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Matt Neuburg has released MemoryStick 0.2, a utility that graphically displays RAM usage under Mac OS X. The update includes interface enhancements and better tooltip information.
Blue Globe Software has released a free AppleScript entitled Terminal Window Here, which provides a simple way to open a Terminal window and automatically change the directory to any folder under Mac OS X. \"Users of Microsoft operating systems will recognize this feature as similar to the \"Command Prompt Here\" Windows add-on.\"
Aportis Technologies Corp. has announced BrainForest Professional Edition 1.1, its \"award-winning\" action item organizer. Along with Mac OS X compatibility, other enhancements include expanded Note editing capabilities, printing features, keystroke shortcuts and commands, along with interface changes. Pricing is $10 for previously registered users and $40 for new users.
Pangea Software\'s adventure/role-playing game Otto Matic 1.02 fixes a minor glitch on the 4th level of the game as well as a problem where characters Tractor and Otto could go through fences on Level 1. The game developer has also made minor changes per user feedback.
Mail Forward 2.0 is a shareware ($12) e-mail forwarding application for Microsoft Hotmail and standard POP mail accounts. Version 2.0 includes an option to automatically forward mail after a specified time interval, an option to leave mail on the server after it has been forwarded, and includes a new User Name field as well as support for SMTP login authentication.
Unsanity today released FruitMenu 1.0, a $7 shareware OS X utility that adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu in OS X.
Earlier today Palm posted a private preview beta of Palm Desktop Software 4.0b, which brings OS X compatibility and also provides improved data compatibility, better synchronization, support for vCard and vCal, private record designation, multiple language support (English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish), and a new dock menu. The software was only intended for internal Palm employees, but download information surfaced to the public.
Watson 1.04 is an update to the utilty that provides direct access to many Web services via a simplified application interface. A public beta of a package tracking service module is also available to registered users.
MusicCity, makers of the highly popular Morpheus file-swapping system, says it plans to deliver a Macintosh verion of the software in 2002 that will also include the ability to tap into Gnutella-based networks. The developer is currently projecting a Spring release.
Motorola, Apple\'s supplier of PowerPC processors who said it would cut more than 9,400 jobs, has filed to sell up to $2 billion in debt securities, common and preferred stock and other securities. The company says it will sell the securities, as needed, to raise capital for general corporate expenses.
The $5 shareware icon creation tool, Can Combine Icons 2.0, adds new features that ease on-the-fly icon creation as well as a new Library that \"offers functionality previously only available in more expensive and complex software at a very affordable price.\"
Rainer Brockerhoff has released Zingg! 1.0, a fast launch contextual menu for the OS X Finder. The freeware utility displays a list of all applications that claim to open the selected file.
Sugar Cube Software has released MP3 Alarm Clock 2.2. New features include random playlists, gradually increasing volume, decreasing snooze time, bug fixes, and other enhancements.
Andrew Burgess writes \"Ableton AG has posted an OS X public beta on its site of Live 1.1b, the audio sequencer. It is quite stable on a 400mhz G4 Powerbook, the software expires after 10 days unless you are a registered user of Live for Mac OS 9/Windows then it does not expire.\"
Morning tech news: Jupiter Media Matrix has released its November 2001 rankings, stating that America Online, Microsoft, and Yahoo! are still the most highly trafficked web properties; A new study reveals that IT spending dropped even lower than expected in 2001, and a rebound is not expected in 2002; Games for Sony\'s entertainment consoles outsold games for its two major competitors combined.
Steve Jobs once again took home a $1 salary in 2001, as Apple disclosed in its annual securities filing. Meanwhile, Apple CFO Fred Anderson took home just over $650,000 in base salary, while Senior Software Engineer Avadis Tevanian and Senior hardware engineer Jonathan Rubinstein each took home just over $450,000.
Apple has disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission that it expects to lose a \"small\" amount of money on its retail store outfit, which has increased steadily in size to 27 stores over the past year. The company blamed the economic effects of September 11th\'s attacks for the shortfall.
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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