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FileMaker Pro 6.0v2 is a maintenance update to yesterday\'s release of FileMaker 6 for Mac OS X. The 6.0v2 updater adds support for the importing of XML data via HTTP; fixes interface and operational bugs and offers enhanced Find and Replace functionality.
MCE today unveiled the Lucid-24, a 24x10x24 portable FireWire CD-RW drive, billed as the first portable 24x CD-writer on the market. The Lucid-24 sports a stylish and \"aggressive\" plastic and aluminum enclosure that is less than an inch thick and occupies a small footprint. The Lucid-24 24x10x24 writes \'recordable\' CDs at speeds of up to 24x (3600KB/Sec); re-writable discs at up to 10x (1500KB/Sec); and reads regular CD-ROMs at up to 24x. The Mac OS 9/X-compatible drive carries a price of $300.
Deals roundup: Shop4tech offers the Zenergy 128MB CompactFlash card for $53 with free shipping; Formac announced today that purchasers of qualifying PowerBook G4 models can receive the Formac gallery 1740 DVI flat-panel display for as low as $800; Piranha Technology offers a 40GB 5400RPM FireWire hard drive kit for $100, in addition to a host of specials on other IDE products.
Afternoon tech news: Broadband providers are cracking down on Wi-Fi networks, threatening to cut service to customers who set up the inexpensive wireless systems and allow others to freely tap into their Internet access; VoiceStream Wireless is in talks to merge with AT&T Wireless Services, a move that would create the second largest cellular phone company; and Graphics chip manufacturer Nvidia is expected to announce next week a new generation of nForce, its integrated product that combines graphics and chipset functions.
Kensington introduced today a high-end input device: the StudioMouse, which combines \"uncommon industrial design with sophisticated functionality to create acustomizable, professional-grade tool that makes work on a Mac simpler, smarter, and much more stylish.\" It features a Scroll Sensor, which replaces the scroll wheel with a multi-function, touch-sensitive strip as well as optical technology and three customizable buttons (using the MouseWorks software). The company is accepting pre-orders for the $60 device, but has not announced a ship date.
FMR Corp., an investment adviser to mutual fund giant Fidelity, has halved its stake in Apple Computer to 4.99 percent. Reuters reports that FMR now holds 17.8 million shares compared to 36.4 million shares or 10.28 percent on April 10, as noted in a recent SEC filing.
IK Multimedia today announced SampleTank RTAS plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools systems will be shipping in July. Sampletank is an expandable, professional virtual sound module plug-in that offers access to thousands of high-quality multi-sampled sounds directly within Pro Tools LE or TDM and also offers many sonic expansion possibilities. It offers a powerful sample-based synthesis engine without any hardware limitations. It is available in three versions: SampleTank L for $280 (2CDs, 200 sounds, 1.1GB samples, AKAI S1000-3000 converter); SampleTank XL for $500 (4 CDs, 450 sounds, 2.5GB samples, AKAI S1000-3000); and SampleTank LE for $80-$250 depending on configuration.
cosmicsoft has released starQuiz 1.5, an update to its $25 utility for teachers that allows them to administer quizzes on the computer in the classroom. The new version features interface improvements, lab-based quiz administration, and a new true or false question type. starQuiz Reader and starQuiz NetClient, two utilities for use with starQuiz, have also been updated to version 1.5. It is available in a 30-day trial for OS X and Mac OS 9. [Classic, OS X]
Tri-BACKUP 3.10 brings support for administrator privileges and lock/unlock functions for backup routines as wel as a bug fix when saving to multiple volumes. The $50 backup utility can als0 create complete and bootable Mac OS X backups and also perform multiple backup routines at scheduled intervals or times. Thirty-day trial versions of the English/French application are available online.
Apple\'s Additional Features of the Dock summarizes the keyboard shortcuts that can be used with the dock.
Michael Herzog\'s PG_Tooltip offers a complete Tooltip-Engine for programmers. The 10 Euro package includes all Classes and Modules for using tooltips inside REALbasic projects and also contains a sample window with the basic functionality and IDE-Extras for REALbasic 4.x. Mike Murry has also released an updated REALdocbuilder 1.5b1, his utility for generating HTML documentation for REALbasic projects.
Fujifilm today announced that it will offer a branded version of the M-Systems\' Disk-On-Key USB-based personal removable storage roduct. The driverless storage device will be in 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB and 256MB capacities. The USB Drive storage device will be offered through the business and retail sales channels of the Computer Products Division of Fujifilm, beginning in July. (Pricing not available.)
CenDyne is now shipping its Arsion portable 40x12x40 USB 2.0 CD-RW drive. The 1.25 pound CD burner is $180 and includes CD-R media, USB 2.0 interface cable and power cable. (It is backward compatible with USB 1.1 as well as compatible with any of the recently introduced USB 2.0 interfaces for Macs.)
Meetinghouse Data Communications has added support for OS X to its AEGIS line of network authentication software. AEGIS is an end-to-end 802.1X security solution providing a secure, standards-based user authentication system for wired and wireless LANs in enterprise and public access networks. It offers both client and server software that suppors enhanced EAP-TTLS tunneling authentication and also \"repairs the weaknesses in the 802.1X protocol allowing dynamic WEP key exchange while supporting legacy, non-EAP, authentication methods such as PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAP, and MS-CHAP V2 through the authentication tunnel.\" Beta versions of AEGIS Client for OS X (which only supports EAP-MD5 authentication) are available now, while the final release is expected in August for $50 per user.
Fifth Wave has released Convert 2.0, a Carbonized version of its data conversion tool that includes 45 different categories such as temperature, velocity, time, mass, currency, bartending, etc. Version 2.0 adds the Radix (base) conversion category, support for multiple conversion windows with \"memory\", and expanded localizations. The $15 utility is free to all users who registered in 2002.
mac:method has updated its $15 RPN scientific calculator for OS X: f(x) v2.5 is an advanced programmable scientific calculator that offers 20 built-in scientific functions, decimal, hexadecimal, and binary numeric input modes, and a persistent and virtually limitless stack. Version 2.5 brings improved copy & paste functions, expanded numerics, and an updated user interface. A 60-day trial is available.
Apple is expected to announce a 17\" flat-panel iMac model next week at Macworld Exo, according to c|net. The article also speculates that Steve Jobs will announce \"an August release date for Jaguar...But other sources said Jaguar development is so far ahead of schedule that, barring any last-minute glitches, Jobs may deliver surprise news on how soon the new OS will be ready.\" Other announcements include a for-fee services .Mac implementation to be included with Jaguar, and a new iTunes revision with MPEG-4 audio codec support. However, the article notes that new Power Macs are not expected until mid-August.
The Gantt and PERT chart creator, chartConstructor 1.03, adds milestone options, a new toolboar, an inspector panel, several display options based on project timelines, and the ability to store notes on individual tasks to the project management software. A 30-day trial of the $30 application is available online.
XtremeMac today reduced the price on its Premium iPod Car Charger by $5 to $20. The charger is made of high-impact Apple-white plastic and features a white retractable 10-foot coil cord: \"The Premium iPod Car Charger also allows users to listen to their iPod even while it is charging - a feature not possible when using the Apple wall charger.\"
Willow Design has upgraded its Cinema Display case to fit the 23-inch Cinema HD display (while still snuggly fitting the 22-inch display with special spacers). The $260 case, which also now features an integral Titanium PowerBook compartment, offers protection with dual density foams, extra corrugated plastic reinforcement, hardboard bottoms and bi-direction plastic reinforcement for the display side outer wall as well as a heavy duty molded rubber curved briefcase handle, contoured shoulder carry strap and luggage feet riveted through the wood on the bottom which keep the case securely upright.
WiebeTech is expected to intrduce a trio of portable storage solutions at Macworld Expo next week, including a bus-powered, fanless desktop drive utilizing high-performancee 3.5 inch drives (UltraGB); a bus-powered FireWire DriveDock for 3.5 inch drives (Super DriveDock); and an ultra-portable, pocket drive available with either OXFW911-based FireWire or USB2 interfaces (NanoGB). NanoGB, less than 0.5 inches thick, will be available in capacities of up to 40GB, and will offer data transfer rates of up to 35MB/sec.
MoonMenu 2.0.2 adds a host of improvements to the Mac OS 9/X moon-phase menu bar add-on, including the correction of latitude/longitude glitches. MoonMenu works by displaying a small icon in the menu bar that can be clicked to reveal a textual description of the moon phase, illumination percentage, the moon\'s age in days, sun and moon rise/set times and upcoming quarter predictions. This update also includes an enhanced Aqua interface and compatibility with the developer preview of Mac OS X 10.2.
1st Kiosk announced informally today that it would deliver \'k-Builder\' for Mac OS X in September. k-Builder will help develop Macintosh-based kiosk solutions -- which Mitch Krayton of 1st Kiosk indicates can be set-up for under $800. In a recent article, Mr. Krayton explains why the Macintosh platform is ideal for this purpose: \"[the Mac] defies normal convention, but it works so well for me that I run my business on it.\"
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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