Copyright © 2016
SimpleFTP 2.0 adds SFTP (secure ftp) to the FTP client for Mac OS X 10.2. It supports multiple connections to different servers, file resume for uploads/downloads, multi-file/folder transfers (and deletion), bookmarks, and drag & drop. [1.3MB] Mitz Pettel's Vidi 0.2d2 is an application that lets you watch and record TV on your Mac using the Formac Sutdio DV/TV video converter. It records to the DV file format (usable by QuickTime), offer high-quality audio (in sync with video), has low CPU usage, and has keyboard-based channel surfing. [144KB] Jason Greene notes HP Deskjet Driver v2.1 fixes printer performance issues, problems with spooled jobs not printing, and duplex printing over AppleTalk. It supports DeskJet 825, 845, 900-series, cp1160-series, cp1170 series, cp1700-series, 3820-series, 6120-series, and 5550-series printers. [16.3MB] KisMAC 0.03c is an update to the freeware AirPort-compatible wireless network utility that can discover networks. "[It] is unique to Mac OS X in that it is the only stumbler that will detect hidden networks and put an Airport card into monitoring mode. This enables the airport card to be completely passive while detecting networks. [2.7MB] Blosxom 1.2 (pronounced "Blossom") is a "light-weight yet feature-packed weblog application designed from the ground up with simplicity, usability, and interoperability in mind." The open-source (freeware) uses standard text files, can create multiple web blogs, can generate dynamic or static pages, and offers RSS syndication (as well as aggregation), and other features. [62KB]
Symantec has released a public beta of Norton AntiVirus v9.0b, a Mac OS X native Cocoa application with several new features and enhancements including PC virus scanning and repair (same virus definitions as NAV for Windows), file quarantine functions, compressed archive scan and repair, and scanning scan mounted volumes. The preview beta is time-stamped and will expire 30 days after your initial install: "This beta release is still under development and could possibly cause conflicts with system software, and any installed 3rd party extensions and control panels. We would like your feedback on the product, but we do not provide support for beta software. Installing this beta release of NAV will also remove any current version of the product."
Apple notes that Mac OS X 10.2.4 contains fixes for the following potential security issues: a potential Sendmail buffer overflow; an AFP login permissions error; a hacker vulnerability whereby files could be overwritten; and the latest version of Samba, which addresses a general security concern.
MacOSXLabs is hosting an "Enterprise Directory Integration" webcast/seminar on Tuesday, February 18. This Webcast will explain how to make use of Mac OS X's built-in directory support, Apple's Open Directory, and "how a couple of large higher-ed institutions have been able to leverage OS X's support for other popular enterprise directory solutions." If you are new to directory services and want to know why you should care about them, or you just want to find out how to make use of them, "you'll want to tune in." Gordon Shukwit of Apple Computer will make the presentation, along with Jeff Greene of the University of Colorado, and Jason Prell from the University of Iowa.
shadowClipboard is an $8 clipboard enhancement utility for Mac OS X, offering multiple cliboards that can be used between applications. It adds a user-definable hot-key for hiding/showing the application, resizable tables and preview pane in advanced mode, and other features. [407KB] iScreensaver Designer 3.0b is described as "the world's only cross-platform screensaver editor." Version 3.0 includes full support for Mac OS 9/X and Windows XP, as well as a new Slide Show editor. It will convert all QuickTime-compatible files into a self-contained screensaver with a one-click installer. Customizeable options include splash screens, web linking, and alternate (hidden) content; it also offers a simple but powerful WYSIWYG editor. Pricing starts at $200. [5.0MB] Sean Kelly's skHTML 3.2 adds improved Undo/Redo Support, integrates CVS support, adds Perl/Python syntax higlighting and checking, autotagging of HTML/XHTML files, unlimited support for temporary files, and improved encoding support. [1.6MB] Haxial DiskCatalog is a fast utility for cataloging CDs, hard disks, folders, and any other type of disk. It allows you to browse the contents of disks without having to find them and insert them into your computer. Th $20 shareware runs on Mac OS 9/X. [320KB] WireHose 2.0 is an update to the company's software for rapidly building dynamic, scalable portals with integrated content management features. Built in pure Java using Apple's powerful WebObjects application development environment, WireHose enables applications that scale from departmental digital asset management to high-volume personalizable internet portals. It offers content management, personalization, access control, multiple database support, dynamic layouts, and support for multiple output formats. Pricing has been reduced to $1000 per server. CommandSets.com has released new Command Sets for Safari and iChat, bringing the total number of commands sets available to 19. Anyone with Mac OS X can use the sets with the English Speech Recognition software built into the OS. Sets for ViaVoice and iListen are also available. The Safari set has 75 commands and allows users to surf the net using their voice. The set, priced at normally at $10, is $8 until Safari goes 'GM'.
A MacNN reader notes that a promotional video for the Honda Element features an Apple iPod being used in conjunction with the vehicle's MP3 player connector.
Electric Image's newest promo featured on its Website also offers a "free iBook" with the purchase of its $1,300 Universe 5 3D application suite. The offer runs through March 31, 2003 and includes an iBook wtih a 700MHz G3 processor, 128MB of memory, a 20GB Ultra ATA hard drive, an ATI Radeon 7500 with 16MB of VRAM, and CD-ROM (offer details in Apple Store).
TripleDTools has released Steamroller, a texturing plug-in for use with Universe Animator from Electric Image. Steamroller generates geometry-based templates for texturing which allow you to line up details perfectly with your models. Steamroller?s template file offers unparalleled control over the construction of incredibly accurate texture maps. Comprehensive documentation with a tutorial ensure that even the novice user can quickly take advantage of this powerful texturing system. The $150 plugin is compatible with both Mac OS 9/X, an create templates for planar, cylindrical, and spherical maps, and generates multiple-layer Adobe Photoshop files with different template information in each layer.
Syllabus, a publication targetting higher education, today published an article titled "How Much Reality Does Simulation Need?" in which Phil Long, senior strategist for the Academic Computing Enterprise at MIT, concludes: "These are well-engineered and sophisticated laptops. Whether they are too little too late is the question for Apple. Some financial analysts appear to be non-plussed. The day of MacWorld, Merrill Lynch issued a sell recommendation. Almost simultaneously Prudential Financial issued a 'hold' rating on Apple Computer. Looks like Wall St. is just as uncertain by the future of Apple as the rest of us. Sometimes the '8-ball' says, 'Outlook cloudy, try again later.'"
Pearson Education has announced plans to deliver two of its education technology applications on Mac OS X by bringing SASIxp and KnowledgeBox to the platform. Pearson Digital Learning will deploy its KnowledgeBox digital learning system on Xserve within the first quarter of this year and also says it will bring its widely used SASIxp student information system to Mac OS X in the third quarter.
Apple is offering .Mac subscribers a free copy of DropStuff ($30 component of StuffIt Standard Edition), its compression utility and a 50% discount on StuffIt Deluxe (available for $40), its advanced full-featured archive management solution, according to MacNN readers. [readers not that the promo was advertised on .Mac Website]
MaNN reader Drew Maynard writes about a new version of Hotline, which resurrects the popular Internet sharing client. (Readers note the growing popularity of the secure Haxial KDX system, which provides chat, messaging, news, file transfer, trackers etc. for a registration fee of $25) "The release of Hotline 1.9 marks the introduction of several new partnerships for Hotsprings Inc. A new toolbar button will give users the opportunity to install Securiphone with a 90 day free trial. Securiphone provides encrypted voice over IP communications in the Windows version of the client. Hotsprings is also pleased to announce the debut of the Hotline ISP. This partnership with AXS2Net offers HotSprings and its HotLine community a full turn-key ISP solution that offers reduced cost V90 dial-up Internet access with all the bells and whistles including: Personal Portal, Parental Controls, Secure Communications, Pop-Up Blocker, 5 email accounts and a banner-less version of the Hotline client software."
A MacNN reader notes that Juno.com has provided preliminary support for Mac OS X: "Beta support for OS X through Juno.com.... I'm a broadband subscriber, but I'm also a field service tech who keeps Earthlink basic ($9.95 for 10 hours) for troubleshooting while on the road. Juno looks to steal my money from Earthlink, and may just get it."
EyeSee360 has released a beta of PhotoWarp 2.0, a workflow tool for panoramic imaging. As a component of the 360 One VR system, its primary use is as an unwarping tool for 360 One VR photographs. With support for several panoramic image formats, it is also useful as a conversion tool and a web page generator." Versio 2.0 adds batch processing, new output formats, conversion tools for cylindrical and spherical source images as well as QuickTime VR cylinders, custom web scripts, format templates, and other enhancements. The public preview is available for registered users (as a free upgrade), requires Mac OS X 10.1, and expires April 1, 2003.
StereoGraphics has announced that its Stereo3D visualization products are now available for Mac OS X. CrystalEyes and Monitor ZScreen allow "engineers, scientists and educators in the Life Sciences, Medical and Industrial Virtual Reality industries to develop, view and manipulate complex 3D computer graphics for the realistic display of Stereo3D images. The use of StereoGraphics' technology increases understanding of complex geometry in molecular models, human anatomy and product development, reducing design time and accelerating time to market." Both are compatible with G4 systems and require stereo-enabled software. CrystalEyes Workstation ($1050) includes eyewear and the E2Mac Emitter. The Monitor ZScreen ($2500) includes a modulating panel, (suitable for up to 21" CRT monitors), 3 deluxe circular polarized eyewear, power supply and the StereoEnabler for the Mac.
Splasm Software has released CheckBook 1.1, an update to its checking and savings account manager. It includes a new reconciliation mode, new data fields, built-in filters to search by date, new contextual menus, summary account printing. and other enhancements. It is $10 shareware. [570KB] No-IP has posted public betas of its free dynamic DNS Update client, Mac No-IP v3.0b8, for both Mac OS X and Classic. The free service provides both web and mail (as well as other services) redirection to any registered host computer, allowing users to associate a host name/URL with your computer. The clients provide automatic IP updates for computers with dynamic IP configuration. Heroes of Might and Magic IV 2.3 is an update to popular role playing game. Th AI now properly judges danger of opponents and monster stacks on map and the editor has many bug fixes, including proper saving of map scripts, improved naming scripts, better import in multi-scenario campaigns, and other enhancements. [4.2MB] SwapSwapVM 0.9.9b4 brings Mac OS X 10.2.4 support to the AppleScript application made with Smile. It is designed to change the target volume (disk; partition) for the Virtual Memory swapfiles in OS X 10.2.x Jaguar. SwapSwapVM requires a default installation of OS X 10.2 (including BSD) and a minimum 832x624 screen resolution. Quesa 1.6d17 is the latest release of the high-level 3D library for developers. This release incorporates substantial performance improvements, bug fixes, new features, and complete API documentation generated with HeaderDoc: "Applications written to the Quesa API can take advantage of an extensive 3D toolkit that includes file importers/exporters, plug-in renderers, and high-level geometries, while still leveraging the performance of low-level OpenGL 3D hardware acceleration." Weird Kid Software's Emailchemy 1.4.5 reads email files from the proprietary formats of the most popular email applications and converts them to standard formats. The $25 utility adds full support for non-English character sets, simplified standard conversion interface with optional output merging, improved conversion wizards, and other bug fixes. It is a free upgrade. [357KB] Freeverse Software today posted version 1.0.2 of its Payback Demo. Published in the United Kingdom by Virtual Programming, and originally developed by Apex Designs, the $30 game title features "all the fun of automobile thievery and random violence without any of the pesky life-changing consequences." The latest version includes some minor interface refinements, and minor bug fixes. [5.7MB] Birthday Reminder 2.1 is an update to the freeware application that helps remember friend's and relative's birthdays. It uses Mac OS X's Address Book as its main repository, or database. [66KB]
Apple has posted the winners of the HomePage Creativity Contest, offering three Grand Prize winners a 20GB iPod and an increase to 1GB of iDisk space. Three Second Prize winners also receive a 5GB iPod.
We've added reports to our new Mac OS X 10.2.4 Special Report, including a note about ATI Rage Pro support (for Lombard PowerBooks), loss of resolutions on an LCD monitor (though not a widely reported issue), and a persisting CVS security hole (documented last month). We've also added direct links to the online versions of both the Mac OS X 10.2.4 updater and the Combo updater, which includes all previous updates since the release of Jaguar. Update: We've added more reports, including notes on Bluetooth improvements, external FireWire CD-RW support, and a complete file listing of changed files.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.86 ( + 0.16 )
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
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