Constantin von Wentzel, who recently posted instructions for replacing failed capacitors in Apple\'s AirPort Base Station, has also added further instructions for those who want to retrofit extender antennas.
The $40 package of modem scripts, Mac aRa Modem Magic 5.0, promises to improve modem connection speeds through optimizations and compatibility with the latest protocols. It includes over 190 new ITU 56K Standard V.90, ITU V.92/V.44 and ISDN Drivers for your Modem Scripts Folder (inside the System Folder). A list of supported modems and a demo are both available.
Richard Bannister\'s Jum52/MacOS 0.5.1 is a new Atari 5200 emulator for Mac OS that includes full sound support and runs just fine under MacOS X.
Chronos\' latest promotion offers StickyBrain for $20, a 43% savings: \"Each subsequent day the price of StickyBrain will increase by $1 until the final retail price of $35 is reached.\" The company has also posted StickyBrain 1.1, an update to its \"personal productivity\" application that offers tools to organize and store information, password management, and to-do lists, contact lists, alarms and an infinitely customizeable interface. A demo is available online and also runs under Mac OS X.
Tape 1.6a5, the next version of the $10 shareware Mac OS 9 Package and Mac OS X Bundle editor, adds support for editing Mac OS X Help Book bundles, which \"use a slightly different bundle format than application bundles.\"
The $20 shareware CDFinderX, now available for Mac OS X, is billed as \"the first disk cataloger tool\" for the upcoming OS.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3 is an update to the popular SETI@Home helper utility that allows users to cache work units, log the analysis process, and automatically work units to RAM Disk for improved performance. Version 3.3 brings OS 9.1 support (through a new data file format), improved compatibility with Retrospect, and improved performance. [Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN]
Keys Curry notes an that Apple has increased the price on 500-MHz Cube in Hong Kong, despite a recent price drop in the US (as noted first by MacNN): I have been waiting patiently for Apple Store HK to drop the price on its Fastest Cube model to match the reduction in price at the Apple Store USA. Generally, the prices at the Apple Store HK pretty closely track prices at the Apple Store USA. Anyway, imagine my shock when I found out that the Apple Store HK actually increased the price of the Faster and Fastest models from the old price (which was equivalent to the price at the Apple Store USA prior to the recent price reductions). The Faster model is now around $2,499 US and the Fastest model is now at a whopping $2,975 US. I hope that this is a mistake. I sent a note to Apple Store HK asking for comment on the price rise, but no response so far. The Fast model is pretty much equivalent to the Apple Store US price.
NetShred 1.8 adds support for multiple overwrites of file names to the $10 software utility that erases the web browser cache, browser history files and email trash for improved computer privacy.
The February meeting of The 3D Artist User Group of New York will offer first looks at both Maya 3.0 and ElectricImage Universe on Wednesday, February 28th. Alias/Wavefront will be giving a Mac-oriented demo of Maya for Mac OS X and attendees will also get a first look at ElectricImage\'s soon to be released new interface and feature set, which will include new modeling enhancements, an improved Raytracing engine, Open GL support, new IK controls, and multi-platform support. Online pre-registration is required for the free event, which will take place at the Apple Marketing Center in NYC.
Reseller FireWire Depot is now offering CDCylone\'s 12x10x32 CDRW and 16x10x40 CDRW for $370 and $400 respectively and is also accepting pre-orders on CDCyclone\'s \'SuperDrive\' DVD/CDRW for $990. It is also offering SCSI and FireWire versions of Ecrix Tape Back-up drive (starting at $1050), full-size 5.25\" FireWire enclosures ($155), and 2.5\" and 3.5\" USB/FireWire drive enclosures for $160 and $185 respectively.
CDS advanced technology bv has released LanBox-LCII v1.3.3, updated software and firmware for its 250 channel, DMX controller box for lighting applications.
The Digital Universe 2.3 is a $100 professional-level astronomy simulation tool that integrates a \"several thousand page multimedia encyclopedia of astronomy.\" Version 2.3 provides online integration, improved grid display and customization, and other enhancements.
FlavorSavers 2.7 is an update to the $25 screen saver package, adding 11 new modules, improved security, and better screen coverage.
Sleeper 3.2.3b3, a public beta version of St. Clair Software\'s popular screen saver and energy saving utility, improves support for Apple\'s latest PowerMac G4\'s and iMacs, resolves some isolated compatibility problems with OS 9, and adds support for Apple\'s Studio and Cinema LCD displays. Sleeper 3.2.3 also includes controls for managing processor cycling on Macs that support it, allowing \"users who are having problems with Apple\'s built-in power management to disable the Energy Saver control panel completely.\"
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GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
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