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Retoucher ($87) not only removes dust, scratches, stains and other defects that appear on damaged photos but is also able to reconstruct the lacking parts of the photo using the information of the surrounding areas. It is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, and Ulead PhotoImpact. [Download - 497KB] Indigo 1.6 ($90) is an intelligent home control server that integrates an assortment of popular X10 hardware devices to provide unprecedented control of your home. Version 1.6 now supports uploading to PowerLinc Controller for offline automation. [Download - 1.8MB] PlistEdit Pro 1.2 ($25) is an advanced property list editor written for Mac OS X. Property list files are used throughout Mac OS X, and with PlistEdit Pro, users can easily change these files and exert finer control over their systems. Version 1.2 adds a "Goto Line" command for textual editing view, adds a column to view the format of property list files, and more. [Download - 1.1MB] iStumbler Release 94 ($10) is a wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing free and open source tools for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services, and GPS locations with your Mac. Release 94 includes an important bug fix for users of Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), earlier versions of iStumbler trigger a very large memory leak, all users are encouraged to upgrade in order to avoid excessive memory consumption. [Download - 522KB] Jack OS X 0.7 is a low-latency audio server, written originally for the GNU/Linux operating system, and now with Mac OS X support. The version 0.7 update supports Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), including Aggregate Audio Device functionality. [Download - 5.2MB]
In Brief: The Coldplay Shop is offering an X & Y" branded Solio solar-powered iPod charger.... Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has lowered the price of its DLO iBoom boombox for iPod and iPod mini.... Following the arrival of four massive iPod ad billboards in the Wangfujing area, Apple posted a number of iPod ads in northwestern central Beijing.... Aspyr today announced the final system requirements for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005, which due to ship next month for $40: Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later and a 1.2GHz G4/G5 processor.... Advenio has released the free Replace Date Placeholders Automator action enabling users to create workflows involving URLs with changing date values.... The Iconfactory's "Contour" ($350) is a new collection of ready-to-use icons at Stockicons.com: "With a cosmopolitan flair, the clean, elegant lines of Contour will add boldness and clarity to any project."
4D today announced the release of MarketBlast, an affordable program that simplifies the process of listing and managing items on eBay. 4D is selling MarketBlast for a one-time cost of $100, without any monthly service fees. MarketBlast simplifies the way users bulk-list items, post photographs, manage inventory, invoice winners, calculate postage, ship items and report sales. All of these tasks can be done locally on a Windows or Macintosh computer, and the information can be uploaded onto eBay's Web site with a single click of a mouse. A single payment of $100 "means no monthly fees, listing fees, transaction fees, email manager fees, consignment fees or whatever the first generation vendors decide to call their fees this month," said Brendan Coveney, president and CEO of 4D.
Apple has added more PowerBook models to its list of refurbished items available at the Apple Store. Two new models of the 12-inch PowerBook are available for $1,300, including a current-generation model (1.5GHz/512MB/Combo) and a previous-generation model (1.33GHz/256MB/SuperDrive). Two 15-inch PowerBook models are also available for $1,500 (previous-generation 1.33GHz/256MB/60GB/Combo) and $1,800 (1.5GHz/512MB/80GB/SuperDrive). Apple is also offering refurb 17-inch PowerBook for $2,000 (previous-generation) or $2,300 (current-generation). iBooks are still available starting at $800 (12-inch) or $900 (14-inch) as well as two models of the legacy iMac G4 for $1,100 (17"/1.25GHz/SuperDrive) and $800 (15"/1GHz/Combo). Several models of G5 desktops and iPods continue to be available. Apple is also offering free shipping on select iPod accesories under $50.
The Coldplay Shop, an online store for band-related merchandise, is offering an "X & Y" branded Solio solar powered iPod charger. "X & Y" is the name of the band's new album. Only 200 special edition Solio chargers are being made. "There will be no more once they have gone so make sure you place your pre-order fast." The device is priced at £80.
Monkey Business Labs today released its new To Do Tracker Widget for Dashboard. The widget, previewed yesterday by MacNN, helps users stay organized by putting a notepad in Dashboard. "The minimalistic interface works very much like a normal word processor, so you can start writing right away," Monkey Business explains. In our preview of To Do Tracker Widget, Ilene Hoffman wrote, "So, after a few minutes of playing with To Do Tracker, I give it my vote as a useful product. I'll just use it to remind myself of the myriad of phone calls to writers and vendors I make each week." To Do Tracker Widget is a free download.
Apple has released WebObjects 5.3, a free update to the tool for developing and deploying enterprise-level Web services and Java server applications. Version 5.3 integrated with Xcode, allows users to create web services or three-tier Java server apps, and generates code-free prototypes in minutes. WebObjects gives users the ability to build or use standards-based Web services without writing low-level SOAP, XML or WSDL. Tools enable code-free generation, configuration and testing of web services from existing data assets. These standards-based Web services can interoperate with clients written in many languages, including Java, AppleScript, Perl and .Net — opening up enterprise development to a new class of programmers.
Export Artwork is a shareware AppleScript Studio application for use with iTunes on Mac OS X. Its main function is to extract the artwork from the selected track's ID3 tag and copy it to an image file in a chosen location. The application is fully automated and can process an entire playlist containing all your tracks. Export Artwork also works as an artwork manager and can fetch album covers over the Internet and embed artwork to the ID3 tag, making it a great utility to help you update your cover collection as your music library grows. "If you have already filled your library's worth of mp3 / m4a (AAC) files with artwork, but want to remove it from the ID3 tag to keep the file size down, and still keep all those album covers, Export Artwork is the perfect tool."
[updated] PiperJaffray expects Apple to meet the consensus estimate for iPod sales of 5.5 million units in the fiscal third quarter ending in June. Banc of America said, "The Street is generally aware that Apple will likely not show significant upside" from the previous quarter, in which it sold 5.3 million units. However, the firm said it expects the iPod business will reaccelerate into the seasonally strong September and December quarters. When it comes to Macintosh sales, "we expect iPod to continue to be a foundation for growth in other parts of Apple's business, and we expect that by the end of calendar 2005 more than 35 million iPods will have shipped, providing Apple with a greater scope of awareness for various products." NPD data shows that Apple gained 2% in U.S. retail market share in the month of May, PiperJaffray noted. [update: Forbes first attributed the report to Banc of America, but later changed its article to credit research firm PiperJaffray.]
Digidesign today released Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 software, which delivers support for Mac OS X 10.4.1 ("Tiger") to Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox systems. Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 software is available as a free download for qualified users. Updater CDs are also available through the online DigiStore for $5 plus shipping and handling. The company says that Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 software is for Pro Tools LE systems only: the previously released Pro Tools TDM 6.9.2 software supports Pro Tools|HD systems on Mac OS X 10.4.1. A future software release will support Pro Tools M-Powered systems on Mac OS X 10.4.1. (There was no 6.9.1 software release for Pro Tools LE systems.)
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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