Paul Rostill said he received a note from Epson Technical support about a Stylus Driver Update to address an issue with Remote Access under Mac OS 9.04: "I had an Email from Epson UK this morning informing me that they have posted a patch on their website which should resolve the long running conflict between the Epson driver software and Apple\'s Remote Access. This conflict would cause the computer to freeze when attempting to dial up via Remote Access any time after something had been printed. I have downloaded the (3.7MB) patch, and I can confirm, that so far at least, It Works!"
Version 0.9.2 of the Computer History Graphing Project, which "aims to graph all of computerdom in one large family tree," now contains an updated version of the unified parser program, parsech and can now optionally output a DBM hash containing the parsed data.
Arctic Software\'s iStream 1.4.2 fixes a few bugs in the company\'s MP3 Streaming Server which allows you to broadcast CD quality sound over the internet.
Epson UK has also posted new Stylus Color 3000 6.3c and Stylus Color 1520 6.3c drivers, although the latest drivers on the Epson US site are Stylus Color 3000 v5.6dE and Stylus Color 1520 v5.6AE (with both Stylus Driver Updater v 1.1AES and Stylus Driver Updater v1.0BES updates).
Dantowitz Consulting\'s FaxBee 1.2 brings improved compatibility with Mac OS 9 in its FAXstf Pro helper application that can generate faxes from text messages via its drop box (for any application to create) or from email messages received by the EIMS or SIMS mail servers.
Dantowitz also released ZipBurst 2.0b5, a CGI that ships in both Lite and Pro flavors, now includes an option to configure the served MIME type and an improved set-up assistant. The Lite version can serve an unlimited number of databases in an unlimited number of domains and supports searching on multiple fields, sorting on multiple fields, and many reporting options, while the Pro version can additionally search by location. A limited demo is available online.
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Twitter for Mac gets Moments, Polls
Twitter has updated its Mac app with Moments and Polls, features previously rolled out in its web portal and in its mobile apps. The new Moments tab is designed to make it easier to find more interesting and relevant content. Content is curated in categories including News, Sports, Entertainment and Fun, with trending topics highlighted for an easier to use, more engaging experience. The Twitter for Mac app also picks up the ability to create custom multiple choice polls via Tweets that are live for a 24-hour period. Users can also share GIFs in both Tweets and Direct Messages thanks to a new GIF search function. http://apple.co/1rxCvA0
GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq