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MacNN reader John Savage reports that Epson has made available Mac OS X printer drivers for its 5700, 5800 and 5900 series laser printers on its French support site. \"They seem to support all of the features the OS 9 drivers do,\" writes Mr. Savage.
The NewTek Texture Collection is a free set of fifty high-resolution textures for use in graphics. Subjects for the first set of textures include Wood, Metal, Sky, Nature, and Stone and all textures are unretouched photographic images at 1600 x 1200. [free registration required]
XRay 1.0.5 is a $10 shareware File/Folder information utility for Mac OS X. \"It offers more of a detailed view of files, folders, applications and volumes than Mac OS X\'s \"Show Info\" window.\" The update fixes bugs an adds support for registration over Kagi, online version checking, and improved textual menus.
Ambrosia SW has updated its space action RPG game, Escape Velocity Nova 1.0.2. Improvements include game engine and scenario changes as well as other bug fixes. The full version is priced at $30, while the update is free.
An Ad Age Pop Culture Poll of more than 300 executives and marketers found that \"Apple\'s Power Mac G4 won as the favorite tech tool of creatives, with almost 30% of respondents voting for it.\" Other interesting notes include 20.9% of respondents named their PDA as the tech tool they could not part with, while 16.8% said their cellular phone was more important. Other popular devices were Research in Motion\'s BlackBerry, the iPod and the iBook.
Systeris Remote 0.9b11 for Mac OS X allows users to remotely access and control Microsoft Entourage, Microsoft Outlook Express, iTunes, and even AppleScript, all via a standard web browser. A 10-day trial version is available; the full version is $22 and includes 6 months of free access to Systeris.com.
DayLite 1.0.4 Personal Edition is a contact and customer relationship manager for Mac OS X. It features a powerful tab/comma text importer, multiple views, extensive drawers, toolbars, and sheets, powerful sorting tools and more. The update brings numerous improvements, including a phone dialer, a Time List view and improved organization capabilities. The price is $95.
Apple has launched its new rack-mounted server solution, Xserve, in India. \"India is a important market for Apple. It has a very high rate of IT literacy and quality IT professionals. Hence the product is launched in India and targeted at new segments apart from the traditional strong verticals of Apple,\" said Apple Computer Asia Pacific Software Product Marketing Manager Darren Sng. The server solution is priced at 246,000 rupees and 326,000 rupees, depending on the configuration.
GRASS 5 Geograhic Information System is an Open Source/Free Software Geographical Information System (GIS) for Mac OS X with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. \"It contains over 350 programs and tools to render maps and images on monitor and paper; manipulate raster, vector, and sites data; process multi spectral image data; and create, manage, and store spatial data. GRASS also uses both an intuitive windows interface as well as command line syntax for ease of operations.\"
An official web site for Rage Hard, a multiplayer tactic shooter based on the new Claws -3d Engine, has been launched. The game will be developed for Mac OS X first, and will feature particle effects, detailed 3d objects, realistic lights and shadows, dynamic shadows and lights, up to 32 players and 4 different multiplayer modes.
An eWeek report says that Apple is maintaining current, PC-compatible builds of Mac OS X, including the most recent Jagaur version under the Project code-name Marklar: \"Sources said more than a dozen software engineers are tasked to Marklar, and the company\'s mainstream Mac OS X team is regularly asked to modify code to address bugs that crop up when compiling the OS for x86. Build numbers keep pace with those of their pre-release PowerPC counterparts.\"
Michele Zundo notes that .Mac\'s iDisk and Backup cannot be used behind firewalls or proxy servers: \"This has been confirmed by Apple representative in the support forum....Also the backup application cannot be used in \'local\' mode to back up to CD since it checks at startup the existence of an active .mac subscrition.\"
Surround SCM is a software change management solution that provides control over source code changes to software development teams that require remote access, integrated defect tracking, and advanced branching and merging options. The cross-platform solution has client/server support on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X and offers GUI-based clients for each OS. Surround SCM, billed as a \"full replacement for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe,\" integrates fully into Microsoft\'s popular development IDEs-Visual Studio 6 and Visual Studio .Net. Pricing starts at $400 for a single-named user.
Stick Software released Eyeballs 2.2, a Mac OS X application that \"gives you a set of eyeballs in your menu bar or on your desktop. The eyes watch the cursor move around as you work.\" The $10 shareware is localized in seven languages including English and Japanese. Stick Software also released BigFoot 2.1 ($10), which it describes as a \"fun, creative desktop critter..The feet dance, chase the mouse and play hopscotch, among many other behaviors.\" [EB, BF]
Spectral Class has updated its OpenGL-based board game, Quarto! 1.1b3. The 3D strategy game is available as $15 shareware and \"offers more control over piece colours and textures as well as small UI tweaks.\"
Karelia has released Watson 1.5.5, a maintenance upgrade to its desktop interface to the most popular Web content and services. Watson 1.5.5 offers improved compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.2 (Jaguar), and adds a plug-in that uses the Google Web search engine, a new plug-in for browsing and searching Amazon.com, and updated Zip Code lookup plug-in. The update also brings an updated two-week trial for all users.
A MacNN reader forwarded a note passed along to an Apple development mailing list, offering some unofficial IBM comments on the future of its Power4 CPU in Apple desktops, noting that there are technical issues with marrying the chip\'s vector processing unit with AltiVec and that Apple will not likely adopt the new chip for its desktops.
MacSpeech announced it will be showing French, Italian, UK English, Dutch and German versions of the latest release of iListen at the Apple Expo - Paris next week and will announce Italian, Dutch and German distribution partners for its speech recognition product.
Macromedia today announced its Macromedia MX Developer Resource Kit Vol 1. The $100 developer kit is the first of a quarterly series, which contains extensions, components, and resources to enable Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, and ColdFusion MX developers to create and deploy Internet applications. The kit also contains an archive of more than 400 MB of content from the Macromedia Designer & Developer Center as well as DataGrid and Media components for Flash MX developers and extensions for website building and application development, including components for displaying data in PHP applications, adding functions to the file menu in Dreamweaver, and editing themes for sites developed using Radio Userland for editing weblogs.
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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