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Apple has posted an official MacWorld Expo San Francisco webcast page, which indicates that Macintosh enthusiasts will be able to \"tune-in\" to Steve Jobs\' keynote address on January 7 at 9am PT via QuickTime. \"It\'s an event you won\'t want to miss.\"
Graphics software developer Fifth Wave today announced the availability of Convert version 1.3.3. Convert is an in-depth tool for calculations and conversions on the Macintosh. 40 different conversion categories allow for \"thousands of conversion possibilities,\" according to the developer. Version 1.3.3 adds a number of improvements including PowerPC and 68K native code, new conversion factors for the Volume, Moment of Inertia, and Mass categories. Convert is available for $15 through Kagi.
Grammatica 3.07, the bilingual grammar and spelling utility, has been released. The update improves French checking and includes a new and direct access to the FR, ENG, and FR-ENG Ultralingua dictionairies; price for the full version is $45.
Mallet and Bare has released Erase the Trail 1.2, the hard drive management tool, for Mac OS 9. The utility allows batch change of creator codes, deletion, creation, and management of invisible files, and backup of the entire drive with the click of a button. Erase the Trail\'s cost is $7, but discounts will be given on later versions for registered users.
MOTU today announced a public beta of its USB MIDI driver for all MOTU MIDI interfaces, including the 2x2 FastLane-USB, 4x6 micro express-USB, 8x8 MIDI Express XT-USB and the 8x8 MIDI Timepiece AV-USB interface/universal synchronizer. The MOTU USB driver leverages OS X\'s new \'CoreMIDI\' architecture, making \"all MOTU USB MIDI interfaces compatible with all Macintosh software that supports standard Mac OS X MIDI drivers. \"
The Omni Group is shipping OmniOutliner v1.2, a cocoa application that can make outlines and lists in Mac OS X. New in this version is the ability to export to plain text, multiple columns, document-wide stylesheets, multiple bug fixes and numerous interface enhancements. A free trial version is available; the full version is $21.
Word Translator 4.5 brings OS X compatibility to the application that can translate English words into 14 other languages. The $40 shareware integrates with other applications, has user-modifiable dictionaries and can accept very large dictionaries-- some up to 400,000 words. A trial version is avaialbe that will expire after \"a few weeks\" of usage.
ntop v2.0, a Unix tool that generates detailed network usage reports, has been released. ntop works with Mac OS X servers and is compatible with several protocols including AppleTalk. The ntop source code is available to the public.
TheStreet.com has posted a piece dubbed \"Sweet Exec Deals Sour Apple\'s Image\" in which columnist Glenn Curtis criticizes Apple\'s executive compensation. Curtis says he\'s \"not always convinced that the company has the common shareholder\'s best interest at heart,\" pointing out a $500,000 signing bonus for Timothy Cook, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales Service and support, and hefty stock option awards.
A MacNN reader writes \"DV Pressroom has an interesting \'Dual Duel\' article in which a PM G4 800 DP got summarily clobbered by multi-processor Wintel peers in a digital video editing shootout. Not a happy story for us Mac faithful, but not the complete story, either.\"
Morning tech news: AOL\'s global subscriber base has topped 33 million; CD prices are set to fall due in part to increased availability of music online; and The FCC granted Boeing a license for the aircraft manufacturer\'s Connexion service, which will let passengers transmit and receive broadband data in flight.
David Pogue\'s latest New York Times column highlights OS X and the iPod as \"some of the year\'s most notable products.\"
Cisco recently posted updated Aironet 2.0 drivers for its line of wireless PCI/PC card adpaters. Version 2.0 contains new OS X drivers as well the previous release of Mac OS 9 drivers; James Nenneman provided some feedback: \"I emailed you last week about the drivers that were soon to be posted for Aironet Cards. I downloaded them within an hour of their being posted. The 2.0 version of the driver software for OS X does not work. I have tested it with Powerbook G4s and G3s running anything from 10.1 to 10.1.2. It does not work. ;-( What is more disappointing is that when installed on OS 9 the driver and utility package are still the older 1.02. I have attempted to contact Cisco, but with no luck.\"
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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