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Apple outlines the procedure for creating encrypted disk images in an AppleCare Knowledge Base article. "Creating an encrypted disk image is very similar to creating an unencrypted image," explains the article. Apple cautions that by default, the password will be saved in your Keychain. You may elect not to save the password by deselecting the checkbox for "Remember password".
Several MacNN readers note that shortly after the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia this morning, Apple pulled promotional images featuring the Shuttle. The imagery, which was used to promote Apple's new LCD displays, was replaced with pictures from the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
SDF, the longest running public access UNIX system, had its network abrubtly terminated by NWLINK, its ISP, for being the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack. SDF was used by over 20,000 active Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix users for cheap and reliable POP3 email and webhosting services. SDF has been operational since 1987. Slashdot readers debate the precedent this may set of ISPs evicting users and customers who are the victims of internet attacks, not the perpetrators of them. Complaints can be filed with Washington State's Attorney General's office following the instructions available on SDF's homepage.
Dell is enlisting Sears as the latest partner in its effort to wring more sales out of the consumer personal computer market. Dell is expanding its 2 1/2-year-old experiment with mall-based display areas and moving into individual stores. The company opened a demonstration area at a Sears store on Wednesday. It will open three more kiosk-like displays next month in the Florida cities of Orlando, Coral Gables and Aventura, Sears said. Apple Computer previously worked with Sears on a similar strategy, but the partnership eventually collapsed in March, 2001.
PreFab Software's UI Browser 1.0 is a utility to help scripters write user interface scripts using Apple's new "GUI Scripting" technology for AppleScript in MacOS X 10.2.3: "Using a familiar browser interface similar to the Finder's column view, UI Browser lets you navigate up, down, and sideways in the user interface tree of any and all Mac OS X applications that are accessible to GUI Scripting." The $40 utility is available through April 19th for $25. [400KB] AysMon 2.1 is a no-cost utility for monitoring network related system resources such as open server ports, bandwidth, and disk utilization. Version 2.1 adds Printer sharing monitoring (IPP). [670KB] iPhoto Mailer Patcher 2.0 add supports for Claris Emailer, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, PowerMail and QuickMail Pro to Apple's iPhoto (in addition to America Online, Eudora, Mail and Microsoft Entourage, support for which is included in iPhoto 2). [254KB] MGU Software today released Watcher 1.0.3, a new version this free OS X tool for the automatic limitation of computer use time. Watcher "allows the owner of a computer to set up how long a given user can use the computer every day." This new version is Jaguar-only, fixes the OS 10.2.3-related bugs, and has a few new features. [801KB] Cacophony 1.2.2 updates Richard Bannister's digital audio editor supporting over 20 file formats, fixing a bug related to GSM file conversion, offering configurable fade effects, and adding support for "Play Through" when recording. It is available in English and French. [1.0MB] GyazMail 0.9.9 is an e-mail client for Mac OS X, offering support for multiple accounts, management of messages by one file per message (RFC 822 format), a single-window interface with 2 or 3 panes, message threading support, multi-function searches, message rules and filters, templates (for outgoing messages), message queueing, SSL and SMTP auth support, and other features. [1.2MB]
Sonnet is offering a free 32MB Piccolo USB Flash Drive with every Encore/ST purchased between the dates of February 1 and March 31, 2003. Each customer that purchases an Encore/ST 800 MHz, 1GHz, or 1.2GHz upgrade in the U.S, Canada, Japan, or Europe, will be eligible to receive a free Sonnet Piccolo 32MB USB Flash Drive. (Online orders will receive the drive immediately without the need for a mail-in rebate.)
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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