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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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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 Herm√©s 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