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PPPremier Timer 2.04 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the $10 shareware utility that can toggle your PPP connection and can track daily, weekly, and monthly Internet usage.
osx.macnn.com has information about the upcoming release of WebObjects 5, which is \"completely Java-based\" and will include an unlimited WebObjects deployment runtime license. It also information on a beta program for Kensington\'s OS X driver and software.
The Apple Developer Connection has posted some updated WebObjects 5 info, including information on the projected ship date of the 100% Java version 5 of its enterprise server software that was promised late last year: The new Mac OS X Server will include a WebObjects deployment runtime with a license allowing unlimited transactions per minute. Apple is also offering license allowing developers to redistribute the WebObjects runtimes with web applications (each key costs $699). WebObjects 5 for Java will be available in early 2001, soon after Mac OS X ships. Since WebObjects 5 for Java requires functionality not present in Mac OS X Public Beta, there are no plans for a public beta. Apple will release WebObjects 4.5.1 which will allow you to run Objective-C applications on Mac OS X (Java applications will need to use WebObjects 5 for Java). Version 4.5.1 will be available in early 2001, soon after Mac OS X ships and will continue to be available even after WebObjects 5 ships. Both WebObjects 4.5.1 and WebObjects 5 for Java feature the ability to create \"thick\" (two-tier) Cocoa clients (in Objective-C and Java, respectively). The developer tools will be bundled with the WebObjects product and it hopes to provide a moderate-cost redistribution license allowing you to ship the EOF runtimes with your desktop applications.
A beta release of the popular gradebook software for teachers, Gradekeeper 5.2b, is now available for Mac OS X. The $20 software tracks students, assignments, scores, and current grades for the current term.
Patrick Urban notes that Kensington is now accepting applications for beta testing MouseWorks driver software and its VideoCAM Works application for Mac OS X.
James Walker\'s OtherMenu 2.04 is a maintenance release to his extension that creates a system-wide hierarchical that can be used to launch applications and documents, perform various utility functions, and execute FKEYs.
ShredIt 4.8, dubbed as the \"eDocument shredder,\" offers an easy, permanent way to destroy personal andconfidential information. Version 4.8 adds support for multiple overwrites of file names to protect the file name. It is available in English, French, German and Japanese.
Unsanity has announced its Unsanity Extras Center, a resource for custom made skins, plugins, and other additions to its shareware audio palyer with a visual plugin system.
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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