Proxim has released the Skyline 11Mb Wireless USB Adapter Mac OS v1.1 update for download. This update contains the Mac OS installer for the Skyline USB Adapter and the Wireless USB control panel.
File Buddy v7.0FC1 is the initial Mac OS X release of the high-level file management utility for the Mac. File Buddy 7 can edit a wide range of file and folder information as well as create \"droplet\" applications that can apply changes automatically to all items \'dropped\' on them. This release closely follows the Aqua interface guidelines and works under Mac OS 9 using CarbonLib. This version is tentatively marked \"Final Candidate,\" and is expected by the developer to operate close to its final state.
Late last week, Apple quietly released DVD Player v3.1.1 via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. Apple today posted a Knowledge Base description of the update, and has made the update available for download from its Web site. DVD Player v3.1.1 fixes an issue that could occur on non-English versions of Mac OS X that would cause DVD Player on Macs with the Graphite appearance theme to unexpectedly quit.
CERT\'s Vulnerability Note says that Mac OS X is not affected by a Double Free Bug in zlib Compression Library, noted on the main news page earlier today. The bug affects FreeBSD, most Linux variants, and XFree86.
Apple\'s Technical Note TN2043 has details of the changes provided by system software updates OS X 10.1.1 through OS X 10.1.3.
CharisMac today has announced it has added support for 40x CD recorders in an update to its CD/DVD mastering application: Discribe v5.0.11 adds support for 40x CD recorders as well as support for a variety of new DVD recorders. The $70 application, which supports OS X as well as all flavors of OS 9, supports the mastering of MP3 files to CD and includes AudioScribe, a direct-to-disk recording utility that lets you record vinyl, voice or tape to hard disk in AIFF format. A fully functional demo copy of Discribe v5.0.11 limits users to 5 burns. Upgrades from pre-5.0 versions as well as competitive upgrades are $30. [Classic, Carbon]
FrontBase today announced FBScriptAgent, a new application running under Mac OS X that would provide scriptable control to its FrontBase Relational Database Server 3.5. FBScriptAgent, offered at no additional charge, is a \"scriptable\" application which forwards commands to the FrontBase database, including sending raw SQL commands and the ability to start, stop, create and delete FrontBase databases.
Addonics today announced itse Addonics 32x Combo CDRW/Copier, which features both a 52X CD-ROM as a source drive and a 32x12x40x CDRW that can be used as a stand alone one-to-one CD duplicator as well as an external CDRW drive. The FireWire model is $520, however, Mac compatibility is limited. Addonics also introduced the 16x Pocket CDRW is \"barely larger than a standard Compact Disc case\" and weighs only 14 ounces. It features a 16x10x24x mechanism, but also has limited Mac compatibility. The FireWire version is $430.
Adobe Illustrator v10.0.1 is the first maintenance update to the popular vector graphics suite. This update addresses several performance issues and speeds up basic functions like launch, copy and paste. This release also adds better Mac support on Windows NT networks and fixes several bugs.
StimpSoft, developers of applications such as Son of Weather Grok and Smell-O-Mints, have announced that they are \"closing up\". Previous applications are still available for download, but work on them has ceased.
Terra Soft Solutions has announced shipment of a dual GHz G4 cluster node/server/workstation in a GVS 9000 2U Rack System with Mac OS X and Yellow Dog Linux 2.2 pre-installed. The powerful hardware is available for $3840. Wired also notes Terra Soft could be \"Mac Clusters Last Stand?\".
Macplay has released a beta version of the long-awaited Multiplayer patch for Sacrifice, its $50 real-time strategy game for the Mac OS.
Navdeep Bains has released Mail Beacon v1.4.2, his email utility for Mac OS 9. \"Mail Beacon alerts users of new mail in both POP3 and IMAP accounts. It can also read/delete mail on server. Mail Beacon supports a filter system, allowing users to trash spam without ever downloading it.\" Changed in the update are numerous bugs and some improvements to the interface.
MonkeyByte has released Galactic Patrol v1.6.6 beta for Mac OS X. The classic, $15 3d space shooter game now runs natively in Mac OS X, but is limited to select beta testers (the Mac OS X version will be fully available soon).
Colorfield Digital Media has announced Xproof Public Beta for Mac OS 9/X. The real-time color previewing and information tool enables web designers to quickly and easily visualize color apperances across different devices, including Windows monitors and various broadcast formats.
Radiologic Technology has released WildEepz, a display cushion for PowerBook G4 users. The small, $10 cushions, made from rubber polymer, are .040\" thick and provide space between the PowerBook screen and keyboard.
IOGEAR is now shipping MiniView III, a USB KVM Peripheral (KVMP) sharing switch that allows one USB console to control up to four computers and two USB ports (up to 127 devices with hubs) using a single KVMP switch. MiniView III also features IOGEAR\'s USB sniffing technology offering complete USB keyboard and mouse emulation for error-free booting and real-time switching. The two- and four- port products are priced at $160 and $200, respectively and come with a 3-yr warranty.
Aram Kudurshian\'s HTML Creator 3.0 is a shareware ($15) HTML editor that adds support Style Sheets and Framesets as well as a batch Find/Replace functions. It also features an updated HTML Reference, new assistants, bug fixes, and other enhancements such as improved drag and drop support, new HTML Tools, and better web page previews.
Mac versions of PC PhoneHome are now available for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. The software tracks the location of a missing laptop or desktop computer by secretly transmiting an electronic message to an email address of your choice, allowing you to track and locate your computer. A freeware Lite version sends a periodic stealth signal to the registrant\'s command center with the exact coordinates of the registrant\'s computer, but can be removed with a format, low-level format or fdisk procedure, while the paid version ($30) cannot be removed from the protected hard drive with a format, low-level format and fdisk procedure.
Melonsoft today announced WebPeek 1.0, an update to its desktop monitoring software, which allows users to run a small, non-intrusive application that takes screenshots of the destkop and uploads them to a FTP server at user-specified intervals. The $10 shareware supports JPEG and PNG image formats as well as FTP logging. [Classic, Carbon]
EZQuest is now shipping its 40x12x48 Boa FireWire CD-RW drive, which can burn a 74-minute CD in under 2 minutes. The $270 drive is housed in a light-gray casing, has a 2MB buffer, features Burn Proof technology, and ships with a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a cable and software.
osx.macnn.com has reports on a new PDF watermarking utility, updated Palm conduits for Now Up-to-Date, CopyPaste 1.2, KeyboardMaestro 1.03, and LaunchBar 3.2.
Max Prog\'s offline Web browsing tool, Web Dumper 1.5, which can dowload entire Websites, is now multi-threaded, supporting up to 10 simultaneous HTTP connections. It also supports URLs with port numbers and Flash files. [Classic, Carbon]
Tech news: A \"double-free vulnerability\" in the zlib compression library affects all Linux variants and some BSD variants (potentially OS X), according to c|net; Red Hat announced G4 processor and AltiVec support for its GNUPro Linux toolchain and cross compiler development tools, allowing the development of more AltiVec-enabled applications; and Microsoft has offered an olive branch to the European Commission, saying it will open up some information kept secret, which was allegedly in violation of European Union law.
Stone Design\'s StampInStone 0.9b is a native OS X PDF watermarking application htat allows you to instantly add text or an image to every page of a PDF document. It offers control over color, font, size and placement. A beta is available now, while the final version is expected to ship in 30 days for $50.
Dan Williams has released PennMUSH 1.74p15 for Classic, which brings the Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) server to Mac: \"Users connect to the server with a Telnet or MUD client and interact with other players in a virtual, text-based world. Mac OS X/Darwin binaries will follow for those who don\'t have the MacOS X Developer tools or the time to compile themselves for X.\"
Scripting Matters has announced new AppleScript Pro Sessions, which will be held in Monterey, CA, May 13-17. The classes will feature beginning and advanced AppleScript training, covering the new scripting features in Photoshop 7, OS X, and many other applications. Pricing starts at $400 with discounts for multiple day passes.
Keyboard Maestro 1.03 offers a the classic application switcher functionality from Program Switcher as well as other keyboard-based functions such as launching apps, inserting text, opening folders, and multiple clipboards. The new \"lite\" version of the $20 shareware supports up to 20 hotkeys.
Fungible Software has released iTunes Watcher 1.1, which displays in a small resizable window the track/artist info of the currently playing song.
Sony today announced its new Cyber-shot digital still camera, the DSC-P9. The four megapixel digital camera offers an AF Illuminator mode, which briefly illuminates the subject of a picture with an infrared light for an accurate focus lock in total darkness as well as multi-point auto focus and multi-pattern metering for better photos in all lighting conditions. It will ship (with a 16MB Memory Stick) in May for $600.
Power On Software has updated the public beta of its Palm conduits for Now Up-to-Date & Contact. The Palm conduits, available for free from the Website, allow users to synchronize their schedules and contacts with their Palm handhelds and now permits synchronization using the new OS X native conduit architecture--even on machines containing Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X on the same drive partition. It also adds an option to revert to the pre-synchronization status.
Quitling 2.1, is an update to Catchy Software\'s replacement for Mac OS 9\'s application switcher menu. New features include system-wide popup menus, launching functionality, several new actions and behaviors and a number of bug fixes. The $10 shareware also includes a standard installer and uninstaller.
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Views from the 6 iTunes, Apple Music exclusive
Drake's new album "Views From the 6" has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989"remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up 6 percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by 2 percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv