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Although a key selling-point of Apple\'s latest Power Mac G4 is its ability to house two optical drives, some owners are already reporting shortfalls. The new Power Mac case layout is reportedly able to house optical drives no larger than its OEM offerings. This shortcoming presents itself when users attempt to install third-party CD or DVD drives -- which can have trays up to 20% larger than Apple\'s standard drives. MacNN reader Jim Richter explains that he attempted to install a Pioneer DVR-A03 (DVD-RW) drive from his \"Sawtooth\" Power Mac in his new dual-867MHz unit. Mr. Richter was unable to fit the drive into the case, even with the drive doors removed. Apple Tech support has been unable to offer assistance to users with this problem.
Late Night Software has posted ScriptDebugger 3.0.4 -- updated to include Jaguar (OS 10.2) support. The $190 utility for developer is an AppleScript authoring environment for the design of simple or complex AppleScript solutions.
Photo Control today announced its new BookEndz Docking Station for the PowerBook G4 DVI model is now shipping. The $245 docking station allows users to convert from a portable system to a complete desktop system (or back) in seconds, allowing for all of the peripheral devices normally connected -- printer, external monitor, Ethernet, FireWire, USB, etc. -- to be plugged into the back of the dock, and remain plugged in, independent of the portable.
Apple has released a security update for Mac OS X 10.2 users. Available via the Software Update application, Security Update 2002-08-23 includes revised components, such as OpenSSL, and offers enhanced security to prevent \"unauthorized access to applications, servers, and the operating system.\"
Apple will open the first of two Detroit-area retail stores in Novi, MI on August 31, according to a Detroit Free Press. The article also speculates that the 10 am grand opening will draw a large crowd, like most previous Apple Store launches. \"A Mac is a nice machine, but that\'s all it is -- a machine,\" says Phil Charns of the Southeast Michigan Computer Organization, offering commentary on the opening, \"I just don\'t understand why Apple people are so devoted and defensive.\" Another retail outlet is to open in the Somerset Collection in Troy before Thanksgiving.
Helios Software today announced that it would deliver Mac OS X 10.2-compliant versions of its Helios Suite in September. EtherShare 3.1 -- Helios\' server for Mac clients, PCShare 3.1 -- its server for Windows clients, EtherShare OPI 2.5 -- a server-based OPI, and PDF Handshake 2.1 -- a PDF printing utility will all receive \"Jaguar\" updates in under a month. In addition to basic 10.2 compatibility, the updates will also include additional fail-safes for mission-critical reliability, advanced print job management and cross-platform Mac/Windows file locking.
Some new Apple Power Macs are shipping with Mac OS X 10.2 build 6C125, instead of the 6C115 retail version. It is not clear if build 6C125 is a post-10.2 maintenance revision, or simply a version specialized to the Power Mac hardware.
MacPlay is now shipping Fallout 2, its sequel to the \"critically acclaimed RPG of the year Fallout, [which] took RPGíing out of the dungeons and into a dynamic, apocalyptic retro-future. Fallout 2 is badder than ever with bigger, smarter and nastier enemies. With improved combat AI, users will have to learn to kill smarter, not harder.\" The $30 game title is available now on the Web or at Mac retailers nationwide.
The Big Nerd Ranch has announced a new programming class called Core Mac OS X Programming, which \"will allow programmers to harness the power of Mac OS X\'s Unix foundation. For the week of November 11-15, 2002, Aaron Hillegass, Cocoa instructor and author of \'Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X,\' is teaming up with Mark Dalrymple to teach the new class. Topics will include multi-threading, daemons, distributed objects, network programming, Rendezvous, performance tuning, advanced debugging, security frameworks, and exception handling. The five-day class complete with a a student guide, a luxury room (with 3 meals a day), a T-shirt, and transportation to- and from- the airport is $3500.
Angelo Scicolone\'s PrefsOverload 5.0 is a $15 shareware utility for managing application preference files. Version 5.0 adds integration with the Finder via Drag and Drop, faster files listing, better exclusion of Apple preference files, support for applications such as Project Builder and Resorcerer, editing of file names, and other features.
Sonnet has posted a new version of its PCI X v1.2.5 software that fully supports \"Jaguar\", allowing users to run Mac OS X 10.2. on upgraded Power Mac models (7500-9600 and some clone models). It is a free update to users who have purchased the $30 software package.
Several more locations have announced Mac OS X 10.2 Kick-Off events, including MacMall, Restart Computers (Vancouver), and Elite Computers (Bay Area) in addition to Apple\'s own retail store events and others noted yesterday. Update: Continue to check here for information on more special events.
Apple\'s Website notes a WebObjects 5.1.4 Update, however, the link is not yet active. The update reportedly resolves incompatibilities between WebObjects 5.1.x Developer and Mac OS X 10.2, but is not required for Mac OS X Server v10.2.
Microsoft yesterday said that \"critical\" security lapses in its Office software and Internet Explorer Web browser put tens of millions of users at risk of having their files read and altered by online attackers, according to a CNN report. An attacker, using e-mail or a Web page, could use Internet related parts of Office to run programs, alter data and wipe out the hard drive as well as view file and clipboard contents on a user\'s system.
Eric Rojo\'s MetricMaster 3.0 is a measurement unit conversions calculator containing over 2,000 metric/S.I., imperial, U.S., and other units in its database (with up to 14 significant digit precision). It supports ft/in/fractions, scientific notation and control of significant digits and can also convert currencies, clock times, and many physical constants. Version 3.0, with a new Aqua-style interface, now contains 600 definitions for units and unit groups and also contains extensive information on the history and development of modern measurement systems. The $15 shareware support Classic only.
Digital Diary 3.0 is an upgrade to Eric Rojo\'s $15 project management application, offering quick, convenient access to the activity history and current status of any project as well as the ability to view all activities on all projects on any particular day. A demo of the Classic version is available online.
Proteron has released MaxMenus 1.2, an update to its $30 shareware system utility, which offers four powerful, flexible menus (available from each desktop corner). The update brings Jaguar compatibility as well as new keyboard shortcuts for display file/folder info and moving items to the trash. A 30-day trial is available online.
Gwenhiver.net has released Hide From Dock 1.0, a new utility that will enable a Hide menu item in your applications\'s Dock menus: \"Apple\'s Dock natively supports this feature, but its configuration file just tells it not to display it. While this looks fine if you don\'t use Dock menus a lot, it\'s a shame for multi-button mice users.\" The freeware is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X, including Jaguar.
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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