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Apple's Hot News page encourages customers to email the AutoCAD product manager to support the development of AutoCAD for Mac OS X, as noted by MacNN reader 'Glen.'
@stake has published a security advisory for the AirPort Base Station. "If an AirPort [network] is administered over the Ethernet interface or via an insecure (non WEP) wireless connection, an anonymous attacker that can sniff the network can obtain administrative access to the AirPort." Apple recommends that users administer the AirPort Base Station either via a wired connection or via a WEP-protected wireless connection. @stake offers further recommendations.
Tom Bihn has released a new version of his $50 PowerBook 'Brain Cell' travel case to fit the 17-inch PowerBook. "Cradled in thick, soft foam padding, your 17" Powerbook will be protected on the bottom, front, and back with tough 4mm corrugated plastic and on the sides by dense, hard foam." Brain Cell can be carried on its own by two handles at the top, with a shoulder strap, or inside a standard case.
Among the thousands of new technology products that appeared last year, Network Magazine recognizes 27 that "stand out from the rest." Apple's Mac OS X Server 10.2 is the top 'Server OS,' according to the publication. The article praises OS X Server's management and administration features, standards compliance, and BSD roots.
Interarchy.com has released Interarchy 6.2, an update to the popular Internet file transfer software with support for FTP, SFTP and HTTP. It adds support for FSecure SFTP server, a new contextual menu plugin, improved SFTP mirroring, more keyboard shortcuts, Rendezvous support, and other fixes. It is $45 for a single-user license. Adobe has posted new updates, including InDesign 2.02 Excel Import Filter and InDesign 2.02 Text updates. [Excel, text] Maxprog's iCash 1.3 is a $25 shareware personal finance and money manager designed to track income, expenses, credits, debts and bank transactions. It offers unlimited categories, multiple account creation, a SQL backend engine, password protection, export/import routines, search functions, and drag & drop support. [Classic, OSX] appMac has released iGo 2.0 for Mac OS X, a free utility designed to manage URLs in a floating window. It supports import/export of URLs from virtually any browser, drag & drop support, converting of favorites between browsers, and other features. It is available in English and French. [1.6MB] RedleX has released Mellel 1.5.5, an update to its $25 word-processor for Mac OS X only. It includes support for input in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, an innovative style variations option, a replace styles tool, support for automatically opening .doc files, enhanced language support and many other features. Mellel supports paragraph/character styles, footnotes/endnotes, headers/footers, and other features. [3.4MB] Feral has posted its CM4 Enhancement Pack for its $50 Championship Manager game title: "[Its] all about living out the dream of managing your favorite football team. No one needs to be left out because the comprehensive coverage gives you all the teams from 39 major leagues around the world." It corrects a number of issues including player histories. [6.5MB]
MOTU today announced the 828mkII, a single rack-space, FireWire audio interface for Macintosh and Windows computers. The 828mkII replaces the 828 model, adding new features, including more simultaneous inputs (20) and outputs (22), 24-bit 96kHz operation, 8-bus monitor mixing with front panel LCD programming, stand-alone operation, front-panel mic/guitar/instrument inputs with preamps and sends, SMPTE time code sync and MIDI input/output. The 828mkII offers DSP-driven digital mixing and monitoring for all 20 inputs, supports up to four separate stereo monitor mixes assigned to any four digital or analog output pairs, and has a new "CueMix Bounce Back" feature that lets the user route one of the four CueMix DSP mixes back to the computer. It is due in the second quarter for $800.
PC Magazine's review of the 30GB iPod, giving it 4 out of 5 stars. The article notes that Apple made some trade-offs for size in the third generation MP3 player and notes an undocumented feature: "There are a few tradeoffs for the smaller size, however, including reduced battery life, a new proprietary connection port, and touch buttons that many will find far too sensitive....We're curious about the hidden record feature, which many techies have discovered and written about on iPod sites. It allows six-second voice recording, but Apple is mum on the subject." Apple's iTunes 4.0 received 3 out of 5 stars.
Apple Keynote application received a 3 out of 5 rating from Presentations Magazine, which is dedicated to individuals and organizations that create and deliver presentations: "For presenters who need only basic slideshow-building functionality, Keynote is a nice program and a good alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint X. But advanced users will feel restricted. Apple does not offer much in its stock photo library, there are no interactivity features, such as buttons or links, and there are many nice-to-have features missing from the text, chart and multimedia areas – features that PowerPoint users have come to expect."
MacNN reader Joseph Tate writes about the continuing problem of disappearing music from the iTunes Music Store: "Why would music be disappearing from the iTunes music store? Radiohead's _OK Computer_ was available up until today. Searching under either the album title or the band name brings up nothing. The album was even a 'staff favorite' since the store opened, but it's now gone."
Blue Globe Software has released Tiff-Sight 1.3.2, a minor update that adds support for scroll-wheel mice. The $15 shareware offers anti-aliased text and graphics, a streamlined interface, support for nearly every TIFF and Tiff-based Fax format, extremely low memory usage, and full support for viewing, printing, scaling, rotating, and exporting files. [735KB] Centromedia has released Address Office 4.0, a new version of its free cross-platform telephone and address book that allows you to quickly and easily manage addresses, phone numbers, URLs, AIM, ICQ and Email addresses. It adds new font size settings, postal code lookup and sorting functions, a new calculator, a human voice dialer, and other functions. [Classic, OSX] Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 2.6.2, an update to its live MP3 DJ and radio music scheduling and automation software that adds direct access to sound output devices on Mac OS X, as well as new Library Text Cleaner functions. Also new to this version are performance improvements, support for ID3 Comment tags, a new Auto-Save Library preference, and other bug fixes. It is a free update to the $170 application; upgrades are $50 from previous versions. [2.2MB] CrushFTP 3.0b32 is a $25 FTP server with multihoming, virtual servers, users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories, etc. It adds a more responsive GUI, restores SSL functionality, improves performance on large reports, and other bug fixes. [Classic, OSX]
Symantec today announced Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh, which is scheduled to be widely available in June. It will now include a new parental control feature that blocks Web sites that are inappropriate for viewing by children and will also include Norton AntiVirus 9.0. Version 9 features the ability to find and repair Windows/PC-compatible viruses to protect users from the most common type of viruses and to avoid infecting friends and colleagues.
Charismac today announced support for Apple's new digital audio format, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as part of its Discribe v5.0.36 CD/DVD burning software: "Users can now simply drag and drop AAC tracks over the Discribe interface in order to burn the files to a standard Audio CD which can be listened to in all car and home audio CD players. Converted files can also be saved to the user's hard drive in AIFF format for future use." It is available for $70 as is a 5-CD demo. Competitive upgrades are $40. [Classic, OSX]
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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
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
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