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Quadmation\'s PlayerPRO 5.9.2, an update to its music editing program (a.k.a., SoundTracker), adds OS X sound input compatibility, bug fixes for OS X, better import/export functions, and QuickTime 5 DLS2 support. Updaters are available for both the freeware and commercial versions. [Classic, Carbon]
Jason Greene notes that LaCie has released SilverLining Pro 6.4.4, an update to its driver utility software for its DVD-RAM/R, CD-RW (FireWire, SCSI, USB), and hard drives. (A list of changes is not available.)
SciFinder 2001, another desktop research tool, allows you to explore research topics, browse scientific journals, and stay up to date on today\'s most recent scientific developments. With SciFinder, no special training is needed. You simply point and click to access more than 19 million abstracts and 35 million substances. (A MacNN reader points to a list of dozens of other scientific applications available for OS X.)
Cambridgesoft\'s ChemDraw 7.0, a popular chemistry drawing package, is now available for OS X. Version 7.0 adds BioDraw,, Name=Struct, AutoNom, ChemNMR, SDK features, and more, as well as the Chem3D and ChemFinder applications and the Chem3D Plugin, to ChemDraw Pro. The $1,600 application is available for $700 to education customers.
Singapore\'s Straits Times Interactive has named the iPod and the Titanium PowerBook among the year\'s top 10 gizmos.
Rick Johnson has updated his free Graffix Select menu plugin 10.0.3 for Illustrator 10 (for Mac OS 9 and OS X) to address a problem in selecting various types of paths.
Edgar Online has posted a detailed chart of Apple\'s financials over the past year, including a balance sheet, cash flow breakdown, and income statement. The chart represents data collected through Apple\'s most recently reported fiscal quarter.
Morning tech news: Toshiba and other mobile electronics firms are eyeing fuel cell technology as an efficient replacement for lithium ion batteries; Oracle plans to lay off 400 to 800 employees in its sales and consulting divisions; Orders for computers and portable electronics are up 2 percent thanks to low interest rates.
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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