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AirPort v2.0.2 available via SW update CP/App
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.
MS, DOJ revise settlement
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.
Durham retail store pictures posted
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 Doc: OS X/Active Directory integration
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: \'Have iPod, Will Secretly Bootleg\'
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.
Fourth USB Overdrive X beta released
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 posts NAV definitions for March
Poket Dock v2.41 fixes \'skin\' bug
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
ChronoSync v1.01: synchronization util
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.
Sputnix 0.6B: music sharing client updated
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.
TCP Deux 1.1 provides TCP wrappers
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 launches Adobe Xchange
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 posts second beta of NUM 7.0b2
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 tracks satellites
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]
Auto file execution vulnerability in Mac OS 9
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.
Window Shade 1.5.1 brings window-collapse
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).
Terragen rendering app coming to Mac
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 manages Darwin SETI app
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."
WristSaver 1.0 reminds users to take a break
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 releases EtherPeek 4.1
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.
OS X: Final Cut Pro 3.01, EtherPeek 4.1
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 manages desktop picture
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.
MacUser UK: iMacs delayed to April
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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