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Pangea Software today unveiled plans for Bugdom 2, a game currently under development from the entertainment software maker. Bugdom 2 is described as a spin-off of the original game -- shipped with Mac computers as early as two years ago -- that features all new characters and an original plot. “I was not sure if we would ever do sequel to Bugdom [..] but we received a tremendous number of requests from our fans,\" said Brian Greenstone, President and CEO of Pangea Software.
Ambrosia Software has updated it\'s versatile screen capture utility, Snapz Pro X v1.0.3, which saves user actions as QuickTime movies. The update fixes a bug that can cause the VM sub-system to run out of pmap entries (which causes a crash). The shareware application costs between $30 and $50, depending on which features are purchased. [download currently unavailable]
osx.macnn.com notes an update to the screen capture tool, Snapz Pro X v1.0.3, AOL v2.0 beta, Epson scanner enabler and ShadowKiller v1.2, a \"haxie\" that removes drop-shadows.
Ambrosia has released an OS X version of its \"classic arcade game in which cutthroat fishies are playing hardball in a squabble over some very wet turf.\" Bubble Trouble X has a new level editor and features improvements such as being able to play it in the multi-tasking friendly \"in a window\" mode.
Adobe\'s InDesign 2.0.1 update addresses several bus and incorporates updated versions of the Scripting and Cross-media plug-ins.
The latest version of America Online for Mac OS X includes a new Aqua-based interface, HTML e-mail support and enhanced buddy list features, according to a bulletin sent to Mac AOL beta testers. AOL for Mac OS X beta version 2.0 includes a host of new features, in addition to bug fixes. Numerous glitches remain in the release, including one that would cause the AOL client to crash when viewing some HTML emails
NetMinder Ethernet v5.0 is an update to the network security package that adds Mac OS X support with OS X-specific features, custom security alerts, interface changes and new usability features. NetMinder Ethernet protects wired and wireless Mac networks for $200.
Epson has released a scanner plug-in module for Adobe Photoshop 7.0 that works with its popular line of scanner products. The Mac OS X-native Epson Scanner Enabler has full scanning functionality and works with \'Perfection\' and \'Expression\' scanners.
The media event from yesterday where Apple announced and demoed Xserve is now available for viewing.
A French language version of AliasMultiplier X v2.5 has been released. The $7 shareware application, which creates single aliases that open more programs, documents, and webpages, is available in English, Italian, German and French.
A Better Finder Rename v4.6 is a utility from PUBLICSPACE.NET that allows users to quickly rename files via a contextual menu plug-in. It features OS 9 & X compatibility, mutliple modes (automatic, manual), numerical and alphabetical list creation and many other options for sorting and renaming; a single license is $15. [Classic, Carbon]
Belkin has released several new products at the NetWorld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas, NV including USB switches for Home offices and enterprise KVM switches.
Unsanity today released ShadowKiller 1.2, a freeware utility for OS X that removes shadows on menus and windows in Mac OS X. It now toggles all shadows when the application is launched, and immediately quits.
Gemini UDS 1.1.2 is a software solution that \"intelligently automates the searching process using a patent-pending process called Localized Webcrawling, thereby enabling you to find what you are looking for faster, with greater versatility, and with less effort compared to existing search tools and methodologies.\" It also integrates private private and subscription-based data services (Lexis-Nexis, PsycInfo, Ovid, etc). It improves search speeds by offering concurrent loading/evaluation of potential search results and improves the display performance of the results. Licensing starts at $100 for a single-user.
Meeting Maker, under a new management team, announced Meetingmaker 7.1, which includes the ability to animate and coordinate \"time-stamped\" information to the event, resource, and project management application for enterprise customers. It also includes a new Mac OS X client and server, Web calendar publishing, LDAP and administrative APIs, SSL security, and high-performance Palm synchronization. [site not updated; pricing and availability not available]
Deep Sky has released eTrans v1.1, an update to its 4th Dimension component that provides a simple, consistent interface to online credit card authorization service providers. Version 1.1 now supports the SurePay payment gateway for direct response transactions and CVV2 codes with AuthorizeNet and PlanetPayment. Pricing starts at $200/year (for 10 deployments).
The PHP Group has released PHP 4.2.1, the latest version of the general-purpose scripting language for Web development. It contains several bug fixes, including fixes for the session, com and mbstring extensions, as well as a major upgrade of the DomXML extension as well as a few extra checks for safe_mode were added.
Apple will be opening a new retail store in Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip by the end of the year, according to an article on the expansion of the mall in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Steve Jobs hopes to more than double the number of OS X users by the end of the year to 5 million active users, according to a c|net interview; however, one analysts says: \"Apple could get to 5 million active OS X users just from the number of machines it will sell pre-installed with the operating system. Reaching that level won\'t mean Apple has gained ground versus Windows.\"
Steve Splonskowski\'s WebPics 2.5 brings redesigned the HTML generation (including CSS support and \'roll-over\' link color), support for using PhotoShop documents and MPEG movies, and support text overlay on pictures to the utility for building web page galleries from your digital pictures. The $16 includes a built-in ftp manager for managing remote galleries. [Classic, OSX]
Peter Stoltz\'s new Py4iPod website contains Python scripts (and some other tools) for the iPod. The scripts do things like download the latest baseball standings and statistics to the Contacts folder, write out a monthly calendar (using the Unix \'cal\' routine) to the Contacts folder, and write out Palm Desktop Dates to the Contacts folder.\" They require that Python already be installed.
Glucose today introduced Ratchet 1.0, a new utility for OS X that retrieves URLs, email addresses and names from any document: \"We have found that Ratchet makes it easier to manage links and email addresses, enhancing and simplifiying our busy lives. We are working on stuffing more interesting tools into Ratchet, such as a tool to eliminate unwanted quoting from emails and rewrap email text.\" A two-week demo of the $10 application is available online.
Haxial NetFone 1.21 is an update to the $20 encrypted multi-user Internet telephone. It adds new volume settings, the ability to read Purchase Certificates from a file, and other enhancements.
Power On today released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2.1, which adds support for system menus as well as its Grab-\'n-Go technology under OS X. Grab-\'n-Go allows users to turn virtually any text into an action item, such as an appointment, task, or note and is available in virtually any application that supports contextual menus. The update also allows users to schedule events and receive reminders even if they have not launched Now Up-to-Date & Contact. Upgrades to the $130 application are $50.
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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