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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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu