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Tumult HyperEdit 1.0b3 is an update to lightweight HTML editor for Mac OS X. There are several new features including Code Snippets for creating shortcuts to commonly used text, better syntax highlighting, startup items, more. [Download - 294KB] Deep Prose Software has released Booxter 1.0, an easy to use application that helps users manage their book collections. It gathers book information from various sources on the Internet to allow you to view, edit, sort, categorize, export and print books in your collection. [Download - 700KB] Mac OS X HTTP Mail Plugin gives Mac OS X's Mail application the ability to fetch mail stored on a httpmail (Hotmail) server. The plug-in is a part of the SourceForge open-source development community. [Download - 723KB] Red Pill is the official "Matrix Reloaded" screensaver for Mac OS X. It features detailed scrolling 3D characters that mimic the scrolling computer code featured in the movie. Also available is SnowSaver, a screensaver that features slow falling snow flakes. [Download - Red Pill; SnowSaver] VChat is a CU-Seeme video conferencing client. With VChat users can participate in group conferences by connecting to a CU-SeeMe reflector or one-on-one conferencing with another person. It works with any Web cam, including Apple's iSight. [Download - 947KB] MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 8.0.0, an updated version of its popular $30 parental control program for Mac OS X. Changes in version 8.0 include improve Mozila handling, Camino support, improve handling of Safari cache, a better Screen log, enhancements for Panther, and bug fixes. [Download - 4.7MB] Conversation allows users to chat in channels or with your friend, via a simple interface. Knowledge of IRC text commands is not needed to operate Conversation. However, it offers a comprehensive set of IRC features, some unique to Conversation. [Download - 1.5MB]
Jon Stokes of Ars Technica has posted the draft of Chapter 5 of his new book," Understanding the Computer." Chapter 5 focuses on the PowerPC 970 processor, used in Apple's Power Mac G5. In addition to new content, the chapter summarizes information from many of Stokes' articles on Ars.
Steve Jobs has been named the Executive of the Year by The San Francisco Business Times for his "balancing performance at Pixar, innovation at Apple...Both companies where Jobs is CEO -- Apple and Pixar Animation Studios -- notched profitable years despite continued anemia in the larger tech economy. Much more importantly, each broke ground in its respective industry, and in a way that heralds a razzle-dazzle z future."
Native Instruments has released Metaphysical Function, a free sound generator based on Reaktor 4 technology: "a fascinating self-playing sound generator, usable as a stand-alone application for Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000. This unique instruments blurs the distinction between sound and vision - combining multiple waveform visualization with dynamic parameter automation. Thirty-two presets, ranging from soothing ambience to disturbing soundscapes are included, and a progressive randomization function allows for limitless sound generation possibilities."
DVD Capture 2.3, updated for Panther compatibility, is a helper application for the Apple DVD Player. New features include enhanced DVD Player controls, improved settings retention and improved file saving. It enables the user to take screen captures of the DVD Player Viewer in full screen mode. The captures can be saved to a file or placed on the clipboard. An AppleScript is provided for the DVD Player script menu that launches DVD Capture. Select "File" or "Clipboard" to assign a location for the capture.
A new iPod Battery FAQ attempts to counter the "incorrect and misleading information and news articles, rumors of class action lawsuits, and other ridiculousness surrounding the iPod battery...It contains concise, correct, up-to-date information dealing with questions people may have about iPod batteries. Comments, suggestions, corrections, and updates welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org."
An "AppleScript for the Creative Professional" session will be held at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco on Thursday, January 8th, 2004 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. This session will feature Benjamin S. Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC, and will be opened to all registered Users Conference attendees. During this session, creative professionals will learn the importance of AppleScript automation, what types of production tasks may be automated using AppleScript, and steps to implement AppleScript automation in a workflow.
MacNN reader Keith Russo notes that Apple has placed among the Top 10 Yahoo! Searches of 2003 in two different categories: "The iPod is listed No. 6 in the 'Top 10 Tech Searches' and No. 5 in the 'Top 10 Rumor Searches' for 'Apple Rumors'. I think it an important milestone that the iPod is listed by its product name. In this regard, Apple has successfully branded a product to be synonymous with the category. Very few products have ever reach this level of branding like Walkman and Kleenex."
Open Door Networks today announced that its president and founder, Alan B. Oppenheimer, will be delivering the keynote address at the MacIT conference taking place at this year's MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The keynote talk is entitled "A History of Macintosh Networking", which is designed to coincide with the Mac's 20th anniversary: "At Apple, Alan was a co-developer of the AppleTalk network system, a co-author of the book 'Inside AppleTalk' and the engineering lead for a number of key networking products, including AppleTalk Phase 2, Apple Remote Access, and the Apple Internet Router."
GNUMail.app is a fully featured mail application that uses he GNUstep development framework or Apple Cocoa. It is licensed under the GPL and uses Pantomime as its mail handling framework. Version 1.1 supports multiple POP3 accounts, multiple delivery agents, a mail spool file, personal file preferences, IMAP support, and GPG (PGP) support. Version 1.1.2 features improved integration with the Address Book, new Mailboxes Import bundle supporting Microsoft Entourage X and standard mbox files, POP and IMAP optimizations, and other changes.
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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