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Address Book Publisher 1.0 for Mac OS X is a simple utility that extracts contact information from Apple's Address Book application, and then generates an HTML file containing the data. It will import all address book data -- including photos.
Alepin 2.0 ($5) is a significant update to the "notepad & scrapbook" implementation for Mac OS X. This second major release yields a new toolbar, a 'category' drawer, hyperlink support, more keyboard shortcuts, a System Services menu item and a better registration/personalization system. [210KB] Apago has released updates for its PDFshrink and PDFshrink Lite applications for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 compresses PDF files to smaller sizes than before, features an improved image scaling filter, and offers compression of all PDF elements (including non-images). [Full, Lite] Black Magik Software has released eLister 2.1 -- an update to its eBay auction listing assistant. The latest release adds support for eBay Gift Services, category selection beyond five levels, 4X6 card printing, and better previewing under Mac OS X. Version 2.1 of the $30 utility also addresses a number of small bugs, including one affecting the handling of image URLs. [Classic, OS X]
Griffin today announced the release of a PowerMate Black Limited Edition to celebrate the product's one-year anniversary. Available exclusively online, the PowerMate combines "beautiful design and ease of use into a unique award winning multimedia controller that can be used as a volume knob, or programmed for any number of other uses such as a jog/shuttle wheel for movie editing or a scroll wheel for long documents." It is $45. (The standard version is available with a brushed-aluminum finish.) Update: Griffin reports that the company expects to sell out of these limited edition PowerMates by the end of this weekend.
Netlock has announced Nortel Multi-OS Contivity VPN Client 2.0. The utility for secure wired and wireless networks supports Mac OS 9 (Mac OS X support in December), Windows, Linux and HP-UX. The update incorporates support for LZS compression, support for Solaris 64-bit operating systems and Dynamic NAT traversal. iOrganize 4.3 is a Notepad alternative for Mac OS X. It now features web links by command-clicking for both URLs and email addresses, new preference options and an improved database engine. [1.7MB] QuickASCII 1.0.3 is a console-based movie player and picture viewer for Mac OS X that is powered by Quicktime. It now features the ability to increase window size by up to 2.25, improved framerate with GLTerm and inverting the luminence of the movie. [20KB] Data Coder 1.0 is a free software development tool for Mac OS X. It can convert between a variety of data formats, including UTF-8 text, UTF-16 text, hex-encoded text or base-64. [44KB] Panic has updated its popular Mac OS X FTP client, Transmit 2.1. The update adds an "Edit in BBEdit" feature, fixes a problem with passwords being visible as plain text, adds French localizations and improves AppleScript support. The price is $25, or $17 to upgrade from Transmit 1. [568KB]
Aspyr will be releasing the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Game of the Year Edition demo this afternoon at 6:00PM EST. The squad-based tactical combat game features a mission-driven storyline with 15 different single player maps and 6 multiplayer maps. The demo includes Ghost Recon and the expansion pack, Desert Siege.
DayChaser is a new calendar and scheduling application built exclusively for Mac OS X by Econ Technologies; "DayChaser is different from most calendar applications because it works with separate Calendar Documents. A Calendar Document is just a file - just like any word processor or spreadsheet document." The $20 application allows you to work with multiple calendars simultaneously and exchange entries between them; it is fully customizable, integrated with the Mac OS X 10.2 ("Jaguar") Address Book and will auto complete email contacts. [1.0MB]
Brother today introduced the HL-7050 and the network-ready HL-7050N commercial-class office laser printers. The printers feature print speeds of up to 30 ppm, 1200x1200 dpi resolution, 32MB of memory, 600 sheets of input paper capacity and 500 sheets of output paper capacity. Both also include CompactFlash storage capability and N-Up, poster, watermark print modes, and both parallel and USB connectivity. The HL-7050 and HL-7050N have estimated street prices of $1000 and $1,100, respectively.
Pangea Software is now shipping the boxed CD version of its new 3D action-adventure game, Bugdom 2. The CD version is identical to the downloadable version, but also includes other game demos and unregistered full versions of Pangea’s earlier games. The CD version of Bugdom 2 is only available directly from Pangea for $35.
DigiTunnel 1.1 includes a new status/control menu, split-routing feature to connect to Internet sites while connected to a VPN, and compatibility with Watchguard Firebox VPN Servers. The company also reduced the price to $58 (from $88). A 30-day demo is available. [1.9MB] PocketNotes 2.01 brings bug fixes as well as French and German language support to the $20 notepad application for outlining and planning. It features multiple skins, a "links shelf" to store URLs/emails/files, multiple notepads, search functions, and other features. [2.6MB] Sean Kelly's skHTML 3.0 is described as a "full-featured website development application" with features such as code-hinting, syntax highlighting, powerful search and replace, Tidy integration, FTP Access, an RGB-Hex color converter, and other functions. A limited demo of the $20 application is available online. [1.1MB]
PGP 8.0 Beta 2 for Mac OS X offers numerous evolutionary improvements as well as the following new features: full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (if you have Mac OS X 10.0 or 10.1, you need to upgrade to 10.2.1 or later), full PGP Disk interoperability with PGP Disks created by all prior PGP Disk products (Mac and Windows), AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) support in PGP Disk, significantly expanded Unicode support, and built-in support for Apple Mail and Microsoft Entourage X.
Formac today announced Formac gallery 1740 OX, the first product in its new oxygen line, which offers leading-edge technologies for an affordable price. It features a modern snow-white design, the latest Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) technology and Formac's proprietary digital graphics technology as well as brightness of 220 nits, a contrast ratio of 400:1, and pixel response of between 10 and 25 ms. It is due at the end of November for $700 and ships with a 1-year warranty.
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Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram has formally announced that it will roll out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in it's iOS app with an update that will bring the program to version 7.1.5. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app, and some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y