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A reader writes about the mention of Apple hardware in Rolling Stone: \"The June issue has an article about Moby\'s laptop studio. there is a nice picture of a Mac on his coffee table. they have a list of what you need to build a virtual studio starting with a Titanium PowerBook laptop. They also have a review of the new iBook.\"
As noted few weeks ago, The Java Developer Journal Reader\'s Choice Awards are finishing tomorrow, according to a note on the WebObjects mailing list: \"Now that WebObjects 5 is out, Apple is gearing up to promote WebObjects more aggressively. You can help by voting for WebObjects as Best Application Server. \"
Czech-based 24U has introduced the first FileMaker Pro plug-in made as FAT Binary for Classic, Mac OS X, and Windows, 24U Transcoding Plug-In, which allows developers to create cross-platform FileMaker plugins in foreign languages (not possible with the standard installation of FileMaker Pro, which only supports Roman text encoding). The plug-in will be released next Wednesday.
MultiMode 3.9.4, an update to Black Cat Systems\' utility for transmission and reception of morse code, slow scan TV, and other modes, fixes a bug that caused a crash in FAX mode in MultiMode Lite. Lite and standard versions are $40 and $90, respectively. [MultiMode: 502 KB; Lite: 501 KB]
Apple Network Assistant 4.0.3 is a maintenance release of Apple\'s network management software. The new version fixes an issue that slows copies performed via the Copy Items and Copy Hard Disk commands to user workstations with Mac OS 9.1. This feature now performs as expected.
Apple Macintosh Manager 2.0.1 is a maintenance update to Apple\'s software for managing networks and user workgroups. Version 2.0.1 fixes an issue where the workstation would hang while trying to synchronize files in the backpack folder during check in.
Aladdin Systems has introduced a new Stuffit OneSource Volume License Program, which allows businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations with mixed computing platforms to purchase volume, cross-platform licenses for Stuffit products. Previously, organizations with cross-platform environments were required to purchase licenses individually for each platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The new program offers volume licenses with a minimum order of 100 client seats.
Glendower Software\'s shareware backup utility, SwitchBack 3.4b3, lets the user easily and safely synchronize two disks, so that both contain the most recently updated documents. Version 3.4b3 has been Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X.
Apple CarbonLib SDK 1.4a2 is the latest pre-release version of the software development kit for Carbon applications. The SDK is available only to Apple Developer Connection (ADC) members.
Jim H. has provided some additional details on the Dual USB DVD/CD-R Combo Drive iBooks that began shipping this week, as noted yesterday. The iBook comes pre-installed with both Mac OS X and OS 9.1 on the same partition with 9.1 selected as the default operating system. The new iBooks also come with another new version of Apple\'s DVD Player, version 2.6.
Architosh reports on an upcoming LightWave 6.5 presentation at the Apple Market Center in New York and home automation software for the Mac.
ICQ 2.6a29 is a new version of the popular cross-platform chat and instant messenging client that adds a new interface for adding, editing, and deleting messages, association with nicknames for SMS Numbers, and an improved text engine.
Disney Interactive and Pixar Animation Studios have released a new $20 hybrid (Mac/PC) game, Disney/Pixar\'s Jessie\'s Wild West Rodeo. The game, based on the cowgirl Jessie from the hit animated film \"Toy Story 2,\" lets children play three rodeo events set up by the toys: Alien Round Up, Toy Lasso, and Barrel Racing. Each activity is an arcade-style game with 10 levels.
QPS, Inc. is now shipping its Que! USB 2.0 8x8x32 external CD-RW. Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (standard on all current Macs), the $250 drive comes with 2MB of buffer RAM and includes CD mastering software, CD-R and CD-RW media, a protective carrying bag, and all necessary accessories.
Richard L. forwarded us a brief note from CE Software that outlines plans to bring the company\'s e-mail client, QuickMail Pro 2.1, to Mac OS X. \"It is our intention to carbonize QuickMail Pro. At this time I don\'t have a timeframe to make public.\"
Taking a page out of rival NVIDIA\'s book, next month ATI Technologies will shift to a new business strategy that will allow original design manufacturers and add-in board manufacturers to release products based on the company\'s graphics chipsets. The company will retain its own business of providing graphics cards to OEMs (including Apple) and releasing products in the retail channel. ATI is expected to unveil details on the Radeon 2 later this year.
Panasonic has introduced its second-generation DVD Video Recorder, the DMR-E20. The $1,500 recorder allows users to digitally record high-quality, MPEG2 video to DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs, the latter of which can be played back in most DVD players. The DMR-E20 features a unique \"Time Slip\" playback function that lets users view the recorded portion of an ongoing program from the beginning, while continuing to record the live program in progress. The company\'s previous generation DVD video recorder retailed for $4,000.
MacGeneration has posted a report on managerial shifts within Apple Switzerland, as Rogest Brustio takes over for Martin Hagger, who is joining Apple Europe as Director of education sales.
Willow Design has introduced two new carrying cases designed exclusively for the Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium. The $152 Jacques pack (PK-10) features extra padded internal dividers to isolate the Titanium within the computer compartment, a new accessory pouch in the paperwork compartment, and many extra mesh zippered pockets. The $116 Titanium Brief carrying case (NL-12) was designed in response to travelers that wanted heavy duty protection but in a thinner and lighter case. The PowerBook is placed within a double foam padded, corrugated plastic and hardboard reinforced central compartment. The case features an organizer pocket on the outside and an unpadded pocket on the back of the case.
Strike Force 1.60 is a major new release of the realistic warfare mod for Unreal Tournament. The new version features new weapons and equipment, three new game modes (Hostage Rescue, Escape, and Deathmatch), 48 new maps for all game types, improved online code, a new reticule voice command system, new art and music, and all new sounds for firing, reloading, zoom, and weapon adjustment.
John Hopkins notes that Halcyon Software is preparing to release Instant ASP for Mac OS X, the first ASP solution on the new platform. A free developer version, which is restricted to two concurrent users, will be available soon. A web site with samples that can be viewed and run is running on Mac OS X.
Addonics Technologies has announced the Pocket SuperDisk 240, a $200 240MB LS-120 transportable drive with a USB interface and backwards compatibility with SuperDisk 120 (LS-120) and standard 1.44MB floppy disks. The drive comes with a software utility that allows 32 MB to be stored on a standard floppy disk.
Fuel, an upcoming multi-vehicle racer from Firetoad Software, will ship with exclusive support for Mac OS X (no Classic version), according to FragMac. The game is expected to be released in early 2002.
SFX Machine 1.52, a $75 Premiere-format audio effects plug-in with nearly 400 presets, fixes a bug in running earlier versions under Adobe Premiere 6.0.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures, including iWant (PowerBook G4), Mod Jobs and his squad (Portraits), Sun Mirage (Art), and Your life. To go. (iBooks, 2001).
TechTool Deluxe 2.5.6, MicroMat\'s diagnostic and repair utility bundled with AppleCare protection plans, adds support for new Mac models and system versions and also contains new drive repair routines. [registration area not responding]
PageSpinner 3.1b2, a new beta of Optima System\'s $30 HTML editor, features improved OS X Classic compatibility, translucent dragging, an enhanced plug-in format, full Navigation Services support, better handling of XML files, remote file editing, and several bugs fixes. It is available for registered users only.
After a two week delay, Power On Software is now shipping Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0, a new version of its $130 PIM (Personal Information Manager) that allows users to manage their own schedules and contacts, share them across networks with work groups, and synchronize them with Palm handhelds.
Mac users (as well as other non-MS platform users) have been locked out of using the UK government\'s online e-services portal. The developers claim \"improper support for SSL and digital certificates,\" while a Linux magazine article blames the use of proprietary software.
Pioneer has announced it is now supplying its DVR-103 combo DVD/CD-RW drives (a.k.a. \"SuperDrive\") to Sony on an OEM basis for the VAIO line of computers. Shipments to other vendors, including Apple, Compaq, and NEC/Packard Bell, began earlier this year. Pioneer says it will significantly expand the production capacity in China, which began in May, to meets its worldwide production objective of 1 million units. Its retail DVR-A03 combo DVD/CD-RW drive is now shipping to distributors for $1000.
PC Connection today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Cyberian Outpost (aka \"Outpost.com\") in a stock-for-stock merger that is expected to close in the third quarter of 2001. PC Connection will immediately provide Cyberian Outpost with a working capital line of credit of up to $3 million and an inventory line of credit of up to $5 million--each of which will be secured by Cyberian Outpost\'s assets.
Mathew Smith forwarded a note from Epson indicating that the company has no current plans to support the Stylus Photo 870 under OS X: \"There are a limited number of products included on the Mac OSX CD-ROM. At this time, the Stylus Photo 870 is not included, nor do we have a timetable for the development of updated drivers that will work.\"
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 5 new sets of icons for OS X: MM Folders 3 (folders), Game Icons (games), Modern Scientists (misc.), N2MP3 (applications), and Star Wars (folders). Xicons is updated daily.
osx.macnn.com reports on an upcoming racing game that will ship with exclusive support for OS X on the Mac and Epson\'s plans for additional OS X drivers.
British telecom company Thus has signed an agreement with Apple to include its Demon ISP service with all Macs sold in the UK.
PocketDock 2.11 includes fixes bugs and minor performance enhancements to the utility for organizing and launching applications, documents, web links, and email addresses. A free 30 day trial version (English, French, German and Italian) is available online.
Apple Brazil is set to release the Portuguese language version of Mac OS X in July at Fenasoft in São Paulo, which is described as the \"the most popular computer expo in Brazil.\"
The ZipBurst CGI 2.2 is web database search engine for zip codes that can be used with WebSTAR, Personal Web Sharing or any CGI-compliant Mac web server. A Lite version is multi-threaded, offering support for unlimited databases, users, and secure serving, while the Pro version also adds distance or location-based searching. Version 2.2 can add location-based searches to FileMaker Pro, Lasso, MGI, NetCloak, WebCatalog, and other servers. Half-price special discounts end June 6th.
Mt. Everything 1.5.4 is a maitenance release to the freeware Control Panel for managing SCSI bus(es) and connected devices, adding a new option to turn off automatic bus scans and bringing other improvements, including recognition of ISO 9660 CD-ROMs in its info-dialog.
Yesterday ATI introduced its new TRUFORM rendering technology. Other reports included rising prices on the Pioneer DVR-AO3 DVD-R/CD-R, Harvard University\'s ousting of Dell, new details on Airburst, shipment of Tales of the Sword Coast, release of Yellow Dog Linux 2.0, Burger King\'s Mac kiosks, a Mac-centric Doonesbury, shipment of Dual USB DVD/CD-R iBooks, and an iBook hack that put Clarus the dogcow in the laptop\'s glowing Apple. Software releases included Apple Theater Mode Update 2.0.3, iBook Audio Update 1.3.6, Opera 5.0b1, and Virtual PC 0006 Additions.
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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