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Forums roundup May 20
Forums roundup: Members speculate about the possible use of IBM Cell technology in future Macs.... Gaming fans discuss Nintendo's new "Revolution" console.... Another thread includes discussion of the new Playstation 3 from Sony.... Gamers are also discussing the new Xbox 360 and the E3 video game expo in general.... Mac OS X Tiger users look at the various text smoothing options in the new operating system.... Some users express disappointment with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.... Mac OS X 10.3 users respond to the recent release of Konfabulator 2, with mixed feelings.
Cobb County deal
The Cobb County School District says recent articles and editorials in the Marietta Daily Journal have misrepresented facts by suggesting that Superintendent Joseph Redden could have secured a better deal for Cobb's laptop computer initiative than it received from Apple. The newspaper reported that Henrico County, VA schools signed a lower-cost contract with Dell Computer to continue that school district's four-year-old laptop initiative. "The newspaper is wrong to suggest that Cobb County could have secured the same deal that Dell agreed to with Henrico. As the newspaper is fully aware, Dell is one of four vendors that did bid on Cobb's plan to provide laptops to teachers, upgrade middle school labs, and establish four high school pilot sites where the district will test the concept of issuing laptops to students. Dell's proposal for the four-year lease came in $3.6 million higher than Apple's."
Mariner Write, CheckBook
Mariner Write 3.7 ($60) adds Japanese language support, updates for Tiger, a Menu command to access the user help forum, and more to the word processor. MacJournal 3.1.1 ($30) fixes a number of bugs, including problems with the splitter position in the journals drawer, smart quotes and Entourage, and the "Backdate" button in the LiveJournal panel. [Download - form]
Mediaboard ONE 1.0.2 ($30) is the second preview release of the media cataloging and asset management application built for Mac OS X. The update adds support for professional imaging file formats (such as Canon Raw and Photoshop files), adds support for PostgreSQL database servers, brings a new picture viewer and enhancements to the movie viewer and over 50 other new features. [Download - 2.7MB]
CheckBook 1.4 ($15) is an update to its powerful personal finance manager. The update features a completely new Account Summary, allowing the user to specify a date range and quickly see subtotals and graphs of all their Types, Descriptions and To/Froms, per-Entry Notes, per-Entry Tax-Deductible status, numerous look and feel enhancements and much more. [Download - 1.5MB]
FolderControl ($25) is a program that puts you in control of automatically sizing, organizing and setting up Mac OS X Finder windows. FolderControl provides preference sets so you can easily use different preference configurations. The new version adds support for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. [Download - 2.8MB]
ScreenShot Plus ($10) uses Apple's screen capture technology, but allows users to scale the capture and select a format from jpeg, tiff, psd, and more. Users can attach the capture to an email in one step. ScreenShot Plus is activated by pressing Shift-Command-2. [Download - 1.4MB]
Adobe Help Center (free) includes three primary features: Product Help provides Help topics for Adobe CS2 designated software products installed on your system; Expert Support provides information about Adobe Expert Support plans and lets you store details about plans you've purchased; More Resources provides easy access to the extensive resources on Adobe.com, including support pages and forums.
FirePower World Tour
PodGear today announced the launch of the FirePower World Tour, a new 110-240 volt AC iPod charger with lightweight international plug attachments. "The launch of the FirePower World Tour means that iPod users need not worry about the frustrating problem of keeping their iPod charged when travelling abroad," the company said. The device allows users to charge any dockable iPod in over 150 countries using its multi-plug attachment system. The package includes UK, US, European and Australian adaptor plugs, which are interchangeable with the push of a button. FirePower World Tour is available now from several UK retailers for the suggested retail price of £20.
Burning Love pouches
Burning Love yesterday presented its summer 2005 collection of iPod Pouches. Corduroys in dark-blue, orange and turquoise, green velvet and imitation jaguar make up our new collection. "Complement your iPod, don't over-dress it ... That's the motto we used for our new 2005 models ... No matter if you like the extreme or suttle look, Burning Love Pouches are shure to draw eyes on your gear." Burning Love iPod Pouches cost $13 each, and are handmade in Germany.
Apple battery recall
Apple and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today disclosed a voluntary recall of rechargeable batteries for Apple's iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 computers (also see CPSC report). The recall covers roughly 128,000 units in the U.S. and was prompted by six reports worldwide (two in the U.S.) of the batteries overheating. The recalled lithium ion batteries are used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. The recalled batteries include those with model numbers A1061, A1078 and A1079 and serial numbers that begin with HQ441 through HQ507 or 3X446 through 3X510. No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are involved in this recall. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge.
iPod news: Tunewear has announced the Aluminum Clipwear for iPod shuffle, providing a rugged aluminum shell and convenient access to controls.... Burning Love yesterday presented its summer 2005 collection of iPod Pouches.... Participants of Resource Investor's reader survey can win an Apple iPod or iTunes voucher.... ZappTek yesterday announced the release of iPod It 2.4.3 ($15), a free update for current users.... PsiberAudio yesterday released its much anticipated PAS2 & PAS2+ preamps, featuring built-in iPod cradles and audiophile grade power supplies.
Participants of Resource Investor's reader survey can win an Apple iPod or iTunes voucher. First prize is a 20GB Apple iPod with a $50 iTunes voucher. Second prize is a 4GB Apple iPod mini with a $20 iTunes certificate. The survey reportedly takes 3-5 minutes to complete, and requires registration with the site. Only 5,000 entries will be accepted, at which point winners will be selected. ResourceInvestor is a free online news service for financial professionals and other stakeholder who participate in the mining, drilling and piping sectors.
Tunewear has announced the Aluminum Clipwear for iPod shuffle. Clipwear forms an external shell for rugged use of the iPod shuffle, taking on drops, dents and scratches. The clip opens up to a 30° angle, allowing it to attach to belts, pants, and bags. The hook on the end of the clip makes sure it does not slip off. Aluminum Clipwear has a durable steel spring and horseshoe shape stopper which holds your iPod shuffle without slippage. Furthermore, the clip part has a strap loop. The strap loop can be used to hang your iPod shuffle around your neck with a long strap (not included). A hole on the back allows full access to the slider switch. Each clip will sell for $15.
In brief: Google on Thursday introduced a personalized Google portal home page.... REAL Software announced today that REALbasic 2005 ($400) will ship next month and will be updated every 90 days via the company's Rapid Release Model.... According to Unsanity, despite what Apple's Knowledge Base Article says, Repair Permissions does not repair permissions on any third party software.... America Online has launched Netscape 8.0, breathing new life into the browser that had all but disappeared.
Mac mini appliance
Dartware today launched its InterMapper Appliance, a compact computer that comes with the InterMapper networking software pre-installed for simple deployment. The appliance bundles an unlimited version of Dartware's InterMapper software and a 1.25GHz Mac mini (with 1GB of RAM and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger). The company says the device can monitor thousands of devices. InterMapper's active maps can provide a visual, realtime view of traffic flows through and between critical network devices and links. The bundle also includes a separate InterMapper Remote license and a twelve-month maintenance contract for the software. The InterMapper Appliance is available now for $3,300 and will monitor an unlimited number of devices.
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