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European regulators will conduct an oral hearing Nov. 12 that will give Microsoft an opportunity to comment on charges that it abused its dominance with Windows; at the height of the Internet boom, e-books were hailed as the future medium for publishers, but the bubble has burst and printed books are preferred by consumers; analysts were doubtful Friday that Microsoft would be able to uphold a pledge to prevent e-mail attacks and make software security a "no. 1 priority."
Synthetic Aperture today announced Color Finesse 1.1, a free upgrade to its color correction plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Color Finesse offers high-end color correction and enhancement tools--including multiple color spaces, tonal correction, curve-based correction, automated color matching and balancing, six-channel secondary color correction, reference images with split wipes, smart color legalizing, and waveform monitor and vectorscope displays. Version 1.1 adds secondary preview monitor support, preview pan and zoom, enhanced secondary color correction with additional controls, and mask and alpha mode previewing. The $600 plugin also works with Final Cut Pro and Discreet Combustion.
Hoodman Corp. has released a new line of anti-glare hoods for Apple's PowerBooks. The Eclipse PowerBook hoods offer optimum outdoor performance, privacy while working, and compatibility with Apple's 12-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch PowerBooks: "Hoods spring into shape when removed from their carry bags requiring no assembly. Slip the hood over the screen and you are ready to go. Spring tension keeps each hood mounted in place. Collapsing in just seconds makes the E2000 Eclipse PowerBook hood line convenient and easy to use." Each is priced just under $30 and includes a travel bag; all are available for order now from the company's website.
"Having Apple's new Power Mac G5 around the office is like having a superhero assistant," says Mercury News columnist Jon Fortt. Mr. Fortt cites the machine's graphics capabilities and its ability to handle multiple demanding tasks at once as strong points. "For example, the G5 managed to resize a 122-megabyte file up to 1.68 gigabytes in three minutes, while also smoothly playing a full-screen movie and compressing an edited DV movie to Quicktime format," explains Fortt.
Tim Verpoorten of Surf-bits today announced the second in a series of articles on upgrading and modifying the Apple Power Mac G4 Cube. "My Great Cube Adventure: Part Two" is available now for online viewing. Part 2 deals with "easy upgrades" and maintenance.
PhoneAgent 1.0 ($30) offers dozens of functions for the Sony Ericsson T610 mobile phone, including management of its phonebook, SMS and MMS messages, custom themes, and WAP profiles and bookmarks. It requires either a Bluetooth USB adapter or built-in Bluetooth and runs under Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. [3.4MB] The Wild Bits released Ask The DJ 1.4. This new version includes a new tracks browser, works with Unicode (Japanese script support) and includes a French version. Ask The DJ is a $30 application that analyzes beats to perform truly seamless transitions between tracks. [1.4MB] FrameSeer 1.2 is a $50 network packet capture application. The native Mac OS X application will diagnose network problems by capturing traffic on your Ethernet, AirPort, PPPoE, PPP, and loopback interfaces. It features extensive online help, packet decoding, and filters. [748KB] MOTU has posted updated MOTU PCI Audio for OSX drivers, which contains drivers for MOTU PCI-324 and PCI-424 audio systems under Mac OS X 10.2.2. MOTU FireWire Drivers and Consoles OSX 1.06 were also updated this month. [PCIAudio, FireWire] Camfrog Video Chat is new videoconferencing software that allows users to host their own video chat rooms. The company says it is interested in making the software compatible with iChat AV: "If you know any technical information that is freely available that would allow this please let us know." IPSecuritas 1.1b2 is a free front-end to the Mac OS X built-in IPSec core and allows to configure and establish secure IPSec tunnels to remote networks. It adds a new host-host transport mode, certificate authentication, easier setup, automatic key exchange initiation, substitute DNS functionality, and auto-start. [479KB]
A MacNN reader notes that Apple is planning to build a retail store in Tigard, Oregon (a suburb of Portland). The store is expected to open on November 15 in Washington Square Mall (next to the Eddie Bauer store). Apple's retail website has not yet been updated; it will be Apple's first store in the state of Oregon.
Apple will soon release WebObjects 5.2.2, an update to its enterprise rapid application development environment, to allow developers to build projects under Panther, according to WebObjects Product Manager Bob Fraser: "WebObjects development will be supported on Mac OS X v 10.3 (Panther) with an upcoming WebObjects Software Update (WebObjects 5.2.2). This update will include: (1) Support for WebObjects application development using Xcode; (2) Qualification of WebObjects applications running under Java 1.4.1; and (3) Qualification and support for WebObjects applications running on the JBoss application server. No WebObjects software update will be required to deploy WebObjects applications on Mac OS X Server v 10.3 (Panther Server). The WebObjects runtime libraries will be included."
Impression 1.71, the backup software for Mac OS X, has been fully recompiled and optimized for the Power Macintosh G5 architecture and also fixes a bug in the $25 application. [570KB] Radical Breeze's DiscBlaze 2.0.3 updates the CD/DVD burning software with support for burning ISO disc images, the ability to optionally set which platforms (Mac or PC) specific files are visible on when on a Mac/PC hybrid disc, and revamped and updated Burn Lists. It is $20 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.6. [1.1MB] Acrux has released X-Builder 1.02, an update to its authoring tool specially designed for creating multimedia projects and applications for Mac OS X: "X-Builder projects contain slides, and each slide in a project is constructed using X-Builder's built-in tools for creating text, banners, lines, rectangles, buttons, input boxes, controls, choice lists, graphs etc." [7.4MB] f(x) 3.0 beta brings improvements for intense computations in the shareware scientific calculator. It also offers the ability to select numbers already in the memory stack, editable constants, enhanced numeric input, resizable windows, and other enhancements. [2.1MB] The personal radio system for Mac OS X, Wimpus, records radio streams, breaks them up by song, and recommends new music to the user based on user song preferences and ratings. The application is free for use with the current release (v0.99). [3.1MB] ThermographX 0.8 monitors the various temperature sensors inside newer Power Mac G4 and G5 models. The shareware records maximum and minimum temperatures, shows temperature records over time (using a zoomable display) and shows individual sensor temperatures on models that have them. Version 0.8 increases compatibility with older systems. [940KB] The Omnigroup has released OmniGraffle 3.02, an update to the professional diagramming charting applications. The maintenance update is free for both Standard ($70) and Pro ($120) users; however, the details were not available. [Classic, OSX] Symantec has posted updated October Virus Definitions for its line of Norton Anti-Virus Software. It is available for Mac OS 7/8/9/X.
Apple specialist MacForce, an independent Portland, Oregon, on Friday is opening InnerSpace, a showcase of digital lifestyle technology: "Designed to mimic a home environment, InnerSpace will showcase new technology that helps automate home appliances. .... the center will show visitors how to use Macs to control everything from lights, heating and alarms to controlling a home theater." MacForce is offering free seminars this weekend as well as holding giveaways for several products.
Bodelin has released ProPrompter, its teleprompter softwaare for Mac OS X. It works with Avid iNews or any text file; offers both horizontal and vertical flipping; both smooth forward or backwards scrolling; the ability to adjust the scroll speed with either keyboard or a scrolling mouse; auto cue points; and full selection of font, styles, and sizes. The ProPrompter software was originally designed for use on the Bodelin ProPrompter LCD but is now sold separately on CD or as a download. It is available for $60.
FireWire Depot will soon release version 2.1.5 of its firmware software for its PCI host adapters. The update improves "deep sleep" support for its IOI-4601, IOI-4602, and U2FW-PCI01 products. "The conclusion we have discovered is that only PCI Host Adapters with a PCI-to-PCI bridge can go into deep sleep," the company notes. Version 2.15 also fixes a issue under Mac OS 10.2 where the drive would not show up when connected through a 1394b hub/repeater to a 1394b host.
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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
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