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Apple has released Networking Update v1.0 via the Software Update Application in Mac OS X. The 716KB download improves network and Internet access after \"restarting your computer or when waking from sleep.\" Apple also this evening released an update for its AirPort Wireless Software.
ATTO today announced the release of the ExpressPCI FC 3320, a 2-gigabyte PCI-X Fibre Channel HBA (Host Bus Adapter). The card offers PCI backwards-compatibility for computers that do not have a free PCI-X slot. The 133 MHz ExpressPCI FC 3320 HBA is compatible with Mac OS X, and will work in any full-height workstation or 2U server case.
Long-time Macintosh developer Casady & Greene today released TimeSlice version 2.5, an update to its time-tracking and billing application for Mac OS 9/X. TimeSlice tracks the time spent on multiple business projects and client jobs. This $30 upgrade (full version $60) makes tracking time spent on multiple projects more powerful; follows time spend in individual applications; can generate invoices; offers schedule reminders; and includes many interface enhancements. The upgrade is available immediately as an electronic download; the boxed version will be shipping soon.
Although met with modest interest in North America an Europe, the Apple eMac saw a lackluster debut in Hong Kong. A Hoover\'s article explains that shoppers at the Windsor House and Wan Chai Computer Centre lacked interest in the bulky CRT (cathode-ray tube) system, which had a \"muted\" marketing debut. A salesman from a Macintosh shop said many consumers might have confused the eMac with the old iMac, since both are CRT machines. Slim Sony products, like the Vaio PCV-LX120, are more popular in Hong Kong, because they take up very little desk space. Apple\'s compact iMac was more heavily promoted in the Asian market, analysts attribute this to the iMac\'s LCD-based design.
Aatrix today announced it will bring its Payroll Series to Mac OS X in the Fall of 2002. The payroll product line includes TopPay, Payroll, Ultimate Payroll, Multi Ultimate Payroll, and Paycheck.
callas software has released pdfPreviewMaker 2.0, a $250 plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that creates previews and thumbnails from PDF pages. The new release offers an interface for manual processing in addition to the AutoPilot mode, allowing it to be fully integrated into an automated PDF workflow.
FM7 v1.1 is an update to Native Instruments\' FM synthesizer that delivers a variety of new functions and improvements. The developer notes the following changes in version 1.1: \"The Envelopes of the Operators can be synchronized to each other and the Tempo Sync Delay Time can be set to dotted note values; the Randomize function has been improved and the FM7 is equipped with a new Pitchbend mode.\"
Pocket Software today announced the first beta of PocketNotes 2.0, its flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. PocketNotes v2.0b1 offers several major enhancements, including alphabetic sorting and prioritizing; a new reminder system; improved printing; the ability to create aliases of notes within the application; and new skin support. A 30-day demo of the new shareware ($20) beta is available.
Commesso v3.0 provides a scalable, platform-independent, \"technology-based distributed system\" for e-commerce Web sites and businesses. Commesso offers a simple interface to its database, which enables general employees to use the system. Both the client and server applications will run on Mac OS X, Linux, any UNIX and Windows; Commesso\'s open database architecture makes it compatible with any SQL-compliant database. A free demo is available for those interested in implementing the system in their enterprise.
stupidFish has released shadowGoogle 1.0 for OS X, a freeware desktop google search utility written in Cocoa. It includes options for customizable search criteria, search for keywords or images, search in given languages only, set number of results displayed per page and a \'float above all\' feature.
The Danish Technical University (DTU) has developed Scandinavia\'s largest dedicated Mac cluster, consisting of 32 dedicated Power Mac G4 Dual-800 MHz workstations (equivalent to 200 Gigaflops). The cluster, which is called Velocity-X, will be turned on for use on Monday, June 24th with the presence of Apple Denmark. The dedicated Mac cluster will primarily be used to understand proteins\' influence on cancer as well as on larger film and animation projects. Velocity-X can be rented for use through the Internet for approximately 50,000 Danish kroner per week ($1 = 8.5 DKK).
James Sentman has released a final version of his CD Session Burner 1.0 utility, which allows users to \"burn \'sessions\' to a CDR or CDRW until all the space on the disk is used up. While CD Burning is built into OS X, it burns the entire disk even if you are just backing up a [portion].\" The $17 shareware for OS X will burn 25 sessions and then limit the burn speed to 1x until registered.
Blue Line Studios is beta testing LogotypeMaker Pro 4, whose \"main function is the typesetting of a text string using all the user\'s activated fonts. The purpose is to help graphics professionals choosing an appropriate typeface when creating a logotype. Version 4 is a major overhaul. New features include the loading of fonts not activated by the system...The font list filters are also greatly improved.\" Interested parties should contact the company via email.
Several readers note that Canon has released OS X native drivers for its CanoScan N1240U scanner: ScanGear CS 184.108.40.206X (available in English, French, and German). Canon has also released ImageBrowser 2.3, which brings OS X compatibility to Canon\'s bundled application for importing and managing photos and movie clips from its PowerShot digital cameras: \"Unlike the Canon Digital Camera Plug-in Module, RAW Image Converter and USB Mounter, Canon Digital Camera Software applications such as ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, and RemoteCapture are not available as free downloads. However, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disks are available for purchase at 1-800-828-4040 for $19.95. Specifically, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk v9.0 will be available for purchase in Mid June.\"
Ricci Adams has released UpdateRadar 2.0, his $9 shareware application that tracks application updates. It adds the ability to add a program from Hard Drive\", new \"Search & Add\" features, automatic notification of updates, and automatic HTML parsing updates. The new version also downloads program icons in addition to the name, current version, and release date.
Apple Australia today issued a press release regarding a Gartner Measurement project conducted for Apple. The information contained in that report, which showed that Macs cost 36 percent less to maintain than PC counterparts, was \"specific to a particular scenario and was intended for Apple internal use only.... The press release was not approved by Gartner and Apple Australia apologizes to Gartner for any confusion this has caused.\"
Minutiae Software has released PAID! 3.01, an update to the $80 Production Accounting and Invoicing Database, which adds fiscal reporting to the FileMaker Pro runtime database for tracking Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. It also adds new report and find menus, a new file recovery tool, and an improved interface. A demo is available online. [Classic, OSX]
Twenty-nine new fonts are now available as part of the newly revised ITC Conduit typeface family. In addition to ITC Conduit\'s six original weights (light, medium and bold with italic counterparts), the family now includes extra light, regular, extra bold and black. Each new font includes italic and small cap counterparts, and seven sets of oldstyle figures have been added to complement the non-italic weights. ITC has also fine-tuned the spacing and other digital aspects of the original design. The new ITC Conduit family can is $300 for all 35 fonts (a savings of $120.00) in an introductory offer.
ZDnet speculates that 800Mbps FireWire technology will be unveiled at Macworld Expo New York in its article discussing USB 2.0, which one analyst says is \"more cost-effective. FireWire will stil be around, but over the longer term it does begin to fade.\"
Save My Whiteboard v2.0 is an important update to Rob Frohne\'s free educational-assistant used for the transformation of digital photographs of black/whiteboards to usable study notes. Version 2.0 adds program multi-threading, Mac OS X support, blackboard support -- as opposed to whiteboard-only support -- and better processing parameters for \"cleaner\" results. [Classic, Carbon]
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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
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