PPPremier Timer 2.04 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the $10 shareware utility that can toggle your PPP connection and can track daily, weekly, and monthly Internet usage.
osx.macnn.com has information about the upcoming release of WebObjects 5, which is \"completely Java-based\" and will include an unlimited WebObjects deployment runtime license. It also information on a beta program for Kensington\'s OS X driver and software.
The Apple Developer Connection has posted some updated WebObjects 5 info, including information on the projected ship date of the 100% Java version 5 of its enterprise server software that was promised late last year: The new Mac OS X Server will include a WebObjects deployment runtime with a license allowing unlimited transactions per minute. Apple is also offering license allowing developers to redistribute the WebObjects runtimes with web applications (each key costs $699). WebObjects 5 for Java will be available in early 2001, soon after Mac OS X ships. Since WebObjects 5 for Java requires functionality not present in Mac OS X Public Beta, there are no plans for a public beta. Apple will release WebObjects 4.5.1 which will allow you to run Objective-C applications on Mac OS X (Java applications will need to use WebObjects 5 for Java). Version 4.5.1 will be available in early 2001, soon after Mac OS X ships and will continue to be available even after WebObjects 5 ships. Both WebObjects 4.5.1 and WebObjects 5 for Java feature the ability to create \"thick\" (two-tier) Cocoa clients (in Objective-C and Java, respectively). The developer tools will be bundled with the WebObjects product and it hopes to provide a moderate-cost redistribution license allowing you to ship the EOF runtimes with your desktop applications.
A beta release of the popular gradebook software for teachers, Gradekeeper 5.2b, is now available for Mac OS X. The $20 software tracks students, assignments, scores, and current grades for the current term.
Patrick Urban notes that Kensington is now accepting applications for beta testing MouseWorks driver software and its VideoCAM Works application for Mac OS X.
James Walker\'s OtherMenu 2.04 is a maintenance release to his extension that creates a system-wide hierarchical that can be used to launch applications and documents, perform various utility functions, and execute FKEYs.
ShredIt 4.8, dubbed as the \"eDocument shredder,\" offers an easy, permanent way to destroy personal andconfidential information. Version 4.8 adds support for multiple overwrites of file names to protect the file name. It is available in English, French, German and Japanese.
Unsanity has announced its Unsanity Extras Center, a resource for custom made skins, plugins, and other additions to its shareware audio palyer with a visual plugin system.
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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