Berkeley has posted SETI@home 3.0.3 for Mac OS 8/9. Changes are detailed here, and include adding a new scientific calculation as well as bug fixes. There is no mention as to when the 3.0.3 version for Mac OS X will be released. (Join Team MacNNour SETI@home teamand show your support!)
Microsoft has released Office Manager 9.0, a freeware utility that allows for Office components to be launched from the from the menu bar.
The Chicago Sun Times has a positive review of the G4 Cube. \"Three weeks with the Macintosh G4 Cube in my office, and I\'m still blown away by its appearance. When paired with its companion Studio Display and clear keyboard and mouse, you\'ve got the sort of computer you\'d see in a commercial for breath mints.\"
Just days after Business Week published a scathingand somewhat inaccuratereview of Apple\'s current situation, a Business Week article today explains that CEO Steve Jobs will be able to get Apple through its recent troubles. \"What really counts here is Jobs\'s ability to stay nimble, changing direction quickly with the market. Nimble companies survive difficult times. After that, success is pretty much up to the company\'s customers.\"
games.macnn.com has published an editorial that discusses the lack of realistic blood and gore in action games and the impact it has on such titles. In addition, the site has news that Sim Theme Park for the Mac begins shipping today in the U.S. while Heroes III Complete for the Mac is currently in duplication and expected to be released by The 3DO Company on December 19.
MacInvoice 1.0 is a new billing application targeted at small-to-medium sized business. Among its features is support for email billing, reminders, report creation, and expense tracking. The $40 shareware title has a 10-day evaluation period.
.mail.it for Mac is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that allows users to add full email functionality to any FileMaker database. The software offers support for many features found in email clients, including the ability to send and receive attachments, multiple account management, and full HTML support. A trial version of the $59 plug-in is available. Discounts are available for multiple licenses.
Son of EvangeList is a new discussion list for Mac users. \"All replies are sent back to everyone on the list promoting free discussion. The lax moderation can lead to heated debates with just enough moderation to keep it rated kid safe.\"
Extension Overload 5.6 adds information for more than 100 new extensions, control panels, control strip modules, and contextual menu items, bringing the total up to more than 4,100. The $20 application also now features a companion control strip module, and several other new features.
Stairways Software has posted Interarchy 4.0, a new version of the popular Internet multi-tool best known for its $35 FTP capabilities. The new version features a revamped interface and several new features (which are not yet explicitly documented). Upgrades are $10.
CE Software has released QuicKeys 5.0 plug-in suite for its automation utility. The suite includes four new plug-ins, including: spell checking, compression, and dispense text, which copies and pastes the content of multiple text fields without repeatedly switching between applications. The suite costs $15 and is available to all registered 5.0 users.
Novatel Wireless today announced Merlin for Ricochet, the first PCMCIA card for accessing Metricom\'s Ricochet 128 Kbps wireless network. The $480 Type II card allows users to access the Ricochet network, which is currently available in ten metropolitan areas. Readers should note the price of the card varies significantly with promotions. [updated]
Ilene Hofffman has posted the Hess Memorial Macworld Events/Party list for Macworld San Francisco. \"Anyone who hosts an event or knows of an event is requested to please let me know, so that it can make the list.\"
MacDesktops, which recently added a plethora of customizable options, added 14 new pictures this past week, including: American Beauty (Movies), Glow (Landscapes), Matrix wall (Landscapes), Natalie Portman (Portraits), and PowerBook G3 composite.
Apple has posted a story on independent research scientist Andrew Santangelo, who uses Macintosh hardware -- Power Mac G4, iMac and iBook -- in his work as an aerospace contractor researching, designing and developing tether-based technologies for space exploration.
OmegaWindow+ 1.3 adds several features to the $25 utility that allows users to resize and manage windows from their keyboard.
VolumeRocker 1.5 is a $5 alternative control strip module for adjusting your Mac\'s volume using a rocker-like switch. This version adds more customizable options.
The Mac-Stacks Emporium has released Font-a-log 1.0, a free font cataloging utility.
Early morning tech news: Microsoft has agreed to pay $96.8 million to former temporary workers who sued for benefits; Ask Jeeves has laid off 25 percent of its work force; and Acer has reduced the number of its overseas manufacturing plants to 12 from more than 20.
Yesterday we noted the demise of Macs in the US Navy, a report on Mac-supported free ISPs, and the release of BBEdit 6.0.2 and IomegaWare 2.8.
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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. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
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. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
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. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
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. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
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. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE