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X2 Studios has updated its XMMS Remote to version 0.2. XMMS Remote is used to control the XMMS media player from Mac OS X. It now includes a volume slider and a Dock Menu, The developer notes that the Dock Menu Status is disabled (due to a framework problem), but the Dock controls work. [Download - 82KB] Metronomica is a new metronome program for Mac OS X. "It sports a simple and friendly interface and is very accurate, using CoreAudio directly." It comes with a variety of sounds, "and can read an audio file for its click as well." Metronomica is freeware, and works with Mac OS X only. [Download - 390KB] KiGB, a Gameboy, Gameboy Color emulator for Mac, has been updated to version 1.30. The new release includes a number of bug fixes as well as support for Super Gameboy emulation. [Download - 508KB]
Secunia has posted an advisory for users of Apple Safari and Konqueror Embedded. The software "fails to validate the Common Name of a SSL certificate." This makes it possible to spoof SSL sites, so that users can't trust the authenticity of a SSL website. Secunia notes that Internet Explorer and Netscape suffered similar vulnerabilities a few years ago.
An Associated Press article examines the broader influence of Apple's new music service. The consensus among industry leaders is that if it weren't for Steve Jobs' "persistence," as put by RIAA chief executive Hilary Rosen, the record companies and artists would never have come on board. The article suggests that Apple's successful launch of the iTunes Music Store may serve as a launching pad for other services.
FirewireDirect.com today announced its 320GB FireWire drives in both FireWire-only and Combo FireWire USB 2.0 models: "Like all of FirewireDirect‚s Ultra III hard drive products, the drive employs the fastest available mechanism supported in today's external drives, and boasts the latest edition of the speedy Oxford 911 FireWire bridge board. It has two 1394a ports, and the combo edition includes a high speed USB 2.0 connector." Those ordering for Mac will receive the SpeedTools Utility Suite disk management tools, including DeviceTuner, Disk Defrag, Integrity, QuickBack and QuickBench. The desktop enclosure features a 5,400 rpm mechanism with a 2MB buffer. Pricing is $480.
RadTech today announced immediate availability of its Silicone display cushions for Apple's recently released Aluminum-cased PowerBook series notebook computers. Series 2 Wildeepz Display Cushions, redesigned for the new portables, provide active protection against contact, wear and abrasion of the display bezel, top case and LCD viewing surface. The transparent, low-tension Silicone cushions ($12) feature a non-reflective surface which makes them virtually invisible when applied to the display bezel via an adhesive backing. RadTech has also added a #00 Precision Philips driver and a 1.5mm hex wrench. The micro-sized Philips driver is necessary for proper removal of the cap screws securing the RAM access panel on the Aluminum PowerBooks, as well as several other case fasteners which tend to loosen regularly due to heat cycling. The 1.5mm hex wrench fits the socket head cap screws located elsewhere on the exterior of the 12- and 17-inch PowerBooks.
Adobe's InDesign 2.02 update fixes problems on computers with more than 1.5GB of RAM installed, including a "Not enough memory" error, an "Out of memory" error when selecting an EPS or TIFF file, and fixing the text wrap option when applying it to an object using a contour. [76KB]
Absolute Software has launched Mac versions of its ComputracePlus PC tracking and loss control solution and its AbsoluteTrack secure asset tracking and inventory management solution. ComputracePlus helps security departments monitor asset location daily, protect valuable corporate data and attempt to recover computers if they are stolen, while AbsoluteTrack simplifies the management of software licenses, computer leases, machine configuration, computer retirement, upgrades and device ownership, and also helps control computer loss and monitor security policy violations. The applications run on Mac OS X with pricing starting at $50 and $20 for ComputracePlus and AbsoluteTrack, respectively.
Softpress today announced three new products to its Freeway product line. The new Web-authoring products, include Freeway Pro, Freeway Express and its new FAST Pack technology. Designed for the professional user, Freeway Pro 3.5 has an improved user experience, extra functionality and a choice of one free FAST Pack. Freeway Pro 3.5 is $250 with upgrades from Freeway 3.x priced at $63. Both the full version and upgrade include one of the new FAST Packs. Freeway Express, designed for the consumer market, offers a simplified interface and dozens of built-in Web site templates. It will be available (download only) from the Softpress Web site for $80. FAST (Freeway Advanced Site Tools): Two new FAST Packs, available for both Freeway Pro and Freeway Express ($63 each or $95 for both), extend Freeway's core functionality. These packs are specially integrated collections of Freeway extensions that allow users to manipulate photos, generate artwork and buttons, create complex drop-down menus and dynamic navigation controls, and much more - all within Freeway.
PowerLogix today announced the iForce SL, the first CPU upgrade for second-generation iMacs. Utilizing the IBM 750FX processor, the iForce SL operates at 900 MHz and includes 512K of L2 cache also running at 900 MHz: "This provides a speedup of nearly 3x depending on which model is upgraded. The upgrade is compatible with eight different iMac models which originally ran at 350MHz to 500MHz. (It is not compatible with slot-loading 500MHz, 600MHz, and 700MHz models.)" The product includes a Powerlogix-designed, custom interposer board that maps the pinout of the original G3 to the revised pinout of the IBM 750FX. The $350 upgrade includes two-way Fedex shipping to/from PowerLogix for upgrade installation on the motherboard. It includes a one-year warranty. International orders will incur additional costs for shipping. A list of compatible models is available on the website.
O'Reilly & Associates is accepting entries for Round Two of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest. The contest, sponsored by Apple Developer Connection (ADC), seeks innovative Mac OS X applications, plug-ins, user interface widgets, or other creative original software: "Entries are judged on ease of use, adherence to the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines, use of Mac OS X technologies, and last, but definitely not least, innovation." First prize, worth nearly $5000, is an ADC Premier membership, a full pass to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference in Santa Clara, CA (October 27-30, 2003), and a one-year subscription to O'Reilly's premium online book service, Safari. Entries must be submitted by June 16, 2003. The Round Two winners will be announced at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, July 7-11, 2003.
Native Instruments today announced that Reaktor Session and Reaktor 4 are now available worldwide in stores. Reaktor Session offers unlimited access to Reaktor instruments, samplers, effects, and live tools. It includes synthesizers and resynthesizers, samplers and beat-loopers, groove and drum machines, surround and innovative effects, and revolutionary creations. It also includes access to the ever-growing online library for a virtually unlimited collection of instruments. It is $250. The fourth generation of Reaktor offers new modules as well as with an enhanced functionality. Reaktor 4 includes the acclaimed anti-aliasing oscillators from the PRO-53 for a rich analog sound as well as several outstanding new filter macros, which provide the backbone for a series of world-class samplers and synthesizers. Reaktor 4 is $500, while Dynamo users can upgrade for 99 Euro. It is a free upgrade to Reaktor 3 owners.
nova media has introduced a GSM and GPRS solution for Philips Fisio phones 820 and 825. Mobile High Speed for MacOS can be used to establish easy and fast mobile high speed connections for Internet, Remote Access and FTP connections worldwide, supporting more than 170 GPRS networks and most mobile phones as well as a Bluetooth connectivity. It is 100 Euro. Karelia Software today released Watson 1.7.1, a maintenance upgrade to its desktop interface to over twenty of the most popular Web services and content. Version 1.7.1 adds a "Clear Searches" menu to remove history of search terms, new preferences, and other bug fixes. A single-user license is $30, while a household license is $40. [1.8MB] Karelia also released a new freeware application called TuneFinder X, based on the innovative 'TuneFinder' application by Elbert G. Smith that indexes over 13,000 musical themes and melodies. The user plays a few notes from a melody with the mouse with an on-screen piano keyboard; the program then searches its database for the best matches and displays the name of the composer and composition. [379KB] Hitek Software's AbleFtp is a $40 shareware ftp application that is designed primary for automation of ftp and related tasks. "The goal is to create advanced ftp tasks that can be scheduled automatically or run instantly. It supports a very flexible wildcard system to transfer multiple files at once and subdirectory transfers. It can automatically save files based on date/time or customized names." [1.5MB] John MacDonnell's DockFun! 4.0b2 is a maitenance update to the shareware utility that will allow users to run an infinite number of OS X's Dock configurations: "You can make your docks like creating an iTunes playlist. It Supports Virtual Docks, Hotkeys, AutoLaunch." [802KB] MacAT 6.6 is a "cron" task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators. It allows more than 42 of the most common MacOS tasks to be run daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention. The $50 shareware offers functions such as launching applications, quiting specific applications, renaming/deleting folders, mounting remote volumes, etc. [3.6MB]
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Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt