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The Omni Group has released OmniWeb v4.1 beta 1. OmniWeb is a popular web browser for Mac OS X. New features include a compatibility preferences pane that allows the user to make websites think OmniWeb is another browser and several user interface enhancements like pop-up history menus on the forward/back buttons. The new beta also has a redesigned download manager with more options. OmniWeb is available for $30 ($20 educational); OmniWeb can also be used for free.
GameRanger 2.1.6 is an update to the Mac-friendly, web based game enviroment that \"works around a problem with web proxies that some ex-@Home users (and possibly others) were experiencing that prevented auto-updating.\"
IOXperts has announced the release of its FireWire Webcam Driver 1.0 for Mac OS X. The \"extremely\" stable driver provides support for OS X users using some FireWire Webcams. A free trial version of the $20 software is available online.
Micronet has re-introduced its Advantage Series of external single bay hard drives. Available in 60GB, 80GB, 100GB, and 120 GB capacities, the small 5\" x 9\" footprint hard drives are priced from $290 to $455.
Xnet Communications today announced Captain FTP v1.0, a new FTP client specifically designed for Mac OS X. Captain FTP has drag-and-drop functionality, file and folder transfers, basic FTP functions like renaming/moving, interrupted download resuming and bookmarks. Future features may include mirror transfers and a text terminal.
Rijdat Software has released PDFCat 1.0, a new $30 utility that tracks and indexes PDF documents, including title, author, subject, keywords, and other data.
We\'ve published an in-depth preview of the upcoming International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2002 in Las Vegas, which coincides with the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
AustinSoft has released DTerm 1.0, a $65 programming utility that provides an \"interface for displaying diagnostic and debugging information in real-time from your programs. Each program has its own window, and can intelligently merge the contents of multiple windows into a single window, showing the interactions between multiple programs.\" It works with both Mac OS 9 CFM programs as well as Mac OS X Mach-O programs.
Dave Hirsch has released a Cocoa version of TestTimer 2.0, a utility designed to do help teachers proctor a station-based exam: \"Each station has a certain amount of time, and an aural announcement must be made when it is time to switch stations.\" The source code is also posted for both the Classic and Cocoa versions at the same web site.
Afternoon tech: The open-source MPlayer offers QuickTime support under Linux with its latest release; A recent study found that up to 5% of the Internet - potentially 100 million hosts - are completely unreachable; and Yahoo announced that sales volume at its shopping sites between Thanksgiving and Christmas increased more than 86 percent from a year ago and that its shoppers spent $10.3 billion online in the fourth quarter.
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times writes \"Although the older OS 9 remains a better choice for many types of users, OS X is becoming more viable every day,\" noting the growing numer of applications for OS X.
Apple has granted options for one million shares to each of its senior executives except Chief Executive Steven Jobs, according to the company\'s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
Yahoo! Shopping has named Apple\'s Titanium PowerBook G4 as one of the best sellers for the 2001 holiday buying season. Other top sellers include Microsoft\'s xBox, Nintendo\'s GameCube, and the Nikon Coolpix 995.
Morning tech news: The FBI has warned owners of Windows XP to disable a feature that could open the operating system to intrusion from hackers; Minolta has halted new product development for APS (advanced photo system) cameras, announcing that it will instead focus on digital cameras; E-Commerce sites are reporting strong holiday sales, with Yahoo revealing that its visitors spent more $10.3 billion in the fourth quarter.
Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software notes that the company is not working on an OS X version of its popular Cro-Mag Rally because of Apple\'s lack of Net Sprocket on OS X.
iPod Free File Sync 2.0b1 now displays which MP3/AIFF/WAV files on an iPod are not on your computer and offers the ability to sync the iPod with any computer.
Signwave Auto-Illustrator 1.0 is described as \"an experimental, semi-autonomous, generative software artwork and a fully functional vector graphic design application to sit alongside your existing professional graphic design utilities.\" Registered users of the beta version receive $30 off the $100 registration price.
XPlay Preview Release 2, a new version of Mediafour\'s Windows utilty for the iPod, adds the ability to copy MP3, AIF and WAV files through both Windows Media Player and Explorer. The preview release expires January 31, 2002.
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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