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Default Folder 3.0.8 is a maintence update to St. Clair Software\'s $25 shareware utility for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes. The new version allows the software to function correctly in the Classic environment under Mac OS X, among various other enhancements and fixes.
RiverSong InterActive will soon release TitleTrack Jukebox 2.0, a hardware and software solution for controlling an entire home entertainment system from a Macintosh computer. This free upgrade will add the ability to control any device that has a remote control, will play MP3 and other sound files and will generate reports. New users can purchase the software for $290.
Richard Bannister has posted BNSF/MacOS 2.1, an application for playing audio files from NES ROMs. The software runs natively under Mac OS X.
As noted earlier today, Apple is offering Apple Store customers $150 off their next order, in celebration of the Apple Store\'s third birthday. The offer expires December 19 and is being mailed directly to customers. It\'s unclear if all customers will get the coupon or not.
Mozilla 0.6 is the latest milestone build of the open-source Netscape Communicator-based browser.
Newer Technology today reduced the price of its 300 MHz G3 upgrade for Power Mac 6100 systems to $180, making it the most affordable upgrade of its kind. The upgrade is also compatible with all Perfoma 61xx systems.
Following our note yesterday regarding $1300 refurbished G4 Cubes at the Apple Store, several readers point out that Apple is now offering new G4 Cubes for $1350 to educational customers. Educational customers can also purchase the G4 Cube and 17\" Display for $1820, or the G4 Cube with 15\" Display for $2290. Premiere Apple Developers can also purchase new G4 Cubes for $1300, with a 17\" display for $1650, or with a 15\" display for $2000. Also, one reader who makes several purchases at the Apple Store reports receiving a $150 \"thank you\" gift certificate good for a short period of time.
Kanex Group has introduced MP3 Strip, a $15 fully-functional MP3 control strip module. Using it does not require any other program to be running. Additional features include automatic album list collection; hierarchical menu in the album list; and sorting by album, artist or folder name.
Men & Mice has released QuickDNS Pro 3.0, a DNS server and DNS management system for Mac OS. The update offers numerous automated features, including remote administration, streamlined user interface and improved assistants. The full version is $350; the update is $130 through December. The upgrade includes a free upgrade to the Mac OS X version to be released early next year. The upgrade is normally $150.
games.macnn.com has published the MacNN Holiday Game Buyer\'s Guide 2000, the complete guide to the season\'s hottest Mac games and hardware. In addition, the site has news on the release of a Mac demo for Rune, the third-person 3D action game that uses the Unreal Tournament engine.
J2S has posted PDF StartUp 2.0, a $550 commercial application for automatically opening PDF documents on CD-ROMs. This version can be used to display a start-up screen, makes sure the \"Search\" plug-in is installed and supports nine languages.
Uni Software Plus has posted PopChar Pro 1.3.1, a maintenance update to the control panel that allows for easy typing of obscure characters.
VST has introduced FireRAID, the first utility that allows FireWire drives to be configured in a RAID configuartion. The software works only with VST\'s drives, tool for storing and accessing data quickly and securely. It configures multiple VST FireWire hard drives, and sells for $110. Discounts are available if your purchase the software with VST drives.
Xicons.com has posted a new set of icons titled \"OS Drives.\" Twenty-four days remain in Xicon\'s December icon contest.
Buffalo Technology has introduced LPV-WL11, a wireless print server, the latest component of its 802.11 AirStation wireless networking family of products. It supports the Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and the TCP/IP, NetBEUI, NetWare and AppleTalk protocols.
Sig Software has posted Email Merge 1.9.5, a $30 program for creating mailings of individualized e-mail messages. This version adds support for Microsoft Entourage and for sending attachments with PowerMail.
Apple has posted the English-North American version of URL Access 2.1 for Mac OS 9.0.4, which provides improved access to secure sites that are either new or current sites using new certificates. The softwar has been available via Apple\'s Software Update control panel for some time.
Apple has posted QuickTime 5.0 Public Preview 2, \"incorporating a number of enhancements suggested by thousands of [Public Preview 1] users.\" A Windows version is now available as well.
Pittsburg State University\'s football team relies on PowerBooks to improve its game. The team uses cut-ups, video clips that document specific plays on the field, and a mobile editing system based on PowerBook G3 laptops to create desktop highlights on the road.
Tina Turner\'s backstage crew depends on Macintosh systems to drive \"one of the most exciting stage shows in the biz today.\"
Morning tech news: Motorola has issued an earnings warning, sending shares down as much as 20 percent in pre-open trading; Ken Barber, a key executive at AltaVista, will retire at the end of the year; and IDC says that shipment of computers worldwide will still grow about 20 percent this quarter over the same period last year.
Yesterday we noted several analyst downgrades on Apple, Xtrem\'s plan to ship its 1200 MHz G4 by the end of January, Mac OS X\'s possible February 24 release date, and Jim Matthews\' (author of the Mac FTP-client Fetch) $500,000 win on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.27 ( -0.72 )
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