends to fulfill remaining orders today.
Unsanity today released Application Enhancer 1.0, a new \'haxie\' for Mac OS X that improves application performance and behavior by providing third-party modules with access to application-level configurations. Accompanying the new Application Enhancer -- which has been under development for 18 months -- is APE SDK 1.0, which facilitates the development of new modules. Unsanity has kicked-off module development with the release of two of its own modules -- ClearDock 1.0 (removes dock background in Jaguar) and Metallifizer 1.0 (adds or removes Metal interface in Cocoa applications).
SiliconValley.com continues its week-long series on Mac OS X 10.2. Today\'s installment (fourth in the series) addresses the installation of \"Jaguar\" and performance of the new OS.
Absynth 1.3.3 is a maintenance update to Native Instruments\' audio synthesis plug-in suite. This release adds dual processor support under VST, the ability to \"patch modules\" without disrupting sound and cross-compatibility with Absynth for Windows. In addition to several cross-platform improvements, the Windows version now runs seamlessly in Sonar 2.0 and CubaseSX.
America Online has released AIM 4.5.794, an update to its popular instant messaging client that offers new file sharing features to share folders with specific buddies. Other improvements include new OS X-style preferences, additional AIM plugin support, an Auto Exit Idle message, and new Event Actions.
BIAS is now shipping Peak 3.1, an OS X-native version of its $100 audio editing, processing, and mastering application. It also adds support for QuickTime 6, AAC and other feature enhancements. It is a free update for registered v3.0 owners.
Hiawatha Bray talks about Apple\'s \"high-profile effort to persuade consumers to abandon computers using Microsoft Corp.\'s Windows operating system in favor of the Mac,\" noting Apple\'s expanding presence in small market of science of engineering: \"Lots of scientists are taking a long second look at a computer [the Mac] that many of them, not long ago, might have dismissed as a toy.\"
With Enterprise has released a public beta of Witango 5.0, its Development Studio and Application Server for Mac OS X and Windows. The RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool outputs XML and uses a visual approach to separate presentation logic, business logic and database logic, while the Application Server provides an XML execution engine for deployment of the application files. Formerly Tango 2000 from Pervasive, the company says that Witango \"has been almost completely rewritten to take advantage of the Unix core of Mac OS X.\"
Intelligent Assistance announced an OS X native version of its Intelligent Assistant software, a tool that floats over specific application and provides tips, answers, and solutions for users. It is available for Final Cut Pro, Boris RED, Boris FX or Boris Graffiti and features a fully searchable, hyper-linked interface that \"is never more than a mouse click away.\" Pricing starts at $70 for a single-application assistant. Several assistants also work with Mac OS 9.
ExploreLearning will provided Henrico County Public Schools iBook-equipped students with ExploreLearning\'s Algebra 1 education application for the 2002-2003 school year. The collection of learning modules is based on multimedia simulations called Gizmos, enabling students to \"develop a strong conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and have fun doing it.\" It allows teachers to easily integrate Gizmos into their teaching as demonstration tools, as group work assignments, or for individual student exploration. (Henrico recently expanded its iBook initiative, allowing all sixth graders to receive an iBook as well as seventh and eight graders.)
Logitech today announced two Mac-compatible corded keyboards that offer one-touch controls for common files/folders, multimedia control for digital music, and one-touch Internet access and navigation. The Elite Keyboard ($50) is black with silver accents and has a slim profile, while the Internet Navigator ($30) is bright white with deep blue highlights. Both feature Logitech\'s unique iNav console -- an integrated navigation tool that allows the user to easily scroll, zoom, access files on the hard drive and browse bookmarks on the web.
Hitachi has added a 19-inch display to its line of high-performance flat panel LCD monitors. The new CML190B features a contrast ratio of 500:1 with superior 250 nit brightness as well as a slim 21mm left and right bezel with a panel-only depth of 3 inches. The LCD supports 1280x1024 resolution at 75Hz or 60Hz, has a pixel pitch of .294 mm, and ships in a black cabinet with both analog and digital inputs. It is available now for $1,200.
EchoFX has released InterView 2.2.2, which fixes installation issues and corrects minor incompatibilities in the software for XLR8\'s video capture device. It also provides an option for earlier XLR8 InterView 2.1 customers to register with EchoFX. It is available free of charge to all EchoFX customers and XLR8 InterView 2.1 customers and $25 to others.
The Java-based chat application DigiChat v4.0 brings a completely redesigned interface and BOT support for adding functions such as real-time language translation and local weather reports within the chat window with our open Java-based API. Other features include automated flood control, file transfer/sharing capabilities, support for webcast chat events and support for interface themes (skins).
Final Cut Pro, Apple\'s professional video and film editing software, will be honored with a 2002 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for its \"impact on the television industry by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tomorrow at the Goldenson Theatre in Hollywood.\" Apple\'s Steve Jobs is quoted in a press release as saying: \"Final Cut Pro has democratized professional video editing by bringing the capabilities of a $50,000 editing bay to everyone for under $1,000. We are honored and excited to be receiving Apple\'s second Emmy Award.\" Apple\'s first Emmy was awarded in 2001 for the company\'s invention and popularization of FireWire, which is used almost universally in the film and video production industries.
Mac Minder 1.0b1 is a tool for parents and teachers designed to help regulate usage computer usage by children. It offers features for logging/graphing of application usage for daily and user-based activity, the ability to limit usage of specific applications, and data export functions.
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.8, an update to its $15 shareware Desktop Picture management utility, which allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically select a random desktop picture, to download new pictures from the Webshots network each day, and to search online for new images. Version 1.8 adds support for grayscale Webshots images, fixes a problem where heavily pixelated images could be displayed, adds Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) compatibility, and several minor bug-fixes.
4D, Inc. today released 4D v6.8.2, an update to its professional development system for Web and database applications. It is a maintenance release with bug fixes to the custom printing commands introduced in v6.8.1 for both the Windows and Mac OS X. 4D Business Kit v1.2.1 is also a maintenance release to the company\'s application that offers complete, integrated rapid storefront development. [4D, 4DBK]
Apple is offering users who join its .Mac subscription service before September 30, 2002, up to 6 weeks extra of bonus time by extending all new (and previous) subscriptions to its service through September 30, 2003 of next year. Apple is charging $100 per year for its service, but is offering a discounted rate of $50 for all legacy iTools users.
Page Sender 2.0 updates Smile Software\'s fax send & receive and print-to-Email (PDF) utility with fax modem receive, custom cover pages, AppleScript automation, and Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) support. the $30 utility is availablle as 30-day free demo requires Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later.
SmartWrap 2.2 is a family of applications that analyzes your text, detects paragraphs and lists within your text, and rewraps your text so it wraps naturally within your document or message. Version 2.2.2 allows the Mac OS X service to be triggered by a hotkey, fixes problems some international text, restores Mac OS 8 compatibility, and has other changes. Upgrades to the $18 application are $10 for v1.x users and free to v2.0 users.
Shane Anderson, the \"list dad\" of reincarnated MacEvangeList mailing list, is in jail after being charged with two misdemeanors: unauthorized computer access and criminal mischief of the third degree, according to Wired News.
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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