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London visual effects school Escape Studios has announced the Ridley Scott Awards, a new initiative to seek out and support film, television and computer game creatives. The awards, co-sponsored by Apple, are open to anyone not currently employed in these industries. Winners will receive copies of Alias|Wavefront's Maya, Apple’s Shake compositing software and a work experience placement with a top company.
Name Stalker 1.2 is a domain management/tracking tool used to track domains you own, or "stalk" domains you don't own. Versiosn 1.2 adds fixes for a few registrars, support for projected release dates of domain names, a new GUI, and built-in support for SnapNames. It runs on Mac OS X and is free for use with up to 100 domains. Bruno Blondeau has released MacResponder 1.0, an automated email responder for when you're unavailable. MacResponder scans email accounts periodically and automatically sends replies to tell people you're away or in vacation. For advanced users, MacResponder features rule-based settings to trigger actions based on the sender or the subject and works with multiple email accounts. The personal version is $10, while the "Pro" version is $20. [620KB] SwitchRes X.1 is a new version of the background-only application (daemon) that allows you to control the resolutions of all your displays. Version X.1 partially rewritten using the Application Enhancer framework. As a result, it has the ability to: display Contextual Menu in Finder with icons and checkmarks; disable resolutions before they are applied, even on per-application basis; use resolutions aliasing before the first resolution is applied; and apply application settings before the application is launched. [Download - 1.0MB] IPNetMonitorX 1.2 is the latest version of the powerful Internet tool kit for Mac OS X that includes Lookup, Ping, Trace Route, Name Server Query, Who Is, Finger, Subnet Calculator, DHCP Lease, TCP Dump, Address Scan, Port Scan, Link Rate, Connection List and TCP Info functions. This update is distributed as an Internet Enabled Disk Image; fixes a bug that closed launcher palette when bringing app to front from Dock; and allows allow odd number ping size. [Download - form] Bebosoft has released Forms To Go 1.6.1, a form-to-email script generator in PHP, ASP and Perl language. The script can optionally validate field input for proper value format. New in this version is the addition of Perl language, a preference panel with many setting and bug fixes. Forms To Go is shareware and costs $11, and is availlable for Classic and Mac OS X. [Download - Classic, OS X] LispWorks 4.3 is an update to the portable ANSI Common Lisp integrated development tool from Xanalys, which recently became vailable for the Mac platform. Additional new features and enhancements in LispWorks 4.3 include: more powerful hash tables; improved CLOS; improved MOP compliance; more compiler checks; bivalent streams; FLI supports bit fields instructs and unions; CAPI extensions; and more. LispWorks for Macintosh is available as a Professional Edition at $1,000 and Enterprise Edition at $3,000. [Download - site not updated] FixerLabs today announced the release of NoiseFixer 1.0, a new approach to removing noise from digital images. NoiseFixer treats color and luminance noise with an easy to use and intuitive user interface, allowing full control over the level of noise removal. It operates on 8 bit and 16 bit images and is available as a Photoshop plug-in for both Mac and PC platforms. FixerLabs also released ShadowFixer, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that enhances detail in under-exposed regions of a digital photograph. [Download - Shadow, Noise]
Engineering Audio today introduced Aurius, a device that enables users to transmit audio from a computer to an FM radio receiver. It uses a USB interface, and will work with any audio program. It will sell for $55 and be available in "late-summer." Engineering Audio also unveiled its RemoteRemote, a wireless remote control for Apple's iPod. Unlike IR-based products, it does not require a direct line of sight. It costs $35 and will also be available late-summer.
Apple has posted a preliminary version of the its Developer note for the Power Mac G5, which offers in-depth technical information on the new Power Mac. The document contains nearly 100 pages of detailed information on the new system.
Rogue Amoeba Software has released Detour, its newest audio utility for Mac OS X. Detour provides the ability to choose the audio output device and relative volume for all of your applications - "a capability never before seen on OS X." From serious audio pros to the computer music lover, Detour provides the control over your sound that you've always wanted. For example, you can send iTunes music and DVD Player sound to an external set of speakers or headphones while keeping noises from iChat and other programs coming out of the computer's smaller built-in speaker. Detour can also be used to lower the volume of some applications relative to others.
[Updated from 8:40 a.m.] Apple is offering one of three free items to encourage users to renew their .Mac membership. Apple is offering either a free copy of the The Sims ($50 value plus up to $15 off expansion packs), a free copy of Everquest ($50 value), or $20 off a purchase at the Apple Store. Apple also launched a "Refer a Friend" promotion, which offered discounts on membership renewal to those who sign up friends for .Mac. Update: Apple has also extended its "Every Mac needs .Mac" promotion until September 27. The promotion offers a .Mac membership to any purchaser of a new Mac for $70. Apple has repeatedly renewed the promotion, as the ending date approached.
MacNN reader Kieren MacMillan let us know that the Safari browser has stopped working with Scotia Bank's online service: "I pointed my Safari browser at Scotia Bank to do my online banking, and was denied entry because I wasn't using a 'supported browser'." Scotia has not responded to users inquiring about this anomaly.
The hacker defacement contest, which is expected to kick off on Sunday, will award free hosting services, Web mail, unlimited E-mail forwarding, and a domain name of choice to hackers who can break into various Websites, according to InformationWeek. The contest offers the most points for hackers who are successful in hacking a Mac: "Web-site defacement points will be awarded based on the type of operating system running the Web site. Defacement of Web sites running Windows will only win a single point, while sites running Linux, Unix, and BSD are each worth three points. Sites running AIX, IBM's version of Unix, are worth three points, while sites running HP-UX, Hewlett-Packard's version of Unix, and Macintosh, Apple's operating system, are worth up to five points."
SmartDisk today introduced FlashHopper, a portable, miniature USB flash memory drive: "FlashHopper offers the fastest, smallest, and easiest way to transport and share files from home or office computer. Simply plug FlashHopper into a USB port and the unit is automatically recognized by your computer as a removable drive; then, drag and drop files, transport and share." It is available in four configurations up to 512MB capacity. Suggested retail prices are $40 (64MB), $70 (128MB), $100 (256MB) and $200 (512MB). It is compatible with both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X.
The America's Army game is coming to the Mac later this month. Rated T for Teen, the game consists of "two interlaced game experiences that highlight the role of various types of units within the Army and the development of the Soldiers that comprise these units. As with Soldiers in the U.S. Army, game players are bound by the laws of land warfare, Army values and realistic rules of engagement as they navigate challenges in teamwork-based multiplayer force versus force operations." Mac gamers will be able to join the ranks of over 1.7 million registered players of America's Army. It will be available later this month.
Rock bands The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica are refusing to make their music available as individual downloads at the iTunes online music store, according to a Reuters report: "That move comes in response to Apple's decision to allow users to buy single tracks and is intended to protect the future of the long-playing album, the format that has dominated the music industry for decades, an agent for the bands said."
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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
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.