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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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj