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e2Sync 0.9 is a utility to synchronize data between Entourage and and your mobile phone using Apple's iSync application. "e2Sync brings your Entourage Contacts, Tasks and Calendar items to over thirty cell phone models, as well as multiple Macs, your iPod, PDA, and .Mac." A latest public beta version is now available. [Download - 329KB] More iChat Smileys 2.5.1 includes 150 smilies for iChat, Adium, Proteus and Fire in more 15 languages. "Smilies" are small icons that can be used in text conversations to represent emotions. [Download - 2.2MB] MenuStrip 3.0 ($20) is a multi-purpose utility that can exist either in the menu bar or as a control strip placed anywhere on the screen. MenuStrip allows you to create any number of fully customizable drop-down menus full of files, folders and applications, as well as 'Action Buttons' that perform scripts of actions such as launching, hiding, or quitting applications. [Download - 455KB] Spider-Man 2 The Game follows the same storyline as the blockbuster feature film, and "places the gamer into the Web-slinging, Web-swinging world of the Manhattan metropolis." A demo version of the game is now available. [Download - 174MB] SimpleMovieX 2.0 ($12) is a basic movie editor that operates on any QuickTime-supported format. With SimpleMovieX, you can merge two movies into one, extract a fragment from a movie, resize a movie, and more. [Download - 418KB] fmSQL Synch 1.0 ($130) is a utility to synchronize data from your FileMaker and (SQL) web databases. Data is compared on a record by record as well as field by field basis. Existing databases can be configured for synchronizing with few modifications. [Download - form]
Adobe today posted comprehensive information on the new Adobe Solutions Network (ASN) Premium level†membership for print service providers on the†ASN Web site. Registering online gives users easy access to an email application form for signing up or upgrading existing ASN membership. Benefits for Premium level ASN members include complimentary Adobe Creative Suite software, unlimited toll-free technical support calls to product and prepress specialists, eligibility for co-hosted seminars, on-site training, and participation in the product development cycle, enabling print service providers to articulate specific needs to Adobe.
The Apple Store is offering several models of refurbished Power Mac G5s for up to 34% off of standard pricing. A dual-processor 2GHz Power Mac G5 (512MB/ 160GB/ SuperDrive/ GigE/ 56K) is $2,000, or "34% off the $3,000 standard pricing." A PCI-X version with a Nvidia GeForce 5200 CPU is $100 more at $2,100. Other models include the high-end dual-processor 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 (512MB/ 160GB/ 8x SuperDrive/ PCI-X/ Rad9600XT) for $2,800 as well as dual-processor 1.8GHz Power Macs with 256MB, 80GB, SuperDrive, and a Nvidia GeForce 5200 CPU for $1,700 (or $1,800 with 512MB of RAM and 160GB but without the GeForce 5200). Apple is also offering refurbished 17" iMac G5s--both the 1.6GHz combo ($1,100) and the 1.8GHz SuperDrive ($1,300). Prices on refurbished iBook G4s also start at $950.
Apple has officially confirmed plans to expand its retail stores to Canada in a message to employees and members of the Canadian Apple reseller channel, according to AppleInsider. "Apple Canada is announcing today that an Apple Branded Retail Store location will be opening in Toronto, mid year 2005. Apple currently has ninety-six retail stores in the US, two in Japan, and one opening in London, England this weekend. The stores have been incredibly popular, attracting more than fifty million visitors since the first store was opened in May of 2001." The report also indicates that the officially announced location maybe in the previously confirmed Yorkdale Shopping Center located in Toronto, however, no specific location was noted by Apple. The company is expected to open more stores in Canada, including those in shopping malls in and around the Ontario area.
SuperMegaUltraGroovy has released FuzzMeasure 1.0 ($50), the "first-ever" MLS measurement software package for Mac OS X. "MLS stands for Maximum Length Sequence, and it's a great way to measure the dynamics and impedance of loudspeakers. Using the hardware you already have, you're able to capture your own industry-standard frequency response graphs for speakers, rooms, filters, and much more!" FuzzMeasure can export all its measurement data to be used by scientific computation packages, such as Octave.
Inspired Broadcast Networks (IBN) CEO Norman Crowley has pledged to support all DRM-protected music formats, including Apple's FairPlay, when his company rolls out its fleet of pound-a-download digital music vending machines, according The Register: "Inspired Broadcast Networks (IBN) CEO Norman Crowley has pledged to support all DRM-protected music formats, including Apple's FairPlay, when his company rolls out its fleet of pound-a-download digital music vending machines. Formally launched in London this week, IBN's UDV roll-out will see coin-operated vending machines sited shortly in the capital's King's Cross and Waterloo railway stations."
Alex Wilson Studios today released an update to its freeware AWS Guitar Tuner 2. Version 2 features a complete redesign, nine alternative tuning options, more keyboard shortcuts, and a three-octave note player, and also includes a supplemental set of "Digital Pitch Pipes" for portable nonchromatic tuning via any MP3- or AAC-playing device, such as the iPod. AWS Guitar Tuner 2 is available as a free, ad-supported application or as a ad-free version for a $1 donation; the "Digital Pitch Pipes" supplement is also $1. Users can also tune online for free without downloading the software.
Epic Interactive today announced that "Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood" for the Mac has gone 'Gold' and has been sent to duplication. "Play the role of the hero Robin Hood or the roles of his faithful vassals and take them to the battle field against the nasty Prince John Lackland. In doing so you are able to enjoy the fabulous English landscape of 1190 as well as the giant castles and funny characters." Published by Freeverse in the US, it features 30 non-linear missions, nine different with specific abilities and qualities, mouse-driven sword action, and more. The $30 title, available for pre-order now, is expected to ship within the next 2 weeks.
Aspyr today announced that MTX: Mototrax is now available in retail stores. Licensed from Activision and developed by Beenox Studios, MTX: Mototrax delivers "thrilling, mud-slinging, fast-paced racing action at 60 frames per second. Players become further involved in their quest for track domination with authentic environmental effects, realistic sound engines and a pulsating rock soundtrack developed for the game. Slipknot, Dope or Pennywise, among others, blare from your sound system as you race through such locales as the Hawaiian Islands, the Bayou and the Australian Outback. The more money you earn as a racer, the better gear you can buy." The $20 title requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 and a 1GHz G4/G5 processor.
In Brief: iPod chipmaker PortalPlayer's initial public offering raised a more-than-expected $106.25 million on Thursday after the chip maker's shares were priced above the recently increased range....Radical Breeze is offering 35% discounts to .Mac members between now and December 31st as well as offering two new discount software bundles: "The Data Pack" (5 data-centric applications for $40) and "The Visual Pack" (3 graphics/video applications for $25)....DV Graphics will be giving away twenty Iconize Me! Premium packages ($35 value), ahead of the company's plan to launch a revamped version of its Iconize Me! service in the coming weeks.... MacExpo plans a dedicated Mac event in Amsterdam, which is scheduled from April 19-21, 2005 at the RAI Centre and will take place along with the business-focused TINE event there.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak offered words of praise for Steve Jobs' and Apple's technology leadership. In an interview at the 8th annual CRN Industry Hall of Fame event at the Computer Museum in Mountain View, Calif. , Wozniak said "Apple is the best bar none at developing technology that 'fits how a human being is and thinks. I still see that going on at Apple more than any other company in the world.' Wozniak, who developed the Apple II, said he still stays in touch with Jobs, but doesn't advise Apple on new products or initiatives. 'I may someday,' said Wozniak. 'I love Apple. I love what [Jobs] is doing,'" according to a CRN report.
Primera Technology today announced its BravoPro Disc Publisher, which is designed for hands-free, automated production of up to 100 CDs or DVDs. An advanced robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in 52x CD-R recorders or optional Pioneer combo DVD R/CD-R recorders. After recording, discs are transported to the integrated printer and printed in full color at up to 4800 dpi print resolution. It also offers improved tray in/tray out speed, print speed and DVD recording speed. Two CD or DVD drives are integrated for maximum throughput using either a 52x CD-R drive ($3,500) or Pioneer's new DVR-108 ($4,000) for 16x DVD-R, 4x dual-layer DVD+R, and 32x CD-R burning. In addition, it also prints CDs and DVDs direct-to-disc at up to 4800 dpi print resolution. The drive is bundled with CharisMac Discribe 5.2 Mastering Software and offers USB 2.0 connectivity. A printer-only version is $2,500.
Blackmagic Design today released DeckLink for Macintosh v4.7, a free software update that provides Varicam capture and over-cranking support on all DeckLink HD models. This new software update also adds a new hardware based HD down converter on DeckLink HD Pro 4:4:4 models that allows simultaneous playback in both HD-SDI and SD-SDI and SD analog component video. Also available is 14-bit 5x over-sampled composite NTSC/PAL video output on DeckLink HD Pro models. Blackmagic Design offers 4 models of dual rate HD-SDI and standard definition SDI video cards. Starting at a $600, DeckLink HD is billed as an entry-level SDI card for both HD and SD. It is available as a free update from the company's website.
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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