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IOXperts, has released USB WebCam Driver 1.0 for Mac OS X, a generic software driver that enables more than thirty USB "webcams" to work with the Macintosh. The $20 program will include support for even more devices with future releases, says IOXperts VP of Engineering Dave Koziol. A complete list of compatible units is available on the IOXperts Web site.
NewTek today announced the LightWave Holiday Bonus Pack, an offering that provides $1,400 in learning materials free to purchasers of a full commercial license copy of LightWave 3D ($1600). The bundle includes books, DVDs, CDs, discounts for NewTek-sponsored seminars, and magazine subscriptions.
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Formac today released devideon x.2, the second release of its DVD authoring software for the Mac. devideon x.2 allows users to design custom DVD menus, add chapters and use parallel encoding to accelerate the DVD creation process. The software is shipped with Formacís next-generation devideon superdrive, which incorporates the latest Pioneer A-105 mechanism with a 4X DVD write speed. This release adds the ability to burn a movie project as a Super Video CD, features a better user interface, and takes advantage of the proprietary PARENC routine, which allows the application to encode several movie chapters simultaneously to MPEG2.
Santa Cruz Digital Styles today released the TiStick ($90) and SnowSeal ($80), two laptop carrying bags for Apple's PowerBook G4 and 12" iBook. Both bags -- which represent the company's first product line -- sport a clear outer pocket for CD storage or personalization, and feature a colorful microsuede lining. Both products also utilize a water-repellant zipper design, sport integrated handles and come with a padded contoured shoulder strap. Santa Cruz Digital Styles donates 1 percent of its profits to charitable organizations for providing technology to underserved communities.
The University of Western Australia (UWA), which began teaching IT courses on the first Macs in the mid-eighties, has dropped Mac support from its teaching programs, claiming that the cost of Apple hardware was the reason for the decision (up to 2.5x the cost): "There was nothing about OSX we didn't like, we just couldnít really afford the hardware costs." The Australian IT article notes that in contrast, the University of NSW installed a new Mac lab last year with 20 machines, primarily for teaching human computer interface (and is also working on Cocoa software development courses).
Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.7, an update to its $90 barcode generation software for Mac OS 9/X. This update adds higher quality text rendering for PICT and TIFF exports, a new Window menu, and support for printing to Dymo LabelWriter printers. [1.1MB] XRG (X Resource Graph) is an open-source system monitor application for Mac OS X. It will monitor your CPU usage, memory usage, network activity, disk activity, and your local weather. [362KB] DockFun! 3.6 adds application launcher features and full control from the status bar to the $15 shareware utility for maintaining multiple docks under Mac OS X. [2.4MB] Aspyr has posted a demo of Return to Castle Wolfenstein: "You are B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions (OSA) tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments." The $50 title runs on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [106MB] SloppyDisk has released Descender, a new arcade game based on the classic Tetris. Descender offers "16-bit graphics, fluidly-moving pieces, and beautiful backdrops" as well as one- and two-player modes. A demo of the $12 shareware is available for Mac OS 8/9/X. [7.3MB]
A special New York Times report takes a look at The Wi-Fi Boom, noting security and troubleshooting with which users are faced as well as the tangible benefits of universal (free) access; another article examines the future of Wi-Fi: "On the horizon are advancements in the technology aimed at providing truly reliable security, network speeds up to four times faster, and the potential for voice calls or streaming audio and video over a Wi-Fi network.Unfortunately for Wi-Fi adopters, those next steps may not all lead in the same direction, at least at the outset." Finally, columnist David Pogue notes that Apple still leads other Wi-Fi vendors in user-friendlification. [free registration required]
headshack today released chartConstructor 1.2, an update to its project management application, which allows for the creation of both Gantt and PERT Charts. It adds the ability to enter task durations in hours and minutes as well as in days and also includes Start-to-Start, Start-to-Finish and Finish-to-Finish dependencies as well as support for reading and writing CSV (comma separated values) files. The $30 shareware is designed for small- to medium-sized business.
Fink 0.5a is a free, open-source UNIX porting project for Mac OS X, offering full Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) compatibility: "Applications included in Fink range from well-known UNIX desktops such as kde3 and GNOME, open-source alternatives for graphics editing such as the Gimp, and special-purpose applications for genetic and molecular modeling. In total, over 700 binary packages for Mac OS X as well as over 1800 source packages can be easily installed (and removed) with the aid of fink."
RedLightRunner today added two new Legacy Free Shirts, featuring the communications protocols of the modern Macintosh - USB, Firewire, and Ethernet. The shirts are available in both short and long sleeved configurations. RedLightRunner offers a number of Apple logo collectibles, including over 300 different Apple items (Apple T-shirts, watches, pens, posters, MacAquariums, etc.).
MacNN reader James Holt notes that Apple has quietly pulled its IP over FireWire preview software release: "Apple has pulled ALL mention of the preview release of IP over firewire as well as the download." The software allowed Macs and other devices to use existing IP (networking) protocols and services over FireWire, including AFP, HTTP, FTP, and SSH.
Spring 1.0 is a new desktop application for Mac OS X: "a hyper-visual, web-inspired rethinking of the desktop" with integrated support for AIM transers, Amazon.com, personal intros with others, visual web search, store locators, desktop weather, easy access to maps/directions and stock charts. The $22 application is available as a time-limited demo. [4.1MB]
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Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
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