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 "IndustryĖleading 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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Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f