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Infoworld's Neil McAllister discusses some of the cultural differences within the open-source community as the KHTML project has offered several gripes with Apple's Safari web browser, which leverages the KHTML open-source code: "The open source community has rules, too, and these rules are laid out in the various licenses under which open source code is published. Although it may not always be the most cooperative company, everything Apple has done with KHTML code has been in compliance with the letter of the GNU LGPL (Lesser General Public License) -- a point no one has even tried to dispute." Earlier this month, one Apple developer proposed resolving compatibility conflicts in Safari by scrapping the KHTML rendering engine in favor of its own WebCore, which received support from Firefox lead engineer Ben Goodger, who said that "Safari's renderer is vastly superior to the KHTML used by Konqueror."
Stone Design today announced PreferenceCommander 1.0, a powerful Preference Manager that can be used to view, edit, update, restore, and save sets of preferences for any Mac OS X application. Preferences are user-specific settings that give Mac OS X applications so much flexibility. "PreferentialTreatment is a very useful utility which can add functionality to every Mac OS X application. Just click a button to restore an application to it's original preferences - or save and install custom sets of preferences for the task at hand." A 14-day demo of the $20 application is available online. [Note: Stone updated the application name after initially calling it 'PreferentialTreatment']
Apple is again offering refurbished flat-panel iMac G4s at the online Apple Store. The 1.25GHz iMac G4 is available for $1,100 with 256MB of RAM, a 80GB drive, and a SuperDrive. Apple is also offering refurbished, current-generation 15-inch PowerBooks for $1,700 (1.5GHz) and $2,000 (1.67GHz) as well as a 12-inch PowerBook for $1,500. Apple is also offering a refurbished previous-generation 20GB iPod ($250), iPod mini in Silver/Blue/Pink/Green ($170), and 40GB iPod ($330) and current-generation flat panel displays for $550 (17-inch), $1,300 (23-inch), and $2,600 (30-inch).
MacPractice today announced MacPractice 1.5, its medical, dentists, and chiropractic practice management applications designed especially for Mac OS X. Version 1.5 adds scheduling, electronic insurance submission, periodontal charting, image storage, and integrated word processing. MacPractice DDS Scheduling interfaces with iCal, providing doctors the ability to take their schedule of appointments on an iPod, phone, Palm, or PowerBook, or place it on the Internet or Apple's .Mac internet service. MacPractice EClaims provides online eligibility verification and claim tracking, and claims transmission via Internet or modem. MacPractice 1.5 is expected to available next month.
Digigami today announced that it is now shipping MegaPEG.X Pro HD 3.0, featuring both improved standard definition "SD" and high-definition "HD" MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding. The new encoder features a built-in "videophile" MPEG decoder for transcoding from MPEG-2 (DVD, HDTV, DVB, HDV) sources. The new HD version is available as a QuickTime Exporter for $240 and as a full-featured Batch encoding and analysis tool for $300. Existing Digigami customers can upgrade for just $100. Free upgrades will be offered to customers who take a few moments to write a brief testimonial about how they utilize Digigami MPEG products in their own production environment.
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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 Power 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