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Several MacNN Readers report that MusicCity continues to affirm that it will release a Macinosh version of Morpheus in spring 2002 with emails to users. Morpheus is a free file sharing application that is currently only available for Windows. Users can search the hard drives of other members for Video, Music and executable files.
osOpinion takes a look at Microsoft\'s plan to bring Outlook to Mac OS X and Apple\'s shortcomings in its Mail application: \"Apple currently bundles its Mail e-mail program with Mac OS X. This client provides an intuitive Aqua interface and a shallow learning curve, but it lacks some functionality required by users with heavy e-mail volume.\" osOpinion also has posted an editorial on Mac OS X\'s venture into the Unix community.
c|net reports that Sonicblue, maker of digital music-related devices, has renewed an agreement with Macrovision that would ensure encrypted content played on its digital video recorders cannot be copied onto VCR tape or shared over the Internet. The recording abilities of the ReplayTV line of digital video recorders has raised concern among television and movie networks. Sonicblue has created other popular products including the Rio line of MP3 players.
Team MacNN prepares to pass a SETI data unit milestone as they approach the 400,000-unit mark. The MacNN SETI members have currently accumulated 667 total years of computer time. Team MacNN managers Scott and \'Reader50\' encourage MacNN readers to join the team effort. [updated]
Motorola is continuing (aggressive) work on its G4 processor, despite widely circulating rumors of the G5 chip, according The Register. While the much more evolved PowerPC 7500 is expected next with an on-board memory controller, the PowerPC 7470, a tweaked version of the current Apollo 7450 G4, will be ready for volume production by this summer, offering a 0.13 micron process, support for up to 512K of L2 cache and up to 4MB of DDR-SDRAM L3 cache, and a modified bus protocol: \"MPX+, which supports double data transfer and which should effectively run at 266Mhz according to sources. ...The MPX+ bus retains MPX\'s 36-bit addressing lines, and is described as interim measure. Don\'t expect dramatic leaps in SMP scaling - two will remain the sweet spot. The 7470 should scale to 1.5MHz. In parallel development, Motorola is priming a cut-down 7470 labelled the 7460, which doesn\'t support L3 cache. \"
Appmac has released English-Italian Dictionary v6.4 in both English-Italian and Italian-English editions. The dictionary/ translator shareware application works with Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. This release is a free maintenance update that reintroduces the highly-requested mini-Window feature and includes an American Slang Dictionary. [Classic, Carbon]
Bill Ryan notes that AOL has changed its policy on automatic email forwarding from its mail servers: \"I have been having trouble here at work with our e-mail. Well after battling for 3 weeks with our mail host, Interland, I was informed that AOL has recently changed their Mail relay service so you can no longer forward to AOL accounts from thier mail server. There is no bounce message, or undeliverable mail message, the mail just seems to disappear.\"
Feelorium\'s QuickTime media skin editor for OS X, Tattoo 1.0, offers the ability to create movies with a custom skin image frame with a special shape or control buttons.
META/DMA has released Layer Splitter 2.1, an upgrade to the $50 utility that takes a layered Photoshop or Illustrator file and separates each layer to its own file. Version 2.1 adds native OS X support, the ability to split Illustrator v9 and 10 files, Targa output, and more.
A public school educator writes about \"How schools are tricked into using PCs--when Macs are better,\" saying that \"Along with the false economy with Windows, I also can\'t find any real academic reason to go with the platform.\"
Brian Dunning\'s Card Validator for FileMaker is a freeware utility (\"not a script, not a plug-in) that can be used to check the authencity of credit card numbers with a single calculation.
Renicer 1.1, is a shareware GUI tool that automatically sets priority values for applications, adds numerous user requested features, including the ability to set Dock and Window server priorities individually.
Rémi Zara has updated SetiDockling 2.05, adding the ability to adjust the icon\'s background transparency, more control over the display of the captions, and other various minor bug fixes.
Marc Ishisaka writes: \"I just got an email from Apple Events and they list QTVR 2.0 seminars towards the middle of March. Not a typo! Their web page talks QTVR and OS X!\"
Simon Fraser has released MT-NewsWatcher 3.2 for OS X, a Carbon version of the popular freeware Usenet news client for the Macintosh.
Morning tech news: Handspring is now taking U.S. orders for the Treo, its new pocket-sized combination phone and organizer ($400), which is expected to ship later this month and be available at electronics retailers in March; A Business Week Online reports says that Momentum may be shifting to Microsoft, after AOL reported sharp declines in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2001; and Microsoft has plans to bring Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer to testify at a remedy hearing and is accusing AOL Time Warner and Oracle of helping to draft a harsh remedy proposal.
Manuel Wanskasmith notes the presence of a large number of Macs at the Olympic press area.
QuickTime Live! is scheduled to open today with pre-conference workshops; Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing, is expected to deliver the opening keynote tomorrow at 10:30 PT. The conference runs from Feburary 11-14 in in Beverly Hills, CA. (QuickTime 5.1 is expected to be among the major annoucements by Apple at the conference.)
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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