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LIMac has posted 15 photographs from the grand opening of Long Island\'s first Apple retail store at the Roosevelt Field Mall.
Bains Software today announced two key software updates to its shareware utilities. Son of Weather Grok 4.2 is an update to the popular desktop weather program that adds a \"new forecast\" feature, a ZIP-code based query function and various bug fixes. Cram Session 1.1 updates Bains SW\'s \"highly-customizable\" memorization and study tool to include customizable typefaces, a new \"quiz\" mode, interface enhancements and percentage grading.
Miglia today announced its Catalyst ATA/FW Kit for the Mac platform. The kit enables users to retrofit external SCSI drive cases with the latest Oxford 911 FireWire bridge board technology. A removable front plate allows an easy installation in older SCSI cases that have Centronics-type connectors. The kit ships with an ATA/FireWire bridge board (with master/slave support), an ATA cable with three connectors, power and a 6/6 FireWire cable for $90.
Virtual Programming today announced the release of KickOff 2002, a new version of its British Football (soccer) game for the Mac. KickOff has sold over 3.5 million copies over the past twelve years. The £29.95 game \"throws the player head first into the pace and excitement of international soccer\" with standard FIFA ratings, 204 teams and single- or dual-player gameplay. Virtual Programming\'s other hit releases on the Macintosh include Wipeout2097.
Apple delivered the first ever large-scale MPEG-4 stream to 25,000 people last week, with the Webcast of Steve Jobs\' Expo keynote. The event was simulcast in both QuickTime 5 and QuickTime 6 (MPEG-4) to a total of 50,000 viewers; Apple released QuickTime 6 just a day ahead of the keynote speech. “It’s exciting that MPEG-4 is immediately taking off as the new industry standard for delivering high-quality video and audio,” said Larry Horn, MPEG-LA’s vice president of Licensing.
Apple today announced Shake 2.5, the first reincarnation of Nothing Real software, since it purchased the effects company, and the first release of the industry-leading compositing and visual effects software for Mac OS X. Shake 2.5 is scheduled to be available in August for Mac OS X 10.2 -- at a suggested retail price of $4,950 -- and for Linux, IRIX and Windows for $9,900. Yearly maintenance for Mac OS X and Linux, IRIX and Windows is $1,200 and $1,485, respectively.
Creative today rolled out its \"most radical\" MP3 player to date, with the introduction of the Nomad MuVo. The new versatile device is small enough to fit on a key chain, while packing 128MB of RAM ($170). The MuVo sports a unique two-piece design for easy connectivity, as illustrated on Creative\'s Web site. Debuting this fall, e.Digital\'s Odyssey 1000 packs a 20GB hard drive and 16MB of anti-skip RAM for $350. The Odyssey 1000 borrows from some of the interface and industrial design characteristics of Apple\'s iPod. Both devices are Mac-compatible.
Kaydara today launched MotionBuilder 4.0, a significant update to its 3D character animation suite. Version 4.0 offers an enhanced interface with drag-and-drop functionality, a substantial performance increase, automatic character rigging and improved lip sync and facial animation. MotionBuilder will be available this fall for Mac OS X, priced at $3,500.
Apple is seemingly bringing a new Apple Store to King of Prussia in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as indicated by a recent job posting. Apple\'s employment opportunities Web site seeks a store manager.
Recent start-up ArcaneWare has announced the release of its latest Mac OS X application for the organization of business sales. SaleBoat organizes a business\' sales into months of the year with a flexible database system. The $20 application helps manage shareware and other subscription services by tying data such as serial numbers to customer names and phone numbers.
Gaming news: Blizzard Entertainment\'s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos has surpassed 1 million units sold worldwide, according to EDI sell-through, with more than 4.4 million units of the game shipped to retail stores; Bungie co-founder Alexander Seropian announced today that he would leave the gaming giant to persue his family life.
The transition to Apple\'s new .Mac email/Web service may be off to a shaky start, as several .Mac trial users and subscribers describe problems with the service. Some Apple Discussion Forum members note that Webmail has stopped working for their respective accounts, while several others report mail server errors. A MacNN reader wrote Sunday that 10-15 messages had disappaeared from his temporary iTools account, despite being far short of the 5MB limit.
Morning Tech news: Adobe today announced that CompUSA has made its InDesign 2.0 software available at nearly 220 CompUSA stores nationwide, CompUSA will also offer free InDesign training throughout its network of training centers; Industrial Light and Magic has switched from using SGI Unix workstations to Intel-based Dell systems running Linux for the majority of its animation and special effects work (ILM switched to Macs for some tasks this year); in a bid to curb any potential media player monopolization by Microsoft, RealNetworks is expected to announce a new version of its software that supports formats from Microsoft\'s Windows Media Player [free registration req\'d].
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 1.1 is an update to the popular $24 plug-in for FileMaker Pro, used to generate dialog boxes that contain text, password fields, check boxes, radio buttons and pop-up menus. Version 1.1 adds validation capabilities to text fields, such as credit card number, social security number and social insurance number validation.
MacNN reader Tom Price notes that all \"new iPods carry a one-year warranty according to the Apple Store (store.apple.com). Most likely this is a subtle response to the FireWire interface failure that began to show up on older iPods, and started a one-price hardware exchange policy for those who suffered from it.\" Apple says it will charge for a shipping and handling after the first six months.
Adobe today announced Premiere 6.5, an update to its digital video editing software that adds real-time preview functions, new hardware support, more audio tools and the Adobe Title Designer, which has more than 100 pre-designed templates and typographical controls, including outlined text, leading and kerning and more than 90 high-quality Adobe fonts. It also features integration with iDVD and DVD Studio Pro to export MPEG2 files from the Adobe Premiere timeline as well as royalty-free audio and TC Works SparkLE, a 2 track stereo audio editor. Upgrades to the $550 application are $150. It is expected ship in the third quarter for both Classic and OS X.
Willow Design has released its new 17\" eMac carrying case. The 10.4 lb-case features 1/2\" foam and corrugated plastic reinforcement on the four upper sides and 1/4\" hardboard and foam reinforcement on the bottom and back and is secured by 4-inch wide velcroed elastic. A special rigid padded panel protects the screen while the mouse and keyboard fit into mesh pockets attached to the lid. It is $235.
UnCoverIt 1.4.2, an update to the shareware ($10) application that automatically generates labels for different kinds of storage medias, now supports the new iTunes 3 exported playlist format, improves the recognition of AIFF files and lets users delete tracks from audio covers.
Blackmagic Design has released Kona SD v2.0, a software update for the Kona SD, its uncompressed QuickTime card designed for both high-end editing, and broadcast design. Version 2.0 includes a DV bridge for real-time instant playback of DV edits to the SDI video output, full resolution high quality JPEG online capture and playback, Adobe After Effects preview output, new high-quality 64-bit RGB codec, YUV native rendering, and full compatibility with OS X 10.2.
Ben Bird has released SecuritySpy 1.0b1, a beta test of his new multi-camera video surveillance software that works with any Mac compatible video input device, offers view/capture from multiple cameras simultaneously, can capture images/movies based on motion detection, supports compression, has the ability to upload images to remote locations via FTP, and can time-stamp images. A single camera license is $50; a 4-camera license is $100; and unlimited use is $200. [Classic, OSX]
SwordfishExpress 1.0 is a freeware Cocoa application that integrates with the United States Postal Service to generate Delivery and Signature Confirmation barcode labels. The application can save users up to fifty cents per package shipped and standardizes addresses into the format preferred by the U.S. Postal Service.
We\'ve posted a roundup of interesting highlights from the Jaguar Mac OS X 10.2 release. Included are screenshots from the Macworld New York show floor. Other Expo coverage includes...
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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