O\'Reilly Network Open Source Editor Chris Coleman rebuts a ZDNet article published yesterday that called Apple \"open source\'s black hole,\" contending that Apple is going beyond what the BSD license dictates and is being very supportive of its open source efforts.
Donagrandi Software\'s RBdbMaker 1.2 is a new version of its REALbasic Database management tool that adds support for recording and scripting AppleScript and other improvements. An untested beta version for Mac OS X is also available.
Dantz has released a FireWire/USB Extension Updater for owners of Retrospect 4.3, the file backup utility for the Mac. The update improves FireWire and USB support with Retrospect. In addition to English, the updater is available in French, German, and Japanese.
Men and Mice has released QuickDNS 3.5 for Mac OS X, a $350 utility for DNS management of both Mac OS X and Linux DNS servers. QuickDNS 3.5 for Mac OS X lets administrators manage large zones, manage DNS remotely, automatically set up DNS Servers, manage multiple servers from a single window, and more.
FileStamp 1.2 is a maintenance release of the $5 utility for changing type/creator codes.
Both Ptah 1.2.0 [373 KB] and Rosetta 1.2.0 [212 KB] are maintenance releases that provide long file name support under Mac OS X. Ptah is a $15 shareware text, image and cataloging program while Rosetta is a $15 shareware utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files, and more. Both applications are Carbonized and can be used on both Mac OS 8.5 or later and Mac OS X.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0 Beta 6, a new version of its tool for scientific data and mathematical function analysis that runs natively on Mac OS X. The update brings a new version of the 3D plotting plug-in (3DPlotterGL) for Mac OS X, and provides various bug fixes. pro Fit 5.6.0 Beta 6 is free to all registered owners of pro Fit 5.5.
Mint Audio 1.0pr2 is the second preview release of Unsanity\'s lightweight MP3 and audio player for Classic and Mac OS X. The new version reduces CPU usage and addresses a number of issues pointed out by users of the initial release.
After announcing the German release earlier this week, Aladdin Systems has announced that both French and Spanish versions of Stuffit Deluxe 6.0 are now shipping. The file compression/decompression utility for Classic and Mac OS X features the company\'s ArchiveSearch and ReturnReceipt technology, which notifies an e-mail sender when the recipient has unstuffed the attached archive.
After receiving many emails from users over the distaste for blue in Mac OS X, Matt Anderson, creator of Unlined Charcoal, has released Unlined Ruby 1.1.8 and 1.1.8 SE. The alternate theme for Apple\'s new operating system replaces blue with red wherever possible.
A QuickTime movie showing Steve Jobs\' presentation at this week\'s Media Event is now available from Apple. The presentation included the introduction of the new Dual USB iBook, which will be available later this month.
Apple has published or updated a number of Tech Info Library articles pertaining to the new iBook (Dual USB), including technical specifications, how to install RAM, removing and replacing the battery, sound capabilities, external ports and connectors, security information, maximum number of FireWire devices, and how an external monitor or eject key may not work with Mac OS X.
DragThing 4.0.2 is a maintenance release of James Thompson\'s popular dock application for Mac OS X and Classic.
ClipCleaner 1.0.0b1 is a \"small, fast utility for cleaning up clipboard text\" that performs tasks such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, removing multiple spaces and returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters, and more.
PineHill Products has released SiteToolkit 1.5, a new version of its $16 set of webmaster tools for Mac and Mac OS X. The new version adds AppleScript support, an updated interface and manual, support for submitting to over 40 search engines, and more. [722 KB -- Classic; 806 KB -- OS X]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a Blue and White G3 Bundle ($999), Seagate Cheetah 18.4 GB SCSI HD ($175), Indigo G3/266 iBook ($1,099), PowerBook G3/233 ($899), and Epson Perfection 1240U w/ TPA and software ($284).
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota will soon play host to one of the dozens of Apple retail stores around the U.S., according to a report from a local resident and confirmed by Mall of America security officials. The Apple store, which will combine two locations to become an \"oversize\" store, will be located near the new Gap Kids store, Bose Stereo store, and Discovery Channel Science store.
We have published an exclusive preview of Pillars of Garendall, the upcoming fantasy role-playing game from Ambrosia Software and Beenox Studios.
ForkSwitcher is a utility that allows Mac OS X fonts to be converted for use under Mac OS 9.
Addonics today introduced the Combo Hard Drive, a 3.5\" Hard Drive kit that can connect through USB, FireWire, or PCMCIA depending on which cable is purchased. The kit with USB or PCMCIA connectivity is $100, while the FireWire version is $150.
We have posted ten photos of the new iBook, comparing its form factor and size to the PowerBook G3 and PowerBook G4. Two days ago we posted a full recap of the new laptop.
\"Raymond\" sent us some words of advice on using an HP 930C USB printer after applying the Mac OS X 10.0.2 update:\"The update worked great and it was very smooth, but as soon as I woke my Pismo Powerbook from sleep my HP 930C (USB of course) would not respond and I constantly got error messages. However I did get it to work again. After a couple reboots, I decided to unplug the printer before I restarted. I then plugged the printer back in after OS X had completely rebooted. The printer then started to work properly.\"
Morning tech news: Dell is recalling 284,000 laptop batteries from its Inspiron 5000 series after one of the Panasonic-made batteries overheated and caught fire; Microsoft will defend its stance against open-source projects, saying the code could undermine intellectual property, during a speech today; EarthLink\'s co-founder has been accused of defrauding investors out of $35 million; and sales of Palm handhelds fell 20 percent in April, while volume sales of the new color Palm m505 may not arrive until July.
Tce-Yee Poon noticed that Apple DVD Player 2.4, which comes with the PowerBook G4, is now available for all software DVD-equipped Macs from the Software Update control panel. There\'s no mention of the changes with this version.
Keyspan has posted USB PDA Adapter 2.2, an update to the softawre for its USB adapter.
Power On Software will reportedly release Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0 later this month. The new version will offer a number of new features, including additional fields for contact information, enhanced AppleScript support, and support for up to two billion contacts. The software, which isn\'t Carbonized for Mac OS X, will ship for $130; upgrades are $50.
Apple will soon be offering only LCD displays, as the company has decided to axe production of the 17-inch Apple Studio Display CRT, according to MacUser UK and c|net. The article speculates that next month, or at Macworld Expo in July, Apple will introduce a larger 17- or 18-inch flat-panel display. AppleInsider reported on the existence of such a display at Apple nearly a year ago.
Macromedia yesterday posted a profit of $8.4 million, or 15 cents per share5 cents lower than analysts\' consensus estimateson revenues of $89.1 million. Macromedia also announced that it had cut 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure. Shares of Macromedia fell as much as 30 percent in after-hours trading. In contrast, Macromedia rival Adobe posted profits of $69.8 million on revenue of $329 million in its most recent quarter.
Yesterday we published a report on Macromedia\'s release of the first 3D Shockwave content. Other reports included Epson price drops, indefinite postponement of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, UPresent and UGather, new Sharp LCDs, and Imagine axing affiliates. Software releases included Fetch 4.0, Snak 4.6.2, Retrospect 1.0fc3 for OS X, Cro-Mag Rally 2.0b3, and Org 2.0.
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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R