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Intuit has begun shipping Quicken 2005 for the Mac, an update to its personal finance software. The new version can create new accounts more easily and quickly; streamlines connectivity to banks, credit card, and brokerage accounts; improves the track home inventory by offering visual records using iPhoto images; includes an updated Tax Planner to minimize and estimate your taxes; and has dozens of charts and graphs for instant answers to long-term financial questions. The software is available for $70 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Through August 26, the company is also bundling 'The Educated Investor Guide To Personal Finance 2005' as well as offering free shipping and $10 off for limited time.
HP began shipping its first notebook computer to come with the Linux operating system preinstalled, saying that "This is the year that Linux overtakes the Mac on the desktop, and maybe my laptop will help accelerate that;" however, Industry research firm IDC says that Linux has already overtaken the Mac OS to become the No. 2 desktop operating system in 2003. "Though Linux has proved popular as a server operating system, it has had less success on the desktop. In late 2000, IBM began offering Linux preinstalled on its A20 and T20 notebooks, but it eventually withdrew the Linux offerings. By 2007, IDC estimates that Linux will have 6% of the desktop market in terms of units, Kusnetzky said."
In Brief: Difusi announced today the “Double-Up Summer Savings” deal, which allows consumers to get two Bluetooth Adapters at the same price as a single unit; Netgear and leading hard drive manufacturer Western Digital today announced the companies will jointly promote a complete, affordable wireless LAN solution with network-attached storage for home networks; iCompositions.com announced Monday the launch of its "iCompose, iWin" Apple GarageBand Competition, which features more than $3200 in GarageBand-related prizes; Dosch Design is releasing the 3D Studio Max and Maya versions of Dosch 3D: Logo Animations.
Mozilla.org has posted security updates to its open-source browsers: Mozilla 1.7.2, the latest version of the open-source Web, e-mail and chat suite, addresses many security issues and fixes a number of bugs, while FireFox 0.93 updates the technology preview of its next generation browser. [Download - Mozilla, FF]
EXmedic Software has announces the 2004 release of its EXmedic medical office software for Mac OS X. New features include: appointment scheduling density color coding, electronic claims response reports filtering, new Quickreport design module, automatic Job continuation, separate print jobs for each workstation, charge narrative filtering, electronic claim uploads via dial-up FTP, pharmacies, prescriptions and access to often-run jobs via a new global applications menu, and more.
Lakewood Studios today released iList Studio 2.0, its low-cost database software for the Macintosh. Now powered by MySQL, iList Studio is designed as a database companion for Mac-based businesses, home users, and others, allowing users to quickly build multimedia catalogs, scheduling databases, collaborative research tools, and multi-user relational databases--all without programming. iList Studio ships with several customizable database templates and can create a full-fledged MySQL database in "just a few seconds." It also features integrated graphing, user-designed record editors, ten find modes, and batch editing. It is available for $130 with a $60 discount offered through August 27th.
Wired has published an article on Apple fans' reactions to CEO Steve Jobs' recent sugery for a rare type of cancer. "News of Steve Jobs' cancer operation has Mac news sites seeing record traffic, forums are bulging with unprecedented numbers of postings, and Apple is being swamped with messages of sympathy." The news, first published on Sunday after Apple released an e-mail Jobs sent to all Apple's employees, led to record traffic levels on many Mac-related news sites.
Mad Catz Interactive today announced accessory starter kits for the iPod and iPod Mini. The accessory kits will include a FireWire/USB cable for music transfer and charging, an automotive power adapter, and a carrying case. The iPod starter kit, which will support the recently announced "4G" (fourth-generation) iPods as well as the 3rd generation devices, will feature a sleek black design, while the kits for the iPod Mini will be available in silver, gold, blue, green, and pink to match the colors of the currently shipping Minis. The accessory kits are scheduled to ship in North America and Europe this fall and are expected to retail between $30 and $50.
Keyword Assistant 1.7 is a plug-in for iPhoto to make keyword management easier. The update introduces a drop down menu for completions, smarter completions favoring recently used keywords, and French and German localizations. [Download - 298KB] Export2QT 2.1 ($15) helps users export MPEG1, MPEG2, VRO, ReplayTV, TiVo, VOB, and HitachiVRO files to any QuickTime codec. Version 2.1 offers a simplified and improved conversion process, and a link to Export2QT section of MPEG2 Works forum under the "Help" menu. [Download - 395KB] Keyspan USB Server 1.1 ($130) is a software upgrade for the Keyspan USB Server, which is used to connect USB devices to a Mac or PC via a wired or wireless Ethernet-based LAN. The 1.1 software update offers broader device compatibility as well as a more convenient user interface. [Download - 792KB] Smultron 1.0 is an open-source text editor written for Mac OS X with "many of the features that you might need." The update adds Swedish, French and German localizations, the option to automatically open all documents that were open the last time Smultron was closed, syntax definitions, and more. [Download - 792KB] PhotoFirst ($125) is a fully integrated application that simplifies organizing, annotating, RAW converting, comparing, enhancing, and creating professional quality, client-ready output from digital photographs. It simplifies and reduces the time spent on digital post-production and is designed to work with hundreds of digital photos at a time. [Download - form] Audio Toolbox is an audio function generator for the Mac. Using no additional hardware, you can produce sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms of any frequency up to 22 kHz, as well as generate noise. It costs $20. [Download - form]
IBM has published an article on the promise of Linux on the G5 processor. "For many Linux users, the best reason to buy an Apple Power Macintosh G5 machine will be, quite simply, the well engineered, high-performance, and reasonably priced machines available from Apple. Many enterprises, hosting companies, schools, and research facilities have a mixture of x86 and PowerPC systems that they provide to users. When you want to assure a uniform system/user interface across these machines, Linux is the best choice for an operating system. PowerPC 970-based machines are comparable in performance to AMD's Athlon64 and Opteron and to the Intel Pentium 4EE and Xeon."
The Broward County Public School District, the nation's fifth-largest with 270,000 students, has ordered 4,500 Apple laptops for the upcoming school year. The district's computers are 70% Apple and 30% Dell, but chief information officer Vijay Sonty wants to move towards an all-Apple system. In 2003, Apple's laptop market share in the K-12 segment grew by 3.2% over the previous year, to 26.9% of laptops sold in this category.
E-Data Corporation today announced that a world-wide agreement for past and future royalties has been reached with Apple for a license under E-Data's European patent EP 0 195 098 B-1, also known as "the Freeny patent," and its counterpart patent in Canada. The Freeny patent covers the downloading and recording of information, such as music, from a computer onto a tangible object, such as CDs, DVDs and MP3 players. The company says the iTunes platform enables Apple customers to download individual music tracks for a fee via the iTunes Music Store, charging that the software infringed on its 20-year old patent. However, as part of the agreement, financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Toshiba today announced a new family of 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDDs)--the same size drives used in Apple's iPod. The company debuted new 30GB "MK3006GAL" and 60GB "MK6006GAH" models, which it says also feature improved shock tolerance, power consumption and vibration control for better performance in mobile consumer electronics devices. The new drives are expected in the fourth quarter. Pricing was not available. Earlier this year, Toshiba said that it would debut the 60GB mini-drive and that it had already signed-up Apple as a customer; however, Apple last month said it had no plans for a 60GB iPod when it unveiled the "4G" iPods.
M-Audio has introduced the Revolution 5.1 high-definition surround sound card for PCI-based computers. Built upon the same architecture as the Revolution 7.1, Revolution 5.1 offers "a multitude of features for today's power user." M-Audio designed the Revolution 5.1 with gamers in mind. Today's gaming technologies, such as EAX, OpenAL, A3D, DirectSound and Sensaura, are built right in allowing 3D audio positioning and realistic environmental simulation. Revolution 5.1 also features low CPU usage, an important factor for fast visual response in gaming. Revolution 5.1 also brings DVD movies to life with up to 5.1 surround sound.
Script Timer 2.1 ($12) is a scheduling product that will run your AppleScript, perl, shell script or applications on specific dates, reoccuring schedules or at regular time intervals. Users can also use the application to invoke actions when the computer enters or leaves an idle state. It adds dynamic scheduling, which can use an AppleScript script to schedule on-the-fly any other script or application. [unknown] YokMap 1.0 ($10) is a tool to create and edit imagemaps for use in web pages. It offers CERN and NCSA import and export, resizing multiple areas simultaneously, zooming the working area, automatically loading images from a server when needed, and the ability to create or write to existing files. [1.8MB] Spanner 0.7 (free) is a preference pane that allows you to add any application on your drives to a watch list, and perform actions when those applications are launched or quit. Users can perform easy actions such as hot corner control or muting the computer, but can also add completely individual actions via the provided key emulation interface - or by adding an AppleScript. [156KB] MMColor 1.0 ($35) is a FileMaker Pro 7 interface plug-in which allows you to create and enhance color elements. It can dynamically create color images fit to place in container fields, creates sliders to edit component values (red, green, blue, hue, saturation, and value), create colors dynamically using FileMaker's calculation engine, convert hex color values to decimals, and more. Overflow 1.2 ($10) is a space-saving Dock enhancement that allows quick access to applications or documents without cluttering up the valuable space in the Dock. Users can customize the settings through simple drag and drop interface. Version 1.2 fixes several bugs, including some compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.2. [80KB] LANsurveyor 8.1, a free update, helps network administrators and IT managers diagram their networks, monitor key network components, remotely manage key systems, create network and desktop asset reports, and solve network problems. Version 8.1 adds support for the latest versions of Dantz' Retrospect Client, brings improved switch/hub port mapping discovery, includes fine-tuned auto-discovery, and more.
In Brief: Apple has apparently pulled its iPhoto 4.02 update (released yesterday) without any explanation... UK shipment growth of Apple notebooks continue to exceed the industry average, growing more than 40% in both consumer and business markets....Apple's control-freak tendencies could crush iPod, according to USA Today columnist Kevin Mahney, who says the feud between Apple and RealNetworks over music downloads is exposing Jobs' tragic flaw...Ars Technica has posted Part I of "PowerPC on Apple: An Architectural History".
NetXposure today began shipping Image Portal X 3.0, a web-based digital asset management solution built for the Mac OS X platform. Image Portal X provides a centralized repository to store, organize, repurpose and distribute large libraries of digital files. It features advanced search functions, image repurposing (i.e., changing size, color, file format), user-type access restrictions, and localization in six languages. Version 3.0 also includes versioning for tracking changes to files as well as support for Web services, WebDAV, LDAP, check in/out of files, auto-tasking, batch tasking, preset process controls, and optional modules for statistics/reporting and an InCaddy plugin for Adobe InDesign (CS). It will ship on August 15th, with pricing starting at $15,000 or $1000 per month.
Miglia today announced the availability of its second AlchemyTV DVR plug-in for its AlchemyTV DVR PCI card. The third-party MovieGate plug-in enables users to burn VCD, S-VCD and DVDs directly from within the DVR application and also enables the creation of chapters on DVDs. MovieGate for AlchemyTV DVR is based on MovieGate, a free DVD mastering utility developed by macetvideo.com. AlchemyTV DVR lets you watch TV in full screen mode on your PowerMac, featuring scheduled recording functionality as well as TV/Antenna input, composite, S-Video inputs and stereo audio connector. It is available for $160 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later.
Apple has added support for multiple aliases to its .Mac email, part of its suite of paid Internet tools. "You can use email aliases instead of your .Mac email address to keep your .Mac account private (such as when purchasing online) or to easily recognize and organize incoming emails from various sources. Simply deactivate or delete an email alias to keep unwanted email from arriving in your Inbox."
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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
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 ÂPower 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