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DiskTracker v2.2 is a fully Appearance Manager-compliant utility for cataloging and labeling disks and CD-ROMs. Changes in the $10 update ($30 shareware) include a revised search window, updates to the batch scanner and bug fixes. This update is free to v2.x users. [Classic, Carbon]
According to reports, some Mac resellers are now receiving 700MHz Combo-Drive iMac shipments from Apple. The shipment notices reflect fulfilled orders placed on January 8, 2002.
Linda Thiel provides the following description of Apple\'s first television advertisement for the new iMac aired on NBC late this evening: \"A young man is walking down a city street (similar to 5th Avenue in New York City) with large glass window stores. There is one store that is all white with a single iMac -– no table, desk -- just the iMac. The guy sees it, it \"sees\" him; he moves, it moves; he makes a face at it, it sticks its “tongue” out at him.\" Earlier today, we noted that Apple will pay $1.2M for a 30-second advertising slot during the 74th anual Academy Awards.
Apple invites Mac users near the CambridgeSide, Tysons Corner, Glendale Galleria and Valley Fair retail stores to attend a Wired weekend beginning this evening at 6:00PM EST. Attendees of the Wired magazine-sponsored event can bring a digital camera and connection cable to experiment with iPhoto. To kick-off the event, Apple will give away an iBook computer Thursday and several digital cameras over the weekend.
iPod Free File Sync v2.3 is a utility used to synchronize music from any source to a Mac. iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) is the only utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to a Macintosh. IPFFS stresses iTunes integration. This update includes improved compatibility with localized versions of iTunes.
Evening tech update: c|net reports that some Japanese Xbox customers have fallen victim to a hardware bug in Microsoft\'s gaming console that leaves some discs scratched, and sometimes unusable; Intel today unveiled a new laptop microprocessor that runs at higher speeds than predecessor products; Intel expects Q1 revenue to be between $6.6 billion and $6.9 billion.
4D WebSTAR v5.1 is now up to three times faster than Apache, according to developer 4D Inc. The latest version includes an integrated 4D WebSTAR plug-in for URL management and a new Admin client updated for performance. This suite is fully PHP 4.1.1 compliant. [test files & white paper - PDF]
Architosh reports that SketchUp, a new 3D modeling application, is coming to Mac OS X this year. The software is anticipated to be met with much enthusiasm from the Architecture and 3D community.
LDapper 2.0.1 is a simple LDAP client for finding e-mail addresses and browsing LDAP servers.
Reunion Planner 5.0 from Minutiae Software offers OS X compatibility, improvements in the LETTERS module, and a new HTML export feature. The $60 FileMaker Pro solution offers functions for planning and coordinating reunions, including a complete address book, integrated mail merge, automatic phone formatting, budget planner, mailing labels, name badges and other featurs.
epicware\'s Fire 0.30b is an update to its multi-service instant messaging cilent. This version requires users reenter account/service information and features a new accounts controller, stores passwords in the keychain, has buddy import functions, performs automatic update checks, and has other enhancments.
Apple today announced that its digital photo application iPhoto has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it was released in January. (This does not include copies distributed pre-installed on new Macs): \"With more than one million downloads in just two months, iPhoto has almost instantly become one of the most popular digital photo applications of all time,\" according to Apple VP Philip Schiller.
Apple is one of the Oscar sponsors, paying a rate of $1.2 million for 30 seconds of air-time during the 74th annual Academy Awards, scheduled to to air on ABC on March 24 at 5 PM PST.
Apple will be among the 150 or so stores slated to open in the Mall at Millenia in Central Florida (Orlando). The \"high fashion\" mall will open in October and calls for \"20 percent of the businesses to be ultra-high-end retailers in the Tiffany-Gucci-Cartier genre.\" (Apple\'s retail store page has not been updated yet.)
Blue World has posted a white paper comparing Lasso Professional 5 to PHP 4.1.x. The 56 page report includes detailed coverage of key topics, concluding \"Lasso outpaced PHP by over 200% in select benchmark tests comparing performance, specifically when executing class libraries. Lasso also beat PHP on all performance tests on Windows and virtually all tests on Macintosh. In all tests involving database access, Lasso proved the faster of the two.\"
osx.macnn.com has news on new drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW and NEC\'s PostScript printers as well as a new Lineage beta, a new software synthesizer for OS X, SNAX 1.2.5, and iDraw, a new animation/illustration software package.
Mounds Park Academy students and faculity in St Paul, Minnesota were part of a two-year planning effort that brought iBooks and wireless connectivity to 60 faculty members and 240 upper school students. The private high school uses the iBooks and AirPort BaseStations to help integrate the Web into curriculum, improve parent-teacher communication, improve students\' access to computers, and provide a \"roaming\" learning environment.
A MacNN reader notes that QPS has finally released an OS X driver for its Que! USB Drive.
Bruno Blondeau\'s iOrganize X 4.0 is a \"complete rewrite\" of his shareware ($20) NotePad replacement application that can store notes, ideas, text extracts, web links and retrieve information using a built-in search engine.
Celcorp has released an updated version of its terminal emulation application, Celview 3.0. The 5250/3270 terminal emulator is the first Carbon emulator of its kind and handles tn5250e, and tn3270e (telnet protocols for communicating with AS/400, and mainframe computers either directly or thru popular SNA gateways of IBM and Microsoft). It also performs file transfer via FTP, IND$FILE and PC Support protocols and can conveniently print from the AS/400 or Mainframe.
IPNetMonitorX 0.6b2 fixes a bug in the NSLookup default server, uses kernel timestamps for improved accuracy in ping/traceroute functions, and has other enhancements in the Cocoa- and BSD-networking-based set of Internet tools. It offers new functions such as a DHCP Lease tool that shows lease parameters including Name Servers and allows manual Release and Rebind across multiple DHCP configured interfaces as well as \'Look Around Scan\', which provides a quick list of active nodes on each attached LAN.
Trinfinity Software has released EasyView X 1.0, an OS X version of its freeware Visual Plugin for iTunes. It allows you to easily view the track information for the current song, offering a customizable display of the font, size, and color of track, artist and other CDDB info. [Classic, Carbon]
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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