Black Cat Systems has released Morse Mania version 2.1.0, the latest release of the developer\'s morse code tutoring application. This version fixes several bugs in the practice exercises, and adds online help built into the program. [Classic, Carbon]
GEDitCOM 3.0 is the latest release of John Nairn\'s genealogy software. The new release sports Carbonization (while retaining OS 9 compatibility) and several other minor enhancements. The software is used for viewing and editing GEDCOM files. GEDCOM is a genealogy data base standard that stands for Genealogical Data Communication files.
Macworld magazine has published their \"Best of Show\" awards, which reward developers that show commitment to the platform and have taken advantage of Apple\'s newest technologies to create stellar new products. To qualify for a Best of Show award, products must be introduced at Macworld Expo or sufficiently close to the show to generate excitement on the floor; additionally, the product must be demoed at the Expo.
eWeek has published the results of their discussion with Tom Boger, director of Apple Desktop Product Marketing, and Sheila Annia, director of Mac OS X Product Marketing. The article offers additional information on the new \"QuickSilver\" PowerMacs and OS X 10.1.
VR Toolbox Inc have released VRWorx 2.1, an upgrade to its authoring suite for QuickTime VR. The update brings Carbonization to the program, meaning it will run in Mac OS X, as well as the ability to use video effects (such as wipes, dissolves and fades) when linking VR \"nodes\" together. Apple recently started including VRWorx in their educational software packages rather than their own VR Studio. VR Toolbox plans to announce further updates -- and possibly additional products -- at MacWorld San Francisco in January.
John Kramlich reports that despite the Apple Store\'s claim that the new QuickSilver G4 systems would not ship for 4-6 weeks, he received a message stating that his single processor 867 Mhz machine with combo drive has shipped. Another reader reports receiving a new base model (733 Mhz) QuickSilver on Friday. [updated]
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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