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O\'Reilly Network Open Source Editor Chris Coleman rebuts a ZDNet article published yesterday that called Apple \"open source\'s black hole,\" contending that Apple is going beyond what the BSD license dictates and is being very supportive of its open source efforts.
Donagrandi Software\'s RBdbMaker 1.2 is a new version of its REALbasic Database management tool that adds support for recording and scripting AppleScript and other improvements. An untested beta version for Mac OS X is also available.
Dantz has released a FireWire/USB Extension Updater for owners of Retrospect 4.3, the file backup utility for the Mac. The update improves FireWire and USB support with Retrospect. In addition to English, the updater is available in French, German, and Japanese.
Men and Mice has released QuickDNS 3.5 for Mac OS X, a $350 utility for DNS management of both Mac OS X and Linux DNS servers. QuickDNS 3.5 for Mac OS X lets administrators manage large zones, manage DNS remotely, automatically set up DNS Servers, manage multiple servers from a single window, and more.
FileStamp 1.2 is a maintenance release of the $5 utility for changing type/creator codes.
Both Ptah 1.2.0 [373 KB] and Rosetta 1.2.0 [212 KB] are maintenance releases that provide long file name support under Mac OS X. Ptah is a $15 shareware text, image and cataloging program while Rosetta is a $15 shareware utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files, and more. Both applications are Carbonized and can be used on both Mac OS 8.5 or later and Mac OS X.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0 Beta 6, a new version of its tool for scientific data and mathematical function analysis that runs natively on Mac OS X. The update brings a new version of the 3D plotting plug-in (3DPlotterGL) for Mac OS X, and provides various bug fixes. pro Fit 5.6.0 Beta 6 is free to all registered owners of pro Fit 5.5.
Mint Audio 1.0pr2 is the second preview release of Unsanity\'s lightweight MP3 and audio player for Classic and Mac OS X. The new version reduces CPU usage and addresses a number of issues pointed out by users of the initial release.
After announcing the German release earlier this week, Aladdin Systems has announced that both French and Spanish versions of Stuffit Deluxe 6.0 are now shipping. The file compression/decompression utility for Classic and Mac OS X features the company\'s ArchiveSearch and ReturnReceipt technology, which notifies an e-mail sender when the recipient has unstuffed the attached archive.
After receiving many emails from users over the distaste for blue in Mac OS X, Matt Anderson, creator of Unlined Charcoal, has released Unlined Ruby 1.1.8 and 1.1.8 SE. The alternate theme for Apple\'s new operating system replaces blue with red wherever possible.
A QuickTime movie showing Steve Jobs\' presentation at this week\'s Media Event is now available from Apple. The presentation included the introduction of the new Dual USB iBook, which will be available later this month.
Apple has published or updated a number of Tech Info Library articles pertaining to the new iBook (Dual USB), including technical specifications, how to install RAM, removing and replacing the battery, sound capabilities, external ports and connectors, security information, maximum number of FireWire devices, and how an external monitor or eject key may not work with Mac OS X.
DragThing 4.0.2 is a maintenance release of James Thompson\'s popular dock application for Mac OS X and Classic.
ClipCleaner 1.0.0b1 is a \"small, fast utility for cleaning up clipboard text\" that performs tasks such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, removing multiple spaces and returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters, and more.
PineHill Products has released SiteToolkit 1.5, a new version of its $16 set of webmaster tools for Mac and Mac OS X. The new version adds AppleScript support, an updated interface and manual, support for submitting to over 40 search engines, and more. [722 KB -- Classic; 806 KB -- OS X]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a Blue and White G3 Bundle ($999), Seagate Cheetah 18.4 GB SCSI HD ($175), Indigo G3/266 iBook ($1,099), PowerBook G3/233 ($899), and Epson Perfection 1240U w/ TPA and software ($284).
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota will soon play host to one of the dozens of Apple retail stores around the U.S., according to a report from a local resident and confirmed by Mall of America security officials. The Apple store, which will combine two locations to become an \"oversize\" store, will be located near the new Gap Kids store, Bose Stereo store, and Discovery Channel Science store.
We have published an exclusive preview of Pillars of Garendall, the upcoming fantasy role-playing game from Ambrosia Software and Beenox Studios.
ForkSwitcher is a utility that allows Mac OS X fonts to be converted for use under Mac OS 9.
Addonics today introduced the Combo Hard Drive, a 3.5\" Hard Drive kit that can connect through USB, FireWire, or PCMCIA depending on which cable is purchased. The kit with USB or PCMCIA connectivity is $100, while the FireWire version is $150.
We have posted ten photos of the new iBook, comparing its form factor and size to the PowerBook G3 and PowerBook G4. Two days ago we posted a full recap of the new laptop.
\"Raymond\" sent us some words of advice on using an HP 930C USB printer after applying the Mac OS X 10.0.2 update:\"The update worked great and it was very smooth, but as soon as I woke my Pismo Powerbook from sleep my HP 930C (USB of course) would not respond and I constantly got error messages. However I did get it to work again. After a couple reboots, I decided to unplug the printer before I restarted. I then plugged the printer back in after OS X had completely rebooted. The printer then started to work properly.\"
Morning tech news: Dell is recalling 284,000 laptop batteries from its Inspiron 5000 series after one of the Panasonic-made batteries overheated and caught fire; Microsoft will defend its stance against open-source projects, saying the code could undermine intellectual property, during a speech today; EarthLink\'s co-founder has been accused of defrauding investors out of $35 million; and sales of Palm handhelds fell 20 percent in April, while volume sales of the new color Palm m505 may not arrive until July.
Tce-Yee Poon noticed that Apple DVD Player 2.4, which comes with the PowerBook G4, is now available for all software DVD-equipped Macs from the Software Update control panel. There\'s no mention of the changes with this version.
Keyspan has posted USB PDA Adapter 2.2, an update to the softawre for its USB adapter.
Power On Software will reportedly release Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0 later this month. The new version will offer a number of new features, including additional fields for contact information, enhanced AppleScript support, and support for up to two billion contacts. The software, which isn\'t Carbonized for Mac OS X, will ship for $130; upgrades are $50.
Apple will soon be offering only LCD displays, as the company has decided to axe production of the 17-inch Apple Studio Display CRT, according to MacUser UK and c|net. The article speculates that next month, or at Macworld Expo in July, Apple will introduce a larger 17- or 18-inch flat-panel display. AppleInsider reported on the existence of such a display at Apple nearly a year ago.
Macromedia yesterday posted a profit of $8.4 million, or 15 cents per share5 cents lower than analysts\' consensus estimateson revenues of $89.1 million. Macromedia also announced that it had cut 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure. Shares of Macromedia fell as much as 30 percent in after-hours trading. In contrast, Macromedia rival Adobe posted profits of $69.8 million on revenue of $329 million in its most recent quarter.
Yesterday we published a report on Macromedia\'s release of the first 3D Shockwave content. Other reports included Epson price drops, indefinite postponement of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, UPresent and UGather, new Sharp LCDs, and Imagine axing affiliates. Software releases included Fetch 4.0, Snak 4.6.2, Retrospect 1.0fc3 for OS X, Cro-Mag Rally 2.0b3, and Org 2.0.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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