Copyright © 2016
A Dantz Retrospect Backup v5.0.205 updater is now available from Dantz for current version 5.0 owners. Customers that purchased Retrospect Backup 5.0 directly from the Dantz Web site, before 6:30PM EST, April 24, 2002 should download this patch. [Retrospect Express, Retrospect Server/WG/DT]
Switching from Microsoft Windows to the Macintosh, or vice-versa, may not be as large of a leap as it once was, according to a c|net guide. The article by John Rizzo, author of How the Mac Works, Millennium Edition indicates that the Macintosh continues to see a growth in application development, “Think you\'ll lose all your applications when you move to the Mac? Think again.”
Unsanity has released Xounds v1.2, an updated version of the Mac OS X \'haxie\' that brings Mac OS Appearance Sounds -- originally introduced with Mac OS 8.5 -- to Mac OS X. The free update allows uses to exclude specified applications from sound effects, and import Mac OS 9 sound sets.
Digital Voodoo today announced a price reduction of 20% on the Iridium AV PCI card. The now-two-thousand-dollar card is an output-only 10 bit uncompressed QuickTime PCI card for the Macintosh. Fully compatible with all Power Mac G4 series workstations, the Iridium AV provides 10-bit quality for paint, compositing and video/audio output applications such as Adobe After Effects or Photoshop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm ColorTheory DV or Boris FX.
4D has posted 4D WebSTAR Server Suite v4.5, a Mac OS 9 compatible version of its web-serving software. It provides File Upload plug-in for HTTP file uploads, long file names and paths as well as prevention of memory leaks. The update is free to all registered 4D WebSTAR 4.x users. [updated]
Speed Download v1.8 is a download manager for Mac OS 9 & X that provides enhanced speed, resumable downloads and scheduling of downloads. The \"must-have\" update has been adds numerous new features, such as better performance and compatibility with numerous browsers, faster plug-in performance, and more contextual menu options. A 30-day demo is available; price is $20.
HTML Converter 1.4 is a free tool for converting special characters into HTML code equvalents in HTML, PHP and ASP. The latest version now verifies code using the W3C\'s offical SGML list as well as updates AppleScripts.
Sapphire Inoovations\'s Tubed Volume 1-6 are a set of plug-ins for Paint Shop Pro, as well as now being compatible with Splat! plug-ins. The \"tubes\" can be used to create paint images, stamp effects, and more. A demo is available; price is $50
Matlab has started an official survey in order to evaluate the need for porting their math software to Mac OS X.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is the highly anticipated first-person shooter for Mac OS 9/X. After months of beta testing, Aspyr has begun to ship the final version which costs $50.
Blagg is an RSS aggregator designd for the Blosxom weblog application. It features RSS syndicated feeds, simple drag-n-drop installation and does not require an XML parser.
Architosh reports that a demo of Strata 3Dpro 3.7 is available for free and that Strata is set to ship Strata DVpro 5.0 in early May.
Apple UK\'s Peace of Mind promo offers a 17\" flat panel display, a Power Mac G4, and 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan at up to a £207 discount, according to Macworld UK.
RealNetworks today released RealVideo 9 and RealAudio Surround, which it says brings \"broadcast quality video to broadband users and a subscription quality video experience to dialup users.\" It claims that RealVideo 9 provides 30% bandwidth savings over RealVideo 8 at all quality levels (including VHS quality starting at 160Kpbs) and that RealAudio Surround enables multi-channel surround sound starting at 44 Kbps. The company has also submitted components of RealVideo 9 to the Joint Video Team, a joint working group of MPEG and VCEG that will create the next version of MPEG-4. RealPlayer 8 already supports RealVideo 9; a \"unix\" version of RealOne is due 30 days.
Press 3 has announced a certification program targeted toward experienced Mac technical individuals. The program, marketed as a alternative to Apple Certifications, offers three certifications with a possibility of earning a fourth, including Mac OS X, Mac Classic, and Mac Hardware; passing all three certifications gives individuals a MacCSE or Mac Certified Systems Engineer Certification. Press 3 has extended its examination period discount through Saturday, April 27th, 2002.
A MacNN reader provided a report from Apple\'s recent showcase in Beijing, China: \"Yesterday I went to the Apple demo in the Schillers 3 bar in Beijing which was performed by Derek Ling, Director of Business Development for Apple in China. He showed off most the Apple consumer hardware including iPod and Airport, He also talked about OSX in detail and showed of iPhoto, iMovie and Office X. \"He also responded to some tough questions from the Audience by appoligising for the lack of access to Apple products in china and saying Apple will be setting up 2 Stores in Beijing this year! He also denied any knowlege of OSX 10.2/10.5 (Jaguar) saying \"as far as I know, we have no update planned\", this was receved with sniggers from the audience. The whole even was very informal and great fun.\"
Glucose\'s Impasse 1.2.1 is a \"major bug fix and usability release\" to the firewall utility for OS X. It ofers more informative interactive logging, alerts users of new updates, and has other fixes. It can be registered for $10 for a limited time. A free 30-day demo is available for download.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.7 ( -0.57 )
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
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