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Following reports of a USB 2.0 chipset in some newer Power Macs, MacNN reader Steve Chung writes about unofficial USB 2.0 drivers for MDD Power Macs: "According to a Korean site Create Mac, it appears that the drivers for the USB 2.0 chipset in the MDD 1.25 and 1.42 Ghz are updated and confirmed that they do work. However, it also says that extreme caution should be taken and that only the two MDD models have been tested. (No liability for damaged systems.) Installation on other models could render the system inoperable." [528KB]
A MacNN reader provided fix for the Apple-acknowledged Mac OS X 10.2.5 USB bug, which we noted this morning: "Apple hasen't posted a fix for the solution just a work around. The problem lies with the file IOUSBFamily.kext which is updated to version 1.9.8 with OS 10.2.5. Downlaoding version 1.9.7 from the following link and replacing the new one in the System - Library - Extensions folder then restarting will fix the problem."
MacNN discussion forums roundup: speculation about the future PowerMac naming strategy; discussion of performance issues with Warcraft III running on Mac OS X; continued discussion of Mac OS X interface modification and enhancement; one userís account of degrading iPod battery life over time.
Tech Superpowers today introduced its WiFi Fleet -- two cars (a Lexus and a Saturn) that will bring wireless Internet access on-site to the intersection of Newbury and Hereford Streets, half a mile from the finish line of the 107th annual Boston Marathon. It will provide Internet access within a circumference of 150 feet and on several flat-panel Macs, enabling spectators to email Apple iLife digital pictures and video postcards to friends on 'Marathon Monday.' The Internet connection is provided by NewburyOpen, and the computer services are provided by the Boston Final Cut Pro Users Group.
Apple has confirmed a Mac OS X 10.2.5 USB bug with some hubs and USB devices that causes a kernel panic on systems: "A kernel panic occurs a few minutes after starting up and you are prompted to restart. The following information may appear in the panic.log file (/Library/Logs/panic.log): 'Unresolved kernel trap(cpu 0): 0x300 - Data access'". Apple also notes that "dsimportexport" command in Mac OS X Server 10.2 does not have the ability to export data from a Directory Service database, but will import information as documented.
Macron software has released Euro Converter Pro, an advanced currency converter for Mac OS X. It introduces multiple conversions between a virtually unlimited number of currencies (more than 40), integrated calculator, remote update of currency rates and much more. Euro Converter Pro also includes a feature called QuickResults, user-definable math expressions that automatically post-process conversion results. A trial of the $25 shareware for Mac OS X is available. [2.5MB] iOrganize 4.4.4 is a shareware ($20) application designed to store and organize notes, ideas, text extracts and web links. This new version adds the ability to include file links inside notes, either by pasting them or by drag&drop from the Finder. It also improves the visual appearance of tables with a striped color background. [1.2MB] SQL4X Manager J 2.5 is a graphical Interface for web and database developers to access any JDBC compliant database server. Users can choose between a terminal-like graphical SQL Console with SQL syntax coloring and table name auto-completion to execute your own SQL commands and a fully graphical schema and table browser with an integrated data editor and Image/RTF viewer for binary data. It fully supports MS SQL Server 2000, MySQL, Oracle 7/8/9i, PostgreSQL, OpenBase and Sybase with special assistants, managers and pre-configured status views. It is $60. [5.5MB] Wacom's Mac OS X driver 4.76-3 supports all Wacom tablets with USB connection, i.e. USB tablets of the Intuos2 Series (XD), Intuos Series (GD), Graphire2 (ETA), Graphire (ET), PenPartner (CT) and the Interactive Pen Displays Cintiq 18sx, 15x, PL-500 & PL-400. The driver supports both the Mac OS X and Classic environments. [1.9MB]
Jumsoft today released Keynote Themes 2.0, which includes 10 high-quality themes for Keynote. It includes new themes ("Black Table", "Grass" "Geography") and updated old themes ("Old Paper", "Photo Artist", "Network", "Wood", "Developer", "Valentine", "Simple") in both (1024x768 and 800x600) sizes. Majority of themes comes with custom bullets. Keynote Themes 2.0 package also includes "Public Speaking Workbook" PDF by Sam Walch and 12 high-quality Desktop Pictures. Keynote Themes 2.0 is designed for all business, scientific, educational and creative presentations. The downloadable version is $10, while the CD versin is $25.
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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
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