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SourceForge.net's "project of the month" for November is "Fink," a Mac OS X program that aims to "help people run Open Source *nix based applications on their Mac." "The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. We modify Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X and make it available for download as a coherent distribution," explains the lead developer's mission statement.
Mobility Electronics has unveiled the two new accessory packages for users of the portable 2-Slot Expansion Chassis (CB2 series): the first ($350) includes a 7200 rpm 80 GB Seagate Barracuda Ultra ATA/100 disk drive, IDE-Firewire converter with Oxford 911 Firewire Bridge chipset, internal Firewire cables, a 6 foot external Firewire cable, and a custom mounting bracket; the second ($230) includes all the components of the former package, but excludes the disk drive.
Destineer today announced that its Links Championship Edition Course Converter would be available as a free download from the Bold-Destineer Web site. The Links Course Converter allows players to use up to 36 of their previously-acquired Links LS courses in Links Championship Edition. Also included in the free download is a software update for Links that is required to use courses converted with the Links Course Converter.
Microsoft hopes to sway new computer users to its Windows XP operating system with the release of Windows Movie Maker 2. Movie Maker is Microsoft's answer to Apple's iMovie software, which pioneered low-cost, home video editing. In a side-by-side "comparison guide" of the two products, Microsoft compares the number of titles, effects and transitions included with both suites, but also uses arbitrary measures, such as the inclusion of "Industry–leading compression technology"
PencilTest 1.0 is a Mac OS 9 & X application that will load, resize, rotate and compress a series of individual image files into a QuickTime movie. Movies can be prepared in numerous sizes, as well as in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios. A shareware fee of $15 unlocks the program, allowing for final output without a watermark. [1.4MB] Create 10.7 and Stone Studio have been updated to bring AppleScript support, allowing users to use instant slide shows, newsletters and interactive layouts. [23.3MB] eFax Messenger 2.1 is an update of the client version of the free eFax service. It allows users to receive faxes as attachments in email, and now features Mac OS X compatibility. [614KB]
PC Magazine has announced the finalists for their 19th annual Awards for Technical Excellence. "The awards recognize individuals and products that have advanced the state of technology and set new standards for technical innovation in 2002." The iMac is a finalists in the Desktop PC category, and the iPod is a finalist in the Mobile Device category. The publication's editorial staff and lab analysts chose more than 30 products in 11 different categories for the awards. The winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th, at The Venitian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Formac has announced a price drop for its storage product line, including the FireWire DVD-R/CD-RW. Previously $550, the devideon superdrive, which writes DVD-Rs at speeds of 4X, is now $400. The cdrw 40, a CD-RW drive with 40X write, 12X re-write and 48X reading speed is lowered to $160. It comes bundled with Roxio Toast LE and incorporates the BURN-Proof feature to prevent coasters.
The Mac OS was among the least prone to hacker attack and damage from viruses and worms in 2002, while Microsoft Windows and Linux were the most vulnerable, according to a report by technology risk-management company, mi2g. Data from the report is taken from mi2g's SIPS (Security Intelligence Products & Systems) database, which stores information on more than 6,000 hacker groups from as far back as 1995.
Wired News has posted two articles on different modifications for Macs. The first article features customizations from Japan, including painted PowerBook cases, an iBook built inside an aluminum travel case, and a black flat-panel iMac. The second article features a clam-shell iBook being transformed into a touch-screen writing tablet, a PowerMac G4 with a built-in LCD screen, front mounted USB ports and blue neon, and a 1940s Philco radio being used as a case for a Macintosh Quadra 605.
Blackmagic Design announced the immediate availability of its new QuickTime PCI capture card: Blackmagic DeckLink is "the first" uncompressed 10-bit video PCI card priced under $1000 and is designed specifically for connecting to digital broadcast tape decks. It features SDI video & audio input and output, as well as a Sony compatible RS422 serial deck control port, a 66MHz PCI bus, support for NTSC and PAL video formats, real-time effects, a built-in DV bridge, and a Universal free software codec for Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, and Windws.
Griffin's Final Vinyl 0.7, is an update to the free audio recording application that adds cue marking, dynamic leveling and quick save. Final Vinyl is designed to work with the Griffin iMic ($35), a popular and inexpensive USB audio device that adds high quality stereo input and output to any USB based Macintosh and includes a switch to select between microphone or line inputs. [703KB] Paradigma Software's Valentina Technology Release 1.9.6 improves SQL-based engine support for complex multi-table joins, has better support of International characters, and other improvements. Solutions are available for Microsoft Visual C++, Metrowerks CodeWarrior, Java, COM compatible products (Visual Basic, Delphi, PowerBuilder), REAL Software's REALbasic, Macromedia Director, Purity Software's WebSiphon and all XCMD compatible products. YazSoft's Speed Download 1.9.2 is described as a "must have update" the download utility, adding both OS X and Classic plugins, better MIME-type handling, improved windowing in OS X 10.2.1 and better proxy support as well as many other features. [757KB] Redcort has updated its software-based employee time clock software. Virtual TimeClock Standard Edition 2.5 now automatically checks file integrity and backs up data, has an updated interface with larger time clock display, supports Classic and OS X, and has other bug fixes. It is a $25 upgrade to the $130 software. [1.1MB]
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Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.