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Rob Galbraith has posted an article on digital file transfers, comparing an Alienware Laptop, a discontinued Dell Desktop and a MDD Dual 1.25GHz PowerMac in RAW photo and Photoshop batch processing. The article concludes that the Windows machines beat the Mac in virtually all of the benchmarks: "The fastest dual processor Mac has been soundly thumped by one of the fastest single processor PCs. If this report had included a dual processor PC, the PC's margin of victory could have been even greater. Even the Dell, a modestly equipped desktop by current standards, matches or bests the dual 1.25GHz desktop Mac in numerous benchmarks. And the recently discontinued Powerbook G4/800 trails by a significant margin throughout. If the processing of RAW photos in particular is where your workflow hangs up, a Pentium 4-equipped single processor PC offers a compelling solution."
The Iconfactory has released volume 4 of its World of Aqua series by resident artist David Brasgalla. This latest collection includes 17 all new icons for Mac OS X based on objects from the real world, pop culture and more. World of Aqua 4 is available for Mac OS X.
Stata 8 is expected to ship for Mac OS X later this month. The general-purpose statistical package is designed for researchers of all disciplines, and features new publication-quality graphics, a new GUI, new data management functions such as ODBC support for full SQL selection, new statistics, new programming features (object-oriented programming, a programmable GUI, etc.), and significant performance improvements. The application will only be available for Mac OS X. Upgrade pricing starts at $500, while product pricing starts at $1,215 for single-user license. Late last year, Stata also released a Mac OS X version of Stat/Transfer, a $250 application for transferring data among the different spreadsheet and statistical programs. It supports Microsoft Access, dBase, MS Excel, JMP, SPSS, SAS, Stata, Systat, ODBC-compliant sources and many other applications. A $100 discount is offered to education customers.
Dartware has posted a public beta-test release of InterMapper 4.0b4 for Macintosh (Classic and MacOS X). Many of the new features require the use of InterMapper Remote 4.04b4, which is also entering public beta test. Version 4.0 offers drill down maps, aggregate actions to configure multiple devices, remote configuration, a new Map Status probe for scalability, and enhanced monitoring of remote networks with security. PowerMail 4.1.1 brings improvements in importing of PowerMail 3 databases, scripting, compatibility with Mac OS 8.6, spell-checking and German language localization. The $50 email client runs on Mac OS 8/9/X and is available as a time-limited-demo. [4.7MB stupidFish programming has released shadowClipboard b1 for beta testing. shadowClipboard is a cocoa clipboard enhancer that remembers the last ten items copied to the clipboard. a simple interface lets you choose which item to paste into applications. It runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later. [258KB] Desideratum has released Praeco 1.6, an update to its professional eBay auction tool for buyers and sellers. This version adds customizable export functionality, auction notes, increased password security, improved bid result reporting, and an updated database engine. [Classic, OSX] Nano Software has released Accounts 1.4, an update to the personal finance and small business accounting application that is available with both brushed metal and Aqua interfaces. The new version adds reconciliation, calendar date fields, a brushed metal appearance, performance improvements, initial localization for French and German languages and other new features. A demo of the $35 application for Mac OS X only is available. [1.4MB] mod_rendezvous v0.2 is an update to the Apache 1.3.x module which "causes all running Apache 1.3.x servers to register themselves on Rendezvous, and thus be visible in Apple's new Safari browser under the Rendezvous section of the bookmarks, and in any other application which browses for Rendezvous enabled web browsers." The source code is also available. [app, source] EZ shop ($150) enables Web site owners to implement an E-commerce infrastructure "in seconds." It has been updated to include Safari support. It is drag-and-drop-installable, and inlcudes features found in professional packages. "If you have a Web site you can convert to an ecom shop in minutes not hours with EZ shop." [updated link]
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL