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Pioneer has issued a firmware update for its aftermarket DVR-A03/DVR-103 andDVR-A04/DVR-104 drives. This firmware update supports IDE drives connected to G4 Macs with Mac OS 9.2.2; the update will not run in the Mac OS X 'Classic' environment. The company is working on a version for FireWire-enabled drives.
Dartware has announced InterMapper Remote 1.5 ($200), an update to its network "health" assessment tool for Mac OS X. Version 1.5 allows managers to create and edit maps on an InterMapper server from any location and supports read-only access for particular individuals or groups. The key update also includes 'Notification Dependencies,' better Mac OS X performance, log files and zoom capabilities.
From now until December 31st, IOGEAR is offering $5 to $30 rebates on some of its most popular products. The "holiday special" includes savings on mice, connectivity devices, and other peripherals.
Quadmation has released version 5.9.6 of its 'PlayerPRO' music editing program for Mac OS 9/X. The latest release is said to be five percent faster, and is compatible with Quicktime 6 Instruments. PlayerPRO supports the following formats, in addition to several others: MOV, AIFF, WAV, MPEG layers I, II and III, MP3 and RAW.
shadowIP 2.0 is the latest release of the $8 desktop IP monitoring tool Mac OS X from stupidFish programming. Version 2.0 adds support for the en2 and en3 ports, ppp0 and "real internetIP monitoring." Bug fixes are also included in the release.
IPNetMonitorX 1.2c1 is a $40 utility that monitors and troubleshoots Internet connections in Mac OS X. Tools included are Lookup, Ping, Trace Route, Name Server Query, Who Is and more. The latest version improves TCP Dump, includes tcpflow package and ignores left over data at the end of PCB list. [789KB] Blizzard has released a new patch for Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos 1.0.4, its real-time strategy game for both Mac OS 9 & X. The patch includes several bug fixes and improvements; the update is currently only available by logging on through Battle.net. Ultranlingua 4 for Mac OS X is a professional grade, bilingual and monolingual dictionary for education, government and industry. It now offers automatic conjugation of verbs (French, English, German, Spanish), modular construction, a PowerSearch feature, automatic text translation and a new Cocoa/Aqua interface with multilingual support. The price is $30 per language or $15 to upgrade from version 3.x. MuchoThumbs Pro 3.0.1 is an update to the $15 website thumbnail creation tool. The update adds directory structure tuning, support for QuickTime movies, generation of ASP and PHP pages, an HTML slideshow and more. [1.7MB]
Jonathan Ive, Apple's vice president of design, has been named to Esquire's "Best and Brightest" list of emerging leaders who are "reshaping our world." Esquire has researched, interviewed, discussed and identified candidates who are "blazing the trail to a better world." Twenty years ago, the magazine identified such influential folks as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
The Bangkok Post talks about the health of Apple in Thailand, where the Apple World 2002 was held last weekend. "It is clear where Apple has positioned itself in terms of technology: high quality imaging (video and stills), music and printing. One area lacking, however, is the education sector." Although other countries are receiving different educational deals (computer rental and buy-back in Britian, free Mac OS X for teachers in the US), Thailand has received none.
Gefen has released its ex-tend-it 2x2 DVI Switcher, which switches two computers between any combination of dual DVI displays, USB, and audio equipped computers. The device includes four six-foot DVI cables, two six-foot USB cables and two audio cables. It is $800.
Dartware has released InterMapper 3.7, an update to its network monitoring application that continually checks the servers, routers, switches, and other networked equipment and provides alerts using audible alerts, e-mail messages, pages, and running scripts. It adds notification dependencies, built-in paging (with support for SNPP and modems), and remote map editing as well an Xserve probe, SSL encryption, and built-in firewall. Pricing starts at $300 for 10 devices. [Classic, OSX]
MCE is now offering an internal CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive designed to replace the original CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or CD-RW optical drive currently inside iBook systems (Dual USB, 12” and 14”). The $250 MCE CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive must be installed by MCE and features an 8x8x24x8x CD-RW mechanism and reads DVD-ROM discs at up to 8x speed. Pricing includes the drive, installation and 3-day return shipping to the customer (turnaround time is generally 2-3 business days).
Slideshow Magic! 1.1.1 is a freeware application that can create slideshows using a range of QuickTime compatible image formats. It features an audio track, frame rate manipulator, scaling, titling, and other features. [779KB] Extensis has released Intellihance Pro 4.1, an update to its utility for image enhancement utility and color correction. It adds compatibility support with Photoshop 7, includes online help, and now has OS X support. Rune Lindman has released QPict 5.2, an update to his $35 media asset manager. It adds digital camera support, XML export, Quartz text rendering, better performance, JPEG 2000 support, improved PDF and font support, sheet dialogs, contextual menu support, better performance, and other enhancements. [4.4MB] JewelCaseIllustrator 1.7 is a drawing program for creating labels, tray liners, and booklets for CDs and DVDs. It can also create a Finder-like directory listing of entire volumes. The new version includes a library of textures, and the ability to use them within graphic objects. [2.1MB] Both McAfee and Symantec have updated the latest virus file definitions for Virex and NAV. [VX7, NAV7-OSX, NAV7-PPC, NAV8]
OpenOSX has begun shipping its $30 XFree 1.2 CD, which will install XFree 4.2.1, a fully configured with the OroborOSX window manager in "less than 5 minutes, by simply double-clicking the OpenOSX package icon." The package is bundled with complete source code and limited installation support.
Bitstream today announced that it is releasing its sixth set of fonts from the New Font Collection program, which features display and text fonts in PostScript Type 1 and TrueType formats for both Windows and the Macintosh. It includes 67 new typefaces
FireWire Depot has introduced the Speedzter2, a new 2.5" FireWire/USB 2.0 combo hard disk enclosure with a rugged aluminum body, a single FireWire and single USB 2.0 port and a compact design (5.0"x2.9"x0.6"). The $125 enclosure ships with a FireWire cable, USB2 cable, external power supply and mini screwdriver for assembly.
Qualcomm has released Eudora 5.2, an update to its popular email client. It offers a number of bug fixes as well as SSL support under Mac OS X 10.2, better CPU usage, and search for international characters. The $40 client is available in a limited "lite" mode and a fully-featured ad-sponsored mode. A $10 discount is offered to owners of previous versions. [Classic, OSX] Chimera 0.6 is the latest release of Mozilla.org's browser project that has a Cocoa interface and uses the Gecko layout engine. It adds Keychain support to save web site passwords, better toolbar customization, contextual menus for tabs, proxy icon support for URLs, and Talkback, which reports data about crashes back to Netscape. [7.6MB] ArcaneWare's TypeJet 2.1 is an update to its font viewing utility, adding improved display speed, support for uninstalled fonts (including recursive folders) and other enhancements. The $13 shareware is available for Mac OS X (with an older version available for Mac OS 9). [Classic, OSX] PocketMac 2.0 updates the original Mac-to-Pocket PC sync software for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility. It includes the ability to browse the Internet with your Pocket PC to full compatibility with HP 54x and iPaq 3900 devices and several of the newer Pocket PC phones as well as the ability to sync with the OS X Address Book and iCal and automatic network setup. [site not updated]
Maxum Development today released Rumpus 3.0, an update to the company's high-performance FTP server for the Mac OS and OS X. Version 3.0 adds a Web File Manager (WFM), which provides classic FTP capabilities (file upload and download, folder listings, and other basic file management functions) using a standard HTTP interface. Other features include improved OS X support, auto-detection of hack attempts, better file recognition and handling, and a new, Web-based file management system. The standard version is $250 with upgrades free for purchases after January 1, 2001. Upgrades are $80.
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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