db Reports 2.5.1 is a report writing application that can visualize, format, and print data from 4D Server 6.5, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, Valentina databases. This version adds FrontBase support as well as fixes copy/paste issues.
Selznick Scientific\'s PasswordWallet 2.5, offers improved scrolling, better operation with the Keychain, and other enhancements to the shareware management tool for securely storing and organizing passwords.
BetterCalc 3.4 is a calculator that \"can display everything you type as you type it, while constantly auto-updating the total...[it] supports the true mathematical order of operation, as well as exponents and brackets.\" Version 3.4 adds better support for MacOS X, including CoreGraphics antialiasing, Mac OS X Window menu, and keyboard-board based shortcuts.
Funnel Web Analyzer 4.0.3 is a new version of Quest Software\'s popular tool for analyzing Web site traffic and online consumer behavior. Version 4.0.3 adds a 15% improvement in speed and memory footprint as well as a new \"Flushing mode\" feature to enable processing of gigabytes worth of log data. The new version also supports new international language format files for support of non-roman character sets such as Chinese and Japanese. [Standard: 8.6 MB; Enterprise: 8.3 MB]
Aspyr Media has released Deus Ex Multiplayer Update 1112, a new version of the multiplayer-enabled version of the action/role-playing/adventure game originally created by Ion Storm. Version 1112 brings the Mac version up-to-date with the PC version, fixes a bug with NVIDIA graphics cards, and adds EAX support for owners of Creative\'s SoundBlaster Live! sound cards.
Public Access Software\'s MacInstall 1.2.5b1 is a new version of its $20 Carbonized software installer targeted at shareware and freeware authors. Version 1.2.5 adds initial support for long file names (up to 255 characters) and substantially reduces the overall installer aplication file size when using MacInstall Compression.
24U has released its 24U Transcoding Plug-In 1.0 for FileMaker Pro versions 4.0 through 5.5 for Classic, Mac OS X, and Windows. The $19 plug-in lets users translate any text from one charset into another, using one of the supplied or your own transcoding tables. In addition, the plug-in can convert text and decimal numbers into hexadecimal form, and vice versa.
The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) has announced that 138 Wi-Fi certifications have been awarded since March 2000, with over 70 products receiving certification this year. Among the growing list of Wi-Fi products are Apple\'s AirPort Base Station and AirPort Card, which pioneered wireless access as a standard on notebook computers.
Apple has announced that John Brandon will join the company as vice president of the America and Asia Pacific, leading its sales for the U.S., Canada, South America, and Asia Pacific, excluding education and Apple\'s retail stores. Brandon previously served as president and CEO of Academic Systems Corporation (ASC), the leading supplier of technology-based content to the higher education market, and spent ten years at Adobe Systems, including a three-year post as vice president and general manager of North America.
BusinessWeek Online\'s Charles Haddad believes it would be an ill-fated move for Apple to enter the handheld market, either by creating their own device or acquiring Palm or Handspring. Rather, he believes the company would be better served by focusing on making sure the devices on the market are compatible with desktop Macs. \"I wouldn\'t be surprised if Apple announced sometime in the not-too-distant future an \'iTunes\' equivalent of handheld connectivity software. Such software would simplify connectivity with handhelds while expanding their power.\"
Escape Information Services has released DICOM Import 1.3, a new version of its $135 set of components that enhance QuickTime-compatible applications with the ability to import medical images that conform to the DICOM standard. Version 1.3 adds QuickTime support, support for images with image data in the YBR_FULL color space, an update DICOM dictionary, support for modality LUTs, and more.
Enigma 2.0 is a new version of Freeverse Software\'s $15 code-breaking game that is now Carbonized for native play on Mac OS X. The new version also includes all new graphics and characters, while retaining the game\'s classic gameplay.
Ambrosia Software is looking for help in testing an early development version of Snapz Pro X, its screen capture utility for Mac OS X, according to Utterer.com. \"Snapz Pro X isn\'t very functional right now -- you can only capture the entire screen, and only save it as a PICT file -- however it will still be quite helpful to us if a few people try it out.\"
Architosh reports on Interstudio\'s introduction of DigiCAD 3D 6.0 and options for facilities management software for the Mac.
REALbasic 3.2.1, a new version of REAL Software\'s object-oriented, cross-platform programming environment, fixes a bug that appeared in some Windows application builds.
Aladdin Systems today announced the release of Spring Cleaning 4.0, a new version of its $50 uninstaller and maintenance utility. The new version has been re-built with native support for Mac OS X, and includes two new utilities exclusively for the new operating system: QuickCompare, which displays the differences between similar files, giving users an easy way to identify which files should be removed, and AccessMoniter, which lets users find files by their last access date. Other new additions include CookieEditor, which lets users selectively remove Internet cookies, and MailCleaner, which finds unwanted and duplicate attachments hidden by popular email programs. Registered owners of earlier versions can upgrade for $20 directly from Aladdin, or use a $30 mail-in upgrade rebate when purchased from retailers.
Iomega is now shipping DataSafe NAS network attached storage servers in 160GB and 320GB capacities. The devices incorporate Windows 2000 technology and offer multiple Ethernet connections and RAID 5 data protection. The servers, $3,300 and $5000 respectively, include a 20- and 20-seat license for Iomega QuikSync 3 automatic client backup software are compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, Macintosh and NetWare clients. NAS servers can be monitored remotely through a Web browser interface and offer network status reporting and automatic e-mail alerts.
Whonami has launched its Whonami Global Internet Name Search Service, which lets users query domain names and phrases in over 170 Top-Level Domains (TLDs) around the world. The service also provides Internet Protocol address lookups and facilitates international domain name searches or registrations by offering English language translation services.
Alias|Wavefront\'s Richard Kerris, leader on the project to develop Maya for Mac OS X, has left the company along with eight other employees, according to Macworld UK. Work continues on the 3D modelling and animation application for Mac OS X, which is set for a summer release.
Wireless WebConnect! has added an optional Dial-Out Service to its wireless access plan, which allows users to wirelessly dial a toll-free number to connect to a corporate LAN or other computer system that is accessible via direct phone. A $10 monthly charge provides the ability to dial-out to toll free numbers only, and is limited to 4 hours per connection, and 100 hours total per month.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Christina Aguilera (Portraits), Titanium Apple (Logos, Apple), and Under the Sea 32 (Landscapes - Water).
David S. notes that i-drive, a free online storage site, is discontinuing its service and instead is licensing the software to telecommunications carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) so that they can provide fully integrated storage solutions into their other offerings. Users have until June 18th to remove their files from i-drive before they are deleted.
ZDNet\'s positive review of Final Cut Pro 2.0 talks about some of the much welcomed improvements to the digital video editing software: \"[the] target market has grown well beyond the professional-consumer level to include video and film professionals at the highest levels.\" Meanwhile, Salon.com\'s review says that Final Cut Pro 2.0 \"makes film editing affordable -- and threatens industry leader Avid.\"
Early morning tech news: IDC research shows HP as the worldwide leader in sales of home desktop PCs for the first time; Microsoft will centralize its messaging services in Windows XP into \"Windows Messenger,\" which will offer instant messaging, audio and video conferencing, application sharing and file transfer; and Amazon will continue to expand its services by selling PCs online as well as market books to institutional buyers, including businesses and government agencies, later this year.
AOL Time Warner Inc says it is remaking its Netscape software business into an \"Internet media hub brimming with Time Warner artists and publications, aimed at office workers and Web purists not already using AOL services.\"
Griffin Technology has posted (another) update to its iMic USB adpater software, iMic Control 1.2.
Mozilla.org has posted a new Carbon build of its open-source browser project, Fizilla 6/5/01.
Yesterday Future Power announced its settlement with Apple over its iMac look-alike. Other reports included Apple Design Award winners, Apple\'s new promo, sponsors for the 1394 Developers\' Conference, John Carmack\'s thoughts on PPC vs. x86, World War II Online\'s impending release, Napster\'s deal with MusicNet, Lasso Studio 5 and Lasso Professional 5, Roxio\'s alliance with EMI, a new Olympus digital camera, and LaCie\'s lowered price on its CD-RW. Software releases included PowerBook G4 DVD-ROM 1.2 Update, Microsoft Word 98/2001 Security Update, and Palm OS Emulator 3.2.
Digital:Convergence today announced the release of the Mac version of its :CRQ print-to-Web and broadcast-to-Web software, which uses embedded \"cues\" to \"empower publishers, broadcasters and manufacturers to help consumers access relevant Web-based content quickly and directly by reading product codes its USB-based :CueCat device.
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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