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In brief: Dell today rolled out the Digital Jukebox Ditty, its new portable digital music player to compete with Apple's iPod shuffle.... PodGear announced the PocketParty for iPod nano, its portable iPod speaker solution weighing 38 grams.... Tunewear announced Prie Ambassador (shown at right), a protective line of smooth genuine nappa leather cases available for Apple's iPod nano, iPod 4G, and iPod mini.... SolidWorks has built universal binaries of its eDrawings Viewer application in preparation for the transition to Intel-based Macs.... Several readers let us know that the MacRipper website was moved without a redirect: the freeware MacTheRipper, available online, is DVD extractor for Mac OS X that removes CSS encryption, Macrovision protection, sets the disc's region code to '0' for region-free by default, and is capable of removing RCE region protection as well. [updated]
Apple has demanded that several Internet accessory vendors stop using the "iPod" moniker in company names or URLs. The company has sent out legal notices to everythingiPod.co.uk and iPodlife.co.uk in an effort to gain more control over the iPod trademark and prevent is dilution, according to a report from Wired News. Apple apparently demanded that IPodlife not use any signs similar to Apple trademarks, such as iPodArmor or PodShield. Apple is also demanding that all mention of its products comply with some complex naming conventions, according to Patrick Taylor, IPodlife director. "We have been informed that we must use the correct nouns and adjectives when describing Apple's branded mobile digital device, calling it an 'Apple iPod Device,'" according to Taylor.
Apple today reduced the price on its refurbished product offers at the Apple Store. The refurbished. Apple dropped the price on its refurb 1.25GHz/40GB Mac mini by $100 to $399, while the faster 1.42GHz/80GB model is $450. Apple also reduced the price of its current-generation refurbished 1.67GHz 15-inch PowerBook G4 (with SuperDrive to $1,900. Other combo 15-inch PowerBooks are available for $1550 (1.33GHz/256MB/60GB) and $1,700 (1.5GHz/512MB/80GB), while the previous-generation 1.5GHz SuperDrive model is $1,700. Apple also cut the refurb previous-generation 17-inch PowerBook by $50 to $1950 and is offering refurb 12-inch iBooks starting for $700 (1.2GHz/256MB/CD) or $800 (1.33GHz/512MB/Combo). Apple is also offering refurb iPod mini (4GB) for $160 and 14-inch iBooks starting at $900.
Apple today released iTunes 5.01, an update to its digital music jukebox software for both Mac and Windows. Apple says the update, available as a 12.6MB download via the Mac OS X Software Update (and soon via the web) features several stability improvements over iTunes 5. Last week, we noted that many users having problems with the initial release of iTunes 5.0 for Windows, which Apple promised to address in a forthcoming update.
Kiwali today launched the ShuffleDeco, its designer vinyl skins for the iPod shuffle. Offering over 20 unique designs in the collection, Kiwali's two-piece construction of ShuffleDeco vinyl jumpsuits use removable adhesive that won't leave sticky "hard-to-remove goo" when peeled off. Earlier this month, Kiwali unveiled its corduroy cases for the iPod mini in five colors with accompanying carabineer clips. Kiwali ShuffleDeco's come in two-packs for $5 and feature a water-resistant coating.
OmniPilot Software today released Lasso Professional 8.1, an update to its tool for developing, serving and managing data-driven web applications. Lasso 8.1 includes more than 100 changes and 19 new tags with key emphasis on enhancing speed and performance as well as Lasso’s browser support. In addition, Lasso 8.1 has new features for creating and modifying encrypted PDFs and provides enhanced support for PDF forms. Version 8.1 offers improved performance under heavy load, improved document caching, better security/configuration settings, improved compatibility with IE/Outlook, better support for FileMaker data sources and MySQL 4.1, improved session tracking, and more. It is a free update. As a special promotion, through the end of September, any previous version of Lasso can be upgraded to Lasso 8.1 for $350 (LPA members can upgrade for only $250.)
Dell today rolled out its new portable digital music player to compete with Apple's iPod shuffle, dubbed the Digital Jukebox Ditty. Dell claims the DJ Ditty's capacity of 512MB stores up to 220 songs, but Apple claims the iPod shuffle (with the same 512MB capacity) stores only 120 songs. The device boasts up to 14 hours of battery life (compared to the Shuffle's 12 hour charge), and supports WMA/MP3/WAV formats. The DJ Ditty measures 3.6 x 1.1 x 0.5 inches and weighs 1.29 ounces. The 1.02 x .43-inch display with 96x32 dot matrix resolution provides visual feedback during usage, stressing the lack of a screen on the iPod shuffle. The DJ Ditty is priced at $100 including 90-day service, Music Match 10.1 software, and earbuds.
Equinux today at Apple expo announced a major update to its VPN client, VPN Tracker 4.5. VPN Tracker 4.5 is the only VPN Client for Mac OS X that supports SonicWall's DHCP over IPsec, providing a direct download of the VPN-configuration from the SonicWALL VPN-gateway which eliminates the need to manually configure each computer. VPN Tracker also supports Client Provisioning via "Mode-Config," used by a variety of VPN-gateway manufacturers like Cisco and Juniper. Both methods serve to automatically distribute the needed configuration-parameters, such as IP address, DNS-information, etc., from the VPN Gateway to the client. VPN Tracker 4.5 is available for $200 and requires Mac OS X 10.2.5 or later.
Pole Position Software is now shipping its LANrev Management software suite for Mac OS X. LANrev is a comprehensive desktop management system including Macintosh server and client support for: software deployment, asset management, remote configuration, patch management, software metering, and software license monitoring. IT professionals can choose from a large number of templates or customize unique category templates. "We are excited that IT professionals can now manage their Mac OS X or heterogeneous networks using LANrev, Tiger Server, and Apple's powerful Xserve G5," said Martin Bestmann, co-founder and CTO of Pole Position Software.
Delicious Library Backup "QuickPick" (free) is a plug-in for .Mac Backup 3, providing easy backups for the Delicious Library database and preferences with one checkbox. [Download - 302KB] WebPics 2.7 ($16) creates web pages to display digital pictures, automatically generates thumbnail pictures for galleries with links to full sized pictures, and offers customizable font sizes/styles/color for captions. New features include a Spotlight importer for searching out text, generation of cleaner HTML, and more. [Download - 2MB] Compost 1.7 ($9) is a free update to the utility which seamlessly manages items left in the desktop trash can. Version 1.7 provides several performance and usability enhancements over previous releases. Compost offers secure file deletion, "shredding" of files (bypassing the trash), and enhanced trash info. [Download - 524KB] World Clock Deluxe 4.2 ($15) displays multiple digital or analog clocks from over 400 cities in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock. New features include hide-able clock palette controls, increased transparency, a menus pane, and more. [Download - 1.3MB] VirtuFrame 2.8.1 (free) is the original virtual frame application for Mac OS X, offering a clean experience and a refined interface. The update provides four new frame styles, the same interface for the preferences window as other windows, and a new controller window to facilitate a compact interface. [Download - 893KB] FileXaminer 2.5 ($10) displays and modifies folder attributes that the finder cannot, including type/creator info and UNIX permissions. FileXaminer works with Path Finder, incorporates Mac OS X label support, creates and deletes system groups without using NetInfo manager, offers custom icon editing, and more. [Download - 2.1MB]
Native Instruments today annnounced Traktor DJ Studio 3, the next generation of its mixing software. The new software features four playback decks, a suite of performance effects, an analog-modeled mixer section, a customizable user interface and more. Traktor DJ Studio 3 also allows DJs to browse and purchase the latest club music releases from within the software by giving access to the full catalog of Beatport, a leading online store for club music. Other new features include a new 4-channel mixer section modeled after the Allen & Heath Xone:92, beat-synchronized DJ effects, performance-oriented parameter control, advanced track collection and library functions, and more. It will ship in November for $280/€250 with upgrades priced at $100/€80.
Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) today announced availability of Office 2004 for Mac Service Pack 2 (SP2). The update brings significant enhancements to enterprise collaboration with new features to boost Microsoft Exchange Server support in Entourage 2004. In addition, SP2 provides updates across all Office 2004 for Mac applications to help improve overall product security and address top issues identified by Microsoft and its Mac users. [updated: now available published at 9:05 am ET]
Insider Software on Tuesday announced the launch of Smasher, a new multipurpose font utility that lets creative professionals "extract optimal performance from their design applications." Smasher streamlines font suitcases and cleans font caches to eliminate a variety of common font problems and improve the performance of Mac OS X systems. Smasher enables users to view all fonts in a suitcase—including legacy Mac OS 9 suitcases that may contain numerous fonts from a multitude of families and foundries—and "smash" the suitcases into their smallest components. Smasher automatically creates new, more efficient and manageable suitcases. The suggested retail price is $50, and for a limited time, owners of other Insider Software products can purchase Smasher at a special introductory price of $25.
Oracle and 4D have jointly released 4D RAD for Oracle Database, an tool for rapidly building scalable, cross-platform client interfaces for Oracle Database. It includes a full interactive wizard and allows developers to create Scalable Query Objects providing rich client and Web solutions. 4D RAD for Oracle Database includes a complete tool set for creating applications that run unchanged on both Mac OS X Tiger and Microsoft Windows XP. "The power of the number one enterprise database environment Oracle 10g, combined with the ease of use of Mac OS X Tiger and coupled with 4D RAD for Oracle Database, gives enterprise developers the ability to rapidly develop and deploy solutions that scale as their organizational needs grow," said Laurent Ribardiere, CEO and Founder of 4D SA. 4D RAD for Oracle Database will be available in Q4 2005. 4D and Oracle will demonstrate 4D RAD for Oracle Database at Apple Expo, booth 20-21.
PodGear on Tuesday announced the PocketParty for iPod nano. The PocketParty line provides a portable iPod speaker solution. The iPod nano edition is the "first speaker system" available for the new music player. Weighing just 38 grams and the size of a "fun-size Mars bar," the PocketParty for iPod nano boasts 1 watt of stereo output from just two tiny angled speakers. The PocketParty for iPod nano comes complete with removable desktop stand, is completely cable free and runs for up to 10 hours from a single AA battery. The volume is controlled directly from the iPod nano. PocketParty for iPod nano boasts improved sound over its predecessors, according to the company. PocketParty will sell for £25. PodGear said it will unveil a complete iPod nano product line in the coming weeks.
Light Crafts at DEMOfall 2005 unveiled LightZone for Mac OS X, its photo editing software designed to process images in terms of light and objects instead of pixels. LightZone offers the "StudioFinder" image viewer and file browser that organizes, prints, and publishes photographs using a "true digital negative format." The software also incorporates "ZoneFinder" image analysis, "ZoneMapper" for light/tonal adjustment, "RegionMapper" for area/shape selection, non-destructive editing that treats the original image as a digital negative, and linear color space instead of a gamma-corrected color space for consistent color and predictable results on a display or on paper (LightZone system requirements, pricing, and availability were not available).
BakBone Software today announced NetVault 7.3.1 for Mac OS X Server 10.4. This version of the enterprise-class backup and recovery solution combines enhanced data protection with networked storage functionality. The software is designed to work with multi-terabyte file storage environments, as well as help users implement and manage a robust data protection solution. It comes in three possible configurations -- Entry, Mid-Size and Departmental. Administrators can use the software to manage high capacity and data-intensive applications such as digital audio and video editing using BakBone's Virtual Disk Library (VDL) disk-to-disk backup capabilities. Additionally, NetVault provides one simple, easy-to-use backup solution for users managing a Mac-only environment, as well as complex, heterogeneous environments comprising Unix, Linux and Windows platforms. Bundle prices start at $3400.
Apple has plans to open three new retail stores in the US this weekend: the Apple Store Florida Mall opens in Orlando, FL (8001 South Orange Blossom Trail); Apple Store Penn Square opens in Oklahoma City, OK (1901 NW Expressway St.); and Apple Store South Hills Village opens in Pittsburgh, PA (301 South Hills Village). All three stores open at 10 am on Saturday, September 24th and will celebrate the opening by giving away t-shirts to the first 1000 people and holding a Grand Opening Sweepstakes to win a Digital Lifestyle Collection.
EnterpriseDB today released EnterpriseDB 2005 for Mac OS X Server 10.4 "Tiger," its relational database management system (RDBMS) that is built on PostgreSQL, the advanced open-source database. EnterpriseDB 2005 features significant performance enhancements over PostgreSQL and runs many Oracle applications unmodified. "We recently announced software quality test results that were ten times better than MySQL's and a hundred times better than average commercial code, so EnterpriseDB 2005 is now 100% production-ready for Mac OS X Server."
Tunewear has announced Prie Ambassador, a line of leather cases available for Apple's iPod nano, iPod 4G, and iPod mini. The protective cases are made from smooth genuine nappa leather. A removable hook is included to attach PRIE Ambassador to a belt loop or strap. Alternatively, you can use a standard shoulder strap with case. PRIE Ambassador's dual snap buttons shut the case firmly when closed, so it is "impossible" for the iPod to fall out. The stretchable 4G iPod case can accommodate 20, 30, 40, or 60GB models. The case features a clear vinyl windows that covers and protects both the iPod screen and click wheel from dirt or scratching. The back of the case also features a window to reveal any custom engraving. The Ambassador line is also available for mobile phones.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the company’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller this morning held an open discussion with European media, according to Macworld UK. Jobs confirmed the company was "on track" to have Intel-based Macs shipping by June. When asked what he thought about PC users installing pirated versions of Mac OS X on their regular PCs, Jobs said it will not be so easy with the final version of Mac OS X for Intel. "We will have technology in OS X for Intel so that it cannot be installed in other PCs," he said. "Theft is bad," he said, warning: "You don’t want to burn in Hell." Jobs also explained the company’s motivation on not discussing future products. “Microsoft is copying our operating system,” he said, adding, “Dell is copying our hardware." See related iPodNN report: Jobs on "greedy" labels, iPod nano.
Macworld UK reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the press at Apple Expo this morning that greed is the only reason record companies would raise prices for music. Recent reports have suggested some labels have been attempting to force Apple to change the prices it charges on iTunes. “The labels make more money from selling tracks on iTunes than when they sell a CD. There are no marketing costs for them. We are competing with piracy, so it needs to be a fair price: If the price goes up people will go back to piracy,” he warned. Jobs also stated at the expo that the company chose to launch the iPod nano early to prepare for the holiday season. “We launched the iPod nano two weeks ago rather than at the Apple Expo because in the run-up to Christmas every week counts. The launch had been planned for over a year”, he confirmed.
Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Solo, a new stand-alone animation software solution designed to meet the needs of small size studios and independent animation filmmakers. Solo offers "a new level of creativity, efficiency and simplified workflow to produce animation of the highest quality for film, video, television, web sites, games and mobile devices." Solo offers morphing, inverse kinematics, glue and special effects, while integrating into any existing pipeline. Other tools include those for vector-based drawing, ink and paint, lip sync, realtime preview/playback, and QT/SWF/TGA rendering. Toon Boom Solo is expected to ship on September 30, 2005. Toon Boom Solo comes with a DVD case and CD, a security key (dongle), Keyboard Shortcuts and Installation and Getting Started Guide, tutorials as well as a two-volume user guide. Pricing is $3,000, while support packages are $250 (1-year) and $450 (2-years).
In Brief: Apple is on schedule to ship its first Intel-based computers by June 2006, according to an interview with Steve Jobs.... The Delicious Library Backup "QuickPick" Plugin is a free tool for Backup 3 users to easily back up their Delicious Library database and preferences with one checkbox.... RadTech today announced immediate availability of the ClearClip for iPod shuffle.... Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today announced the new DLO Relaxed Leather Cases for iPod.... XtremeMac today debuted its FS.1 High Definition Earphones, which it says is "a new generation of professional audio technology" for iPod consumers.... One MacNN reader has written a tutorial on "How To Fix A Bent Powerbook Key".... Silverado Systems is offering free rental of its 5.6TB Xserve RAID to clients purchasing new Apple Xsan systems for their facilities.... Apple today cut the fee on its iPod battery replacement service (from £79 to £49) in the UK and parts of Europe.
Brainwave today announced version 1.6 of pzizz, its revolutionary power napping software. New Features include an improved Energizer algorithm, new preferences, improved keyboard shortcuts, improved feedback, and more. The power napping software is designed to reduce stress levels, improve decision-making abilities, help insomnia and enhance overall performance, according to the company. pzizz nap technology can create more than 100 billion combinations of soundtracks: "These naps can be exported for use on an mp3 player, a CD or a cell phone’s memory card for later use and can be used by professionals, students, athletes and even new parents to help them achieve their daily goals." pzizz 1.6 is available as a free upgrade and as a 7-day trial: the full version (with Engergizer module) is $40; the pzizz Sleep Module is $20.
DigArts Software today announced the newest collection of high-speed paints for art professionals using Corel Painter or Paint Shop Pro. Jungle DVD upgrades DigArts Jungle product series by adding over 800 new cluster nozzles that work as progressive iterations of foliage for rendering forests, trees and nature for game environments, simulations, illustration and fine art. Jungle DVD’s new "cluster" paints work as progressive iterations of plant growth. The two-disc set, which includes the original Jungle 2D and 3D products, is currently available for Corel Painter (Mac or Windows) and Paint Shop Pro. Jungle DVD sells for $150.
e frontier, formerly Curious Labs, has released an electronic download of Shade 8, a new version of its powerful 3D modeling and rendering software. Shade 8 features network rendering, stronger modeling tools including polygon mesh editing, better integration with Poser, a new Toon renderer, faster Radiosity calculation and an improved Callisto renderer. Shade imports many popular CAD formats to create sophisticated high-end renderings. Shade 8 is designed for architectural and interior design markets; product design and visualization; and character modeling and rendering. It is available for $200 (Standard) and $900 (Professional version with advanced modeling, lighting and rendering tools for architecture and design professionals). Special pricing is available for Poser and Shade 7 designer LE users for a limited time. The boxed version is expected to ship later this month.
Sonnet Technologies today announced the G5 Jive, an internal drive mounting system for Power Mac G5 computers. G5 Jive enables Power Mac G5 users to add up to three additional Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives inside any Power Mac G5. Users can simply add drives and a SATA PCI card to create a cost-effective solution for adding high-performance storage capacity. While the Power Mac G5 only provides mounting support for two internal hard drives, G5 Jive provides up to three additional drives. It consists of a custom metal base plate and mounting bracket, mounting screws, three internal SATA data cables, and a custom-designed 3-drive SATA power cable. G5 Jive mounts in the space at the bottom of the case beneath the optical drive and its installation has zero impact on PCI slots and adapter cards. It will ship later this month for $100.
Intego today announced VirusBarrier X4, the new version of its antivirus program for Macs that incorporates a range of new features that have been designed to provide users with advanced protection against all known viruses, including Word and Excel macro viruses and also viruses that target Windows computers. Intego VirusBarrier X4 is a full Cocoa application that works in the background, alerts the user if any viruses are detected, and does not need to be disabled when installing other software, according to the company. It brings a new dynamically resizable interface, monitoring of emails for viruses, log/schedule management, secure zone creation, integration with iCal, scanning of compressed files, a contextual menu item, temporary deactivation, and more. It is available for Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later and can be purcahsed for $70 ($45 upgrade).
Intego today announced the latest version of its backup, synchronization and volume cloning solution for Mac OS X: Personal Backup X4 v10.4 can manually or automatically back up files, synchronize data between two computers or volumes, and clone bootable Mac OS X volumes. It provides both "one-click" operation as well as custom-defined scripts. The latest version adds backup to multiple CDs/DVDs, improved speed of up to 4x previous versions, a "completely revised" interface, encrypted archiving, a new Intego menubar item, more pre-defined backup scripts for specific file types, Spotlight search backup, integration with iCal, improved backup statistics, and more. In addition, it offers scheduling, Finder-format backups, incremental backups, logging, and more. It runs on Mac oS X 10.2.8 or later and is available for $70 (upgrades are $45).
Opera today began offering its alternative Opera web browser for free, permanently removing the ad banner and licensing fee. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download: "Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser." Opera was previously available free of charge with an ad banner and users had the option of paying a licensing fee to remove the ad banner and receive premium support. The Opera web browser is available in twenty (20) languages.
RadTech today announced immediate availability of the ClearClip for iPod shuffle. Described as the "versatile way to keep the iPod shuffle safe and secure while making it more portable than ever. Add some spontaneity to your Shuffle, go beyond the lanyard and clip it anywhere you choose – your pocket, shirt, belt, backpack – whatever works best for you! The fully transparent ClearClip complements your Shuffle, allowing it to shine as you take it for a spin." It is available now for $18.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today announced the new DLO Relaxed Leather Cases for iPod. The genuine leather cases fit all 4G iPods and feature a "hip, distressed leather look." The 'casual lifestyle' cases are available in six different designs featuring contrast stitching, brass rivets and supple, worn leather textures. "We've designed a high-quality leather case that is dramatically different from the typical black, corporate leather iPod case....The stitching, the brass patina rivets, the worn, antique feel of these Relaxed Leather cases is perfect. They parallel the trends seen on the street today and fit in with the casual cool look we all love. Everybody is a rock star with these cases." The DLO Relaxed Leather iPod Cases are priced between $35 and $40 and are expected in October.
XtremeMac today debuted its FS.1 High Definition Earphones, which it says is "a new generation of professional audio technology" for iPod consumers. Built in partnership with Future Sonics (a leading manufacturer of personal monitors for professional musicians), the FS.1 earphones utilize proprietary Future Sonics drivers and technologies, which "produce a natural tone and rich, deep bass-even at the lowest volume levels-that surpass the performance of any other earphones on the market." XtremeMac says that the level of audio quality, peformance and style makes FS.1 earphones optimal for use with a wide range of devices including iPods, portable DVD players and gaming systems. The earphones will ship in November for $150 and are available for pre-order now.
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs vowed Tuesday to resist music companies' "greedy" demands for price increases on the iTunes music download site and warned that such a move would encourage piracy, according to Reuters. "Jobs, speaking to reporters before the opening of the Apple Expo in Paris, acknowledged that some record companies were pushing him to raise the price of each song download, currently 99 cents on the U.S. iTunes site." Jobs said that record companies already make more profit by selling a song through iTunes than on a CD because of the manufacturing and marketing cost advantages. "So if they want to raise the prices it just means they're getting a little greedy."
Apple today released Backup 3.0, an update to personal backup software for .Mac users. Apple says that .Mac Backup has been redesigned from the ground up resulting in easier setup, quicker backups. It now features the ability to seamlessly automate the process so users don't have to remember to run a backup. Other new features include the ability to automatically back up iLife content, Home folder, iTunes purchased music, and other files. Backup 3.0 also features built-in Mac OS X "Tiger" Spotlight search support to make it easy to select specific files to backup; version 3.0 also features new incremental backups help to save time and media costs. Backup 3.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9/10.4.2 and is available for free to .Mac users (login required).
Apple today announced an update to .Mac, its membership-based online service designed to facilitate group communication and for sharing, storing and protecting digital photos and videos. New features include: .Mac Groups, a service that helps members communicate, coordinate schedules and stay in sync with private groups of friends or colleagues; an updated version of .Mac Backup software that makes it easy for members to archive their iLife and other important files; a four-fold increase in combined iDisk and email storage to 1GB for individuals and 2GB for families; and full French and German localization.
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Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
The 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
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