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CharisMac hopes to appeal to owners of Mac OS X-incompatible USB CD-RW drives with the introduction of its first hardware product. The CharisMac FireWire bridge will allow owners of external USB CD-RW drives to retrofit their devices with FireWire. Many Sony CD-RW drives use a USB enclosure/bridge to connect an ATAPI-based drive externally, some such devices do not work with Mac OS X.
Recent changes in the KnowledgeBase from Apple point out that the export feature in iPhoto v1.1.1 may not work if third-party iPhoto plug-ins are installed. Also, a document show users how to solve a problem when iTunes will not burn a CD.
A discussion on the Apple Discussion Boards notes that the iTools HomePage bandwidth limit--recently imposed by Apple without notice to users--is based on the number of hits per 6-hour period as well as the storage capacity of the user\'s iDisk.
DealNN notes that the Apple Store is currently offering the 5Gb SmartDisk FireFly FireWire Hard Drives for only $99. Other deals noted are refurbished LaCie Electron Blue III 22\" Monitors for $645, 8-port 10/100Base-T Ethernet Switches for $28, and a 50-pack of Pioneer 4.7Gb DVD-R Media for $300.
CS-Odessa has released ConceptDraw MEDICAL 1.8, a free update to its software that allows users to draw up and visualize various conceptual structures, such as medical diagrams and flowcharts. It adds 10 new medical libraries, new samples in the fields of biochemistry and microbiology, XML import/export, new export options for EPS and PDF file formats, and other performance enhancements. It is $250.
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.6, a powerful web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers.
Carnation Software has announced MacWise 10, a terminal application that emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100 and Prism terminals. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. Macs can be connected to a host computer directly, by modem, or over the Internet. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. It also includes phone list and dialer for Hayes-compatible modems, on-screen programmable function keys and more. Availability is listed as \"coming soon.\"
Marks Calendar 1.5 brings new email or start application/AppleScript reminders, a newly redesigned reminder system, snooze preferences, and other enhancements to the $25 Cocoa calendar utility.
Apple has posted Boris Calligraphy 1.1, which brings a localized user interface when working with the French, German, or Japanese versions of Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, multi-byte text input, support for using OTF Fonts, and improved compatibility with Adobe Type Manager under Mac OS 9. (The software ships with Final Cut Pro, which was also recently updated to v3.02.) [Classic, OSX]
Ambrosia Software\'s Deimos Rising 1.0.1 adds native support for game controllers under both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, enables the cheat codes, and fixes a few minor bugs in the \"fast-action, smooth-scrolling, heart-stopping, arcade-style sequel to Mars Rising.\" A limited demo of the $20 shareware is available online.
ViewSonic has added four displays to its line of CRT/flat-panel monitors, including two CRT displays, the P95f+ and the P75f+, and two LCD monitors, the VE510+ and the VX500+--all of which feature UltraBrite technology to increase screen brightness up to three times higher than normal with the touch of a button.
Software Architects today announced the commercial release of WriteDVD! Pro v4.0, a \"drag & drop\" application for writing to all types of DVD recordable drives and media, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM. It offers support for all major brand drives (including ATAPI, FireWire, and USB devices) as well as advanced \"Real Time Recording\" functions used in new DVD-RAM disk-based video camcorders and video recorders. The $100 application includes four components: WriteDVD! File System, FormatUDF! (formatter and test utility), WriteDVD! device drivers, and FixDVD! (disc repair and file recovery utility). It is available now in English-, Japanese- and other European-localized versions.
Glucose\'s $10 firewall utility, Impasse 1.2.3, adds new tool tips for all rules for allowing/denying traffic to particular Internet services as well as the ability to enter sleep mode when the host machine is idle. The company also announced Impasse 1.5 which \"will have several new features that will set it apart as the easiest and most configurable firewall available on Mac OS X. We intend to build the most complete library of rules available, so that configuring your firewall for any Internet application or service is as easy and clicking on a checkbox.\" Upgrades will be free to all registered users.
Sloppy Sokoban 1.5, now Carbonized, is an addictive puzzle game modeled in the tradition of the ancient Japanese classic, sporting features such as hand drawn animated graphics, an original music score with MP3 playback, keyboard and point-and-click control, multiple level graphics, and up to 10,001 undos and redos. It includes fifty built-in levels and twelve extra level-sets.
Apple\'s new SuperFly promo offers a free SmartDisk FireFly 5GB FireWire Hard Drive (T4449LL/A) with each custom-configured PowerMac G4 or PowerBook G4 purchased at the Apple Store. Users may upgrade the memory, hard drive, optical drive, graphics card, removable storage, SCSI support or AirPort card. Apple is also offering up to £240 back on the purchase of Power Mac (depending on model) with the trade-in of an old Power Mac in one of several European countries, including UK, Austria, Swizterland, France, and Germany.
Marathon Computer\'s new retractable Rackmounts for Monitors is designed to work with any flat-pane display that measures up to 17 3/8\" in external width and complies with the 75mm and 100mm VESA wall-mount standards. The $225 rackmount requires only 2U or 3U of precious rackspace, depending on the thickness of the monitor and can be used in any 19\" equipment rack. It includes adjustable rear ears for both front and rear support.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday accepted three Design and Art Direction awards at the group\'s gala 40th birthday ceremony at Earlís Courtís Olympia, including a Gold award for Apple\'s iPod and Silver Awards for the iBook and PowerBook G4 Titanium took Silver awards, according to Macworld UK. Apple was also awarded the Consumer Product Design of the Year by the plastics industry for a combined package of the Power Mac G4, Pro Mouse, and Cinema Display.
Chaotic Software today released MP3 Rage 5.0, an update to its $25 suite of MP3 tools that brings new tools to download, add, view and edit MP3 artwork and lyrics, submit lyrics to the internet, extensive documentation, and customizable toolbars. It also offers the ability to edit ID3 tags, analyze MP3\'s and adjust sound volume automatically to play at similar levels, export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CDs, play MP3 files with the built-in player, catalog, organize, rename, find, and change thousands of MP3 files and their ID3 tags quickly.
OmniOutliner 2.0.1 adds Japanese localization, several bug fixes, and other enhancemens to the Omni Group\'s OS X tool for outlining and organizing information. A free version allows users to view, print, and save any Outliner document with less than 20 objects. Licenses for unlimited use start at $30.
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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