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KDX 1.5 ($30) brings support for IRC gateways and individual per-folder access controls to the "BBS"-style encrypted internet communications system with functions for voice chat (Internet Telephone), text chat, messaging, news, file and folder transfer, remote access, trackers and more. [client, server] FinKit 2.3 ($25) is a flexible and intuitive financial calculator that lets you calculate annuities, bonds, dates, depreciation, interest, loans, leases, rates, and more. Version 2.3 adds new calculations that let you generate depreciation schedules using a wide range of depreciation methods. [1.6MB] Tactile Interrogator 1.1 ($50) updates the alternative file manager that uses icon sizes to show the sizes of files, uses colors to show the ages of files, offers keyboard-based navigation, and more. It brings performance improvements, better copy/paste functions, and improved visual feedback during copy/duplicate. [6.7MB] EasyWMA 2.1 ("donationware") adds ID3 tag support the audio utility you to convert WMA audio files to the MP3 format for playback via iTunes or other music player. It offers a very simple user interface, full drag and drop support, and batch processing. [1.6MB] iStumbler R88 (free) is an open-source tool for finding wireless networks and devices via AirPort or Bluetooth, offering a realtime display of signal strength and complete debugging info. Release 88 updates the UI, implements plugin menu support, reworks the preferences, and more. [672KB] iTunesCheck 0.7 (free) is a program that It provides global hot keys for controlling iTunes without switching to it, provides a hotkeyable floating window that shows the currently playing song, and it provides a hotkey for quickly finding a song without switching to iTunes. [258KB]
In Brief: Apple offers advice on configuring AirPort Express on an wired-only Ethernet network and says that Safari may stop responding if the hard disk name has a non-ASCII character... A new tutorial offers instructions on installing an iPod into a Mazda RX-8 using the "CD Player Hack."...The Philippine Macintosh Users Group (PhilMUG) in cooperation with local Apple retail distributor, AppleCenter held the first Discover iLife event in the country over the weekend and has posted a few photos of the 2-day event showcasing Apple's applications...Noting that the "ranks of techno-deficient iPod" are growing, BusinessWeek offers a look at a few iPod services for non-techies....America Online will release Netscape 7.2 later this month performance enhancements, password manager improvements, improved junk mail filters and support for vCards.
Apple will open a new "protoype" retail store in Syracuse, New York early this fall, according to The Post-Standard. The "mini-store" will open this Semptember in Carousel Center mall on the mall's second level, near the food court: "Apple's newest prototype stores are smaller than their first models, and edgier. The Carousel store will be only the second of the newest version; the first is in Apple's home port of Cupertino, Calif." (Editor's note: this may be a reference to the upcoming Stanford Shopping Center "mini-store" in Palo Alto, CA.) Apple is expected open other "mini-stores" in Santa Rosa, CA (in September) and Bridgewater, NJ.
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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
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.