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FootTrack 1.0.2 is an update to the Mac OS X application from T-Squared Software, which allows you to catalog and easily search your digital video tape footage. Version 1.0.2 adds full Dutch language support, improved date display for countries other than U.S. and Canada, Full PAL video support, a new iLife-like metal interface, and bug fixes. A single user license costs $30. [Download - 660KB] ScreenRecord 1.5 adds new graphical camera positioning and sizing, copying in the positioning/sizing window, and the ability to save screen shots via contextual menus to the $20 screen recording tool that allows the user to capture continuous images on the screen as a QuickTime movie. It can also be used as a monitoring device. [Download - 1.1MB] Beeline Software Express today released a new version of Desktop Carousel. Desktop Carousel 2.0 is a Mac OS X application that can change or update your desktop picture at specified intervals. It works with URLs and local files. Specific details of version 2.0 were not published. [Download - 338KB] iLink 1.0.1 is a manteinance update to the popular 'Browser-Integration-Oriented Bookmark Manager.' It is a $20 bookmark manager designed specifically for people who use more than one browser. Version 1.0.1 fixes a bug that caused iLink's own bookmarks file to get corrupted. [Download - 1.6MB] Gimp-Print 4.2.6-pre1, the latest test release of the collection of printer drivers for Mac OS is now available. Highlights of this new version include: an updated user guide, an uninstaller, and preliminarily support for a number of new printers. [Download - 3.9MB] MacLoggerDX 2.8 adds a number of new features to the Amateur Radio DX station tuner and logger for Mac OS 9/X. Version 2.8 adds: a Bands Panel to track activity and quickly set VFO by HF band; and a Bearing Indicator to the Map Panel; an Icom R8500 driver. [Download - 6.8MB]
MacNN reader Dean White reports that his local Best Buy store has begun selling Apple's new iPods over a day early. "They had a 15GB model in a display showcase. The staff didn't seem to know they weren't supposed to be on sale yet."
CompuCable has announced that its FirePOD, a $20 FireWire/USB Car Charger, is compatible with all styles of iPod, including the latest third-generation ("3G") announced earlier this week. The FirePOD's detachable cable design will work with any iPod, as well as other bus-powered FireWire and USB devices, such as hard drives, camcorders, cell phones, PDA's. The FirePOD is also bundled with the unique FireCABLE, a "Bus-Power Injector" for 4-pinned IEEE1394 host controller found on Windows systems.
Agfa Monotype is now shipping the new Monotype Library of 1,352 fonts. The collection features over 300 new designs including Linex Sans, Haarlemmer, Mundo Sans and Scene: "The new Monotype Library features recent releases including Linex Sans, an addition to the Linex family with its subtle, calligraphic overtones. Haarlemmer is a recreation of Jan Van Krimpen's serif text family... The humanistic Mundo Sans family contains 14 fonts ranging from very light to extremely heavy in weight. The library also features Scene, a sans serif text face designed by Sebastian Lester." The complete library is $4,500, while upgrades are $1000.
Readers note that Intuit is soliciting applications for testers for Quicken 2004 for Macintosh: "Welcome to Dakota, the beta test of Quicken 2004 for Macintosh. We appreciate your interest in becoming a beta tester and look forward to your participation if you are chosen. In order to be considered for beta testing, we need to learn more about who you are and the resources at your disposal."
Totally Hip has released LiveStage Professional 4.1 for Mac OS X. LiveStage Professional 4.1 now includes the feature required to create simple interactive virtual reality (VR) movies as well as new support for MindAvenue’s award winning Axel 3D software: "Supporting 360˚ panoramic, cubic or object movies, it allows users to quickly and easily create interactive QTVR presentations. By using new FastTracks, adding a map, compass and directional sound to your QTVR has never been easier. To allow for all of these great new features LiveStage Pro 4.1 has a new script less VR editor that is easy and fast to learn." Pricing starts ate $350 for educational users and $450 for others.
Marware today released the SportFolio Extreme for the new 17" PowerBook G4, a slim, rugged, high-tech neoprene case. The SportFolio Extreme case is made from 3mm neoprene, with a tough plastic inner shell for impact protection. The slim, rugged case features a specially designed shock-absorbing, non-slip, removable shoulder strap as well as two exterior pockets and a plush-lined interior with padding to protect the PowerBook, and a pocket for files or other documents. It is available now in black for $58.
xhead software has released recorder.xhead v2.0, an mp3 voice memo recorder for OS X that records sound from both internal and external sources. New features include support for .mp3, playlist export capability to iTunes (to sync recorded sounds with your iPod), a new interface and a bulk file conversion utility to convert between different sound formats. It is $15. [6.6MB] Acrux software has updated MailVoiceClip 1.1, a Mac OS X application for sending voice-clips by e-mail. It adds the ability to send voice clips in MP3 format (using iTunes), the ability to save clips as files, customizable subject lines and body content for the generated email messages, and separate buttons for attaching and directly sending clips. It is $10. [456KB] The PandaWare Company has updated TimeCache 5.1.2, its time and expense billing application. It adds the option to time multiple events simultaneously and provides more feedback about timed events while working in other applications. The update also includes a number of bug fixes. A free trial of the $50 application is available. [Classic, OSX] Runtime Revolution has released Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 2.3.3, which enhances stability and performance of the game feature, as well as making it easier to import student data to a new version. It offers both QWERTY and Dvorak tuition, feedback options, and other features. Multi-user purchases the networkable typing tutor are now 33% off through the end of May 2003. Single-user licenses are $26. [Classic, OSX] My Money Minder 1.2 lets users track expenses, income and bank account balances and to organize these an in an unlimited number of user-defined categories. This new version adds: Undo, autocomplete, anti-aliased text (Mac OS X only), Live Scrolling on the grids, redesigned Preferences, and other enhancements. It is $13 and will run on Mac OS 9/X. [1.4MB] ParanzaSoft's FinKit 1.4 is a $25 financial calculator that calculates annuities, bonds, credit cards, dates, equipment leases, funds, and more. It does on-the-fly currency conversions between 182 currencies, using rates that are updated via the Internet. It adds eight new calculations, including Balloon Payment Loan, Equipment Lease, Bond Book Value/Price/Yield, and Term Date. [1.5MB]
The Billboard Daily Bulletin notes the apparent "overwhelming" success of the iTunes Music Store: "Observers are calling the launch of Apple Computer's digital music service the iTunes Music Store an overwhelming success. The service, which went live Monday, sold an estimated 275,000 tracks at 99 cents apiece in its first 18 hours, according to major-label sources. The feat is especially remarkable when considering that the offering is available only to the limited universe of users of Apple computers." The article also notes that Apple has secured wholesale agreements with two major labels for the Windows version of the service, which is expected by the end of the year.
Aspyr today announced it would publish Activision's Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer for the Mac and PCs: "In Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, players experience an all-out adrenaline rush as they drop down huge wave faces, pull into barreling tube rides and pull off hundreds of massive trick combinations and signature pro moves. Players choose their own path as they interact with famous surfers, sponsors, magazines and photographers. Exotic real world locations and events including full beach environments with real landmarks and hazards lend authenticity to the game." The company is accepting pre-orders for $40 game title (Mac OS X only), which is expected to ship in June.
Readers report that new 3G (third-generation) iPod shipments from the Apple Store have shipped today with upgraded delivery (for tomorrow) as its Apple retail stores prepare special events and other retail outlets expect stock tomorrow (May 2nd).
Sonnet Technologies today announced Tango 2.0, a FireWire/USB 2.0 Combo card. The latest addition to Sonnet's Tango line of FireWire/USB PCI adapter card installs into any available PCI slot to add two external FireWire ports and 2 external USB 2.0 ports (which revert to USB 1.1 under Mac OS 9). The card is $90. Sonnet also lowered prices on its line of Encore/ST G4, which are now $300, $500, and $600 for the 800MHz, 1.0GHz, and 1.2GHz upgrades, respectively. They are compatible with AGP-, Gigabit-, Digital Audio-, QuickSilver-, and Cube- configurations of the Power Mac G4. Sonnet also reduced the price on its HARMONi G3 iMac upgrade by $50. The 500MHz version is now $250, while the 600MHz version is $400.
Walter Mossberg reviews the new 3G iPods, saying that "portable digital music player has become the gold standard for digital music fans;" however, Apple apparently sacrificed battery life for size considerations: "The new iPod does have one big drawback, however. To reduce the size of the unit, Apple had to cut the size of the battery. So, the battery life of the new iPods, while still respectable, is significantly lower than it was on the original version. The old models claimed 10 hours of battery life, but mine got 12 hours. The new models claim eight hours of battery life, but my test iPod lasted only 7.5 hours -- nearly 40% less than my old one."
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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