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Apple this weekend opened an AppleCenter in the Great Eastern Mall along Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia. "It is a huge store taking up two shop lots in the mall, but it's quite sparse inside. The interior décor is very much like the retail Apple Stores in the US, with wooden floors and black shelves. The layout is pretty simple, once you enter the store, you're greeted by the cashier counter, and behind that is the theaterette which has an unusually curved screen, and black benches for the audience," explains MacNN reader Jonathan Poh. Mr. Poh has also provided pictures from the store opening.
FE77 Software today announced the FE77 University program in which qualifying teachers and students can order the FE77 Server Suite for $20. The software is offered only to teachers and students for their own personal, education, and/or research use. "With Mac OS X 10.2 running FE77 Server Suite and Server Manager you can plan, develop, test and even deploy high-performance application written in Java, PHP, Perl or even good old HTML," the developer says.
Acme Made recently introduced two cases for the PowerBook G4: a sleek new carrying case called “The Slim,” ($80) and the "PowerBook iCover" ($20). The “Slim” is a hybrid sleeve/carrying case designed specifically for Apple’s new PowerBooks but also fits Apple’s 12” iBook and the small models of the Sony Vaio. The PowerBook iCover is a thin sleeve designed to easily slip over the PowerBook’s display and protect it from indentations the keyboard leaves when the unit is closed.
Several MacNN readers observe that Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has received an 84% "approval rating" for the month of February from the Forbes.com readership. Forbes' CEO approval rating system allows readers to vote on the job performance of some of the country's most prominent business leaders.
Destineer's MacSoft unit announced today that the long-awaited Master of Orion III for Mac OS 9/X will be available for sale on March 19 -- three weeks after the Windows version hit store shelves. "The Windows version of Master of Orion III just launched and is selling spectacularly well," according to MacSoft general manager Al Schilling. "We're also thrilled to see this same level of excitement for the Mac version, as one of the best games ever available for the Macintosh gets Its long-awaited sequel."
Aspyr Media has made available a trailer for its upcoming SimCity 4 game. Also released to day is a trailer for Medal of Honor: Spearhead. The trailers arecurrently being hosted by ExtremeSims. [View - SimCity, Spearhead]
Apple has released Security Update 2003-03-03 for Mac OS X 10.2 via Software Update. The update "addresses a security issue in sendmail where a remote individual could gain access and control of the system." Also included is a newer version of OpenSSL that provides improved data confidentiality.
United Online, Inc. a leading provider of value-priced Internet access through its NetZero, Juno and BlueLight Internet consumer brands, today announced the availability of a Mac version of its value-priced Juno Platinum Internet access service. Juno Platinum for Mac offers Mac OS X users easy-to-use, reliable Internet service with thousands of access numbers nationwide, fast connections, compatibility with all of the most popular instant messaging programs, and Web-based e-mail that is accessible from any Internet connection, for only $9.95 a month. Platinum for Mac software is downloadable as of today.
Arlo Rose and Perry Clarke have released an update to their popular $25 utility, Konfabulator 1.0.2. Version 1.0.1 addressed many user concerns the most important being memory leaks, and incorrect date values in GMT time zones, but introduced a bug in the URL fetching code. Version 1.0.2 is being released to address the URL issue. Measles 2.1 is released by Stick Software. Measles ($10) is a desktop companion that can act as a CPU monitor if so desired. It provides the user with Aqua-style spheres on their desktop that bounce off of windows and each other, adding life and energy to the user's environment. They are highly configurable in their appearance and behavior, and if desired, can change colors to indicate the load on the user's processor, free memory or disk space. Cliché Software released MyPod, a $15 utility for Mac OS X that merges the power of web services with the portability of the Apple iPod digital music player. Previously known as PodNews 3, MyPod allows not only headlines but also movie times, contacts and calendars, stock quotes and weather forecasts to be automatically downloaded to your iPod by attaching it to your computer. Other content, such as driving directions, lyrics and text notes can also be easily saved. Jean Bovet announced a new powerful audio analyzer software for MacOS X. AudioXplorer has been developped to provide real-time and static audio analysis (FFT and sonogram). It is currently in a free beta version. ParanzaSoft releases FinKit 1.2.2 a $15 multi-function financial calculator that lets users solve problems involving the time value of money. The latest version provides seventeen different calculations: including Effective Rates, Equivalent Rates, Periodic to Annual Rates,Inflation and Taxes, plus many more. JAMF Software has announced a public beta of Nocturne, their lab maintenance tool. Nocture works natively in both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, controlling what software should go to what machines, information about the computers, and when they should service themselves is all done via a web interface.
Caffeine Software, Inc. has suspended operations. A notice on their website states: "We regret any inconvenience to our customers as a result of this." No further information was available. Caffeine was the developer of Curator, a shareware image display and organization application for Mac OS X.
Pedagoguery Software has released Tess 1.51, a $36 Classic Mac application for exploring and creating tessellations and other symmetric artwork. The new version produces smaller SVG files and can also work around limitations of common SVG browsers (e.g., Adobe SVG browser plug-ins) and importers (e.g., Illustrator 10). Tess 1.51 also introduces interactive HSV color controls and works with a wider range of OpenGL drivers when displaying manifolds "in three dimensions". dSoft, Inc. has released a new product called Medical Log, a $15 utility offering the abilitity to track your whole familie's medical and dental information including doctor office visits, medicine taken, medical issues, body measurements and dental office visits. The spyware detection and removal tool MacScan b3 is available for download (Mac OS Classic / Mac OS X). This new version adds support for more spyware detection and also adds administration full scan for Mac OS X to audit the system. Rogue Amoeba announced the release of Audio Hijack Pro 1.0, a $30 enhanced version of Rogue Amoeba's product Audio Hijack. The pro with all the features of the original plus MP3 recording, enhanced Timers, and the ability to hijack running applications. AH Pro also includes the ability to pause recordings, the power to create sets of DSP effects called Patches, support for up to 100 VST and/or AudioUnits plugins at a time, among other features. Peter Ammon has released Charla 2.0, a complete rewrite of the open source Yahoo! Messenger client for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 includes support for chat, a buddy list, viewing webcams, scripting, multiple simultaneous logins, and more. Source and binaries are also available. Thinkertons has released Jotz v1.2.5, which provides a new print mode, "Print With Preview", in which a "live" preview of the print job is displayed in a sheet, with buttons and sliders providing full control over print scaling, margins and alignment. Also provided is the ability to alias the Jotz folder, so that the Jotz folder can be relocated onto other volumes, or onto a removable volume. Spork Software announced the release of Nimbus 2.0, their $25 shareware application. Based on the Cumulus Shell project originally developed by Alan Ramos of Ramos Tech, Nimbusis a GUI controller to Canto's Cumulus Server 5.5 software. It provides an administrator or non-administrator with the ability to perform some of the typical Cumulus admin tasks with the click of a button. Nimbus is useful to those who don't want to use Cumulus' default command-line form.
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq