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iTunes v2.0.3 has been released via the Mac OS X Software Update panel : iTunes for Mac OS X lets you create and organize your own personal digital music library. The second generation of iTunes adds powerful new tools that help enhance your listening experience, burns MP3 data CDs, and provides support for Apple\'s iPod, offering unprecedented music portability. This version also improves overall stability and performance. The Mac OS 9 version is available at Apple\'s download page.
MacNN reader Jason Thacker has started an online petition aimed at Apple; the petition asks that \"Apple use the Windows implementation of AVI (in Quicktime) instead of the official specification. This will allow Mac users to play most AVIs when used with the new Divx codecs.\"
Spiderweb Software, the makers of Exile, Nethergate and Avernum, today announced Geneforge, a fantasy role-playing game. \"It features fully animated 16-bit graphics, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help.\" Geneforge costs $25, but a free demo is available.
Pedagoguery Software Inc. has released Tess 1.06, an educational mathematics application that creates planar illustrations. The update improves functionality and design ability.
O\'Reilley & Associates has published a new book entitled \"Building Wireless Community Networks\" ($25 retail). Included in this comprehensive publication are tips on network layout, implementation, and general help on setting up your own wireless network.
A MacNN reader has posted a scan of the two-page OS X advertisement that appeared on the inside cover of the December 17th edition of Newsweek magazine.
Portents has released an update to DiskTracker 2.2. At beta 4, the disk cataloging software can now be natively run in OS X; more bug fixes are also included. [Classic,Carbon]
We have published a review of Buena Software\'s three Video Effects Packs, priced at $30 each and compatible with QuickTime Player Pro and any other video editor that accepts QuickTime effects.
LemkeSoftware has released version 4.2 of its popular GraphicConverter software. The update brings dozens of improvements and bug fixes including: drawing of recorded points, improvements in slide shows, and expanded support for graphic formats. The retail price is $35. [Classic,Carbon]
Apple has posted standalone Quicktime 4.1.2 installers for both Mac OS and Windows.
CE Software has posted another development build of its next generation office mail utility, QuickMail 3.0b3. This version fixes problems with draft emails, adds message formatting tools to the Edit menu, supports commas in URLs, and other enhancements.
Internet World Fall 2001 wraps up today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Show officials have chosen this year\'s \"Best of Show\" award winners, which include Sierra\'s AirCard 555 wireless networking add-on; the Lexign Suite for managing electronic transactions; and Caw Network\'s WebAvalanche 3.1.
A Sharp has released Addressix 1.0, its $16 envelope printing utility for OS X: \"It remembers printer settings so you can\'t forget to use manual feed, auto-completes addresses, and prints bar codes for automated sorting.\" A fully functional 30-day trial is available.
Corel has quietly posted a Bryce 5.01 updater for its 3D landscaping and animation package, fixing several outstanding issues with the previous release, including extraneous artifacts on transparent objects, camera tracking problems, and fixes for several network rendering isues. (You must download and install the 5.01 Lightning client to use the Bryce network rendering solution, as older clients are no longer compatible with the update.)
osx.macnn.com reports on the release of December\'s OS X 10.1 Developer Tools set, a new version of CopyPaste-X, Alias/Wavefront\'s shipment of Maya 3.5.1, and a final release candidate for CarbonLib 1.5.
Afternoon tech news: U.S. Customs Agency officials are planning more raids targeting Internet \"warez\" groups in the coming weeks, including efforts overseas; Intel\'s new mobile Pentium 4 chip, which will reportedly run at 1.7 Ghz, will produce significantly more heat and consume more power than current portable chip offerings; The FBI has confirmed the existence of a \"Magic Lantern\" project that could be used to eavesdrop on computer communications.
SiPix, the same company that helped Apple to develop its first mouse, has unveiled a new $100 photo printer that produces wallet-style glossy prints as well as photograph stickers. The PocketColor 100 connects via the USB port and runs on four AA batteries. Packs of 20 sheets of media for the PocketColor 100 include a color cartridge and cost $9 for photo paper and $10 for stickers.
Along with a host of other digital music player manufacturers responding to Apple\'s iPod, D-Link has introduced the 10 GB capacity Roq-it MP3 Jukebox. The device sports ID3 Tag Support, a backlit LCD Display, a USB Interface and M3U Playlist Support. Five minutes of skip protection are provided through a 2 MB DRAM buffer and D-Link claims the Lithium-Ion battery delivers 8 hours of juice. The Roq-it MP3 Jukebox is priced at $210 and is available immediately,
NewsFactor\'s Robyn Weisman compares Microsoft\'s recent Windows XP commercials to Apple advertisements, saying \"As Madonna\'s \'Ray of Light\' pulses, a person flies through a Technicolor blue sky holding a Windows laptop, while below people edit movies and do all sorts of multimedia things. It is as if they had walked into a Mac ad by mistake.\"
wxWindows 2.3.2 is a development version of the C++ GUI library with bindings for Python, Perl, and recently Basic and Lua. This is the first release that supports MacOS 8/9 and MacOS X, compiled either with CodeWarror or Apple\'s Developers\' Tools. It is the open-source alternative to the Qt toolkit and is free for any use, including commercial use. The currently supported platforms are Windows (including WinXP), the GTK toolkit, widely used under Linux and Unix and Mac OS.
Handmark has acquired MemoWare, a provider of on-line content for PDAs and other handheld digital devices. Under the arrangement MemoWare will operate as an autonomous business unit within Handmark. MemoWare founder Dr. Craig Froehle becomes president of the MemoWare division reporting to Handmark CEO August Grasis III. Handmark produces several Mac-compatible desktop PDA componenets.
A MacNN reader provided a status update on the online Developer Tools, which were made available earlier today, but temporarily pulled: The December Dev tools for OS X are also BACK online at ADC, the ones that were online for 2.5 hours on the 8th, now back online since around 2AM est this morning, pulled for a few hours AGAIN today, and now back again, still no word on OS X 10.1.2 which apple says is REQUIRED to use some of the tools (Applescript Studio).
Web Proofs 1.2, a $35 software package that helps create web forms and other online ordering documents, adds PayPal integration, allowing users to use PayPal\'s shopping cart in an online store. [Classic, Carbon]
Marty Pfeiffer has updated his $31 Nu Font Pack, which contains some of Scooter Graphics\' most popular fonts: Nu Sans, Nu Serif, Nu Casual and Nu Sans Monospaced--in a single package that is offered at a 20% discount. A demo version is available. This release allows folks to use Nu Sans as the system font in Mac OS 9.2.2. Nu Sans is available separately for $12.
CopyPaste-X 1.01 is an update to the popular utlity that extends the OS X clipboard.
The Boston Globe has a feature article on Jordon Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD project, who now works for Apple: \"[OS X] is what I\'ve been waiting for the past 20 years ... I never thought about working for Apple before, and now I was saying, \'How do I join?\'\"
Apple yesterday released another final candidate of its CarbonLib 1.5f5 SDK, which is available to all ADC Members and provides all the files needed to begin Carbon development.
Miramar today released PC MACLAN 7.2.1 for Windows 95/98/Me, which \"provides seamless compatibility between users of Windows 9.x and Apple OS X.1, allowing them to maximize the use of digital media devices to both operating systems, while also sharing files and printers bi-directionally over AppleTalk or TCP/IP.\" It supports AFP (AppleTalk File Protocol) over IP as well as AppleTalk to provide the ability to connect to AppleShare servers and Macintosh workstations. It retails for $200 and is available as an upgrade ($70-$100).
Alias/Wavefront is now shipping an OS X 10.1.1-compatible version of its Maya 3.5.1 package. The free update also brings support for new grpahic cards, including the ATI Mobility Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX and NVIDIA GeForce3. The updaet will be shipped on CD to existing customers and is available for sale ($7,500) through Alias/Wavefront or its resellers.
David Rider has received a status update from Microsoft late this evening, noting that his order for Office v.X Special Upgrade shipped yesterday, instead of the original January date.
Microsoft yesterday rejected a settlement offer from the nine dissenting states in the DOJ/States antitrust case, saying that proposals \"seem calculated to inflict maximum commercial harm on Microsoft\" and would amount to a divestiture of its valuable Windows operating system and Office suite of business software.
4D has released 4D for Dreamweaver v1.0, an extension plug-in for Dreamweaver which inserts 4D tags into pages designed in Dreamweaver via an easy-to-use GUI. The free utility is designed for use with Dreamweaver 3.x, 4.x or UltraDev and requires 4D Version 6.7.1 or higher.
Sonnet has extended its \"128MB for FREE\" DIMM program, which it has been offering with the purchase of any Sonnet Crescendo/7200 upgrade. U.S., Canadian, European and Japanese customers are eligible for a free 128MB DIMM with any qualifying purchase through the end of the year. Claims must be submitted by mail and postmarked by January 31, 2002.
Web Confidential 3.0, Alco Blom\'s $20 shareware password manager, offers industrial-strength encryption (using BlowFish), automatic entry of WWW Forms and automatic HTTP Authentication, access to passwords in your browser and from the Dock, synchronization with a Palm via a Conduit, a password generator, new dock menus, and new help book. Upgrades are $11.
Several readers note that December 2001 OS X 10.1 Developer Tools are available to online ADC members via the private developer site. (Online ADC Membership is free.)
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
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