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Reader Jeffrey Collins recently received a letter from Bank of America regarding the dropping of support for Quicken on the Mac platform.
El Gato Software LLC has announced a new iPhoto plugin. iPhoto Toast Export Plugin enables iPhoto users to burn directly from iPhoto with Roxio Toast Titanium v5. Users can create photo CD-ROMs to share with others and send for printing. The iPhoto Toast Export Plugin is free; tech support is not provided by El Gato Software.
MacResQ announced today the launch of a new repair service for Macintosh PowerBook computers. The service, known as PowerBookResQ, will provide PowerBook users in United States with a source for service parts and labor. \"PowerBookResQ is the only service of its kind for out-of-warranty PowerBooks,\" said Shannon Jean, President of MacResQ. The cost of the program is $100-- this price includes 3-way overnight shipping, the initial diagnostic service, and the \"PowerBox\" shipping cradle, which the customer can keep.
REALmac Software today announced PhotoAlbum Pro v1.0b. This public beta release provides a simple way to create photo albums for web distribution. Users can choose from several themes and use PhotoAlbum to resize and convert PICT, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PSD and PNG files into web-ready JPEGs. PhotoAlbum Pro is available for $10 as shareware.
The second beta release of MacPAR for Mac OS X has been released. MacPAR v1.0b2 is a user friendly PAR utility for Mac OS X v10.1.2 users created by sourceforge.net contributors as a part of the mutsu and parchive projects. New in the second release is \'drag and drop\' functionality, improved checking for existing PAR files, an activity indicator, and the ability to select individual files to be placed in an archive.
Quark today released Quark XPress 5.0, a new version of the industry-standard layout software. Version 5.0 includes new Tables functionality, new Layers enhanacments, an enhanced print user interface, improved PDF support, contextual menus, and better color management. It also adds new tools Web design and improved license management. Upgrades to the $1000 application are $300 for v4.x owners and $400 for v3.x owners.
Several MacNN readers report that Adam Iser has posted Adium v1.5b for Mac OS X. Adium is a free Mac OS X AIM client with many features. Version 1.5 adds several features including full multitasking, support for custom alert sounds and more buddy list customization options.
A MacNN Reader notes that the public comment period for the Microsoft settlement ends this Monday, January 28. People who wish to express an opinion on the matter to the government must do so before the deadline. Concerned parties can e-mail the Department of Justice. [Updated]
ShaManX 0.9d is an OS X utility, currently in development, that allows you to view the \"man\" pages of the underlying Unix core, execute shell commands (only those that do not require additional user inputs), and view some system configuration files.
Forbes.com talks about the Jobs-lead Apple revival: \"Sustainable comebacks in big business are an amazing thing, partially because they are so seldom. It\'s rare that a once great company can lose its way (and tons of money) so profoundly and come back stronger than before.\"
Brent Kessler writes about a Mac series in latest edition of eWeek, a weekly printed magazine geared toward IT professionals: \"I just opened up the January 21, 2002 issue of eWeek and finished reading it. To my shock, there were no less than four articles that mentioned the Mac! In a typical month I\'d be shocked to see more than a single mention of Apple products in eWeek, and even that would be more of a passing reference....One had very positive comments about OS X, one was keen on the new iMac, one more had nice things to say about Virtual PC 5.0, and one tried very hard to be downbeat on Apple but gave me the opposite impression.\"
Despite multiple \"confirmed\" reports on the Web about the January 22 (yesterday) release of new Power Macs, Apple has delayed the release of speed-bumped Power Macs for at least another week, according to MacUser UK, (who initially reported the January 22 release date, which was then followed by other \"confirmed\" reports on the Web).
Memora has released a new iPhoto edition of its Memora Photo application, integrating the ability to share pictures with friends and family from users\' hard drives. iPhoto can share an entire album, or select different pictures within an album, and simply drag-and-drop to share them from their harddrive. The company will make the first 1,000 copies available for free.
Channel 8 Software has added a new task manager to iOrganizer 2.5, the latest version of its $25 organizational application, which includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list.
Hitachi is shipping its new 15\" flat panel, the CML155V LCD. It is the first in Hitachi\'s new Designer Decor series featuring a two-tone metallic silver and blue finish to \"present a sophisticated, designer look in a space saving 8.1-inch deep package (including the base).\" The $530 flat panel supports both analog and DVI-D inputs as well as S-Video and RGB composite inputs--with active switching between two different inputs through an on-screen menu.
LabanWriter 4.2 is a freeware graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation,which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version features expanded on-line help, new symbols and bug fixes. A beta version of LabanWriter for OS X is also available. [Classic, Carbon]
Lexar will begin shipping its 1GB capacity CompactFlash Type II card by the end of the month. The 16X-speed 1GB Professional Series card clocks a sustained write speed of 2.4MB per second. It will cost $1,200.
WiebeTech today announced pricing for its FireWire KeyChain, a high speed, portable FireWire-based, keychain-sized storage device†which supports capacities†of up to 1GB using nonvolatile CompactFlash storage modules. The company also says it has reduced the physical footprint of the FireWire KeyChain and will offer \"empty\" modules for $100, allowing users and dealers to install any size CompactFlash module. It is expected to begin shipping to end-users by the end of March.
Barclay Stiff writes about wide-spread problems with sound after putting Power Macs to sleep: \"Just thought I would alert you guys to a trend I have noticed about a problem that myself and others seem to be having with sound issues and OS X.1.2. Here is a link...Itís amazing to see that this seems to be happening to a lot of people.\"
Eridanus today released Baker 1.5.0, an update to its $30 application that now offers configurable default folders, a configurable system throttle for allocating system resources to the application, and list processing improvements.
PC Mall (a.k.a. MacMall) reported a net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2001 of $2.2 million or $0.20 per share, which included a tax benefit of $1.4 million or $0.13 per share. Sales for the year 2001 were $718.1 million compared with sales of $818.6 million for the year 2000, which it said was \"attributable to the impact of the September 11th tragedy, discontinuation of aggressive advertising campaigns for eCOST.com that occurred during the first half of 2000, and the challenging economic conditions in 2001.\"
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has launched the Wheels of Zeus (wOz), a new company focused on designing \"new consumer electronics wireless products to help everyday people track everyday things.\" The company has secured $6 million in first round funding from Mobius Venture Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Palo Alto Investors.
The Omni Group has posted a bug-fix release to OmniGraffle 2.0b6, its application for creating diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, and layouts.
McSerialNumber Shareware Edition v1.4 offers enhanced support for OS X savvy software registration and administration tasks as well as improved handling for adding, changing, selecting, deleting and maintaining your software product registrations in conjunction with the integrated customer database. A limited demo of the $15 utility is available online.
Name Stalker 1.0 is a freeware utility that allows you to monitor domains you own (or domains you want to capture). The database driven application is multithreaded and offers email reporting.
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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