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D-Link today announced the first compact wireless USB 1.1 adapter that works seamlessly across both Windows and Mac OS-based systems: the D-Link Air DWL-122 Wireless Network USB Adapter provides an 802.11b wireless connection with data transfer speeds up to 11Mbps to any desktop or laptop computer by plugging directly into a standard USB 1.1/2.0 port. The bus-powered device ships with an extension cable; it is a 802.11b compliant device, ensuring compatibility with 802.11b/g standards-based networking devices and features integrated 64/128-bit WEP encryption. It is $50 and requires Mac OS X 10.2.
SilverNetworks today released a significant update to its free remote screen capture tool, Spy 1.1. It allows you to run a server on your Mac, that when accessed by any normal web browser, allows people to see a snapshot of your screen, as well as information about your Macintosh. Clients can view a static image, or can view your screen in a live, continously updated feed in either JPEG or PNG format. Other features include 2 built-in page layouts with custom layout support, a detailed "Log Window", a "Live Connections" manager that lets you see everyone that is viewing your desktop live as well as disconnect any of those users, external file serving via the built-in web server, and an improved OS X dock menu. Spy 1.1 also adds the unique ability to list your Spy server on the Spy Tracker. [Classic, OSX"]
The next Bay Area InDesign User Group meeting is being held by the Art Institute of California, on Wednesday, July 9. The meeting will include discussion of color management in general, and how to get your monitor to match your printer. The guest speaker of the evening is Clark Omholt, a digital imaging and color management consultant with Rods and Cones, one of the nation's "leading color consulting firms."
Apple's future growth will be driven by the iPod--specifically with the release of the Windows version of iTunes at the end of this year, according to Charles Haddad of BusinessWeek Online: " The iPod has certainly saved Apple's bacon this year. While Mac sales have remained flat, the music player's have soared. Jobs & Co. sold 110,000 of its sleekly remodeled iPod in the first week after its January introduction. And it remains hot, with Apple's store in Manhattan's SOHO district, for instance, selling a reported 100 iPods a day. Last year the iPod already represented 51% of the digital-player market, according to IDC."
Mindlube Software has released Slacker ToDo Lists 2.1, an update to its to-do list, outliner, calendar and notepad software. The latest version adds a new notifications list window, URL and file link support, an improved "Find" tool, "Duplicate," "Append," "Insert," and "Child" commands in "Edit" command, and new export formats. The included documentation has also been improved. [Download - 1.2MB] Ilearnat.com today released Quick Pack, a productivity application bundle that includes QuickNotesX and QuickLauncherX -- two Mac OS X utilities. QuickNotesX is a notepad made accessible from the menu bar as well as adding the ability to turn on auto-hide and floating. QuickLauncherX is an application launcher that resides in the menu bar. The Quick Pack bundle is $10. [Download - 143KB] Following on the recent release of its ProjectForum workgroup collaboration software, CourseForum Technologies has released CourseForum 2.3, a major update to its $80 Web-based e-learning content creation, sharing and discussion solution. Major changes include new RSS feeds to easily track changes made within a course, appearance and layout enhancements to aid navigation, new formatting options, and better integration of student project areas. [Download - 1.0MB] iList Studio 1.2 is a significant update to the $40 multi-purpose database tool for Mac OS 9/X. Version 1.2 adds custom calculation support to iList Studio's reporting window and conditional editor. Multiple calculations can now be carried out in sequence on multiple record sets with one click. There are also major enhancements to iList Studio's file path support. [Download - 1.0MB] Directors NoteBook Software has released Directors NotePad. "Designed specifically with iLife users in mind," Directors NotePad is a 'lite' version of Directors NoteBook, the professional directors tool. Directors NotePad helps amateur film makers organize their ideas shot by shot, and view them on screen in slide show form and as printed lists organized in edit order, and in shot setup order. It prints 3x5 cards of your shots and can juggle them around to experiment with different story telling techniques, and see if any shots might be missing, or are now unnecessary to capture. It costs $30. ScrapX 1.2 is an update to the shareware scrapbook utility that adds the ability to search and sort using multiple criteria, a Dropbox view to which content can be dragged even when ScrapX is hidden, the ability to export individual items to files in any of the supported data formats, and the ability to play animated GIFs. Also included is improved viewing of multi-page items, and a redesigned preferences panel. Content of ScrapX scrapbooks can be text, images, movies, or sounds. [Download - 1.2MB] Added: EchoFX has released InterView 2.2.4 for Mac OS X. This latest release enhances performance and corrects a number of bugs. Version 2.2.4 offers full support for the Oculus Web-cam application. Audio synchronization during Preview mode has been significantly improved, the preview frame rate is about 50% higher, and artifacts in the preview window are reduced. The InterView For Mac OS X software supports the InterView USB analog video capture device, and is compatible with Mac OS X. [Download - link not available]
Cornea Systems today introduced a new flat-panel TFT-LCD monitor, the CT1704. This high-performance, 17-inch display is the newest member of Cornea Systems' new "Style" family of products, featuring "sleek, smart designs and unparalleled price/performance value." The CT1704 ($550) offers a 500:1 contrast ratio, a 160-degree viewing angle, and 1280x1024 resolution as well as a 20ms response time. It includes built-in 2-watt speakers, a detachable base and a VESA standard wall mount. The CT1904 ($800), also available from the company, features a 500:1 contrast ratio, a 170-degree viewing angle, 1280x1024 resolutionk and a 25ms response time as well as a DVI interfce. Both ship in a two-tone (silver/black) cabinet and feature a 3-year advance ship warranty.
Apple has launched a new "Refer a Friend" promotion for its .Mac service, offering 20% off a renewal membership if you sign up a friend (at least 31 days prior to account expiration) for Apple's Webservices. The discount is cumulative, so readers can receive a free membership when signing up 5 friends. Apple is offering predefined templates which users can send to friends with their own note.
Trolltech has unveiled QSA, its 'Qt Script for Applications' that provides a tightly integrated scripting interface for the Qt framework. Qt is an object-oriented, easily extensible C++ application framework. "Qt is well known in the open source world, and is a de facto standard on Linux," according to the developer. It supports Microsoft Windows, Linux, all major Unix variants, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt includes Qt Designer, a rapid application development tool and Qt Linguist, an internationalization tool.
The Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) is holding the semi-annual computer hardware and software 'tabletop showcase' and “Swap Meet” on Saturday, July 19, 2003 (9:00 a.m.) at University of Houston. New and used hardware and software will be available as will some of Houston’s top Apple/Mac experts to answer questions. Admission is free; New members can join HAAUG for $45, while students can join for $20. Exhibit tables are available.
MacMice todat debuted Gperch, an aluminum desk stand for the Apple iPod. The GPerch is specifically styled and constructed to complement the appearance of Apple's new G5 Power Mac. Its outer frame is CNC laser cut to the same "handle" profile as the G5; and, the perforated aluminum cradle that holds the iPod is CNC punch perforated to match the front grille of the new Apple tower. The GPerch uses the same 5052 grade aluminum sheet, And is anodized with the same microplasmic surface finish as Apple's G5 case. "It accommodates all iPods, all iPod accessories, and all iPod cases," according to the developer. The GPerch will start shipping on July 15th, and is available for preorder now for $40.
Advanced Team Scheduler 6.7 ($32) is designed for organizing team sporting or game events. Using its wizard-like interface, it automates the season, tournament, league, match, round-robin schedules. It offers intelligent handling of constraints, double header games, new games per-week limits and off-week options, and inter-divisional auto conflict resolution. [Classic, OSX] iScreensaver Designer 3.1 is an update to the cross-platform screensaver editor that adds a new "Personal" license ($30), a new "Wizard", and a high-quality QuickTime graphics resizing algorithm. IZt can convert all QuickTime-compatible movies and pictures (including MPEG, MooV, AVI, Macromedia Flash, PICT, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and dozens of other formats) into a self-contained screensaver with a one-click installer. [6.6MB] Radical Breeze has released Blaze 1.0, an easy-to-use application for burning CD's and DVD's and erasing re-writable media (such as CDRW discs). The update to the $20 utility adds support for burning ISO 9660 and Joliet file systems, improves the UI, displays the icons of files inside Blaze itself, and adds menu items for customizing the toolbar and displaying the new "Disc Info" drawer. [442KB] MonitorerX Pro 1.1 can "record all keystrokes and take screenshots secretly in the background. MonitorerX Pro allows you to monitor all users on one computer and view and organize all logs from within 1 single application." It can take screenshots at specified intervals or when certain keywords are typed by the user. Pricing starts at $30. [1.4MB] Chronos LC today released StickyBrain 2.0.2, a free upgrade to its flexible information management software. The upgrade includes improved integration with the Safari web browser, full double-byte text support for international languages and several other improvements and bug fixes. Chronos has expanded the "grab text" functionality to include the Safari, Netscape and OmniWeb. It is $40. [Classic, OS]
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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