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Colin Ong notes Epson has provided a \"non-specific, non-committal, non-informative standard corporate line\" respone in his effort to determine whether Epson will provide OS X support for his Epson Stylus Photo 700 and other printers currently not supported or for which no support is planned: \"I urge other Stylus Photo 700 owners to email Epson at email@example.com to lobby for support or at least an announcement one way or the other.\"
Apple has apparently worked things out with Eric Yang, whom we earlier today reported was prevented from developing an Aqua front-end for Mozilla and Netscape: \"What Apple objected to was not Aquafying Mozilla, but rather the way I was doing it via emulation, thus not giving Mozilla users a pure Aqua experience. Apple is willing to provide information for creating real Aqua experience for Mozilla. Right now, my efforts are focused on an Aqua interface for Tenon\'s iTools, so work on Mozilla for the moment is in abeyance.\"
Aspyr\'s Tomb Raider Chronicles 1.01 update fixes a few bugs that cause system freezes during gameplay.
Readers are writes with various notes about availability of OS X v10.1, which is expected in some retail outlets tomorrow: [Christopher Hammack] \"I had hoped to get 10.1 from our local (generally very mac friendly) campus store. Unfortunately, the manager told me that they are only being allocated enough copies of the 10.1 upgrade to cover the current stock of 10.0.x. In other words, no go. I guess I will have to wait like a lot of other people.\" [Paul Brainerd] \"I spoke with the Apple Rep at CompUSA in San Antonio this morning, and he indeed has the 10.1 upgrade in his hands and will be there to distribute it at store opening in the morning (Saturday). Can\'t speak for the rest of the Comp stores across the country, but this is a good sign.\"
The Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b16, adds a new package for use under 10.1, a new file history for stats, an option to make files/folders invisible, purge options to clear directories, better download speed reporting, and other enhancements. Pricing starts at $25 for 10 concurrent users.
Knowledge Adventure is now shipping Spy Masters, a new adventure role-playing series designed for kids ages 7-11. As Part of the JumpStart Learning System, the Spy Masters series debuts with two games, Unmask the Prankster and Max Strikes Back, which challenge players to solve mind-bending missions and earn state-of-the-art spy gear in a quest to save the world. It features a mix of console-style game play and arcade action in a 3D world.
As noted by MacNN several days ago, Apple will be making a $799 iMac available to retailers and catalog reseller beginning this weekend. The Indigo-colored iMac with a 500MHz processor, 64MB, 20GB drive, 24x CD-ROM, and 56k modem, will be identical the version currently only available to education customers.
Material†Arts today announced FlexiSheet, a multi-dimensional spreadsheet application, which will be released as a Technology Preview in October 2001. The spreadsheet uses an object-oriented approach to tables and data and allows the user to reorganize rows and columns on the fly, without losing data.
CyberGauge 3.2, update to Neon Software\'s Internet bandwidth measurement application, brings enhanced SMTP server alert compatibility, QoS report enhancements, and other enhancements. It is a free update to registered users of v3.x.
Nate Brookes sent us a note about Apple\'s plans for a retail store in Cincinnati: \"I recently noticed on Apples job page that they were looking for a Mac genius in Cincinnati. This made me curious. Today after a talk with a manger in the Gap in Kenwood towne center. The gap is moving to a larger location downstairs and apple will be moving into their old spot. The manger also said something about it coming from their corporate offices.\"
Hewlett-Packard has introduced its HP LaserJet 1000 printer, a $250 monochrome HP LaserJet printer that offers USB connectivity and 10 ppm speeds, 600 dpi with HP Resolution Enhancement technology for output enhancements to 1200 dpi. [Update: printer not Mac compatible]
Rob Edvardsson\'s Codebook 4.04, a large database of cheats, codes and walkthroughs for Mac games, now includes new Plug-ins containing cheats for Alice, Alien vs Predator, Beyond Atlantis, The Crystal Key, Dracula Ressurection, Marathon Rubicon, Max Payne, Myst 3 Exile, The Feeble Files, Baldur\'s Gate, Myst, Netfungus, Number Munchers and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2.
The $12.50 shareware BatControls 1.5 lets you schedule events (reminder messages, shell commands, and launch files) to execute when you want. Version 1.5 adds the ability to schedule reminder messages, supports unlimited events, and repeating events. [Classic, Carbon]
BEST Software is conducting a beta program for its forthcoming application PolyPhontics 1.0b, a full-featured SoundFont and DLS authoring tool that offers the ability to create SoundFont and DLS compatible files, manipulate synthesis parameters for tonal control, real-time previews your, and the ability to import a variety of sound formats.
Destineer\'s Macintosh label, Bold, announced today that it will ship the \"Championship Edition\" of Links when it releases the Macintosh version of Microsoft\'s best-selling golf game later this year and that the Mac version of Links Championship Edition will now include the same features and the same price as the Windows version. It is also expected to ship near-simultaneously with the Windows version. Links will include a new graphics engine, new physics engine, a full-featured course designer, new golfer personalities, and 13 of the world\'s best golf courses and will run natively on OS X.
Optigold ISP 2.8.3, a cross-platform business software package for ISPs, adds a fast mode payment generation, HTTP failure dialog, call back queue for billing and general issues, additional employee security and a few other miscellaneous items.
Apple\'s iMovie Plugin Pack 2.1.1 contains a set of effects, transitions, and titles that you can add to iMovie for OS X.
Dantz tells MacNN that it continues to work very closely with Apple to make Retrospect available for Mac OS X. OS X v10.1 has important issues that need to be resolved: \"For example, it is not possible to back up and restore hard links. This functionality is required to restore a complete, functioning Mac OS X system. The beta Retrospect client is also affected by these issues. Therefore, beta testers should not rely on the beta client for full system restores. Testing indicates that user created documents should restore correctly.\"
Koingo Software\' Password Retriever 2.1, a $10 utility for securely storing passwords, is now available online, offering new logging of database access attempts, a new floating window option, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Trinfinity Software today released Vortex 1.1, an update to the free iTunes Visual Plugin, which displays graphics in the iTunes window that vary in color and shape as the sound changes. Version 1.1 includes a new automation feature, which when enabled, continuously changes Vortex settings to give you a more varied and unique experience. [Classic, Carbon]
Panda Systems\' PandoCalendar 5.7.4 is a maintenance release to the Mac-only program places a fully functional calendar on the desktop.
Panic has released an update to its popular MP3/audio player, Audion 2.6, which brings CD burning, a maximizer plugin (to maintain consistent sound output), an echo plugin, and improved freedb support. It also includes OS X 10.1 specific features such as faster playlist window resizing, a dock menu which allows the user to control Audion entirely from within the dock, and the ability to manage Audion plugins through the Finder \"Show Info\" window. A free demo of the $20 application is available. [Classic, Carbon]
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.6.0, adding image captions to the Page Layout Panel of the $15 digital photo printing program with options to View, Grade, Layout, Crop, Mask and Overlay. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple legal has shut down Eric Yang\'s project for developing an Aqua skin for Mozilla and Netscape 6, as noted by a MacNN reader: \"Eric Yang from developing an Aqua skin for Mozilla and Netscape 6. Although this skin needed work, it was the only aqua skin on the web (as far as I know). Moreover, due to the fact that Mozilla /Netscape 6 was open source, we very well could\'ve seen this ship with future versions of Mozilla and Netscape 6 for OS X. Currently OS X builds of Mozilla and Netscape 6 have NO support for the Aqua UI. I would advise emailing Apple to complain about this. I know I will.\"
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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