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    BOGOFF in the January Sale

    Stuart Tyrrell Developments have announced a special Unipod upgrade offer for the month of January - Buy One, Get One For Free.

    STD are encouraging take up of Unipod by offering extra function enablement for free.

    Posted by StevePotts on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 Read full article: 'Stuart Tyrrell Developments January Sale'   

    Almost as though it were a Happy New Year wish to the RISC OS community, the Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club have today announced their annual computer show is again set for May this year.

    This is the 10th year of the show and will hopefully be just as good if not better than those of recent years. Again the show is to be a 2 day event over the weekend of the 21st / 22nd of May.

    Chris Hughes, Show Organiser sent the press release below:


    Castle Technology have today sent out a press release that confirms the future of our favourite Operating System. At the conclusion of talks last evening, a new licence has been agreed between Castle Technology Ltd. and RISCOS Ltd.

    Posted by StevePotts on Saturday, October 16, 2004 Read full article: 'The Future of RISC OS is announced'   

    As reported on TheRegister, the first PocketPC virus has been found in the wild. Reportedly capable of also infecting ARM based mobile phones running PocketPC, this virus is more of a Proof of Concept, clearly announcing its presence to the user before infecting files.


    At last we can all breathe a sigh of relief, now that the reported dispute between RISCOS Ltd. and Castle Technology Ltd. is officially over. Many will agree that this has not come a moment too soon.

    The agreement came from a meeting held yesterday, chaired by Icon Technology's Mike Glover (Thanks Mike, We're sure that we echo many people's appreciation of your time in helping to reach this agreement). Thanks also to all the parties involved for managing to work together for the common good.
    Let's hope this marks the beginning of a new era of cooperation within the RISC OS market.

    Today's joint press release has been included below:


    Yesterday, MicroDigital put an updated item on their Newsdesk web page about a new updated FPGA Image (the chip that allows them to implement their "Soft - Hardware").


    We've received a short press release from STD this afternoon stating that they are to close for seven days to allow them to minimise losses and review recent market changes.


    KinoAmp Update 7200 Reads news
    For those who don't follow the newsgroups, you may have missed the latest update (as I did) to Pete Everett's Kino Amp video player for RISC OS.

    KinoAmp is now up to Version 0.32 and is an excellent application that can show off some of the capabiities of a StrongArm Risc PC.

    Posted by StevePotts on Saturday, June 19, 2004 Read full article: 'KinoAmp Update'   

    The RISC OS situation 6079 Reads announcements
    Just to update on the current situation with regard to legal discussions over RISCOS Ltd's licence...

    Paul Middleton was apparently travelling when news broke of the Castle Technology statement, but Drobe managed to get hold of a communication from Paul Middleton in which RISCOS Ltd totally refute all allegations. See Drobe's posting of the full statement.

    Posted by StevePotts on Saturday, June 19, 2004 Read full article: 'The RISC OS situation'   

    Although this news was posted out by Castle before the statement about RISC OS legal issues, we've not had chance to post both until now, and thought that the legal one should be posted first.

    Castle have announced the immediate availability of a new 1GB version of the Panther - The Panther TC.

    Posted by StevePotts on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Read full article: 'Castle launch new Iyonix variant'   

    Following reports here and elsewhere on the net, Castle Technology Ltd. have today issued a statement about the legal dispute between previously unnamed parties.

    We have included the statement in full at the bottom of this item.


    A new version of my Background Control application is now available for download via the downloads section of Myriscos.

    For anyone who's not used the Myriscos Downloads section before, it's as easy as downloading from any other website, only on Myriscos, things are sorted into categories and come from many different sources. Additionally, you as users within the Myriscos community can submit your own downloads for inclusion in our database.


    As also reported elsewhere on the net, it is unfortunate that Both Stuart Tyrrell Developments and Virtual Acorn in two independent press releases have temporarily suspended supply of Virtual RiscPC software and A6 / A75 computers until further notice.


    Stuart Tyrrell Developments have sent us a press release about their Generic MassFS product for the Simtec USB card. We've not included the entire release but the main highlights can be found below...

    Stuart Tyrrell Developments are pleased to announce the immediate availability of an extension of their MassFS mass-storage drivers for the Simtec/STD USB card, MassFS V1.00


    Chris Hughes of the Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club has sent us a press release about availability of advance tickets. The release is quoted below:

    We are pleased to be able to announce that Advance tickets for this years Wakefield Show being held over the weekend of 15th and 16th May will become available from 26th March.

    So you start sending your advance orders NOW!

    Posted by StevePotts on Sunday, March 21, 2004 Read full article: 'Wakefield Show Advance Tickets'   

    To celebrate the Festive Season (and the release of ArtWorks 2.1 at the Guildford Show in October) the following Christmas offers are available when ordering the full version of ArtWorks 2 or upgrades from plain ArtWorks 1 between Dec 15th 2003 and Jan 15th 2004:

    - Either -

    • get ¬£10 (EUR 15) off the regular price AND get a free 64 pagecolour printed manual

    - Or -

    • get a staggering ¬£25 (EUR 35) reduction off the regular price

    This offer is valid for orders with cash/cheque/bank transfer payment only (Sterling cheques and Euro bank transfers).

    Online credit card orders during the offer period are at the regular prices but include the free 64 page colour printed manual. The manual is delivered world wide without any extra postage required.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 Read full article: 'ArtWorks 2 Christmas Special'   

    Acorn User and Acorn Publisher have been (partially) merged under the name Qercus. We have to use just the one name in order to ensure its distribution, and availability, throughout newsagents in the UK.

    Subscriptions will continue to be available for what was Acorn User:

    • Qercus: 12 issues annually (every calendar month) + 1 annual special

    • December only offer 45.95 [55.05 Europe & 66.75 World]

    Order Qercus (all issues) from Finnybank Ltd 30 Finnybank Rd Sale M33 6LR or ring 0161 969 9820


    Finnybank Ltd earlier announced that it has purchased Acorn User magazine from Tau Press and promised more details of the format of the new magazine. Finnybank now own both Acorn Publisher and Acorn User magazine and whilst it might be tempting to simply merge the two publications there are subscribers to Acorn Publisher who may not be interested in taking a general RISC OS magazine.

    Acorn Publisher will consequently continue as it is at present and will be produced every two months as in the past using the same team of contributors as before. UK Subscription rates will remain unchanged but there will be a very slight increase in the Europe and World rates to help pay for the postage of the additional issue of the magazine that will be sent to all subscribers.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 Read full article: '"Qerky" name for merged titles'   

    At a time when there seems to be a divergence in most things RISC OS related, eg two operating systems, two USB stacks, etc Finnybank have bucked the trend! It was announced today, that Finnybank, the company behind Acorn Publisher magazine have added to their portfolio of magazines by buying Acorn User from Tau Press.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 Read full article: 'Acorn Publisher and Acorn User become One!'   

    Finnybank Ltd and Tau Press today announced the sale of Acorn User magazine. Tau Press have been responsible for publishing Acorn User for the last five years, mainly under the editorship of Steve Turnbull. The magazine now passes into the hands of Finnybank Ltd who currently produce Acorn Publisher magazine.

    Steve Turnbull from Tau Press commented
    "I am very happy that John has agreed to take over the publication of Acorn User. With Tau Press moving into new areas we won't be able to devote all our energies to it and a change in publisher always generates new ideas and new viewpoints. You can be sure that I will continue to use my own RISC OS machines and I think we are all in for some interesting times."

    John Cartmell, editor of Acorn Publisher magazine, confirmed that it was Finnybank's intention to continue to produce Acorn User as a monthly magazine available from newsagents or by subscription. There would be changes to the magazine but the best of the current contents would be retained and Steve Turnbull has been invited to continue to write for the new magazine. Readers can also expect to see new contributors and articles, with favourites returning from some years ago

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 Read full article: 'Magazine mega-merger unveiled'   

    IC Software has launched a new web-site containing details of their current RISC OS printed manuals, as well as those which might be produced in the near future.

    IC Software's first manual was a 64-page Artworks 2 manual, produced in association with MW Software, the developer of RISC OS' leading vector drawing program. It is hoped that future collaborations will result in the production of other paper-based documentation, including a much needed, up-to-date Photodesk manual.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 Read full article: 'RISC OS Manuals for top software'   

    RISC OS DJ 5361 Reads applications
    On one of our fellow RISC OS portals over the weekend (Drobe), we've noticed an interesting article describing the use of RISC OS for entertaining the masses with music.

    Posted by StevePotts on Monday, November 24, 2003 Read full article: 'RISC OS DJ'   

    As reported on other RISC OS portals, RISC OS Ltd. have released a patch to the RISC OS 4.02 boot sequence that, fixes issues with use of the latest Toolbox modules. The patch also includes a fix for Select users who've had problems switching to and from Softloading of Select / RISC OS 4.


    DVD comes to RISC OS 5904 Reads announcements
    Spellings Computer Services Ltd, the team who brought you Aemulor, the 26-bit emulator for Iyonix PC, are pleased to announce details of their next project.


    The project itself consists of three major parts.
    1. Software DVD Player
    2. DVD filing system
    3. Digital surround sound output

    Posted by StevePotts on Sunday, November 02, 2003 Read full article: 'DVD comes to RISC OS'   

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