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Apple has reportedly resolved a problem with its iTools Mac.com mail servers that caused many users to experience an email outage for several days. An Apple representative told users on Apple\'s iTools discussion message board that messages sent to Mac.com accounts were \"being queued within the Mac.com domain,\" instead of being correctly processed.
Divx.com has released Divx codec version 5.0a2 for the Mac platform. Version 5.0 alpha 2 includes a \"completely new AVI doctoring app,\" the Divx 5.0.2 decore (par with the Windows version) and new cross-platform AVI compatibility for Mac and PC users.
Narrator 1.0b2 is the second publicly-available beta version of Dejal Systems\' first Mac OS X product. Narrator utilizes speech synthesis to read the contents of a text document, using different voices to represent different \"actors.\" Beta 2 includes a \"Casting Assistant,\" which can automatically create characters and mark the text using tags. Also included in the release are new preferences, bug fixes and other changes based on user feedback.
Apple this evening released Security Update July 2002 via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. The update includes Apache v1.3.26, mod_ssl v2.8.9 and OpenSSH v3.4p1, all of which provide increased security to prevent unauthorized access to applications, servers, and the operating system.
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Verbatim today showcased its new 4.7GB DVD+R and DVD+RW discs at DV Expo. Both disc types allow for 2.4X recording -- the fastest recording speed of any current DVD format. The discs are compatible with drives from Dell, Sony, Ricoh and other leading brands. DVD+R and DVD+RW media sells for $6 and $9 apiece, respectively.
Native Instruments today announced that it would take over worldwide distribution of the latest version of its audio synthesizer, PRO-53. The major upgrade comes with many new functions and improvements such as new oscillators, the option for inverted filter envelopes, and an additional filter highpass mode. It is $200 suite is also equipped with a MIDI Learn function and an optimized graphical interface.
Twice within the last two years, Apple executives have sold company stock just prior to announcing poor financial results. ďIt\'s always a bit suspicious\" when executives sell before a warning, said Martin Friedman, director of research at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Fred Anderson, Apple\'s chief financial officer said in a written statement, \"I can assure you that no executive would have exercised options had they believed we would not meet our original guidance for the quarter.\"
Stepwise has posted instructions on building the OpenSSH 3.4 package released yesterday in response to the recently discovered security hole. Apple has yet to offer an update or a security alert, but users who have installed the Apple Developer tools can build the package.
macCAN is a software and hardware package which allows MAC users to interface with standard Controller Area Networks (CAN) commonly used in automotive and industrial applications. macCAN works with all Power Macs with either a serial or USB port and is compatible with Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. macCAN supports both standard 11-bit and extended 29-bit CAN message IDs with data rates up to 1 Mbps, and offers user programming for all timing parameters, including propagation time, synchronization jump width and bit-phase times.
MacPlay today announced that the Mac versions of PopCapís popular puzzle games, Bejeweled and Alchemy, are now shipping. Bejeweled is described as a \"fast-paced gem-matching puzzle\" and Alchemy is an \"addictive, brain-tickling puzzle\" in which players must transform the ordinary into the invaluable. The bundle is available for $20 and works with Classic and OS X.
XLR8 has released InterView 2.1, a free update to its $90 USB-based video capture device that brings full optimization for the public preview of QuickTime 6, and MPEG-4 streaming via QuickTime 6 Broadcaster. The company recently announced a OS X upgrade, which brings full OS X compatibility to older versions of the device for $25.
Apple\'s PowerBook G4 was the Runner-Up in Worth Magazine\'s Fourth Annual A-list. It was second to Sony\'s Vaio R505 in the laptop category in the July/August issue, which will be available on newsstands July 2. [subscription required]
Panasonic today unveiled the DVDBurner II, a next-generation CD/DVD combination drive that can write DVD-RAM and DVD-R/W discs, in addition to standard CDs. The new drive offers a \"proven solution\" for the current and future storage needs of businesses, suggests Panasonic. The DVDBurnerII writes a general-use DVD-R disc at 2X; reads DVDs at 6X; writes CD-R and RW discs at 12X and 8X, respectively; and reads CDs at 32X. The drive will be displayed at PC Expo (June 25-27); Panasonic indicates that the unit will be priced at less than $500.
PlayerPRO v5.9.4 is a maintenance update to Quadmation\'s Mac OS 9/X music editing program. This version includes a faster sound driver and corrects two bugs that caused the application to unexpectedly quit. PlayerPRO offers support for all major audio formats, including MP3, MPEG, AIFF, EAV and MIDI.
FireWire Depot today debuted the ZiPang line of stylish 2.5\" drive enclosures. The ZiPang 2.5 FireWire and USB 2.0 combo case offers connectivity to the latest Mac and PC computers. The unique case design of the $140 ZiPang sports a fastening system that allows users to clip the FireWire/USB output cable around the body of the case.
Griffin has released PowerMate 1.1.1 drivers for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The update includes many bug fixes and feature improvements, including a new installer that retains all previous settings when upgrading and a labeled Sensitivity and Key Repeat Rate. The $45 USB-based PowerMate offers volume control and can be used as a Jog/Shuttle wheel as well as can be programmed to perform system- and application-based functions.
Evoque has began shipping solidThinking LT 5.0, an update to its 3D surface modeler offering \"never-seen-before-in-this-class\" modeling tools for designers, illustrators, multimedia and Internet content creators, according to Architosh.
Apple is beginning to fulfill Xserve product orders, according to a MacNN reader. Dan Smith writes: \"I ordered an Xserve [$3000] on May 23 from the Apple Store online; just received confirmation that it has shipped.\"
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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