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Gary Mack reports that the MicroTech drivers for the Zio! SmartMedia Reader released earlier today for Mac OS X v10.1.2 compatibility are again non-functional after install Mac OS X v10.1.3. \"Unfortunately I\'ve found that the updated drivers for my MicroTech USB CameraMate, which worked using the \'new\' MicroTech drivers under 10.1.2 for about 45 minutes, broke again after I installed the Mac OS X 10.1.3 update.\"
Developer Clyde McQueen has released Image Rodeo v1.2.2, a shareware alternative to Apple\'s iPhoto that provides six HTML-based templates and support for AppleScript.
Both Canon and Nikon\'s Olympic Depots are Mac-centric digital areas for \"Capturing the Olympic Glory -- Digitally,\" where Olympic photographers can use Power Macs, which are equipped with 22-inch Apple Cinema Displays and high-speed Internet connections to burn DVDs and CDs, send images and print to the latest printers.
Adobe has released an InDesign 2.0 installer update for the OS X-English version of its page-layout software, which addresses installer issues encountered by some users, including generic installation errors, and \"access denied\" errors. The new mini-installer by MindVision has a new engine that uses the files on your InDesign 2.0 CD-ROM.
Adobe today released After Effects 5.5 Adobe Motion Exchange plug-in, which allows users to integrate Adobe After Effects projects with Adobe LiveMotion by export AE project as an Adobe Motion Exchange (AMX) format (.amx) file, which can then be imported by LiveMotion.
Apple today released OS X 10.1.3 via the software update mechism with changes and improvements that include better support for CD-R peripherals; improvements to Image Capture and iPhoto; Graphics and OpenGL Improvements; and Networking and Security improvements. (See osx.macnn.com for more details.)
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.1.3 via the software update mechanism, which delivers enhancements that improve the reliability of Mac OS X applications, important security features and includes new and updated support for a variety of Digital Hub peripheral devices. Specific updates include: CD Disc Recording Peripherals: Expanded support for QPS, EZQuest, LaCie, Yamaha, MCE Technologies and Sony devices Image Capture and iPhoto: Improved support for several digital camera models from Canon, Kodak and Sony DVD Playback on external VGA displays on PowerBook G4 (Graphics/OpenGL) PowerBook video mirroring will be on by default when connecting to a new display (Graphics/OpenGL) Improvements for iTunes when the full screen visualizer is used (Graphics/OpenGL) Login authentication support for LDAP and Active Directory services (networking/improvements) OpenSSH version 3.0.2p1 (networking/improvements) WebDAV support for Digest authentication (networking/improvements) Mail includes support for SSL encryption (networking/improvements)
MicroMat has released Drive 10 v1.04; the update adds progress bar status info, improvements to volume structure routines, the ability to rebuild/repair volumes without a system restart and support for the new Macs released in \'Winter 2002.\'
Pangea Software has released a free update to the sci-fi action-adventure game Otto Matic. Otto Matic v1.1 adds support for ATI\'s TRUFORM technology available on the ATI Redeon 8500 chipset. The technology makes rendered scenes look \"incredibly smooth\" by curving what are normally jagged polygonal surfaces. It also supports \'Full Scene\' Anti-Aliasing -- supported on any ATI Radeon 3D accelerator -- allowing users to play the game at lower screen resolutions without seeing large pixels. [demo - 24.7 MB; update]
Apple Computer is set to launch the iMac personal computer in India, carrying a price tag of Rs 1.22 lakh. The latest version of the iMac was released to much of North America and Europe early last month at Macworld Expo San Farancisco, but has yet to see an official debut in India.
Red Herring columnist Anthony Perkins considers the PC vs. TV debate in his most recent article, which includes perspective from both Apple and Sony. Apple and Sony have somewhat differing approaches to the \'third wave\' of consumer technology that is the \"digital lifestyle.\" Where Apple sees the PC at the center of the so-called digital lifestyle, Sony sees the television -- a \'gateway\' product (or digital hub) to technology. \"Mr. Jobs sees the desktop machine as a digital hub for the home that connects our video and still-picture cameras, as well as our CD and DVD players.\"
Scott Matthews has introduced Andromeda v1.9.1, an application that turns collections of MP3s and other music files into a streaming website. Andromeda is intended to be used as a personal jukebox over local networks or even over the Internet. The Andromeda package works on Servers configured to sue either PHP or ASP (Microsoft) scripts. An offical demo page is available.
American Power Conversion today announced a suite of USB-based cables that provide cellular phone owners with the ability to charge a handheld phone\'s battery using a computer\'s built-in powered USB port. Supported phones include those made by Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson. The new USB Mobile Phone Chargers are currently available in North America only through for US$20.
Tresor 2.01 is an encryption tool that offers advanced file/folder encryption along with new function such as compression and encryption in a single pass and new filter functions to automate complex tasks. Licenses are €25 ($22). [Classic, Carbon]
XMonitor 1.3 is a real-time system and email monitoring application for OS X that allows you to easily monitor your disk, cpu, ram and network usage, PPP status, IP address, Email, and other system functions. It now offers adjustable text font size, support for up to 20 remote hosts and other enhancements.
Robert Cringely discusses the topic of Mac OS X on non-PowerPC chips -- including Intel processors. This edition of \'I, Cringely: The Pulpit\' is subtitled \"How the Best Thing for Apple, for Users, and Even for Microsoft, Would Be an Intel Version of OS X,\" where Mr. Cringely presents the reasons for Apple to make available Mac OS X top x86-compatible hardware.
The Omni Group has posted a new beta of OmniGraffle 2.0b8, its diagramming and charting application designed for OS X. It adds an improved interface, including new icons and improved panels as well as improves stability and performance.
IK Multimedia has posted a demo of T-RackS plug-in for Pro Tools. The $400 mastering application includes a suite of 5 unique plug-ins, physically modelled after analog gear, including Mastering EQ, Tube Compressor, Multiband Limiter, and Soft Clipping Output Stage. It is compatible with all Macintosh Pro Tools systems including LE, Mix and the new HD. It is available online and will be available in retail stores by the end of the month.
Adobe on Monday is expected to introduce Photoshop 7 with native support for OS X, according to an article posted on the IDG Website (and noted by Macnytt, a Swedish Mac site). The $650 application ($130 upgrade) will include new Healing Brush and Patch tools for helping less experienced users touch up images. The full article is available online (Web and PDF).
Dave Johnson writes \"Just got notice that MicroTech has updated the drivers for the Zio! SmartMedia reader to work with Mac OS 10.1.2. The original Mac OS X drivers worked with 10.1 & 10.1.1 but ceased to work with 10.1.2. The new version should fix this.\" [tech support document]
osx.macnn.com has news on the final release of Adium 1.5, updated MicroTech Zio! media drivers, an OS X MySQL package installer, and KeyBoard Maestro 1.02 as well as GLTerm 1.1 (terminal app replacement) and InterMapper 1.0. [updated]
IOGEAR has introduced its Mini USB Optical Mouse, which includes two mouse buttons, a scroll wheel, and an optical sensor that tracks movement 1500 times per second, providing smooth precision tracking on any surface. The small and portable device includes a leather carrying case for travel, has a 3-year warranty, and is $30.
\"Maine can avoid the problems Henrico County, Virginia, suffered through intensive teacher training, policies that clearly spell out rules and expectations for students, and constant reminders that Internet searches and e-mail usage are being monitored,\" Superintendent Matthew Oliver wrote in his three-page paper distributed last week to some legislators and the media by the Department of Education.
YAV Interactive Media has released Email Magician 1.4, which brings the ability to export Eudora mailboxes to FileMaker Pro and strip HTML from messages to the $35 utlity for Eudora users. It offers the ability to automatically creates filters, mailboxes, and nicknames (address book entries) with one click.
Joe Maller has updated Joe\'s Filters for Final Cut Pro, which now include new and updated plugins with unique effects and faster tools. The $95 shareware set of 24 plugins helps simplify the timeline, reduces dependence on multiple video tracks and doubles the speed of common film look techniques and includes plugins such as De-interlacer, Time Bender, Levels, Soft Effects, and Blur Effects. [Classic, Carbon]
DCIT Corporation today announced OS X support for its BusinessMind application, described as \"the first and only software solution available to jewelers using Apple\'s Macintosh computers.\" BusinessMind for Jewelers (BMJ) leverages Java and SQL technologies to provide the jeweler with a business software solution. Lite and Standard Editions of BusinessMind for OS X are available, while the Pro Edition is due in late February and the Enterprise Edition is expected in March.
Adium 1.5 is a final version of Adam Iser\'s AOL Instant Messenger client clone, offering Buddy List sharing among user names (and sorting options), logging (as well as integrated log viewer), URL conversion, and other options.
IntelliMerge 2.0 adds an integrated styled text editor, direct mailing functions under OS X, HTML preview, a built-in POP3 mail checker, batch subscribe/unsubscribe options, recipient searches, SMTP authentication, and other enhancements to Intelli Innovations\' $65 personalized email software. Upgrades are free for purchases since December 1, 2001 and $30 for others.
AOL UK has no immediate plans to reinstate development of the OS X version of its client software (which it ended last November), but continues to monitor the OS X adoption rate in the UK, according to Macworld UK. who also notes that Amazon UK recently ranked Mac OS X as the 6th best selling software title at its Website.
iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) 2.1.1 is an update to Christian Vick\'s \"pay-what-you-like-ware\" utility that offers manual and automatic sync functions between an iPod and any Mac.
Feelorium\'s Full Screen Player 1.1 is an update to the video player with playlist features and options for setting movie size, presentation mode (window/full-screen), sound tuning, and playback speed. Version 1.1 adds new Shuffle, Repeat Off, Repeat All, or Repeat One playmodes, a new controls menu, and better compatibility during Full Screen mode.
Marc Liyanage has posted new MySQL package installer for OS X, which installs MySQL 184.108.40.206 with support for InnoDB Table Type that provides increased performance. The Web page also include detailed installation and update instructions as well as a package for the preliminary version of MySQL 4.0. [3.23.49, 4.0]
IPNetRouter 1.6.5, an update to the $90 internet sharing utility, offers a few bug fixes as well as support for the \"Wildcard\" feature of DynDNS.org, a free service that allows users to assign (secondary) domain names to non-static IPs.
Western Digital today announced availability of a new 120GB FireWire external hard drive that uses a 7,200 rpm WD Caviar mechanism. The $350 drive uses the latest Oxford 911 chipset for optimal performance.
WildPackets Academy is now offering web-delivered protocol analysis training in addition to its current roster of public and on-site classes. The class, equivalent to a 3-day classroom session, is presented in two and a half-hour segments, spanning five days. The three new classes include \"Troubleshooting Your Apple Network with EtherPeek,\" and \"AppleTalk, AppleShare IP, and Mac OS X Protocol Analysis Methods.\"
Adobe Systems today announced a new New York-focused ad campaign, \"Tools for the New Work\", that will launch next week during Seybold 2002 (also in New York). The $3.25 million campaign is the first phase in its new branding initiative and will use billboards and kiosks concentrated around advertising agencies and design firms, as well as print publications catering to the professional design and advertising markets and will initially feature its InDesign 2.0 page-layout software. Adobe is also launching an InDesign 2.0 cross-grade promotion offering a $300 rebate to owners of QuarkXPress 3.x and higher who purchase InDesign. (Adobe\'s VP of ePaper Solutions, Joe Eschbach, will be making a keynote presentation on the evolution of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) in the publishing arena on Thursday, February 21.)
Michael Kamprath\'s keyboard utility, Keyboard Maestro v1.0.2, offers the ability to assign tasks (file/folder/application openings, AppleScript execution, and text insertion) to hotkeys, includes a built-in application switcher, and offers a Clipboard enhancement module. It can now execute shell/Perl scripts, offers more options for hotkeys, and other enhancements.
Power On Software has released an update to its recovery utility, Rewind 1.2.1, which silently monitors file changes and system modifications and allows users to return restore system, application, and data and preferences. The update offers improved support for removable volumes, offers full Emergency Startup Disk support even if the startup volume has been changed, provides better support system with more than 32,000 files, and improves compatibility with Microsoft Entourage. The $100 application is available for $50 for a limited time.
Picture Play 1.5.1 is an electronic collage application that creates a single composition from many images. It offers an improved Rotate Tool, support for images with resolutions greater than 72 dpi, a rewritten Blur tool, and many other changes.
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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