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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Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea