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Black Cat Systems today announced Elmer v4.0, an incremental update to its HAM radio exam preparation tool. This is the first version of Elmer that works with Mac OS X; Elmer will grade a sample test, showing the user which questions were answered incorrectly. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple may have cut some jobs in recent weeks as a part of a small-scale restructuring effort, according to c|net News.com. Apple has not released any numbers, but indicated in December that it planned to cut at least 50, following a cut at the end of that quarter of 375 jobs.
Deneba today issued an update to its popular vector illustration software, Canvas Professional Edition v8.0.3 build 596. The Mac OS 0/X update improves support for multiple monitors, enhances several tools, corrects application conflicts and now supports Mac OS X Twain drivers. Canvas 8 sells for $400; this update is free to all Canvas 8 owners. [Serial number required]
Apple has released Security Update April 2002 1.0 via the Software Update Control Panel (in OS X) and on the Web. This release includes updated components that address security issues and provide increased security to prevent unauthorized access to applications, servers and the operating system. Included are updates for OpenSSH and PHP. [updated]
PalmSource announced today that it would host three two-day development conferences Berlin, Paris and London. The PalmSource Europe Forum Series will help some of Europe\'s 44,000 developers take full advantage of the Palm OS. Conferences begin May 13, May 16 and May 20 in Berlin, Paris and London, respectively.
MacPlay is taking preorders for Fox Interactive\'s The Operative: No One Lives Forever. The first-person action-adventure is set in the distinct style and locales of the fabulous 60\'s, allowing gamers to play through a \"captivating story of espionage [in the] role of Agent Cate Archer, a beautiful but deadly female operative working for an international anti-terrorist organization called UNITY.\" The $50 title is scheduled to begin shipping to customers in mid-May and is being offered under MacPlay\'s customer appreciation program at the introductory price of $35 (with an additional $5 charge for US shipping). MacPlay is also launching its new online store with a \"MacPlay Six-Pack\" promo, which offers Sacrifice, Giants, Aliens versus Predator Gold Edition, Majesty, Sin Gold and Zork Grand Inquisitor for $100 (nearly a 50% discount). The promo ends April 7th.
FILTERiT v4.1.1 is a plug-in suite for Adobe Illustrator 10 that features distortion effects for print, multimedia, web design and video. New features in the update include \"Trace\", 3D Transform and Fractalize, as well as fixing issues involving Mac OS 10.1.3. Price is estimated at $130.
A music production tool for the Mac OS, Muzys v2.0, features traditional music studio equipment such as a Sequencer, Rhythm & Sound Modules, Samplers, Effects Processors, and a Mixing Desk in a digital enviroment. The software is available for $125, which includes free lifetime updates; a demo is also available.
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetMonitor 1.0b1, another beta of the popular networking tool for OS X. It adds a monitor tool using the Network Kernel Extension, a custom application icon, and other enhancments.
Roxio has released Toast Titanium 5.1.3, an update to the popular CD authoring application. It adds update help documents to the French, German, and Japanese versions of Toast and fixes bugs with the \"Check Speed\" feature and erasing DVD+RW correctly.
ActualDepth, a 3D monitor expected to be released next month with support for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux, was developed in part by one of Apple\'s original Macintosh developers. \"The 3-D environment is created by pushing light through two flat-panel LCD screens using a process that doesn\'t distort the images.\" The only major technical requirement for the monitor is dual video outputs; the price is said to be \"about twice as much as current flat-panel monitors.\"
starQuiz v1.2, cosmicsoft\'s $20 application for giving quizzes in the classroom, has been released. The update features a redesigned interface, a new help system, support for pictures, and the ability to import and export Quizzler quizzes. [Classic, Carbon]
Copernican has released Boswell 2.0, a $90 application that archives, organizes, manipulates, and retrieves a user\'s personal text: e-mail, web clippings, contact info, research, and other writings. It offers a new, stream-lined interface and re-written documentation. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade and purchasers of v2.0 will receive a free upgrade to the OS X version. For a limited, the application is available for $50 ($40 off).
Colorfield Digital Media has released an updated public beta of Xproof 1.0b4, which adds additional color info items such as CIE XYZ, Gray and CMYK to the real-time color previewing and information tool. XProff enables web designers to quickly and easily visualize color appearance across different devices, including Windows monitors and various broadcast formats. [Classic, Carbon]
OpenLink\'s Virtuoso 2.7 is a cross platform, multi-purpose, and multi-protocol server for SQL, XML, and Web Services. Virtuoso enables the publishing of Persistent Stored Modules -- SQL Stored Procedures, Java Objects, and .NET Objects -- as SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI compliant Web Services; it can also create XML documents from SQL Databases on-the-fly and offers support for all ODBC and JDBC accessible databases.
Znippetizer-X 1.4, from Code 66, is a $15 shareware tool, to help programmers, writers, scientists, lawyers and other people who need to quickly sort, organize and categorize things. It offers a \"small global floating window (with a Z in it), where you can drag any text. Any items dragged here are stored in a database, and grouped. All new items are stored in the currently selected Snippetgroup, and can then later on be moved to any other group.\" A limited demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
10191 Technologies has released BHand 1.4, an update version of its experimental software in electronic security domain analysing the keyboard user typing style and is soliciting feedback fro users. It has also released an update to its $25 shareware artificial neural network builder for OS X: Neural Network Kitchen 3.0, which includes a new GUI and the Kohonen architecture. [BH1.4, NNK3.0]
K-Lendar 1.1 is a $15 shareware desktop calendar that adds the ability to export meeting schedules to your iPod and also now provides notifications of meetings. It is available in English and French.
Jason Greene notes that Apple is hoping to triple the number of developers using OS X to develop software in the Asian region within the next five years and to increase its current membership of by 50% by the end of the year, according to The Star Online. The article notes that Apple recently held a two-day conference in Kuala Lumpur to spread the word on Apple’s Developer Connection Programme where 50 people signed up and that it is attempting to lure student developers by offering a three-month introductory offer where the membership fee for the first year would be waived and free admission to Apple\'s up-coming five-day developers conference in San Jose in May.
ScreenTime Media today announced ScreenTime for QuickTime v2 screen saver creation software, which creates sreen savers from both QuickTime movies and Flash animations. The $200 application adds the ability to create professional quality screen savers for OS X (as well as Mac OS 8/9), new OS X-compatible WYSIWIG authoring environment, the ability to \"bounce\" movies around the screen as they play, small previews playing in the control panel and one click installation. Upgrades are free for users who purchased CineMac for QuickTime during 2002 and are $100 for others.
OWC today introduced a new 160GB OWC Mercury external FireWire drive that spins at 5400 RPM and utilizes the high-performance Oxford 911 chipset. It also lowered its prices on all OWC Mercury-brand external FireWire storage drives. Pricing for OWC Mercury drives ranges from $150 for a 20GB 5400 RPM drive to $520 for a Mercury On-The-Go 2.5-inch portable drive. The new 160GB FireWire drive is priced at $380.
Scripting Matters has announced additional guest speakers and Photoshop 7 coverage for its AppleScript Pro Sessions slated for May 13-17 in Monterey, CA. The five-day training event offers beginning and advanced training for using AppleScript. The new guests will be demonstrating FaceSpan, an application and interface development tool for AppleScript and Script Debugger and other AppleScript-related products from Late Night Software.\"
Industrial Light + Magic\'s has spawned another independent boutique facility, Tweak Films, which will focus on the black arts of physical simulation: smoke, fire, rigid body dynamics, cloth, water and waves. The startup is running Maya, Exluna\'s Entropy, Shake and Adobe Photoshop with their own proprietary physical simulation tools and custom renderers on a dozen Mac OS X workstations: \"There are still a few things we are waiting to come to Mac OSX, so we\'re running Linux a bit now, but we\'re really impressed with the Unix underpinnings on OS X.\"
Everyday Software has released Show Desktop 1.2, a freeware utility for OS X designed to hide all applications and show all applications by simply clicking on the icon while in the Dock. Version 1.2 adds a \"minimize Finder windows\" feature when clicked and fixes various bugs. Carbon Events Plugin 2.5.1 (shareware, $15) offers developers access to various features o OS X including: live scrolling, live window resizing, Dock tile menus, sheets and more. Version 2.5 adds Services menu support to the plugin. [SD, CEP]
Group Logic has announced MassTransit Enterprise 4.1, an upgrade to its application for transferring digital assets across LANs and the Web. The application automates and manages the process of transferring graphics, multimedia, and other production files between print media suppliers and their customers. Version 4.1 will include OpenSSL-based 128-bit encryption for secure data transfer and authenticatin using X.509 digital certificates as well as Web clients under OS X. It is expected to be available by the end of the second quarter.
Kanzu Utilities has released Image Info 2.0, an AppleScript solution for retrieving information about images that can now retrieve more info from images than before, including EXIF and IPTC data, ICC Color profile info, JPEG comments, layer, alpha channel and clipping path info, fonts, colors and much more. A demo of the $35 utility is available online as well as a \"Lite\" version for $20.
Sony has introduced its smallest Mini DV Handycam camcorder, the DCR-PC101, offering a 10X optical/120X digital zoom, one-megapixel CCD, 520 lines of horizontal video, capture of digital still images (1152 X 864 file size), a touch panel 2.5\" SwivelScreen LCD display, and support for streaming live or recorded video via a USB connection. Other features include a FireWire interface, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens, and Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization. The 17-ounce device is expected to ship in June for about $1,300. Sony also introduced its \"prosumer\" DCR-TRV950, which uses a three-CCD system for professional-quality video. It also includes a 12X optical and 150X digital zoom, USB Streaming, support for still capture (1152 X 864), a touch panel 3.5\" LCD, a FireWire interface, and a 14-Bit DXP. It is expected in June for $2,500.
eOrdering Complete 1.0 is an application for quickly creating an ecommerce website in four steps. It can create web forms specifically to order products online by using shopping cart technology to create a main order page, view cart page, checkout page and individual (customizable) product pages. A 20-day demo version of the $55 application is available. [Classic, Carbon]
The $25 shareware iGetter 1.8 is a download utility, which offers functions such as resuming broken downloads, segmented (accelerated) downloading, Internet browsers integration, queue filtering by various criteria, file mirrors support for additional acceleration, cookies support, processing web page links, and scheduling downloads for low traffic periods. Version 1.8 adds a speed limit function, offers an improved OS X interface, and Dock-based control in OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Glucose Development has released Impasse 1.2, a major upgrade to the firewall utility fo OS X. It offers an improved advanced mode, allowing users to build multiple rule sets and also updates the default rule set for better compatibility in environments where the network type changes frequently. Regsitration is available for $10 for a limited time as well as a 30-day demo.
Apple today announced that it has acquired Zayante, a leader in FireWire technology. Zayante\'s president and CEO Prashant Kanhere will join Apple to promote the adoption of FireWire technology. \"By acquiring Zayante, Apple is extending its commitment to FireWire as the premiere, high-speed digital interface solution,\" said Jon Rubinstein, Apple\'s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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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.