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Roxio is questioning the marketshare and download numbers quoted by Apple's press release this week that singled out the Napster service, while one analyst says that Apple's "mistake" lends unnecessary credibility to its competitor: "Roxio's Gorog questioned Apple's figures from Nielsen SoundScan, telling TechNewsWorld that those numbers did not include Napster's results. Gorog said Apple's claim of 80 percent market share is reduced to 62 percent if Napster's 23 percent is considered. Gorog, who also questioned how Apple could have had 1.5 million song downloads when SoundScan reported a total of 827,000 single downloads in the same period, said he does not know where Apple got the 1.5 million figure."
The MacGIMP project today announced that it has received sponsorship from Archei LLC, a new company dedicated to the "best of" open-source software. This week, the MacGIMP 1.2.3 packaged software (regularly $18) is being offered as a free download for all Mac OS X Panther and Jaguar users. The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Update: The download link is now available as of 12:55 pm ET. [form]
MacNN readers are discussing a yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.3.1 update, the release of Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X, problems with Bondi iMac video, using the PDA/Phone Samsung i500 & Kyocera 7135 on Mac OS X, limited AirPort range on a iBook and lowered AirPort Extreme range under Panther, heat issues with the iBook 14" and PowerBook 15", using Cocoa or Swing for the UI of Java applications, discussion on muting the startup chime, and Panther mail problems.
Roxio has posted Toast 6.03 updater, after offering details of the changes earlier this week. The update also includes CD Spin Doctor 2.0.2 and Motion Pictures 1.0.3 and supports English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. [21.3MB] PandaWare has updated TimeCache 5.1.6, its $50 time and expense billing application. It fixes problems under Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) as well as other bugs. In addition, PandaWare has release DiskWrangler 1.0.2, a file launcher and browser for Mac OS X. [Download - TimeCache; DiskWrangler] St. Clair Software has posted a new public beta version of Default Folder X, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.9.2b1 improves performance of its new hierarchical menus, corrects bugs that could cause it to crash, and resolves many minor problems. [Download - 3.7MB] Postfix Enabler lets users activate Mac OS X 10.3's built-in mail server with "just one click." Although Postfix on Panther is not that difficult to configure using the command line, the developer says using Postfix Enabler is still faster than doing it manually. [Download - 174KB] Chronopath today released MacVault 1.0.2, an update to its $15 data organization application. This version addresses legal issues regarding the prior product name. A limited trial is available. [Download - 1.5MB] Burnz is a drag-and-drop disc-burning application ($13) is "at least twice as fast as the Finder on most Macs". It supports any burner and disc media supported by Apple (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc.); supports pure ISO, RockRidge and Joliet discs; does not require a disc's-worth of free space on the startup volume; and supports rapid burning of multiple discs of the same data." [981KB] Xupport 2.0b3 updates the all-in-one interface for Mac OS X with a new Pipe firewall log to ipfw.log (Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3) and other bug fixes. The $20 shareware provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X options, that are not or hard to configure manually, and much more. [408KB] Apple's Java 1.4.1 update is being revised to "provide better compatibility with changes made in other recent software updates, according to Apple's Knowledge Base.
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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