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Symantec has released Norton Anti-Virus 8.0.3 via the application\'s built-in LiveUpdate feature. One user reports that the \"NortonAutoProtect\" component has been updated on his system; no official release notes have been made public. Update: Norton Anti-Virus 8.0.3 adds Mac OS X 10.2 support to the virus protection software.
Extensis today announced an update to Suitcase -- its font manager for Mac OS 9/X -- that delivers full Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Version 10.1.2 is a free update for registered owners; it does not bring any enhancements -- beyond \"Jaguar\" compatibility -- to the $50 suite.
Verbatim today announced the availability of new 16-24x \"ultra-speed\" re-writable CDs. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Verbatim\'s parent company, developed a new recording technology called \"Advanced-SERL\" (Advanced Super Eutectic Recording Layer), which makes the high-speed recording possible. With the 24x re-writable discs, Macintosh and PC users will be able to record entire 650MB CDs in about three minutes.
Trinfinity software has released Seagull Video Player v2.2 for Mac OS 9 & X, its application for creating video playlists. The update allows users to start playing from anywhere in a playlist and to reorder a playlist by dragging videos to new positions; the price is $20. [Classic, OS X]
The Serial Keeper 3.0 is a $10 serial number storage application. Numerous improvements have been added, including a Developer Database and enhanced usability. [Classic, OS X]
The final version of WebEx for Mac OS X will be available tomorrow, along with the following deal: a onetime set-up fee of only $1000 with 4 seats/ports for $200 per seat per month, one free month of service and 4 additional seats/ports for the first 3 months. The offer expires tomorrow at 5PM PST.
MacResQ has announced a new PowerBook G3 screen repair program. The new service offers PowerBook G3 owners an affordable way to replace scarred screen polarizers, as opposed to buying a new screen entirely. \"The marks result from the LCD screen coming into contact with the PowerBook\'s keyboard when the lid is closed. Oil from the user\'s fingertips transfers from the keyboard to the screen, leaving the unsightly marks.\" The service is $300 and includes overnight pickup and delivery and the new PowerPad screen protector to prevent further problems.
Netscape 7.0 is a significant update to Netscape Communications\' free mainstream Web browser, email manager and IM client. Version 7.0 introduces several features found in the Mozilla project -- the open-source sister project to Netscape -- such as tabbed browsing. [Classic, Mac OS X]
Constrictor 2.2 is a screen shot utility for Mac OS X. The $10 application is now a smaller size, features bug fixes and more. 11 different localizations are available, including English and Japanese.
We\'ve added links and downloads for a new wireless driver, a Windows keyboard utility, and updated HP Deskjet printer drives to our Jaguar Special Report. Yesterday we added links to FAXstf, Thursby\'s DAVE 4.0, and other compatibility reports.
MacPlus reports that Steve Jobs will announce the first European Apple Store in Paris near the Champs Elysées at Apple Expo Paris, which takes place September 10-14th.
Mail Forward 2.3 is a $15 shareware e-mail forwarding application for Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo web mail, and standard POP mail accounts. It now includes support for forwarding for Yahoo web mail accounts and adds improved online help, which is now viewable via the Apple Help Viewer. A beta version for OS X is also available. [Classic, OSX]
Dr. Bott today announced that its VGA Extractor for ADC is compatible with the Radeon 9000 Pro, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX, and NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium video cards that ship in the new dual processor Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) and also announced that that the device is compatible with Mac OS 10.2 \"Jaguar\". The $35 driver-less device allows the ADC port on these cards to drive a standard analog display.
Gefen today announced its upgraded ex-tend-it USB Switcher, a cross-platform switch that offers access to two computers from a single analogy monitor, USB Keyboard, and mouse. The $300 unit now uses new SMT technology that allows for a slimmer, more streamlined look and feel. As a result, the unit requires just one rack level and is able to better fit in most professional user workstations.
Panic and The Iconfactory have unveiled CandyBar, an \"easy, safe, and surprisingly fun way to customize the icons of many MacOS X icons, including toolbar, folders and the trash can. CandyBar transforms the MacOS X user experience through a simple drag and drop interface, which is logically grouped into icon categories.\" It is $13 shareware.
Lexamrk has announced the Lexmark Z55se Color Jetprinter, which will replace the Z55 Color Jetprinter. It offers print resolution of 4800 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) on photo paper, inkjet paper and transparencies as well as 4800 x 600 dpi on plain paper. Other features include print speeds of up to 17 ppm in black and up to 13 ppm in color, three picoliter microfine color drop size, USB and parallel connectivity, and Windows/Mac/Linux compatibility. It is $130 and available immediately.
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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