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Strata today announced the upcoming release of Strata DVpro v5.0. Strata DVpro is billed as a professional-grade desktop DV editing and compression solution with advanced Macromedia Flash integration. Strata employs Sorenson Spark codec technology and incorporates new export options including those for the Real Player, Sorenson Squeeze, Macromedia Flash, MP3, AVI and QuickTime technologies.
Business Week Online has posted the results from a limited user survey that suggests user loyalty among Mac users is high. 62% of the participants claimed to own Mac hardware; nearly 50% said they would consider switching to a Mac if they did not own one already; only 5% said they would never consider the Mac platform. It is important to note that this survey included under 2000 readers and does not appear to be in-line with Apple’s reported market share of less than 5%.
KidsMenu v1.7 is a secure launcher utility for Mac OS 9/X designed especially for younger kids. It provides an At Ease style interface that allows parents to limit what the child can access. The update fixes problems with the previous version and brings further internal optimization.
IOGEAR has launced a guide to understanding USB 2.0 \"in layman\'s terms\". The guide outlines the key features that will benefit consumers using USB 2.0, specifies what operating systems integrate the technology through different products and provides links for consumers to learn more about the new technology.
Gaps v3.0 is a $10 shareware solitaire game that now supports Mac OS X, includes multiple undo levels and offers an improved shuffling ability. [pricing updated; Classic, Carbon]
Lyrictracker Client v2.9 is a free tool for Mac OS 9/X that allows access to lyrictracker.com\'s online song database. New in the version are bug fixes, rewritten chat/communication engine and new user interface icons.
Apple has updated its word processing application for Mac OS 9, AppleWorks v6.2.3, and the Mac OS X version, AppleWorks 6.2.4. Both new versions improve integration between Macintosh manager and FAXstf, add the ability to read and write Microsoft Excel and Word files, improve network compatibility, and speeds up internet template download. The price is $80.
ATI\'s new \"Supercharge your Power Mac G4\" promotion allows customers to trade in the Apple bundled graphics card in Power Mac G4s. It is offering a $150 rebate on the $300 Radeon 8500 when customers return the Apple-branded Radeon 7500 or the Apple-branded nVidia GeForce 4MX. The promotion expires May 31, 2002.
Afternoon tech news: Lawyers told a federal judge Monday that the controversial new U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act sets unconstitutional limits on free speech rights; IBM has teamed up with Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment and Toshiba, to create a new alliance for chipmaking; Intel today announced its fastest Pentium 4 chip to date, a 2.4GHz processor for desktop PCs.
osx.macnn.com has news on the release of OmniGroup\'s OmniGraffle drawing/charting application, FileXaminer 1.0, MacSQL 2.2, a SQL query tool for Sybase databases, and Apple\'s Bluetooth Technology Preview 1.0 release (see yesterday\'s news).
Iomega has released its new HotBurn 2.1.1 software for burning CDs on Macs, according to MacNN reader Jason Greene. It supports the creation of audio and data CD, CD duplication, drag & drop, and CD label printing. The $30 software is offered with a $10 discount to current Iomega drive owners. It currently only supports external USB and FireWire mechanisms from Iomega.
WiebeTech has addeed support for IBM MicroDrives to its FireWire KeyChain, a high-speed, portable FireWire key chain-sized storage device designed to accept user installable CompactFlash I and II modules (and now IBM MicroDrives). It accepts 340MB, 512MB and 1GB IBM MicroDrives as well as CompactFlash up to 1GB as well as OS X bootability. The enhanced version is expected to ship on April 15 for $100.
Waves in Motion released Dragon Web Surveys 6.5, an upgrade to the powerful, cross-platform, FileMaker Pro-based system which allows users to create, publish and tabulate internet-based surveys. Dragon 6.5 adds built-in support for web-based quizzes as well as the ability to attach a point value to any answer and improved import/export features. It requires FileMaker Pro Unlimited with a a dedicated IP for Web-based surveys. Upgrades to the $900 application are $100.
FileXaminer 1.0, a file/folder information utility, allows you to modify file and other folder attributes, such as Type/Creator info, UNIX permissions, and others. It includes UNIX group management (without using NetInfo manager ), batch support for changing icons, batch support for changing modified and created dates, and Super Delete Contextual menu to delete any file/folder as Administrator. It is a $10 shareware utility.
Runtime Labs has released MacSQL 2.2, which allows users to view schema information and issue queries to SQL Databases. It includes native drivers for MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Frontbase, PostgreSQL (Mac OS X only), ODBC, and Oracle. Version 2.2 adds a FileMaker assistant for synchronizing SQL tables with FileMaker databases, improved spreadsheet functions on OS X, the ability to add/edit columns from the Schema Viewer, native Oracle support on OS X, and other enhancements. The full version is $250, while a \"Lite\" version is $100 and provides limited functionality.
The action-adventure game Otto Matic 1.2 adds force feedback support for MacAlly iShock, and a feedback option to the settings dialog as well as fixes some minor audio glitches with OS X.
IDG World Expo has expanded its conference offerings for the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City, which will take place July 15-19, 2002 at the Javits Convention Center. The Hands-on MacLabs will provide focused computer training on a variety of applications and tools for the Mac; the new Power Tools Conferences will provide two days of intensive training on Photoshop, FileMaker Pro, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and AppleScript.
lSQL for X is a SQL query tool for Sybase databases: Adaptive Server Enterprise, Adaptive Server IQ and Adaptive Server. The shareware uses its own implementation of Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol (v5.0), and does not require additional Sybase software such as OpenClient.
Apple is No. 325 on the newest 2002 Fortune 500 list, dropping from its No. 236 rank last year. It is the No. 9 PC company (as detailed by an industry snapshot), but is the No. 3 Most Admired Company and achieved the top spot for innovativeness in its industry (Computers, Office Equipment). Wal-Mart, Exxon, General Motors, Ford, and Enron were among the top 5 respectively in the Fortune 500 list, while PC/Computer Equipment vendors IBM, HP, Compaq, Dell, Sun, Xerox, Gateway, and NCR all outranked Apple in the Fortune 500 list.
Chronos today announced the release of StickyBrain 2, an update to its productivity application that \"lets the user store anything and find anything with one click.\" Version 2.0 adds a new Sticky Browser, which performs Boolean searches like an Internet search engine; a system-Wide Contextual Menu for storing and finding items; a Web-page grabber; a new tape calculator; better security for passwords; and services support under OS X. Upgrades to the $40 application are $25 through the end of May. StickyBrain 2 upgrades are also bundled with Personal Organizer (regularly $60) for $55. A 30-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
Intech\'s Hard Disk SpeedTools 3.5, an update to its disk formatting and test utility software, adds support for native ATA disk drive capacities of more than 128GB as well as introduces two new tools for OS X: QuickBench X and Integrity X (available separately with the classic counterparts for $20). It is a free upgrade to registered owners of the $60 utility.
The Omni Group has released a final version of OmniGraffle 2.0, its $60 drawing/charting program that now includes layers, new drawing tools and modes, embedded hyperlinks and more web export options as well as AppleScript support, editable magnets on shapes, more advanced and faster layout panel, and new object palettes.
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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.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko