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st3 is using Apple\'s QuickTime and its own streaming media technology to webcast bluegrass, honky-tonk and rock performances live as they occur at Twangfest, an annual \"celebration of great Americana music\" that runs June 7-9.
The Washington Post praises the new iBook\'s lightweight design and low cost, but questions whether a 5-hour battery life is actually achievable with even light use and notes its \"smallish hard drive\" as the laptop\'s one real shortfall.
Total Recall Software has released Search & Rescue Mac 1.0, a $200 data recovery tool that can recover both HFS+ and Mac OS X HFS+ disks in OS 9; a native Mac OS X version is currently in development and will be released when finished.
Architosh reports on a Sacramento, California school\'s ousting of Macs, Revit\'s attack on Autocad, and a request for CNC-Milling software for the Mac.
Extension Overload 5.8.4 is a maintenance release of the informational resource that offers detailed information on 4807 extensions, control panels, control strip modules, and contextual menu items in your system.
The Mozilla Organization has released Mozilla 0.9.1, a new version of its open-source Web browser. Version 0.9.1 adds a completely overhauled modern skin, improved stability, a new status bar that combines the taskbar and statusbar into one toolbar, typedown addressing against an LDAP server, bi-directional text support, and other improvements. The build is released for testing purposes only.
NewTek has released a public beta version of its Shockwave3D exporter for LightWave 3D 6.5. The tool allows users to export LightWave 3D models and scenes into ShockWave3D format for use with Macromedia Director.
Bare Feats compares NVIDIA\'s GeForce3 to the GeForce2 MX and ATI\'s Radeon in a test of speed in Quake III: Arena and Adobe Photoshop.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, was awarded a Visionary Award by The Software Development Forum (SDForum) at the Fourth Annual Visionary Award Celebration on June 7. The event recognizes industry leaders who not only helped to create the high technology industry but also used their talents to enhance their communities. Revered for his technical wizardry, his low-key style, and his zeal for challenging convention, \"Woz\" now focuses on community support. He helped fund the Tech Museum and the Children\'s Discovery Museum, and he spends countless hours showing schoolchildren how to use computers and think creatively. He has donated computers, servers and Internet access in Silicon Valley and the USSR, and he generously supports the arts and humanities. Although Steve and Apple parted years ago, he still evangelizes and owns stock in the company.
GameSpot has published a Myst III: Exile Game Guide, offering both puzzle hints and complete walkthrough sections in an effort to avoid spoiling plot twists and game elements for those that only need \"a nudge in the right direction.\"
Font Catalog 2.3, a $5 shareware program that prints out a paper catalog of fonts, is now Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X.
eWeek reports on the forthcoming release of Mac OS 9.2, code-named Moonlight, which is winding down its development cycle and expected to be released with little fanfare in the coming weeks. The update will improve its stability and performance when used as the Classic layer of Mac OS X, and will include a slew of bug fixes and support for new Apple hardware.
Eudora 5.1b16 is a new version of QUALCOMM\'s e-mail client for Mac OS X. The new version resizes the toolbar button customization dialog, enables the horizontal zoom button in the Address Book, includes modified settings in \"Insert System Configuration\", sends inline signatures when threading is turned off, and fixes a dozen bugs.
Pixar Animation Studios and Apple (both headed by CEO Steve Jobs) have released the movie trailer for \"Monsters, Inc.,\" the upcoming animated film from Pixar and Disney. The movie features the voice talents of James Coburn, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and other well-known actors. \"Monsters, Inc.\" is Pixar\'s fourth animated film, following the phenomenal successes of \"Toy Story\", \"Toy Story 2\", and \"A Bug\'s Life\".
Thoth 1.2.2 is a new version of the $25 Carbonized shareware newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher. The new version adds a File Mappings Editor, restores the ability to use all available news server connections for queued transfers, support for long file names with uuencode files on Mac OS X, and other improvements and bug fixes.
Painting 2.0.2 is a maintenance release of Sarwat Khan\'s $20 shareware graphics program, which features all the standard paint tools, plus special effects, support for multiple file formats, customized color sets, graphics tablet support, intelligent 32-bit icon creation for documents, and more.
eKiosk 1.1 (formerly eManager Pro) is a $100 tool that secures a Mac from users in public spaces, including the look and functions of Internet Explorer, blocking access to the Finder, blocking the CD-ROM, hiding the menu bar, and more. Version 1.1 eliminates the floating pallette.
Sonnet has reduced the price of its Tango FireWire/USB PCI combo-card to £75 in the UK, according to Macworld UK.
San Franciscoís JavaOne conference offered the first opportunity for Apple to highlight its full Java 2 Standard Edition 1.3 support, including the client version of the HotSpot virtual machine offered in OS X.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) has recognized a new Mac worm as MacSimpsons@mm and classifies it as not particularly malicious. A full list of its known functions as well as how to remove the worm are available from SARC.
Matthew Rothenberg\'s commentary, titled \"Linux\'s place in the Macintosh world,\" says Linux has a dual role: It gives new life to old Macs and drives Mac sales among users who would rather not switch operating systems.
IBM\'s new forthcoming \"strained silicon\" technology adds a \"lattice-like layer of IBM\'s silicon-germanium blend to the chip, which helps to increase the efficiency of its transistors. The technique will give a 35 percent performance boost to high-end PowerPC processors used in servers and will significantly reduce the power consumption of chips used in handheld devices.\" The new chips will be used in IBM servers around 2003 in speeds ranging from 4GHz to 5GHz. Meanwhile, the article notes that PowerPC chips for consumer and networking purposes will hit 1GHz \"later this year.\"
Escape Information Services has announced QMedical 1.0b, a medical imaging plug-in for the 4th Dimension RDBMS/RAD/WEB application development environment that provides a plug-in area and programming interface for handling DICOM or other medical images. It is currently in beta testing. [site not responding]
Fidelity Media\'s MegaSeg 2.0 is a major upgrade to its Mac DJ software, which now offers real-time beat mixing, an improved interface, automatic or manual cross-fades, and video support via QuickTime. It also offers extensive search functions and support for multiple sound output devices as well as USB-based input. Version 2.0 is available for $30 off the regular price of $150 through July 1st. Upgrades are $50.
Tyson Tate has released PassMan 1.0.1, a \"small but powerful utility [$5] that will store all your passwords, codes, and phrases in one secure location.\" [Classic-183KB, Carbon-566KB]
The freeware manpage viewer manThor 1.0 for OS X offers the ability to view the UNIX manpages (system documentation) without the terminal: \"The pages can be printed or saved as a PDF file, while manThor is available from inside every other Cocoa application through services to offer a convenient way to access the UNIX documentation when needed.\"
Colin Cornaby has released XMorph Public Preview 1.1, a \"simple-to-develop-for theme changer for Mac OS X. This version corrected a major bug which kept the theme changer for using some custom themes... XMorph full is due soon. I am experimenting with root-less use right now.\" [XPP, TB]
Apple\'s Tech Info Library notes two different circulating OS X CDs, warning that users should not \"mix and match\" the versions on each CD: \" If you want to install versions of Mac OS X from each CD, partition your hard disk and install each version of Mac OS X 10.0 on a different partition. Do not install a version of Mac OS X from one CD over a version of Mac OS X from the other CD.\"
Yesterday FlexWare International announced plans to bring FlexWare Accounting to Mac OS X. Other reports included the GM milestone of Summoner, ABC\'s television adaptation of \"You Don\'t Know Jack,\" the TiBag carrying case, shipment of the Que! LS-240 SuperDisk, a major educational win for Apple, a new 5400 rpm 48 GB HD for PowerBook G3/G4s, an update on Maya for Mac OS X, and Sony\'s new digital camera and two new photo printers. Software releases included Toon Boom Studio Beta (OS X), HealthEngage Asthma 1.1, and SuperGIF 1.5.
c|net\'s OS death match: Windows 2000 vs. OS X compares the two \"heavy weight\" operating systems, including installation, interface, software compatibility, hardware compatibility, and internet support: \"...our panel of seven judges delivered a solid victory to the revolutionary Mac OS. We couldn\'t overlook the Mac\'s legendary installation ease and its smooth hardware integration--most notably, digital video media such as cameras and videocameras, thanks to its FireWire support. ...Yes, OS X harbors serious some serious software compatibility shortcomings. But OS X\'s industrywide standards and Unix core will likely deliver the same variety of Mac apps that Windows now enjoys. In the meantime, OS X has power and compatibility where it really counts.\"
Sonnet\'s Crescendo/7200 v1.01 driver extends virtual memory support from 256MB to 1 GB, improves RAM parameters to make the memory system more robust, adds support for the Tempo Ultra ATA66 adapter, and makes other changes. The extension is still incompatible with Ram Doubler, Virtual PC, and Mac OS 9.1 and limits physical memory to 384 MB on the 7200 card and 128 MB on the motherboard.
Lazy Mountain Software\'s Key Pad 2.0.6 is an update to its popular shareware ($10) personal account information and password database program. Version 2.06 includes an improved password generator and is now available as a Carbon application.
A new \"Smart Tags\" feature in Windows XP will reportedly allow Internet Explorer to \"re-edit anybody\'s site, without the owner\'s knowledge or permission, in a way that tempts users to leave and go to a Microsoft-chosen site whether or not that site offers better information.\"
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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