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ePocrates recently partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to communicate bio-terrorism alerts to users via its DocAlert messages. With the upcoming launch of ePocrates Rx Pro for Mac users in the coming weeks, users will be able to receive these alerts via AutoUpdate (when they HotSync while connected to the Internet).
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will be speaking for the first time at at North Carolina State University on Saturday, April 26. The event will be hosted by PackMUG, the North Carolina State University Macintosh Users Group, and will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Jane S. McKimmon Center. The keynote is open to the public and various representatives from area colleges and universities will be present. Admission to the address is free for all attendees, with tickets Sponsored by Apple. Preceding the event will be a tour by Mr. Wozniak of the NCSU campus, and interactions with students researching emerging sectors of technology. PackMUG will also provide a live video stream of the event.
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 6.2.7, an update to its Web-based technical support solution. For education and enterprise customers, version 6.2.7 introduces customized priority and status types, due-hours calculation and scheduled tasks. The WebObjects-built application is utlizes a Java foundation to provide platform and database independence as well as scalability using built-in clustering support. Commercial licenses start at $600 and education licensing starts at $450. Macaroni 1.3.4 is an update to the Mac OS X tool that handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X, including the Mac OS X "repair privileges" process as well as Unix-style maintenance. Version 1.3.4 now repairs itself when necessary, to recover from file corruption and keep maintaining your Mac. [Download - 573KB] DBGateway is a 4D plug-in that connects to any ADO-compliant RDBMS that is running on Windows NT/2000/XP, including MS SQL Server, Oracle 8i/9i, Sybase ASE, MS Access, etc. DBGateway proposes a set of 4D commands allowing your 4D appllications to execute queries on most of the RDBMS that run in the Windows world. [Download - Download form] REAL Software announced today that VB Converter, a new utility that converts Visual Basic (VB) projects into REALbasic, will be included with the companyís upcoming release of REALbasic 5 for Windows, and in the next Macintosh release of the suite. REALbasic 5 for Windows will enable developers to create applications once and compile them for both Windows or Macintosh.
A new AppleCare document explains how to use a mobile telephone as a wireless modem. Owners of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile telephones can connect their Macintosh computers to the Internet using the phone as a modem.
LogicalVue Software today released SQLVue 1.0, an interactive SQL editor that makes it easy to view and develop REALbasic databases. Available in two Editions, a Starter Edition (free) and a Professional Edition ($30), it displays data in any table in a sortable grid, exports table data as HTML, displays all tables and columns in the database, processes any compatible SQL command, and can connect to multiple databases simultaneously. [Classic, OSX] Dog Park has released version 1.0 of N9YTY's EchoMac client, which gives licensed amateur radio operators the ability to access the Echolink system. EchoMac allows any licensed amateur radio user using Mac OS X to connect and talk to another amateur radio operator on a remote system whether it is a repeater, link, conference room or another computer user. Using a server connection, users can talk to as many stations as that conference server supports. [124KB] Spacey is a software utility that will work with iTunes and smart playlists to compile a top 5, 10 or 25 list and either email them, add them to iCal or send them to your iDisk. It can also send your compiled playlist(s) to an FTP site of your choice. [1.9MB] izi-Course 1.4 is a FileMaker-based solution for companies arranging trainings and courses that helps with registering and grading students, managing actions, sending mail, billing and creating other reports. Version 1.4 adds the ability to sell products with course participation (books, course materials, etc.), print lists and reports based on study- and course data, support for different VAT tariffs, more billing options, and other improvements. Pricing starts at $175. [4.0MB] Final Draft AV 2.0 is a full-featured script processor specifically designed for audio/visual scriptwriting. It combines powerful word processing with a variety of industry-standard formats, all in one self-contained, easy-to-use system that can line up multiple audio/video columns automatically and keep them aligned when text is added, edited or deleted. The $180 software runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Ubi Soft today announced that Shadowbane, its massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game for both PC and Macintosh, has shipped to retailers in North America: "Set in a dark fantasy world burning with strife and unrest, Shadowbane takes the MMO genre to new heights of possibility by offering gamers an unparalleled challenge. It combines immersive role-playing with deep strategic elements such as city management, army creation, siege warfare and economic development. Shadowbane is also the first MMO to offer a Dynamic World Model, in which players' actions and decisions permanently change the history, politics and landscape of the game." A limited edition of Shadowbane CDs ($40) are available with a code to unlock three restricted races in the final version of Shadowbane.
A MacNN reader notes that Abode's "PC Preferred" page touts the original Digital Video Editing benchmarks (which were subsequently updated in November): "While the computers used in this study are no longer the fastest in their respective classes, the information is still valid. The PC outperformed the similar Macintosh machine, at an impressive rate."
IOGEAR today introduced its Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire Combo ION hard drive. It is available in six drive sizes ranging from 20GB to 120GB in both 2.5" and 3.5" external hard drive models. IOGEAR's Combo IONs are priced at $200 for 2.5" version equipped with a 20GB drive and $180 for the 3.5" model equipped with a 40GB drive (7,200 rpm mechanism). Both are available immediately from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets. It works with Mac OS 8/9/X and is also USB 1.1 backwards compatible. The Combo ION ships with a three-year limited warranty.
Insider Software today released FontAgent Pro 1.2, adding automatic activation of fonts in documents created in Adobe Illustrator to its abilities to auto-activate fonts in QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign. The update also offers enhanced database management, auto-activation of fonts in OS X documents, printing support for Classic applications, as well as the ability to differentiate between Mac and Windows True Type fonts with a .ttf extension. The update also includes new documentation. The $90 font management application runs on Mac OS X 10.2 only.
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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