February 25 marks the beginning of the STOS 2002 conference in Washinngton, D.C. The STOS is aimed at IT security professionals, security experts, government technology officials and researchers. Progress of SE-Darwin (Security Enhanced - Darwin) will kick off the conference research papers covering topics like Secure Logging, Building upon the foundation of CDSA, Intrusion Detection, PKI and Security Enterprise. Two says of tutorials will include \'Macintosh Forensics\' and \'Secure Programming.\' A conference pass is US$600, a research-only pass is US$300.
An Apple iTools member has made available a QuickTime version of Fox Sport\'s \'trip to the mall\' with basketball stars Shaquille O\'Neal, Sumaki Walker and Jelani McCoy. The video shows the three men and the host purchasing Apple iPods in the Mall of America. The segment was aired late last month with much reaction from the Mac community. [alternate download link]
An update to the action/adventure game Spiderman for Mac OS 9/X has been released. Spiderman v1.0.1 fixes a bug related to the \'Scorpion\' character in the Character Viewer Gallery. Also added is support for full 32-bit color and support for full-screen ATI anti-aliasing on some video cards. The full version of the Aspyr game -- inspired by the upcoming feature film -- sells for US$40.
Brett Koonce has posted an appeal to Apple asking for NTFS file system support under Mac OS X. Mr. Koonce and other Macintosh users hope that NTFS support will open the door to new hard disk technology in the next few years. This request to Apple is offered in the form of a petition for supporting parties to sign.
Popular IRC client Snak v4.8.3 has been updated to include six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Swedish and Danish; also included in the update are several bug fixes. MacNN invites all readers to join the discussion at the MacNN IRC Network.
Dartware LCC has announced InterMapper Remote v1.0, a real-time network status utility. The cross-platform tool (Mac OS X, Windows NT/2000, Linux) displays the status of routers, switches and servers to be viewed remotely to check traffic statistics and possible problems on the network.
GLterm v1.1, a $10 shareware replacement for the Mac OS X Terminal application, has been updated. The updated improves keyboard support allowing GLterm to perform as a DEC terminal and also adds custom support for macros; new usability features and bug fixes have been included.
A MacNN reader has noted that CompUSA stores that do not have a full-time Macintosh Representative will not be carrying Apple\'s Dual 1GHz Power Mac G4.\"I just found out that CompUSA has decided not to carry the Dual 1Ghz G4 machines in any store that doesn\'t have a full time representative. This is an outrage. I work in one of those CompUSA\'s and I am a very knowledgeable Mac User. Something has to be done, raise a stink, I don\'t care, but it is stupid and unfair to Mac Customers. I work in the Lexington, KY store and cater to a huge Mac market, and believe it or not, there is a huge demand for these machines.\"
WhiteCap 4.2 is an update to the wireframe-based visualization plugin (OS X and Mac OS 9) for Audion, Macast, iTunes and SoundJam, which features more than 130 effects in both windowed and fullscreen mode, a slideshow of effects, control over specific effects, and extensibility options. (It also can operate as a stand-alone screensaver under Mac OS 9.) [Plugin, Standalone]
The January 2002 update to MYOB AccountEdge 2.0 v5.6.3, the accounting/business application, includes changes to the 1099-MISC and other product enhancements, but not payroll tax changes effective January 2002. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s WebObjects 5.1 is am update to Apple\'s Web application and development package, offering JSP Servlet Integration (for deployment on third-party JSP or Servlet application servers), support for Enterprise Java Beans, LDAP access via a JNDI adaptor, updated documentation, and enhancements to the Java Client. It is a free upgrade for v5.0 customers on CD from the Apple Store ($20 shipping and handling).
WiebeTech today announced larger capacity, improved DesktopGB drives (in configurations up to 120GB). Other changes to the dual FireWire/USB 1.1/2.0 drives include faster data transfer rates (updated drivers), quieter operation and lower prices. The company claims \"real-world\" transfer rates of more than 30MB/sec using 7,200 rpm drives. Pricing is $250, $300, $370 for 60GB, 80GB, and 120GB models. The base unit is $160 and supports capacities up to 160GB through updated firmware. Both the firmware update and quieter fan assembly are available for free to existing customers.
Alchemy Labs has updated its $10 shareware e-mail checker, Pony Express 1.6, which adds international support, including the ability to display headers in different international encodings in contextual menu, depending on user settings. Support is included for Japanese, Russian and many other non-US languages.
osx.macnn.com has notes about the release of Apple\'s WebObjects 5.1 and Default Folder X 1.01, the popular open/save dialog enhancer as well as ChronoSync (backup/sync utilty), USB Overdrive 1.0b3 (input device customization), ChartMaker Pro 5.0 (for FileMaker), and acgi dispatcher 1.0b2 (for Apache scripts).
James Sentman has released a second public beta of acgi dispatcher 1.0b2, which enables you to use cgi programs written in AppleScript or other Apple Event-aware languages with the Apache web server. Beta 2 \"drastically\" increases performance by offering the option to load them internally instead of run them as separate programs and adds options for the virtual host parameter, the user id parameter and the full request parameter. acgi dispatcher will also url decode and spilt form data into apple script lists for you.
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1.0.1, a new version of the popular system enhancement utility that runs under OS X (currently Carbon applications only with Cocoa-application support expected in a future release). The $35 shareware utility speeds access to files and folders Open and Save dialogs.
Brian Dunning has released an OS X-compatible version of ChartMaker Pro 5.0, his application for adding charts & graphs to FileMaker Pro. Now offering support forFileMaker 5.5 running on OS X, the $40 shareware can be used to create complex layered charts in FileMaker LAN solutions and can be served from Lasso or Web Companion web solutions.
Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 1.0, a new application that synchronizes or backs-up data between folders, hard drives, removable media, laptops, file servers, or any computer. It includes a scheduler and an advanced rules function to include or exclude files by name, size, date, extension, etc. The $20 utility allows you to compare files before and after synchronizations, run trial synchronizations, use special options that ignore invisible files, resolve aliases, preserve folder attributes and synchronize deletions as well as offers logging for detailed records of all backup actions.
Merlin Software has released Version 2.2 of its EssentialServer software, adding new features and usability enhancements to its scaleable, secure and data backup application. The release also adds native Mac client-side data backup support, which it claims is \"the first in the Network Attached Storeage (NAS) industry.\" The included client-side software provides incremental backup at customized intervals to a central NAS server.
Alessandro Levi Montalcini has updated USB Overdrive X 10.0.0b3, which offers several bug fixes as well as new speed acceleration settings and display of connected USB devices. The beta software allows users to customize mouse/trackpad settings and is expected to provide support for other input devices as well.
Evological has released ImageDV 1.2, a $30 shareware utility which allows users to easily extract digital images from DV video on a FireWire DV camera or from previously captured DV video clips. Images can be extracted, deinterlaced if necessary, and saved in a variety of formats. Version 1.2 supports OS X and fixes a problem where preferences were sometimes not saved properly when quitting.
Eridanus has updated Baker 1.5.3, fixing a few bugs in the $30 shareware newsreader for OS X.
The Iconfactory has updated its professional Adobe Photoshop filter for creating Macintosh and Windows based icons, IconBuilder Pro 3.1. It offers automatic correction of incorrect file formats, updated .ICO icons based on new Microsoft definitions, and other bug fixes. It is a free upgrade to the $70 shareware.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R