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KepMad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.03, a $15 shareware utility that can create contact sheets for printing as well as rotate, resize, crop, mask and layout your digital photos. [3.7MB] [price and link updated]
Adobe sent us a note regarding the loss of some Acrobat Reader functionality in Netscape 6.
In a continued effort to clear out inventory, Dewey Maxwell noticed that Apple has added yet another promotion at the Apple Store. Users who purchase a Power Mac G4/450 receive a $300 mail-in rebate, while those who purchase a G4/500 receive a $500 rebate. The offer is good until the end of the year.
Yesterday we noted Newer\'s Holiday Sale (and public beta of OS X drivers), Intech\'s CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5, and price reductions for Apple Education customers (as well as 2.9% offer for education leases), as well important TILs about crashes with any Carbon application, low-power mode with the ATI Rage 128 PCI card option, and routine DHCP polling under Mac OS 8.6.
Greg Landweber has released SmoothType 2.2.2, an update to his $10 shareware control panel that brings Mac OS X style font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9; version 2.2.2 improves the appearance of bold text in fonts without a bold variant, as well as fixing text drawing problems with Adobe PageMaker, Equation Editor, and MathType. [104KB]
A recent New York Times articled compared select computer offerings from IBM, Dell, and Apple: "While the Apple G4 Cube is a functional objet d\'art with serious computing power, the [IBM\'s] NetVista X40i is more of an unobtrusive desktop machine. It stands out because of its black finish, condensed design and flat- panel screen, but it is not the thing of beauty that the Cube is."
Over the past week we\'ve noted important releaes such as Adaptec Toast 4.1.2, Apple\'s new manufacturing plant, shipment of PowerLogix\'s 500-MHz Blue Chip G3 upgrade, Documents To Go 3.0 Professional Edition, MYOB\'s new AccountEdge 1.0, HP\'s new LaserPrinters, Palm OS 3.5, SuSE Linux 7.0 PowerPC Edition, Nvidia\'s Geforce2go for Macs, and Macromedia\'s Dreamweaver 4, UltraDev 4, and Fireworks 4.
The newest member of Apple\'s Board of Directors, Dr. Arthur Levinson, recently purchased a stake in the company, according to a Macworld UK report early this week. Filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission show that Levinson bought 80,600 shares in Apple, or approximately $1.55 million (estimated from market value at the time). Dr. Levinson is chair and CEO of biotech company Genentech and joined the Apple board in August, replacing retiring board member Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Levinson\'s presence on the board and strong support of the company (he filmed a testimonial praising the G4 Cube prior to joining Apple) is expected to help strengthen Apple\'s already-high marketshare in the scientific and high-end educational market.
Reuters reports that Apple\'s retail store, planned for Palo Alto, CA, may open as early as April of next year, noting that Apple had "applied for approval to modify a downtown building into a 6,581 square foot retail store."
RB App Type 1.0 is a freeware developer utility to help build system extensions, control panels and background apps with REALbasic.
Apple\'s Power Mac G4 Cube has been named Product of the Year by Home Office Computing magazine. Apple products also took home three silver medals: PowerBook G3 (Deluxe Notebook), 15" Studio Display (LCD Monitor), AirPort (Home Network).
iSee 1.8 allows users to preview images directly in the Finder. The new version includes bug fixes and adds the ability to open and lock iSee windows, allowing users to work in the Finder without loosing the iSee window. [740KB]
Travis Wright was informed by Yamaha technical support that the company is now shipping its CDR 2100FXZ CD-RW, which features a 16x/10x/40x mechanism as well as an 8 MB memory buffer, used to prevent errors when burning CDs. The drive is presently the fastest available on the market. [updated specs; site not updated]
Joshua Rafofsky sent us a note regarding an incompatibility that he is experiencing when trying to play DVD movies from his built-in DVD-RAM drive with Adaptec Toast installed.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.39 ( + 0.12 )
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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