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Andromeda v1.92 is an update to the MP3 utility that offers functions for streaming files over the Internet using Apache. It has remote playback, private/public play lists and personal jukebox functions. The $20 \"donationware\" application supports skins, video files, and a variety of audio formats.
POPmonitor v2.0 is a complete rewrite of the $25 e-mail management software with new functionality, performance enhancements and an improved user interface. POPmonitor offers the ability to delete email directly on the server, to automate the removal of unwanted messages by creating lists of trusted and blocked senders and by creating custom filters based on other criteria. Also available is the option to automatically return rejected mail to the sender to indicate that the message is unwanted, or to notify a coworker that further correspondence is necessary.
c|net points to a serious flaw in Microsoft Office 2001 and v.X for the Macintosh -- only recently acknowledged by the software giant -- that would leave a user\'s system open to Internet \'vandals\' and computer worms. Malicious hackers can cause a complete system crash of Mac OS 9, or an application crash in Mac OS X by formatting HTML in a particular manner and taking advantage of the software\'s built-in HTML engine. Discovered by the w00w00 security group, the method can result in loss of work, or just simple annoyance. \"In all cases, writing shellcode (a program) to exploit this problem is simple.\" A patch to correct the hole is now available from Microsoft; OS X users can get the update via the Apple Software Update application; a Microsoft Office X Combined Update also addresses the issue; a small patch is available for Mac OS 9.
MIDI Monitor v1.1 is a free utility that displays MIDI signals in a variety of formats and can watch both incoming and outgoing MIDI streams as well as filter them by message type and channel, \"Musicians will find it handy for tracking down confusing MIDI problems. Programmers can use it to test MIDI drivers and applications.\" An update allows MIDI Monitor to \"spy\" on MIDI data as it is sent to destinations by other applications; version 1.1 offers an updated interface to several portions of the software.
Mac OS-X Unleashed is a Mac OS X book that goes over many different aspects of Apple\'s operating system. The authors would like to note that mistakes in the book have been realized, and have been put onto a website before a future release of the book corrects the mistakes.
Symantec\'s Norton AntiVirus 8.0.1 is an antivirus appilcation for Mac OS X. The latest update, which is available via LiveUpdate (download update is not available at this time) resolves an issue that occurs when files in the Finder are replaced.
24U s.r.o. has updated 24U Email OSAX v2.0, its AppleScript Scripting Addition. The software automatically sends mail without an email client necessary. The update now provides OS 7-X support.
Troi Grabber Plug-in v1.5 is a plug-in for FileMaker Pro 5.5 that allows users to record pictures and movies directly into FileMaker Pro databases. New features include OS X compatibiltiy and new and improved example files. A fully functional version is available; full price is $80.
Chaotic Software has released Folder Spy v1.5, its folder monitoring shareware for Mac OS X. It now features support for saving and opening Folder Spy documents and improves the user interface. The price is $10.
Everyday Software\'s clipEdit 2.6 is a $5 shareware picture clipping editor for OS X. Version 2.6 adds sheet support, live window resizing, scroll wheel support, a dock menu, long file name support, Services support and speech recognition as well as a new interface and several bug fixes: \"It is particularly useful under Mac OS X because the Finder lacks the ability to copy text from a clipping window when being displayed.\"
Pooch 1.2, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic Application, is designed for assembling and operating a parallel cluster. Version 1.2 adds support for jobs compiled with other MPIs; Cocoa apps and other bundle-based apps; Unix-based executables (including Mach-O executables and Unix scripts); Unix-style permissions, process monitoring, and process killing; and scheduling of Node registration. It is $150 for the first node and $100 for additional nodes through the month of April.
Afternoon tech news: HP shareholders appear to have narrowly approved the $20 billion acquisition of Compaq, according to an independent proxy certifying firm; IBM and Hitachi have agreed to combine their hard disk businesses into a single company; Intel yesterday met Wall Street expectations on stronger-than-expected microprocessor sales, earning $936 million, or 14 cents a share--nearly double its revenue and profit numbers from the year-ago-quarter.
The New York Times discusses the trends in PC case design in a piece titled \"The Beige Box Fades to Black,\" which notes new case styles/coloring from Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, and Sony: \"But the real innovator in computer design and the use of color has been Apple since Steven P. Jobs returned to the company in 1997.\"
Qualcomm yesterday released Classic and OS X versions of Eudora 5.1.1b23, which fixes dozens of bugs in the popular email client. [Classic, OSX]
Koingo Software\'s $12 shareware for securely storing passwords and other private info, Password Retriever 3.5, adds the ability to protect different password lists with different passwords, stores all information a single encrypted archive, and has new export options which allow you to specify unique delimiters. [Classic, OSX]
Iconographer 2.4, a fully-featured icon editor, allows you to both change the icons of items and to edit the icon resources used by various applications. Version 2.4 adds support for QuickTime effects, help tag support under OS X, palette snapping, and other performance/stability improvements. It supports classic Mac OS (8-bit icons only), Mac OS 8.5+ (32-bit icons with 8-bit icons), Mac OS X (128 x 128 icons in .icns files), Windows and Windows XP (.ico files), and Mac OS X Server (48 x 48 icons in .tiff files). [Classic, OSX]
RealViz yesterday announced Stitcher 3.5, an update to its application for building panoramas for film, print, 3D and the Web. Version 3.5 brings a new Forced\' Stitch option to create images in the exact position required; new lens distortion correction; the ability to crop final renderings; enhanced Horizon Definition for eradicating \'wavy\' cylindrical panoramas; a new Hotspot tool for creating hyperlinked areas; an artifact removal tool; and a new flat stitch function for assembling images of a flat object. It is due in May as a $200 upgrade to v3.1 owners. Full versions of the application are $500.
Apple yesterday reported a profit of $40 million or $0.11 per share on increased revenues of 1.5 billion, edging out analysts estimates of $0.10 profit. We have updated our conference call highlights from yesterday with more information. (We also noted the release of OS X 10.1.4 yesterday.)
Glucose today unveiled WeatherPop, a freeware tool that periodically queries the internet and displays the current weather conditions for virtually any city or town in the world in the menu bar.
Power On Software today released On Guard 3.4, an update to its security and computer access management software. It adds support for Apple\'s Navigation Services and the ability to prevent files from being saved into protected folders; prevents the use of the Finder\'s Duplicate command on protected items; allows removable USB and SCSI volumes to be recognized as \"Floppies/Removables\" and configured in the Security Tab of the On Guard Control Panel; and can now disable certain Internet Explorer menu items. It is a free update to v3.x owners of the $70 product.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN