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Jupitermedia today announced that its Jupiter Plug.IN Conference & Expo -- "the digital music business event" -- will be held July 28-29, 2003 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event brings music executives "from the old and new economies" together with artists and analysts. The event offers "spirited debate and in-depth analysis into the business opportunities and legal issues surrounding the digital music scene." Keynote speakers are expected from a number of companies, including Apple's Peter Lowe, Director of Marketing for Applications and Services.
Sibelius announced today addition of Sibelius Instruments to its educational suite. It includes complete information on every orchestral and band instrument, with full details of their characteristics, how to write for them, and hundreds of high-quality recordings. Sibelius Instruments also explains all about different orchestras, bands, and ensembles, including their historical development and repertoire. With its extensive audio examples, images, interactive quizzes and teachers' lesson plans, Sibelius Instruments is "ideal for schools, colleges, universities, libraries, teachers, students, composers & arrangers."
MacWireless today announced Power Over Ethernet Extreme, which allows users to mount an "AirPort Extreme base station where there maybe no electric power outlet, up to 331 feet away. No software involved. It provides its own 24 volt power supply. If you've ever had a dropped connection or found yourself just outside of your AirPort coverage area, here's your solution." It will ship in the first week of July for $90. The company also introduced its Outdoor Box ($100), which is designed to your base station from the weather or indoors from dust. The Complete Outdoor solution ($380) is also a new weatherproof enclosure that contains a Linksys WET11 access point, a built-in 15 dBi directional antenna, Power Over Ethernet circuitry, and a power supply.
Apple today told said that a final version of its Safari Web browser is "coming soon," according to an Apple statement sent to c|net (and other media outlets). "Safari is the fastest browser on the Mac, and has become the browser of choice for millions of Mac users....The Safari beta program has been an incredible success, and we will be releasing Safari 1.0 soon.' Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit felt that it should reassign its IE resources to revenue-producing Mac products, 'such as the next versions of Office, Entourage (including an Exchange client) and Virtual PC.'"
John Fraser's one-man Mac clone business has been put on hold after a key parts supplier became the target of Apple Computer's legal team, according to Wired News: "However, Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of Other World Computing, said Fraser is negotiating with a new motherboard supplier and should be back in business shortly....O'Connor said Fraser's business has been doing so well that Fraser hasn't been able to keep up with orders. He also hasn't had time to develop his idea for a low-cost, pizza-box-shaped Mac called the iBox."
TheCodingMonkeys has released Hydra 1.1, a Rendezvous-based, collaborative text editor with developer support. Version 1.1 adds several new features including line numbers, "hydra://" URLs, integration with FTP clients and Project Builder. Hydra 1.1 also introduces a blockedit, which allows to edit multiple non-contiguous lines at once. [614KB] MySQL4X Manager 2.2 for Mac OS X is a database management client for MySQL that offers control over MySQL3.23 and MySQL4.x databases, displays administrative information, including a graphical manager for users and access privileges. Users can check/repair damaged tables, schedule backups and monitor the database server (including current client processes). The Basic ($50) supports up to 2 database servers, while the Professional ($90) supports an unlimited number of servers. [3.2MB] Mireth today introduced iVCD, a $30 application that allows you to easily make Video CDs and Super Video CDs. iVCD creates Video CDs from iMovie or Quicktime movie files and can be used to author Video CDs (MPEG-1) or Super Video CDs (MPEG-2), supporting both NTSC and PAL output formats. It also plays .mov files, and erases CD-RWs. [2.5MB] Nano Software has released Accounts 1.5, an update to its $30 personal finance manager and small business accounting application for Mac OS X. The new version sports an updated interface, allows duplication of transactions, adds new preferences, and improves support for German and French languages. [1.8MB] Zebra has released a collection of technical symbols for use with Adobe Illustrator 10, including thousands of unique symbols in 81 different libraries are available in Architecture, Building Services, Landscaping, Electrical, Mechanical, Fasteners, and General categories. Each contains detailed isometric views of fasteners, mechanical and structural components. Pricing starts at $20 per library or $90 for special bundles. Sybase says it will integrate Quadbase Systems Inc.'s graphic reporting software with its Adaptive Server Enterprise database, according to eWeek. "EspressReport 3.0.2 is a Java reporting tool that takes real-time data across any platform and turns it into reports on such things as Web site click-through rates or customer demographics." As noted yesterday, MacSoft today released a demo of the Neverwinter Nights 1.0b, described as "the most complete software adaptation ever of the classic pen-and-paper Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game... Players will enjoy a fast-paced adventure, revolving around an epic story of faith, war and betrayal." [240MB] Export Artwork v1.1 is a script will process the selected tracks from a playlist or library in the iTunes windows and will output only 1 .pict file for each given album. Users can customize the save location, the name of each file, and view the log file. It requires Extra Suites, a background scripting application (similar to OSAXen additions) that enhances and adds functionality to the script. [10KB] FTPeel 1.0b2 is an ftp client from Freshly Squeezed Software. It offers "intelligent mirroring" functions, advanced bookmark management, both list and column views, and other features. The public beta will expire August 1st, 2003. [1.3MB]
Planar today introduced the PX212M, a 21.3-inch flat-panel LCD monitor. The PX212M is the latest in Planar's premium PX-line of monitors, and features multiple video inputs (S-video, composite video, analog and digital), picture-in-picture capability and integrated speakers as well as UXGA (1600x1200) resolution. The monitor's picture-in-picture functionality allows users to perform multiple tasks at once. The PX212M also features the innovative QuadStand base, allowing for simple height, pivot, swivel and tilt adjustments and offers a 400:1 contrast ratio, brightness of 250 cd/m2 and viewing angle of 170 degrees. It also features a 3-year "Customer First" warranty featuring free 2-day air monitor advance replacement. The $1,400 LCD will be available July 18th in black or silver/black finishes.
Big Nerd Ranch has released "Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming," co-authored by Mark Dalrymple and Aaron Hillegass. Previously available only as a student guide for the Big Nerd Ranch class by the same name, the new 541-page book shows programmers the underpinnings of Mac OS X. Topics covered are the same as those in the $3500 training class, including Advanced C, GCC, Sockets, Authorization and Authentication, Distributed Objects, Rendezvous, and others. It is $100.
Trolltech today announced that Qt/Mac will be released under the GPL at WWDC 2003 next week. Qt/Mac is the Mac port of Qt -- a single-source, multiplatform C++ GUI toolkit that allows applications to run natively on Windows, Linux/Unix, and Mac OS X, all from the same codebase. The GPL release of Qt/Mac allows Mac free software developers to use Qt free of charge. Any software produced with the GPL version of Qt/Mac (and any derivatives of this software) must also be released with full source code available under the GPL.
Keynote Gallery has added new Executive Blue and Executive Navy Keynote themes" "Each of these themes resemble the original Executive theme. Executive Blue contains light blue masters with the addition of 6 navy masters. Textured navy masters make up the Executive Navy theme. The Executive Blue and Executive Navy themes come complete with 27 masters and 23 masters respectively in both 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 formats. With their clean, corporate feel, these two new themes are ideal for many different fields such as business, law, consulting, finance and more." Each is $10 and both are available together for $17 ("Collection 3").
Apple will provide a live satellite broadcast of Steve Jobs' keynote address from its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. The event will take place Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) in San Francisco's Moscone West. The presentation will be available via satellite at the following coordinates:
Notes 3.0 makes storing, organizing and searching for notes, images, movies and other files easy with its elegant and intuitive interface. Version 3.0 of the $20 application features clickable links formatted as you type, drag and drop, search improvements, and performance, interface and printing upgrades. [1.3MB] WebPics 2.6 adds iPhoto album import, offers improved layouts, and adds multipage title text editing as well as other improvements to the $16 shareware. The web gallery utility features both thumbnails and captions for each picture, custom background colors or images, and many other options. [Classic, OSX] Joerg Bullmann has posted MacCVSClient 1.8, a free CVS client running on Mac OS 7.1 and later. It features easy viewing of diffs, logs and annotations and can also resolve conflicts before committing changes. Version 1.8 adds UI tweaks, SSH1/SSH2 access, Keychain support, and documentation updates. [Classic, OSX] John Haney's CryptoQuote 1.1 is a word puzzle game which contains hundreds of quotes for users to solve. It now features drag & drop support, undo/redo functions, online help, word search, integration with online hints and solutions, and other bug fixes. The $5 shareware runs on Mac OS X only. [493KB] Global Moxie's Big Medium 1.1.1 is a maintenance release addressing a handful of bugs in its content management system for web sites. The suite of Perl scripts creates a browser-based interface for adding/editing web content, manages content for multiple web sites, provides content syndication, offers a choice of pre-formatted skins or custom templates, and support multiple contributors. [demo] Ellipsis Productions has released Safari Bookmark Exporter 1.02, its utility designed to export Safari bookmarks to either OmniWeb, Camino/Chimera, Mozilla, Netscape, and Internet Explorer formats. Version 1.0.2 of the freeware now exports to iCab and Opera formats. [147KB] BEST Software Design has released PolyPhontics 1.5, a new version of its SoundFont and DLS authoring tool. It can create, edit, and preview SoundFont and DLS sound banks for use with MIDI files and live performance. New features include a graphical loop editor, support for multiple sample rates, reverb, dramatic build and preview speed improvements, and other changes. It is a free upgrade to the $60 application. [Classic, OSX] Xochi Media has released a public beta of iScreensaver Designer 3.1b, a cross-platform screensaver editor. It adds new license options, new features, ease of use improvements and bug fixes as well as a new "Wizard", which helps new users create a screensaver with a few easy steps. It includes support for Mac OS X and Windows XP, as well as a Slide Show editor. A free, limited trial is available. [6.2MB]
Sustainable Softworks today released IPNetSentryX 1.0, an Internet firewall application for Macintosh computers running Mac OS X. IPNetSentryX rules can be based on IP addresses, ports and protocols (services) as well as on the content of incoming datagrams (e.g. to detect worms). It also lets users define which actions to take when rules are met, including the ability to block an intruder (trigger), send an email warning of the intrusion, and/or executing an AppleScript. The $40 application includes free registration of IPNetSentry Classic. Upgrades are $20. A 21-day trial is available.
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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