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TLA Systems has released Twitkitteh: Cat Twitter, an iPhone and iPod touch application designed to make it possible for a user's cat to post their thoughts. Featuring a multi-paw interface shaped to represent a catís paw, the program enables the cat to post comments to Twitter on a variety of subjects. In order to have the cat send a post, users must create a Twitter account for their pet, and then simply have their cat press on one of the several spots of the paw that say comments such as food, play, sleep, and ruling the world.
To Promote Hulu.comís one-year anniversary, the company has announced a new social-networking feature, Hulu Friends. The portal is designed to help users communicate with each other through a media browser client, with customized profile pages similar to that of Facebook. The new page provides an area for people to connect with each other, share videos, track viewed content and leave notes. In addition, Hulu Friends allows integration with Facebook, MySpace, Digg, and Del.icio.us, along with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail.
Enterprise Desktop Alliance has announced a the results of a recent survey, indicating that 74-percent of 314 companies expect to increase the number of Macs within the organizations. Fewer than two percent of the respondents said they would be reducing the number of Apple computers. The survey also reported that productivity gains and employee preference are the main reasons enterprises are adopting Macs. Lower cost of ownership is also playing an important role in Mac growth. Of the IT administrators who responded, almost 60 percent manage 100 or more Macs in a wide range of enterprise-class companies.
Dexim has announced its Shu-Lip charger for the iPod shuffle 3G. The device provides a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a headphone jack on the other, allowing a USB-to-iPod connection for both charging and syncing the newly announced iPod, but without a cord between separating the two ends. The new charger features an aluminum casing designed to match the aesthetics of the Shuffle.
Digg founder Kevin Rose today "confirmed" that a Apple will implement a version of the much-anticipated "copy & paste" function in iPhone v3.0 (expected to debut next week at Apple's Townhall Event), but said that Apple was not expected to support background apps or processes. The "confirmation", which came in a Diggnation podcast recorded at SxSW in Austin, said that users will be able to "double click" a word to bring up a magnifying glass with two sets of quotes that users can drag forward or background and then click on copy or cut. Rose also claims that it brings a number of other features to bring the iPhone up to par with the Palm Pre, but did not include application multitasking or video (claiming the latter was due to a technical problem with writing to NAND memory too many times/too fast, but that it would come in future releases).
Chelsio Communications has added Mac support to its line of 10-gigabit Ethernet adapters. The new NIC drivers work with the company's Unified Wire products which pass Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and LAN traffic across a single Ethernet cable. The devices are geared for server networking, storage networking and clustering. Mac support for Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), offloaded iSCSI initiator and iWARP RDMA will be added later this year.
Apple's iPhone continues to push the limits of AT&T 3G network in the US with the company telling Silicon Alley Insider that it is frantically adding is adding wireless capacity in downtown Austin, Texas to deal with "unprecedented" demand by the South by South West (SxSW) conference on Web 2.0 trends and music. The publication claims that users are experiencing "flaky at best" service throughoug the area as thousands -- or even tens of thousands -- bring their iPhone 3G to Austin. AT&T said that it expects service to improve as early as Sunday night and to continue throughout the rest of the show.
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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