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Jotz 1.0.77 is a maintenance update to the multimedia notepad for Mac OS X that adds a "bulk auto-title" feature, automatic note recovery, and the ability to disable tooltips. Version 1.0.77 also adds the following menus/options: 'Date' item in Edit menu, a better Dock menu, better contextual menus, and an upgraded menu used specifically for for opening "pads."
Dragster is a small utility from If Then Software that helps delete files that are known to lead to icons "freezing" in place and/or disappear. While the specific files are not specified, the developer says that Dragster "targets the files that seem to be responsible for this and deletes them." [Site not updated]
Acquisition 0.66 is a modest update to the Gnutella network client for Mac OS X. The latest version adds query result filters, improved table performance, 'Bitzi' ticket lookup, new toolbars, a 'force retry' download function, and several bug fixes. Acquisition supports many advanced features found in new Windows clients, such as Ultrapeers, "swarm" downloads, download resumption, and distributed network discovery. The free applications sports an intuitive single-window user interface that takes advantage of several Mac OS X interface elements, including "drawers."
Aladdin Systems has released Spring Cleaning 5.0.1 for Mac OS X, an update to its maintenance software that helps users fully remove old programs. Version 5.0.1 addresses Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility issues, offers faster cookie editing, and includes a new Dock menu. ICQ 3.2b5 for Mac OS 9/X is now available for download. Release notes for this fifth beta revision are currently not available. [2.9MB] Angelo Scicolone has updated his 'AliasMultiplier' application to version 2.6. This release is optimized for Mac OS X 10.2, offers improved stability, includes a new "Type" column that specifies file types, and has better window management. AliasMultiplier creates alias files that can point to multiple documents and applications. [Classic, OS X] Epson has updated the TWAIN scanner driver for its Epson Perfection 1250/1250 Photo scanner. [3.0MB] Hewlett-Packard has released HP Scanjet 5300 series 3.2.1, an updated version of its scanner driver for 53XX series devices. [55.8MB]
Evening tech news: An industry group representing the world's largest software makers has named California, New York and Utah among the states with the greatest drop in piracy rates for business software; online gaming resource eZone has suffered a hacker attack on its main Web page, according to many gamers; c|net editor Jon Oltsik has published an interesting column that examines the massive decrease in technology trade show popularity.
Apple has started a new promotion called "Suiten the Deal," which offers discounted pricing on different procreate products when CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 is bought from the online Apple Store before December 31, 2002. The offer brings Procreate Painter to $100 ($380 savings), Knockout to $50 ($280 savings), and KPT Effects to $50 ($50 savings).
Aspyr Media today noted that a demo version of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is planned on being released in November. The new first person shooter, based in the Star Wars universe, began shipping this week for $50.
MDG has shipped a new 4D Component that provides real-time syncing, replicating, redundancy and scalability to the 4D product line. LiveSync4D creates real-time backups of databases, allowing users to restore corrupted data without having to run the 4D Tools. It is compatible with 4D, 4D Server, 4D Runtime Classic, and 4D Engine and uses TCP/IP for communication. Pricing begins at $300 for a 1-user package. [172KB] Apimac has released Apimac English-Italian Dictionary 7.0, the all-in-one dictionary and phrase book for Mac OS 9 & X. The major update introduces a new search engine against a Valentina database, which allows improved user-defined searches, a new Version Checking feature, and an improved interface. [Classic, OSX] Interarchy 6.0 is the latest version of the $45 FTP and server/network information tool for Mac OS 9 & X. The update brings an engine upgrade with long files, long filenames, and long URLs supported, SFTP, queues, delayed transfters, column and hierarchical views and a full bookmark and URL management system. [3.1MB] 4D WebSTAR V 5.2.3 is an update to the web server application for Mac OS X. "The update fixes a few bugs including one that in certain circumstances prevents 4D WebSTAR V from running in non-demo mode after the first year's free updates period has expired. This bug does not affect all users, however it is recommended that all users install the update in order to ensure non-expiration." [73MB]
ackNOWLEDGE has released the iSkin Keyboard Protector for the iBook and PowerBook G4. "Made of a durable high-grade translucent silicone, the iSkin Keyboard Protector ($25) offers protection against damage caused by spills, dirt, crumbs, and other unwanted elements that may get in between the keys of the keyboard. It also prevents keyboard keys against wear and tear." The cover is easily removable and can be cleaned, and also prevents damage to screens.
Architosh reports that Lundstrum's upcoming TouchCAD 3.0 adds a real-time, OpenGl-based rendering system to its 3D modeling and unfolding program that "allows you to model and unfold very complex shapes. It can be used for many different tasks where you assemble objects using flat sheets of material, such as various fabrics, sheets of metal, wood, plastic, etc."
Pixels Digital today announced a new price structure and a simpler serial system beginning with the release of PiXELS 3D 4.1 for Mac OS X. The fully animatible 3D program includes ShaderMaker Pro, a Tempest micro pixel renderer, and a new Particle System. The program no longer uses a hardware dongle, will be delayed by a week, until November 4, 2002. It is available for $400. Upgrades are $200, while competitive upgrades are $300.
David Every has posted a follow-up to the recent Ars Technica article on IBM's new PowerPC 750 processor, which is due out next year: "Ars-Technica did a pretty good article. And if the article was complete, I'd feel no need to write more on the subject. While I generally like Hanibalís ability to explain technical concepts; he has historically put a very Intelíish spin on things, while minimizing points that reflect on the design flaws of the x86ís. Or in other words, his points are technically accurate, but a little misleading, and arenít always the complete or accurate story. "
Lemke Software has posted GraphicConverter 4.5, an update to its popular graphics application. The $30 software adds PDF import, basic ORF import, JPEG 2000 export, selectable QuickTime effects for the slideshow function, Quartz rendering, and other enhancements. [Classic, OSX]
The Microsoft Business Unit (MacBU) today announced it will offer a free 128MB Fujifilm USB Drive with the purchase of Office v. X. The offer runs from November 1 until January 5, 2003 and is available to purchases of both full and upgrade versions of Microsoft Office. The offer, however, cannot be combined with its Office Party promotion, which offers Office v. X for $200 with the purchase of any new Mac before January 7, 2003.
Email Magician 1.9.10 for Eudora adds 150 new spam filter definitions and a new quick spam filter update option to facilitate more frequent updates planned to enhance the program's spam definitions. The $35 utility also offers Spammer Address Collection, the ability to export mailboxes to FileMaker Pro, and a Valid Accounts Filter. [2.6MB] Stephen Hardie's $20 file utility, Quick Rename 2.3.1, improves Mac OS X compatibility, includes a redesigned Preference window, and other enhancements. [Classic, OSX] Richard Bannister has posted Genesis Plus, a Mac version of the Sega Megadrive/Genesis emulator: "[It] is somewhat faster than Generator in Accurate Mode, and runs many titles that Generator does not." M1, also for Mac OS X, is a also new Arcade music player, supporting 700 different games. Cacophony 1.2.1 fixes a few bugs in the $25 digital sound editor for OS X. Both French and English versions are available. [1MB] AppMac has released sVideo Monitor 1.0, which can be used for video conferencing in conjunction with Apple's iChat or can be used to view/monitor a connected video source from a remote location. The $60 application works with DV cameras and Webcams, can export pictures and videos, and other functions. [1.7MB 24U Appearance OSAX 2.1 for Mac OS X is a scripting addition, which allows you to show error messages, generate dialog windows, open floating windows with text, display progress indicators and send notifications to the user when using AppleScript. [1.3MB]
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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