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MacNN reader John Jurik notes that Intuit has released Quicken 2003R3, an update to its $60 financial management software. Release 3 improves the Capital Gains Estimator and Tax planner, fixes the QuickFill feature, improved printing, and better application stability. The update is also required for users to be able to download transactions and pay bills online, according his note. [3.4MB] Jason Greene notes that Iomega has posted IomegaWare 4.02, an update to its driver software for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X systems. The driver package offers support for Zip, Jaz, USB PocketZip (Clik!), HipZip, FotoShow, Peerless. Version 4.02 adds a OS X Native Tools Application, a feature to check for updates, and Iomega Zip 750MB Drive support. [Classic, OSX] Koingo's Alarm Clock Pro 6.0 adds audio fade-in options, the ability to play a random iTunes song, day-specific alarms, an auto-turn off option, and other enhancements to the $12 shareware alarm clock. [1.1MB] Compositor 2.1.1 is a bug fix update to Artly There Software's image editor and image-to-art creator. The $35 shareware application has over 160 filters, a full painting/editing set, photo tools, and other features. [3.0MB] The Troi URL Plug-in 1.0 for FileMaker Pro retrieves data from any HTTP URL (using either 'POST' or 'GET' commands) and stores the result in a FileMaker field. It offers secure server support, URL encoding, customization options, and other enhancements. It is $60 per user. [572KB] Bugdom 2 v1.02 updates Pangea Software's recently released 3D action-adventure game, fixing several bugs and other reported issues. [300KB] FoldersSynchronizerX 3.01 adds Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility to the $40 shareware utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. It can filter documents, provide full backup of drives, and log all actions.
The US server market continued to show signs of recovery with a 12.2 percent increase in the third quarter of 2002, while the worldwide market share grew by 3.1 percent, according to preliminary statistics by Dataquest. Apple showed a 273% market growth over the third quarter of 2001 with a total of 5,700 units shippped in the US. (The Xserve began shipping early in the quarter.) Apple was No. 4 in the US server market with 1.2 percent marketshare behind Dell (26.3%), HP (25.9%), IBM (11.7%), and Sun (6.9%).
Dave Brasgalla has updated his free 'spooky' icon set , Ravenswood Revisited. "The entire cast of characters has been re-assembled for your haunted journey through the halls of Ravenswood." The free set includes 14 icons as well as a desktop picture.
Up coming software: Nikon has announced three updates for Nikon digital SLR owners: Capture 3.5, D1X Buffer RAM upgrade, and the Digital SLR Firmware updates. Nikon Capture 3.5 brings Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility, improved speed when opening, viewing, and saving photos, and added control from Capture Control. The D1X Buffer RAM upgrade doubles the capacity of buffer RAM in the D1X, the number of consecutive frames in a burst jumps from a maximum of 9 JPEGs/TIFFs to 21, and from 6 NEFs to 14. The Nikon Digital SLR Firmware Updates 2.0 adds PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) to the camera, improved metadata of a photo, and support for Lexar Media's Write Acceleration (which improves write speed by 10%). A reader notes that he received an official email about Graphic Converter 4.5, which will be available on November 1. "Users who purchased Serial Numbers before 1 April 2002 will not be eligible for a free upgrade."
LaunchBar 3.2.5 is an update to the popular desktop launcher utility that features the ability to open items by typing the first few characters the application, URL, folder, or other name. It improves compatibility with Terminal and Mail. A Business License is $40, while a home-user license is $20. [249KB] WooF 1.01 is a JDBC plugin for WebObjects that allows it to dynamically access information stored in FileMaker Pro. In addition to basic insert/edit/delete operations, WooF supports FM calculations, all FM data types, specific layout within FM, FM value lists, and other features. The BoardRoom 2.1 provides an instant messaging environment within FileMaker, allowing up to 250 users to interact simultaneously. Users can send, receive, broadcast, edit, and retrieve old messages. It provides audio and visual notification of incoming messages, quoted text in replies, automated time stamping of all deliveries and receipts, and broadcast messaging. [261KB] BetterCalc 4.2 has improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2, adds support for services, includes scientific functions as well as logarithms and trig functions, and other enhancements. The $8 application is designed to solve complex mathematical expressions, allows expressions to contain comments, and features a panel which allows for the defining and redefining of numerical or expression variables. [1.3MB] Alexandre Aybes has released SearchBar 1.0, a free utility that will allow you to quickly perform searches in any of 26 popular search engines, such as Google, Apple Developer Documentation, CNN, and the Internet Movie DataBase. The floating palette is controlled by a Hotkey and will display the results in your browser. [483KB] Simon Kornblith's EntourageGPG 1.3b3 includes support for PGP/MIME, allowing users to encrypt or sign attachments (with a few limitations). The free package provides a front end for GPG, an OpenPGP-compatible free public key encryption tool, within Microsoft Entourage. (Requires GNU Privacy Guard). [E-GPG, GNU-PG]
Norpath Elements Studio (NES) is a multipurpose authoring application for creating a wide range of interactive solutions including e-learning applications, rich media presentations, prototype designs, and interactive content for the web and kiosks. The graphical object-based authoring environment includes tools for graphics, animation, multimedia, knowledge, pre-built application logic, and interface components and it ships with a full set of element libraries, templates, and publishing wizards to help designers quickly create and deploy their interactive applications. It is $500.
Ars Technica has posted in-depth look at IBM's PowerPC 970 chip (due to ship next year), comparing it to Intel's P4 2.8 GHz Northwood and Motorola's MPC7455 (a.k.a. the G4e or G4+) and including technical details on fetching, decoding, dispatching, issuing, execution and completion as well as the chip's 900MHz DDR bus.
Charles Schwab's new stock-rating system, aimed at "helping investors recognize underperformers," gives Apple's stock an 'F' rating--the lowest available: "Per our analysis, Apple is pretty unattractive across the board. It's still selling at an above-average multiple of earnings and cash flow. Management is issuing shares (as opposed to buying them back), which we mentioned before that we don't like to see. And short-sellers are selling more and more of Apple short."
4D has released WebSTAR V 5.2.2, a free update to its server suite which fixes issues with FTP passive connections, SMTP relay authentication reliability, and SMTP virus support compatibility with some message encoding methods. [74MB] Cliché Software's PodNews 3 Preview Release 1 offers the ability to transfer news headlines to the iPod. It enables users to synchronize news from any website with an RSS or RDF stream- either from a built-in list of hundreds or by specifying a URL. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and will expire on December 1st. [513KB] BeerMeister 2.0 is a shareware beer recipe organizer designed to help homebrewers organize and create beer recipes. The $13 shareware offers Recipe creation guide, the ability to save recipes, and the ability to open more than one recipe database simultaneously. [Classic, OSX] James Hassinger notes that Canon recently posted updated CanoScan drivers, including ScanGear CS 7.01 and the CanoScan Toolbox 4.1.1 for the Canon LiDE 20 and LiDE 30 scanners: "These are OS X native, and they work pretty well. It gives functionality to the front buttons. The only thing that doesn't yet work is OmniPage, though that might work in Classic." Classic versions of the driver are also available. DC Website Creator 1.5 is a $25 "donationware" program that uses Graphic Converter to automatically create photo thumbnails and a web page from a user defined web template. It offers automatic Image level adjustment for color correction and the ability to include date stamps and/or security file naming. [2.0MB] EarthBrowser 1.6.6 brings increased screensaver resolution, new webcams and volcanoes, and other fixes to innovative Earth simulation that combines an easy to navigate 3 dimensional globe with real-time weather conditions and 5 day forecasts. A demo of the $20 shareware is available online. [1.7MB] Gideon Softworks has released SSH Helper 1.0, a free OpenSSH configuration utility for Mac OS X that allows you to control access to your account, generate new OpenSSH keys, View/Export your Public Keys, and Setup and Control the OpenSSH Server. The company also updated FileXaminer 1.5 ($10), a Jaguar-only version of its utility for modifying file and folder attributes. [SSH, FX]
Palm today introduced the Palm Tungsten W handheld with integrated GSM/GPRS functions, a built-in keyboard; one-handed navigation; and a high-resolution color screen. The company also introduced the Palm Tungsten T handheld with one-handed, 5-way navigation and an integrated Bluetooth solution for wireless connectivity.
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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