European regulators will conduct an oral hearing Nov. 12 that will give Microsoft an opportunity to comment on charges that it abused its dominance with Windows; at the height of the Internet boom, e-books were hailed as the future medium for publishers, but the bubble has burst and printed books are preferred by consumers; analysts were doubtful Friday that Microsoft would be able to uphold a pledge to prevent e-mail attacks and make software security a "no. 1 priority."
Synthetic Aperture today announced Color Finesse 1.1, a free upgrade to its color correction plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Color Finesse offers high-end color correction and enhancement tools--including multiple color spaces, tonal correction, curve-based correction, automated color matching and balancing, six-channel secondary color correction, reference images with split wipes, smart color legalizing, and waveform monitor and vectorscope displays. Version 1.1 adds secondary preview monitor support, preview pan and zoom, enhanced secondary color correction with additional controls, and mask and alpha mode previewing. The $600 plugin also works with Final Cut Pro and Discreet Combustion.
Hoodman Corp. has released a new line of anti-glare hoods for Apple's PowerBooks. The Eclipse PowerBook hoods offer optimum outdoor performance, privacy while working, and compatibility with Apple's 12-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch PowerBooks: "Hoods spring into shape when removed from their carry bags requiring no assembly. Slip the hood over the screen and you are ready to go. Spring tension keeps each hood mounted in place. Collapsing in just seconds makes the E2000 Eclipse PowerBook hood line convenient and easy to use." Each is priced just under $30 and includes a travel bag; all are available for order now from the company's website.
"Having Apple's new Power Mac G5 around the office is like having a superhero assistant," says Mercury News columnist Jon Fortt. Mr. Fortt cites the machine's graphics capabilities and its ability to handle multiple demanding tasks at once as strong points. "For example, the G5 managed to resize a 122-megabyte file up to 1.68 gigabytes in three minutes, while also smoothly playing a full-screen movie and compressing an edited DV movie to Quicktime format," explains Fortt.
Tim Verpoorten of Surf-bits today announced the second in a series of articles on upgrading and modifying the Apple Power Mac G4 Cube. "My Great Cube Adventure: Part Two" is available now for online viewing. Part 2 deals with "easy upgrades" and maintenance.
PhoneAgent 1.0 ($30) offers dozens of functions for the Sony Ericsson T610 mobile phone, including management of its phonebook, SMS and MMS messages, custom themes, and WAP profiles and bookmarks. It requires either a Bluetooth USB adapter or built-in Bluetooth and runs under Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. [3.4MB] The Wild Bits released Ask The DJ 1.4. This new version includes a new tracks browser, works with Unicode (Japanese script support) and includes a French version. Ask The DJ is a $30 application that analyzes beats to perform truly seamless transitions between tracks. [1.4MB] FrameSeer 1.2 is a $50 network packet capture application. The native Mac OS X application will diagnose network problems by capturing traffic on your Ethernet, AirPort, PPPoE, PPP, and loopback interfaces. It features extensive online help, packet decoding, and filters. [748KB] MOTU has posted updated MOTU PCI Audio for OSX drivers, which contains drivers for MOTU PCI-324 and PCI-424 audio systems under Mac OS X 10.2.2. MOTU FireWire Drivers and Consoles OSX 1.06 were also updated this month. [PCIAudio, FireWire] Camfrog Video Chat is new videoconferencing software that allows users to host their own video chat rooms. The company says it is interested in making the software compatible with iChat AV: "If you know any technical information that is freely available that would allow this please let us know." IPSecuritas 1.1b2 is a free front-end to the Mac OS X built-in IPSec core and allows to configure and establish secure IPSec tunnels to remote networks. It adds a new host-host transport mode, certificate authentication, easier setup, automatic key exchange initiation, substitute DNS functionality, and auto-start. [479KB]
A MacNN reader notes that Apple is planning to build a retail store in Tigard, Oregon (a suburb of Portland). The store is expected to open on November 15 in Washington Square Mall (next to the Eddie Bauer store). Apple's retail website has not yet been updated; it will be Apple's first store in the state of Oregon.
Apple will soon release WebObjects 5.2.2, an update to its enterprise rapid application development environment, to allow developers to build projects under Panther, according to WebObjects Product Manager Bob Fraser: "WebObjects development will be supported on Mac OS X v 10.3 (Panther) with an upcoming WebObjects Software Update (WebObjects 5.2.2). This update will include: (1) Support for WebObjects application development using Xcode; (2) Qualification of WebObjects applications running under Java 1.4.1; and (3) Qualification and support for WebObjects applications running on the JBoss application server. No WebObjects software update will be required to deploy WebObjects applications on Mac OS X Server v 10.3 (Panther Server). The WebObjects runtime libraries will be included."
Impression 1.71, the backup software for Mac OS X, has been fully recompiled and optimized for the Power Macintosh G5 architecture and also fixes a bug in the $25 application. [570KB] Radical Breeze's DiscBlaze 2.0.3 updates the CD/DVD burning software with support for burning ISO disc images, the ability to optionally set which platforms (Mac or PC) specific files are visible on when on a Mac/PC hybrid disc, and revamped and updated Burn Lists. It is $20 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.6. [1.1MB] Acrux has released X-Builder 1.02, an update to its authoring tool specially designed for creating multimedia projects and applications for Mac OS X: "X-Builder projects contain slides, and each slide in a project is constructed using X-Builder's built-in tools for creating text, banners, lines, rectangles, buttons, input boxes, controls, choice lists, graphs etc." [7.4MB] f(x) 3.0 beta brings improvements for intense computations in the shareware scientific calculator. It also offers the ability to select numbers already in the memory stack, editable constants, enhanced numeric input, resizable windows, and other enhancements. [2.1MB] The personal radio system for Mac OS X, Wimpus, records radio streams, breaks them up by song, and recommends new music to the user based on user song preferences and ratings. The application is free for use with the current release (v0.99). [3.1MB] ThermographX 0.8 monitors the various temperature sensors inside newer Power Mac G4 and G5 models. The shareware records maximum and minimum temperatures, shows temperature records over time (using a zoomable display) and shows individual sensor temperatures on models that have them. Version 0.8 increases compatibility with older systems. [940KB] The Omnigroup has released OmniGraffle 3.02, an update to the professional diagramming charting applications. The maintenance update is free for both Standard ($70) and Pro ($120) users; however, the details were not available. [Classic, OSX] Symantec has posted updated October Virus Definitions for its line of Norton Anti-Virus Software. It is available for Mac OS 7/8/9/X.
Apple specialist MacForce, an independent Portland, Oregon, on Friday is opening InnerSpace, a showcase of digital lifestyle technology: "Designed to mimic a home environment, InnerSpace will showcase new technology that helps automate home appliances. .... the center will show visitors how to use Macs to control everything from lights, heating and alarms to controlling a home theater." MacForce is offering free seminars this weekend as well as holding giveaways for several products.
Bodelin has released ProPrompter, its teleprompter softwaare for Mac OS X. It works with Avid iNews or any text file; offers both horizontal and vertical flipping; both smooth forward or backwards scrolling; the ability to adjust the scroll speed with either keyboard or a scrolling mouse; auto cue points; and full selection of font, styles, and sizes. The ProPrompter software was originally designed for use on the Bodelin ProPrompter LCD but is now sold separately on CD or as a download. It is available for $60.
FireWire Depot will soon release version 2.1.5 of its firmware software for its PCI host adapters. The update improves "deep sleep" support for its IOI-4601, IOI-4602, and U2FW-PCI01 products. "The conclusion we have discovered is that only PCI Host Adapters with a PCI-to-PCI bridge can go into deep sleep," the company notes. Version 2.15 also fixes a issue under Mac OS 10.2 where the drive would not show up when connected through a 1394b hub/repeater to a 1394b host.
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Biggest Canadian banks launch Apple Pay
Three of Canada's largest banks will turn on Apple Pay support for their debit and credit cards beginning today, June 1. The move follows the initial support of Apple Pay in Canada only on American Express-branded cards from Scotiabank earlier this year, with CIBC and RBC offering full support at the beginning of May. As of Wednesday, all five of Canada's largest banks -- and its unifying Interac debit-card system -- will accept at least some bank-issued cards into Apple's Wallet program. Users will need to have an iPhone 6 or later running iOS 8.1 or later, or an Apple Watch paired to an iPhone 5s or later. ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Bank are also supporting Apple Pay, and other smaller banks and credit unions are expected to support the technology in due course. http://on.thestar.com/1sKizKW
Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2