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As anticipated earlier today, Apple has finally made the OS X 10.1 Developer Tools available for download from its ADC Connect site (free registration required).
Jared Hawkins write about a new store in West Palm Beach: \"A new mall is opening up, \'The Mall At Wellington Green\', this weekend. A mailing lists an Apple Store, \'with iBooks and all of the accessories you need.\"
Lee Given writes about new features under OS X: \"Apple has delivered on the long promised (Back to System 8.0) Finder Undo. If you accidentally place a file in the wrong place, don\'t worry, just hit UNDO and it will magically go back to the starting location. This is complementary with the new ability to CUT, COPY and PASTE Finder items, such as files and folders.\"
ATI\'s September 2001 ATI ROM Update for ATI Retail Mac Cards fixes a kernel panic under OS X when using Nexus 128, Rage Orion, and XClaim VR 128 as well as providing multiple monitor support under OS X and support for 16-bit gamma.
Andromeda Software is now shipping its Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in, Andromeda EtchTone Filter, which combines an etch pattern (black and white) with the original image to create an \"Etchtone\", a continuous tone screen that results in a classic old printing look that softens the harshness of solid black and white line screens. Depending upon the Etchtone effect desired, the Filter will either Overlay the etch or Blend the etch in your continuous tone image.
Linuxworld has a first look at HancomOffice 2.0, an office productivity suite that will be a multiplatform product running on Linux, Mac OS/X, and Windows and offer a word processor, spreadsheet, graphics tool, presentation tool, database, flowcharting/diagramming tool, HTML editor, and an e-mail client: \"Hancom\'s schedule calls for the product to appear on the shelves by the end of November, which might prove optimistic...If Hancom 2.0 lives up to its promise, it could be good for Linux in a number of ways. I think there are many like myself who would pay for a lean, nimble, full-featured office suite for Linux.\" A preview is available.
MacNN reader Adam Sitnick notes that due to delays and complications involved in obtaining OS X 10.1 upgrade CDs, some users have resorted to bidding exorbitant prices for the upgrade on eBay. One OS X 10.1 auction currently has a high-bid of $76.50.
Pioneer Planet has posted an extensive review comparing Mac OS X 10.1 and Windows XP Home. Author Julio Ojeda-Zapata says in one segment: \"Looking to edit video on a computer? Get a Mac,\" and concludes \"Apple can take heart in being at least Microsoft\'s equal in the categories we\'ve covered, and superior in some areas.\"
ProMax plans to unveil a real-time effects card for Final Cut Pro that is Mac OS X compatible in Spring 2002, according to MacNN sources. The release will include standard definition uncompressed as well as DV and will be dependent on MacOS X. Sources also reveal that ProMax is projecting better performance for its card under OS X than OS 9.x.
Software Bisque has completed a new beta of its application TheSky, which maps stars and other extra-terrestrial objects on the desktop with the use of a separate telescope. The new beta adds support for four new telescopes, adds a slide show command, supports OS 9.2, and has the capability to download minor planets and comets from the web.
LinuxWorld.com profiles HancomOffice 2.0, saying that the alpha software \"loads in about 3 seconds the first time, and consumes a dainty 5 megabytes of memory. The toolbar and memory footprints are small enough that you can leave it running all day without making your machine gasp for swap every time you do something else.\" HancomOffice 2.0 is an in-development office suite that offers Mac OS X compatibility. The product includes a word processor, spreadsheet, graphics tool, presentation tool, database, flowcharting/diagramming tool, HTML editor, and an e-mail client.
The Open Source Development Network has added MacOS X and PowerMac G4 servers to the SourceForge.net Compile Farm. With the new addition, developers will be able to use the purported largest Open Source development site to test drive applications on Mac OS X 10.1.
ASM 2.0b1, described as the reincarnation of the application switcher menu under OS X, is highly customizable and offers features, such as \"Single Application Mode\" (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or \"Auto-Hide Mode\" (hides other applications than the front most one automatically).
The client/server faxing application, 4-Sight Fax 4.1.1, is now available in French, German and International/English editions, offering compatibility with Mac OS 9.0, 9.04, 9.1 and 9.2.1 on the 4-Sight Client and 4-Sight Comms-Server.
United Developers, officially formed today, is a new development and publishing company that \"provides an administration, business and management infrastructure for game development and game publishing.\" Additionally, Rogue Entertainment, which developed American McGee\'s Alice for the PC and Quake II for the N64, has joined the company, adding to its already growing stable of video game companies, which include, MumboJumbo, Inertia and MacPlay.
David Renteria writes about receipt of his OS X 10.1 update CD through Apple\'s up-to-date program: \"The package was postmarked on the 27th. The $20 were well spent. I received a full-color 35 page \'Welcome to Mac OS X\' book explaining how to use OS X. 3 CDs with OS X 10.1, OS 9.2 and the Developer\'s CD as well as the usual asortment of licenses, etc.\"
Eric Zweigbaum writes about another Apple retail store sighting: \"I was in the Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack NY yesterday, where I noticed on the ground level next to a Tommy Hilfigger a new Apple Store being built. This mall is enormous in size. It is slightly smaller than the Mall of America.\"
Acrux Software has released iBuild Lite/Pro v1.1pb1, its HyperCard-like multimedia authoring package, which now runs natively under OS X as well as Classic. A special offer price for iBuild Pro of $20 (normally $30) has been extended to cover the beta testing period. Updates (with one-year of maintenance contracts) are free to registered users during the public beta period.
MIDIMAN/M-Audio today announced support for OS X 10.1 for its entire line of Delta digital audio interfaces, with its new Delta Series 1.0d3, and USB MIDISport drivers 2.0b1 drivers: \"Latency for the OS 10.1 drivers is reported to be as low as 40 samples, which translates to a latency time of approximately 1 ms. This unprecedented development clearly puts M-Audio at the forefront of driver development and support, MIbeing the first audio-related company to announce OS 10.1 fully functional drivers.\" The new driver supports all Deslta Cards, ASIO 2.0, legacy ASIO, MultiCard mode, simultaneous access by multiple applications, and power management support.
MCE today added a DVD/CDRW combo drive and DVD decoder PC card for the Apple PowerBook G3 Series – 1998 (\"Wall Street\") to its Xcarét Pro line of expansion bay devices.
Morning tech news: \"EarthLink has earned Mobile Computing\'s \"First Class Award\" for the second year in a row for fast reliable Internet connections, as well as the company\'s move into the wireless Internet access space. Handspring and DataViz are offering Documents To Go for free via a mail-in rebate when purchased with a Handspring Visor through November 15, 2001; Excite@Home has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell its broadband Internet operations to its controlling partner, AT&T, unless it receives a more lucrative offer.
Picture Play 1.2.5 is an electronic collage application that can be used to incorporate multiple images into a single artistic image, and add text labels as well. It adds custom document size options, preferences for metric measurements, contextual menus, and better layer support for clipboard text. [Classic, Carbon]
ADC Online members will be able to download Mac OS X v10.1 Developer Tools early this week from the Download Software area of the ADC Member Site. ADC Online members who want the Mac OS X v10.1 Developer Tools on CD must purchase the Mac OS X Up-to-Date package available for $20. [updated]
CyberDisc today announced updated beta versions of NodeScan Server and NodeScan Client for Mac OS and OS X. NodeScan 1.0b8 provides an extensible platform for a variety of network services including file sharing, indexing, searching, chat and remote administration. NodeScan servers are designed to be inter-connected, with access to services across the network provided via th3 odeScan Client application. Version 1.0b8 includes optimized file sharing performance and has improved support for proxy servers and routers. The applications are free to download during the public beta.
Calerga has posted a new prerelease of SysQuake 2 LE, its software for scientific computation and interactive graphics. The pre release offers better support for the Matlab-compatible programming and adds debugging and profiling commands, support for private functions, and more graphical functions.[Classic, Carbon]
We are working on restoring our forums after some security and performance issues we experienced last week. We have begun debugging our old system and also expect new hardware installation within 24-36 hours.\" We apologize for the problems and hope that you will bear with us for another day or so.\"
Larry LeFebour writes \"OS X 10.1 includes support for Sun\'s Java WebStart technology. Check out the developer page at Apple or the Sun\'s Java WebStart page to find out more. Basically, it allows for full Java apps to be launched from your browser that can be fully independent from the browser. Double-click on the \'Java Web Start\' app in the \'Utilities\' folder.\"
The Fink project has released Fink 0.3.0 which offers support for OS X 10.1: \"Fink is produced by a group of volunteers (led by Christoph Pfisterer) who modify open source software to work under Mac OS X, and make it available for download as a coherent distribution. Fink can be used to install many other open source packages, including XFree86 and Gimp among others...[it] uses Debian tools like dpkg and apt-get to provide powerful binary package managemen\"
WebDesign 1.2.1, a maintenance update to Rage Software\'s $30 visual HTML Editor, brings support for OS X 10.1 and has other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon] Web
More readers provided their experiences with obtaining OS X 10.1 this past weekend: [anonymous] \"I got in line at Apple\'s Tyson\'s corner store about 15 minutes before the opening. There were a good 300 people in line (I took a few pictures, but alas I can\'t find the USB cable...). It only took 18 minutes to get into the store. They were limiting folks to one OSX upgrade each. They said they had 1,000 sets. When I went back later with a friend they had \"sold out\" in less then an hour.\" [Brian Niles] \"CompUSA still surprises me as to how pathetic they are. No 10.1 still on Sunday and no idea when they\'ll get it. The Philadelphia area desparately needs an Apple store either in Cherry Hill on the New Jersey side of the city or King of Prussia on the PA side. I couldn\'t even find info on Winblows XP in the store. Incredible!\" [anonymous] \"Decided to pick up the 10.1 update this morning at The Apple Store in Tyson\'s Corner, Virginia only a few miles away. Got there about 0920 hours and figured there wouldn\'t be many people; however, the line had already stretched to over one hundred eager Apple owners. I waited patiently in line..They shuffled us into the back of the store and handed out copies of 10.1 without any proof of purchase required. One Apple sales agent noted that they had received almost 20,000 copies from Apple to last through the end of next month...\" [Frank Malloy] \"I went to Fry\'s Electronics in Sunnyvale, CA. Fry\'s is a very large, major electronics superstore chain in California. There were about 6 of us in the store at the 9AM opening time, and after waiting for the software dept. manager, we found that Fry\'s was still waiting for the delivery truck, and would only provide the 10.1 free update to people who purchased OS X from Fry\'s within the last 30 days! They would not give it to anyone else, even if you had proof-of-purchase from another store.\"
\"MacPeopleDownunder\" is a new service that \"aims to help Macintosh professionals in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and Oceania) find new markets and for the public to find service providers for these technologies. It will also help to keep people working with these technologies in touch within the region.\"
Maxprog has released Loan Calc v1.2, a new release of its $10 shareware loan calculator that \"calculates everything from monthly payments up to total loan costs and allows you to generate and save to a text or excel sheet the full payments list, from a customizable start date.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Henrico County school are apparently suffering a few snags while implementing the \"largest wireless network ever attempted by a school system\" by giving an iBook to every one of its high school students: \"But chronic network problems, hardware flaws, shortcomings in availability of promised software and concerns about homework theft via high-tech piracy have clouded the digital dream.\"
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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