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Microsoft Corp may be again considering an acquisition of Macromedia Inc, according to an unconfirmed report published by The Register. The report has spurred heated discussion on the MacNN Forums. by Monish K Bhatia
Blue World Communications has released Lasso Professional 5.0.2, a free update to its Web scripting/development environment for Mac OS X. The update provides fixes for numerous issues, including a recently reported MySQL security issue. Note: This update requires version 5.0.1 of Lasso Professional. [Download - 4.7 MB] Artly There Software has re-released Compositor 1.9.5 as freeware. Version 1.9.5 was the last major update to the image editor for the Classic Mac OS. The $20 registration fee has been waived because the developer recently released version 2.0 of the software. [Download - 2.1 MB] Two new Apimac dictionaries/phrase-books are now available for Mac OS 9/X -- English-Spanish 4.0 and English-German 3.0. Each sell for $20, and are available in Mac OS 9- and Mac OS X-specific versions.
Audio Hijack 1.6.5 ($16) will modify the audio output of any Cocoa or Carbon application on your Mac, featuring the ability to add professional-quality DSP effects to any application which outputs audio content and to record audio output from all your applications. The udpate adds Mac OS X 10.2.3 compatibility, a new Crystality Plugin, and German-localization. [2.1MB] WeatherPop 1.6.4 adds a new "Feels Like" temperature (Wind Chill & Heat Index), addresses database corruption, and has other bug fixes in the utility that displays weather conditions for any city in the US (freeware) or World ($8). The shareware "Advance" version (WPA) also offers 3- and 5-day forecasts, color icons, and other enhancements. [WP, WPA] ThemePark 1.0b9 is an application for creating themes on Mac OS X. It adds PICT resource support, implements more preferences, and has other bug fixes. The beta version will expire on April 1st, 2003, when it will be distributed as $20 shareware. [473KB] Mek & Tosj have released EnzymeX 1.1, a scientific program developed to help molecular biologists determine which restriction enzymes (over 500 available) to use to cut DNA. Version 1.1 adds faster search methods, has updated information on each enzyme, improves its recent items functionality, and other enhancements. The freeware is available for Mac OS X only. [1.0MB] The Java-based, WYSIWIG validating XML editor Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b3 ($150) features a new WebDav plugin, adds the ability to create new XML file without DTD/Schema, has a stylesheet menu to handle alternative stylesheets, and other enhancements. A free demo is available. [Classic, OSX] The Morphon CSS-Editor CSS 1.3.3 ($40) editor, also written in Java, supports full CSS1 and CSS2 with an interactive user interface presenting CSS properties, using screens that have controls to modify these and show examples and source. Version 1.3.3 fixes problems under Jaguar and allows the use of Grammar to define element names. [Classic, OSX] Microscope 1.1.1 is a Mac OS X freeware application written specifically for the Intel Play and Digital Blue QX3/QX3+ USB Computer Microscope. It captures images, create time-lapse QuickTime movies, and can add a text comment and/or time stamp to the image or movie. Version 1.1.1 adds French localization. It requires 10.2 or later (with a special build for Mac OS X 10.1.5 available). [678KB]
Pinnacle Systems has posted a CinéAcquire 2.0 updater with Mac OS X Jaguar support and CinéWave RT 3.0 for Mac OS X 10.2.3 with over 20 free RT effects (transitions, image control, and color correction) as well as support for CinéSuperSync (offers true audio and video sync), improved overall CODECs, improved Codec flexibility with user defined Gamma and Chroma Controls, 24p SD support with external video monitor at 29.97 FPS, and support for an all-new Pro Digital Plus Breakout Box, due out in January 2003: "The Pro Digital Plus Breakout Box includes I/O for uncompressed standard definition Serial Digital Interface (SDI) video and, by popular demand, fully supports up to four channels of AES/EBU audio. The Pro Digital Plus also supports monitoring of analog Composite Video and RCA unbalanced audio." CinéWave RT Pro adds 3-Way Color Corrector with limit, real-time graphics, keys, motion effects and multi-track video and graphics support."
MacNN reader Corey Chandler writes: "Apple’s products are, yet again, on display in a museum! This time, it’s at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at an exhibit entitled 'Rewind at the V&A'. This is the second time I’ve seen my eMate 300 on display in a museum (the first being the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Pretty cool to see your laptop displayed as a work of art! Definitely only something that Apple could do. They also have on display the iPod, the famous '0-button mouse,' and others."
Conoa has released Conoa EasyTinter plug-in for video editors and compositors, which will tint any media layer to which it's applied: "With only five controls, it's a snap to learn. [It] supports 16 bit-per-channel color, runs on Windows, Mac OS 9.2.2 and OS X, and plugs into After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Combustion and Avid with Elastic Gasket." It is free with any other Conoa product purchase, including its Conoa 3D plug-in and Conoa Sphere or Conoa Cube--each of which are $40.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. 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; additionally, 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