Dr. Bott has announced reduced pricing on its T7Hub, gHub, and T3Hub, which now sell for $48, $35 and $28, respectively. The T7Hub is the "only" seven-port USB hub that supports seven devices, drawing 0.5 Amps each. gHub provides indicators for both connectivity and overcurrent protection to simplify troubleshooting. T3Hub weighs less than an ounce and supports USB devices that normally require external power.
Columnist Stephen Manes discusses the "importance of being sleek," in a recent article for Yahoo! Finance. The two leading all-in-one computers -- Apple's iMac and the Gateway Profile 4 -- share some similar design principles, but, in the view of Mr. Manes, were created with different priorities. While the iMac's case design clearly bests the Profile 4's "bolted-together" appearance, Manes suggests that the Gateway packs more value. Mr. Manes praises the crisp, albeit "unusually sized," display of the iMac, but criticizes the machine's DVD decoding capabilities. To the credit of the iMac, Manes says that the Mac's 6-pin FireWire ports and DVD authoring features help counter the Gateway's lower price tag.
MOTU has released Digital Performer 3.1, an update to its digital audio and MIDI sequencer for Mac OS 9. The update contains installer archive that installs DP 3.1 patch, FreeMIDI Files, MAS update, Update Notes.pdf and REX Shared Library.
Freeverse Software today released 3D Hearts Deluxe 7, the latest version of its $20 Hearts game for the Mac. The new release offers support for the GameSmith opponent matching service, and a number of other improvements over 'Colin's Classic Hearts' and earlier versions of '3D Hearts.'
CharisMac is offering its Dr. Fix-It DVD / CD repair and cleaning kit for $35 throughout the month of October. The new price represents a $5 discount on the motorized optical media cleaning kit, which includes a user's guide, cleaning apparatus, repair apparatus, two extra polishing heads and two extra repairing heads.
Manic Minefields 2.1 is a Mac OS 9 & X shareware ($10) game based on the classic Minesweeper. It features \"12 uniquely designed minefields with beautiful graphics and crisp sound effects.\" The update includes sound effects during game play, some minor improvements and a bug fix. [site currently unavailable]
America Online has released AOL Instant Messenger 4.5.863, an update to its instant messaging client for Mac OS 9 & X. The release brings long filename support, fixes bugs and updates security.
Apple has introduced the educational version of its .Mac Web service. .Mac for Education allows education institutions to purchase an unlimited number of .Mac one-year subscriptions via purchase order at a special price of $60 per user (a minimum of 10 subscriptions is required). The education .Mac differs slightly from the consumer version; 50MB of iDisk storage (100MB for a consumer), a Mac.com IMAP email account with 10MB of storage (15MB for consumers), HomePage Web page builder, Backup software and Virex software.
REAL Software has announced that REALbasic 5, the next version of its software development environment, will support both Macintosh and Windows. \"REALbasic for Macintosh users have been able to create applications for both Macintosh and Windows since 1999. This new version will allow Windows users to do the same thing.\" The software will ship in the first quarter of 2003.
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb 4.1.1, its Mac OS X native web browser. The update brings support for the RealOne player/plugin, improved HTTPS/SSL support and addresses known issues with Jaguar. Also, new Swedish and Finnish localizations have been included, brining the total to 15 languages.
Innovations has released Shapes Vol. 15 - Border Pattern Designs, a royalty-free set of 400+ border patterns, angular, triangular and blocky designs for Photoshop 6 and 7. The price is approximately $10.
YazSoft\'s download acceleration and organization utility, Speed Download 1.9.1 adds the ability to control the application from the \'Terminal\' application (and thus from any connected computer). It is also now seamless with all popular Mac browsers and allows users to set the download position for each item in the queue.
Metaobject\'s hfstar 1.13.19 is a version of gnutar for Mac OS X that supports archiving HFS+ specific information such as resource forks, type and creator codes as well as other Finder flags. It now handles incremental updates and is compatible with the open-source backup system Amanda. Hfstar is distributed under the terms of the GPL and is available at no charge.
Aladdin Knowledge Systems today announced that its Privilege Software Commerce Platform (SCP), which offers anti-piracy and electronic distribution capabilities for application developers is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. Privilege SCP for Mac OS X enables state-of-the-art software to be delivered securely, through Product Activation authentication and trial ware demo creation as well as Electronic Software Distribution supervision.
Amtec today released Tecplot 9.2 for Mac OS X, its technical plotting software with integrated XY, 2- and 3-D capabilities. The versatile plotting and data analysis software offers general technical plotting and high-end 3-D visualization abilities and produces create superb on-screen graphics and presentation-quality output. The $1,500 application is designed for engineers and scientists working with large data sets created by numerical simulation software, data from analysis and testing, and those seeking a one-stop-shop for data visualization. The release of Amtec\'s industry-specific add-on modules for Mac OS X is expected later in the month.
Open Door Networks is shipping Who\'s There 1.3, a free update to its firewall advisor for Mac OS X, which helps users analyze, investigate and respond to access attempts. Version 1.3 updates the product for use with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, provides support for Jaguar\'s new Mail application, and includes updates to the service definitions. The $30 application supports the Norton Personal Firewall, Mac OS X Server, Brickhouse, and any other firewall that uses Mac OS X\'s built-in firewall and logging capabilities.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro 1.2 adds an improved Window Switcher (for switching, closing, and minimizing windows), a new Macro Action to select a menu item by name in any application, new system actions (increase/decrease Screen Brightness and improved Increase/Decrease/Mute Sound actions), a new French-localized version, and other enhancements. A lite version of the $20 utility is limited to 20 hotkeys (with 4 actions/key) and 4 clipboards. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar or later.
Prosoft Engineering late last month released NetWare Client for Mac OS X - IP Edition v1.0.3, allowing Mac OS X users to connect to a Novell IP-based network. Now compatible with Jaguar, it allows users to authenticate and use NetWare natively using the IP protocol, eliminating the need to propagate AppleTalk on your local area network. It offers native NCP file handling, NDS browsing for finding and authenticating to NetWare servers, support for NSS volumes (for file sizes of up to 8-terabytes and allows billions of volumes and directories), and support for RSA Secure Login. It is free to owners of its Data Rescue data recovery utility and $150 for commercial purchases.
IDG today announced that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote address for Macworld Expo/San Francisco 2003 on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 9:00 am PT. San Francisco\'s largest annual technology event takes place January 6-10, 2003 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco. (We recently noted that IDG opened online registration.)
Apple today announced that more than 180,000 Mac users have subscribed to Apple\'s .Mac suite of Internet services. \"The launch of .Mac has been a phenomenal success,\" said Sina Tamaddon, Apple\'s senior vice president of Applications. \"And now we\'re adding iSync support in .Mac, enabling users to synchronize their calendars and address books across multiple Macs connected to the Internet.\" The press release also notes that the Virex anti-virus software, Mac.com email, iDisk, HomePage and iCards features of .Mac can also be accessed using Mac OS 9. Previous iTools can take advantage of a $50/year offer ($50 off) offer, which was recently extended until October 14.
Yahoo yesterday released Yahoo! Messgenger 2.5, an update to its branded instant messaging client, which features Super Webcam for sending video (up to 20 fps at 320x240) to friends, new emoticons (available via an emoticon selection menu), smoother anti-aliasing under OS X, Unicode support, new dock notification, custom message colors, conferencing, and friend\'s list group editing. [Classic, OSX]
MacHack today announced its keynote speaker for its 18th annual developer conference, which takes place June 19-21, 2003. Ken Arnold, Chief Architect of EventMonitor, Inc., will kick off the 72-hour marathon conference at 12:01 am: \"As one of the original architects of the Jini platform, an open-software architecture that enables developers to create network-centric services that are highly adaptive to change, Arnold spearheaded Sun Microsystems\' community source effort. He was also the lead engineer on Sun\'s JavaSpaces product.\" Conference registration costs $450 ($100 off until 2/28/03) and includes access to all conference events, three meals and the conference banquet.
October anti-virus definitions are available for Symantec\'s NAV as well as Intego\'s VirusBarrier, but have not yet been updated for McAfee\'s Virex. [NAV8, NAV7-OSX, IVB]
Sonnet Technologies has added Crescendo/PCI G4 700MHz processor upgrade for PCI Power Macs to its upgrade line (as well as the CCrescendo/PCI G4 800MHz, which shipped in August 2002). Both products utilize Motorola\'s new 745X AltiVec-enabled G4 chip and include 1MB of L3 backside cache. The new design allows processors to run at multiplier higher than the previous 9x limitation and also addresses \"voltage requirements, signal compatibility with the host system, and heat dissipation issues.\" It is due to ship on October 15 for $350. Sonnet has also added Crescendo/PCI G3 500mhz/512k upgrade--also due in mid-October--to its product line for $150. Mac OS X compatibility is offered via a $30 software solution (Jaguar compatibility is a free upgrade to existing owners).
4D today released 4D WebSTAR v5.2, an update to the 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V that includes a new integrated Mail server. The high-speed mail server offers SMTP/POP/IMAP server support with secure remote administration, support for multiple domains, advanced relay blocking, and DNSBL and SMTP Authentication. It is available as a free update to users of 4D WebSTAR V, including an unlimited-mailbox license option for all owners of 4D WebSTAR V who registered by August 31, 2002 (also available through October 31, 2002 to all new upgrade purchases). 4D today also released 4D Mail, its high-performance Mail server for Mac OS X. It features an easy-to-administer SMTP/POP/IMAP mail server with secure remote administration, anti-spam features, advanced relay blocking, and allow/deny, plus 4D WebMail support, and anti-virus features. 4D Mail licensing is $150 for a 10-mailbox license, $250 for a 100-mailbox license (additional 100-user expansion licenses are $150, or an unlimited license for $1500).
Microsoft today announced a joint limited-time offer with Apple, offering Office v. X for Mac for $200 with the purchase of a new Mac: \"The special price for Office v. X with the purchase of any new Mac is the latest demonstration of Microsoft and Apple\'s shared commitment to offering Mac customers great products at great values. It marks the first time that the Office for Mac suite has been made available to purchasers of Macs.\" The offer is good from October 1st through January 7, 2003. A similar offer is running in Japan from August until December 2002, and Microsoft says it plans similar promos for customers in Australia, Europe, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore in November.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6