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Marcel Bresink has released TinkerTool System 1.0 (TTS), a Ä7 shareware "similar to System Preferences. It allows you to change advanced operating system settings and gives access to internal maintenance features built into Mac OS X." It allows users to run periodic system maintenance scripts, reset permissions on system files, delete system caches, enable Quartz Extreme for some unsupported graphics cards, customized energy saver values for drives and much more. TinkerTool 3.0 (TT3) is completely rewritten version of the freeware application that offers access to many hidden system functions, including bookmark transfers between browsers, custom system fonts, custom keyboard commands for menu items, and many other options. [TTS, TT3]
At the AES Convention in New York, Native Instruments made several announcements, including unveiling Intakt, its new loop sampler with beat slicing, time stretching and an enormous loop library; NI Komplete, its comprehensive package including nine NI products; Kontakt 1.5, a major update bringing Beat Slicing, a new Time Machine and Mac OS X Support to NI's full-feature sampler; and Traktor DJ Studio 2.5, its the professional DJ software offering real-time pitch shifting and time stretching. In addition NI announced new partnerships with Sibelius and Berklee College of Music.
New York-based independent label Matador Records has announced that "major chunks" of its music catalog -- as well as new releases -- are available beginning now at Apple's iTunes Music Store. "Until now, no independent labels have been represented. At an a la carte price of $0.99 per song or for $9.99 for an entire album, cultured music fans in the U.S. can download AAC files of tracks by Interpol, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Guided By Voices, Pretty Girls Make Graves and countless others." Matador says it will be adding more new releases and catalog titles every week and hopes to make exclusive materials available as well.
A MacNN reader writes: "Mac users won a small victory this week after the BBC had discontinued its RealMedia stream of its popular Click Online technology show. The decision threatened to excluded the Mac faithful who are unable to view the latest Windows Media 9 stream. Thankfully the BBC has relented following an outcry and is again offering the RealMedia stream. This week's show is of great interest to Mac users as it covers 64-bit computing and the Virginia Tech's G5 super-computer." [Real Video link]
Infoworld's migration project to Mac OS X had some initial problems with Windows file/print services using Samba and mail service issues with Sendmail/Postfix, but there was an "ultimate productivity payoff" with Mac OS X's Aqua interface/environment: "What surprised me is that as I opened each of the windows I planned to use, I didnít feel the need to close others to keep things 'clean.' It isnít a question of real estate or performance or capacity. Itís subjective, and I havenít found a way to explain it to myself much less express it here."
Forums Roundup:: Readers are discussing the speed of Toast 6 compared with older versions; the best speaker system for the G5; Panther's new FileVault feature that encrypts data on-the-fly (and in the background); whether some new PowerBook owners qualify for Apple's Mac OS X Up-to-Date program; whether the 'pf' networking utility is available for Darwin/Mac OS X; the status of Fink on Panther; using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac OS X vs Virtual PC and other options; and white spots on the new 15-inch Aluminum PowerBooks.
Following our reports of an upcoming store in the Portland-area and a second retail store in Georgia, MacNN readers note that Apple upcoming store in Marlton, New Jersey, noted here in July 2003, is now listed on The Promenade website ("A Unique Collection of Shops...a collection of unique upscale stores, situated in an open-air shopping experience. The Promenade is a "lifestyle" center.") It is listed as "coming soon" under A-16 in the Business Directory.
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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.
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