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Vista Systems today announced the release of RenderBoy v2.3.1, an update to the popular shareware solid modeler and ray-tracing render application. RenderBoy is available for PowerPC and 68K Mac OS computers running Mac OS 7 or later. Version 2.3.1 greatly improves support for DXF geometry (introduced in v2.3.0) with DXF rendering speeds now 2X to 5X faster. A \"lifetime\" registration is US$40.
Apple continues its apparent phasing-out of the Think Different advertising campaign with a new Web page outlining why the Macintosh is easier to use than Windows. \"Everything is easier on a Mac\" cites iTools, Mac OS X, Microsoft Office, AirPort, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie and iPhoto as reasons why the Mac platform is simpler and better than its competitors. Moreover, Apple appears to be pushing the \'digital hub\' concept as it presents the Mac as a complete solution.
Group Logic has released MassTransit v4.07, an update to its advanced business-to-business application for digital files transfers over LANs and the Internet. It now offers customizable, web-based job tickets, the ability to remote proof using EPS files, and enhanced web-based administration. It is available immediately to existing customers with current maintenance and support agreements
The Detroit Free Press has published an online editorial by technology analyst Mike Wendland on the ever-growing popularity of Digital Photography. The author points to Apple\'s new iPhoto software as a reason to \'fall in love\' again with digital photography. \"iPhoto scores a hat trick for Apple\'s marketing plan to make the Mac a digital hub, working with the iTunes music management tools and the iMovie video editing software.\"
MicroMat today released TechTool Pro v3.0.6 for Mac OS 9.2.2. This maintenance releases fixes a memory issue with File Lab, fixes a Directory Maintenance window bug and adds more items to the conflict database. TechTool Pro is a utility application for detecting and repairing software issues as well as analyzing hardware problems.
Daniel Ramirez writes \"I recieved new package from Comcast with instructions on installing Comcast. Materials gave an online site (download.comcast.net) where comcast users could download PC/MAC installers. I downloaded the installer just waiting to boot into 9.2 to install the files and I was surprised that the installer just ran in X. Seems like all it does is rename your Network config to Comcast Online, makes sure that it is running DHCP and removes any Client ID\'s. It also sets your user info in the internet control panel.\"
Forums round-up: MacNN Forums members discuss possible upgrades to the processor of the PowerMac G4 Cube; successful new iBook modifications; a new Mac OS 9-like theme for Mac OS X.
Final Cut Project \"My Louisiana Sky\" has been nominated by the American Cinema Editors as best edited motion picture for non-commercial television.
Xicons continues to bring Mac OS X icons back online with its updated layout. Xicons now has close to 2000 icons back online. Today also brought a new icon set of five.
Helios Software is offering a free test drive of its server products for Mac OS X. Supporting a large number of AppleShare servers worldwide, Helios Software\'s EtherShare, PCShare, Print Preview and EtherShare OPI are now available as 30-day trials from Apple.com\'s Mac OS X section. The Helios suite of networking and prepress servers represents the most extensive offering of native Mac OS X server software, according to the developer.
Ericsson and Electric Pocket have announced a new PDA Messenger application that allows Palm OS devices to send handwritten notes, multimedia content and sketches to other wireless users. The software will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes next week.
EGO Systems has announced the availability of a free web-mail service for Apple iTools members. IMAPple.net allows iTools members to check their Mac.com email via a web-based, IMAP-compatible interface built on the SquirrelMail email interface. IMAPple.net also provides hourly reports on the status of the Mac.com mail servers, including graphs showing uptime statistics for the current month.
SimpleText Filter is a rules-based filter plug-in for EIMS (Eudora Internet Mail Server) that allows you to set up simple rules to reject SPAM/UCE. The $75 \"trialware\" plugin will operate for 12 hours after startup.
FirewireDirect.com has updated its Vanguard Series of FireWire Hardware RAID products to provide Level 0 RAID support. The Vanguard product line is available in configurations up to 240GB using 7,200 rpm drives and offers support for both Level 1 (mirroring) and Level 0 (striping) RAID and requires no additional RAID software, hardware or device drivers,.
MDG is now shipping version 3.6 of Web Server 4D and WS4D/eCommerce, its a single application that includes a full featured web server, shopping carts, storefronts, credit authorization, virtual domains, and database publishing. Version 3.6 adds a virus prevention and notification feature as well as an automatic virus definition update feature.
REAL Software has published a white paper titled \"What\'s the difference between Carbon and Cocoa, and why should I care?.\" in which Geoff Perlman explains what they are, what impact they have on you as a Mac user, and what that means to users of REALbasic.
Version 1.6 of Mimio\'s software for its white-board device for recording information offers native OS X support as well as the ability to export your whiteboard notes as animations to iMovie and QuickTime formats.
Readers note that AOL last week posted a new version of the AOL for Mac OS X software, which includes an updated version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. It is available at Keyword: \'Beta\'.
Sig Software has released NameCleaner 2.5, its Carbonized utility for manipulating file names and types designed to help move files to and from foreign file systems. Version 2.5 includes a regular expression cleaner, full support for long file names on HFS Plus and UFS volumes, filters for preparing file names for use under Unix and a contextual menu module for OS X. Personal ($25), Network ($50), and Administrator ($100) licenses are now available. It also released Cross Platform 1.1.5, a disk catalogging tool that also \"provides information about how the files on a Macintosh can be used with Windows-based computers.\" [NC Classic, NC Carbon]
Thoth 1.5 is an update to the $25 shareware newsreader. The Carbonized application offers power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article andheader downloads, quoted text coloring, reference-based article threading, multi-threaded connections, and other advanced options.
CE Software today announced the release of QuickMail 3.0, an upgrade to its Internet and interoffice e-mail system. Version 3.0 features a Mac OS X client and server, new address book distribution, Windows XP compatible client, and numerous other improvements, including client/server-side support for SMTP authorization. Upgrades start at $7/user from version 2.x. QuickMail Office 3.0 upgrades start at $8/user from version 2.x. New copies of QuickMail Pro are available for $35 (plus client licenses).
Bowing to criticism, Comcast promised to stop recording the Web browsing activities of its 1 million high-speed Internet subscribers, according to The New York Times. [free registration required]
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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