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Asanté Technologies has posted a net loss of $600,000, or $.06 per share, on sales of $4.9 million for its third quarter of fiscal 2001 ended June 30. The company attributed the overall weak sales to the continuing economic slowdown and weak sales for some of the company\'s legacy Apple products.
IPNetRouter 1.6 is a maintenance update for Sustainable Softworks\' popular software routing solution for sharing a single Internet connection across a network.
CE Software has relesed QuicKeys X Beta 2, a new beta version of its automation utility for Mac OS X. Beta 2 adds a new Editor interface, a mouse recording plug-in, an improved Click shortcut, a Play Shortcut plug-in, improved disabling of hot keys, more reliable hot key triggering, improvements to typing on international systems, and a functioning \"Check for Update\" feature.
Take-Two Interactive is now shipping Green Berets, a new $20 squad-based tactical game powered by the company\'s Myth II engine. The hybrid (Mac/PC) game, which includes a fully functioning copy of the original Myth II, is set in the jungles of Southeast Asia and provides 10 dynamic missions through rice paddies and underground tunnels. Weapons include M60\'s and grenades, and players can use radio equipment to call in air assaults on the enemy. Multiplayer options, available via TCP/IP or Bungie.net, include cooperative solo campaigns, King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Body Count, and more.
The Shops at Willowbend, a new mall in Plano, Texas opening this Friday at 10 AM, will debut with the nation\'s third Apple retail store. The first 1,000 customers in the store will receive a free Apple t-shirt. Apple currently has two retail stores open in Glendale, CA and McLean, VA.
Morphon CSS-Editor Standalone Beta 2 is a Java-based Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor that supports full CSS1 and CSS2, multiple style sheets, Unicode 3.0, dynamic localization, and source-code editing. Beta 2 adds an enhanced summary panel, a new preview dialog, better support for file encodings, proper handling of relative URLs, and miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Dan Frakes, a conference speaker at the recent Macworld Conference & Expo New York, has released an article, available in PDF format, based on his user conference, \"Using the Classic Environment in OS X\". The article includes guidelines for upgrading to Mac OS X, optimizing Mac OS 9.1 for the Classic environment, troubleshooting the Classic environment, and known problems and conflicts.
Richard Bannister has released updates to a number of his game emulators, including a new version of his Game Boy Advance emulator, Boycott Advance 0.21. The new version improves compatibility and supports sound emulation.
MacNN reader David S. notes the uncanny resemblance of CMi\'s iCEBOX, a Web-enabled multimedia device designed for the kitchen, to the original Mac Classic.
Architosh reports on Nemetschek\'s integration of VectorWorks ARCHITECT and LANDMARK, Fujitsu\'s new magnetic-optical storage products, and ThinkFree Office 1.5, a Microsoft Office-compatible office suite for Mac OS X.
Several readers have spotted Apple PowerBooks, including the PowerBook G3 (Pismo) and PowerBook G4, in use at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station. The Canadian High Arctic site, where testing began earlier this month, is located near a 15-mile diameter meteorite impact crater and is believed to share many features with Mars. The Web site offers several Webcams where the PowerBooks have been seen.
Koingo Software has released Alarm Clock Pro 3.7, a new version of its $16 alarm clock utility for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 3.7 adds a Time Zone calculator and improves stability.
Jesse Spears has posted a first glimpse at Harpoon3, a naval combat simulator, running natively on Mac OS X. The Mac OS X version is not expected to be publicly available until September, \"about the time 10.1 ships.\"
Aspyr Media has announced the release of The Sims: House Party Expansion Pack for the Mac, the second expansion pack for one of the bestselling Mac games of 2000. The $30 expansion pack features parties that can be thrown by the players\' Sims, including a country barn dance, a tropical luau, or an underground rave. Additional objects and services, such as a mechanical bull or cake dancers, are also included. A Carbonized version of House Party for Mac OS X is expected to be released in September.
Gefen\'s Ex-tend-it is a new DVI Repeater that enables a computer\'s DVI (digital visual interface) graphics to be repeated and extended a distance of 50 feet. DVI displays can traditionally only be extended about six feet from a Mac. The device will begin shipping in September.
Newtourage 0.5 is a utility that will synchronize the Newton\'s Names Application with Microsoft Entourage\'s Address Book. Version 0.5 offers a new 2 component architecture, significantly faster processing, and stable serial and serial to USB connections.
FrontBase Inc, whose flagship product is a relational database for Mac OS X, has launched a developer reward program where points earned are tradable for Mac hardware and software. For every dollar spent on a FrontBase product (such as a license, support, or training), developers\' accounts will be credited 1 point and every 15 of those points will buy $1 worth of product at the online Apple Store.
Afternoon Tech News: The BSA (Business Software Alliance), which represents Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe, is launching an e-mail campaign to \"scare users into buying legal software\"; Intel is delivering new notebook-targeted Pentium III processors that run at up to 1.13 Ghz; IBM is taking a cue from Apple by introducing new laptops with built-in wireless capabilities; Yahoo is testing pop-up banner ads in an attempt to boost on-line revenues; Motorola is supplying G4 chips to Cisco for use in its routers, apparently taking advantage of AltiVec for improved networking speed.
The IEEE 1394 (FireWire) developer conference kicks off tomorrow and runs through August 2nd in Redmond, Washington at the Microsoft Conference Center. Apple, recognized as a founding member of the IEEE 1394 standard, is the Evening Event Sponsor of the conference, and will host driver writing sessions. Eric Anderson, Apple\'s FireWire Software Manager and Technical Lead, as well as other members of Apple\'s FireWire team will present at the gathering.
Hewlett Packard has introduced the Photo Scanner 1000, a $99 USB scanner that can capture media up to 4 x 6 inches with 30-bit color depth and 300 dpi resolution. The company also debuted four new flatbed scanners: the Scanjet 4400c, 4470c, 5470c and 5490c, which feature the ability to scan to a CD. The new flatbeds range in price from $149 to $349.
NPD Intellect has published a study claiming that thanks to Mac OS X, Apple\'s operating system sales improved nearly 20 percent overall during the first half of 2001. The study also says that despite declining hardware sales, revenues from retail software sales improved 1.2 percent in the first half of 2001, approaching $2.8 billion.
Aladdin Systems has begun shipping the Japanese version of Spring Cleaning 4.0.1, the first release of the hard drive cleaning tool to support Mac OS X. The new version sports two new OS X specific features: QuickCompare and AccessMonitor. Spring Cleaning 4.0.1J is priced at 4900 yen.
Pro-52 2.5 has been released. The new version of Native Instruments\' analog synthesizer emulation tool offers three new interfaces to achieve compatibility with all common sequencer and recording environments. Worldwide shipment of Pro-52 2.5 will begin in August.
wxDesigner 2.5d is the latest release of a commercial RAD tool for wxWindows, which is a free C++ GUI library available for most operating systems. The new version brings the Mac version of this tool up to par with Windows and Linux counterparts.
We have posted a review of MacSoft\'s Breakout, a new 3D version of the classic arcade game featuring new paddle moves and several different themes.
Pando Calendar 5.7 is the latest release of a Carbonized, customizable desktop calendar application from Panda Systems. In the new version, reminders can now be snoozed for a user definable amount of time. Also, notes and appointments can now be exported to a text file or dBASE database.
A new report published by DisplaySearch finds that Apple Computer, which only ships desktop systems with DVI (digital visual interface) display connectors, led the Q1\'01 DVI desktop PC market with a 26 percent share and preliminary results indicate it will lead in Q2\'01 with a 24 percent share. The report also predicts that the DVI monitor market will triple before the end of this year.
After being announced at the Macworld Expo in New York, FileMaker Server 5.5 has begun shipping with immediate availability. The software was developed in Cocoa for Mac OS X, and is also available in a Classic flavor. The new version sports new plug-in features, centralized backups, and new administrative capabilities. Upgrades from previous versions of FileMaker Server are priced at $499.
Deep Sky Technologies has announced the full release of HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0, a 4th Dimension component which provides a set of HTTP and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects. The tool automatically handles most of the common operations involved in managing HTTP communications in 4D.
ATI, whose graphics cards appear in three of Apple\'s four major product lines, has acquired Appian\'s HydraVision desktop management software and technology for $2 million. The software provides simplified management of multiple displays.
The Peabody Institute, part of John Hopkins University, says that OS X is \"the best Mac OS ever for audio, outstripping all other operating systems and platforms,\" in a new research report. The report concluded that OS X offered the best latency speed of all OSes and platforms when running multiple applications, according to a Macworld UK report.
Hold-Up 1.0 is a shareware ($20/$30) personal finance manager that manages several accounts, includes filters for quickly searching previous transactions, supports an unlimited number of transactions, and allows users to create scheduled transactions as well as define categories and payment types.
Blaze 1.1 from Koingo Software adds an HTML/plain text export, the ability to send documents via email, and other features to the $16 text editor.
Sapphire Innovations has released Brushes Vol 9 For Photoshop, a £11 collection of more than 500+ brushes for Photoshop 6/Elements. The brushes come in a variety of styles--from bursts of dots and blobs to smooth and smeary brushes and more realistic brush strokes.
Over the weekend, we noted Trans Intl\'s 512 MB DIMMs for Apple\'s iBook line, the inclusion of OS 9.2 on Apple\'s Developer Connection CD, the release of Snapz Pro for Mac OS X, Apple\'s struggle to regain its hold of the college notebook market, and TechTV\'s G4 Vs. Pentium 4 showdown.
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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