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piDog Software has released updates to two of its popular applications, DockSwap and TelnetLauncher. Dockswap v1.3, which allows Mac OS X users to save Dock states and switch between them at will, has been updated to allow users to use \"Dock Menu\'s\" to access saved docks. TelnetLauncher v1.4, a utility for saving and launching telnet and ssh sessions, has been updated to include shortcuts to the command line interface. [DS, TL]
Reader Ricci Adams has noted the following: I talked with a representative from Sibelius software yesterday at a music conference. She said that Sibelius for OS X should be coming out in a few weeks. They recently released beta 3 to their testers and reports are coming back that it is stable.
Proxim has unveiled its first USB-based wireless networking solution for Macs. The Skyline 802.11b USB adapter allows non-AirPort ready Macs, such as the original iMac, to join wireless networks. It works with any USB-equipped Mac, and is fully 802.11b compliant.
iPod Free File Sync v2.1 is a utility which browses and imports music from Apples iPod and multiple other audio sources. International versions of iTunes are now supported and an auto copy feature has been added to the new version.
The BoardRoom v2.0 is a FileMaker Pro 5.x extension that provides instant messaging support for up to 250 users. Audio and visual notifications, quoted text in replies, time stamping and broadcast messaging are features included in the free software.
Znippetizer-X v1.3.6 is a small tool that allows temporary storage and grouping of small amounts of text information. The text is stored and can be easily accessed via a small floating utility window. Bug fixes and an improved interface are new in this version. [Classic, Carbon]
Northern Softworks has released Trash X v1.2.1. The $7 utility allows users to instantly delete files and folders without sending them to the trash, emptying the trash only on selected disks, and secure deletion (\'shredding\') of files and folders. Improved in the update is application speed, visual feedback of \"shredding\" and minor bug fixes.
PrefsOverload v3.5.1 is a maintenance upgrade to the Preferences folder managing tool. The Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X update fixes bugs and adds interface improvements.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit v5.6, its Mac OS X-native application for analyzing and presenting numerical data and mathematical functions. The update is free to current users; a free trial version is available; new user liscenses cost $95.
Unsanity has released FruitMenu v1.5, an update that adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu in Mac OS X. Version 1.5 adds assignable hot keys, a new contextual menu module, a \'Recent\' menu for application/documents/folders, IP address display and other enhancements.
On-Core has released SimpleFTP 1.0, a fully featured shareware ($15) ftp client that supports multi-threaded connectoins, resumeable downloads/uploads, bookmarks, and other standard features. A 15-day trial is available online.
August Software has released updated ODBC drivers and SDKs that now provide multi-threaded Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) support to applications on Mac OS, OS X, Darwin, Yellow Dog PowerPC Linux, Windows, Red Hat Linux and Linux Mandrake. The new release allows applications to launch multiple SQL database threads that run concurrently against one or more host databases, The free ODBC drivers, SDKs and its low-cost ODBC Router provide access to virtually any SQL database system including MS-Access, ORACLE, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, SYBASE, DB/2 and many others. [SDK: Classic, Carbon, Darwin]
Arios SoftWare has released Histogram Carbon II, a rewrite of its dedicated histogram graphing application that offers full customization options. It now includes OS X compatibility and multi-file support as well as an improved rendering engine and an updated interface.
In an recent radio interview, \'Limp Bizkit\' lead singer, Fred Durst, tells a local radio station that the Apple iPod was one of his only Christmas presents and how the device is \"amazing.\"
Intelli Innovations has released ProSQL 1.1.3, which adds the ability to read SQL Dump files with UNIX-style returns to its local and remote database management software. It also released IntelliMerge 1.3.5, which brings three additional rules for invalid e-mail addresses (improves accuracy for the address checker), OS X save sheets in the message editor, and the ability to undo while composing a letter. [PS: Classic, Carbon; IM: Classic, Carbon]
osOpinion has posted a look at the future of Apple\'s FireWire technology as the company preps new technology. \"The next major step in FireWire interfacing enhancement carries the moniker SBP-3 (Serial Bus Protocol 3). Current FireWire devices use SBP-2. The new protocol will purportedly reduce unnecessary bus traffic and improve overall throughput, as well as decreasing CPU load.\"
Developer Clyde McQueen has announced Image Rodeo v1.2 for Mac OS X, with much-anticipated HTML template features. Image Rodeo v1.2 builds template-driven photo albums for web distribution. Image Rodeo supports a hierarchy much like the Finder and can comfortably handle thousands of images, according to the developer. Users can rotate photos and add titles and captions for personalization.
Fourth World today released WebMerge 1.9.2, a Carbonized version of its $70 tool for generating static Web pages from database files. It works any database that exports in Merge or tab-delimited format, including FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access. Fourth World is also offering new \"workgroup pricing\" discounts for multi-license purchases. [Classic, Carbon]
Palm today launched the Palm i705, its new $450 handheld featuring wireless connectivity, an always-on \"push\" email from up to eight email accounts (with LED, vibrate, or sound notifications); secure, end-to-end, behind-the-firewall email for corporate users; web browsing via Google search or URL entry; and classic Personal Information Management (PIM) features. Palm also announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service and a host of other AOL services are available on the handheld as well.
Jared Traum reports that the \'Price It\' section of the Mail Boxes Etc. website is apparently for Microsoft Windows users only: \"I was appalled by this lack of service and wrote them an complaint email. I told MBE I would no longer be using their services and would let my friends, family, and clients know to find other places to do their packing and shipping.\" Concerned parties can contact MBE.
In addition to new Power Macs, Apple also announced that it has received more than 150,000 pre-orders for the flat-panel iMac and that it has begun shipping the new high-end SuperDrive iMac starting today.
Tiff-Sight 1.2.1, Blue Globe\'s $15 shareware application for viewing tiff-based fax and multipage TIFF files, corrects a file association problem in the Finder under OS X, allowing users to open a file by dragging it onto the Tiff-Sight icon in the Finder.
OpenOSX.com is shipping its $30 OpenDB 2.1 CD, which installs and configures relational database management systems on OS X, including MySQL 3.23.46, PostgreSQL 7.1.3, MyODBC 2.50.38, phpMyAdmin 2.2.2, phpPgAdmin 2.2.0 and other packages.
Stephen Becker\'s new PrintMagic 1.0 utility offers extended control of printing, including the ability to select/print non-contigous text blocks, customizable shortcuts, text annotations, and font/size selection. A demo of the $20 utility is available online.
Final Draft 6.0 is an update to the professional screen software package, offering OS X compatibility as well as an improved interface, PDF export, more script templates, a new \"Ask the Expert\" and formatting wizards, and the ability to register scripts directly to the Writers Guild of America (coming in Spring 2002). Upgrades to the $200 are $50 for a limited time.
CNN has a follow-up on the State of Maine\'s plan to give new iBooks to every seventh- and eigth-grader in the state, noting that the contract with Apple has a clause that allows the sate to back out if funding falls short: \"The contract is being called the largest single purchase of computers for public school classrooms. It includes wireless networks, technical support and maintenance...[However,] Not all lawmakers are thrilled with spending so much money while the state faces a potential $250 million shortfall, and some are suggesting scaling back or eliminating the laptop plan.\"
Fred Jame, former Editor-in-Chief of Macworld Magazine\'s Chinese edition, along with other former Macworld editors have together started a new Chinese Mac magazine called \"MacZin.\" MacZin is a free monthly, Mac-centric, Chinese magazine distributed using Adobe\'s PDF technology. It provides Chinese Mac users an alternative source of information, including product reviews, in-depth analysis and tutorial articles. MacZin also has a website for distribution, reader exchange and online polls.
osXigen v1.1 is an update to the Cocoa-based ftp client that now includes BBEdit integration, new icons, the ability to list hidden files, support for IIS5/ Windows 2000, per-server default options, an improved logging engine, nd other performance enhancements.
MacNN reader Richard Sarkis writes in response to a report posted Friday: \"There already exists a driver that support a surprisingly wide variety of TV tuner cards on Mac OS X. PCI based TV Tuner cards (Mac or PC versions) based on the Bt848, Bt848A, Bt849A, Bt878, Bt878a, Bt879 chipsets could potentially be used with the kext driver and viewer application on Mac OS X. The software source code can be found inside Apple\'s CVS repository under: [Darwin]/IO/Drivers/PCI/AppleBt8xx/\"
King Chung Huang notes that UPN\'s Enterprise television show uses G4 Cubes to power the \"Bridge\" of the ship: \"I just read an article that idrivex (an Apple Developer) wrote after visiting the set of the UPN show Enterprise. In it, he reveals that all the displays on Enterprise are run by 16 G4 Cubes.\"
Apple also launched its \"Screen Saver\" promotion, offering up to $500 back on with the purchase of a flat-panel display and a Power Mac G4. Apple is offering $100 rebate with the 15\" Apple Studio Display, $300 rebate on the 17\" Apple Studio Display, and a $500 rebate on the 22\" Apple Cinema Display. (Both the Power Mac G4 and the Apple display must be purchased on the same day; the promo runs through March 31, 2002.)
Sveinbjorn Thordarson has released MacRPM Utilities v1.2, an update to the open source bundle of utilities for Mac OS. MacRPM is a SourceForge project that can display information about, and extract files from, Red Hat Package Manager archives. RPM archives are commonly used for \'packaging\' Linux software.
Power On Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.1.1, an updated version of its popular contact management software that offers several improvements to printing under Mac OS X as well as a number of enhancements to server performance.
Apple today announced new speed-bumped Power Macs, including a high-end dual 1-GHz Power Mac G4 with a NVIDIA GeForce4 graphics card and a SuperDrive for $3,000. Apple claims the high-end Power Mac offers 15 gigaflops (15 billion floating point operations per second) and says it runs \"applications like Adobe Photoshop up to 72 percent faster and encodes DVD Video over 300 percent faster than a 2-GHz Pentium 4-based PC.\" Other models include processors running at 933MHz and 800 MHz. The low-end model ships with an ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card (with 32MB of memory) and a CD-RW. The configurations are: 800MHz/256L2/256MB/40GB/CD-RW/7500 Radeon/56k $1,599 933MHz/256L2/2MBL3/256MB/60GB/SuperDrive/GeForce4/56k $2,299 dual1GHz/256L2/2MBL3/512MB/80GB/SuperDrive/GeForce4/56k $2,999
The 933MHz and dual-1GHz Power Macs feature an updated SuperDrive and improved cache architecture with 2MB of double data rate (DDR) L3 cache per processor (running at half the speed of the processor--up to 500MHz). All Power Mac models offer dual monitor support and an OS X software bundle that includes: \"Ambrosia Software Snapz Pro X, Caffeine Software PixelNhance 1.5, Code Line Communications Art Directors Toolkit for X, Lemke Software GraphicConverter 4.1, Omni Groupís OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner, James Thompson PCalc, FileMaker Pro Trial 5.5, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, Earthlink 2.5, Microsoftís Internet Explorer 5.1 and Smith Micro FAXstf X Preview, as well as Apple Developer Tools X.\"
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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