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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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ