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This weekend we noted a possible fix for a bug that causes PPP to hang in Mac OS X. This unofficial kernal extension allows the user to bypass the PPP bug and is slated to be included in a future Mac OS X release.
Cypher v1.01 is a utility for Mac OS X that provides a basic user interface for serveral shell commands, including lists of currently logged-on users, process lists and ftp/webserver logs. The shareware application, which is used through the dock, is available for $5.
Geo3D v2.1b1 is a standalone 3D metafile (3DMF) viewer that allows navigation through space instead of manipluation of models. The free scriptable application now includes better info windows, improved error handling, and other minor improvements.
Tenon today introduced iTools 6.5.1, a new version of its Apache administration tools for OS X and OS X Server. Tenon\'s iTools Manager, which offers an Aqua GUI, allows users to set up and configure Apache directly on a local or remote Mac OS X desktop. iTools 6.5.1 includes Apache 1.3.23, BIND 8.3.0, mod_fastcgi 2.2.12, sendmail 8.12.1 and wu-ftp 2.6.2, and includes a caching proxy server, an integrated logging and log rolling scripts, and mod_dav (for a collaborative, writable web using WebDAV clients). It is a free update to v6.5 owners. Special pricing of $300 is being offered to WebSTAR customers.
Quark is now shipping the International English version of QuarkXPress 5.0 in Europe, Austalia, New Zealand, and Africa. The layout, printing, and publishing software is available for both Mac OS X and 9; the upgrade from 4.x to 5.0 costs $470; the upgrade from 3.x to 5.0 is $810; a new liscense is $1560.
Handspring and Orange Communications SA have launched Treo -- a PDA-style device with a built-in keyboard for text input -- in Switzerland. The small wireless device is avaible for $350 with a service contract or $650 without a service plan.
Discreet has posted Cleaner v5.1.1, which now supports Mac OS X. The update to the streaming media software also includes support for codecs from Sorenson Media, Real Systems, and Microsoft.
Ekim Software has released MailCall v2.0, an e-mail notifcation application that keeps users informed of mailbox status. The software, which periodically checks mailboxes at user-defined times, now includes support for the IMAP4 protocol and improves interface features. [Classic,
Pic2Icon v1.2.1 is a maintenance upgrade to the icon development software package for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to create images for files without extensions and better support for Quicktime files.
IDG today opened pre-registration for Macworld Expo New York 2002, which takes place July 17-19 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Free exhibits-only passes (to previous attendees) as well as special savings discounts are being offered to those who register before June 17th.
osx.macnn.com notes a new Java 1.3.1 Update 1 from Apple, the availability of Maya PLE, TextSpresso 2.0b1 cleaning utility, and a new beta of the shareware ftp client, osXigen.
A MacNN reader notes that Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE) is now available for download: \"Maya PLE gives 3D graphics and animation students, current industry professionals, and those interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity to explore all aspects of the award winning Maya Complete software in a non-commercial capacity.\" It restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format. The 150MB download will be available in March in CD format for $5 plus shipping (US).
ARTURIA\'s Shadow is a polyphonic chord synthesizer with the characteristic sound of 80\'s analog synthesizers. It is a free download for registered users of Storm Music Studio, its audio application that offers real-time synthesis and effects.
Corel\'s Graphics Suite 10.01 brings improvements, including overall stability, performance, Asian language support, DXF and DWG Import/Export, and fixing issues when opening files with custom spot colors. The all-in-one package provides vector illustration, layout, bitmap creation, image-editing, painting and animation software.
Apple has launched new \"Design Values\" and Cool pix promos, offering $100 savings on Adobe Design Collection with any PowerBook or PowerMac G4 purchase (and a free upgrade to Photoshop 7) and a $100 savings on the purchase of Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera with an iBook or PowerBook, respectively.
Apple\'s Java 1.3.1 Update 1 delivers improvements for text, mouse, and printing components in the Java 1.3.1 implementation for Mac OS X, and improves its overall stability and compatibility. \"The implementation of text components has been completely updated, resolving a number of issues found in the use of TextAreas and TextFields. Mouse behavior is improved, especially for mouse events that involve dragging in complex applications. Many printing issues have been resolved including multi-page printing and clipping issues. \"
Euro Assistant Pro 2.6 is MaBaSoft\'s $15 shareware currency converter designed for both European and non-European users that updates exchange rates over the Internet, logs, prints, saves and exports your conversions, imports and automatically converts series of amounts, calculates and converts the result of algebraic expressions. The update brings default rounding settings, a new help guide, and many other OS X-related enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Extensis is shipping Portfolio 6, an update to its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, offering FolderSync, a globally accessible DAM pallette, the ability to create Web pages, Collect & Publish, instant cataloging, and batch rename features. Upgrades to the $200 application start at $70, while competitive upgrades are $130. The Server edition is $2500 and is bundled with 5 free client licenses. French, German and Japanese language versions will be available in the first half of 2002. Extensis is offering a free OS X upgrade, when it ships this summer.
ZDNet Editor David Coursey answers one reader\'s questions, after being challenged \"to present the Mac\'s case and convince him that it\'s worth making the switch.\"
A MacNN reader writes: \"MacMESS 0.56, the multiplatform computer, not just console emulator, based on Mame, has also finally been updated. From 0.37 to 0.56 and been Carbonised as well. First working Lisa emulator on a Mac.\" [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN readers note that Nothing Real, the company recently acquired by Apple, has updated its Website to reflect the acquisition: \"it is worth noting that while under the product heading there is a listing for Shake, but none for Tremor.\" Shake is a compositing software optimized for high resolution visual effects.
Washington Post\'s Personal Technology columnist Rob Pegoraro will be hosting an online interview today at 2 pm to discuss the new iMac and has revent iMac review.
Taylor Design has released a public beta of its TextSpresso 2.0b1 text cleaner, which runs natively on OS X. All purchases ($20) during the beta period are entitled to a free upgrade.
Canon has introduced three six-color Bubble Jet printers focused at the photo imaging segment of the market (S9000 13\"x19\" Wide Format printer, the S900 and S820) and two four-color printers for the SOHO market (S750 and S520). The new priners offer borderless printing, 1200 dpi resolution, improved color-matching, and Canon queit mode.
ArcSoft today announced the availability of PhotoStudio 5.0, an upgrade to its flagship image-editing program for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). It includes 48-bit image support; multi-photo scanning and auto-cropping; file importation and saving from/to removable media, including batch file conversion and naming; and the a new \"Magic Cut\" tool. ArcSoft is also shipping PhotoImpression 4.0, a \"streamlined\" version of its OEM software, which adds multiple image and page printing capabilities; auto crop and rotation functionality; advanced text editing; an \"Explorer\" view for image browsing and previewing; and wallpaper and screen saver creation functions. Both versions support OS X.
Olympus today announced the Olympus Camedia Master 4.0 photo software. The $40 appliction offers seamless downloads, album creation, cataloguing, and printing. Camedia 4.0, a scaled down version of the package, will be included in all new Olympus cameras as part of the base kit starting in late spring and be available for $20. Upgrades to Camedia Master Pro will be $20. It supports both Classic and OS X.
4D is now shipping its 4D Business Kit, an integrated multi-language, multi-store eCommerce development tool, designed for rapid development of storefront solutions in a single $500 package that includes a license for two stores.
Wacom and nik multimedia have introduced penPallete, which combines Wacom\'s pressure-sensitive pen input technology with nik multimedia\'s penPalette photographic filters to provide a \"more powerful and natural way to enhance digital photos.\"
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of GoLive 6.0, which includes the new Adobe Web Workgroup Server, GoLive Dynamic Content authoring, and Web layout tool and LiveMotion 2.0, its Web animation software. Both titles bring OS X support as well dozens of new features.
The $14 shareware ideaSpiral provides \"a new kind of word processing environment that helps you keep track of your ideas and projects. ideaSpiral enables you to store multiple text entries in one file and to organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window.\" [Classic, Carbon]
The free screen ruler for OS X ,Free Ruler 1.1, now includes options for measurement in inches, picas, and cm as well as pixels; automatic ruler alignment; a built-in unit converter; and single key shortcuts for most functions.
The Classic arcade game emulator, MacMAME 0.58, fixes a few bugs and \"lays the groundwork for a big push towards adopting a lot of OSX-specific features while still keeping classic support alive.\"
JomoSoft has released osXigen 1.2b1, an update to its $10 shareware ftp client for OS X, offering Web-based management, an option to delete obsolete file during synchronization, keyboard navigation, firewally support (with FTP proxy, HTTP proxy, and SOCKS support), performance enhancements of two times, and other enhancements.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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