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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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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