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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GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY