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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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD