Constantin von Wentzel, who recently posted instructions for replacing failed capacitors in Apple\'s AirPort Base Station, has also added further instructions for those who want to retrofit extender antennas.
The $40 package of modem scripts, Mac aRa Modem Magic 5.0, promises to improve modem connection speeds through optimizations and compatibility with the latest protocols. It includes over 190 new ITU 56K Standard V.90, ITU V.92/V.44 and ISDN Drivers for your Modem Scripts Folder (inside the System Folder). A list of supported modems and a demo are both available.
Richard Bannister\'s Jum52/MacOS 0.5.1 is a new Atari 5200 emulator for Mac OS that includes full sound support and runs just fine under MacOS X.
Chronos\' latest promotion offers StickyBrain for $20, a 43% savings: \"Each subsequent day the price of StickyBrain will increase by $1 until the final retail price of $35 is reached.\" The company has also posted StickyBrain 1.1, an update to its \"personal productivity\" application that offers tools to organize and store information, password management, and to-do lists, contact lists, alarms and an infinitely customizeable interface. A demo is available online and also runs under Mac OS X.
Tape 1.6a5, the next version of the $10 shareware Mac OS 9 Package and Mac OS X Bundle editor, adds support for editing Mac OS X Help Book bundles, which \"use a slightly different bundle format than application bundles.\"
The $20 shareware CDFinderX, now available for Mac OS X, is billed as \"the first disk cataloger tool\" for the upcoming OS.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3 is an update to the popular SETI@Home helper utility that allows users to cache work units, log the analysis process, and automatically work units to RAM Disk for improved performance. Version 3.3 brings OS 9.1 support (through a new data file format), improved compatibility with Retrospect, and improved performance. [Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN]
Keys Curry notes an that Apple has increased the price on 500-MHz Cube in Hong Kong, despite a recent price drop in the US (as noted first by MacNN): I have been waiting patiently for Apple Store HK to drop the price on its Fastest Cube model to match the reduction in price at the Apple Store USA. Generally, the prices at the Apple Store HK pretty closely track prices at the Apple Store USA. Anyway, imagine my shock when I found out that the Apple Store HK actually increased the price of the Faster and Fastest models from the old price (which was equivalent to the price at the Apple Store USA prior to the recent price reductions). The Faster model is now around $2,499 US and the Fastest model is now at a whopping $2,975 US. I hope that this is a mistake. I sent a note to Apple Store HK asking for comment on the price rise, but no response so far. The Fast model is pretty much equivalent to the Apple Store US price.
NetShred 1.8 adds support for multiple overwrites of file names to the $10 software utility that erases the web browser cache, browser history files and email trash for improved computer privacy.
The February meeting of The 3D Artist User Group of New York will offer first looks at both Maya 3.0 and ElectricImage Universe on Wednesday, February 28th. Alias/Wavefront will be giving a Mac-oriented demo of Maya for Mac OS X and attendees will also get a first look at ElectricImage\'s soon to be released new interface and feature set, which will include new modeling enhancements, an improved Raytracing engine, Open GL support, new IK controls, and multi-platform support. Online pre-registration is required for the free event, which will take place at the Apple Marketing Center in NYC.
Reseller FireWire Depot is now offering CDCylone\'s 12x10x32 CDRW and 16x10x40 CDRW for $370 and $400 respectively and is also accepting pre-orders on CDCyclone\'s \'SuperDrive\' DVD/CDRW for $990. It is also offering SCSI and FireWire versions of Ecrix Tape Back-up drive (starting at $1050), full-size 5.25\" FireWire enclosures ($155), and 2.5\" and 3.5\" USB/FireWire drive enclosures for $160 and $185 respectively.
CDS advanced technology bv has released LanBox-LCII v1.3.3, updated software and firmware for its 250 channel, DMX controller box for lighting applications.
The Digital Universe 2.3 is a $100 professional-level astronomy simulation tool that integrates a \"several thousand page multimedia encyclopedia of astronomy.\" Version 2.3 provides online integration, improved grid display and customization, and other enhancements.
FlavorSavers 2.7 is an update to the $25 screen saver package, adding 11 new modules, improved security, and better screen coverage.
Sleeper 3.2.3b3, a public beta version of St. Clair Software\'s popular screen saver and energy saving utility, improves support for Apple\'s latest PowerMac G4\'s and iMacs, resolves some isolated compatibility problems with OS 9, and adds support for Apple\'s Studio and Cinema LCD displays. Sleeper 3.2.3 also includes controls for managing processor cycling on Macs that support it, allowing \"users who are having problems with Apple\'s built-in power management to disable the Energy Saver control panel completely.\"
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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