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Apple is now taking orders for its nVidia GeForce3 AGP graphics accelerator. The upgrade is for Mac users with existing G4 systems that wish to upgrade to the newest nVidia accelerator. The GeForce3 Video Card Kit is only available for Apple\'s latest Power Mac G4 systems with 4X AGP slots. Currently the video upgrade is listed as having 10-day availability.
StimpSoft\'s Son of Weather Grok 3.6 fixes several bugs in the freeware application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world using NOAA\'s database.
Intego\'s Internet filtering application, ContentBarrier 1.2, fixes a few bugs, adds a control strip login feature, updates the filters, improves performance, and adds the ability to \"trust\" certain applications for access to the Internet.
FinderPatch 3.01, now updated for OS 9.1, adds several enhancements to the Finder, including keybboard command keys, a new Quit Finder menu, Finder memory adjustment, and other minor tweaks to standard Finder operations.
Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of Apple\'s new Stores. The movie features Steve Jobs, Apple\'s CEO, walking us through the stores, showing us the products on display and making us aware of the different stations to be found. The movie lasts about three minutes, and is a big download but if you have the patience or bandwidth, I\'d highly recommend it.
Apple is looking to employ full-time and part-time sales associate, store manager, assistant manager and Mac Genius positions for the company\'s new Apple stores. New stores are scheduled to open in 25 locations around the U.S. Not all locations have been announced, but Apple is currently hiring in ten new locations. Stores expected to open in the near term are located in Albany/NY, Bloomington/MN, Buffalo/NY, Columbus/OH, Germantown/TN, Newport Beach/CA, Palo Alto/CA, Plano/TX, Tampa/FL, and West Hartford/CT. Each location varies in openings. To see the job listings, go to the site and navigate the Worldwide Jobs search button.
Apple announced the release of Mac OS X Server v. 2.0 at the World Wide Developer\'s Conference yesterday. The new version of Mac OS X Server sports the Aqua interface and merges the ease of use of AppleShare IP with the power and features of Mac OS X Server.
The 1394 [FireWire] Trade Association today introduced the new 1394b specification, the updated version of the industry\'s most important multimedia bus. Increased speeds will move the bar up to 1.6 Gigabits per second and then on to 3.2 Gigabits per second. Also in this news piece is the addition of a new arbitration technology.
VSE My Privacy 1.5 is a new version of the $20 security tool and password manager that allows users to store and organize their confidential data in a safe place. Version 1.5 lets users add and remove categories in which the data should be stored, and contains other minor improvements.
Selznick Scientific Software has released PasswordWallet 2.4, a new version of its $15 Carbonized software for securely storing usernames, passwords, PIN numbers, combinations, and notes. The software can also sync with a Palm OS-based handheld device. Version 2.4 restructures windows, menus, and dialogs for an improved interface on Mac OS X, enhances the \"Find\" function, and adds other minor improvements and bug fixes.
Toon Boom Technologies, which develops 2D animation software for film and television studios such as Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, has released a beta version of Toon Boom Studio, a suite of Web animation tools, for Mac OS X. The animation tool allows artists to complete the entire Web animation process, from conception to the final product, and allows users to synchronize a soundtrack to drawings and produce compact files using an optimizes .swf rendering engine. Toon Boom Studio will retail for $500, but is available for $300 through June 20.
Tomorrow at Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), VMGEAR will demonstrate its Optimizeit Profiler 4.0 running on Mac OS X for the first time during the \"Java Development Tools\" session. The Java-based language profiling tool enables Java technology developers to understand and solve performance issues such as memory leaks, excessive object allocation, inefficient algorithms and unproductive processor use in their Java programs. Optimizeit Profiler 4.0 will be released for Mac OS X later this year. Pricing starts at $500.
Digimarc and the TWAIN Working Group have released a pre-release version of the TWAIN interface API that allows Mac OS X application developers to acquire images from scanners and digital cameras. The two organizations have collaborated for the past year to develop the Carbonized API for Mac OS X. The pre-release version will soon ve available from the TWAIN Working Group Web site.
Microsoft has issued a security bulletin for many recent versions of Microsoft Word, including Microsoft Word 98 and Microsoft Word 2001 for the Mac. The security vulnerability appears in the instance where a Rich Text Format (RTF) file is linked to a template and the user opens the RTF file. Word will check the RTF file for macros, but it will not check the template. Therefore, a hacker could embed a macro in the template linked to the RTF file that changes data, communicates with web sites, reformats the hard drive, or changes the Word security settings. A patch for the vulnerability will be available shortly.
Panasonic and ESBuy.com are now shipping a $580 Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM Drive that includes both USB 1.1 (standard on today\'s Macs) and USB 2.0 connectivity. Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the drive carries a transfer rate of 22.16 Mb/sec and reads CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video discs at 24x speed. It also reads DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs at 6x speed.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and chief software henchman Avi Tevanian went out of their way to acknowledge performance concerns about OS X in a marathon keynote yesterday. Jobs cited that performance was top of the list of features both users and developers wanted to see fixed. The news article points out that OS X is not slow but that elements, like the OS\'s finder application, require optimization before OS X\'s speed advantages can really be seen.
Aspyr Media has announced that it will release Tomb Raider: The Trilogy in the next few weeks. The compilation of the first three games will include Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Gold, Tomb Raider II, The Gold Mask (never released on CD), Tomb Raider III and The Lost Artifact (never before released on the Mac). The compilation will also include new high-res movies, an integrated installer for all games, and the latest updates for each game. Tomb Raider: The Trilogy will be made available for preorder for $30 beginning early next week.
Just as Apple Co-Founder and CEO Steve Jobs conducted a \"fireside chat\" with attendees of Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will host a \"fireside chat\" with developers at the annual MacHack conference in Dearborn, Michigan. The conference begins on June 21 and runs for 72 hours non-stop.
Waves in Motion has introduced oAzium FileTools, a $50 plug-in for FileMaker Pro that adds powerful file manipulation and interaction to databases. The plug-in allows users to import and export data as any format, generate web-ready product catalogs that update with a single click, and automate complicated relational import/export processes.
Catering to customers in the networking-equipment realm, Motorola announced a new, lower-power version of its top-rated PowerPC chip Monday. The new chip, dubbed PowerPC 7440, was announced along with a flurry of other new networking-oriented chips at the Motorola semiconductor product sector\'s Smart Networks Developers Forum in New Orleans on Monday.
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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