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Fetch 5 offers SFTP support, new interface, more

05/23, 11:40pm

Fetch 5 supports SFTP

Fetch Softworks today announced Fetch 5, the latest version of its file transfer client for the Macintosh. Version 5 features SFTP support and a redesigned user interface as well as automatic support for StuffIt, Zip, Tar, Gzip and other common file formats, Automatic Passive Mode for improved server and firewall compatibility, faster file transfers, Bonjour (previously "Rendezvous") support, Unicode file names, Dock progress, improved AppleScript support, and extensive online help. Fetch 5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later (including Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger). A 15-day trial is available, while a full license is $25. Upgrades are free for purchases after March 9, 2005 and $15 for others.

Apps: Catalog, NoteList, DVDpedia, iEvents, ...

05/23, 7:20pm

Catalog, NoteList

    Catalog 1.1 ($20) is an update to the volume/disk indexing and browsing application. Version 1.1 introduces exciting new features such as batch indexing and renaming. Users will be able to index large numbers of CDs with less effort with these new features. The update also features many bug fixes and optimizations. [Download - 531KB]
    NoteList 1.0 allows users to store a collection notes. It features a list of notes on the left and the content of the selected note on the right. NoteList allows users to search for notes inside a document using the find field in the upper part of the window. [Download - 425KB]
    DVDpedia 2.1 ($18) is a DVD cataloging application for Mac OS X. The new version is fully Tiger compatible and includes Spotlight integration that can be turned on or off, a beta version of the AmazonPedia widget, and a speed boost to the Web view. [Download - 4.8MB]
    iEvents 2.5.0 ($20) is a powerful client-side tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites that can then be easily uploaded to any interent server or iDisk. It features code execution up to 800% faster, improves style file support, improves cell icon selection code, improves software update code for Mac OS X, and more. [Download - 1.13MB]
    NewsFan 1.8.0 ($25) is the latest version of the RSS/Blog reader for Mac. NewsFan can gather the latest news from thousands of websites for easy viewing. Version 1.8.0 adds support for Mac OS X Tiger, offers a Safari RSS feed import, includes an improved podcast download status display, and more. [Download - 2.2MB]
    LiveDictionary 1.1.6 ($25) is a Safari extension that adds fast, convenient dictionary lookups to the Web. Once installed, it becomes a transparent part of Safari; point to a word with the mouse cursor, and its definition or translation appears in a popup window. Version 1.1.6 fixes functionality in Safari's address bar and Google search box under Mac OS X 10.4. [Download - 10.7MB]

Elektron 1.1 delivers enterprise WiFi security

05/23, 6:30pm

Corriente Elektron 1.1

Corriente Networks today released Elektron 1.1, the latest version of its software for securing small business Wi-Fi networks. The software brings easy to use, enterprise-level Wi-Fi security to businesses without a full time IT staff. The new release adds support for the latest Mac OS X release, additional user authentication options, and simplified server administration. Billed as an enterprise class Wi-Fi security solution, Elektron provides RADIUS authentication services to WPA Enterprise capable wireless access points, including hardware from Apple, Linksys, D-Link, Cisco, and Netgear. The $300 software solution is available for Mac OS X 10.2/10.3, but requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or WinXP-based clients.

Eovia ships Carrara 3D Basics 2

05/23, 5:10pm

Carrara 3D Basics 2

Eovia today released Carrara 3D Basics 2, the addition to the Carrara animation, modeling and rendering software family. Leveraging the features and technology its higher-end products, Carrara 3D Basics 2 features an entry-level price. Version 2 delivers updated scene wizards and manipulators, an improved interface and enhanced nature modeling tools including a terrain editor, realistic sky simulator and tree modeler. It is compatible with Eovia's latest plug-ins including TransPoser 2 and VectorStyle 2, and takes advantage of OpenGL graphics boards. The electronic version is available now, while the boxed version is due later this month. It is available for $100.

Seiko offers Mac drivers for Smart Label Printers

05/23, 4:45pm

Smart Label Printers

Seiko Instruments has released a Mac software driver for the company's flagship line of Smart Label Printers. The new driver allows Mac users to print labels, nametags and other specialized jobs from virtually any standard word processing software application, such as Microsoft Word or FileMaker Pro. Seiko's Smart Label Printers allow the user to create one label at a time for envelopes, media storage, barcodes, etc. and can be used to create nametags and ID badges for parties, trade shows, conferences and other social events. The new Mac driver, available now as a beta, is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2/10.3; The company also offers a SDK for developers. A final shipping version is expected this fall along with customized Mac hardware.

DVForge kills PodBuddy FM product

05/23, 4:40pm

PodBuddy FM canceled

DVForge announced today that it is not going to be able to sell the previously announced PodBuddy FM, because of a disagreement with DLO (Digital Lifestyle Outfitters) over a patent that they hold. The device is an in-car holder, charger, and FM stereo transmitter for the iPod. "We have been informed by DLO that they consider our PodBuddy to be an infringement of their company's U.S. patent #6,591,085, and, that they will file suit against us, if we launch the PodBuddy," said CEO Jack Campbell. "We disagree with DLO's claim, and, we believe that our PodBuddy is so utterly different from their company's TransPod product that there can be no question of infringement. But, we are not able to fund the sort of protracted legal battle that would be required to prove our point in court. So, we are forced to kill the PodBuddy."

DVForge kills PodBuddy FM product

05/23, 4:35pm

PodBuddy canceled

DVForge announced today that it is not going to be able to sell the previously announced PodBuddy FM, because of a disagreement with DLO (Digital Lifestyle Outfitters) over a patent that they hold. The device is an in-car holder, charger, and FM stereo transmitter for the iPod. "We have been informed by DLO that they consider our PodBuddy to be an infringement of their company's U.S. patent #6,591,085, and, that they will file suit against us, if we launch the PodBuddy," said CEO Jack Campbell. "We disagree with DLO's claim, and, we believe that our PodBuddy is so utterly different from their company's TransPod product that there can be no question of infringement. But, we are not able to fund the sort of protracted legal battle that would be required to prove our point in court. So, we are forced to kill the PodBuddy."

TASCAM audio interfaces compatible with FCP 5

05/23, 3:15pm

TASCAM audio interfaces

TASCAM today announced that its full line of FireWire audio control surfaces and interfaces are now compatible with Apple's Final Cut Pro 5 and Soundtrack Pro editing software, which began shipping earlier this month as part of Apple's new Final Cut Pro Studio package. "This major upgrade to the Apple's Emmy award-winning software means that Final Cut Pro 5 and Soundtrack Pro are now fully compatible with MCP (Mackie Control Protocol) devices, so you can use external audio control surfaces-- including TASCAM's FW-1884 or FW-1082--to edit and manipulate audio more efficiently." TASCAM's newest audio controller, the FW-1082, has nine motorized faders, a MIDI fader mode, four mic inputs, four line ins and S/PDIF digital in and out--each of which supports 96kHz audio.

Merrill Lynch on Intel in Macs, Video iTunes, V-iPod

05/23, 1:25pm

Merrill Lynch on Intel

In its latest report on Apple, Merrill Lynch weighs in on today's headlines regarding a possible iTunes video store and rumors that Apple might use Intel chips. Analyst Steven Milunovich says a Wall Street Journal report that Apple might switch to Intel processors may hold some truth. "What is the benefit to Apple and consumers? One might be in notebooks, where Apple has said that heat dissipation makes it difficult to put a G5 into a laptop." Analyst Steven Milunovich points out that "this wouldn't have been a lead story a year ago," showing how far Apple has come in terms of cultural importance.

Soulv provides math sheet-like format for calculation

05/23, 12:20pm

Soulv math app

World of Worlds Software today announced the release of "Soulv" a new kind of application that promises to do for mathematics "what word processors did for writing." World of Worlds CEO, Zac Cohan said, "We found it strange that despite having very powerful computers, most people still use pocket and scientific calculators to do most of their math." The developer expects Soulv to replace physical calculators for its users. Soulv features an engine that mirrors a physical math sheet, calculating on the fly as you type, with a built in Equation Solver, MathKey typing technology, and 1-click graphing. "It truly is the new way to do math on your computer." Soulv is available today for a 30-day trial, and costs just $40 to buy.

iPod psychology: players reclaim personal space

05/23, 11:45am

iPod psychology

That ability to tailor music to a locale, activity or mood is part of what makes iPods so popular, according to Michael Bull, senior lecturer in media and film studies at the University of Sussex in England. Bull has studied the social psychology of personal listening devices such as the iPod and Walkman, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Users can stream their music and cater it to their environment or mood much more successfully." For his upcoming book on iPod culture and urban experience, Bull has interviewed thousands of users around the world about how they use their iPods. Many of his subjects reported using their players at work. "It's like a 'do not disturb' sign." On the street, iPods give users a sense of privacy, Bull said.

Briefly: Pepsi promo, User groups, Yorkdale photos...

05/23, 11:35am

Pepsi promo

In brief: Today is the last day iTunes Music Store users can redeem free songs from the "Drink. Win. Play" Pepsi/iTunes promotion.... The Chicago Tribune looks at 'iPod psychology,' and the music player's ability to let users "reclaim personal space."... The Shreveport Macintosh User Group will present Work: In Progress, an independent film by up-and-coming writer/director Ryan Scott Gully of Richardson, Texas, on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.... An Apple article looks at "Commandos Battle Pack" from Feral Interactive.... The next meeting of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group on May 25th at the Gallery Theater in Hollywood will feature a demo of "What's New in DVD Studio Pro 4," by Apple's Brian Hoffman and DVD Guru, Bruce Nazarian.... A MacNN reader has published photos from the grand opening of Apple's Yorkdale Mall store in Toronto.... Aspyr Media today announced iSale, its eBay utility for Mac OS X, has arrived in retail stores

Last day to redeem \"Drink. Win. Play\" freebies

05/23, 11:15am

Drink. Win. Play.

Today is the last day iTunes Music Store users can redeem free songs from the "Drink. Win. Play." Pepsi/iTunes promotion. The promotion offered 200 million free iTunes song codes found under 1 in 3 bottles of Pepsi products. Apple has limited participation to 10 codes per day and 200 total codes. The promotion gave away an iPod mini each hour between February 2nd and April 11th. The promotion was publicized in a SuperBowl commerical on February 6th, and has since been advertised strongly on television. Codes were included with specially marked 20oz. and 1-liter bottles of Pepsi, Diest Pepsi, Pepsi Wild Cherry, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Code Red and Sierra Mist.

Jobs previews iTunes 4.9 at \"All Things Digital\"

05/23, 10:40am

Jobs previews iTunes 4.9

During his speech at the "D3: All Things Digital" conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated iTunes 4.9, an upcoming revision to the music player for Mac and Windows. Jobs said the new version would incorporate support for Podcasts, the popular pre-recorded audio broadcasting concept. The software will be released within the next 60 days, according to Jobs. Apple will only offer free Podcasts through iTunes. The final version of iTunes 4.9 will also display relevant album art during Podcasts, providing users with purchase links to the iTunes Music Store. Apple will also offer a tool for content creators to upload their content to the iTunes Music Store. When asked if Apple would sell movies via an iTunes-like store for video, Jobs said Apple's "actions of the future" would answer that question.

Shellac: UNIX command line tools as Automator actions

05/23, 10:25am

Shellac Automator tool

Pixelglow Software today launched Shellac 1.0, a new tool that conveniently packages UNIX command line tools as Automator actions. Each action is 99 cents (unlimited sessions, unlimited users, on one computer), and version 1.0 comes with 9 different actions. Shellac lets users run powerful UNIX tools within Mac OS X Automator workflows, such as cat, cut, grep, head, paste, sort, tail, uniq, wc and more. Users have access to familiar Aqua controls to tweak each setting of the tool. Users can search for tools by UNIX name and can accept either text or files/folders as input. No extra installation of software is needed -- Shellac comes as a self-contained application. Shellac requires Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

Apple, MS challenge European open-source rules

05/23, 9:50am

Apple on EU open-source

A proposal to extend patent protection in Europe could threaten the existence of open-source software, say advocates of freely distributed programs such as Linux. Companies such as Apple and Microsoft argue that they need broader patent protection to prevent open-source companies, which give away their software and make money through service, from "effectively expropriating their development costs." European Parliament member Michel Rocard, a former French prime minister heading up review of the software patent directive, wants to protect open-source software by limiting the scope of patent protection. A European Parliament committee will debate the issue on Monday, and vote on it a month later.

Sprinkler 2 adds new tools to \"crazy\" painting app

05/23, 9:40am

Sprinkler 2 new features

Lateralis Productions released today Sprinkler 2, a creative painting game that "allows users to paint with every color in the rainbow at the same time." The new version of the "crazy animated painting software" features 30 new tools. "New tools will let you blur, brick, smash, bend, shatter, explode, burn, brighten, spray, flip, zoom, or even flush your artwork down the screen." Sprinkler 2 offers sound effects for each tool, a Bandaid undo feature, a quick erase button, a multitude of colors to paint with, a secret tool hidden in the game, options to turn sounds on and off, and new printing features. It also features the ability to import digital photographs and safely paint or destroy them without altering the original files. Sprinkler 2 is 15$ shareware.

Belkin debuts TuneStage for iPod

05/23, 9:35am

TuneStage for iPod

Belkin Corporation today announced the TuneStage for iPod, a device that allows users to play the songs from an iPod through any home theater wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. "With a transmitter connected to your iPod and a receiver hooked up via RCA or 3.5mm to your system, TuneStage offers reliable, high-quality sound without the clutter of cables." The TuneStage fits all-size iPod devices with a dock connector, leverages Bluetooth v1.2 wireless technology (for up to 33ft range), inludes a 7ft Gold Series RCA stereo cable, and offers "plug n' play" support. The transmitter (for the iPod) requires no batteries, features low power consumption (40mA), and automatically powers on/off with the iPod. Belkin will begin shipping TuneStage for iPod in North America in late July 2005 for $180.

Aladdin HASP anti-piracy software gains Tiger support

05/23, 9:25am

Aladdin HASP

Aladdin Knowledge Systems today announced that HASP, its anti-piracy and licensing solution, now provides software anti-piracy protection for applications running under Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. "Over the past 20 years, more than 30,000 customers have relied on the Aladdin HASP Software Digital Rights Management (DRM) family of products to protect their software."Aladdin's HASP uses the Envelope, an anti-piracy wrapping technology to encrypt an application and add many layers of strong anti-hacking measures to ensure "the highest level of application and intellectual property protection."

Jobs\' next dream: take back the computer business

05/23, 9:15am

Jobs\' next dream

Readers of "iCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business," learn that Jobs returned quickly to work after cancer surgery to chase after one more "outlandish Stevian dream: to take back the computer business from Microsoft." According to the authors: "There's one more battle he wants to win ... Steve Jobs is going to best Bill Gates." The book is an unauthorized and controversial biography of the Apple CEO. The book's print run doubled after Apple pulled publisher John Wiley & Sons' books from the Apple Store, which turned out to be a "publicity hit." iCon looks at the kinder, gentler Jobs. "Steve is the leader but now understands that he isn't the only important participant," Young and Simon write. A lengthy excerpt from the book was recently published covering the iPod and Jonathan Ive.

Security risk remains, Apple takes \"Microsoft stance\"

05/23, 8:45am

Dashboard security

Despite a recent patch to address a security exploit involving Dashboard widgets, security issues remain with the Mac OS X feature, software engineer Jonathan Zdziarski says. By allowing widgets to run with "sudo privileges," Apple has taken a "Microsoft stance" to security. "Those widgets should never be allowed to get administrative access on the system," Zdziarski said in an interview. "It is one of the few tools that is completely built into the operating system." A malicious widget, after it is installed, can run in the background and wait until a time when the user logs in as administrator. It can then hijack those credentials to deliver its payload, Zdziarski said. The Mac OS X 10.4.1 update adds a confirmation message for widget downloads, but does not change the potential for a malicious widget if downloaded, Zdziarski says.

Wall Street Journal: Apple to use Intel?

05/23, 8:35am

WSJ on Apple/Intel

Apple has been in talks that could lead to a decision soon to use Intel chips in Macs, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Neither company would confirm the report and an Apple spokeswoman characterized it as "rumor and speculation." Apple's pricing could become more competitive if Intel provides the kind of marketing subsidies it has given to other computer makers, the newspaper said. Apple could choose to add some Intel-based models to its product line or make a complete shift to Intel's chip technology, the newspaper said. The latter would be "seen as a serious blow to IBM's microprocessor business."


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