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Will Cosgrove\'s $10 shareware Carbon Events Plug-in 2.0 adds full proxy icon support, standard Alert Sheet support, Ask Save Changes & Discard Changes sheet support, and other changes to the REALbasic plugin.
Textation 1.01 is a simple \"point & click\" QuickTime text track editor that also supports creations of Chapter Tracks and HREF Tracks. The $30 application now handles double-byte text samples correctly, displays multiple languages font menu correctly, and has other enhancements.
WebEvent Publish 2.0 is a new version of the basic event publishing application, offering time zone support, custom event fields, categories/filters, email reminders, event export, and a MySQL server backend.
An insider trading report released earlier today revealed that Apple Director Gareth Chang liquidated 60,000 of his Apple shares netting a gain of about $500,000, while former Senior Vice President Mitchell Mandich sold almost 650,000 shares of Apple stock resulting in more than $5 million in gains.
Apple today announced that one million copies of QuickTime 5 are being downloaded every three days: \"The rate of QuickTime 5 downloads has steadily increased since its launch in April, putting QuickTime 5 on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution.\" The press release notes that news, entertainment and virtual reality (VR) content on popular web sites such as CNN, NPR, HBO, Apple\'s movie trailer site, and Honda have helped drive adoption of its streaming format. Apple also noted that it has sold more than 1 million copies of QuickTime Pro ($30 upgrade).
Afternoon tech news: Bankrupt cable Internet access provider Excite@Home said Tuesday that it could cease providing service to its 4.1 million U.S. customers on Friday if it cannot renegotiate agreements with the cable companies that carry its service; IBM will cut about 4.6 percent (about 1000 of its 21,500) of the jobs in its microelectronics division; Toshiba will stop marketing desktop PCs in the US, noting that its \"reach never went beyond more than 1 percent of the country\'s desktop PC market since launching its Equium line of machines in March 1997.\"
Nathan Wolek writes about problems with product keys that ship with Office v. X, confirming our own experience which required a call to Microsoft Tech support and a \"trial and error\" entry of product keys until it worked: \"My copy of Office X arrived yesterday after placing my order on 11/19 via the Microsoft web site. The only problem I had was that the included key was invalid. Called up product support and the lady on the phone told me she had gotten plenty of calls like mine. Apparently 3000 or so copies went out with invalid keys. She promptly gave me a new one and things have been fine since. Maybe this issue is related to the shipping delays others have experienced. They might be trying to contain this key problem by holding back until new keys are generated and printed up. Just a thought.\"
Micromat has quietly released Drive 10 v1.0.3, which adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, support for new machines, a product update feature, and additional volume structure detection and repair routines to the drive utility. [VT]
Nicholas Tripp notes that a \"new mall called \'The Streets at Southpoint\' in Durham, NC is scheduled to open in 100 days, and they just released the mall vendor directory today. \'Apple Computer\' is listed as a vendor. Another Apple Store?\" (Meanwhile, Apple has also confirmed that its South Coast Plaza store (Costa Mesa, CA) will open December 1st, according to emails sent to readers from Apple.)
The Register reports (on a rumor) that the \"PowerPC G5 has been passed for full-scale manufacturing\" and that Apple will ship new Power Mac G5 desktops in 1.2GHz, 1.4Ghz, and 1.6GHz speeds at Macworld Expo in January, if Motorola can increase the chip\'s yield. The new Power Macs will reportedly ship with DDR SDRAM memory, a \"much faster front side bus,\" and Gigawire.
Adham Loutfi writes \"When using iTunes to tune into internet radio this morning, I noticed that there are a whole slew of new offerings under the Radio Tuner, including \'Favorites\', \'Search By Location\', and \'Blind Services\'. As of this time (8:20 am PST), many of these new services, and several of the old ones, don\'t show any broadcasters operating, so it seems they\'re working on updating the service right now.\"
Badia Software has released BigPicture XT 1.0, a $60 XTension that provides the complete solution for managing graphics and links in QuarkXPress. It displays image resolution, file size, file compression and full previews. Other tools allow users to update all modified links at once, swap folders, unlink images and replace any picture with another while retaining previous attributes.
ID3X 2.1, an editor for ID3 tags in mp3 music files, can now apply cover artwork that was added to MP3 files as file or folder icons and now supports large icons under OSX. It also adds a new batch mode for fixing track numbers, has better recognition of MP3 files, offers cosmetical improvements and includes bug fixes.
pearCalc 0.2 is a freeware calculator and application-launcher: \"As calculator it provides the operations +, -, * and /. It also handles parenthesis correctly. As application-launcher it can launch all applications in one of the standard applications directories simply by entering the application name.\" The provides a compact text-field only interface and also provides its pearCalc-service to all Cocoa-based applications.
Readers continue to report further delays in delivery of Microsoft\'s Office v. X, including several forwarded notices of delays from the Apple Store. (Meanwhile, Microsoft confirms that circulating reports of a \"1-year license agreement\" are false.)
SNAX 1.1.7 is a new file browser, replacing the Finder, that can compress/decompress files, convert archive formats, view invisible fille/folders, change permissions and file attributes, hide file extensions, securely delete files, and other enhanced Finder functions. The $32 shareware is localized for Japanese, English, Italian, French, German and Swedish.
Uni Software Plus has released easy beat 1.3.2, a maintenance release to its music software that can compose songs by drawing notes or recording them with a MIDI instrument, view up to 16 tracks, choose from 128 instruments and 9 drum sets, print the score and tabulature, add effects and variations, use an external synthesizer, and create MIDI files or QuickTime movies for the web. It is available for $60, a 33 percent discount for the holiday season.
Evological has released CoolCam 2.1, its $20 shareware webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.1 adds the ability to leave the FTP session open between uploads,and to upload files under a temporary file name as well as fixes file corruption, FTP compatibility, and other bugs.
Trinfinity Software\'s Seagull Video Player 1.1 adds a full screen option (without the menu bar) and a looping option to the video file player that offers playlist options. [Classic, Carbon]
Thore Winther writes: \"France is pushing out Microsoft. A new law that says that all goverment offices are not allowed to use windows! Only open source like Linux... check it out. England is about to follow.\"
Although readers yesterday began receiving shipment notices of BTO PowerBook G4s with CD-RW drives, Leon Dicks notes the option is still not available for order at the Apple Store.
Microsoft has posted updated UAM authentication module, which provides a \"superior method for encrypting the passwords that you use to log into Windows AFP Servers.\" It includes support for NTLMv2 128bit encrypted authentication as well as OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
VesperWorks has released QiPo v 1.5.2, an update to its utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies. It adds a new preferences window (with options to remember remember the watch folder state and window positions) and also improves performance when procesing files/folders.
Correction: We have updated a story posted late last night which incorrectly conflated the recent class-action lawsuits by consumers against Microsoft with the Federal govermment and States antitrust lawsuit. The proposed settlement for the private lawsuits, offers $1.6 billion to the nation\'s poorest schools and has drawn criticism from several parties, including Apple\'s Steve Jobs, while the proposed antitrust settlement by the DOJ is still being reviewed by some States, even after Microsoft offered those states who opposed the deal to pay for all litigations costs (including attourneys fees).
Now AAPL Stock: 93.7 ( -0.57 )
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
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.