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A Cocoa-native version of Quake for OS X v1.03 has been released. This version adds brightness slider functions and other enhancements.
iPod Free File Access 1.1b2, a \"pay-if-you-like-ware\" utility that let you access the hidden music folder on the iPod, has been updated. It runs under both Mac OS 9 and OS X Classic and adds preliminary support for Mac OS 8.
Microsoft has posted a new Entourage 2001 Hotmail patch, which offers support for MSN Hotmail and MSN mail accounts as well as extended support for SMTP authentication.
Electric Fish has released CWCVS 2.4.1, a Carbonized version of its CodeWarrior version control plug-in which provides access to the GNU CVS system from inside the CodeWarrior IDE.
David Krauss writes \"Sometime around the 15th, Motorola quietly released two new PowerPC processors, the 7451 and 7441. I just noticed it while browsing their site for some other info. I can\'t find any list of changes from the 7450 and 7440 (the processors used current G4 Macs). The available documentation says that they have more efficient L2 caches, tho. That\'s the only difference I\'ve found so far - Motorola\'s ratings for performance, power consumption, and clock rates are all identical.\"
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.1, a powerful web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. Pricing for corporate customers starts at from $3000 with discounts for government and education customers. An online demo is available.
The SJ Mercury News talks about the business behind the MacBU, Microsoft\'s Mac-focused software group and the complex relationship between Apple and Microssoft. The article notes that MacBU expects to sell $30 million worth of Office v.X software between now and the end of the year and also that Microsoft \"no longer holds any of the $150 million in Apple stock it bought four years ago.\"
Richard Bannister has updated 17 of his emulators, including a fix which is particularly important for anyone using my software on multiprocessor Macs. In addition, various other bug fixes and minor tweaks are included.
QPict 5.0 is an media asset manager for organizing images, full-screen video, MP3 files, and live streaming audio and video. It supports meta data such as ANPA (IPTC) annotation and EXIF photo information and includes advanced search and batch processing capabilities for catalogging and organizing thousands of media files in a fully searchable database.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0 B9 for OS X, a prerelease version of its tool for analyzing scientific data and mathematical functions. Version B9 provides various improvements and bug fixes and is the final release candidate.
Afternoon tech news: Law enforcement officials seized $100 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft software in the largest piracy bust in US history; Intuit plans to release a new small business accounting package code-named Hercules some time next year; Wired News reports on the \"photoshopping\" phenomenon that has produced a series of manipulated news images on the Internet.
Angelo Scicolone\'s PrefsOverload 3.5PR1 is the first development release of his new Carbonized application for managing the Preferences Folder.
YENCO.COM has released, iKeeper 1.3, its $20 shareware utility for tracking, storing, and organizing product information. The new version features an improvement to the file conversion process, fixes a few bugs with cut & paste, and updates the help documentation.
ID3X 2.0, an update to the $15 shareware editor for manipulating of ID3 tags in mp3 music files, has a new OS X-native UI, improves speed and reliability, offers autocomplete in each field, supports viewing of the hidden iPod music folder, and can connect to the Internet for song/artist information.
The BoardRoom 2.0 allows users to communicate instantly through FileMaker. The $100 application supports up to 250 users online simultaneously and offers send, receive, broadcast, edit, and retrieval of old messages. A SDK ($300), which allows developers to integrate the product into custom solutions, is also available. It now supports FileMaker 5.x.
Clean-Install Assistant 1.5.2, Marc Moini\'s utiity for system folder migration, allows moving files to/from Mac OS 9.2.1. Licensing is free for personal use and businesses with less than three Macs.
FileMaker is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on the purchase of FileMaker 5.5 for users who purchase Office v. X between November 1, 2001 through March 15, 2002.
With the ongoing $1 billion Window\'s campaign, c|net\'s Apple tries to woo Windows defectors discusses Apple\'s attempts to lure former Mac uses back to the platform: \"While Apple says that the differences between the two operating systems are greater than ever, at first blush consumers will see many similarities between the two products. The deciding factor may come down to the deftness of the marketing Apple employs to woo back customers who once used a Mac.\"
Microsoft today announced (retail) availability of Office v. X for Mac. The $500 productivity suite includes Entourage X, e-mail and the PIM, as well as Word X (word-processing), Excel X (spreadsheet) and PowerPoint X (presentation). Entourage X boasts a refined, easier-to-use interface and improved support for Internet standards, while Office v. X also includes multi-selection and clear formatting support in Word X, auto-recover and customizable keyboard shortcuts in Excel X, and new PowerPoint Packages in PowerPoint X. Upgrades are $300 for the suite. Office 2001 users (or users of any of the 2001 indvidual applications) can upgrade for $150 through January 18, 2002.
Mediafour today officially announced its XPod software, which offers access to iPod music from the Windows operating system. Compatible with Windows Me, 2000, or XP, the software will transfer MP3, AIFF and WAV files to the iPod. Mediafour says it plans to include automatic transcoding of WMA files to MP3 in a subsequent release.
Steve Becker\'s freeware Balloon Helper 1.0 provides customizable access to Balloon Help by offering user-definable shortcut to quickly turning Balloon Help on/off. It also allows you to iconify (reduce to a small icon) its display when it\'s visible.
Gideon Softworks 1.0a1 is an early development version of the SFTP/FTP client for OS X. It has a queue-based architecture, a configurable UI, contextual menu support, and other features. Registration is $30.
Dr. Bott is now shipping its $60 ADC Extension cable for Apple\'s digital flat panels, which extends the built-in ADC cable by 3 meters. Dr. Bott is also shipping its 3-meter DVI Extension ($50) and DVI Extractor ($35), which allows digital monitors with non-standard 24-pin DVI-D connectors to be used with Apple CPUs with the new ADC connector.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro PB5, can quickly define any number of hot keys to launch applications or files, switch between running applications and insert text. The fifth pulic beta adds the ability to remap keystrokes, bring all application windows to the front, and improved hot key editing. The free demo expires January 15, 2002.
Rudy Rugebregt writes: \"I went looking for a G4 at Outpost.com today and, to my surprise, they don\'t have any PowerMacs, iMacs, iBooks or PowerBooks listed any more. Their Mac section is now called \'Mac Computing\' rather than Mac CPUs as it was in the past. Search on PowerMac and no computers are listed. Have they quit selling Macs or is a major product announcement in the works?\"
Pixel Mountain Desktop Pictures has five new pictures today, including two cloud vistas and a mountain lake.
WebPics 2.42 offers the ability to quickly build web page galleriesd. It adds support for Image Capture in OS X, improves installation under OS X, and a new recent item menu for re-opening frequently used documents. [Classic, Carbon]
Dantowitz Consulting has posted an Apple Store locator, which offers the ability find upcoming and current Apple retail store location based on city or zipcode.
The 17th annual MacHack developer conference will take place in Dearborn, MI from June 20-22, 2002. Registration is $425 before February 28, 2002, which includes a meal package as well as full access to all conference events including the Hack Contestand Awards Banquet. (Student registration is $50 but limited to the first 50 registrants.)
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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 Hermés 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