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Apple has released a PowerBook G4 DVD-ROM 1.2 Update that improves support for the insertion and mounting of optical media on the popular laptop. The DVD-ROM Update places new firmware on the Apple DVD-ROM drive installed in PowerBook G4 Titanium computers. PowerBook G4 owners running Mac OS X must boot into OS 9.1 to run the update. [updated]
Microsoft has released a security update for the macro vulnerability in Microsoft Word noted two weeks ago. The security update is available for both Microsoft Office 98 and Office 2001 for the Mac. Each must be updated to the latest version before applying the security update.
On June 8th, Milton Academy will use Macs and Channel Storm\'s Live Channel to broadcast its graduation ceremonies in QuickTime live over the Internet. Milton Academy is an independent coeducational boarding and day school located 8 miles south of Boston. The school hired SoftTech, a technology consulting company, to implement the broadcast.
Apple, Intel, and Microsoft will sponsor this year\'s 1394 Developers\' Conference, scheduled for July 31-August 2 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington. The FireWire-related conference, now in its fifth year, moves from its traditional Silicon Valley location to Redmond, the main headquarters of software giant Microsoft.
MaxBulk Mailer 1.7.2, a $25 shareware mail-merge and bulk mailer software released yesterday for Classic, is now available for Mac OS X. French and Spanish versions will be available soon.
Sane Solutions has released NetTracker 5.0 for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, a log file analysis tool that provides detailed web site traffic reporting and web data mining. NetTracker 5.0 Professional costs $500, while pricing for NetTracker 5.0 Enterprise begins at $1,000 for analyzing five sites and moves upward to $10,000 for analyzing 1,000 sites. A 15-day trial version is available online.
Palm has released Palm OS Emulator 3.2, an emulator useful for developing Palm applications on the Mac. The new version is now Carbonized for native support on Mac OS X. Other additions include Visor Edge support, improvements to LCD-handling code, support for soft, hard, debug, and no extension resets, a new popup menu, and additional improvements and bug fixes.
Christian Vick\'s iDisk Mounter 1.8, a new version of the utility for better accessing Apple\'s iDisk service, adds command files to execute commands to iDisk Mounter, a more comfortable combined user and password dialog, and other minor improvements.
id Software co-founder and Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Famer John Carmack has responded on Slashdot to the PPC vs. x86 Linux benchmarks that were noted yesterday. \"I\'ll be right there trumpeting it when I get a Mac that runs my tests faster than any x86 hardware, but it hasn\'t happened yet.\" Carmack is currently leading a team developing the next iteration of Doom, one of the company\'s first groundbreaking first-person shooter games.
While scheduled for release tomorrow for the PC, World War II Online, the massively multiplayer war combat game from Cornered Rat Software, will not be released for the Mac for another two to three weeks, according to Inside Mac Games. The game, published by Strategy First, will be available in separate Mac and PC boxes.
Intelli Innovations has released eMail Alert! 2.7.2, a maintenance release of its $15 Carbonized e-mail notification and browsing software for the Mac.
Napster is near to closing a deal that would allow it to sell songs offered by MusicNet, the company created by RealNetworks and three major record labelsAOL Time Warner\'s Warner Music Group, EMI Recorded Music, and Bertlesmann\'s BMG Entertainment, according to c|net. Under the arrangement, Napster users would have to subscribe to the company\'s basic service, which allows the swapping of songs by independent labels and self-produced tracks, and pay an additional fee in order to download a limited number of MusicNet songs from the major labels, which would be tied to the computer and unable to be burned to CD or transferred to portable devices.
Blue World Communications has announced its Lasso 5 product line, consisting of Lasso Studio 5 and Lasso Professional 5. Lasso Professional 5 will be available in Lite, Standard, Developer, and Enterprise Editions.
Mark Brownell\'s MTML Document Browser 2.0.2 is a tool for presenting a large document of text with a relational text gathering system. Meaningful Text Markup Language (MTML) allows large text files to be broken into smaller navigable parts. The new version adds improvements to navigation, improvements in the find and replace functions, and additional bug fixes and documentation.
Sophisticated Circuits has released its 4D Upbeat Plug-in, a patent pending technology for monitoring the health and well being of software processes from inside the applications themselves, allowing subtle problems to be detected and responded to before complete failure and without human intervention. 4D has issued support for the product and will bundle it on future developer CD distributions.
Architosh reports on an upcoming Apple Seminar at the Boston Apple Marketing Center featuring the new ArchiCAD 7.0.
ZDNet\'s Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols declares that Linux has and always will be a non-player on the desktop, but recommends that users looking for a Unix desktop on a popular operating system turn to Apple\'s latest offering. \"If you want a Unix desktop system that\'s great and popular, say \"hi\" to Mac OS X.\"
Diasoft Corporation has introduced FileReplicationPro, a multi-platform, Java-based real-time mirroring solution for servers that is \"faster and more secure than anything on the market today.\" FileReplicationPro provides TCP/IP-based file replication and automatically schedules backups of multiple servers. It allows for real-time replications from multiple to multiple cross-platform servers, and conserves network bandwidth through its Differential File Backup and Compression technologies. The software is available as a 2-pak license ($600), 3-pak license ($800), or 5-pak license ($1250), with additional licenses costing $250 each. A 30-day trial version is available online.
Deep Sky Technologies has released HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0b01, a 4th Dimenson component that provides a comprehensive set of HTTP and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects. HTTP Client Deux works on top of TCP Deux, another 4D component from Deep Sky, and requires the BASh component to be installed as well.
Roxio, creator of the Toast CD burning software, and EMI Recorded Music, the third largest record company in the world, have entered into a strategic relationship to develop a secure CD recording platform whereby Roxio\'s software will allow a customer to burn EMI music onto CD when permitted to do so. Additionally, EMI has made an equity investment in Roxio. \"The agreement between Roxio and EMI recognizes the fundamental changes taking place in the way content is distributed and the parties\' intent to create a new, secure standard for digital content delivery.\"
McAfee.com Kids CyberSavvy is a $40 hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM that educates teens and children about the dangers of the Internet and how to deal with them. The program integrates real-life interviews and tales from teens who have experienced online dangers first-hand, while animated guides ask questions to gauge users\' knowledge and understanding of safe online communication and behavior. Topics addressed include the proper way to express yourself online and handling personal information over the Internet. Discounts are available for educators and multiple copies.
The FileMaker Developer Conference 2001 will take place August 12-15 at Disney\'s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Entitled \"The Wonderful World of FileMaker,\" the annual three-day conference includes nearly 50 expert sessions covering the most important topics for developers, including mobile/wireless applications, database security, FileMaker and XML, JDBC and other Web standards, and integrating FileMaker via SQL into enterprise systems.
Salon.com has posted \"Apple\'s moviemaking revolution,\" an article that explores the effect of Apple\'s Final Cut Pro professional movie editing software on the film and television industries and how it has changed the landscape for rival and long-time leader Avid.
Olympus has introduced its D-370 consumer digital camera, which features extended battery-life technology providing hundreds of shots in normal operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries. The Olympus D-370 features a compact, lightweight clam-shell design (6.7 ounces) and can produce 4\" x 6\" prints using the megapixel CCD (1280 x 960 pixel resolution). The camera will be available in August 2001 for an estimated street price of $200.
Sustainable Softworks has introduced four new bundles of its networking and security applications: IPNetRouter, IPNetSentry, IPNetMonitor, and IPNetTuner.
LaCie has lowered pricing on its 16x10x40x CD-RW to $300 (after $30 rebate). The CD-RW is available with either a combo USB/FireWire or SCSI-3 interface, and features burn-proof technology.
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 1.2.5, a new version of its $60 Carbonized dynamic email merge software for the Mac. Version 1.2.5 adds support for attachments, recipient import from Microsoft Entourage and Outlook Express, and improved HTML support.
Future Power has settled the pending lawsuit with Apple over its iMac look-alike. Under terms of the settlement, Future Power agrees to remain under an injunction that prohibits it from selling the computer through February 1, 2004. In addition, both parties agreed that Future Power may introduce a 17\" all-in-one, two-tone, translucent Windows-based computer called the AIO. The settlement fully resolves all ongoing litigation with Apple.
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 5 new sets of icons designed for Mac OS X: MM Folders 4 (folders), Transformers (misc.), MM Aqua (applications), Flat Aqua Folders (folders), and Cars (misc.). Xicons posts new sets daily and currently offers over 2300 icons for Mac OS X.
MiLAN today introduced its ShAir Office, a new 802.11b wireless networking solution, which includes a Cable/DSL modem port, 10/100 Ethernet LAN port, integrated print server port, serial port, USB client connectivity, and a ShAir Office Wireless PCMCIA card. Other features include NAT, VPN, firewall packet filtering, user access controls, and 40/128 bit wireless encryption as well as Web-based administration. [pricing not available]
Texas Instruments has announced a new wireless LAN chip which will be available for use in reference designs for PC card, mini-PCI and USB devices. The new chip claims to increase WLAN coverage area by 70 percent versus competitive solutions in real life environments as a \"result of a 30 percent linear reach improvement. \"..the ACX100 [chip] is firmware upgradable, which facilitates support of evolving IEEE standards such as the forthcoming 802.11e (quality of service) and 802.11i (security enhancements). The device is fully compatible with the IEEE 802.11b standard and also supports a 22Mbit/sec high rate mode that doubles the throughput over today\'s existing 802.11b networks.\"
WebDesign 1.0 is a plugin-based Web site authoring tool that \"combines the ease of use of a WYSIWYG HTML editor with the flexibility and power of a text editor.\" The $30 shareware allows users with no programming experience to customize WebDesign\'s features through a visual environment to create custom HTML wizards or Language Extensions to aid in their HTML editing.
Apple has posted the winners of its Apple Design Awards, which were awarded last month at WWDC. As noted yesterday, The Omni Group\'s OmniWeb 4.0 took top honors in two categories, while Tenon\'s xTools won the \"Most Innovative Mac OS X Product\" and Catchy Software\'s AutoComplete 1.0 won \"Best Mac OS X Technology.\"
Apple has launched a special double-your-memory promo in the UK for new iMac purchases at participating dealers, which include most AppleCentres, the Apple Store and most major resellers, according to Macworld UK.
Everyday Software\'s Mac OS X Toolbar Buttons 1.0 contains \"two small and simple classes to make toolbar buttons that look like OS X toolbars.\"
Jason Greene notes that Farallon has (quietly) posted a final version of its new SkyLINE 11Mb Wireless PC Card v3.01 driver, which now provides support for \"the new Computer-to-Computer mode introduced with AirPort 1.3, named Ad Hoc networks.\"
Lunar Software\'s Earthbrowser 1.5.1 fixes a few bugs with proxy servers and adds more webcams to the $20 (Carbonized) shareware earth simulation software that provides real-time weather conditions.
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy 1.4.0 for both Classic and OS X. Version 1.4 of the $15 shareware adds new features to the Contact Sheet Panel and a \"new Print To File feature with the ability to set the export file size allowing you to quickly save layouts for emailing to clients or for archive.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s new \"iMac Music to Your Ears Promo\" offers 6 months same as cash or a free Rio 600 MP3 to any iMac purchase between June 5 and July 8 from an Authorized Apple Reseller, the online Apple Store, or a retail Apple Store. Customers may choose a \"no payment, no interest for 6 months financing or a free Rio 600 32MB MP3 player from Apple via mail-in fulfillment.\"
GrafEq 2.10, from Pedagoguery Software, is a new version of its graphing utility, offering a new French-localized version, better graphing of formulae containing common sub-expressions, JIF/PCX export, RTF encapsulation, and support for color printing using an ImageWriter dot-matrix printer.
Yesterday Formac lowered pricing on its FireWire CD-RW and DVD-RAM drives. Other reports included Monsoon\'s USB-compatible iM 700 flat panel audio system, Canon\'s bundle of the ZiO! with its S800 photo printer, Packetport.com\'s VoicePak Phone Handset, the launch of ExpireIt, Apple\'s advertising moves, and benchmarks between x86 and Apple hardware running Linux. Software releases included Monitorer 1.0, Tex-Edit Plus 4.1.2, and FontAgent 8.5.
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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