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DejaMenu 1.1 for Mac OS X is the latest version of the (donation-ware) application to access the menubar as a context menu. DejaMenu is intended to ease access to the main menu bar for those with large screens or multiple monitors. Version 1.1 adds keyboard navigation to the context menu, and fixes a common visual glitch. [Download - 61KB] GameRanger 3.6 adds iChat support for setting Away status+message+icon for Premium users while in a game, an "is typing" indicator for private messages, new tooltips, and several other enhancements to the online gaming service client for Mac users. [Download - 182KB] Digital Point Solutions has released "search this site," a PHP script for Web developers than enables the implementation of a search function with little complexity. The system uses Google on the backend, via the Google API. The results can be formatted in any way. [Download - 3KB] Rampell Software's ViewRemote 2.1.8 logs keystrokes and periodically snaps screenshots of activity on any Mac allows users to view the information from any computer with an Internet connection: "it's like having a surveillance camera pointed directly at your monitor. This data is securely sent to the ViewRemote data center, where it is archived and stored" It requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and is $70. [Download - form] Pod Manager, a $8 shareware app aimed at extracting music files from an iPod, has been updated to version 2.1 This new version improves support for 3G iPods, UTF8 iPod drive names, and fixes some other smaller issues. [Download - 388KB] Dog Park Software has announced the release of MacLoggerDX 3.9, a new version of its $95 Telnet/TNC DXCluster utility. The update adds selectable colors for terminals, fixed ADIF Import, and a bug relating to Schedule Panel.[Download - 8.8MB] iWork 2.0 ($75) is a simple time-billing and invoicing application. It integrates with iCal and Address Book, offers tax support and easily generates custom invoices. [Download - 2.6MB] HimmelBar is a little background application that provides an icon in the menu bar to quickly access applications by scanning standard locations such as local, user, network and developer applications. Version 1.2 includes Norwegian and Danish, a version check feature, the ability to rename the custom location menu item and a bug fix. [Download - 150MB]
Vicomsoft today announced SpamBolt and InterGate 8.5.4, the latest releases of the the company's Internet and network management product suite that brings full support for Mac OS X 10.3 Server (Panther). In addition, InterGate 8.5.4 includes technology enhancements to support the soon to be released SuperIntendent. Due for release in late February 2004, SuperIntendent will provide schools & businesses with the ability to produce detailed reports on Internet usage, acceptable usage policy breaches and a whole host of other customizable reports.
Aspyr today released a demo of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, which "allows players to immerse themselves in the classic Star Wars universe as they take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker." It is available now for $50 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. Meanwhile, Feral Interactive let us know that it recently updated its website: "It's been about a year since the last serious upgrade of the Feral website. In that time we have released six new games and have put a lot more into development - so it seemed high time for a new lick of digital paint."
MakeMusic! today announced SmartMusic Studio 8.2, the latest version of the company's interactive music practice system; it can listen to musicians perform through a microphone attached to a computer and follow their spontaneous tempo changes. Version 8.2 adds support for Mac OS X as well as thirty new accompaniments and the ability to save recordings as a compressed MP3 file. It is now available through school sponsorship ($20/student) and home subscription ($90/year) or for $10/month.
Small Tree Communications today began shipping "the first" dual-($250) and quad- ($550) port gigabit Ethernet cards for the Power Mac G5 and G5 Xserve. Small Tree says the cards provide an immediate performance gain over the Power Mac G5's internal Ethernet port through the use of jumbo frames. The NICs are 64-bit/133Mhz PCI-X network interface cards containing independent 10/100/1000 megabit ports on one PCI-X adapter. The cards work with Small Tree Communications' IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation software which provides automatic load balancing and fail over of network traffic.
Aspyr has posted more information on Call of Duty for the Mac: "In Call of Duty, you get to fight alongside your brothers-in-arms as history comes alive. In momentous battles from D-Day to Stalingrad, you’ll find yourself in incredibly real terrain, caught in breathtaking life and death combat." It features 24 single-player missions, four interconnected campaigns and multiplayer support over the Internet. It will run on Mac OS X 10.2.8 and is available for pre-order for $50. Call of Duty is expected to ship in April is currently at 'first playable' game status.
Reindeer Graphics has released Focus Extender 1.0, which provides a "simple interface to a powerful technique for blending a stack of images with varying focal depths into a single, in-focus image. Designed to integrate into an automated workflow, Focus Extender is fully recordable, and comes with an example Photoshop action demonstrating its use. With an extensive manual describing its operation, Focus Extender is a user-friendly, yet powerful method for creating extended depth of field images for analysis and measurement." It is available for $500 and runs on Mac OS 9/X.
Doug Brooks, product manager for server hardware at Apple, touts the G5 prcoessor, Mac OS X software, management tools, open-source support/integration, and competitive pricing as benefits of Apple's new G5 Xserve in a Q&A with ServerPipeline. Another article talks about Apple's pursuit of the Enterprise customer: " People are looking for compelling value in not so much the cost of the product, but in what does it cost to deploy it. Anyone in the enterprise space who looks at products looks at [both] the cost of the product, and what are the costs to service it. If they're not, they're making a mistake."
Badia today released LiveKeys 1.5 and OfficialReport 2.0, adding support for QuarkXPress 6 and Mac OS X. LiveKeys can customize any menu shortcut, manage style sheet shortcuts, and create and share custom sets. OfficialReport generates reports detailing all features of single or multiple projects, including formatted listings of document fonts, color usage, style sheets, etc. OfficialReport 2.0 has a redesigned interface, includes a customizable picture usage report, and can create a report for all layouts contained in a project. Each is $50 with upgrades priced at $20.
Pepsi's iTunes Super Bowl ad will feature about 20 teens sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegal downloads of MP3 songs: "The sassy ad, to be seen by Super Bowl's 88 million viewers on Feb 1, is a wink at the download hot button. Pepsi hopes the promotion will connect its flagship cola, as well as Sierra Mist and Diet Pepsi, with teens who've shown more affinity for bottled water, energy drinks and the Internet... In the ad, Leith holds a Pepsi and proclaims: "We are still going to download music for free off the Internet." Then the announcer says how: 'Announcing the Pepsi iTunes Giveaway.'"
The Sound Guy has announced an RTAS upgrade path for SFX Machine RT. For a limited time, new purchasers of SFX Machine RT ($100) will receive a 1/3 discount on FXpansion's VST to RTAS Adapter (regularly $100). SFX Machine RT is an audio multi-effects plug-in, available in Audio Unit format for Mac OS X and VST format for Mac OS 8/9/X. With the purchase of the VST to RTAS Adapter, Pro Tools 6 LE and TDM owners will now have access to this technology on Mac OS X.
OrangeWare today released a Macintosh driver solution for wireless "802.11a/b/g" cards based on the Atheros chipset. OrangeWare’s announcement broadens the driver availability to all users of Atheros-based wireless cards, including D-Link, Netgear, Aztec, Elecom, Fujitsu, IBM, Linksys, NEC, Samsung and Sony and currently provides the only solution for connect to 802.11a-based networks. The driver is available as a free trial, while a "permanent license" is available for $15.
Morrison SoftDesign today released Font Doctor 6.0, its application for font problem diagnosis, repair, and organization. FontDoctor will scan font folders to locate and repair common font illnesses, including missing Postscript fonts, missing bitmaps, corrupt/damaged fonts, font ID conflicts, extra fonts sizes, mixed fonts types, and more. Version 6.0 features a simplified interface, faster diagnosis, improved font repair, and better organization functions. It is $70 with upgrades priced at $20; it runs on Mac OS 9/X.
Sonnet today announced it is shipping its Encore/ZIF G4 800MHz and 1.0GHz processor upgrades, which are compatible with the Blue & White and G4 PCI Graphics Power Macs (as well as Beige G3 Power Macs). Sonnet says that these are "the only G4 upgrades to extend Blue & White and G4 PCI Graphics machine performance beyond 500MHz." The new Encore models utilize the 745X series of Motorola G4 processors, with 256KB L2 and 1MB of SDR L3 cache. The 800MHz version is $350, while the 1GHz version is $500. They carry a three-year warranty. The company also lowered the price of its 700MHz model to $300 ($50 drop).
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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
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ