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Apple will expand distribution of the iPod in Australia , according to Digital Connect News: "From 1 April, iPods will be gradually rolled out and sold nationwide through Myer, Target, Megamart and Domayne stores. This greatly increases the retail presence of Apple’s star product, which was previously only available through Apple Centres and resellers, David Jones and the on-line Apple Store."
4D announced today that version 2003.3 of its Server software has been released. 4D 2003.3 is a significant release for current 4D 2003 users with many bug fixes and powerful networking protocol enhancements. "4D Server is increasingly being used in larger, more business-critical environments [...] this release enhances 4D Server's networking capabilities to allow our developers to provide even more robust and higher performing business solutions."
HP recently announced the HP Officejet 9100 series all-in-ones, three new cost-effective ink-based devices that are designed to increase workplace efficiency with their digital sending capabilities. Digital sending allows users to scan/copy directly to PDF and send paper documents without a dedicated computer. Documents can be printed, stored, forwarded or print to file. Pricing ranges from $600 to $1000 (available April 15).
The underlying architecture of Intel's notebook and desktop chip families will be reunited by 2007; The video game industry is facing a 'crisis of creativity' as aging gamers' tastes increasingly shift toward sequels and games based on movies, industry participants said this week; Internet viruses are overwhelming Europe's small business sector with 22 percent of these companies closing down operations to recover from recent attacks.
Destineer's MacSoft today announced that it is shipping Unreal Tournament 2004 for the Macintosh--less than two weeks after release of the PC version. MacSoft says that Unreal Tournament 2004 for Macintosh should be available in retail stores in the US by the end of this week and in Europe within two weeks: "With 95 levels, many with very large, highly detailed maps, Unreal Tournament ships on DVD only and carries a suggested retail price of $40. As an added bonus, owners of Unreal Tournament 2003 are eligible for a $10 mail-in rebate." It runs on a 933MHz G4 or G5 Mac running Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher.
Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 7.1.3, the latest version of its HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. BBEdit 7.1.3 is a maintenance release to fix reported issues and add interface enhancements and refinements. It is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 7.0 and 7.1 customers. The full version is available for $180. All registered owners of BBEdit 2.5 and later are eligible to upgrade to BBEdit 7.1 for $50 (registered users of BBEdit 6.5) or $60 (registered users of BBEdit 6.1 and older).
Raining Data has released Omnis Studio 4.0. an update to the company's Rapid Application Development (RAD) application. It offers increased integration, productivity, and flexibility, including native access to MySQL, access to J2SE Java based objects, Studio applets that allow Omnis code to be published to other environments such as Windows CE, and JDBC connectivity. Version 4 also offers improvements to the development environment, which it says "greatly reduce the time required to write and debug code." It is available for $250.
Global IP Sound today released a Mac OS version of its GIPS VoiceEngine, which provides developers with a complete toolkit for integrating voice-related components of soft client Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions into their own solution. GIPS VoiceEngine is a software plug-in designed to handle all voice-related tasks for VoIP soft clients in PC or PDA environments and is compatible with all IP telephony standards (G.711, SIP, H.323, etc.).
Extensis today announced Portfolio 7 Server, its enterprise-strength digital asset management solution that enables workgroups to organize, retrieve, repurpose, and distribute digital files quickly. Among version 7's new features is AutoSync, which allows users to assign tasks to Portfolio Server, enabling automatic synchronization; and a NetPublish Module, a dynamic, template-based tool that streamlines the process of publishing Portfolio content to the web. Portfolio 7 Server will ship in April for Windows and in May for Mac OS X for $3,500. NetPublish Server licenses will be available for $2,000. In February, Extensis announced Portfolio 7, which will also ship in May for $200.
Aspyr Media today announced that Call of Duty has hit beta and will be released in May. Pre-orders for the World War II-themed first-person shooter are being taken now for $50. On Friday, Aspyr announced that Space Colony also hit beta. The $30 game simulation game sees players building and managing their own space colony.
Tom Yager's most recent Ahead of the Curve column for InfoWorld tackles Apple's segmented customer base, which the company is able to capitalize off of. "Members of a core group feel recognized and protected, as though their preferred vendor exists to serve them alone. To those who only need PowerBooks, Apple is a notebook maker. If you make music or author DVDs, Apple is exclusively devoted to the needs of creative professionals. If you’re in business, Apple puts high-density Unix servers and storage in the PC price range; they’re a budding enterprise vendor. Pretty smart."
Chemical Computing Group today announced plans to release a version of its Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) for Mac OS X next month. MOE is a comprehensive system that integrates visualization, molecular modeling, protein modeling, cheminformatics and bioinformatics in one package. CCG decided to develope a Mac OS X version "in response to growing demand for life science software [for the platform]."
WinSwitch 1.0 (free) modifies Apple's Faster User Switching menu item by removing the name of the user from the menu bar, freeing up space. Additionally, it also prevents users from being listed who shouldn't be and properly aligns the icons of those who are. dinc! Super Six Pack (free) is a new collection of fonts from dincFONTS. The new fonts include Joe College, One Inch Rock, Ya Ya Baby, Blondie, Sha La La, and Lower East Side. RatMaster 1.0 ($20) is a new puzzle game that requires players to guide a rat through a maze to a piece of cheese by moving pieces of the maze to construct a clear path. The game has a range of difficulty levels to accommodate all kinds of players. HandBrake 0.6.1 (free) is the latest version of the transcoding software that can rip a DVD into a MPEG-4, AVI, or OGM file. The maintenace update corrects a bug with the previous version.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: Apple's reported correction of noise issues in the latest production Power Mac G5s; a new custom Power Mac G4 Cube case from PowerLogix; a user's PowerBook battery that reportedly exploded while in use; photos of members new 20" iMac setups; continued discussion of (premature) iPod battery wear; members' overall final impressions of Mac OS X 10.3, after several months of usage.
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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