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Web Watch v1.0 is a $5 Mac OS X screensaver that automatically browses the Web, based on a user\'s favorite sites. Web Watch is compatible with Internet Explorer, Opera, and iCab; avoids disturbing other browser windows; and automatically closes pop-up windows.
Microsoft Office X Combined Updater v10.0.3 combines several previously issued updates from Microsoft, including an Entourage Hotmail updater, which allows users to connect to the recently updated Hotmail email servers; URL Security update, which addresses a URL access security vulnerability; and Network Security Updater, which allows users to run Office v. X and its standalone programs more securely on a network.
Kensington this week released the first pre-release version of MouseWorks for Mac OS X. MouseWorks v2.0b1 is intended for Mac OS X-savvy users who wish to offer general feedback and get an early look at the company\'s latest mouse software. This release is not intended for \"mission critical\" machines nor should full functionality be expected.
osx.macnn.com notes Internet Explorer v5.1.4, Mac OS X Server v10.1.4, Adium v1.6b2, Microsoft keyboard driver updates, and the possibility of Mathlab for OS X.
Along with the release of Photoshop 7.0, Adobe has updated its four software Collections -- Design, Web, Publishing, and Digital Video -- which includes Photoshop 7.0. Each collection sells for $1000, except for the Digital Video Collection, which is available for $1200.
Microsoft has released a new version of their popular web browser, Internet Explorer v5.1.4. The update resolves all potential security vulnerabilities including a memory problem that could compromise the security of the computer. The update is available via Software Update.
Apple has released Mac OS X Server 10.1.4, an update to their industrial strength server software. Improvements include SMTP relay exchange for sending mail to mail servers and allows delivery of mail from remote hosts that do not specify a name.
According to O\'Grady\'s PowerPage, Mathworks is considering a Mac OS X version of Mathlab, a technical packages widely used in engineering and science. Support for OS 9 was dropped several years ago, and hopeful users are looking for more support from the Mac community.
Web Watch v1.0 is a screen saver for Mac OS X that browses a list of favorite internet sites and displays them in a browser while the computer is idle. The price is $5.
FWB\'s SubRosa\'s Vol 1- File Utilities v1.02 is an update to the collection of applications for protectin data. It includes a 128-bit dynamic encryption utility, a shredder utility for permanently deleting files, and a free decryption utility. Version 1.02 fixes a problem when decrypting files located on a locked volume. A demo of the $30 utility is available online.
HairerSoft has released Amadeus II v3.5, its shareware ($25) disk-based, visual waveform audio file editing and analyzing application for the MacOS and MacOS X. Amadeus II offers live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, sampling from any external source and for editing and analyzing Mp3, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime or WAVE files. It offers support for up to 2GB (up to 3 hours of CD-quality music) with extensive support for markers. Version 3.5 offers better performance under OS X, fast-foward/rewind playback functions, AltiVec enhancements, real-time VST effects, and advanced MP3 encoding (including support for LAME 3.91).
TiPaint.com has released a new color paint kit for touching up the Titanium G4 PowerBook. It now offers the original \"Light Silver\" colored kit for the outer bezel of the PowerBook G4 as well as the new \"Titanium\" colored kit for the case itself. The individual touch-up kits, which have been reduced in price, now sell for $13 each, and a combo kit containing both colors sells for $20.
XLR8 today announced it is shipping its updated InterView 2.0 with OS X support, allowing users to capture analog video through the USB port directly from any standard video source. The $90 device includes Strata Video Shop 4.5, an included upgrade to Quicktime Pro, EchoFXís OS X drivers and InterView Capture. The company said will announce the firmware upgrade program for the original InterView units in the near future.
Sophisticated Circuits has released two new public betas for its USB products, Kick-off! 2.0 and PowerKey Pro Model 650 4.02. Kick-off! 2.0b1 adds nativ OS X compatibility to its flagship crash recovery tool; PowerKey 4.0.2b1 includes several improvements and bug fixes, including an \"Admin\" upgrade, which brings crash detection and recovery features of its Rebound! and Kick-off! products to USB PowerKey Pro.
F-Script 1.2 is an open-source interactive and scripting environment; version 1.2 includes support for Mac OS X distributed object system, a powerful completion mechanism, an experimental graphical Key-Value browser, and more. F-Script is based on Smalltalk syntax and concepts, but uses the Cocoa object model and Cocoa frameworks.
Microsoft today announced OS X drivers for its Microsoft line of keyboards (in addition to the mouse/trackball drivers released a few weeks ago). The company says that the new keyboard driver will work with all operating systems up to OS 10.1.2 (with drivers already available for Mac OS 8.6 and 9.x).
Jon Klein has released Graph-O-Matic 2.0, his $20 shareware OpenGL-based graphing calculator for OS X. Version 2.0 adds a graphical equation editor, the ability to graph multiple equations simultaneously, the ability to save and load equation sets, and much more.
Adam Iser has updated his popular (freeware) AOL instant messaging client, Adium 1.6b2. The public beta now includes buddy import/export functions, log searching, better contextual menus, warning support, and other bug fixes. [version updated]
Peter Ammon\'s Charla 1.6 is an open-source Yahoo! chat client for OS X. It includes support for filter plug-ins, a regular expression filter, and saving and searching through the chat text. Source code and binaries are both available.
A MacNN reader writes that EndNote for OS X should be available soon, as select users have been invited to apply for the private beta test process. EndNote is a reference management and bibliography software package widely used in academia.
Ericom Software has released an OS X version of PowerTerm Interconnect, its terminal emulation application for running legacy, host-based applications. It offers customizable function keys, multiple concurrent sessions, menu bar, scalable and selectable fonts, intelligent copy and paste, FTP client, scripting, printing and more as well as supports applications running on a variety of hosts such as IBM Mainframe, IBM AS/400, Digital and Unix. Special competitive upgrade pricing is available for the $150 (single-user) license as well as site- and volume-licensing options. A demo is available.
Jasmine 1.5.2, the multitrack editor/mixer, has been updated for both Mac OS 9.x and OS X. Version 1.5.2 of the $40 utility adds pitch shifting and length alteration, allowing you to make a track shorter or longer without altering its pitch or to change a track\'s pitch without altering its length. [Classic, Carbon]
Chinese Rewriter X v1.1 is a text converter which converts texts between Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. It adds Mac OS 8.6-9 compatibility, automatic HTML encoding tag replacement, and improved contextual conversion for SC to TC conversion.
Formac is offering a $75 rebate on the Gallery 1740 flat-panel display to customers who purchase the unit alongside a Power Mac G4 or Adobe Photoshop 7 from a participating reseller. Customers who purchase the Gallery 1740 CAL display with color calibration technology alongside a new Power Mac or Photoshop 7 are eligible for a $100 rebate.
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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
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ