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Tech Superpowers, Inc. will be hosting their first annual \'Tech Demo Night\' on Thursday, December 13th. This event is for Macintosh enthusiasts to check out the latest hardware, share knowledge, play games and purchase hardware at discounted prices. Admission is free.
DVcreators.net has released its latest CD-ROM course on creating desktop movies. The \"Making Awesome iMovies\" CD includes sections on planning, DV camcorder operation, shooting aesthetics, lighting, and audio. \"Making Awesome iMovies\" sells at a special introductory price of $30.
KnowledgeMiner 4.0 is a powerful modeling and prediction tool which was designed to support the automation of knowledge extraction from data using three advanced self-organizing modeling technologies: Group Method of Data Handling (GMDH), Analog Complexing and Fuzzy Rule Induction. Version 40 adds AppleScript support, import of database/spreadsheet info, new actual vs. predicted views, and other enhancements. Pricing starts at $65.
AustinSoft today announced that it will ship \'Dterm,\' a new software debugging application for Mac OS 9 and X. DTerm provides an interface for displaying real-time diagnostic and debugging information from your programs. It will sell for $64.00 this December.
\"IT,\" the device Steve Jobs allegedly said would induce the construction of new cities, has been unveiled. The two-wheeled, self-balanced personal transportation device runs on a battery. can travel up to 15 miles on a single charge, and will be available next year for about $3,000.
Philippe Mougin has publisher an article on the O\'Reilly Network\'s Mac DevCenter titled \"Scripting Cocoa with F-Script.\"
LandWare Palm OS software developer, today announced that its popular Palm OS application know as Pocket Quicken is now available for the Macintosh. It allows users to keep Quicken 2002 financial information with them wherever they go.
The IEEE 802.11e Wireless LAN Task Group has adopted a set of Quality of Service enhancement proposals made by the 1394 Trade Association\'s (FireWire) Wireless Working Group (WWG). The two companies\' combined efforts will eventually result in the creation of link connecting FireWire devices to a wireless network with speeds up to 54 Megabits per second.
ABBYY has announced immediate availability of FineReader 5 Pro for Mac. The company claims its OCR engine delivers accuracy up to 99.9 percent with 2 to 3 times fewer mistakes than other Mac OCR solutions, including OmniPage, TextBridge and Readiris.
Vektor3 3.0, a free update for users of Vanessa Chess, is a $10 shareware multi-document, multithreading chess program for OS X that offers a completely customizable 2D†chessboard with 3 piece sets and several chessboards, support for variations, includes an annotation editor with text styles, and several different difficulty levels.
MacSFTP 1.0b6 is a preliminary beta version of the $25 shareware, Carbonized SFTP client for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X.
Aladdin is now shipping its StuffIt Engine SDK 6.5.1, which offers better compatibility with Mac OS X and 10.1, an improved tar function (includes additional support for optional MacBinary encoding of contents), and a new beta version of framework that allows developers to utilize the StuffIt Engine when compiling for Mach-0/Carbon.
VSamp 3.2.5, a $40 sample playback application, fixes a problem importing some SampleCell instruments. [Classic, Carbon]
Planar Systems has introduced new 15- and 17.4-inch flat-panel monitors that feature the ability to rotate the display from landscape to portrait viewing. The new models offer large format viewing areas, USB hubs and built-in speakers and can be ordered in a range of exterior colors, including translucent red, blue and clear, as well as classic white or professional black. Planar\'s 15-inch PV150 supports resolutions up to 1,024 x 768 (XGA), while the 17.4-inch PV174 is capable of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA) resolution and features both analog and digital inputs. [pricing not available]
Power Structure 1.3 adds import from Final Draft RTF files and other import enhancements to the story development environment designed for writers: \" [it] is designed to help me use my existing skills as a writer to tell these stories better, and to give me tools to help me discover my own weaknesses as a writer and overcome them myself.\"
John Blase writes about an \"excellent Finder replacement for OS X,\" Coela 1.0b8, which he says works wonderfully: \"A little easier than SNAX, but just as much complex abilities.\" (Page is Japanese, but application is in English.)
Brian Kennedy writes \"the very popular free 3d software Blender was just released for Mac OSX as an alpha version...I use this great software to teach kids (4-6th grade) how to model in 3D and they love this tool. it is especially useful for us since we can use it for free.\"
The OS X version of Mozilla 0.96, an open-source browser, is now available, according to Kelvin Chu.
eWeek writes about possible delays in Mac OS X 10.2, a rumored update from Apple code-named Jaguar. The article notes that Jaguar, originally due in January (according to industry rumors), has been slated for release in early summer amid concerns of update quality control, but that Apple intends on releasing two update in the interim to continue to address outstanding bugs in the OS.
Eridanus today released Baker 1.2, an $30 program used to simplify the task of downloading files from Usenet newsgroups by eliminating the \"hassle by automating much of the process.\"
XRay 1.0b6 is a new beta of the file/folder utility for OS X, offering the ability to modify permissions, type/creator selection from a built-in database, and the ability to run from the Finder\'s Contextual menu, the Services menu or by dragging and dropping items onto the application\'s icon. The utility offers the ability to write plug-ins that further augment XRay\'s capabilities. Preview, Custom Icon and Hex Edit plug-ins are already in the works.
The OS X backup/synchronization utility, Revival 1.06, offers a number of advanced features, including drag-and-drop method for selecting Target and Source folders, ability to extend backups over any TCP/IP network, one-way backup (with deletion of old files), and the ability to save backup configurations. Registered users of the $25 utility are able to use all features, while the limited version is available for free to everyone.
After Excite@Home turned off almost 4 million customers last Friday, including about 800,000 AT&T@home customers, Goeff Strickler notes that ATT Broadband (who will be serving many of the customers) has quietly turned on its network in some parts of the country: \"Like 800,000 others, my AT&T@home service went down Saturday. While I haven\'t heard from AT&T yet regarding the resumption of my service, I noticed that my cable modem appeared to be working (correct status LED\'s were on) so I tried it out. I reconfigured my Mac for DHCP and I\'ve been using it for about 30 minutes. \"That\'s the good news. The bad news (from their support page under \'service transition\'). The \'Service Transition\' page seems to be linked to the zip code of the subscriber, but I suspect this applies to all former AT&T@home users: No static IPs, DHCP only. Downstream rate limited to 1.5Mb/s (upstream still 128kb/s). Also, the \'Acceptable Use Policy\' and \'Subscriber Agreement\' have changed slightly, subscribers should review them.\"
Online-Timer 1.0 records internet usage, provides countdown warnings to specified intervals, and offers the ability to calculate associated costs. It can export information as Excel spreadsheet, offers support for different currencies, has a handy Control Strip Module (Classic Only), and a differential per-hour pricing structure (if applicable). [Classic, Carbon]
Ian Page\'s Mactracker 1.5 is an informational database that includes information on Apple Scanners, QuickTake cameras, the iPod, versions of the Mac OS, upgraded memory descriptions for recent models, iMac and iBook colours, and more code-names for printers and displays. [Classic, Carbon]
Yenco has updated its $20 shareware checking, savings, and credit card account management program. Finance 4.2 brings an improved startup process, text-based documents, auto-conversion of older version documents, integrated button bar controls, better auto-save functionality, and an updated help system and content.
Ambrosia has released an update to its epic role playing game Pillars of Garendall v1.01, which offers speed improvements, bug fixes, and other enhancements as well as a new companion plugin called \"Trinity\" that adds three new specialties from which to choose.
Adobe today announced After Effects 5.5, a new version of the company\'s motion graphics and visual effects software. Version 5.5, due in the first quarter of 2002, adds OS X native support (Carbon app), multiple views, colored shadows, stained glass lighting and an Advanced 3D Renderer for creating high-quality intersecting layers as well as Advanced RealMedia export and integration with Alias|Wavefront\'s Maya and Discreet\'s 3ds max.
Bleu Rose today released Black & Bleu 4.1, a maintenance release to its $30 application which provides the most comprehensive collection of Macintosh OS error codes available anywhere (well over 5,000). More importantly, the database includes a detailed analysis and suggestions for dealing with many of these errors.\" A Pro version ($141) can export detailed explanations to a file (useful for instructional purposes).
Black Cat Systems has released the GM-10 nuclear radiation detector, which a $150 self-powered device that detects alpha, beta, gamma, and x-ray radiation. It includes Ras software for charting radition levels, requires a serial port, and \"allows detection down to the microroentgen level, allowing extremely low levels of radiation to be measured.\"
The Iconfactory has released its latest freeware Macintosh icon collection, Kidcon Alpine OS, a collection of over 85 icons that contains custom folder and document replacements for the Macintosh system folder, trash can and more. It is also available as an iControl iPack which allows users to instantly customize the default folder, the entire system folder and trash with a simple double-click.
Tenon today announced a new version of its Apache administration tools, iTools 6.5, which brings an Aqua-based GUI for setting up and configuring Apache (and other tools) from the desktop. The new UI complements the included secure, remote, browser-based administration tools that provide access via any TCP/IP connection. The $400 application provides Apache, DNS, FTP and mail configuration options. It is a free upgrade for v6.0 customers.
The Maine Department of Education has selected Apple as the top-scoring bidder for the Maine Learning Technology Wireless Classroom Solution, a four-year initiative to provide portable, wireless computers, wireless networks, teacher training, and related services to equip all seventh and eighth grade students and teachers as provided by the plan for the Maine Learning Technology Endowment. (Final purchase negotiations for the contract are now under way.)
Shawn Kelley passes along an interesting observation about recently released Epson printer drivers: Just thought that I would drop a line, apparently the Epson printer drivers that were just recently released for OS X, don\'t support printing if Classic is open. As soon as Classic is quit, printing is fine. I know that this is the case with the C40 series, I don\'t have confirmation yet of whether this affects other models.
eline Technologies has released a Carbon version of VideoClix, its authoring software that can add video hotspots, create Actions, place Chapters and Text tracks without any scripting to video. The $400 application can help track consumer interaction with videos (for marketing purposes) and supports QuickTime, MPEG1, AVI, Flash, and DV files.
CharlieX software factory has released a CharlieX Screen Ruler 1.7c, a $10 shareware utility which \"draws transparent ruler at top and left edge of your desktop . As well shows template of usual screen sizes, draggable screen ruler and mouse coordinates.\" It now contains a few new features, completely restructured menus and screen templates and some minor fixes and adjustments.
Westlake Interactive has announced that it will be bringing the popular third-person shooter Max Payne to the Mac and will be publishing the title in conjunction with MacSoft, according to IMG: \"the story-driven game about a man on the edge, fighting for justice while uncovering plot twists and twisted thugs in the gritty bowels of New York during the century\'s worst blizzard.\"
Apple\'s Website lists two new stores as \"Coming Soon,\" including Palisades (West Nyack, NY),a nd Rockingham Park (Salem, NH).
Gideon Softworks has released, Get Info v0.9, an update to its shareware ($10) file/folder attribute editor that includes compatibility with SNAX, improved services support, display of invisible files in open dialogs, new dock menu itmes, and Finder oht key support. (The company is also looking for people to help in the localization of the application.)
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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