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A MacNN reader notes that Apple has provided a pre-release of the CarbonLib 1.4.5d3 SDK to all ADC members. The Software Development Kit (SDK) provides all the files needed to begin Carbon development and supports Mac OS 8.6 and later.
Sonnet has posted updated OS X driver software, including its PCI OS X Installer 1.0.3 and Encore G4 X Installer 1.0.3. Sonnet\'s MAXpower drivers, for use with Newer Technology\'s upgrade cards, MAXpowr PCI X 1.0.3 ($70) and MAXpowr ZIF X 1.0.3 ($30), have been updated. The updates correct errors for those having trouble installing previous versions of the drivers.
DockSwap 1.0, a dock switching utility for OS X has been released by piDog Software. It allows you to save multiple Dock settings (hiding, magnification, pressistent apps/files) and access them later. A free version with the ability to store 2 saved Docks is available online.
There are numerous USB 2.0 solutions being announced and demonstrated at this year\'s Fall Intel Developer Forum currently underway in San Jose, California. As previously reported, Cypress Semiconductor is introducing a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hub controller, and NetChip Technology and Adaptec collaborating on a fully integrated solution that includes Adaptec\'s line of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host and hub devices using NetChip\'s peripheral controllers. Orange Micro, a company that traditionally develops its products for the Macintosh platform, will announce that Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host adapter card developers can begin beta testing its new USB 2.0 drivers. Yesterday, a seminar led by Intel and Microsoft discussed the actual performance opportunities for devices like CD-RW, DVD, Hard Drives and scanners. At the present time, Mac OS X is required for full USB 2.0 speed.
Intelli Innovations has released P.O. Toolbox 1.4.1, the \"first and only\" U.S. Postal Service package management software for the Mac platform, which now allows the application to generate the U.S. Postal Service\'s new Delivery Confirmation barcode design. It is $100 for online delivery.
Rob McKeever has posted (updated) installers for the WirelessDriver package for OS X that was written by enjamin Herrenschmidt, Louis Gerbarg, and himself: \"There are versions for both 5G15 and 5G27, as well as sources for anyone interested. Give them a whirl and let me know if you have any issues other than what I already know about.\"
After previously putting its support behind the HomeRF wireless networking standard, Intel has succumbed to industry pressure and begun developing products based on the 802.11b standard, pioneered in Apple\'s AirPort and supported by Dell, Lucent, and other companies.
Alsoft has updated the DiskWarrior Extension, part of the DiskWarrior package with repairs and optimizes hard drives, with support for Mac OS 9.2 and 9.2.1. Non-English versions of the update are currently in the works.
A BusinessWeek article discusses the \"blockbuster-based\" strategy of Apple, in which author Charles Haddad says that Apple relies on major product introductions and rumors to drive its stock price and profit. \"Better to think of (Apple) as if it were a Disney, AOL Time Warner, or Universal Vivendi. Why? Because Apple\'s fortunes hang on the promise of ever-new blockbusters.\"
osx.macnn.com notes OmniWeb 4.0.5, the latest release of the Omni Group\'s cocoa-built Web browser; an updated wireless driver package for OS X; Time-X 1.5, a dockable clock; and Classic Menu 2.5 which brings the OS 9 Apple menu to OS X. [updated]
Time-X 1.5 is a dockable clock for Mac OS X that supports skins. With the new release, Time-X has skins designed specifically for working inside the dock. The utility includes a clock, date, chronograph, timer, and alarm.
MindAvenue announced it has completed development of AXEL for Mac OS X, a new version of the company\'s interactive 3D Web authoring tool. MindAvenue previewed the Mac version of AXEL, which also supports Mac OS 9, during Siggraph, August 14-16, 2001. The tool sports a fully Aqua-compliant interface and full OpenGL support.
ATI, which still provides graphics cards for three of Apple\'s four major product lines, has announced its full support for Intel\'s 3GIO interconnect architecture, which many analysts see as the successor to PCI/AGP expansion. ATI says that it will retain PCI support across its graphics card offerings.
Amazon.com has launched an on-line computer store, adding to its already massive retail offerings. The new store will sell Macs and other Apple products alongside Wintel hardware, and will offer configurations targeted at home users, graphic designers, and other specific markets.
Applimac Clean Text 2.1 is a text-utility that eliminates all text formatting, preparing it for pasting and performs other functions, such as removing empty lines, removing multiple spaces, and removing forwarding characters from email text. The new version resolves OS X issues and adds quote formatting functionality. [Classic, Carbon]
Trinfinity Software has released ASCII Tools 1.0, a software package that gives developers access to ASCII table data. ASCII is a standard code for representing characters as numbers so that they can be stored in a computers memory. [Classic, Carbon]
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb 4.0.5, an update to the popular, native Cocoa web browser built specifically for OS X. OmniWeb, now available in \"more languages than any other web browser on OS X, supports Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and English. Version 4.05 adds new localizations, improves performance with certain appearance themes, brings compatibility with pre-release versions of OS X 10.1, and other bug fixes.
Sig Software\'s Classic Menu 2.5, rewritten for the release version of OS X 10.x, brings the classic Mac OS apple menu back to OS X, replacing the system\'s built-in \'Apple menu.\' It is also offering a bundle of Classic Menu and Drop Drawers UI utility for $20.
We\'ve posted a review of Micromat\'s Drive10, the first fully native disk maintenance utility available for Mac OS X, Apple\'s next-generation Unix-based operating system.
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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
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ