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Apple has released WebObjects 5.2.1, an update to its Web development software that resolves incompatibilities between it and the new Java 1.4.1 implementation for Mac OS X. The update also includes "general bug fixes."
Apple's Education group headed by John Couch has launched a new Student Web site, aimed at promoting Macs and Apple technology for the 2003 back-to-school season. Interestingly, it is one of the few Apple Web sites to use Flash technology.
O'Reilly has released "Mac OS X Hacks" ($25), by Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway. The book examines a number of modifications and optimizatiosn to improve Mac OS X's functionality. "In some ways, the Macintosh computer is like a half-grown tiger cub," the publisher says, "Its cute appearance and playful manner belie its underlying power. Mac OS X, for example, combines the user-friendly, highly customizable interface for which Macs are known with the solid
SONICblue announced today that it and three of its subsidiaries will file for bankruptcy; a new e-mail worm has surfaced that purports to show screensavers of U.S. spy satellite pictures of Iraq or animations that are either patriotic or that mock President Bush, a computer security company warned yesterday; Dell will announce its computer printer plans next week, a company spokeswoman said today.
Alco Blom's URL Manager Pro 3.0.5 adds a global bookmarks menu in the upper right corner of the menu bar in any application and the Finder on Mac OS X, while URL Manager Pro is running and a bookmark file is open. The $25 universal bookmark manager for Mac OS 9/X also offers support for Linux bookmark files, reading bookmark files in the XML Bookmark Exchange Language (XBEL). [2.7MB] Issa 1.1 is new version of the $10 virtual fridge poetry set by Stick Software: "[it] gives you a bunch of word tiles and lets you assemble poetry using them. With the ability to configure everything from Issa's vocabulary to the font, size and color of your poems, plus facilities for sharing your poems with other users and posting them to the web." Version 1.1 of Issa fixes several bugs in the previous version and adds Spanish localization. [904KB] Stick Software has also updated its full-featured screen snapshot utility, Constrictor 2.3: "It lets you position a frame and then snap the area inside, applying border effects and saving in a variety of formats. It's even scriptable." Version 2.3 of the $10 shareware fixes several bugs and adds a new icon. [396KB] MySQL 4.012 earlier this week was been declared stable for production use; with the v4.0 release, the company has released official Mac OS X binaries of the new database server software. Version 4.0 brings speed enhancements via query caching, native support for InnoDB storage engine, full-text indexing, new Truncate/Identity/Union statement support, and on-the-fly switching of parameters. [STND, MAX, Debug]
Apple today rescheduled its 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference in order to provide developers "with a more complete preview release of the next version of Mac OS X, code-named 'Panther.'" Originally scheduled for May 19-23 in San Jose, the WWDC 2003 developer conference will now be held June 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. "Our annual Worldwide Developers Conference provides our developers an in-depth look at the future of the Mac platform, and giving everyone a preview release of Panther is the best way to do that," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Moving to June ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands." The Early Bird registration discount scheduled to end on April 18th has been extended to May 23, 2003. Update: Apple today posted detailes for more than 140 of the approximately 170 sessions planned, categorized into seven tracks-Enterprise IT, QuickTime, Apple Developer Tools, Application Frameworks, Core OS, Graphics and Imaging, and Hardware.
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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
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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