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Forbes has released its annual list of the world\'s richest people, with Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates topping the list with a net worth of $58.7 billion, nearly double his closest competitor of Warren Buffet at $32.3 billion. Prince Alwaleed Alsaud, who owns a significant stake in Apple, is ranked at sixth with $20 billion, while Apple CEO Steve Jobs is ranked at 387th with a net worth of $1.3 billion.
MacDICT 2.0 is a new version of the application that lets users access a growing number of databases, including Webster\'s Dictionary, for free. Other databases include the U.S. Gazetter, Free Online Dictionary of Computing, WordNet, Jargon File, and the CIA World Factbook.
Morrison SoftDesign has released FontVista 2.0, a new version of its software for printing font catalogs and inspection sheets for an entire font library.
FireWire Depot has announced a number of new FireWire products that will be available in the next two to four weeks, including enclosures, IDE/FireWire bridgeboards, FireWire PCI cards, a 6 pin to 4 pin cable converter, and a FireWire bridgeboard designed to fit any SCSI enclosure box. Additionally, the company has reduced pricing on the CDCyclone 24x CD-RW from $370 to $350.
Adobe plans on skipping next month\'s Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City\'s Jacob K. Javitz Center, according to ZDNet, citing budget constraints. However, the company plans to release Carbonized versions of its core graphics applications—many of which are relied upon by many in the publishing industry—in their next major revisions.
Architosh reports on HexaSuper2, a 3D application that lets users make 3D objects from 2D illustrations or photographs, and a demonstration of VersaCAD 2001 Mac.
Lorenzo F. notes that APC is currently considering whether to develop a software product that will support a graceful shutdown of Mac OS X in conjunction with its UPS units. \"Another thing to note is that the support of this OS is not definite at this time,\" says Stefanie Silvia of APC\'s Customer Solutions Team.
Forbes.com asks, \"What Is Sony Thinking?\" in an article that compares the eVilla, Sony\'s new Internet appliance, to the original Mac. \"Anyone who\'s been using computers for more than a few years can\'t help but notice the resemblance of the eVilla to the earliest of Apple\'s Macintosh computers.\"
A reader sent us photos from the floor at MacHack, the annual conference for leading edge developers.
ProVUE Panorama 4.0 is a new version of the $300 ($70 upgrade) RAM-based relational database package. Version 4.0 adds cross-platform compatibility, two dozen new \"wizards\" that help streamline development and use of Panorama databases, improved font management, an optional enhanced image pack for displaying JPEG, TIFF, and many other image formats, improved debugging tools, and more.
three-2-one has released a public beta of mp3voodoo 2.0, an MP3 collection organizer, browser, and player for Classic and Mac OS X. mp3voodoo uses QuickTime or a third-party MP3 player to play titles directly out of collections or previously created playlists.
The Register quotes an ex-Apple software engineer who explains that re-writing Mac OS X\'s Finder in Cocoa would not be a reliable solution to gaining more speed in the operating system\'s file browser. \"Rewriting the Finder in Cocoa is not the answer.\"
After releasing a Mac OS X version earlier this week, id Software has released the Classic version of Quake III: Arena 1.29f Beta. The update adds new pro maps, new network code, a new auto-update system, new rail, rocket, plasma, and lightning effects, and new cheating counter measures.
Apple\'s \"Digitizing the Dalai Lama\" tells the story of Joel Kuwahara, an out-of-work dot-commer who decided to fly to Dharamsala, India and help train Buddhist monks to archive and preserve the teachings of their spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama. Kuwahara started with a 733 MHz Power Mac G4 and a 15\" Apple Studio Display.
Kinetic Creations has released a public beta of eClick 1.0, its Carbonized application for creating button graphics for Web sites and presentations. The full version of the $30 application will be available on July 16th; pre-orders through July 15th will receive a $5 discount. [agreement]
e.p.i.c. interactive has announced that its cartoon adventure game, The Feeble Files, is expected to go into production next week. A demo version of Knights and Merchants, its empire building game, will be released in mid-July, and an add-on mission pack for Earth 2140 will be released by the end of July.
Frank Klassner, an Assistant Professor of the Computer Science Department at Villanova University, is calling for volunteer programmers to aid in the development of an interface library for controlling LEGO Mindstorms robots from Macs. \"The work is part of a National Science Foundation education materials development grant to develop software and laboratory projects that support the use of LEGO Mindstorms to teach computer science to college students.\" The group is looking for programmers fluent in Lisp, C++, or Java and those who have experience writing programs that can control the IR ports on PowerBooks.
Freelance writer Chris Barylick has published an editorial, \"Technology and Social Isolation,\" which covers the temptation by many to completely replace real-life interactions with virtual ones.
F-Script 1.1b is an open-source scripting environment for OS X, offering \"advanced interactive scripting language for Cocoa, a new model for object oriented programming based on array technology, and an innovative object browser for graphical access to Cocoa Objects.\"
Chevell has posted an article on how to setup DVD playback of region-less DVDs in OSX.
FirewireDirect is expected to announce its new FireWire DV WebCam, which offers video capture at 30 fps at resolutions of up to 640x480. The camera bundles Smith Micro\'s VideoLink for Mac for video teleconferencing, video email, movie making, and video presentations. The $100 WebCam has a 1/3\" CCD, detachable base and cable.
Soft Solutions is offering GlobalFax customers a 30% discount on the retail price of 4-Sight Fax v.4.1.1 and says it \"will assist with transitions from GlobalFax to 4-Sight Fax.\"
Mastery Multimedia\'s \"The Nuts and Bolts of QuickTime VR\" is a free 3-hr seminar that \"will show you what it takes to create QTVR content for print or for the web.\" It runs twice each day on both July 10th an 12th in Sydney, Australia and is sponsored by Apple, Kaidan, Canon, Spheron, Realviz, and VR ToolBox. Interested attendees should contact the company by email.
Convert 1.2.9 adds new a new Length unit, smaller application size and more efficient memory utilization, as well as precision and localization enhancements to the $15 utility that performs up to 40 different conversions.
Sapphire Innovations has announced PluginMagic 1.1, adds 100+ plugns to the set of more than 1250 plugins/filters for Photoshop 5 an later, including \"random effects, inverse, noise filters, emboss effects, blurs, colour effects, line effects, distortions, etc. A demo is available online.
Yesterday we reported the release of Mac OS X 10.0.4. Other reports included next week\'s release of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, attendance expectations for Macworld New York, Keyspan\'s USB Mini Hub, the retail discontinuation of the CD-RW iBook, Roxio\'s countersuit against Gracenote, Asanté\'s $10,000 educational grant, and The Apple I Owners Club. Software releases included Baldur\'s Gate Multiplayer Update 1.0 Beta, TechTool Lite 3.01, and Retrospect Driver Update 2.2.
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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