Apple knowledge base notes: Apple Open Firmware Update 4.1.7 on Mac OS X 10.1 and later provides the groundwork for password protecting computers at a low level. Apple also notes that it is possible to specify the memory usage settings for a Classic application in Mac OS X by selecting Show Info from the File menu and choosing Memory from the pop-up menu.
Citrix Systems today announced the availability of an ICA 6.3 client for Mac OS X. The ICA (Independent Computing Architecture) client takes advantage of Apple's Aqua interface technology to offer a UI consistent with that of other applications running on Mac OS X. ICA technology provides a "foundation for deploying applications and information onto any device," by keeping program logic on the server, and utilizing a client-side user interface. It offers ennhanced Internet proxy server support, transport layer security encryption, universal printer driver support, and multiple session support. [Classic, OSX]
PBS has identified a a Mac-compatibility issue affecting computers within 349 of the broadcasting company's stations. Those who use PBS Connect -- the database software used by many employees and affiliates -- with a Macintosh and Microsoft Internet Explorer, may find that the "back" function does not work as expected. Users have been advised to either access the service using Netscape, instead of Internet Explorer, or use IE's 'Open Link in New Window' feature. PBS has contacted Microsoft, and will issue an announcement upon resolution of this conflict.
Apple recently began offering celebrity-branded iPods as well as custom-engraved iPods as a part of its "iPod Corporate Gift" program (available via the Apple Store). A MacNN reader notes that Apple has apparently engraved a limited number of iPods for Steven Spielberg's mini-series "Taken," and that one such iPod is now up for auction on eBay.
Atomic Bird's Macaroni 1.3 adds a new Mac OS X "repair permissions" feature as well as an "apply to all" option in job-scheduling restrictions to the $8 tool that handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X's UNIX core. [1.5MB] MacAnalysis 2.2.6 is a $50 utility that "hacks your server (Unix, NT, Mac) like any experienced hacker would, and informs you what it did and how to efficiently fix the vulnerabilities in your server. [It] recognizes specific versions of specific daemons [and] gives a detailed description of the issues it discovers on your server." The built-in database is updated regularly and it includes trace IP, visual traceroute, firewall, ping, name scan, finger, port scan, reverse IP, services scan, DNS lookup, whois, email notification, and other functions. [Classic, OSX] ThemeChanger v11 is a freeware theme changer for Mac OS X, which currently supports .theme, and tpkg2 files: "It's still in early alpha so don't expect a finalised product." [112KB] Optipix 1.1 updates Reindeer Graphics' $100 suite of Photoshop plug-ins for enhancing digital photographs (for Mac OS 9/X). It adds two new plugins: Safe Median, a variation on the standard median technique for noise removal that is both color-safe and leaves corners intact. Power Median, a median plugin with a user-definable neighborhood, is designed to remove noise that has an orientation, such as scratches. [252KB] Optigold ISP 3.1.4 adds the ability to define a password retrieval letter, employee reports, bug fixes and feature requests to the $1000 cross-platform business software package. Optigold is a specially-designed business management suite intended for use by Internet Serbice providers. [Download form] Pod2Go 0.4 is a free application that will download news, weather information, and stock quotes to an iPod. Version 0.4 adds RSS support, 40 more news sources, vCard output and improved documentation. It automatically syncs content when the iPod plugged in and also includes weather display options. [275KB]
MacProf has published an interesting tutorial that shows how to install an "internal" Bluetooth adapter into a PowerBook G4. The demonstrated implementation allows for rapid removal of the device, should it cause radio interference in a specific situation. Internal installation of the Mitsumi adapter requires soldering, and thus voids the warranty of the PowerBook.
AquaMinds's NoteTaker 2003 is new Mac OS X application featuring a "spiral notebook with tab sections" metaphor with transparent support for Services, QuickTime multimedia support, AppleScript programmability (technology preview), embedded web page viewing, and document/file linking. "[It] also makes extensive use of user defined Categories for database-like management and active indexing of content for on-demand information lookup and retrieval." Users can take notes, manage project plans, create slide presentations, drag or clip information from other applications (or use NoteTaker Services), index and search notebooks, publish and share information, and add voice memos. The $70 application runs on Mac OS X only.
NoteHeads' professional music notation application, Igor Engraver 1.7, brings Music XML import functions, allowing users to enter music by scanning a score and producing Music XML (with the help of another program) and then importing the data into Igor Engraver. The free update also incorporates a new copy protection scheme using serial numbers and has other bug fixes. [14MB] PrefsOverload 5.1.3 is a manteinance update to the $15 shareware utility for managing preference files on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It can now delete entire folders on Mac OS X and also brings some minor interface improvements. [2.4MB] batista.org today released version 2.0 of Pop-Up Zapper ($20 shareware) for Mac OS X which now "features invisible popup windows. Pop-Up Zapper makes popup windows invisible in Internet Explorer and then zaps them away. The user can selectively allow 1 popup window to exist and can have a custom list of sites where popup windows are allowed." [728KB] CommonGround Softworks has posted a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of Qilan 2.7b3, its Web development environment that "allows web sites to communicate with single or multiple 'backend' data sources. The Qilan graphic environment builds query and report logic that reside on the web server." The upgrade also adds access support for Microsoft Access database schemas and data. It will be a $100 upgrade.
Apple Specialist Haddock has opened a store in Oklahoma City, OK at the request of Apple (and as an answer to peoples' request for an Apple Store). The new store is "right next to the newest Jimmy's Egg restaurant, and across the street from Barnes & Noble on North May at Memorial Street" and currently taking application for service and retail positions.
Formac today announced that Decisionmark’s TitanTV.com electronic programming guide (EPG) will be incorporated into Formac’s studio tvr software, which is bundled with its studio DV/TV. The software enables Mac users to watch and record TV from their computer, and to receive up-to-date program listings with ‘one-step scheduling’ and personal video recording (PVR) capabilities. Studio DV/TV ($400) is a high-quality digital video recording solution that captures and converts standard analog television/video signals into professional DV format.
Canon has posted its File Viewer Utility 1.1.1 for Mac OS X, which "allows you to process RAW images into 16-bit TIFF files, 8-bit TIFF files or JPEGs. In addition, the File Viewer Utility can be used for a broad range of RAW file adjustments, including image processing parameters (digital exposure compensation, white balance and color matrix settings, custom tone curves, subject pattern sharpness and edge enhancement), as well as detailed IPTC captioning and even the application of up to 26 different Personal Functions to the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds." It supports EOS (1Ds, 1D, D60, D30) and PowerShot cameras (G3, G2, G1, S45, S40, S30, Pro90 IS) and is now Jaguar-compatible. [form] Canon has also released Mac OS X native drivers for its flatbed scanners, including the 5000F, 8000F, D1230UF, D2400UF, LiDE 20, LiDE 30, N670U, N676U, N1240U, N650U, N656U, and N1220U CanoScan models.
Broadq's Qcast Tuner 1.0 allows PlayStation 2 users (with a Sony network adapter) to use their gaming console as a media player. It offers playback of DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MS MPEG-4, AC3, and Ogg-Vorbis encoded files as well as integrated playlists, parental/access controls functions, slideshow functions, and other functions. The $50 application runs of Mac OS X.
Macromedia today announced it is shipping Macromedia Director MX for Mac OS X, its multimedia authoring environment for building interactive content and applications for CD/DVD-ROM, kiosks, and the web. It includes seamless integration with Macromedia Flash MX, the new Macromedia MX user interface, Mac OS X support, new workflow efficiencies, and the ability to create accessible content for people with disabilities. It is available immediately for $1,200. Upgrades are $400 from v8 or v8.5; while educational pricing is $500.
Apple today announced it will broadcast Steve Jobs' keynote via satellite and the web (via a QuickTime Webcast) at Macworld San Francisco on Tuesday, January 7th at 9 a.m. PST.
Dr RawStock introduced its AtomicMedia brand of high-performance DVD-R 4X recordable discs, which are designed for the professional filmmaker using the Pioneer A05 (or compatible) mechanism and are "extremely affordable, retailing for as much as 70% below competing brands." A single disc (including case) is $3.30, whle a spool of 25 discs is $65.
Yamaha today introduced its internal CRW-F1ZEM CD-Recorder ($130) for Apple's Power Mac G4 towers (mirrored drive doors). The drive features 8MB of memory and burn speeds of up to 44x (CD-R). It features the DiscT@2 (Tattoo) Laser Labeling System, which allows graphics and text to be burnt onto CD-R discs, eliminating the need for labels and "is also the first CD recorder ever to offer 24X CD-RW ReWriting. Mt. Rainier support adds true drag-and-drop CD rewriting and on-the-fly formatting to CD-RW creation." Yamaha also offers two sleek Mac compatible external models: FireWire/USB (CRW-F1ZDX, $280); and SCSI (CRW-F1ZSX, $330). The Mac version includes Roxio's Toast 5 Lite, Adobe Photoshop LE, and MusicMatch Jukebox. The company says the drives will be carried nationwide by retailers and distributors, including the Apple Store.
Prosoft Engineering today announced two new software titles, which it says will make their debut at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Data Recycler X will safeguard valuable disks and data, providing a safety net for recovering deleted files and folders. In addition, Data Recycler X will scan drive volumes to check file system integrity and will monitor the hard drive to help prevent accidental deletion of valued data as well as provide an early warning system for drive failures. Data Backup, built for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, provides the ability to backup and restore valuable data. The application offers scheduling and "Programmable Actions" to save and execute custom backup profiles at specific times. Each title will be $50 and will be available for purchase after January 7th.
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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e