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MacNN reader Antony Rodriguez notes that the domain www.thinkdifferent.com, which uses the slogan found in many of Apple\'s television and print advertisements, is being sold for $3288.
CrushFTP 3.0b12 is the latest release of Ben Spink\'s FTP server with users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, and virtual directories. The new version adds file content, or extension verification, FTP server upload, and download queues including estimated wait time. [Classic, Carbon]
Kensington has unveiled the Slim MicroSaver cable lock, which works with the Security Slot that Kensington claims is found in more than 95 percent of all laptop computers.†Slim MicroSaver will be available in late September for $45.
Apple, alongisde Hewlett-Packard, 3Com, and Xerox, has helped to found the Anti-Gray Market Alliance (AGMA), with the mission of \"assuring customers greater product satisfaction, educating the marketplace about the illegal or deceptive brokering or diversion of products, and to address the unauthorized flow of products to the gray market.\" The \"gray market\" involves the unauthorized transfer of brand name computer products. In Apple\'s case, gray market resellers are often able to undercut prices offered by authorized resellers by re-packaging systems meant for distribution in other countries or otherwise subverting Apple\'s traditional resale lineage.
The Motley Fool is running a \"Dueling Fools\" article entitled \"Apple Core of Ailing PC Sector.\" The report pits Rick Aristotle Munarriz as the Bull, arguing that Apple\'s prospects are bright, while Paul Larson is the Bear, arguing that Apple is headed down the tubes as part of the current technology slump. The article asks \" Is Apple \'different\' enough to stand out in a moribund industry?\"
Afternoon tech news: NEC and Sony are working on a new type of power cell that will convert methanol fuel directly into electricity, significantly extending the life of batteries used in notebook computers and other devices; IBM has unveiled a new UNIX OS based server that utilizes the company\'s fastest processor; MP3.com has replaced top executives and is re-directing its efforts to focus on technology for delivering movies and games over wireless connections.
Apple is one of the many companies throwing its support and development resources behind the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.0 specification, which was submitted today as a W3C Recommendation. SVG is an XML-based language that allows authors to create two dimensional vector graphics. Other key supporters of the SVG format include Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft, Nokia, and Web browser developer Opera Software.
Eovia is offering a 30% discount to all users of any original MetaCreations application (any version) or any re-branded MetaCreations application. Both Carrara Studio and Amapi 3D v6.1 are available for the discounted price of $280 for the month of September.
Keyspan has announced new versions of its USB PDA Adapter and its High Speed USB Serial Adapter, which offer enhanced performance and a new physical form factor to \"make them more convenient to use.\"
Hewlett-Packard has introduced three graphics printers with advanced color accuracy and remote proofing capabilities: The HP Designjet 10ps, HP Designjet 20ps and HP Designjet 50ps printers are part of a company-wide commercial printing initiative to improve printing and pre-press processes.
Morphon Technologies has released Morphon XML-Editor 2.0b1 and Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0 Standalone Beta 3b, which add support for tables, character mapping for special characters, the ability to remove CSS markup, and other enhancements to the Web design applications.
A Morningstar article talks about Apple\'s retail strategy and its potential to increase Apple\'s 5% market share: \"Since Apple\'s customers are so loyal, the company tends to do much better among customers who actually have hands-on experience with Macs.\"
Elite Computers, an Apple Specialist located across from Apple\'s Cupertino Campus, announced today that it has purchased the rights to the name \"ComputerWare\", along with other \"certain trademarks and assets\" associated with the Mac-only chain that closed earlier this year. ComputerWare had been the largest Apple Specialist in the country, with 10 stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.
osx.macnn.com has news of a new public preview of Canvas 8 for OS X, a new keyboard-based navigation tool, and several other OS X utilities.
Deneba Software today announced the release of a special public preview version of Canvas 8.0b Professional for OS X, which contains hundreds of enhancements and advanced new features including: vector and raster Sequence recording, AppleScript, ColorSync, and QuickTime support. The new version also contains customizable Web Image Slicing and direct Flash export as an updated PDF export filter which supports full data stream compression, direct embedding of PostScript and TrueType fonts, hypertext links, transitions and other enhancements. [form]
Style Master 2.0 is the latest release of WestCiv\'s CSS development environment for Web professionals. Style Master supports all of the CSS2 specification including the positioning properties. This upgrade incorporates a new find and replace function, and ther tools for direct hand editing of style sheets, including color coded syntax and user control over white space in the generated style sheet.
Wickedly Simple Software\'s $10 shareware BookTracker 1.1 is \"an easy to use way of keeping track of books that you own, have read or have listened to. [It] also allows you to place your books in an unlimited number of groups that you create yourself.\"
A MacNN reader notes that Emagic has delayed the release of Logic Audio 5, its production tool for music and audio professionals, until January 2002, with the first demonstrations of the product due in November: \"Superior product quality remains most important for us and this takes on even greater significance when it comes to the integration of Logic 5 and Logic Control. Therefore, we have decided to release this software/hardware combination in a carefully considered fashion.\"
The freeware utility for OS X, RandomBackground 1.1, randomly changes your desktop pictures, at each login, taking the pictures of a choosen directory. The source code is also available.
Keyboard Maestro is a key-based navigation tool, now in beta, that allows users to define any number of hot keys that can be activated anywhere simply by pressing a user definable keystroke. Among the included functions are Switch to last application, Open files, and Launch URL.
SockhoEasyFind 1.0, a new Internet search utility for OS X, allows you to access six of the most popular search engines directly from any application in either German, English, Chinese, Danish, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian.
MacNN reader Benjamin Kerosky reports that Sony stopped production of the eVilla, a network appliance based on the BeOS on August 30. \"Looks like the end of the line for the BeOS, as Palm has little reason to develop it as its own OS any further now that its only client for a standalone BeOS is no longer there,\" said Kerosky.
Hold-up 1.1 is a financial app that can manage several accounts, enter an unlimited number of transactions, create scheduled transactions, define categories, and payment types. New features in version 1.1 include balance columns and new printing options.
Archer 1.0.2 is a small, fast slide show player that supports audio and video as well as still images. Archer supports multiple players running at the same time each with their own set of images, speed setting, and size. The new version fixes several minor bugs and addresses the problem of multiple players opening when creating a new Archer document.
Apple has acknowledged technical issues with its new Web support system that requires users to sign-in each time, noting that changes were made a few weeks ago to the login procedure for security purposes. It, however, has posted a few workarounds to help achieve better performance and is \"working to restore the ability to set Apple ID from signin shortly.\"
Sonnet is now shipping updated versions of its Crescendo/7200 processor G3/G4 upgrades, which now offer compatibility with both 168-pin EDO and FPM (Fast Page Mode) 5 volt DIMMs. It is also shipping updated Crescendo/7200 software which supports virtual memory up to the full 1GB supported by the native Mac OS (up from the previous limit of 256MB) and includes broader support for third party PCI cards. The cards support systems through Mac OS 9.04, while Mac OS 9.1 support is expected this fall.
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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