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New Microsoft ads emphasizing Macintosh and PC harmony will debut in Macintosh, business, technology and design publications tomorrow. The new ads -- which target Mac users -- differ greatly from the harsh tactics used by competing hardware makers such as Apple and Gateway, primarily because Microsoft sells products for both platforms. There are expected to be three print ads, initially, which will feature iMac and PC computers fishing, enjoying Chinese food and playing chess. Images from the latter two ads are now available.
Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit general manager Kevin Browne will leave his current role at the software giant to work in the company's Xbox gaming division. According to Microsoft's PR contact, the company is currently in the process of determining who will fill the position of General Manager, which Browne has held for six years.
MacPlay today announced that it has reached agreement with Feral Interactive for exclusive distribution rights on Feralís Macintosh games for the North American market. The agreement covers future releases as well as Feralís existing line-up. Adding to its current line-up of Black & White and Sheep, Feral is preparing the releases of Worms Blast, Formula 1 Championship Season and Creature Isle, the expansion pack to 2002ís Black & White. All three products are scheduled for release in November 2002 and several more releases are expected in early 2003.
PHP 4.3pre1 is an early testing build of the open-source scripting environment, offering support for native installations on Mac OS X / Darwin as well as support for dynamically loaded extensions on OS X / Darwin and dozens of other improvements and bug fixes: "This preliminary release is meant to kick-start this testing while the fixes are still being performed. Please join in and help us make this a high-quality release. You can use the build tracker to report the your results."
The OS X-only sync utility Executive Sync 1.1.1 uses "the superior TAS (Time And State) synchronization technique. TAS is a powerful approach to file synchronization that guarantees accuracy by storing and comparing true CRC32 bit checksums over time." The application ($20) supports file archiving, multiple projects, Windows server support, file history, long file name support, and unicode file names.
Eudora Mailbox Cleaner 2.6 is a drag & drop application which provides easy one-step migration from Eudora to Mail.app, directly importing Eudora's mailboxes and filter files and preparing nickname files for import into Address Book. It currently imports mailboxes, nicknames, and filters
Apple's Power couple promo offers up to $400 back on a purchase of a display and a qualifying PowerBook G4 or Power Mac G4. Customers can receive $400 back on a dual 1.25GHz Power Mac G4 or an 800MHz PowerBook G4, $300 back on a dual 1GHz Power Mac G4 or a 667MHz PowerBook G4, and $200 back on a dual 867MHz Power Mac G4 with the purchase of a 17", 22" or 23" Apple Cinema Display. The offer expires December 31, 2002.
Several MacNN readers note that Apple will be reserving iTools members' names after accounts expire on October 14 (for all unpaid accounts), according to an email sent by Apple: " Anticipating the day when you'll be ready to join .Mac because you want the software and services it's delivering, we'll keep reserving your old iTools member name, and you can continue to use it with iChat and the latest version of AOL Instant Messenger."
PGP Corporation has released a pulic beta of PGP 8.0b, which features a completely new Cocoa-based user interface; full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (required); interoperability with PGP Disks created by all prior PGP Disk products for Mac OS (as well as with PGP Disks created with PGP Disk for Windows 7.0 and later); AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) support in PGP Disk; significantly expanded Unicode support; built-in support for Apple Mail and Microsoft Entourage X; system-wide availability through Mac OS X services, and accessibility via the Dock menu.
Apple's Italian Language Update 1.0 for Mac OS X "provides clarification regarding availability of iDisk after a .Mac trial membership has expired for Italian users."
LaCie said its plans to be the first to market with FireWire2/1394b products, offering data-transfer speeds of 800Mbps, after it purchased the first shipment of FireWire 2 (1394b) bridges from manufacturer Oxford Semiconductor, according to Macworld UK. The company said it plans to release new products integrating the technology before anyone else and is "discussing plans to introduce mass-storage products encased in its new-look D2 enclosures with capacities in excess of 300GB."
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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