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MacNN reader John Savage reports that Epson has made available Mac OS X printer drivers for its 5700, 5800 and 5900 series laser printers on its French support site. \"They seem to support all of the features the OS 9 drivers do,\" writes Mr. Savage.
The NewTek Texture Collection is a free set of fifty high-resolution textures for use in graphics. Subjects for the first set of textures include Wood, Metal, Sky, Nature, and Stone and all textures are unretouched photographic images at 1600 x 1200. [free registration required]
XRay 1.0.5 is a $10 shareware File/Folder information utility for Mac OS X. \"It offers more of a detailed view of files, folders, applications and volumes than Mac OS X\'s \"Show Info\" window.\" The update fixes bugs an adds support for registration over Kagi, online version checking, and improved textual menus.
Ambrosia SW has updated its space action RPG game, Escape Velocity Nova 1.0.2. Improvements include game engine and scenario changes as well as other bug fixes. The full version is priced at $30, while the update is free.
An Ad Age Pop Culture Poll of more than 300 executives and marketers found that \"Apple\'s Power Mac G4 won as the favorite tech tool of creatives, with almost 30% of respondents voting for it.\" Other interesting notes include 20.9% of respondents named their PDA as the tech tool they could not part with, while 16.8% said their cellular phone was more important. Other popular devices were Research in Motion\'s BlackBerry, the iPod and the iBook.
Systeris Remote 0.9b11 for Mac OS X allows users to remotely access and control Microsoft Entourage, Microsoft Outlook Express, iTunes, and even AppleScript, all via a standard web browser. A 10-day trial version is available; the full version is $22 and includes 6 months of free access to Systeris.com.
DayLite 1.0.4 Personal Edition is a contact and customer relationship manager for Mac OS X. It features a powerful tab/comma text importer, multiple views, extensive drawers, toolbars, and sheets, powerful sorting tools and more. The update brings numerous improvements, including a phone dialer, a Time List view and improved organization capabilities. The price is $95.
Apple has launched its new rack-mounted server solution, Xserve, in India. \"India is a important market for Apple. It has a very high rate of IT literacy and quality IT professionals. Hence the product is launched in India and targeted at new segments apart from the traditional strong verticals of Apple,\" said Apple Computer Asia Pacific Software Product Marketing Manager Darren Sng. The server solution is priced at 246,000 rupees and 326,000 rupees, depending on the configuration.
GRASS 5 Geograhic Information System is an Open Source/Free Software Geographical Information System (GIS) for Mac OS X with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. \"It contains over 350 programs and tools to render maps and images on monitor and paper; manipulate raster, vector, and sites data; process multi spectral image data; and create, manage, and store spatial data. GRASS also uses both an intuitive windows interface as well as command line syntax for ease of operations.\"
An official web site for Rage Hard, a multiplayer tactic shooter based on the new Claws -3d Engine, has been launched. The game will be developed for Mac OS X first, and will feature particle effects, detailed 3d objects, realistic lights and shadows, dynamic shadows and lights, up to 32 players and 4 different multiplayer modes.
An eWeek report says that Apple is maintaining current, PC-compatible builds of Mac OS X, including the most recent Jagaur version under the Project code-name Marklar: \"Sources said more than a dozen software engineers are tasked to Marklar, and the company\'s mainstream Mac OS X team is regularly asked to modify code to address bugs that crop up when compiling the OS for x86. Build numbers keep pace with those of their pre-release PowerPC counterparts.\"
Michele Zundo notes that .Mac\'s iDisk and Backup cannot be used behind firewalls or proxy servers: \"This has been confirmed by Apple representative in the support forum....Also the backup application cannot be used in \'local\' mode to back up to CD since it checks at startup the existence of an active .mac subscrition.\"
Surround SCM is a software change management solution that provides control over source code changes to software development teams that require remote access, integrated defect tracking, and advanced branching and merging options. The cross-platform solution has client/server support on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X and offers GUI-based clients for each OS. Surround SCM, billed as a \"full replacement for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe,\" integrates fully into Microsoft\'s popular development IDEs-Visual Studio 6 and Visual Studio .Net. Pricing starts at $400 for a single-named user.
Stick Software released Eyeballs 2.2, a Mac OS X application that \"gives you a set of eyeballs in your menu bar or on your desktop. The eyes watch the cursor move around as you work.\" The $10 shareware is localized in seven languages including English and Japanese. Stick Software also released BigFoot 2.1 ($10), which it describes as a \"fun, creative desktop critter..The feet dance, chase the mouse and play hopscotch, among many other behaviors.\" [EB, BF]
Spectral Class has updated its OpenGL-based board game, Quarto! 1.1b3. The 3D strategy game is available as $15 shareware and \"offers more control over piece colours and textures as well as small UI tweaks.\"
Karelia has released Watson 1.5.5, a maintenance upgrade to its desktop interface to the most popular Web content and services. Watson 1.5.5 offers improved compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.2 (Jaguar), and adds a plug-in that uses the Google Web search engine, a new plug-in for browsing and searching Amazon.com, and updated Zip Code lookup plug-in. The update also brings an updated two-week trial for all users.
A MacNN reader forwarded a note passed along to an Apple development mailing list, offering some unofficial IBM comments on the future of its Power4 CPU in Apple desktops, noting that there are technical issues with marrying the chip\'s vector processing unit with AltiVec and that Apple will not likely adopt the new chip for its desktops.
MacSpeech announced it will be showing French, Italian, UK English, Dutch and German versions of the latest release of iListen at the Apple Expo - Paris next week and will announce Italian, Dutch and German distribution partners for its speech recognition product.
Macromedia today announced its Macromedia MX Developer Resource Kit Vol 1. The $100 developer kit is the first of a quarterly series, which contains extensions, components, and resources to enable Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, and ColdFusion MX developers to create and deploy Internet applications. The kit also contains an archive of more than 400 MB of content from the Macromedia Designer & Developer Center as well as DataGrid and Media components for Flash MX developers and extensions for website building and application development, including components for displaying data in PHP applications, adding functions to the file menu in Dreamweaver, and editing themes for sites developed using Radio Userland for editing weblogs.
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Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram has formally announced that it will roll out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in it's iOS app with an update that will bring the program to version 7.1.5. 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, and 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
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