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PiePants v1.0b2 is a PPTP client for Mac OS X that supports encrypted communications for secure connections to any PPTP VPN. This release includes an enhanced, tab-based interface, support for remote gateway and DNS, automatic connection at startup and other minor refinements. PiePants supports a single PPTP connection at any given time.
Apple has released WebObjects v5.1.1, and update to its suite of Java Server Application creation tools. The update changes versions of several WebObjects class and jar files, which requires some projects to be rebuilt to take advantage of issues fixed in the update; price for the full version is $700.
Mulberry v2.2b4 is a high-performance and scalable internet mail client that uses the IMAP protocol to access mail messages on a server and SMTP protocol to send messages. Updated in the version are numerous bug fixes and better user features; price is $40.
Chaotic Software has released File Manipulator v2.0.1 for Mac OS X & 9 which fixes problems with \'Droplets\' being launched in Classic. The tool allows move, copy, delete and rename of file and folders as well as modification of File Types and Creators; pricing is $20 for an individual liscense.
Gideon Softworks has released FileXaminer 1.0b1 (formerly Get Info), which allows you to modify file and folder attributes that the Finder cannot ( ex. Type/Creator Info, UNIX permissions, and much more...).
Contextual Menu Workshop 1.2 is a free framework for creating Contextual Menu plug-ins for Mac OS X. The package includes four free utilities: InternetLocationCM for creating a new Internet Location file with URL in clipboard and copying a URL from Internet Location file to clipboard; FileUtilsCM for setting different file or folder attributes; BinJugglerCM for encoding and decoding MacBinary III files; and GrimRipperCM for ripping off resource forks.
Palm has released a final version of Palm Desktop 4.0, adding OS X support, improved synchronization & privacy, and vCard and vCal support. Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions are available as betas.
Baker 1.5.4 is a $30 shareware newsgroup utility that fixes several bugs, adds a new update notification feature, and is available also as a Classic version.
The freeware calculator and application-launcher pearCalc 0.4 offers a new autocompletion-feature for application-names, allows the user to customize the transparency, and also provides a new quick store- and recall-feature without the need to select text first.
ABT Data Consulting has a released Speed Download 1.8fc5, offering the ability to set downloads for files with specific extensions, better performance, an updated interface, and other enhancements to the $20 shareware.
Finlay Dobbie\'s \"Think Stupid\" talks about Apple\'s developer policies and his inability to contribute to Apple\'s open-source Darwin project because of age, other obstacles such as restricted access to Apple\'s bug database, and most recently the deactivation of his ADC account.
Apple\'s Discussions area is back online after being inaccessible for more than a week, but is still \"currently undergoing maintenance.\" Apple is offering read-only version and notes that \"any changes made to your profile will not be saved. We expect to have everything normal very soon (next week).\" (Our own discussion area is expected to be back online within the next 4-6 hours).
IGN offers its first impressions of \"stunning new Cinema Display and a bigger, bolder iPod,\" noting the higher contrast ratio and brightness in the new Apple Cinema HD Display.
Brian Dunning\'s Weblet Chat is a finished, working online chat system for Lasso and CDML, offering easy customization and support for both FileMaker 4 and 5. It is $30.
AppMac has released sMailing 3.5, an update to the $60 software for sending personal email messages. Version 3.5 adds a new interface, better performance, group management, the abilit to enable/disable addresses, OS X compatibility and other enhancements. iWarning 2.1 is also an update to its free utility to monitor several email accounts, bring better stability and new dock functions under OS X. [SM Classic, SM Carbon; IW]
Sonny Software\'s Bookends 7 is an OS X-compatible version of the Mac-only bibliography/reference and information management system. It can import references from on-line sources into a personal database as well as use Microsoft Word and Nisus Writer add-ins to produce publication-ready documents with bibliographies. A demo limited to 15 references is available online. The $100 application is available with a $30 discount to students and as a $50 upgrade.
Bare Bones today released Mailsmith 1.5, which brings an easy-to-use mailbox filter creation process, direct reporting ofspam via SpamCop, integrated PGP support on Mac OS 9, and improved OSA (AppleScript) support to the company\'s email client. It also features the \"PCRE\" (Perl-Compatible Regular Expression) grep engine and a Glossary function, with user- configurable key bindings to insert frequently used text. It is available for $70 through the end of May. Upgrades from v1.0 are $40.
MacHack, the Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers, has announced that \"internet pioneer and activist\" (and founder and president of O\'Reilly & Associates) Tim O\'Reilly will be featured as the keynote speaker. Conference registration is $475 through April 15th ($50 off regular pricing) and includes access to all conference events, 3 meals and the conference banque
A MacNN reader notes that a trial version of Epson\'s scanner drivers, which he calls \"very stable,\" are available at Epson\'s developer Website.
Chaotic Software has released File Manipulator 2.0, which adds OS X support to the $20 utility that can create self-contained droplets to rename, move/copy files and folders,change Types/Creators, catalog files, and perform other functions.
PowerLogix today announced its new PowerForce G4 550MHz ZIF card for Beige and Blue G3 Power Macs. The new G4 ZIF card uses the low-powered 7410 chip from Motorola which is \"designed to draw less power and, thus, generate less heat than previous generations of the G4 chip.\" The $300 upgrade runs at 533MHz in a Beige G3 Power Mac and 550MHz in a Blue G3 Power Mac. It is expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.
Saguaro Studios is shipping Oratorio 1.5, a $100 application designed for churches and church musicians. It adds multiple monitor support, more formatting options for slides, a revamped song editor, automatic formatting/printing of set lists, and other enhancements. It combines a music library with presentation abilities for assembly of visuals for a service or event.
Willow Design\'s new Contour Flat Panel iMac case offers protection for the new LCD iMac as well as a few extras. It features sturdy nylon web straps and a comfortable padded wrap handle as well as a contoured, thickly padded shoulder strap. The $178 carrying case is available in black, charcoal, navy, teal, purple, mauve, and red and ships with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftsmanship.
Submissions for the Iconfactory\'s annual icon design contest, Pixelpalooza, are due on Monday, April 1st, 2002; however, this year\'s contest has one caveat: \"We\'ve removed the System Replacement category for legal reasons. If you were planning on entering a Sys. Replacement set this year, you may still do so, but it must be entered into one of other appropriate categories (2D, 3D or OSX) and you must remove all references to Apple, Apple trademarks, logos and names.\"
Matthew Bardram\'s PodNotes 1.1 brings support for notes longer than 1000 characters (by splitting the file into multiple notes) to the application that allows you to create notes to be stored in the iPod contact list.
NEC plans to increase prices on its PCs due to rising prices of parts such as DRAM chips and liquid crystal displays; PC vendors IBM and Fujitsu also expected to raise prices by as much as 20% in April, according to Reuters. Last week, Apple raised the price of the iMac by $100, citing rising component costs as well.
Apple is asking PC users who are eyeing a Mac and those that have recently bought a Mac to \"Share what\'s on your mind\" in an effort to better understand its target audience and its new customer base.
John Vink\'s PhotoPage 1.5a1 adds image mask options as well as the ability to generate invidual pages for photos to the freeware application that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web.
Pariahware has released Contact This! v2.1, a new version of the shareware ($15) Entourage, Outlook, and Outlook Express Address Book import utility (and standalone address book). It offers a more consistent OS X look, the ability to export .VCF files directly to an iPod, and is now distributed as an OS X package.
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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
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.