Apple has released AirPort v2.0.2 for download via the Software Update control panel in Mac OS 9 and Software Update application in Mac OS X. This maintenance update adds support for Motorola Cybersurfer cable modems and increases AirPort network security in both Mac OS 9 and X. The software patch also improves compatibility with \"graphite\" AirPort base stations connected to PPPoE internet service providers.
Microsoft and the United States Justice Department today disclosed significant changes to the proposed settlement in their landmark antitrust case. Following an initial agreement between the two parties, analysts and technology professionals expressed outrage with the settlement that would possibly increase the software giant\'s market dominance. Included in the updated settlement is the deletion of an entire provision that some rivals charged would allow the company to avoid patent payment on technology.
Tom Walther has published a set of eight images from the new Apple retail location in Durham, NC. The store is located at the Southpoint mall near the Barnes & Noble and Eddie Bauer stores. MacNN noted the store opening Tuesday.
Apple today announced the release of a new PDF document entitled \"Integrating Mac OS X with Active Directory.\" This document describes how Max OS X users can use the information stored in Microsoft\'s Active Directory to authenticate Macintosh users and provide file services and home directories for them on Mac OS X Server. (Readers not familiar with OS X directory services - See: Mac OS X Server Administrator\'s Guide and Understanding & Using NetInfo )
Wired News editor Leander Kahney looks at piracy issues as they relate to the Apple iPod in \"Have iPod, Will Secretly Bootleg.\" The article contains Kevin Webb\'s recollection of an event he witnessed at CompUSA where a customer used the iPod\'s FireWire hard disk to \'bootleg\' Microsoft Office v. X.
Alessandro Levi Montalcini has released USB Overdrive X v10.0b4 for Mac OS X -- the fourth Mac OS X public beta of the USB mouse and joystick driver. This release adds AutoScroll and Accelerated scrolling support and a shortcut to USB Overdrive in the System Preferences. The final version of USB Overdrive X will be available as shareware through Kagi.
Symantec has posted the Norton AntiVirus definitions for March, which adds several new virus definitions for the Mac OS 9 and X versions. [Classic, Carbon]
Pocket Software has released Pocket Dock v2.41, an update to the Mac OS X application, document and web link launcher utility. The update fixes a bug which caused skins to not install properly
Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync v1.01, the automated synchronization tool for OS X, is now available. It ddresses alias and symbolic link resolution issues as well as includes a few tweaks and enhancements. ChronoSync allows you to synchronize files between folders, hard drives, removable media, laptops, file servers, or any computer. A demo of the $20 utility is available online.
The OS X music sharing client, Sputnix 0.6B, includes essential bug fixes and new features, such as inline song playing as well as has performance improvements for those who are not behind firewalls.
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.1, a final version of its 4th Dimension component which provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension, including 4D Internet Commands v6.7.x, 4D Internet Commands v6.8.x, Internet ToolKit v2.0.x, and Internet ToolKit v2.5.x. This release supports running in demo mode, which allows for the component to be fully used for 30 minutes without a serial number. Pricing for 1 year with 10 deployments is $95.
Adobe today launched Adobe Xchange, a community Web site where Adobe product users and content developers can share thousands of easy-to-install add-ons for Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, LiveMotion and Atmosphere. One-time Adobe Studio community registration is required.
Symantec has posted a second beta of Norton Utilities 7.0b2, an OS X-compatible version of its volume diagnosis, disk repair, and data recovery. The final version is expected to ship in March.
MacDopplerPRO 1.7.5, an update to the $75 amateur radio satellite tracking application, adds a Virtual Time Dialog for past or future simulations, includes a Modes Editor to set different communications parameters, has an NASA Visual Earth map, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
An Auto file execution vulnerability can allows a malicous user to generate a Web pge that utilizes a combination vulnerabilities in browsers, archivers, and QuickTime to auto execute a file.
WindowShade X 1.5.1, which brings the familiar window-collapsing effect from Mac OS 9 into OS X (in three different shade styles), is a maintaince release that adds Japanese localization and fixes issues with third-party system enhancing utilities (Default Folder X, MaxMenus) as well as other enhancements. It is a $7 shareware utility. Other updates from the company include Dock Detox 1.1 (removes application bouncing in dock), FruitMenu 1.5.2 (customizable Apple menu), and Xounds 1.1.2 (Appearance sounds).
The Mac version of Terragen, a near photo realistic landscape generation and rendering application, is currently in private beta testing with a public beta test expected in the near future. It is expected to run both Classic and OS X.
SETI control 1.0 is a freeware application which allows you to control the Darwin (Unix) version of SETI@home, which \"runs faster than the OS X screensaver version.\"
Fraser Speirs has released WristSaver 1.0, an application \"to remind you to take breaks regularly, and to force you to do it. WristSaver lets you choose a work period and a rest period, and will forcibly lock you out of your machine after your work period is over.\"
WildPackets today released an OS X version of its LAN analyzer, EtherPeek 4.1. The troubleshooting and debugging tool for mixed-platform, multi-protocol networks adds new decoders and updated plug-ins. It is a free upgrade to the $1,300 application. A demo is available online.
osx.macnn.com has notes on Apple\'s Final Cut Pro 3.01 update, the release of WildPackets\' EtherPeek 4.1 network analyzer for OS X, SwitchPic 2.0 for managing desktop pictures, and Password Retriever 3.0b.
SwitchPic 2.0 is a System Preferences Pane that handles changing the desktop picture; it can rotate the desktop picture at specified intervals, create custom collections, supports multiple monitors, and options for sequential/randoming ordering. Registration is $5.
On the heels of a iMac shortage warning (due to production issues) by a Merill Lynch analyst yesterday, Apple is warning dealers to not to expect mid-range and low-end models until April, according to MacUser UK. Low-end and mid-range iMacs were expected to ship in March and February, respectively.
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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