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Secure.CC has released eShox 1.5, a significant update in its Mac OS X ecommerce solution that includes multiple languages, a help system, and mShox/eShox features consolidation. Language support has been added for French, Dutch and Italian. Also added is support for the euroConex Clikpay payment gateway, the Kagi payment gateway, and the Authorize.net AIM payment method.
Bare Feats has published performance statistics comparing the recently released ATI Radeon 9700 Pro to nVidia GeForce4 Titanium. The Radeon's advantage becomes especially apparent at the most demanding Quake3 Arena test. "ATI Technology's Radeon 9700 Pro takes the Quake3 frame rate bragging rights away from the GeForce4 Titanium," the review concludes.
Aspyr Media has published a demo of Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead. "Players will assume the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes as he endures the final months of World War II, from Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge and culminating with the fall of Berlin," says Aspyr, "Spearhead combines nine expansive single-player levels with over 12 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers."
Apple has informed customers with Apple IDs and .Mac accounts that on April 10th the company will implement a unified Web login database. The .Mac login information will override the Apple ID username and password. For users with matching logins, the .Mac password will override the Apple ID password. "Additionally, if your .Mac account included your billing information and your Apple ID did not, your 1-Click accounts are now populated with your .Mac billing information," Apple says. If you'd prefer not to use the same billing information for .Mac and your Apple ID account, 1-Click billing information can be modified at any time.
Dracosoft this morning released Cube It! 1.0, a "fast-paced fun world of cubes and colors" themed after the de Stijl art style. It is priced at $10; a 60-minute trial is available for free. [Download - Classic, OS X]
Chronos today released F10 Launch Studio 1.1, an update to its launcher utility for Mac OS X. Version 1.1 fixes several minor bugs and adds two new features: a 'Switch & Hide' hot key makes it easy to keep the proliferation of windows on the screen to a minimum, and the ability to completely customize hot key combinations. F10 Launch Studio is $30. [Download - 2.8MB] Automated Workflow has posted Clipboard Scripts, a collection of 20 AppleScripts that can be used to improve everyday system efficiency. "Clipboard Scripts" utilize the clipboard in OS X to perform specialized tasks. After copying text to the clipboard, users can trigger these AppleScripts to add prefixes and suffixes to each paragraph, sort paragraphs, extract URLs, remove HTML tags, and so on. A five-script "Clipboard Scripts" package is available as freeware; the complete package of all 20 scripts is available for as little as $5. [Download - Freeware form] KeyStrokes 3.0, a major update to the only fully-functional on-screen keyboard solution for Mac OS X, is scheduled for release in May and will include a "revolutionary" new word prediction engine. "This is not the earlier planned port of the word prediction engine used in KeyStrokes 2," cautions the developer. Version 3.0 will cost $200 for new users, and will be free to owners of prior version. Pro Tools 6.0.1 is a free update to the audio editing suite for Mac OS X. The update corrects a "NeoAccess" error; adds the ability to read/write embedded comments in AIFF and generic WAV files; introduces a command to a command to copy the Mac OS X Finder comments to the Database comments field of a DigiBase Catalog; and corrects a '9014' error with Mbox. [Download - form] Koingo Software has released version 4.1.2 of Password Retriever, an update that includes a complete overhaul of the core as well as "many code optimizations." The update is free to owners of previous versions. Password Retriever lets you store and categorize passwords for "everything from your voice mail to your countless e-mail accounts." [Download - 963KB] HotApp 1.7.3 and HotAlias 1.5 are now available from TrufSoft for Mac OS X. The new releases introduce expanded support for file and application tracking. HotAlias is a simple multiple document launcher; HotApp is a utility application that let you control various elements of Mac OS X directly from the keyboard. [Download - HotApp, HotAlias]
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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