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Yesterday we noted that Apple has made WWDC conference sessions available on DVD, the release of VirusBarrier 1.1, WebShocker 2.2, America Online\'s two-way pager, and Sony\'s 9.1 GB MO drive.
Born Again 1.1 is a $25 utility that allows Mac OS 8.1 to be installed on certain 68030 that normally are unable to use the OS. The new version revises the differences between paid an trial modes, allowing users to demo the software for 30-days, instead of the previous three-usage limit. The trial mode can be downloaded by sending an email to the author.
Shares of Apple closed at $16.50 today, their lowest level in two years. The computer sector was hit hard by an earnings warning from Gateway that sent the PC maker\'s shares plummeting 35 percent. Dell and Microsoft both lost nearly 12 percent, while AMD and Intel gave up about 10 percent.
Bottom Line Distribution, the Mac reseller that mysteriously closed up shop in late September, has begun auctioning off inventory on eBay. The company plans on adding 25-50 items each day, most of which start at $1.
Apple has made available the WWDC 2000 Conference Sessions on a five-volume, DVD-ROM set to ADC members. It contains more than 80 hours of selected sessions from Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference held May 15 - May 19, 2000 in San Jose, Calif. The cost is $250 to ADC Online members; $150 to ADC Premier, Select and Student members; and $100 to WWDC 2000 Attendees.
printCafe has announced Connect 2001, the company\'s user group conference, is set for Wednesday, June 13 through Saturday, June 16, at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla. printCafe provides print-management software and e-commerce application for the printing and publishing industries.
Genealogy.com has added seven new titles to its Internet Family Archives collection, expanding available names and information by more than 10 million. All seven can be viewed by both PC and Macintosh computers. The titles include New York, 1900; Kentucky, 1900; and Virginia Colonial census records. Pricing for each title ranges between $30 and $60.
Italian Words and Phrases 1.0 posted One App Software has posted Italian Words and Phrases 1.0, a language-learning application for the Macintosh, complete with dictionary, grammatical notes, a phrase book and a business dictionary.
RecoSoft has posted WebShocker 2.2, a significant update to its $50 Web animation production tool. The new version utilizes the company\'s Smart Color Technology that accurately remaps colors when saving a 16- or 24-bit animation as a GIF. A variety of other enhancements are also included, including Multiple Users support.
Belkin today announced a two-port PCMCIA FireWire card for PowerBook owners. The Mac version of the $100 Cardbus card will ship in December and will include Strata VideoShop 4.5.1. Also arriving in December from Belkin will be a $110 FireWire/USB PCI card, as well as an $80 two-port USB-to-serial adapter.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iMac G3/400 for $1,000 with free overnight shipping, iMac DV Indigo and an Epson 777 for $960, and Connectix Virtual PC 3.0 Windows 98 for $155.
Extensis is currently running a half-off promotion for all of its Photoshop and QuarkXPress tools, including Mask Pro 2.0 (now $100), PhotoTools 3.0 (now $75), and Intellihance Pro 4.0 (now $100). The special pricing expires December 18.
America Online today unveiled a two-way pager that allows members to both check and send email as well as exchange instant messages with AOL/AIM users. The $330 device features a form factor similar to typical two-way pagers; the service costs $20 per month and uses Bell South;\'s networks.
Intego\'s VirusBarrier 1.1 adds support for 60 new viruses, the ability to scan compressed files, a turbo mode for faster scans, contextual menu support, and more.
iREZ is auctioning off Kritter Cam ZVs with PCMCIA capture card. The discontinued product originally sold for $250; the starting price on the auction is $65.
Interesting topics in our forums including a discussion on the merits of the G4 Cube over the G4 Tower; playing DVDs with 64 MB of RAM; the value and need for consumer, software firewalls; difficulties connecting to AIM for users of certain ISPs; and problems connecting a Kodak DC290 camera to a Mac.
Afternoon tech news: DoCoMo has purchased a $9.8 billion stake in AT&T Wireless; a consumer-targeted lie detector that interfaces with cell phones, PDAs, and other devices was put to the test in the presidential debate; and Compaq and Disney have agreed to a $100 million deal that will have Compaq advertising on Disney\'s sites, and Disney purchasing Compaq hardware.
Sony today announced its next-generation, 5.25-inch, 9.1 GB magneto-optical drive. The SCSI-2 drive, which supports media capacities nearly twice that of its predecessor, will ship next month in internal and external configurations from Sony for $2,600 and $2,850, respectively. The drive supports both 8.6 GB and 9.1 GB media, as well as older MO media.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new photos, including Being Green (iMac), Fight Club (Movies), Natalie Mendoza (Portraits), Think Sock (Miscellaneous), and Under the Sea 3 (Fauna).
French Touch today announced that WaterRace, its 3D boat racing game, has gone gold and should be ready for shipping in early December. The game can be per-ordered for $27, 18 percent off the regular price, from now until it ships. We posted a preview of WaterRace back in September. (more gaming news at games.macnn.com)
Adaptec recently announced the FireConnect 4300, a $94 3-port FireWire PCI card. The Mac-compatible card ships with VideoWave 4 DV for Windows, but no Mac software.
Morning tech news: RealNetworks\' COO Thomas Frank has resigned; Lernout & Hauspie, the parent of Dictophone and Dragon Systems, has filed for bankruptcy protection; hackers have used a loophole in AIM\'s signup process to hijack accounts; NEC is recalling about 300 Transmeta-based notebook computers sold in Japan because of a manufacturing flaw with a batch of chips; and Ricoh has acquired Lanier Worldwide for $260 million.
Yesterday we noted the release of Lightwave 6.5, holiday sounds for iMovie, Live Channel Beta 1.0b1, and Contour Design\'s RollerBar Mousing Station.
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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