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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE