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Umax has posted a final version of VistaScan 4.0 scanner software, according to MacNN reader Jason Greene.
Artful and Tribeworks have announced Webkool, an open-source application server written in Key, a programming and description language that was developed by Tribeworks and used to construct Tribeworks\' application authoring product, iShell. The architecture is based on XHTML and SQL and supports Linux, OS X, Solaris and Windows running Apache, IIS and Zeus with either MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server. The source code will be freely available in October and \"allow for the exchange of code improvements and corrections without hindering commercial service.\"
Apple\'s retail store strategy, which will be bolstered by two store openings this weekend, is perceived as \"following in Gateway\'s retail footsteps [...] taking its products directly to consumers with splashy, high-tech showrooms that it can tightly control.\" The article notes that Minnesota has one of the highest percentages of Mac users per capita in the country.
The Wintel architecture dominance was due in part to Apple, according to an article at TechTV.com noted by MacNN reader Norm Phillips: \"The fact that IBM shared the technical aspects surrounding the PC with Microsoft and Intel actually contributed greatly to its success and helped it dominate in its fight with Apple, which is entirely proprietary.\"
Willow Design has added an iBook \'Extra Carry Case to its line of Apple carrying case. The new case fits and iBook with an extra separated compartment for the power supply/cord and includes an accessories compartment for storing items such as a CDRW or Zip drive. The 2.9lbs case has high density foam on six sides, plastic reinforcements on three sides and hardboard on the bottom as well as a molded rubber handle and a padded shoulder strap.
Adaptec has posted several new beta and FC SCSI card drivers for OS X 10.0.x and OS X Server, including PowerDomain 39160 v1.0b9, PowerDomain 29160/29160N 1.0b10, PowerDomain 2930U 1.0fc1 and AVA-2906 v1.0fc1.
osx.macnn.com has notes of new SCSI card beta drivers from Adaptec, Netopia\'s Timbuktu Pro for OS X, and an update Flash plug-in for OS X.
Netopia will next week announce availability of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X, MacNN has learned. The tool allows users to control Macs or Windows systems across a network, as transfer files and folders; send instant messages or interactive text chat; and even talk via voice intercom. A preview release of the software is currently available.
AMD is apparently fighting its own battle with the \"Megahertz Myth\" detailed by Jon Rubinstein during Steve Jobs\' expo keynote last month. The company\'s 1.5 Ghz Athlon chips are similar in performance to Intel\'s 2 Ghz Pentium 4 chips, but analysts say AMD will have a \"tough time\" convincing consumers that the clock speed is irrelevant.
Wild Brain, a San Francisco-based animation company, used Macs exclusively to create an opening scene for the upcoming movie \"Rat Race.\" \"(We used) Adobe After Effects 5.0 program, utilizing some of their newest tools such as layer parenting, 3D tool and 16 bit color space to match to film color in logarithmic space.\"
Corel has officially begun shipping Painter 7 under the \"procreate\" mantra used heavily during last month\'s Macworld Expo in NY. New features include watercolor paints, liquid ink, and a fully Aqua-compliant interface. MacNN reader Don Shank has sent us an extensive first-hand report (click on \"read more\") about Painter 7, which is priced at $499 for the full release and $199 for upgrades.
ID3X 1.6 is an editor for easy manipulation of ID3 tags in mp3 music files. ID3 tags are used to store title, artist and other information in mp3 files. The new release allows updating of multiple selected files, and adds support for cover and back images.
Trinfinity Software has released Vortex 1.0, a visual plug-in for Apple\'s iTunes. The freeware add-on requires iTunes 1.1 or later, and is compatible with both OS 9 and OS X. The company says more visual plug-ins are currently in development. [Classic, Carbon]
Charles Hadded of BusinessWeek Online says that \"Mac lovers are rejoicing at the prospect of new capabilities,\" despite the current shortcomings of OS X.
PAID! 2.8.5 is a $80 runtime database application which allows freelancers in the film and television industry to easily track Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. The free update adds a new Balance Statement printout, the ability to print Business Cards from included styles, customizable invoice headings, and support for 1024 x 768 monitor resolutions.
Stephen Esrati writes about poor support for the Mac OS from wireless phone/data service provider SprintPCS: \"I bought a SprintPCS phone in January because it offered a connection to my Powerbook. When the phone arrived, I found all the software and hardware suitable only for Windows-based computers. I asked for Mac software. Finally, in June, Sprint told me that my phone is not adaptable to a Macintosh. My wife and I went to our nearest SprintPCS store to see what was available -- and found only a $500 phone that would accommodate a Mac. A sales person stated: \"Macintosh! We don\'t have anything to do with it. It\'s an obsolete technology.\" Today (Tuesday, Aug. 7), Sprint has full-page newspaper ads offering a wireless web modem -- but not for the Mac.\" [contact SprintPCS]
Netscape has posted a final version of Netscape 6.1, a new version of its browser available for both Mac OS 8.5/9 as well as a preview for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
MAKI Enterprise\'s Kids GoGoGo 4.0 is a free update to its $30 parental control program that offers blocks adult sites/hate violence/online gambling/drug sites via a database and also filters by content/words.
BSD Info site Greasydaemon.com has posted a first look at OS X, concluding: \"MacOS X boils down to a great tool that allows me to do work more efficient and I can do it with a smile. It is something you have to experience for yourself. I strongly recommend taking it for a test spin and deciding for yourself. \"
Scott Miller writes about some recent changes made to AT&T Broadband service: \"Just another example of Mac uses being affected because M$ can\'t write Software. AT&T Broadband has blocked a traffic to port 80. Anyone with a personal website, can no long host it from thier own computer. I didn\'t find anything about it on their webpageI noticed sometime yesterday, I wasn\'t getting any hits on my site. My cousin confirmed it with someone he knows that work for AT&T.\"
Intelligent Devices has released a small application, iBook 2001 Audio patch, \"designed to patch an audio drop problem with the new iBook 2001 (dual USB) portables.\"
MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures over the past week, including Alaska sunset (Landscapes - Nature), Ghost in the Shell (Animation), iTunism 23 (Art), Lara Croft (Games), Modes (Art), Sunrise (Landscapes - Nature), and several others.
Adobe\'s PageMaker 7.0 ColorSync Component Update (August 2001) addresses \"Type 1,010 errors\" encountered by some when starting up PageMaker.
Apple\'s Final Cut Pro 2.0.2 updater addresses a number of issues in the professional video editing packing, including compatibility with Macintosh Manager. Version 2.02 also now allows the use of 32kHz audio files sounded in a 48kHz sequence, offers better support for systems with more than 1GB of memory, and fixes a few bugs.
Macromedia has posted the an updated release of its Flash plug-in for OS X, which plays interactive content incorporated in many Web sites. Flash 5.0r58 requires Mac OS X 10.0.4, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 (version 3408).
NetDICT 2.5 is a client for the RFC2229 Internet dictionary (DICT) protocol. It accesses a number of Internet dictionary databases, including Webster\'s Revised Unabridged, the U.S. Gazetter, several computing dictionaries and several Bible dictionaries. The Carbon release is both OS 9 and OS X compatible.
RealBASIC 3.5b4, the latest release of REAL Software\'s easy-to-use programming environment, fixes issues with RbScript, Mac OS X (particularly with 10.1), in addition to numerous other enhancements and bug-fixes. This release also marks the appearance of Mac OS X support for Office Automation. [Classic, Carbon]
Passenger 2.0 is a server account creation and password generation tool that will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and Mac OS X XML and create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP 5-6.3, Mac OS X Server, Macintosh Manager, Eudora Internet Mail Server, WebSTAR FTP, WebSTAR Web, Master Spell and Master Key. The new release offers enhanced support for OS X Server. [Classic, Carbon]
An article at the Tech Report attempts to debunk the claims of Apple and other web outlets regarding the quality and speed of Power Mac G4s. \"Steve Jobs has come back on the scene to parody himself, making wild claims for the performance and utility of the fruity computer company\'s decidedly behind-the-curve products.\"
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Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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