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ATI today released Remote Wonder Control 1.5, an update to the application/control panel and driver for the ATI Remote Wonder, a Radio-Frequency remote control handset that works through walls to control any application in Mac OS X. This version fully supports the original Remote Wonder and Remote Wonder II, which currently ships with some Windows products (and may be available as a white-box item in the wholesale/OEM channel). Version 1.5 offers import/export features for sharing of profiles between users. It can used with any Mac OS X application, allows user to create profiles to program any button, and offers built-in support for a number of popular titles, including Apple DVD Player. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later.
Virtual Programming has announced that the unique adventure/RTS game, Celtic Kings: Rage of War, is now shipping worldwide. Celtic Kings is a realtime game that blends strategy, role-playing and adventure elements that offers both adventure and strategic modes. "In strategic mode, you play against computer opponents or other players on the Internet exercising your strategic and tactical skills to achieve objective victory. The game-play in this mode is similar to the traditional RTS gameplay. In adventure mode, you control a party of heroes and explore the world as the struggle between Caesar and the Gaul chieftain Vercingetorix evolves." It is available for £30 and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Costco.com will begin offers the regular 4G iPod to its members on October 1st, according to the discount wholesaler's website. Costco.com will offer both the fourth-generation ("Click Wheel") 20GB and 40GB models in special bundles, offering a discount from standard retail pricing of the included items. The 20GB iPod bundle, available for $330, includes the dock ($40 value) and a $15 iTunes gift certificate, while the 40GB iPod bundle is available for the standard $400 retail price, but will also include the Apple standard Dock ($40), a Leather Carrying Case, iPod Dock, a gift certificate for 15 iTunes songs. Earlier this month, we noted that Costco.com carried a three different colors of the iPod mini bundle for $270 (iTunes gift certificate and armband included). Non-members pay an additional 5% fee on all items.
Simple Organizer 2.0 ($7) is a simplified shareware personal information management program for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 includes a temperature pane on the Schedule view, addresses bugs related to saving and printing functions, and adds a contextual menu for the Dock. [Downoad - 782KB] Ch 4.7 is a C/C++ interpreter for scripting, shell programming, numerical computing, plotting and embedded scritping. Version 4.7 is significantly improved for embedded scripting. Thirty-six new APIs are added in Ch SDK and Embedded Ch for easier interface with binary C/C++ libraries and embedded scripting. [Downoad - form] AE Monitor 1.7 allows Mac OS X developers to capture, analyze, and recreate Apple Events. Version 1.7 is a free update to existing registered users, introducing the ability to convert captured events into their AppleScript equivalent, file bug reports from the application itself, and filter by target name. [Downoad - 3.1MB] 2005 Calendar templates ($40) is a collection of calendars designed in Quark Xpress® 4 and fully editable with the program. "Just add photos to a multi-page wall calendar and you are ready to print. Style sheets allow changing fonts with ease." [Downoad - buy] Preferential Treatment is a popular freeware preference checking utility. It will check your preference files for corruption by using the "plutil" command line tool. If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. [Downoad - 144KB] Idiot's Delight 1.2 ($10) is "the most stupid solitaire game ever, also known as Four Aces, Aces High or The Idiot, now featuring key features such as Emulated Self Discipline, Advanced Cheating Options and full keyboard support, so that you have one hand left to hold the phone. Simple, yet catching." [Downoad - 1.2MB]
Apple today began offering Eminem's Just Lose It track from his upcoming 'Encore' album, expected to be released on November 16, 2004. Eminem is currently in settlement talks with Apple over the use of the unauthorized use of his "Lose Yourself" track in an iTunes/iPod commercial.
In Brief: Air France is offering l'Espace Affaires business class customers free iPod minis simply for purchasing a ticket.... The eXpo Conference with 22 Mac vendors is being held on Saturday 9th October in Auckland, New Zealand.... NewTek today announced that Emmy Awards for visual effects have been awarded to the 10th and 11th artists and producers using NewTek's LightWave 3D since 1993.... IBM has launched the "Power Architecture Zone," dedicated to all things POWER, PowerPC, etc.... MethodShop has compiled a list of rejected iPod engravings from Apple.... Verbatim has announced CDs, DVDs and Ink for LightScribe-equipped drives.
Apple this morning acknowledged that some .Mac users were unable to send email to other .Mac users. Earlier today, MacNN reported that readers were having trouble sending email to .Mac accounts because of quota problems. In a note posted to the .Mac support website, Apple said that "a small number of customers were having difficulties receiving mail due to database issues. The sender of the email will receive a bounce-back claiming that the destination account is over quota. The issue is now resolved and mail should be delivered as expected."
ValuSoft today announced the release of Care Bears: Let's Have a Ball! The game, created under a licensing agreement with American Greetings, is the second computer game based on the Care Bears. "Let's Have a Ball! features 10 of the most popular Care Bears for rainbow-filled fun in their perfect play land. Catch all the Care Bears fun with eight exciting games which include bowling, soccer, and other games of skill that will entertain, challenge and inspire kids to explore their creativity, test their memory and exercise their reflexes while they learn a valuable lesson in caring and sharing." The title runs on Mac OS 9/X and will be available for $20.
Aspyr Media today announced that it is shipping the latest expansion pack for SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour, licensed from Electronic Arts (EA), was completed internally by Aspyr Studios, the company's in-house development team. "In SimCity 4 Rush Hour, players take control of their city's transportation with a wide variety of new options. They can create the elevated train networks of Chicago, the wide-avenues of New York, or the one-way streets of San Francisco..... With all-new problem-solving maps and tracking tools, players can see the pulsing flow of traffic, map out the most efficient routes, and quickly get Sims from one city to another." It requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later and a G4/G5 processor (700MHz or faster) and the full version of SimCity 4.
Jumsoft releases has released Keynote Themes 3.5, an update to its set of templates for Apple's Keynote presentation software. It now includes 22 high-quality themes, including "Science Pro", "Education Pro" and "Cinema Pro," which is exclusively designed to support the 20-, 23- and 30-inche Apple Cinema Displays resolutions. Most are available in both 1024x768 and 800x600 sizes, while Cinema Pro is available in 1280x1024, 1600x1024, 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600. Keynote Themes 3.5 package also includes extra stuff ("Public Speaking Workbook" and Desktop Pictures for Mac). It is available for $35 (free upgrade to v3.0 customers).
In Brief: PalaeoGraphics Australia (Authorized Apple Reseller) has received its first sock of the new 20-inch iMac G5 20.... The "Inside Mac" radio show will be broadcast on AM 1220 KNTS in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday afternoons from 1 PM to 3 PM (PT).... Agfa has released thirty new fonts on Fonts.com, including Smart Sans, Neo Sans and Neo Tech families.... Several readers note that emails sent to .Mac accounts are being wrongly bounced for "over-quota limits" (as discussed in the Apple Support area).
Coupons, Inc. announced that it has adapted its Bricks print-at-home coupon solution to support Apple's Safari browser under Mac OS X 10.2/10.3. Coupons, Inc. allows consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, retail and other companies to distribute secure, unique, print-controlled, print-at-home coupons to Mac OS X users. Using Coupons, Inc.'s technology, marketers can securely coupon-enable their web sites, online banners, and opt-in email campaigns.
Other World Computing (OWC) today expanded its line of Mercury Elite external drives with new 400GB capacities--priced at $540 (FireWire 400+USB 2.0 combo), $560 (FireWire 800/400-only), and $580 (FireWire 800/400+USB 2.0). Additionally, OWC said it has reduced prices on the entire line (80GB to 250GB capacities) by up to 20 percent--with prices now starting at $140. The 400GB Mercury Elite drives spin at 7200RPM and feature an 8MB data buffer, delivering data transfer rates from 40MB/sec for the FireWire 400 solutions to more than 60MB/sec for the FireWire 800 solutions. The desktop drives weigh less than 3lbs, and ship with Intech HD SpeedTools, Dantz Retrospect, all necessary cables and an external power adaptor. They also include a two-year OWC warranty.
Epson today introduced Epson EasyPrint, its software utility designed to simplify printing from popular photo applications. EasyPrint offers "the most important print settings of Epson printer driver software are embedded right into the application's Print screen, making it even simpler for consumers to print great looking photos quickly." The software is currently supported by Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, Epson Smart Panel 3.2 and Epson Copy Utility 3.0 with additional software applications expected to be announced at a later date. The software runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later and is supported on all currently shipping Epson printers except the Stylus C64, Stylus CX6400, and Stylus RX500.
Alpine Electronics today began shipping its interface adapter that enables consumers to control and enjoy their iPod or iPod mini music library from their in-vehicle sound system. The Alpine Interface Adapter for iPod (model KCA-420i) enables users to experience superior sound and control of their iPod music using any of Alpine's 2004 Ai-NET in-dash head units. The KCA-420i is now available from authorized Alpine dealers for $100.
iBlog 1.4 ($20) is designed to help users author and publish personal weblogs (a.k.a blogs). Users can preview and publish weblogs to Apple's iDisk (.Mac account required) with a single click of a button. Other options include multiple blogs, multiple categories, subscribe to other blogs/newsfeeds, quick previews, search, and more. [8MB] Creative Media Manager is a new product bridging Creative Manager Pro and Strata's media systems. Offered as a standard feature of Creative Manager Pro in the new version 7.3 release, Media buy insertion orders placed in the Strata system for scheduling and placement, will be directly read by Creative Manager Pro for project management, budgeting and further processing. Mike's Thumbnailer 2.5 (free) updates the thumbnail generation application that also can perform slideshows, and convert pictures. It supports PICT, BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG, JPEG 2000, Photoshop, TGA, or MacPaint formats. It now creates HTML-based thumbs for your webpage or "HTML Photo Catalog", offers more slideshow controls, offers batch move/copy/delete functions, and more. [Classic, OSX] ODBC Router 4.00.29 ($400) updates August Software's Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) networking system, adding support for FileMaker Pro 7, improving support for Mac Office.X and enabling automatic translation of extended European characters between Macintosh, Windows and Linux. [2.2MB] Retrospect 6.0 RDU v5.8.103 brings additional removeable drive support and a bug fixes to the popular backup utility. It adds support for Kano Blue-WAV and Sony BW-101 Professional Disc for DATA as well as resolves an issue where Retrospect could report -105 errors when accessing DVD media after updating to Driver Update version 5.7. [1.8MB] Blue Coconut 1.0 (open-source) allows you to copy tracks from iTunes shared libraries to your Mac, so that you can make playlists or listen to them at a later date. The application comes with scripts allowing it to be used from the iTunes script menu, but it can also be used as an application alongside iTunes. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. [592KB]
Apple has released Power Mac G5 Uniprocessor Firmware Update 5.1.5f2 to fix some "unexpected issues" that may occur after installation of the Power Mac G5 Uniprocessor Firmware Update 5.1.5f1 to some 1.6GHz Power Mac G5 computers. Apple recommends installing the "f2" update after removing all third-party RAM modules and says that many of issues sometimes disappear after doing so: "What unexpected issues? It could be a kernel panic, the loss of USB function with some keyboards or mouse tracking devices, Bluetooth USB modules that don't respond five minutes after starting up, or interrupted audio playback in iTunes. Disconnecting and reconnecting devices does not help. Removing some or all non-Apple memory (RAM) usually stops the issue."
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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