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The HyperTransport Consortium today announced that is has approved HTX, the HyperTransport technology expansion connector specification. "The new HyperTransport EATX Motherboard/Daughtercard Specification defines an interface and form factor specification for an EATX motherboard connector and HyperTransport add-in cards. The EATX motherboard is a popular architecture used in high-performance workstations, servers, embedded systems and storage systems. The new HyperTransport Consortium HTX slot standard is intended to accelerate the deployment of HyperTransport technology..." Apple is a member of the Consortium.
WildLands Hockey 1.0 is one on one arcade style hockey game with a polar bear in between the pipes and an elk out on the ice for each team. The game offers both single player and network multi-player action. WildLands Hockey and its source code are available as a free download. [Download - 5.4 MB]
iCalPrinter ($10) is the first tool of its kind to allow iCal users to print their calendars in the familiar "Office- Style" list format. The application also allows users to select and print in the following date ranges: Today, Tomorrow, This Week, This Month, Next Month, Next Month, and Next Week. iCalPrinter also lets users create their own custom date ranges. [Download - Buy]
Footlights 1.2 ($15) is a free update to Radical Breeze's video playing application with playlists, full screen play back and exporting options. The new version brings speed improvements, transparent movie playback and enhanced control when in small window view. Footlights 1.2 will also let users scan and add movies in a folder by dropping the folder onto the movie list. [Download - 1.8 MB]
LightWayText 4.1.5E ($25) is an update to Yumiko Itoh's hybrid (Mac and PC) text editor with multilingual word processing. The new version offers some bug fixes and improved more stability. LightWayText is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Windows, with a single license covering the software for both OS platforms. [Mac OS X - 2.3 MB] [Classic - 2.7 MB]
Readerware 2.91 ($85) for Mac OS X offers an easy, fast way to catalog your books, music and videos. This release includes new features and fixes, including: printing catalog cards and spine labels, support for Flic Bluetooth scanners, and improved database statistics. [Download - 4.0MB]
FileWrangler 1.0 is a Mac OS X utility for quick batch renaming of files. "Select a folder, filter it's contents, recurse it's folder structure, chose your naming scheme and click the Rename Files button." [Download - 520KB]
Amazon iPod store
Online retailer and Apple Reseller, Amazon.com, is in the process of deploying a new iPod Store on its Web site, AppleInsider reports. Although the store is not yet fully operational, a link obtained by the publication suggests that the store will carry a full array of iPods, iPod minis, and accessories. Amazon officials were unable to provide a precise a date for an official launch, but confirmed that customer may purchase existing items through the new store.
Virtual PC 7.0.1 update
Microsoft today released Virtual PC 7.0.1 Update, which improves the overall stability of Virtual PC and other issues affecting customers who are running Virtual PC on Power Mac G5 computers with more than 2 GB of memory. The company also told MacNN that the Professional, Standalone, and Upgrade editions of Virtual PC 7.0 with Windows 2000 have recently been released to manufacturing. A version of Virtual PC 7 with Windows XP Home is expected to release later this month, and all four editions will be available in December. Microsoft today also released Microsoft AutoUpdate 1.1.2 for Office 2004, which will correct errors in French, Swedish and Spanish versions of Microsoft Auto Update. The company recommends that all customers download the update in order to remain current with their Office software.
IOGEAR shrinks ION HDs
IOGEAR has slimmed down the equipment required to transfer files on an external hard drive with the launch of its 1.8" USB 2.0 and Combo External ION hard drives. The devices allow consumers to store documents, pictures, music and videos in one compact enclosure. The drives are small enough to be clipped onto a belt, or an airplane or car seat pocket and offer high data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps (USB 2.0) and 400 Mbps (FireWire). The 20GB USB 2.0 drive retails $200, while the 40GB USB 2.0 version costs $300. Users can also purchase the Combo versions of the drives for $250 and $350, respectively. The drives are compatible with both Mac and PC platforms and include an exclusive version of Dantz Retrospect software for easy backup.
iSkin intros iPod \"Shades\"
iSkin this week introduced "Shades," a set of colored screen protectors for use with its protective iPod casings. "These durable, colorful screen protectors are for use with the iSkin eXo2, eVo, eVo2 and iSkin for iRiver H100 Series and they add an extra layer of coolness to the already cool iSkin. You can mix and match them with different iSkin protectors to create the ultimate customized look for iPod or iRiver H100 series player." The five-pack of Shades retails for $15 and includes the following colors: Cosmos (purple), Sonic (deep blue), Blush (pink), Kiwi (green) and Tangerine (orange).
Proloquo testers needed
AssistiveWare is seeking additional beta testers for Proloquo, its forthcoming speech solution for Mac OS X. Proloquo is in the final beta stages and additional English speaking beta testers are sought to test the product with both the Mac OS X built-in voices and the high quality Acapela Multimedia USA and UK English voices. To qualify you must be running Mac OS X 10.3.x and not be able to speak, or require the need for a communication aid to speak. Proloquo can dictate selected text in an application, echo text typed into any application, or operate as an advanced speech engine for SwitchXS and KeyStrokes.
Wil Wheaton at MWSF
IDG World Expo today announced that Wil Wheaton - actor, author, comedian, blogger and self-described geek - will deliver a special feature presentation at Macworld Conference & Expo this January. "Wheaton will discuss his personal story, as well as the joys of Web design, HTML and blogging - as described in his critically-acclaimed book, 'Just a Geek.'" The presentation will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 9:30 a.m., and will be followed by a book signing. Despite early stardom in the motion picture "Stand By Me," and his role as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Wheaton left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness on an extended hiatus to write full time. Macworld Conference & Expo runs January 10-14, 2005 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Grid MP 4.2 supports OS X
United Devices has announced the beta release of Grid MP 4.2, now featuring support for Apple's Mac OS X operating system. Grid MP 4.2 is solution for on-site grid deployments that allows corporations to maximize the value of their existing IT infrastructure while gaining massive compute power to accelerate and increase the scope of research and analysis. "Mac OS support is a critical feature for our customers using high-end design tools as well as universities and academic institutions," says Jikku Venkat, United Devices CTO. "Now these customers can operate truly heterogeneous grids, leveraging their wealth of Macs to dramatically increase the total power of their grid." In addition to Mac OS X support, the new version delivers additional management features, like integration with existing identity management systems for simpler grid interaction and expansion.
No early U2 iTunes release
U2 will not bring forward the online release of the band's new album, following news that it has leaked onto the Internet, Macworld UK reports. "At present there is no plan to bring the album release date forward," representatives for the Irish rock band said. Last night, word spread that the new album--'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'--had begun appearing on Internet file-sharing networks, two weeks before it is due to go on sale. U2 had previously stated that they would consider releasing the album early on iTunes if it was spotted on peer-to-peer services before its official release. The album remains scheduled for a November 22 release.
Firefox 1.0 released
The Mozilla Foundation today released Firefox 1.0, a final release of its open source Web browser previously known as Firebird. The browser features popup window blocking, tabbed browsing, a comprehensive set of privacy tools, built-in Google and smart keyword search, live bookmarks via RSS integration, full screen view, text zooming, and more. Firefox is a free download.
Micromat debuts PodLock
Micromat, makers of the TechTool Pro disk repair utility for Macintosh, today announced a new utility for iPod titled PodLock. The software lets users hide important files by creating an "invisible" partition on their iPod. PodLock can also backup and restore data, manages pictures and voice recordings, reveal technical information about an iPod, or de-fragment file data on an iPod, improving file retrieval and music access speed. A functional demo of the PodLock is available at Micromat's Web site. PodLock retails for $65.
4D posts 4D 2004.1 B1
4D, Inc., publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment, this week announced the release of the first public beta of 4D 2004.1. The software builds on the over 120 new features introduced in the 4D 2004 release, and includes over 70 bug fixes and some significant new enhancements, including new commands and an updated interface to make the development of powerful applications easier than before. "The public beta program reflects the company's commitment to ensure that 4D 2004.1 is the best possible release ever." The public beta is available for download from the company's Web site.
Firm ups iPod projections
Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich overnight raised his projections for unit sales of Apple's iPods to 3.5 million in the December quarter, up from the 2.68 million estimate he provided in late October. Milunovich also lifted estimates for revenue in the quarter to $3.2 billion from $2.9 billion, projecting earnings per share at 45 cents. "Whereas the older generation still thinks it strange to own a Mac, the younger generation may consider Apple a core brand for their digital lifestyle. That would allow the company to introduce successful new consumer products over time." Merrill Lynch has now set its price target on the stock to $61. Last month, AppleInsider reported that Apple is on track to surpass the $3 billion revenue mark for the first time in its corporate history during the current quarter, with internal iPod shipment estimates set at nearly 4 million units.
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