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Pangea Software today announced that its Bugdom 2 video game now falls under its Scholastic Site License Offer. Since 1999, Pangea has had a policy that any school or public library may have a free site license to any of their games so long as they own at least one legitimate single-user copy. The developer is known for creating family- and child-oriented video games, and, according to Pangea president Brian Greenstone, many schools use their games as rewards for students.
Availability of Free Exhibit Hall passes for Janaury's Macworld Expo San Francisco ends October 28. Apple will exhibit at the annual West-coast expo (January 7 - 10, 2003), despite tensions between the computer maker and IDG earlier this month.
The final release of iPod2iTunes 1.7 is now available. Version 1.7 is "two-to-sixteen" times faster, includes several interface improvements, recognizes iPod "smart playlists," and works with Mac OS X 10.2.1. [243KB] Eudora 5.2b14 is now available. This beta offers countless improvements, including improved window management and dozens of bug fixes. Eudora is a popular alternative email client application for Mac OS 9/X. [Classic, OS X] Avid Xpress DV 3.5.3 is now available to registered users of the digital video editing suite. Version 3.5 is required to install the update; instructions for users of older versions are available. Hitek software has released AbleFtp -- its new FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client that boasts automation features. Scheduled backup to another computer is among the recommended uses for this utility. AbleFtp is compatible with Mac OS X only. [1.5MB]
"Best Buy is aiming to take a bite out of Apple Computer with the release of a new, wide-screen notebook designed by Porsche," according to c|net. The VPR Matrix 200A5 ($2,400) includes a 15.2" LCD with 1280x854 resolution, 2GHz Pentium 4-M processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 40GB hard drive, a combo CD-RW/DVD drive, and integrated 802.11b wireless networking. "It all comes in an eye-catching, silver-magnesium case that weighs 6.4 pounds and measures 13.9 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 1.2 inches thick."
Apple has started a new promotion, Brighten Your Holidays, which offers a full rebate on the HP Deskjet 3820 printer or a $99 savings on the HP DeskJet 5550 when purchased through the Apple Store.
Apple has released Java 1.4.1 Developer Preview 2, which is accompanied by an update to the Developer Tools for writing Java programs. "This is a pre-release implementation of JDK 1.4.1 that runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The VM is an implementation of Hotspot 1.4.1, and the UL implementation uses the Mac OS X Cocoa APIs."
Aupperle Services and Contracting has released beta Mac OS X drivers for their DFG/1394-1 Video to FireWire Converter hardware. "The DFG1394-1 Driver allows any QuickTime based Video Capture Application (i.e. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, BTV Pro, QuickTime Broadcaster, Squid Cam etc.) to view, record or broadcast full size (640x480NTSC / 768x576PAL), full frame rate (29.97NTSC / 25PAL) uncompressed YUV 4:2:2 video." The device also allows adjustment of Hue, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation or Sharpness of the video in real time. The beta version expires on November 15th, when users may purchase a license for $30. [30KB]
Baxter Computer's October cursor update for Blobber 2.1 adds an Aqua and Graphite cursor to the freeware utility that allows you to modify the "wait cursor" under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. [OCU, Blobber] Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh v1.8.1, its 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. Version 1.8.1 contains 2 new methods for a total of 413 methods across 30 modules of code. eLister 2.0 is an offline auction listing assistant for use with the eBay auction service. Version 2.0 includes support for fixed price listings, PayPal payments, post-processing options, audio cues, and support for new template tags. Licensing starts at $30 for six months. [Classic, OSX] The $20 IRC client Snak 4.8.6 features improved text display under OS X (requires OS X 10.1.5 or newer), support for system compliant help tags and improved support for AppleScript and includes a new AutoAway script as well as fixes a number of bugs and adds support for new features in some IRC servers. [1.5MB] Rampell Software's AlwaysONline 3.0 ($19), designed to keep users from logging off the ISP, and Unpopular 1.0 ($20), which intelligently eliminates pop-up ads, are now available for Mac OS 8/9. The company released OS X versions of both products earlier this month. A bundle of both products is $35. Installgen 1.27 generates install scripts to automate Oracle 9i installation procedures on Mac OS X servers. The update is the first version compatible with Oracle 9.20 (Developer Release 1) on Mac OS X. It is available for $100 on an annual subscription basis and includes free updates and the Perl source code. [2.2MB] Pod Manager 1.2 ($8) extracts music files stored in Apple's iPod. The update features improved mp3 tag detection and is now fully Unicode compliant as well as being localized in English, French and Japanese. [215KB]
Outlook2Mac 1.02 ($10) helps users migrate from Windows to OS X by converting Microsoft Outlook email, address book, and calendar folders to industry-standard formats supported by Apple Mail, Apple Address Book and Apple iCal (as well as Microsoft Entourage). It works with Outlook 97, 98, 2000, and 2002 on most versions of Windows. [OL2002, OL2000] Dartware has posted a beta of InterMapper 3.7b3, its network monitoring application. It adds support for SNPP (Simple network paging protocol), paging under Mac OS X, suppression of dependent notifications, a new security firewall, remote map editing, better HTML, and a new Xserve probe. Pricing starts at $300. [Classic, OSX] John MacDonnell has posted an all Cocoa-version of his dock utility ($15), DockFun 3.5pre, which offers the ability to have multiple dock configurations. It only works under Mac OS X 10.2.x Jaguar. [1.7MB] Kepmad Systems has released ImageBuddy 2.6, a $17 shareware photo utility that can rotate, size, crop, mask and layout digital photos for printing. Version 2.6 adds support for printing EXIF data, fixes a number of bugs, and improves integration with OSX as well as support for Drag & Drop from iPhoto. [Classic, OSX] Learning Imp 1.1 is a $20 education authoring tool and learning program that allows you to create your own dictionaries and offers several different types of tests: "[It] is a highly effective study tool suitable for elementary, secondary, high school and college students. You can create unlimited tests on any subject yourself, either by manually entering questions and answers." [3.6MB] iArch Global has released ShopPro, a cross platform business management aimed at small shops and businesses that will track inventory, customers, invoicing and will print catalogs and help create bulk mailings. The $80 application is available for $60 through December 1st. The company also updated its publishing management application PubPro X2 1.0.6 with new features such as custom client pricing, financing charges and an enhanced distribution module. Licenses, which start at $400 for 2-users, include 4 hours of free customization in a promotion that runs through November 1st. PocketNotes 2.0 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. It adds live links, a notes toolbar, margin control, an improved reminder system, better printing, improved search functions, contextual menu support, new skins (and better skin support), and more outline display options. It is a free update to the $20 application. [2.6MB]
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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS