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Apple responded to Dell's entry into the MP3 player and online music markets with a brief statement to The Mercury News: "'It appears that Dell is re-branding one of the second-tier music services that will be announced soon, just like they are re-branding Creative's MP3 player. There is little original here,' Apple's statement said." Meanwhile, Dell is expected to promote MusicMatch's upcoming online service, which expected to be announced next week and will use the MusicMatch Jukebox software and distribute music in Microsoft's Windows Media format.
Mozilla.org has posted another release candidate of its next-generation open-source browser: Mozilla 1.5rc2 now includes an integrated spellchecker for Mail/News and Composer, custom email headers, improved Composer functions, better tabbed browsing, and an updated Gecko rendering engine. [15.2MB] Arctic Software today introduced a new web-designer's tool for image gallery creation: Galleria 1.0 offers a simple interface, custom templates, thumbnail generation, and other advanced features. The $15 shareware runs on Mac OS 7/8/9/X. [Classic, OSX] Fugu 1.1b is a graphical frontend to the commandline for SFTP, SSH tunneling, and SCP. The latest beta will sort files by clicking column headers, supports PageSpinner as a an external editor, supports OpenSSH 3.7.1p2, and has improvements to the backend. The freeware requires Mac OS X 10.2.3 or later. [724KB] Objective Labs has's MailMergeApp 1.1 ($10) is an AppleScript Studio application with plugin support, which offer compatibility with any scriptable email program (currently supports Apple's Mail.app and BareBones' Mailsmith). This version also adds support for attachments and interface improvements. [104KB] KisMAC 0.05f, an 802.11b wireless probe utility for Mac OS X puts your card into the monitor mode--without sending any probe requests. KisMAC supports third party PCMCIA cards with Orinoco and PrismII chipsets, as well as Cisco Aironet cards. It adds new capture filters, adds preliminary documentation, and supports GPSd. [3.8MB] PowerCADD 6.02 updates the $800 CAD application with plugin support for Mac OS 9/X. This version fixes a few bugs (including text size issues), while version 6 brought new support for deep zooming, larger drawing sizes, live drawing, round pens, and Mac OS X. WildTools 7.05 also updates the suite of high-end CAD and illustration tools for PowerCADD. [PC, WT] Dejal Simon 1.2.2 is the latest version of the site monitoring tool for Mac OS X that checks sites for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, or other means. Licenses include: Basic ($30, 3 tests), Standard ($60, 10 tests), and Enterprise ($200, unlimited tests). [2.5MB]
Apple on Friday opened its second Seattle-area Apple Store, which is located in a small upscale shopping mall adjacent to the University of Washington. One MacNN reader writes "So the Seattle (University Village) store opened Friday at 6 p.m. PDT. Tomorrow they are throwing a big after party and giving away an iPod for each point the UW Huskies score against Stanford. First person in the door, the lovely Miss Mary Ann Brunson, who got there at 7 a.m. The second person in the door, your truly. The store is huge and features a little theater."
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Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram has formally announced that it will roll out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in it's iOS app with an update that will bring the program to version 7.1.5. 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, and 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 Power 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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y