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MacNN readers have reported receiving Symantec's Norton Utilities 8.0 for the Mac (which began shipping last week). Two readers provided different descriptions of errors, including problems defragmenting drives (confirmed by Symantec) and unexplained kernel panics--although other readers note no problems with the latest NUM 8.0 release.
The Darwin team has released the Darwin 7 Preview source code corresponding to select portions of the 2003 WWDC Panther seed. Darwin and a number of other projects are available via Web DAV (as well as regular HTTP). Also, access to the CVS repository has been updated for gcc, gdb, cups, efax, gimp-print, and Rendezvous. (Apple has also quietly updated the look and feel of the Apple Developer Connection website.)
A MacNN reader says that Apple is not offering 3rd party-tool vendors the same access to developers as in previous WWDC conferences: "Apple's friendliness to 3rd party tools vendors seems to have ended this year. You may recall at previous WWDC's, Metrowerks and other vendors (like Realbasic and Borland) were allowed to show their recent releases of tools, but Apple has decided it no longer wants to share the stage with other compiler makers." Apple introduced its new Xcode developer tools earlier this week and says it will ship the tools in September.
Apple has posted Hard Drive Update 1 for Mac OS X, which improves the longevity of some hard drives shipped in certain Power Mac G4 computers, including: Power Mac G4 Cube, Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics), Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio), Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet), and Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver). Apple strongly recommends that users back up the data on the hard drive to an external drive or removable media before running this update. [493KB]
Tech News: Intel has launched a 3.2GHz version of its Pentium 4 processor with dual-channel 400-MHz DDR SDRAM and an 800MHz front-side bus; Sears and Dell Computer have quietly ended a four-month experiment to promote Dell products at special small outlets within Sears stores; Mictosoft has launched a new search program called MSNBot, which may eventually pose a significant threat to Google if Microsoft fulfills its promise to make the program a "cornerstone of its overall PC and services strategies."
Hitachi today announced a new ATA/Serial ATA desktop hard drive with a 250GB capacity. The 3.5-inch Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 uses 80+ GB per platter technology to deliver up to one-quarter terabyte (250GB) of storage capacity using a 7200 RPM mechanism. The Deskstar 7K250 will ship with an optional SATA interface that currently delivers a maximum data transfer rate of up to 150MB/sec.
Apple's Panther Server Sneak Preview offers a glimpse of its upcoming features (beyond those noted earlier in the week), which Apple says "will deliver major enhancements in the following key areas: Performance and scalability; set up, management and monitoring capabilities; network and directory services; Windows integration; as well as workgroup and desktop management services." We have an annotated list of new features.
OpenLink Software has released Universal Data Access Suite 5.0, an update to its "collective ODBC ecosystem" for Mac OS X. Version 5.0 adds full Unicode and Rendezvous support to OpenLink's Data Access Suite, while expanding platform and DBMS support to include JDBC 3.0 (JDK 1.4), and the latest shipping versions of OpenLink Virtuoso, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB/2, Informix, Sybase Adaptive Server, Progress, and others. OpenLink also announced Virtuoso 3.2 for Mac OS X, the latest edition of its cross platform Virtual Database for SQL, XML, and Web Services. The new release incorporates full client and server support for the Blogger, Moveable Type, and MetaWeblog APIs, providing users with choice over location, format, data storage, development environment, and host operating system, for personal, community, and corporate Weblogs. It also adds support for Python and Perl, in addition to existing support for .NET, ASP, PHP, and Java Server Pages.
Sony Corp.'s US CEO and Chairman Howard Stringer said that the April launch of Apple's iTunes Music Store was a "sea change" and a "wake-up call," according to Reuters. "Steve Jobs (Apple CEO) has liberated us. We're all doing the same things and providing our own solutions ... In the technology age, everything can be duplicated quickly." Stringer's remarks were made to media executives and press at a breakfast hosted by The New Yorker and Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
Wired News has published a report from Apple head designer Jonathan Ive's presentation of the Power Mac G5 to media attendees at WWDC 2003. Ive attempted to create an appreciation for the vast detail put into the Power Mac's design. "The care that went into just the door was just extraordinary. Just check out the hardware we used. Look at the finish and the materials." Ive also said to get aluminum at the needed size and cosmetic standard was a "huge, huge challenge."
@Last Software has released SketchUp 3.0, an update to its 3D design tool that adds a multitude of new features designed to help users create 3D models for later use in 3-D modeling, CAD, image editing, illustration and animation applications. SketchUp can export its models as AVI, MOV or QuickTime (QT) files for use in animation and multimedia presentations. Version 3.0 adds dimensions, annotation; improved arcs, circles, and polygons; smoothed faces and soft edges; material transparency (glass); animation of AVI, MOV, and QT files; and vector output in EPS, PDF and VRML. It is $500 with upgrades priced at $100.
Digital Media tools maker Tribeworks said today that it has lowered the price of its iShell professional rich-media authoring software to $500. Previously, the software cost $1000 for the first year and $750 per year thereafter. Tribeworks also announced a price reduction for its entry level annual service and support package, "Silver Membership," from $1000 per year to $900 per year, and a price increase in its top-tier support package "Gold Membership," from $2,800 to $3,000.
CyClone Components today introduced Music Key, its new USB Flash Drive with MP3 playback and audio recording. USB Music Key is a convenient and fast storage device for transferring files from one computer to another. Additionally, it is a fully functional digital audio player for listening to MP3 or WAV files. The Music Key is available in 64MB and 128MB models. No special software is needed to transfer audio files. The CyClone Web site has not been updated with pricing information.
Sybase announced the expansion of distribution of its Mac solutions to MacMall, MacZone, Ingram Micro and the online Apple Store. Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 for Mac OS X is now available from these resellers.
Pixar is currently evaluating a full release of its RenderMan software for Mac OS X on the 64-bit Power Mac G5. Pixar has "found the performance of the G5 to be impressive," and is are considering a full release of the popular renderer, depending on customer demand, among other issues. If RenderMan products are announced for the G5, the earliest such a statement would come is August, 2003, when the G5 is released, according to the company.
Aspyr announced today that it will publish 007 Nightfire for the Mac this fall. The game is currently in 'Early Development,' and will likely be released in September. NightFire features an original single player storyline borrowing from the 007 legacy. As Bond, players operate everywhere from underwater to outer space as to "defeat the evil criminal mastermind Rafael Drake who is secretly bent on world domination." The $40 title (pre-order) is expected to ship in September for Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Apple's knowledge base has been recently update with the following issues: later model Macintosh computers that cannot start up from Mac OS 9 may not be able to start up from a hard drive that was used in an earlier model computer; text in email messages you print via Mail.app appears in an unexpectedly large or small font size; use an external microphone with some iMac models for best results using iChat AV; AirPort wireless networking may interfere with the internal microphone on certain iBook computers when you use it with iChat AV; the iSight camera can only be used by one application at a time.
Mozilla 1.4 RC 3 is an update to the open-soruce Web browswer for Mac OS X that adds an overhaulled bookmark system, improvements to Composer, smoother scrolling, junk-mail context menu items, improved pop-up blocking, and thousands of additional bugfixes, including changes to improve performance, stability, Web site compatibility, standards support, and usability.
Apple has announced a July 3rd grand opening for its new Apple Store Boca Raton (Boca Raton, FL). As is customary, Apple is offering the first 1000 people to visit the Apple store receive a free Apple T-shirt and the new retail store will host several (free) unique and educational presentations, demonstrations and workshops. (We first noted the store in February of this year and earlier this month a reader confirmed the location.)
Gefen's new monitor extension solution, the VGA Extender, uses a single CAT-5 Ethernet cable to extend any LCD or CRT monitor up to 150 feet from the computer, while maintaining up to 1600x1200 resolutions. The $300 solution includes small, foot-print sender and receiver units, a six-foot VGA cable, and a 5V power supply. Gefen's ex-tend-it line also includes several products for extending devices that use USB, PS/2, VGA and DVI technology among others.
AOL has posted a new build of AOL Instant Messenger 4.6.1131 for Mac OS 9/X, its popular peer-to-peer messaging application. The update allows users to add ICQ buddies to your AIM Buddy List and send/receive Instant Messages as well as send SMS messages to mobile phones (along with storing the phone number). [3.3MB] Entourage Email Archive X 1.6 is an utility for archiving emails and attachments from Microsoft Entourage X in Mac OS X. It is updated for Mac OS X 10.2.6, preserves Unicode characters for non-Roman languages, updates the process window, can archive a range of emails based on date, and has performance improvements. The $20 application requires Mac OS X 10.2. [708KB] Defaults Manager 1.0b2 ($20) is an editor for the User Defaults (Preferences) database on Mac OS X that allows you to easily view, edit, delete, and backup stored preferences. The new beta adds the ability to backup/restore the defaults database, is fully functional during the 25-day trial, and has other changes. A limited time $7 off coupon is available. [576KB] Ellipsis Productions has released Safari Bookmark Exporter 1.0.3, which exports Safari bookmarks to OmniWeb, Camino/Chimera, Mozilla, Netscape, Internet Explorer, iCab and Opera. The freeware, which only runs on Mac OS X, offers a simple one-click interface to export books to the appropriate location. [147KB] Active4D 3.0MC1 is a dynamic server-side embedded scripting language for 4th Dimension which adds the functionality of Microsoft's Active Server Pages. It features an integrated HTTP server, 200 new web-focused commands, session support, and both server/client debugging tools. A developer version for Mac OS 9/X is free; deployment starts at $270 for the first year. [1.6MB] AutoCorrect 1.5 for Mac OS 9/X is a plug-in that can be used with Photoshop and many other compatible applications. It offers advanced sharpening, one-click color correction, and RGB/CYMK support. The $60 plugin update adds additional controls over independent Highlights or Shadows correction. DV Backup 1.0 (£30) is a shareware app for Mac OS X 10.2 that lets you backup computer files to a domestic DV or Digital8 camcorder. It allows you backup/restore/verify contents, includes a full table-of-contents listing, offers automatic remote control of the camera including tape positioning, incorporates 8 levels of error protection/recovery, and supports PAL and NTSC cameras. [300KB] Keynote Gallery says it is the first to offer Tinted Windows with eight different tints, in three different sizes in latest Portfolio theme, which contains 34 masters, 5 different custom bullets, 6 custom colored fills for eight flexible chart types, 2 slide frames (35mm and instamatic), and 3 white photo cut-out borders for a "photo album" look. It is $15.
Greg Joswiak, vice president of hardware product marketing at Apple, defended Apple's performance claims for its upcoming Power Mac G5, after they came under fire in the wake of yesterday's announcement. (Apple would not return calls from MacNN earlier in the day for a response to the benchmarks claims.)
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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