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Apple will be hosting the grand opening of its Boston-area Apple Retail Store location in Northshore \"this weekend,\" (September 1st) according to an email from the company sent to select local residents. The first 1000 customers at the grand-opening, which begins at 9 am Saturday morning, will receive a free commemorative Apple T-shirt. (We previously noted that there will be a grand opening of the Chicago Retail Store in Woodfield tomorrow morning as well.) [updated]
Aspyr will be announcing updates for Livin\' Large and House Party today, including a Carbon patch, which are being hosted ant ExtremeSIMS.com: Classic Livin\' Large Data Updater, Classic Livin\' Large 1.2.2 update, Carbon Livin\' Large Installer, Classic House Party 1.3.1 Updater, and Carbon House Party Installer.
Neon Software has introduced LANsurveyor 6.0, a new version of its network mapping, monitoring and reporting applicationthat adds a host of new features including Neon Responder for Mac OS X, tight integration with AT&T\'s VNC open-source screen-sharing application, printer requestsfor paper and toner levels and page counts, SNMP trap handling, and a redesigned user interface. Upgrade pricing ranges between $100 and $200.
Apple has officially announced its much rumored price cuts on the Titanium PowerBook G4s: $2,200 for the 400 MHz model and $3,000 for the 500 MHz model, a price drop of $400 and $500 respectively.
SoftTTY 1.3, a TTY emulator allowing people to communicate with the hearing impaired over the telephone, adds an \"auto-save\" feature to prevent loss of a conversation if your computer crashed.
LaCie has reduced the price of its 24x10x40x CD-RW drive with both USB and FireWire connectivity to $300 after a $30 mail-in rebate. The CD-RW incorporates advanced \"BURN-Proof\" (Buffer Under RuN) technology and comes in LaCie\'s new SE2100 casing and includes BURN-Proof technology, FireWire and USB cables, international power supply, LaCie Recording Utilities and three CD-R discs. An ultra-SCSI version is also available.
Apple will be ending its free CD-RW promo with the purchase of Titanium PowerBook G4 today--about 10 days ahead of the expected Sept 3 end date and one day before it is expected to cut prices on the laptops by either $400 to $500, depending on the model.
Jonathan Krop\'s fiX Movie 1.5 is a freeware extension for Dreamweaver that creates a new menu item so \"that QuickTime movies will have the correct Object tags needed to play in IE 5.5 and greater.\"
Bare Bones today released Mailsmith 1.1.8, which bringsimproved compatibility with certain SMTP servers, a new \"Export\" scripting command for exporting entire mailboxes to mbox format, and other bug fixes to the email client.
Glass Bead Software today announced plans to develop an OS X version of SnapMail, its intra-office chat, messaging and communication application for the Mac office: \"This new version will continue to maintain SnapMail\'s legendary ease-of-use and \'administration-free\' status, but will also integrate the benefits of OS X\'s excellent TCP-IP networking.\" The company has also lowered pricing on the product by up to 20%.
AppMac software\'s sMailing 1.6 for OS 9 and OS X adds a new database engine, file management, better HTML support, keyboard shortcuts, and other enhancements, to the customized email generator.
Wisconsin\'s Appleton school district representatives have positive comments about PowerSchool after it turned to Apple\'s technology following an initial \"disasterous\" investment into software by another company: \"The Canadian firm programming it promised all the bells and whistles an administrator, secretary or teacher could want to keep the flow of student data humming. It was a disaster.\"
MySQLConnect adds support for REALbasic datasources to the $50 database plug-in which gives access to MySQL database servers. A demo is available.
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Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
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.