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Objective Development has released LaunchBar 3.1.1 for OS X, a keyboard-driven productivity utility that provides fast access to files, web-bookmarks, email-addresses and applications by entering short abbreviations. This version fixes problems during screen resolution changes, now supports alternate screen locations, and properly brings all windows to the front when switching applications.
Cisco has released its Cisco VPN 5000 Client 5.1.x, which offers secure connectivity to corporate networks and other secure servers via various authentication modes, including RADIUS, RSA SecurID, Axent Defender, and PKI user certificates. (only available to registered Cisco customers)
abyssoft has released EasyDivx 1.1, a freeware utility to make playable versions of DivX movies on OS X 10.1. It extracts the soundtrack and replaces the defunct soundtrack by the working one, and save the result as a movie using references.
Chad Bergeron wrties about another networkable PIM with an OS X client: \"Steltor, formerly known as CS&T started out by making the Calendar component of Netscape. Since then they have gone into production on their own, and have already released an OS X client for their very networkable PIM [CorporateTime].... it does scheduling, to do list, task management, address book information, and more. That seems fairly PIM-like to me.\"
Haxial DiskCatalog 1.0 is a $10 utility for cataloging CDs, hard disks, folders, and any other types of media.
Intelli Innovations has posted ProSQL 1.0p1, the first public release of its mySQL and OpenBase database management and reporting software for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The preview release is available free of charge, and expires November 8th. [Classic, Carbon]
4ee4 has released an update to MySQLConnect for 4D 1.0.2, a database plug-in for 4D that provides MySQL connection routines.
MacMusic.org has posted a report from at the 19th SATIs trade show in Paris, including the newest Logic Control from Emagic, Obleton\'s Live (ACID-like audio multitrack sequencer), Steinberg\'s Nuendo 1.5 audio sequencer, and Celemony Software\'s Melodyne audio utility that treats audio files as if they were MIDI data. [updated]
Chronos LC today announced that Group Organizer 4.0 will be released next week, which it says that it will be the first networkable PIM available for OS X. Chronos recently introduced Personal Organizer 4.0, its time and contact management application.
Apple shares have some \"serious upside potential\" despite the gloomy near-term outlook for retailers and other electronics vendors.
WindowShade X 1.1 adds new features to the $7 shareware utility that brings the familiar window collapse function to OS X. Ist adds Cocoa application support, selectable behaviors for double-clicking in the title bar, minimize button and control-double-clicking, uninstall/upgrade/reinstall options within the installer, an extended demo period, and many bug fixes.
At $399, Apple\'s iPod is one of the most expensive portable MP3 players on the market, but also one of the most powerful and versatile. FireWire transfer speeds and a massive storage capacity are its main advantages over similar products. We\'ve compiled a list of competitive MP3 players, and examined their specifications/price in contrast to the iPod.
In an article for TheStreet entitled \"Apple\'s Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel\", author Arne Alsin says \"Don\'t buy Apple\'s stock. And if you own it, sell it.\" Alsin claims that while Apple has \"cool\" products, investors are looking for profit. He opines that Apple\'s retail initiative is merely a last-ditch effort to generate product interest; \"It\'s desperation time in Cupertino, California.\"
TouchSystems has introduced a new touch-sensitive flat panel display dubbed Apollo Open. The display sports USB connectivity and tools for switiching from analog to digital signals. Now available in both 12\" and 15\" sizes, the 17\" Apollo Open LCD, featuring Super-XGA, will be launched at Comdex Fall 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 12, 2001.
Jedit 4.09r2 is a newly English-localized shareware text editor. The $25 editor supports split-editing (use of more than one window for a single document), auto-coloring for HTML, AppleScript, grep searching, multiple undo/redo, and paragraph-levle formattting as well as other functions. [Classic, Carbon]
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.2, a new version of its $25 desktop utility. this version uses uses native Quartz graphics routines under OS X 10.1 and adds options for translucent docks, anti-aliased icons, to put the trash on the desktop, bring all windows of an application to the front, and other enhancements. It is a free update for v4.0 owners and a $10 upgrade for others.
The IT-Enquirer has posted the first chapters of a new free manual covering Mac OS X 10.1. The new \"instructor\" is a work in progress with the introduction and the \'Best Practices Installation procedure\' available for download in PDF or HTML formats.
eVision has released a demo of eVe 3 Professional, its Visual Search toolkit for OS X Java developers. The new release now supports visual search for images within digital video, enabling users to locate videos (and images) using visual similarity. It analyzes, indexes and retrieves images and video content according to their perceptual features and context. The Java-based eVe API is available for any platform that supports Java as a 60-day demo.
OpenOSX.com is now shipping its $30 Grass GIS Pre 2 CD, which installs and configures several packages, including Grass 5.0Pre2, NVIZ, XFree86 220.127.116.11, XDarwin 1.0a3, PostgreSQL 7.1.2, and others. Grass is an open-source, developmental Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functions, offering 3D, dynamic spatial analysis and visualization. Jeshua Lacock has also posted the Grass Pre 2 binaries, however, \"it does not include the software required by Grass that the OpenOSX Pre2 CD installs.\"
Renaud Boisjoly\'s BatChmod 1.0 is a new freeware Cocoa utility written for manipulating file and folder privileges in OS X. It can modify the ownership as well as the privileges associated to the Owner, Group or others.
Robert Miller writes about the use of Macs in Queen\'s \'Night at the Opera\' album: \"It is being remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for DTS with Steinberg\'s Nuendo and a Mac G4 733 at Abbey Road Studios.\"
Apple has announced that it will hold the grand opening of its Cincinnati Apple store on November 3rd. Located at the Kenwood Towne Center, the opening will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the first 1000 customers receiving a free commemorative Apple T-shirt.
Apple has raised the price of the iPod in the UK from from £329 to £349, according to Macworld UK, who has been unable to clarify the reasons for the increase.
An Apple knowledge base article has some details on the iPod and the iPod FAQ has more details on its operation. We have some annotated highlights...
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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 Herm√©s 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