c|net has posted an article discussing the relatively new area of movie piracy, noting that the RIAA\'s legal forces have largely been concentrated on Napster, but the article notes that the film Snatch has \"earned the dubious distinciton of being the most-pirated movie on the Internet, according to a survey released this week.\"
MacNN Reader Rusty Powell has notified us that a Ziff Davis poll asks \"How important is Apple/Macintosh to you?\" The poll is located on the lower right portion of the page.
CDFinder 3.1.2, Norbert M. Doerner\'s disk cataloging tool, has been updated to improve speed and fix several bugs.[Classic: 716 KB, Carbon: 632 KB]
A MacNN reader has informed us that he has received a replacement adapter for the PowerBook G3 series adapter he sent to Apple about a week after he ordered it. The adapter is one of the new \"silver discus\" models, not the thin black model that was shipped with the older PowerBook G3 portables.
Jasmine v1.0.5, a multitrack editor/mixer, now includes Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MP3 import/convert capabilities as well as tape display and other bug fixes.
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank Free Piano, a limited, freeware version of SampleTank, a software sound module which combines a sophisticated sampler/synth engine with hundreds of high quality multisampled sounds, into a VST instrument. It plays a single instrument, the smallest grand-piano included in the full version.
XMorph 2.0 and XMorph 2.0 DE are \"completely\" rebuilt versions of the OS X theme tools with a new interface. The Developer Edition (DE) contains a class that REALBasic developers can use to write their own theme switching programs that use the TPKG format. [XM, XMDE]
ClipCleaner 1.0b3 is a freeware utility for \"cleaning up clipboard text, with functions such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, converting ligatures , converting em and en dashes, removing multiple spaces & returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters (\"\"), converting ellipsis, removing spaces before punctuation, removing spaces at the start of paragraphs and more...\"
One Trick Pony 1.0 is a freeware application that will monitor a \'hot folder\' and send an email if someone added or removed an item.\"
The shareware advanced notepad utility, iOrganize 3.5, adds new print commands, preferences to customize font display, as well as several MacOS X-specific changes such as mouse wheel support. [Classic, Carbon]
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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