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The Plugin Site has released Photo Textures II, a $30 collection of 1100 royalty-free photographic textures on CD-ROM divided into 78 different topics. Each of the textures is provided at a resolution of 1760x1168 pixel (4 x 6 at 300 dpi) as high quality JPG files. It can also be purchased bundled with Volume 1 for $50. A preview and demo is available online.
MacNN is proud to bring you its Second Annual Film Competition. Information on the competition rules and deadlines can be found at the website or official forum: \"The Mac community has always been known for their creative flair, and we envision this as another chance for you to flex your creative muscle with your use of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and other applications. We wish you all luck.\"
Aspyr today announced it will be publishing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone with Westlake Interactive handling the conversion. The game, which runs on both OS X and Mac OS 8/9: \"The adventure begins as Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Explore Hogwarts while solving puzzles, casting spells, battling foes and uncovering secrets. Journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and sneak, climb, and jump as you explore 3D environments.\" Pre-orders are available for $30.
PNG (Portable Network Graphics) and MNG (Multiple-image Network Graphics) developers are concerned that Apple will enforce its alpha blending patent and only allow anyone to use its patent \"on payment of reasonable, non-discriminatory royalties or fees. Apple had ealier contacted the W3C SVG 1.0 Working Group about its patent and the group created a specification that does not require implementors to infringe the patent, according to The Register.
IBM is now shipping ViaVoice for OS X, its third-generation voice recognition product for the Mac. The $171 application runs fully native on OS X, and offers \"double-sized\" vocabulary, direct dictation into many text-based Mac applications, Finder and application navigation, surf the Web and create email messages and new text-to-speech functions. Legal and medical dictionaries with over 25,000 industry-specific words are expected to ship at the end of the month. Upgrades are $80 for ViaVoice Enhanced Edition owners. A rebate of $40 is being offered to owners ViaVoice ME. [updated]
SQLBoss Series 1.0 is a final version of the suite of database tools for SQL databases such as mySQL, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, OpenBase, and ODBC. Beta drivers for Valentina, Oracle, dtfSQL and 4D. SQLBoss Monitor 1.0 helps manage the content of web-enabled databases and includes import/export functionality, a variety of dynamically generated data entry layouts to help maintain websites, and a WYSIWYG HTML Field-Editor. SQLBoss Developer offers rapid database development on remote hosts, allowing developer to create and change databases; includes all features of SQLBoss Monitor.
Vicomsoft today announced the first public beta of the Internet Gateway for Mac OS X, which has all the features of its current Internet Gateway for Mac OS 8/9. It inlcudes a robust firewall, Internet access controls by user or group, web caching to improve Internet performance and reduce bandwidth usage, automatic connection to the Internet, \"teaming\" of multiple Internet connections, dial in access, and built in DNS and DHCP servers as well as remote management.
Eridanus today released Baker 1.0.1, a utility that automates downloading of files from Usenet newsgroups. The $35 shareware supports for multiple news servers, multiple simultaneous connections, newsgroup cycling, and news server cycling.
textSOAP v3.1.1, a utility for quickly \"cleaning\" and manipulating text, fixes startup crash, Eudora plugin cleaners, restores textSOAP services under OS X, and addresses some installer issues. The update is free for v3.0 users and $10 for others.
Briefing.com reports that SoundView analysts are cautious on Apple\'s stock, citing channel data for October which suggested that Apple\'s retail consumer sales trailed the overall market, and may indicate weak Holiday sales.
Apple today posted the Star Wars Episode II: Forbidden Love trailer. (Earlier it released \"Breathing\" and \"Mystery,\" which requires purchase of the Episode I DVD).
Casey Bisson writes about problems with the Airport 2 update, which apparently renders AirPort cards unusable for some: \"I just experienced this last night and found a few threads about it on Apple\'s support forums. The AirPort 2 updater sometimes fails to update the firmware of the AirPort card and can leave it unusable. All AirPort software in OS 9 reports a -3278 error. There doesn\'t appear to be any consistent fix to the problem.\" (Meanwhile we also noted reader problems with the iPod as well.)
Ian Hornby writes about a new upgrade rebate offered by IBM for ViaVoice OS X: \"As of this morning, November 16, iBM is now offering a special upgrade path for American and Canadian users of ViaVoice Enhanced edition (aka vv 2). The special price is $79 US or $120 Canadian. This is much better than the $40 US rebate for ownders of VV ME.\" (We noted the upcoming release of ViaVoice for OS X a few days ago.)
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.0.2, a 4th Dimension component which provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension. A new demo mode allows for the component to be fully used for 30 minutes when no serial code is supplied to the TCP Deux component.
iTunes Remote 1.2 adds new features such as network control for Mac OS 9 users to the application that can control iTunes from a floating window. (A pack of iTunes Remote skins that contains 6 skins is now available as well.)
eLine\'s VideoClix 1.1 is a new OS X-version of the application that adds interactivity to digital video. The company is also offering the $650 application for $400 in an limited-time introductory offer. A limited demo is available.
Derk-Jan Hartman writes about his success with El Gato\'s SCSI helper patch, noted here a few days ago: \"They have a patch that allows you to use your SCSI burner with Toast. Just make sure you have all the lastest. 10.1.1, latest SCSI card driver and Toast SP2. Worked perfectly for my Yamaha 4416 with Adaptec 2906 after a reboot.\"
SkyTag\'s file/folder attribute editor, FileBuddy 6.1.5, is a maintenance release to the $40 package that contains the File Buddy application, the File Buddy CP control panel for opening the File Buddy Find and Info windows from the Finder, and two contextual menus plug-ins for opening items in File Buddy. It fixes a bug when deleting files and when searching multiple volumes. (It is also texting File Buddy 7b11, an OS X-native version of the application that expires at the end of the month.) [Classic, Carbon beta]
Flagstone Software has released Describe 1.1 for OS X 10.1, a freeware utility that allows developers to browse the contents of Flash files, including \"fields in each of the tags to see how the Flash file specification is put into practice.\"
Apple has posted iTunes 2.02 for both Mac OS 9 and OS X. According to MacGeneration, the OS X version is now localized in French, German and Japanese, however, other changes have not been noted.
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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