Black Hole, AppDelete, iStat Menus

updated 10:25 am EDT, Thu July 8, 2010 | Posted in Apps

Black Hole 1.0 (free) - Black Hole is a new application that allows users to delete sensitive information from the Mac, as well as automate operations such as emptying the trash and quitting applications. It can be used to delete files and folders while bypassing the trash, along with clearing all recent items. The ability to close Safari tabs and windows is included as well. [Download - 4MB]

AppDelete 3.1.2 ($8) - Reggie Ashworth has launched a new 3.1.2 version of AppDelete, its tool for deleting any application and its related items. The update provides a variety of performance enhancements and optimizations, including better memory usage. New Chinese localization has also been added, along with a bug fix for removing items from the trash. [Download - 3.5MB]

iStat Menus 3.02 ($16) - iStat Menus 3.02 is designed to monitor Macs right from the menubar, and provides information such as CPU and memory usage. New to the software is improved stability, and added support for sensor monitors on 2010 MacBook Pros and Mac minis. Enhanced city-searching functionality is also provided, amongst other bug fixes and improvements. [Download - 6.4MB]

myBlogEdit 3.4.1 (free) - myBlogEdit 3.4.1 works as an easy-to-use weblog editor that provides tools for managing and publishing entries, as well as uploading files or images. The latest release offers improved support for both ExpressionEngine and the website publishing software Drupal. Additionally, the update fixes an issue with Markdown and other minor glitches. [Download - 8.8MB]

HotSale 1.4.9 ($60) - A new 1.4.9 version of HotSale, a point-of-sale management utility that can be used to keep track of inventory, sales, customers, and rented items, has been released. The upgrade offers an enhanced automatic e-mail feature and extends e-mail functionality to support all reports. A printing error has also been fixed, in addition to other minor enhancements are included. [Download - 16MB]

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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014.

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Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket

The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]


Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera

Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement.

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Apple employees testing wheelchair features

New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps.

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SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards

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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26

Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion.

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Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users

Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser.

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