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Glub Tech has released Secure FTP Wrapper 2.0, a server-side component that makes a standard FTP server a secure FTP server. It now encrypts the data channel via SSL protocols as well as the command channel (username/password). The $250 Java application is available as a 30-day demo.
Sveinbjorn Thordarson has released MacRPM 1.3, a utility for extracting files from RedHat Package Manager packages.
Picture Browser 3.1 offers many standard picture viewer functions on both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X as well as slide show functions. The download also includes Movie PlayList 1.0, which creates playlists for movie files, support all QuickTime-compatible files.
Handspring has dropped the price of its Visor Pro to $230 ($20 reduction) and its Visor Neo to $170 ($30 reduction). The Visor Pro has 16MB of memory and a rechargeable lithium ion battery, while Visor Neo is Handspring\'s entry-level, high-performance Visor and comes in three colors: smoke, blue and red.
Script Software has posted CopyPaste-X 1.1, an update to its $20 shareware clipboard enhancement utilty that provides multiple clipboards (and other enhancements). Version 1.1 offers resizable palettes, picture previews in each palette, multiple clip sets, default tab widths in the clipboard editor, and new text insertion commands.
Reindeer Games has created a Free 7x7 Custom Filter Plug-in (replacing the 5x5 filter that ships with Photoshop) for creating custom filters in both 8-bits and 16-bits per channel images. It with larger filters, real numbers (floating point), preserves colors, reads/writes TEXT files, and can autoscale results.
\"SETI control\" is a REALbasic application which allows you to control the Darwin (Unix) version of SETI@home in OS X. It claims to run faster than the OS X screensaver version and includes a document \"SETI control desc.rtf\" which describes how to download and install the Darwin version of setiathome.
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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