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Leading FireWire (IEEE 1394) developers and supporters gathered at last week\'s sixth annual 1394 Developers\' Conference to showcase new products. Apple touted its iPhoto software by demonstrating compatibility with Nikon\'s DI still camera. In addition to veteran FireWire developers, newcomers like FireMedia Communication unveiled new products. Microsoft demoed the first PC speakers running 1394-based audio as part of its Hybrid Home Network; FireMedia showed a new wireless video and data network, transmitting real-time video at more than 30 Megabits/second.
Evening tech news: Japan leads the world with the most people accessing the Internet through mobile phones, a government report released today indicates (providers like EarthLink offer North American cell phone email access); Dell is giving away $50,000 to a lucky customer each day this month, with the hope of boosting back-to-school sales; the Xbox Linux Project seeks to find a \"simple and completely legal\" way of running Linux on the Xbox gaming machine, with rewards of up to $200,000; shipments of liquid crystal display monitors fell this quarter -- despite a good first quarter -- as a result of supply problems.
An Apple Knowledge Base document explains that users cannot use the power button on the front of an Apple display to turn on an Xserve. Instead users are advised to use the button on the front of the server. Another document outlines the steps necessary to avoid unwanted LCD screen dimming on machines running Mac OS X 10.1.5 as a result of Energy Saver enhancements. Finally, Apple has posted standalone versions of iMac Update 1.0 and Security Update July 2002 for Mac OS X
PocketDock 2.5 adds the ability to \'lock\' or child proof a dock, updates the skin system, adds 10 new skins, and fixes a number of other minor bugs. The shareware launcher utility offers the ability to organize your applications, documents, web links and email addresses.
Asar has released Hogwasher 3.0, a Carbonized version of its advanced newsgroup utility. Version 3.0 adds OS X compatibility, optional Quartz anti-aliased text rendering in list views under OS X, long file name support under OS X, and built-in yEnc encoding and decoding support. Other features include filtering, scheduling, thread tree display, email and image viewing support, and a full address book. A 60-day trial of the $50 Usenet utility is available online. Upgrades from previous versions are $25.
Ridge 1.0 is a shareware ($10) internet connection viewer that offers the ability to measure your Internet speed, a graphical representation of data transfer over the past 60 seconds, packet hexadecimal dump and parsing for PPP/IP/TCP/UDP packets, and other features.
Apple is expected to launch a new retail store in Indianapolis at the Crossing Mall. Residents of the city note that the store will address a lack of Macintosh retailers in the area. Apple will also debut its much-anticipated New York City store, Apple Store SoHo, at this month\'s Macworld Expo NY with the Grand Opening scheduled for Thursday, July 18th.
Apple today posted two new television advertisements on its Web site, as a part of its Real People advertising campaign. Long-time PC user Juan Proano describes in a TV spot his recent switch to the Mac platform; magazine publisher David Carey notes that Microsoft and Lotus suites work well on his Macintosh.
NYRO Technix has announced a beta version of NXRAID, a software-based RAID 5 product for Mac OS X. RAID 5 provides data striping (spreading out blocks of each file across multiple disks) and stripe error correction information using 3 or more disk drives. Interested beta testers email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambrosia software today announced that pop-pop, its fast-paced action game title, will be released at the MacWorld/NYC. The shareware title, described as \"a wild fusion of Arkanoid and Street Fighter, with a good spot of the PowerPuff girls thrown in for good measure,\" supports both single/multi-player game modes and has support for the popular GameRanger online gaming service. (Pricing for the title has not been announced.)
Paste Without Style! 2.0 is a free (\"donationware\") XTension that works with Quark 4/5: \"It allows you to move and paste text easily and faster with a key shortcut (Apple+Option+V). This text automatically acquires all text attributes of the location where are you pasting. The type, size, font and other text parameters you can also adapt many more. All text is adjusted correctly into place, where you paste it.\"
Opera announced an agreement with Macromedia, in which the two companies will work together to integrate their products for the Mac platform. Opera will deliver a full-featured, embeddable version of its desktop browser to be integrated into a wide range of Macromedia Web development products.
An early preview release of Proteus 2.0pr, a new version of the multi-protocol messaging cilent, is now available. The client supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo protocols. The shareware adds mail notifications, new sounds and emoticons, speech support single window mode, shell commands, file transer for Yahoo and MSN, Yahoo! Japan suppot, new keyboard shortcuts, ICQ/MSN block lists, and other changes.
eKiosk 3.1 adds URL filtering to the application for limiting Internet activity and securing a Mac in publicly accessible areas. Version 4.0 with OS X compatibility is due in September; however a beta is available now.
MacAT 6.2 is an update to the shareware ($50) automated task scheduling application for Mac server administrators that \"allows more than 42 of the most common MacOS tasks to be run daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention.\"
MacPlay today announced that it will bring Fallout 2 to the Mac. The company says the title is in final testing and will debut in the MacPlay Booth at Macworld Expo New York--with limited quantities available at the show. Fallout 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed RPG. The official release date of the $30 title is July 31, 2002. It will be available for both Classic and OS X.
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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