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Apple's Hot News page encourages customers to email the AutoCAD product manager to support the development of AutoCAD for Mac OS X, as noted by MacNN reader 'Glen.'
@stake has published a security advisory for the AirPort Base Station. "If an AirPort [network] is administered over the Ethernet interface or via an insecure (non WEP) wireless connection, an anonymous attacker that can sniff the network can obtain administrative access to the AirPort." Apple recommends that users administer the AirPort Base Station either via a wired connection or via a WEP-protected wireless connection. @stake offers further recommendations.
Tom Bihn has released a new version of his $50 PowerBook 'Brain Cell' travel case to fit the 17-inch PowerBook. "Cradled in thick, soft foam padding, your 17" Powerbook will be protected on the bottom, front, and back with tough 4mm corrugated plastic and on the sides by dense, hard foam." Brain Cell can be carried on its own by two handles at the top, with a shoulder strap, or inside a standard case.
Among the thousands of new technology products that appeared last year, Network Magazine recognizes 27 that "stand out from the rest." Apple's Mac OS X Server 10.2 is the top 'Server OS,' according to the publication. The article praises OS X Server's management and administration features, standards compliance, and BSD roots.
Interarchy.com has released Interarchy 6.2, an update to the popular Internet file transfer software with support for FTP, SFTP and HTTP. It adds support for FSecure SFTP server, a new contextual menu plugin, improved SFTP mirroring, more keyboard shortcuts, Rendezvous support, and other fixes. It is $45 for a single-user license. Adobe has posted new updates, including InDesign 2.02 Excel Import Filter and InDesign 2.02 Text updates. [Excel, text] Maxprog's iCash 1.3 is a $25 shareware personal finance and money manager designed to track income, expenses, credits, debts and bank transactions. It offers unlimited categories, multiple account creation, a SQL backend engine, password protection, export/import routines, search functions, and drag & drop support. [Classic, OSX] appMac has released iGo 2.0 for Mac OS X, a free utility designed to manage URLs in a floating window. It supports import/export of URLs from virtually any browser, drag & drop support, converting of favorites between browsers, and other features. It is available in English and French. [1.6MB] RedleX has released Mellel 1.5.5, an update to its $25 word-processor for Mac OS X only. It includes support for input in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, an innovative style variations option, a replace styles tool, support for automatically opening .doc files, enhanced language support and many other features. Mellel supports paragraph/character styles, footnotes/endnotes, headers/footers, and other features. [3.4MB] Feral has posted its CM4 Enhancement Pack for its $50 Championship Manager game title: "[Its] all about living out the dream of managing your favorite football team. No one needs to be left out because the comprehensive coverage gives you all the teams from 39 major leagues around the world." It corrects a number of issues including player histories. [6.5MB]
MOTU today announced the 828mkII, a single rack-space, FireWire audio interface for Macintosh and Windows computers. The 828mkII replaces the 828 model, adding new features, including more simultaneous inputs (20) and outputs (22), 24-bit 96kHz operation, 8-bus monitor mixing with front panel LCD programming, stand-alone operation, front-panel mic/guitar/instrument inputs with preamps and sends, SMPTE time code sync and MIDI input/output. The 828mkII offers DSP-driven digital mixing and monitoring for all 20 inputs, supports up to four separate stereo monitor mixes assigned to any four digital or analog output pairs, and has a new "CueMix Bounce Back" feature that lets the user route one of the four CueMix DSP mixes back to the computer. It is due in the second quarter for $800.
PC Magazine's review of the 30GB iPod, giving it 4 out of 5 stars. The article notes that Apple made some trade-offs for size in the third generation MP3 player and notes an undocumented feature: "There are a few tradeoffs for the smaller size, however, including reduced battery life, a new proprietary connection port, and touch buttons that many will find far too sensitive....We're curious about the hidden record feature, which many techies have discovered and written about on iPod sites. It allows six-second voice recording, but Apple is mum on the subject." Apple's iTunes 4.0 received 3 out of 5 stars.
Apple Keynote application received a 3 out of 5 rating from Presentations Magazine, which is dedicated to individuals and organizations that create and deliver presentations: "For presenters who need only basic slideshow-building functionality, Keynote is a nice program and a good alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint X. But advanced users will feel restricted. Apple does not offer much in its stock photo library, there are no interactivity features, such as buttons or links, and there are many nice-to-have features missing from the text, chart and multimedia areas – features that PowerPoint users have come to expect."
MacNN reader Joseph Tate writes about the continuing problem of disappearing music from the iTunes Music Store: "Why would music be disappearing from the iTunes music store? Radiohead's _OK Computer_ was available up until today. Searching under either the album title or the band name brings up nothing. The album was even a 'staff favorite' since the store opened, but it's now gone."
Blue Globe Software has released Tiff-Sight 1.3.2, a minor update that adds support for scroll-wheel mice. The $15 shareware offers anti-aliased text and graphics, a streamlined interface, support for nearly every TIFF and Tiff-based Fax format, extremely low memory usage, and full support for viewing, printing, scaling, rotating, and exporting files. [735KB] Centromedia has released Address Office 4.0, a new version of its free cross-platform telephone and address book that allows you to quickly and easily manage addresses, phone numbers, URLs, AIM, ICQ and Email addresses. It adds new font size settings, postal code lookup and sorting functions, a new calculator, a human voice dialer, and other functions. [Classic, OSX] Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 2.6.2, an update to its live MP3 DJ and radio music scheduling and automation software that adds direct access to sound output devices on Mac OS X, as well as new Library Text Cleaner functions. Also new to this version are performance improvements, support for ID3 Comment tags, a new Auto-Save Library preference, and other bug fixes. It is a free update to the $170 application; upgrades are $50 from previous versions. [2.2MB] CrushFTP 3.0b32 is a $25 FTP server with multihoming, virtual servers, users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories, etc. It adds a more responsive GUI, restores SSL functionality, improves performance on large reports, and other bug fixes. [Classic, OSX]
Symantec today announced Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh, which is scheduled to be widely available in June. It will now include a new parental control feature that blocks Web sites that are inappropriate for viewing by children and will also include Norton AntiVirus 9.0. Version 9 features the ability to find and repair Windows/PC-compatible viruses to protect users from the most common type of viruses and to avoid infecting friends and colleagues.
Charismac today announced support for Apple's new digital audio format, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as part of its Discribe v5.0.36 CD/DVD burning software: "Users can now simply drag and drop AAC tracks over the Discribe interface in order to burn the files to a standard Audio CD which can be listened to in all car and home audio CD players. Converted files can also be saved to the user's hard drive in AIFF format for future use." It is available for $70 as is a 5-CD demo. Competitive upgrades are $40. [Classic, OSX]
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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
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
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