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OroborOSX 0.75a1 is an X11 window manager, designed to be used in rootless mode with XDarwin and XFree86 on Mac OS X. It is currently being used with both Mac OS X v10.0.x and the new v10.1.
Intelli Innovations has released REAL Control Strip 1.1, a development that allows software developers to create dynamic control strip modules for applications without any coding. It is now available free-of-charge for inclusion with any application (commercial or non-commercial). Additionally, the complete source code is now bundled with the software for public use and modification.
Hotline Communications today announced that it resumed development on its popular community sharing software: \"Hotline Communications is proceeding with its restructuring and today announced the re-hire of an engineering team in anticipation of the Version 2.0 release. The Company has suspended the Early Adopter Program and will refund all participants. \"
Apple is expected to soon distribute an \"Internet Explorer Security Update\" via its Software Update Control panel in OS X. The update, recommended for all OS X users and Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac, is in response to a vulnerability found in Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac, according to Microsoft, although details were not provided. (The update was expected to be released Friday evening.)
Charles Haddad says that \"Mac heads shouldn\'t get too upset when they see how closely Windows XP apes Apple\'s OS X. In the long run, imitation can only help Jobs & Co.\"
Synergy Creations today released Periodic Table 3.0.1, a free update that adds four new datasets, including electric dipole polarizability, magnetic susceptibility, linear expansion coefficient, and superconductivity critical temperature as well as the etymology of all the English element names. [Classic, Carbon]
iSlideShow 1.2 adds multi-threaded export routines, offers scaling for viewing presentations, live previews during export, and other enhancements to the $10 shareware utility.
Afternoon tech news: Sharp plans to unveil a new PDA which will utilize Java and Linux as its OS foundation, and use Intel\'s 206 Mhz StrongARM processor; Analysts are predicting that China may provide a viable boost to the sagging tech economy, as Hewlett Packard says it will create almost 2,000 new jobs in the country; Sun Microsystems has posted a loss of $180 million with sales falling more than 40 percent in its most recent fiscal quarter.
Architosh notes the release of VectorWorks 9.5 beta by Nemetschek, a news on Commotion Pro (review, news, OS X news), and an \"early assessment\" of OS X 10.1.
Sapphire Innovations has released Symbols Vol 6, a set of 400 symbols for FireWorks 4, which includes of circular themed royalty-free symbols; it also released Symbols Vol 6 for Freehand. Each collection is £11.
Nick Nallick has released two new freeware utilities for OS X: ImageViewer is a free utility to view and copy still images. It uses QuickTime to read and write a wide range of still image formats and can crop images, perform simple transformations, and translate image file formats. X-Droplet, a free utility to set the attributes of files individually and by folder via drag and drop, allows you to set many of the file attributes used by OS X including creator and file types, file name extensions, dates, privileges, locks, and visibility. [IV, XD]
MacPlay today officially announced that Fox Interactive\'s Aliens Versus Predator Gold Edition has shipped, following our a news item from earlier in the week. The $30 first-person game due at software retailers within the next few weeks. (We also noted the release of MacPlay\'s Giants: Citizen Kabuto for OS X.)
MacPlay today announced that Giants: Citizen Kabuto, \"the first game to be released exclusively for Mac OS X,\" has officially gone \"gold\".
This year\'s Eco-Challenge, taking place on New Zealand\'s South Island, is being captured digitally by equipment including several Powerbook G4/400 Titanium laptops, LaCie\'s DVD-R drive, Photoshop and a sundtry of Mac shareware applications including MacBibble and iView MediaPro.
HITS, a music industry trade magazine, speculates that the device Apple is due to unveil on October 23rd will be dubbed \"iPod\" and consist of a portable hard drive for music that will sport a FireWire connection and the ability to \"synch\" with iTunes.
As noted previously, Matsushita is working on a new DVD format that could be capable of storing 50 GB per disc side using blue lasers. That capacity would allow for more than two hours of high definition video, according to Matsushita officials. Meanwhile, Plasmin is working on a DVD flavor that could eventually reach 1 terabyte of storage.
Motorola\'s PowerPC 8500--the G5--continues its development with version 0.5, bringing signifcant increase yields; however, a few cache bugs are not expected to be squashed until the next version, due to be released next month. The Register also reports on the processor\'s raw speed, as the 1.6GHz version showed a SpecInt2000 score of 1340 and a SpecFP2000 of1359 compared with the 656 and 714 scores (respectively) by the 2GHz Pentium 4.
Apple has recently upgraded the entry-level iMac in the UK to include an ATI Rage 128 Ultra graphics card with 16MB of VRAM, cut prices on low-end iMac by £100, and is offering a free HP Photosmart 318 digital camera (2.3 megapixel resolution) with the purchase of a CD-RW iMac through the end of the year, according to Macworld UK.
Marathon Computer has begun shipping the QuickSilver model of the PowerRack G Series, a rackmount chassis created exclusively for the Apple QuickSilver Power Mac G4. The chassis sports support for up to five drives in shock-mounted cage (two 5.25\" ront accessible, one 3.5\" front accessible, and two 3.5\" internal). The PowerRack G Series QuickSilver edition is priced at $599, and can house 733 Mhz, 867 Mhz, and dual 800 Mhz PowerMac G4 components.
The Digital Darkroom focuses on working with digital images under both OS 9 (using the shareware utilty Cameraid) or the build-in image capture utility in OS X.
An OSOpinion.com piece theorizes that Apple\'s October 23rd announcement may be an effort to draw attention away from Microsoft\'s much-hyped Windows XP launch party, due on October 25th. Author Kelly McNeill suggests that the device will likely have something to do with either DVD or MP3, since Apple has invested significant software development resources into each area.
Iconographer 2.2 is the latest release of a 32-bit icon editor. The new version includes support for loading and editing of Windows XP icons, support for editing of icons contained in .rsrc files, and speed improvements under Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
MaverickTrader Stock Picks Senior Editor, Dewey Burchett, has published his ratings on key stocks for the next 5 trading days. In his report, Burchett says that Apple\'s shares will likely move lower over the next week, based on \"fundamental, technical and news-related items.\"
Gartner Dataquest and IDC both said that worldwide sales of PCs slowed for a second consecutive quarter. Dell, the only major PC maker to see an increase in the just-concluded third quarter, shipped about 14.5 percent of 29.1 million PC shipped in the quarter, while Compaq, IBM, and HP rounded out the top four spots. Both blamed the ongoing PC slump on a saturated market and weak economic conditions made worse by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Early morning tech: Intel is winding down its consumer electronics division as the company continues to pare back to its core chip business, according to news.com; Intertainer and Microsoft are launching an online film and video service in 35 U.S. markets, which is aimed mainly at future users, including college students; and Lucent this week announced the development of a tiny new transistor made of a simple cluster of organic molecules and say they have already built a simple logic circuit using a pair of the organic transistors.
The freeware MacDICT 2.1 utility gives access to a number of databases, including Websters Dictionary, the US Gazetter, Free Online Dictionary of Computing, WordNet, Jargon File, and the CIA World Factbook. Version 2.1 adds an access control feature for parents/schools, an option to export to the clipboard, and other enhancements.
The $23 Web-gallery builder, Quickie Web Albums 1.5, adds import support for JPEG, GIF, BMP, PICT, or PNP pictures, a thumbnails-only creation option, and more Web layout customization options, including common header/footer for each page, border size selection, and HTML page properties. [Classic, Carbon]
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CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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