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FileMaker today said it plans on posting a downloadable fix for its Web Companion software by Wednesday, May 10, which will address Web security issues first noted here last Monday: "The fix addresses a Field-Level Security issue when using the Web Security Database: Some technologies in the Web Companion may inappropriately expose field contents which the user thinks are protected by Field-Level Security. "
Tess 1.01 is an update to the educational math application for the Mac. With Tess, you can quickly create attractive symmetric planar illustrations: "It will automatically maintain the symmetry group you have chosen; 11 rosette, all 7 frieze, and all 17 wallpaper groups are included."
Marc Moini\'s $12 shareware scrolling utility, Smart Scroll 3.7b1, adds scrolling speed control for dragging across multiple pages, in text fields, and improves the smoothness of previous versions in other scrolling situations.
OneApp Slide Show 5.3.3 is an update to the shareware slide show and presentation tool for multimedia files, QuickTime movies, sounds and images.
The $20 shareware CoolCam 1.5 Webcam software adds the ability to import/export settings, AppleScript support, better badge integration with support for transparency, and other enhancements.
Dan Saperstein informed us that CarbonLib 1.0.4, which Apple posted last last night, was included with the AppleWorks 6.0.3 Update that was posted earlier this week, explaining why the Software Update control panel may be unable to find the new version.
Epigroove has posted Auction Information Database (A.I.D.) 3.1, a powerful $30 solution for bidders and sellers to monitor and keep track of online auctions.
Aladdin Systems has added a \"Celebrity Interview\" feature to its MacRadio.com portal Web site. The first celebrity is David Knopfler of Dire Straits. \"David is a friend, Macintosh advocate and wonderful musician,\" said Jason Foodman, director of Aladdin\'s Internet division.
Toshiba has begun shipping the PDR-M70 digital camera, which offers a 3.37-megapixel resolution, 3X optical zoom, 2X digital zoom, USB interface and AVI video capture with audio. The camera ships with a 16 MB SmartMedia Card, CD software from Sierra Imaging, a lithium battery, USB cable, audio/video-out cable, neck strap and soft case.
H2C 1.6 is a utility for C++ programmers that \"automatically generates a source file containing all the class member functions from a given header file, instead of declaring each class member functions twice.\"
Andy Pritchard\'s Etchelon Tracer 3.7 adds the ability to play back QuickTime movies to the shareware animation and morphing tool. Etchelon Macdoodle v1.1 adds another 26 outline drawings as well as some bug fixes to the $7 children\'s paint program.
Following the outbreak of the Love.Letter virus yesterday, other variations are surfacing including one with the subject \'Fwd: Very Funny\' that contains an attachment titled \'Joke.TXT.vbs\'. Like the Love.Letter virus, Mac users are immune to the variants as well. Meanwhile, several groups have criticized Microsoft for security holes in the company\'s Outlook application that allow such viruses as Love.Letter and Melissa to spread.
Avernum 1.0.2 is the latest version of the fantasy role-playing game, set in an enormous, mysterious underground nation. The new version fixes a number of bugs and other small issues. StimpSoft, Inc. has updated three of its products: SnapperHead 2.5 fixes bugs and adds a couple small features to the application that enables a user on the Web to remotely take a screen shot of another Mac and view it in their browser, Yada 1.1 is a bug release update to the software that enables a Mac to display a scrolling message that can be changed remotely, and WeatherGrok 1.1 improves reliability of the weather tracking application. All applications are free, although SnapperHead has a $25 fee for commercial use.
Today\'s Forums area includes questions about a Samsung cellular phone and PowerBook, an adapter for a parallel Zip drive and making smaller movies from a large QuickTime MPEG; and problems with a Newer Technologies upgrade that crashes PowerCenter, LCII that won\'t recognize floppies, a MacAlly Scroll wheel that is sporadic, Epson Personal Copy software crashes on launch and RealPlayer won\'t install.
CAT III Systems has released Virtual Wings 1.5, a free upgrade to the high-end flight trainer for Windows and Macintosh. The new version\'s VFR/IFR simulator has been approved as a Personal Computer Based Aviation Training Device by the Federal Aviation Administration. PCATD systems can be used by pilots for logging 10 hours of training toward the instrument rating when under the tutelage of an instrument flight instructor. The software simulates a Cessna 172 Skyhawk for basic training and an Aerospatiale TB20 Trinidad constant speed prop retractable as a complex aircraft. New users can purchase the package for $250.
Leister Productions has posted Reunion 7.0, a $50 update to the genealogy software for Macs. The update features a single application, instead of a separate application for charting; the ability to open more than one family file at a time; and the Quickbar, a new strip of buttons along the top of the family card. The update is free to version 6.0 owners, if they purchased it after Feb. 1.
C.DEV has released Boogle 2.0, a Boggle-type, vocabulary-building game for the PowerPC. The update offers a total rewrite of all code for increased speed and stability, adds a pause function that halts the timer and obscures the board and adds a rotate feature. The game is a $10 shareware.
Adobe Systems and Apple are two of the sponsors of the 2000 One Show Festival, a creatively focused new media festival and awards show for advertising and interactive media professionals and students. Held May 8 to 11 at Lincoln Center in New York City, the One Show Festival hosts a series of events to celebrate the most creative print, broadcast and interactive advertising talents worldwide. Other sponsors include Brand Era, Gettyone and Real Networks. Events will be featured on Adobe\'s Web site the week of May 15.
Yesterday we noted Newer\'s price reduction on the iMAXpowr, the release of FinderPop 1.8.6, REALbasic 2.1.1, Communicator 4.7.3, and GameSprockets 1.7.4.
Apple has made CarbonLib 1.0.4 extension available to download via the Software Update control panel. The new version "addresses outstanding customer issues and improves system stability when using Carbon-based applications." [no link available]
A Merrill Lynch analyst believes that the key to Apple\'s future success lies in the consumer device and appliances market, and while he is bullish about Apple\'s performance in the next two quarters, the stock is a "wild card" beyond the end of the year.
iMac2Day notes a price cut for Newer Technology\'s iMac upgrade and an iBook mass charging unit from Anthro.
An article yesterday discussed Apple\'s future in the consumer device and appliances market. Other updates include Marc Moini\'s Smart Scroll 3.7b1, Reunion 7.0 genealogy software, and Etchelon Tracer 3.7
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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko