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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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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