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LCedit+ 3.0 is a major update to the the advanced LanBox lighting editor for Mac OS 9/X. This release adds support for the new LanBox-LCX (Euro 550) and LanBox-LCM (Euro 295) devices; includes a simple user interface; offers several new features and; can print the \"cast list\" in sorted order.
Snood, a popular arcade-style video game, is now available for Mac OS X. Version 3.0b for Mac OS X is currently available as beta (test-only) software; a general-use version of Snood will be released following testing.
Products from Mac OS X developer The Omni Group will soon be available for purchase from resellers, following a partnership between the software maker and U.S. distributor Channel Sources. Omni has also partnered with act2, an overseas distributor for European and Asian markets. Omni fans in both regions can expect to see Omni products, such as OmniWeb and OmniGraffle, on store shelves in the near future.
CMS Peripherals today announced price reductions on its entire line of \'ABSplus\' data backup solutions. Citing lower component prices, CMS was able to cut prices by as much as $210. New pricing for Mac-compatible devices is as follows: 40GB and 60GB laptop solutions are $400 and $500, respectively; 80GB and 120GB desktop solutions cost $350 and $400, respectively.
Open-source Web browser Chimera has reached version 0.5 in nightly builds. Although official release notes are not available, MacNN readers report increased stability under Mac OS X 10.2, as well as improved Flash performance.
Black Lab v2.1 for YDL is a cluster build and management suite for HPC clusters running Yellow Dog Linux. It offers single-click installation and configuration, automated updates through apt-get, a graphical user interface designed for both new and savvy cluster managers, control of multiple clusters, and for those who prefer --command line control. Pricing starts at $590.
Charla 1.6.3 is an open source Yahoo! chat client for Mac OS X. It features full support for Personal Messages, spam and \"lamer\" filters and more. The update fixes bugs and adds an option to use the Metal appearance under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar.
Knowledge Adventure has announced that Curious George Reading and Phonics, and all-new early learning CD-ROM for children ages 3-6, is now shipping. The CD includes 5 different learning games, that range from learning letters to pronunciation and reading. The price is $20.
Mail Beacon 1.5.1 is an email checker and online email client that can check an unlimited number of POP3 and IMAP4 accounts. It features a built-in address book, two unique views and an easy-to-use interface. Interface enhancements and bug fixes are included in the update. [Classic, OS X]
Post.Office 4.5.3 v711 is a mail server and list server for Mac OS X. The release enhances SPAM filtering and IMAP support. The new package includes sample SPAM filters, which are created using Post.Office\'s web-based GUI. Also included are scripts to import user account information from a range of mail servers (EIMS, SIMS, WebSTAR mail). The starter package is available for $295, and supports 100 mailboxes and 10 mailing lists; a free version is available, and is limited to 10 mailboxes and 2 mailing lists.
Apimac Note Pad 1.4.1 is a maintenance update to the text editing application for both Mac OS 9 & X. It allows users to save and organize any piece of text by copy/paste, dragging or several other ways. The upgrade is free to registered users and a new license is $15. [Classic, OS X]
PubPro X2e is a low cost package aimed at schools that produce newsletters or yearbooks. The FileMaker based, cross-platform, multiuser application will be available in late October with prices starting at $150.
Blue World has announced the Lasso 6 product line, and update to it collection of Web application development and serving tools. The product line includes Lasso Professional 6, which serves Lasso-based data-driven sites, Lasso Studio 6, which transforms Dreamweaver and GoLive into environments for creating Lasso-based data driven sites, and Lasso Developer 6, which provides tools for runtime debugging. Lasso Professional 6 will be released later this month for $1200, while Studio 6 and Developer 6 will be available in late 2002.
MacPlay today announced that it is shipping Soldier of Fortune II, its sequel to the first-person shooter: \"Reprise the role of John Mullins: Weapons Specialist, Anti-Terrorist Mercenary, and \"Military Consultant.\" A new and insidious threat has arisen in the form of a bio-terrorist organization and their two-pronged Gemini Virus. Now, you\'re off on a transcontinental mission to stop the terrorists and destroy the virus before it\'s unleashed on humanity.\" The $50 game title is available for OS X only.
Nemesys Software has updated its free OS X-only utility CountChar 1.01, which can count the number of characters in a given string in any application via Mac OS X services. The update fixes a compatibility issue with Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar).
Boston convention officials will meet tomorrow with the head of IDG World Expo in an effort to bring Macworld Expo back to Boston in 2004, according a report in The Boston Globe. The Expo took place in Boston until 1998, when IDG moved the show to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, in search of a larger convention hall. IDG is looking for 2-3 years of rent-free use, as well as discounts on electricity, catering, and other services as well as a guarantee on Boston-area hotels at no more than $150 a night, according to the report.
Panic is soliciting beta testers for Transmit 2, which it says is a \"total rewrite\" of its popular Macintosh FTP client, noting that only a limited number of users will be accepted to the beta testing group.
Formac today announced the Formac gallery 2010, a 20.1\" flat panel display with Fujitsuís Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) Premium technology. It features a high-definition UXGA resolution of 1,600x1,200 pixels (equivalent to a 23-inch CRT) and is equipped with ADC or DVI interface as well as offers 250 cd/m2 brightness, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a pixel response time of 25ms. The display has a clear enclosure and a silver-painted bezel, an ultra-slim desktop footprint and a flexible hinge design to adjust the viewing angle. It is expected to ship at the end of the month for $1,700 and the company is taking pre-orders now.
Nikon last week introduced its pocket-sized Nikon Coolpix 4300, based on its Nikon Coolpix 885 camera. It features a 4.0 effective Megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom-Nikkor lens in \"a compact, sleek intelligent design.\" It weighs under 8 ounces (without battery and CompactFlash card) and offers advanced settings for metering, focus, noise suppression, white balance, and flash and shutter speeds (ranging from 1/1000 to 8 seconds). It also features a Best Shot Selector, which automatically chooses the sharpest among multiple images within the camera\'s buffer. The camera is compatible with the optional Nikon Telephoto, Wide-angle and Fisheye Converter Lenses and Slide Copy Adaptor. It will be available at the end of the month for $500.
CTM\'s PowerMail 4.01 update to its $50 email client brings a Mail export option, a new button to conveniently retrieve partially-fetched POP3 messages, automatic smart-encoding of HTML attachments, and improved text message import.
Epson today announced a new wide format printer: the Stylus Pro 10600, which offers high-speed performance and media handling along with a wider choice of professional inks, including Epson\'s UltraChrome ink.
AfterTen today updated its WeatherManX Extras suite: WeatherManX.menu 2.2 (requires Menu Enabler 1.0), its OS X menu bar weather application and its weather screen saver, WeatherMan.saver 1.1--both of which download real-time weather data over the Internet. A registration fee of $5, required after the 10-day demo, covers both programs.
Adobe yesterday announced it has asked a U.S. District Court for declaratory relief to resolve a contractual dispute over embedding ITC fonts in electronic documents and says it also filing an arbitration proceeding in London seeking affirmation of the same contractual rights with respect to Monotype fonts. In its press release, Adobe says it attempted to resolve this matter informally with Monotype and ITC, but was unsuccessful. Adobe has also asked the court to declare that Adobe\'s Acrobat product does not violate certain provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) as claimed by ITC and Agfa Monotype, which it believes are \"being made to gain ITC and Agfa leverage in the contractual disputes.\"
ergonis today released PopChar X 1.3, a Mac OS X version of the popular PopChar Pro font utility that displays a pop-up menu of all available font characters. Version 1.3 improves Unicode support and Jaguar compatibility.
Apple UK is offering a free bundle of Commotion and Deck along with the a £200 mail-in rebate on purchases of Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro, according Macworld UK.
MindVision\'s Installer VISE 8.0.1 is a maintenance release to its developer installation tool with \"changes designed specifically to support installs on Apple\'s Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar).\"
PinPoint 2.0 is a cursor enhancement tool for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 brings the new Preference Pane format, Drag and Drop pointer support, multi-color pointer support, and other features.
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Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR