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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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