The free extended BASIC language metacompiler, METAL v1.7.2, now compiles applications that run on both OS X and the Classic with \"no changes to the source code.\" The new version is about 20% faster than METAL v1.7a.
The multilingual, shareware currency converter, Euro Assistant Pro 2.4, is now available as a Carbon application for OS X. Version 2.4 also fixes problems under OS 9.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple today issued a voluntary recall on certain AC adapters that were sold for use with PowerBook G3 systems shipped from May 1998 until March 2000 and has initiated an exchange program that will provide a new replacement AC adapter, free of charge: \"No Titanium PowerBook G4 or iBook AC adapters are part of this recall. The affected AC adapters could overheat, posing a fire hazard. Apple received six reports of these adapters overheating. No injuries have been reported. Apple urges you to order a replacement adapter immediately and not to leave your current AC adapter unattended while plugged into any power outlet. \"The recall only includes AC adapters with a two-prong connection that came with prior generation PowerBook G3 systems or that were purchased separately in standalone adapter kits for use in North America, Japan, Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions. The recall does not affect AC adapters with a three-prong connection (Model Number: M5159) that were supplied for use in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. \"
OptiGold ISP, Digital Point Solutions\' cross-platform business software package to run all aspects of an internet service provider from billing to server management, has been updated to add numerous \"web based reports and charts, tech support and broadband info via ISP management web interface, additional multi-company support and a few other miscellaneous items.\" A free working copy can be downloaded after completing a short form.
BASh 1.5.9, Deep Sky Technologies\' 4D component that provides extensive utility commands, has been updated with 12 new methods as well as other significant improvements and bug fixes.
Pocket Software has released a Dutch version of PocketDock 2.1.1, it\'s $20 launcher utility. Downloads are available after completing a short form.
Pervasive Software has sold its Tango 2000 technology to WithEnterprise Pty Ltd. in North Sydney, Australia, as of June 29, 2001. WithEnterprise will be fullfilling all product technical, and other support.
Bob Davis has written a quick instructional article detailing the steps for creating Name-Based Virtual Hosts on a MacOS-X machine to aid in the development of multiple sites.
A new Houston Chronicle column takes a look at the state of Mac programming from a novice\'s perspective, concluding that \"REALbasic is much easier for first-time programmers to learn and understand than either the Apple tools or CodeWarrior.\"
Architosh reports on Quesa Group\'s release of QuickDraw 3D API on OS X and OpenDWG Alliance\'s OS X code libraries.
Azine Software\'s startupscreen uility, ClearSide 2.0.2, fixes several bugs in the $10 startup screen utility.
Studion\'s ColorBlade 1.0 is a Adobe Photoshop plugin that offers color management (with visual inputs, not complex formulas). A demo is available online.
MIchael Nigrin\'s Power Email Extracter 1.2.5 adds the option to verify the domains of the addresses. The $15 shareware automates removing massive amounts of email addresses, from large text files and directories.
Sony and Apple are among techno-pundit Tim Baharin\'s picks for PC vendors whom he believes can \"survive or emerge to eventually own the consumer markets for next generation of PCs and other digital devices that drive the digital lifestyle.\"
Prowler 2.2.1, an update to Andrew Cunningham\'s shareware ($15) image browser, image viewer and management tool, is now available as an early alpha version for OS X and adds new preferences for scaling.
New web-based reporting, tech support/broadband info display, and better multicompany support has been added to Optigold ISP 2.7.7, the cross-platform business software package.
MAKI Enterprise\'s Megellan 1.9 improves database handling for better performance in its $50 multilingual email client software.
PcConverter 2.1 is $20 shareware that can \"convert text files (also RTF files) from Windows or Unix to MacOS, or process your custom database files or automate the conversion of text files to html.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Gideon Softworks continues to update its OS X shareware utilities: Snard 0.5 (dock-based launcher); Get Info 0.4 (change owner, group, permissions, and type/creator), and Dock-It 0.4 (finder enhancement).
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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