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Forums: battery testing
Members of the MacNN Forums today discuss a number of topics, including: testing a PowerBook or iBook's battery capacity (which degrades over time); an ongoing thread for users to post photos of their PowerBook setups; discussion of an article that criticizes the intuitiveness of Apple's Mac OS X; continued discussion of Mac OS X GUI customization, and new themes; speculation and discussion of the upcoming OmniWeb 5 browser; the latest news on the Mac OS X version of the highly-popular Halo.
Mozilla 1.5.1 browser
Mozilla.org has released Mozilla 1.5.1, an update to the open-source browser. New features include a spellchecker for MailNews and Composer, additional MailNews improvements, improvements to Mozilla Composer, an overhaul of the ChatZilla IRC client, improvements to tabbed browsing, and other enhancements.
Apple Store Tokyo opens
Japan Consuming provided a report on the upcoming Apple Store in Tokyo: "Apple will open its first directly operated store outside the US in Tokyo November 30. Split over five floors the store has sales space of about 1,000 sqm and is located in central Ginza. At a press conference at the Ginza store Thursday, Steve Jobs confirmed that Apple will open its second store in Japan in Osaka in the fall of 2004. Apple has been raising its profile in Japan as much as elsewhere and finding considerable success both as a recognized brand and for its new high tech gadgets. The iPod in particular has found a strong following in Japan, and Apple has backed this up with TV advertising and in store events across the country."
Ask The DJ 1.5 released
The Wild Bits has released Ask The DJ 1.5 ($30), analyzes beats to perform truly seamless transitions between tracks. This new version improves the tracks browser by adding iTunes-like appearance: "Ask The DJ matches beats and adapts tempos whenever needed so the music always flows, even when cross-fading between tracks with different bpms. It also automatically cuts unrhythmical intros and outros, and levels volume as well as produces seamless transitions--even when mixing tracks with different tempos. It requires Mac OS X and plays files in MP3, AAC or AIFF format.
skEdit 3.3 for Web
Drop Drawers 1.6.3
Sig Software has released Drop Drawers X 1.6.3 for Mac OS X, bringing full compatibility with OS X 10.3 (Panther). Drop Drawers provides floating drawers on the sides of monitors to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else. Information in drawers can be viewed, edited, inserted and launched by clicking or pressing a user-defined key. Version 1.6.3 for Mac OS X fixes aesthetic issues with OS X 10.3 and adds text editing in Japanese and other multi-byte languages. The $20 application is available in English, French, German and Japanese versions.
Squidcam for video chat
SquidCam 1.5 is a video phone/video chat application intended for use with broadband connections. It enables you to have a conversation with one or more people using SquidCam over a network (LAN and/or Internet) connection, supporting audio and video connectivity, as well as text messaging. It supports both USB and FireWire devices, offers "extremely low latency compared to other video and VoIP applications," and has a LANcast mode for multi-person conferences over a local network. The $25 application runs on Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later. A limited time offer of 2 separate registrations for $15 is available.
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