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ZDNet writer David Coursey is performing a \"project\"--going \'all Mac\' for a month--to determine if the Mac OS is a viable work platform compared to Microsoft Windows. Coursey has already trivialized the platform, doubting that he can be a working contributing journalist without Windows XP.
Fifth Wave\'s shareware unit conversion utility, Convert Carbon 2.0b3, adds Acceleration, Angle, Force, Mass Flow, Moment Force, Pressure, Time, Viscosity, and Volumetric Flow categories as well as OS X compatibility.
Electric Image has released Electric Universe 4.02, which fixes minor bugs with Modeler in release 4.0.1. (It requires the v4.01 updater.)
Last week, Proxim posted its Skyline 11Mb Wireless USB Adapter 1.0 driver for its wireless networking device.
Despite the expected 64 percent rise in LCD shipments this year and the expected 6 percent decrease in CRT monitor shipments, IT Week says that \"Steve Jobs\' proclamation of the \'death of CRT\' may have been a bit premature.\"
Deep Sky has released the second public beta of HTTP Server Deux 1.00b2, a 4th Dimension component which provides a cross-platform, flexible web server with appropriate parsing, formatting, and utility routines. It adds a new functional demo mode as well as new API for supporting Adjunct Components. Deep Sky also released the first public beta of HTTP Log Deux 1.0.0b02, which provides a cross-platform, flexible web log generator. [Server, Log]
FinderEye 1.0 is a shareware ($15) OS X Contextual Menu plugin that adds a number of commands, including copying the path of the current file or folder to the clipboard, opening the currently selected folder in a new window, locking/unlocking the current file, opening the current file or folder with another application, and changing the creator and type of a file to that of a template file.
TeXPalette 1.1 provides a GUI to Darwin-based TeX distributions, such as teTeX; \"You use your favorite OS X text editor to write the code, and you can go from source to final output in one click! Alternatively, you can use the dock menu if screen real estate is especially precious.\"
The MacTV Network has posted two items on the two biggest announcements from last week\'s MacWorld Expo. MacTV takes a hands-on look at the new G4 iMac in a video from the show floor. Also, The Mac Help Radio Show will be offering an iPhoto tutorial and Q&A session.
RealMac Software today announced that it will bundle ButtonBuilder, iSlideShow and iPhotoBatch for $25. ButtonBuilder has been updated to version 2.6 with an enhanced interface and several bug fixes; iSlideShow has been updated to version 1.3 adding a new application icon and several major bug fixes. Both applications are available individually for $10 each, as is iPhotoBatch. Free trials are available of all three programs.
Eskape Labs has posted new alpha drivers for its MyTV hardware products, MyTV 0.16a1. The pre-release drivers, which will work with its MyTV and MyTV/fm devices and its MyCapture II and MyVideo devices, do not yet offer video capture support, HIRC cable support, nor PAL support.
Canada\'s Ottawa Citizen notes that CorelDraw 10 has suffered another \"indignity\" as the product\'s packaging was designed using archrival Adobe\'s \'Illustrator\' software.
IBM ViaVoice Enhanced Edition 2.03 (US Version Only) brings a number of changes, including Mac OS 9.1 compatibility, the ability to run both Microsoft Word 98 and Microsoft Word 2001 on the same system and several bug fixes. The update is available as a CD-ROM only for North American customers. The update CD is free of charge. This update does not apply to ViaVoice Millennium Edition for Macintosh.
ecOrganizer version 1.2v5 is now available for download. Major changes in version 1.2v5 include French and Italian interface translation and various improvements on the cost and time management module. ecOrganizer is a workgroup organizer, contact and project management system with optional extra modules for quoting, invoicing and time management. ecOrganizer is built in FileMaker Pro, making it cross-platform.
Jon Katz has posted an article on \"Steve Jobs And The Oh-So-Cool iMac,\" noting: \"Jobs hasn\'t addressed the central problem facing computer makers: the public doesn\'t trust them. Burned by years of outrageously poor tech support, increasingly expensive software, and hardware that\'s almost instantly outdated, middle-class consumers aren\'t the least bit interested in the coolest new new thing.\"
Robert Cringely\'s latest column talks about Steve Jobs and his definition of success, which he notes differs from Bill Gates\': \"[Jobs] is quite content with the status quo. That\'s because Steve\'s definition of success is different from Bill\'s, and from that of most other people in the computer industry. Success to Steve means getting his own way. That\'s all. Forget about market share. It\'s all about longevity and personal dominance.\"
Architosh has posted articles on AEC Software\'s new FastTrack Schedule for Mac OS X, VRML Extension Suite for Dreamweaver and Peer Visual II for Mac OS X.
Econ Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of Portraits & Prints version 1.0.4, the personal photo studio for Mac OS X. This update makes Portraits & Prints and Apple iPhoto work even better together. Apple\'s recent release of iPhoto brings powerful photo cataloguing and archiving capabilities, but developer Econ Technologies says when it comes to actually enhancing photos, Portraits & Prints has more features. Portraits & Prints costs $20, the Template Maker is $10. Free demo versions are available for download.
Unsanity LLC announced today the release of Xounds v1.1. Xounds is a \'haxie,\' or Mac OS X hack, that brings Appearance Sounds to Mac OS X. Version 1.1 brings many requested features including stereo-panning sounds, a choice of what sound effects to play (Controls, Windows, Menus, Finder) and adjustable volume for every type of sound effect.
MCE today announced a 16x version of its Lucid Portable FireWire CD-RW Drive, which sports the \"slimmest dimensions and lightest weight\" of any FireWire CD-RW drive on the market today, as well as a sleek industrial design.\" The bus-powered Lucid-16 16x10x24x Portable FireWire CD-RW Drive weighs less than a pound and measures 5.5 inches in width, 6.5 inches in length, and only 0.8 inches in height. It is compatible with both Finder burning and Apple’s iTunes under Mac OS 9.1 through OS X is bundled with Roxio Toast CD-recording software, a FireWire cable, and a user’s guide. It will ship on February 1st for $400 (universal AC is an optional $15).
IDG today announced that Macworld Expo SF attracted 87,890 attendees, slightly down from more than 90,000 last year: \"The strong attendance at Macworld is in sharp contrast to other recent IT trade shows which have reported significant declines in attendance.\"
osx.macnn.com has notes on a useful freeware contextual menu for opening files, new Samsung printer drivers, IK Multimedia announcements (in anticipation of the Winter NAMM 2002 show), and MacPar for OS X.
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.4, an update to its shareware ($15) Mac client for the WebShots desktop picture service. Version 1.4, adds support for WebShots multiple-image gallery packs, fixes a potential login items corruption on OS X 10.1, and correctly registers as a web browser helper app for downloads on OS X.
DealNN, which will begin full publication later this week, notes special up to 30% off pricing off new iMacs (and sales on select iBooks) at the Apple Store.
Rainer Brockerhoff\'s freeware Zingg! 1.1 is a freeware contextual menu that shows a list of all applications that claim to open the selected file. It now resolves symbolic links prior to checking for duplicate entries in the application list, has an option to show full pathnames in the menu (with Caps Lock), an improved installer with uninstall options, Sherlock support, and other enhancements.
Apple is expected to release its financial results tomorrow after market close. Consensus estimates are 11 cents per share on sales of $1.43 billion, according to Thomson Financial/First Call. Apple’s Q1 financial conference call webcast will follow at 2:30pm PT on Wednesday, January 16, 2002.
SCMP, an Asia Hong Kong news group, notes that while Quanta, a Taiwanese manufacturer for Apple notebooks (as well as Dell and HP) has won the contract to manufacture the new iMac, Hon Hai Precision Industries will continue producing monitors for the older iMacs. (We previously noted that both the $799 and $999 iMac would continue to be sold at the Apple Store, through education channels, and possibly at other retail locations.)
ATI Retail Update for Mac OS 9.x, replacing last week\'s revision, is designed for Mac OS 9.2.1 owners only.
Key Xing 1.4 is a $7 shareware utility that allows you to launch files, programs, folders, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. Version 1.4 adds the ability to open folders, executes AppleScripts fater, and fixes some error reporting issues.
Sony today expanded its handheld line, adding the CLIE PEG-T615C and PEG-S360 to its product line. (We previously noted Palm\'s hints at new upcoming handhelds.)
Apple\'s new iMac has won the endorsement of the influential computer design guru Don Norman, according to the BBC: \"I searched it thoroughly and studied it carefully looking for problems or flaws. I couldn\'t find anything. It is brilliant design.\"
Peter Payne passed along some interesting information about changes at the Apple Store Japan: \"The Apple Store Japan now accepts orders for computers and allows U.S. keyboards (the standard keyboard layout) as a build-to-order option on all computers they sell, even iBook/Powerbook/iMacs (you can also order Macs with an English OS). Since there is a very high rate of \'gaijin users\' in Japan who don\'t appreciate the JIS keyboard layout, this is something you should pass on to your readers. \"The weak yen also means that virtually all of Apple\'s products are cheaper if bought through the Apple Store Japan than from anywhere in the U.S. -- a decked out dual 800 mhz G4 is about $260 less on the Apple Store Japan than the Apple Store in the U.S. To top it off, you get a free 1 GB of memory if you buy from the Japan store. A major deal!\"
VVI today announced availability of Peer Visual II (as well as a chart service), allowing users to place dynamic charts on their own web sites. \"[it] makes any type of chart or visual in real time and offers it over the Internet.\" (No pricing information available.)
James Burdette notes that his previously ordered Sonnet HARMONi G3/500 iMac processor/FireWire upgrade card has begun shipping: \"Just thought I\'d let you know that I just ordered one of these online--apparently they\'re FINALLY shipping. I can also let you know when I receive it, too.\"
\"Creation Station\" discusses the \"third age of the desktop PC,\" noting the evolution of the PC as a \"digital hub.\" Brian Killen writes: \"FYI: I found an interesting article on the idea of a digital hub and the three stages of computing without mentioning Apple or Macs or Jobs--just PCs.\"
Dave Wallans notes the release of a new Samsung v.22 driver, which \"adds support for printers that previously didn\'t have support for Mac, only through Powerprint.\"
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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