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Apple has released a MySQL 3.23.32 Update for Mac OS X Server 10.0.3. The new version of the open source database server remains slightly behind the most current release of MySQL, version 3.23.38, due to the time required to test and certify the server within Mac OS X Server.
Mag-Tek Inc. has introduced a new \"Mini USB\" magnetic stripe swipe reader, which requires 50% less space than full-size readers and requires no external power source. Production of the device is underway, although no firm release date has been set.
Formac has dropped prices on its FireWire CD-RW and DVD-RAM drives. Formac 16x10x40 CD-RW is now available for $290, with a 24x10x40 version scheduled for release in mid-June. The Formac 9.4GB DVD-RAM drive now sells for $480.
At the 2001 JavaOne SM Developers Conference, Macromedia announced that Blue Martini Software would deliver extensions for Dreamweaver UltraDev later this year that let developers visually design Java Server Pages (JSP), and insert or modify objects and method calls for Blue Martini applications from within the UltraDev user interface without having to write code.
In \"Free Web: its days are numbered?\", ZDNet ponders whether the age of free content on the Web is coming to an end, as dot-com companies discover that providing free content and services is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain as a profitable business strategy. \"...the introduction of charges may fundamentally alter the course of the medium. This evolution could create a new kind of digital divide linked to one\'s ability to pay for information and services, giving rise to virtually gated and balkanized communities throughout cyberspace.\"
Apple CarbonLib SDK 1.4a3 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.
NotifyMail 4.0.4 is a new version of the $18 shareware application that works in conjunction with a user\'s mail server to provide instant notification. The new version changes the default port back to 79 for improved compatibility, updates documentation with frames and addition server support, adds an installer for Mac OS X, and splits the Classic and Mac OS X versions. [Classic: 440 KB; OS X: 718 KB]
Monsoon\'s iM-700 Flat Panel Audio System is now USB compatible, after Sonigistix developed an in-line cable attachment for the product. \"The device works well with Apple\'s new OS X operating system and is designed to support Apple\'s move to USB audio.\" The USB-compatible audio system is available now for $170.
Burning Bytes\' Monitorer 1.0 is a $5 utility that records keystrokes in order to prevent loss of data to a crash, power outage, or other system disturbance.
Stone Design is now offering 5-packs of its Stone Studio suite of applications for Mac OS X. The suite of applications lets users perform graphic design with page layout and web publishing features, manage digital photos, track time and bill clients, and produce PDF from PostScript files. Users can buy four copies of Stone Studio at the introductory price of $300 each and receive a fifth copy free.
Agere Systems has developed a reference design for a 1394a (FireWire) and Universal Serial Bus (USB) host functionality on a single PCI card. The card integrates a 400 Megabits per second physical-layer FireWire IC and a QuadraBus USB IC that supports a total device bandwidth of 48 Mbits. Manufacturers of Macintosh expansion cards plan to begin delivering products based on this design before the end of the Summer.
Seek Systems, Inc. has announced that its FasFile RAID product has completed Apple compatibility requirements for the Macintosh platform. Because of the host independence of FasFile RAID, users can attach Macintosh, Windows, UNIX, and Linux platforms to the same FasFile RAID system for file and application sharing. With a standard external SCSI connector, the FasFile storage array does not require any modification to the Mac OS.
Canon is now bundling Microtech\'s pocket-sized ZiO! digital film reader with its Canon S800 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer. The S800 photo printer outposts high-resolution photos on plain and specialty paper at 2400x1200 dpi. The printer can output a full 8\" x 10\" color print in approximately two minutes.
Real Software, developer of the popular Macintosh programming tool REALbasic, has announced that Streetwise Software will immediately assume all sales, marketing, and support of REALbasic in Australia. Streetwise already distributes titles from Blizzard, Sierra, and Graphic Simulations.
Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh 1.5.7, a 4th Dimension component that provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space. BASh v1.5.7 contains 23 new methods, including 2 new modules of code.
The Omni Group, at Apple\'s recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), won Apple Design Awards for \"Best Mac OS X User Experience\" and \"Best New Mac OS X Product\" for its Mac OS X native browser, OmniWeb. Catchy Software\'s AutoCompleter was awarded \"Best Mac OS X technology Adoption,\" while Tenon Intersystems\' Xtools won \"Most Innovative Mac OS X Product\".
Packetport.com has introduced the VoicePak Phone Handset, a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone for making phone calls over the Internet. The VoicePak Phone Handset is compatible with both Mac and Windows and includes a built-in microphone, speaker, DSP processor, USB interface, and volume control. The company will demonstrate VoicePak this week at the SuperComm 2001 Show in Atlanta, GA.
Digital Crowd has launched ExpireIt, a new service designed to prevent unwanted email. The service, which comes as both a Carbon and Classic client, offers disposable email addresses that can be set to expire by the user at any time. The free version of ExpireIt includes 5 expiring addresses, while additional addresses can be purchased in packages or unlimited addresses for $25 per year.
MaxBulk Mailer 1.7.2 is a new version of the $10 shareware mail-merge and bulk mailer software. The new version adds a New Tag menu and headers to recipients exportation, as well as several improvements and bug fixes.
FragMac is currently accepting reader questions for its upcoming interview with Firetoad Software, developer of the Mac OS X/Windows racing game, FUEL. The game is expected to be released in the first half of 2002.
Saguaro Studios has introduced Oratorio, presentation software designed to present the words of hymns and songs for churches and church musicians. The Carbonized software, currently in public beta testing, allows users to \"assemble visuals for a complete service or event within minutes, simply by selecting songs from the library and customizing them for the event.\" A contest is also underway to create an icon for the application. [Classic: 1.4 MB; Carbon: 878 KB]
Thomas Tempelmann\'s Joliet File System 1.4.2 fixes a problem with playing Video CDs and now mounts certain Hybrid CDs in their preferred HFS format (instead of the limited ISO format). The freeware System Extension provides improved compatibility with certain non-Mac CD-ROMs.
Adreview has posted a commentary piece on how Apple\'s advertising has gone 180 degrees since \"1984\".
Trans Text Software\'s $15 shareware text editor, Tex-Edit Plus 4.1.2, features improved remote file editing (when used with an FTP client), an option to disable its multiple undo feature, and other bug fixes.
Acrux Software has released iBuild 1.0.2, a new version of its multimedia authoring application that has minor bug fixes as well as an improved freeware \"Lite\" version with more functionality. Spricing pricing of $30 ($20 off) on the \"Pro\" version has been extended through June 30th.
A German version of MAKI Enteriprise\'s $30 Web content filtering software, Kids GoGoGo 2.7 DE, is now available. Demos are available in both English and German.
Creative Planet last week announced Movie Magic Budgeting 5.6 and Movie Magic Scheduling 3.6, its estimation and scheduling breakdown tools for film and television production studios. The new versions will offer a return to \"unlimited-use license mode\" and enhancements to international features, more advanced print options, user interface adjustments and better overall stability. Each will be sold separately for $700 with a $50 discount for electronic downloads and $350 upgrade price for existing customers (through July 31st).
Mat Caughron writes about a development update to the open-source graphics application, MacGIMP, now \"runs stably and very quickly in the X Windows environment under a variety of attractive windows managers. GIMP is an open-source program which has many of Photoshop\'s features...Unix and Linux users will also be pleased to note that rootless X is now also quite stable.\"
Early morning tech news: LaCie has announced its 220GB SuperDLT Drive in the UK, offering backup speeds of 11 MB/sec for £3,400; Following last week\'s revamped business strategy, ATI today announced it would help manufacture and distribute graphics solutions from Acer-DMS; and Microsoft and AOL are negotiating again on the possible inclusion of AOL\'s Internet service with the forthcoming Windows XP.
Gideon Softworks\' Secure Shell Helper 0.1 is designed to manage OpenSSH keys and account access data files, allowing users to add/remove authorized keys, view/export public keys, and generate SSH1 RSA, SSH2 RSA and SSH2 DSA keys.
Frank Martin\'s FUNDimensions 3.6, a free upgrade to the $1730 fundraising software, adds an integrated word processor and a new read-only mode as well as other enhancements. A demo is available online.
Insider Software\'s font repair and management application, FontAgent 8.5, offers better font handling, improved identification, and better support for Mac OS 9 as well as more stability when testing corrupt fonts. It is a free update to the $70 application. A limited edition that handles up to 250 fonts is available for $30. [FA, FA-CD--2.8MB]
Stanford has released Folding@home 1.34 for OS X, a distributed client application (console mode only) that allows users to help solve \"the protein folding problem\" by running simulations on their computer and reporting the results to a central database.
David Kopec\'s shareware utility for storing/managing URLs, URL Box 1.5, includes new URL naming features, new icons, interface enhancements, and bug fixes.
Colin Cornaby has posted XMorph Public Preview 1, which allows \"theming\" in OS X: \"I am currently building XMorph\'s successor, Duality. Unlike XMorph, Duality does not have to be run in Root. I have also built Theme Builder 1.0.\" [links updated]
Jay Carlson\'s PPC crosscompilation benchmarks offers a comparison between x86 and Apple hardware: \"Most published Mac benchmarks want to talk about Photoshop filters, media encoding, and so on. The Power Mac G4 page says the 733 MHz G4 is up to 57% faster than a 1.5 GHz Pentium 4---with the footnote \"*Based on a suite of performance tests using Adobe Photoshop 6.0.\" Apple\'s G4 page talks about supercomputing. And those are good and useful numbers if that\'s what you care about doing.\"
LaunchBar 3.0pr1 is a \"smart and powerful tool designed to provide fastest access to thousands of files, web-bookmarks, email-addresses and applications spread over your system within the fraction of a second just by entering a short abbreviation.\" Version 3.0 offers a new user interface, access from any application via a hot-key, and a variety of default options.
Sig Software\'s Drop Drawers 1.5.5, for both Classic and OS X, is described as \"a revolutionary user-interface enhancement which provides floating drawers to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else.\" Version 1.5.5 adds the ability to add a trash can to clip drawers, Tool Tips, and minor new features. Drop Drawers X 1.5.5 also adds support for high resolution icons in clip drawers, can launch automatically after login and is faster and more memory-efficient than earlier OS X versions. [Classic, Carbon]
New Tricks 1.3 is a new version of its word processing software that adds FTP functions, the ability to download Web pages, and an improved print preview. The $15 shareware offers a plug-in architecture that can extend the application\'s functions, including the abiity to send e-mail from the program, sort your documents in various ways, apply text formatting to special parts of the document, etc.
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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