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Several MacNN readers located in the United States confirm that Apple is shipping its new iLife consumer applications bundle as of today. Earlier today, we noted that Apple had begun shipping to International customers.
Prosoft Engineering has announced Data Backup Classic, the Mac OS 9 version of its popular information backup solution for Mac OS X. Data Backup provides the ability to backup and restore valuable data with minimal effort. Additionally, Data Backup X -- the Mac OS X version of the suite -- has been update to version 1.0.1, incorporating a new automatic backup feature. Both versions of Data Backup are available for $50 each.
MacNN readers note that Apple's .Mac Address Book Syncing is now up and running, after Apple promised it the feature earlier this month and then was forced to delay its release due to some problems. The feature helps synchronize contact date with the Mac OS X Address Book and your .Mac account.
Process Wizard 1.1 is "a menu hack that allows you to access to all the processes of your system (applications, background applications, user processes, non user processes) and to change their priority (Unix nice value)." The freeware runs on Mac OS X only. [124KB] Apimac has released the first public beta of Apimac Address Book 5.0b, its $20 shareware telephone and address application, fully integrated with Internet. It adds Mac OS X support, keeps contacts data synchronized with Mac OS X Address Book database, a revamped single-window interface, and enhanced printing features, including envelope and Avery label templates. [Classic, OSX] OpenOSX today updated its OpenWeb CD 2.5.1 and published a free 2.5.1 update for current customers. The minor new version delivers updated software including PHP 4.3.0, additional enhancements and will eliminate several potential issues discovered with the previous version. PTH Consulting has released PTHPasteboard 3.0, which adds the ability to create multiple custom pasteboard to the freeware application that keeps track of your copied items. [260KB]
Readers note that Googie has launched new storage devices, including its Orbit and Twist as well as its new Boomerang mouse pad. The Twist, expected to be released by the end of February with either FireWire or USB2.0 interfaces, is described as a "unique external storage device. The soft curves and the beautiful black and white polycarbonate, adds quality to the amazing new Googie hard drive." The Orbit is a new high-end, rack-mountable storage solution made of aluminium and Polycarbonate, offering storage of up to 2000GB. Finally, the Boomerang works with any mouse, is made black aluminium for any desktop surface, and is expected to ship by the end of the month.
The Fink Website recently posted a bug report with Apple's X11 X Window System: "While Apple's X11 works just fine with existing binaries, it has a bug in the install name of the libraries that can cause some software to build incorrectly, and will break forward-compatibility with future X11 releases. Ben Hines has created a script that you can use that will fix the install_name entries in Apple's X11 libraries, but it will not repair software you have already built against the broken libraries."
MacNN reader Scott Spindler notes that his order for a 20" Apple Cinema Display, placed yesterday, has shipped: "As of 3:10 this morning, it has left Harrisburg, PA and is on its way." Update: Scott notes that the monitor's documentation only lists Mac OS X compatibility (which apparently has been confirmed by MacWarehouse representatives as well): "According to Apple's description of its new 20-inch LCD, 'The Apple Cinema Display requires Mac OS X v10.2 or later' [though] Apple still says its 17-inch and 23-inch displays work with 'OS X v10.1.3 or Mac OS 9.2.2 or later.'" [updated]
Ben Bird's SecuritySpy 1.0b15 is an update to his multi-camera video surveillance software for Mac OS 8/9/X. It adds support for quad multiplexer devices, new 'flip horizontal' and 'flip vertical' options for each camera, and other bug fixes. SecuritySpy captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously, offering motion-triggered recording of movies and/or images (along with the ability to upload these to a remote a site). It is $50 for a single camera and $100 for up to four. Email Magician 2.1 adds 350 new spam definitions to the Eudora helper utility, which checks for around 2,000 spam characteristics and spammer domains when it generates hundreds of spam filters and "possible spam" filters customized to your individual needs. It also automates archiving, FileMaker export, "scrubbing" emails, note-taking, deletion of mailboxes/orphan filters, etc. The $35 utility run on Mac OS 8/9/X. [2.9MB] MacBreakZ! 3.5 is a $25 personal ergonomic assistant which monitors keyboard and mouse activity and helps "computer users structure their computer use in a healthy manner, preventing computer-related injuries from developing... The personal ergonomicassistant now helps you to kick unhealthy and ultimately unproductive work habits by letting you gradually get used to taking regular breaks over a period a time." [Classic, OSX] Optigold ISP 3.1.7 is a cross-platform business software package designed to run an ISP (from billing to server management). Version 3.1.7 adds date/time localization on a per employee basis, eProcessing gateway update, driving directions for contacts and few bug fixes and other miscellaneous feature requests. The popular GUI environment KDE 3.1 Final has been released to Fink unstable: "There are still some things that need updating before we have a complete, 100% release of KDE, but for the most part, everything is here now. If you are willing to help out, please enable unstable (as per the FAQ entry) and open bugs on any problems you have at the bug tracker on the Fink web site."
Apple today announced to education customers that it will offer teachers and faculty iLife and Keynote for only $15: "This iLife and Keynote offer is another example of Apple's long-standing commitment to education, enabling both K-12 teachers and Higher Education faculty to get the latest Apple software at an amazing price. †The program and website will launch at 6am PST Wednesday, January 29 and run through March 31, 2003." The offer is also valid for K-12 teachers. [updated].
MacNN readers from Canada, Italy and the U.K. report receiving iLife shipment confirmation early Wednesday morning, slightly earlier than the revised January 31st ship date the company publicized through other media outlets late last week. (We first noted that Apple would delay iLife by as much as a week, however, the company refused to return phone calls to verify the delay and anticipated release date and comment on the delay.)
MetaCommunications has announced Job Manager 3.0 integration plug-in for Peachtree Complete Accounting 2003. The plug-in facilitates the seamless transfer of information between the two packages and allows Peachtree users to incorporate Job Manager 3.0 as a front-end production management system. Job Manager already sports built-in integration support for QuickBooks Pro and MYOB accounting packages (as well as other). CommonGround Softworks has released a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of its database tool: Qilan 2.7 adds the two new database adapters for Microsoft Access and MySQL. The $1000 application provides a development environment to integrate, migrate or scale upward from existing projects, using either single or multiple databases. It offers both schema and data access. Upgrades are $100. Steve Becker has released PrintMagic 2.5 for OS X, which provides users with complete control printing functions, including non-contiguous text block printing, a universal print key shortcut, drag & drop printing to a desktop printer, and other functions. A 30-day trial of the $25 utility is available.
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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
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5