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Cyberduck 2.1b5 is an open-source Cocoa-based SFTP and FTP browser with support for multiple servers, site bookmarks, drag & drop uploads, Finder-like file functions, and other features. It adds HTTP support, default application preferences, and other changes. [1.2MB] Spectral Class has released an update to Skeleton Key 2.0b, its utility to open programs as the root user without having to use the command line. This update offers a new version checking feature as well as bug fixes and stability enhancements. [62KB] 4D Agenda 1.16 is a plugin for 4th Dimension that allows users to visualize Calendar events in a day, week and month view. Users can drag events to different locations within the calendar and create calendars for multiple users. All views in 4D agenda are printable in full color or black and white. [250KB] Shrook 1.3 is a $20 RSS reader that tracks read and updated items and automatically checks channels for updates. It offers synchronization with shrook.com to track folders, channels, their settings accross different computers. It also adds support for Apple's WebKit technology and an export to iPod functions. [760KB] The freeware Saft 3.0 adds full-screen browsing and kiosk mode to Safari. It adds Kiosk mode, an option to open URLs in tabs instead of new windows, an option for an auto show menu bar, and option to enable/disable Saft contextual menu. [210KB]
Feral Interactive announced that it is now shipping Warrior Kings, its realtime strategy game. Feral said that over 20,000 Mac users have downloaded the demo: "Warrior Kings is a massive medieval-fantasy real time 3D strategy game. Seize the destiny of the young king Artos and immerse yourself into an epic adventure composed of 22 different missions with 3 different paths. Build massive-devastating armies composed of hundreds of units chosen from over 60 different type of units. Your armies move in real military formations and take advantage of realistic 3D terrains." It runs on Mac OS 9/X, supports GameRanger for multiplayer games, and is available in English, French, German and Italian.
Apple has cut prices on the 17" PowerBook G4 in some parts of Europe, according to MacGadget: "Apple cut the price on the 17 inch PowerBook G4 today in Germany, Austria and the Switzerland. In Germany, the price of the 17 inch PowerBook G4 was cut by 300 to 3710 Euro. In Austria, the new price for the 17 inch PowerBook G4 is 3840 Euro (formerly 4200 Euro). In the Switzerland, Apple cut the price by 200 Franken to 5199 Franken."
The Age reports that Apple will create an Australian localized version of the iTunes Music Store by Christmas of this year: "Australia should have its first by Christmas. It is likely it will be a local version of the successful Apple iMusic Store, which operates only in North America. Locally, Telstra is working on a licensing deal with at least one record company."
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
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