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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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