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New Microsoft ads show Mac/PC \'unity\'
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.
Browne leaving Mac BU
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 to distribute Feral\'s games in NA
MacPlay today announced that it has reached agreement with Feral Interactive for exclusive distribution rights on Feral's Macintosh games for the North American market. The agreement covers future releases as well as Feral's 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 2002's Black & White. All three products are scheduled for release in November 2002 and several more releases are expected in early 2003.
PHP 4.3pre1 adds support for OS X/Darwin
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."
Executive Sync 1.1.1 offers time, state sync
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 migrates email
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 debuts Power couple rebates on displays
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.
Apple reserves iTools names, offers AIM use
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 8.0b beta supports OS X 10.2
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 posts Italian Language Update 1.0
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 to be first to market with FireWire 2
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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