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Berkeley has posted SETI@home 3.0.3 for Mac OS 8/9. Changes are detailed here, and include adding a new scientific calculation as well as bug fixes. There is no mention as to when the 3.0.3 version for Mac OS X will be released. (Join Team MacNNour SETI@home teamand show your support!)
Microsoft has released Office Manager 9.0, a freeware utility that allows for Office components to be launched from the from the menu bar.
The Chicago Sun Times has a positive review of the G4 Cube. \"Three weeks with the Macintosh G4 Cube in my office, and I\'m still blown away by its appearance. When paired with its companion Studio Display and clear keyboard and mouse, you\'ve got the sort of computer you\'d see in a commercial for breath mints.\"
Just days after Business Week published a scathingand somewhat inaccuratereview of Apple\'s current situation, a Business Week article today explains that CEO Steve Jobs will be able to get Apple through its recent troubles. \"What really counts here is Jobs\'s ability to stay nimble, changing direction quickly with the market. Nimble companies survive difficult times. After that, success is pretty much up to the company\'s customers.\"
games.macnn.com has published an editorial that discusses the lack of realistic blood and gore in action games and the impact it has on such titles. In addition, the site has news that Sim Theme Park for the Mac begins shipping today in the U.S. while Heroes III Complete for the Mac is currently in duplication and expected to be released by The 3DO Company on December 19.
MacInvoice 1.0 is a new billing application targeted at small-to-medium sized business. Among its features is support for email billing, reminders, report creation, and expense tracking. The $40 shareware title has a 10-day evaluation period.
.mail.it for Mac is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that allows users to add full email functionality to any FileMaker database. The software offers support for many features found in email clients, including the ability to send and receive attachments, multiple account management, and full HTML support. A trial version of the $59 plug-in is available. Discounts are available for multiple licenses.
Son of EvangeList is a new discussion list for Mac users. \"All replies are sent back to everyone on the list promoting free discussion. The lax moderation can lead to heated debates with just enough moderation to keep it rated kid safe.\"
Extension Overload 5.6 adds information for more than 100 new extensions, control panels, control strip modules, and contextual menu items, bringing the total up to more than 4,100. The $20 application also now features a companion control strip module, and several other new features.
Stairways Software has posted Interarchy 4.0, a new version of the popular Internet multi-tool best known for its $35 FTP capabilities. The new version features a revamped interface and several new features (which are not yet explicitly documented). Upgrades are $10.
CE Software has released QuicKeys 5.0 plug-in suite for its automation utility. The suite includes four new plug-ins, including: spell checking, compression, and dispense text, which copies and pastes the content of multiple text fields without repeatedly switching between applications. The suite costs $15 and is available to all registered 5.0 users.
Novatel Wireless today announced Merlin for Ricochet, the first PCMCIA card for accessing Metricom\'s Ricochet 128 Kbps wireless network. The $480 Type II card allows users to access the Ricochet network, which is currently available in ten metropolitan areas. Readers should note the price of the card varies significantly with promotions. [updated]
Ilene Hofffman has posted the Hess Memorial Macworld Events/Party list for Macworld San Francisco. \"Anyone who hosts an event or knows of an event is requested to please let me know, so that it can make the list.\"
MacDesktops, which recently added a plethora of customizable options, added 14 new pictures this past week, including: American Beauty (Movies), Glow (Landscapes), Matrix wall (Landscapes), Natalie Portman (Portraits), and PowerBook G3 composite.
Apple has posted a story on independent research scientist Andrew Santangelo, who uses Macintosh hardware -- Power Mac G4, iMac and iBook -- in his work as an aerospace contractor researching, designing and developing tether-based technologies for space exploration.
OmegaWindow+ 1.3 adds several features to the $25 utility that allows users to resize and manage windows from their keyboard.
VolumeRocker 1.5 is a $5 alternative control strip module for adjusting your Mac\'s volume using a rocker-like switch. This version adds more customizable options.
The Mac-Stacks Emporium has released Font-a-log 1.0, a free font cataloging utility.
Early morning tech news: Microsoft has agreed to pay $96.8 million to former temporary workers who sued for benefits; Ask Jeeves has laid off 25 percent of its work force; and Acer has reduced the number of its overseas manufacturing plants to 12 from more than 20.
Yesterday we noted the demise of Macs in the US Navy, a report on Mac-supported free ISPs, and the release of BBEdit 6.0.2 and IomegaWare 2.8.
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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
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW