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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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj