ClickCopy 1.0 is a $10 shareware contextual menu plugin that \"enables the user to copy files, make aliases, and move files easily.\"
Apple is offering Cocoa develeopers an invitation to a \"Cocoa kitchen\" at Apple in Cupertino, CA, scheduled for August 7-10. \"The focus of the kitchen will be on Cocoa Development and related topics. Cocoa Framework Engineers, DTS Engineers, and Technology Managers will be available to help work through technical issues and listen to your feedback. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and all attendees must be a member of the Apple Developer Connection program.\"
jPEE 1.3 for OS X adds the option to extract email addresses from files contained within directories and subsequent sub-directories and to verify the domains of the addresses to the utility for automatically removing email addresses, from large text files and directories.
SmartMode has released a Mac OS X-compatible version of its Rapid JavaServer Pages (JSP) Development tools. \"SmartMode enables JSP and Servlet developers to build dynamic, interactive web sites with distinct display, business logic, and database layers.\" The company will be releasing a Mac OS X GUI version in an upcoming release.
MacNN reader Richard L. notes that Aspyr Media has updated its game status list with information on Carbonized versions of The Sims: Livin\' Large, which is expected in August, and The Sims: House Party, which is expected in September. The Classic version of second expansion pack The Sims: House Party is expected to be released next week.
After a month-long hiatus, The Apple Store is now offering refurbished products again. Current offers include 400 and 500 MHz Indigo iMacs for $700 and $850, respectively.
Luigi Ballabio has released a Macintosh port of SWIG 1.3.6, a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. The program is primarily used with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, and Guile but has also been extended to include languages such as Java and Eiffel.
CyberDisc has released new beta versions of NodeScan Client and NodeScan Server, its Java-based platform for Classic and Mac OS X for distributed network services that combines elements of both peer-to-peer and client/server type networks. The new versions provide significantly improved appearance, functionality, performance, and reliability.
Creative has released version 2.91 firmware for its Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player that improves the device\'s battery life.
EjectMenu 2.6 is a new version of the $15 utility that adds the option of ejecting any mounted volumes from a system-wide menu, control strip, or contextual menu. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9.2, which is available on new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s.
Iconizer Pro 1.4.6 is a new version of the application for creating a group of 32-bit icons to form a picture as a folder background. Version 1.4.6 tweaks the Border Mask and Center image commands and fixes several minor bugs.
Strange Flavour has announced that Airburst, its new Classic and Mac OS X shareware game released last week, will soon feature Internet and LAN network play for registered users. A feature-limited LAN-only version for non-registered users will also be available. The company has also unveiled a new online registration option through Fairtunes.com and plans for Airburst shirts, hats, mugs, and other merchandise for the game\'s growing number of fans.
Apple ranks 49th in Business Week\'s assessment of the world\'s most valuable brands (PDF); the Apple brand is valued at $5.46 billion, down 17 percent from last year\'s value of $6.59 billion. \"Apple continues to churn out eye-pleasing products but struggles to find takers beyond the core Mac faithful,\" the report said. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia are ranked as the world\'s top five brands.
sMailing 1.5.1 is a new version of the Carbonized email application that can send personalized email messages. Version 1.5.1 adds name sender, an option to send email to admin when finished, read system Internet preferences for SMTP server, and bug fixes.
TimeCache 4.1.1 is a free, maintenance update to its time and expense tracking application for Macintosh users who bill clients for project work. It adds a pop-up a calendar and fixes a few bugs, including a problem with inaccurate timing when starting the timer from the TimeCache Remote Control window, and printing using user-selected fonts. A limited demo is available online.
Ashlar-Vellum last week announced its forthcoming precision design software product line, Designer Elements, which includes Graphite, Neon, Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt applications.
OSOpinion.com has published an article discussing the many different flavors of OS X applications including Carbon, Cocoa, and Classic. \" Mac OS X is a strange hybrid beast to be sure; it has a slick GUI on top of a tried-and-true Unix base,\" says author Kelly McNeill.
Memory Plus has announced a 640MB CompactFlash card, offering writes speeds of nearly 2MB/sec, according to Macworld UK. The media, due next week, has been tested in Kodak cameras and is encased in metal for enhanced durability: \"We don\'t see the average digital photographer wanting to buy this card just yet. We see this as a solution for a number of industrial and corporate applications. It\'s also ideal for some applications in the handheld market.\"
Jeff Pollard writes about the recent release of DialPadX: \"I installed it on my blue & white 450 and tried a few calls wit it. It doesn\'t work very well. From the computer side, I could hear the other end talking, but they couldn\'t hear me. Pretty disappointing after waiting this long for it.\"
ABBYY next month plans to launch the public beta of FineReader 5.0 Pro Mac, an optical character recognition (OCR) tool that uses the same engine as FineReader Pro for Windows. The public beta period for FineReader 5.0 will begin August 6th, and general availability is slated for September 10th.
Afternoon tech news: Palm plans to create a subsidiary specifically to manage the company\'s operating system for handheld devices, which is also used by Handspring; Government anti-trust enforcers are attempting to block a bid by Microsoft for another hearing; Motherboard makers plan to phase out Rambus, or RDRAM technology, which many industry pundits were pressuring Apple to incorporate into new Macs.
Koingo Software\'s has introduced introduced Blaze 1.0, its $16 shareware word processor that features line, word and character counts as well as color and font customization.
QXP PhotoBook 3.0 is a $15.00 stand-alone utility which helps create image catalog either QuarkXpress documents or Acrobat PDF files. It supports PDF and GIF formats as well as other non-Quark-supported formats such as Adobe Photoshop files. A limited demo is available.
Jeremy Kezer\'s $7 shareware Thermograph 1.3.3 measures the internal processor temperature of any late-model G3 or G4-based Mac, records the minimum and maximum temperatures, and plots the temperature over time.
Ryan Rempel has released Unsupported UtilityX v1.0b9, which now pre-installs BootX in the manner required to boot on older systems (i.e. the 7300 - 9600 series), providing compatibility with Darwin 1.3.1.
Yesterday we reported on a technical problem disallowing PowerPC upgrade manufacturers to use the new, faster G4 chips from Motorola; a review of American McGee\'s Alice, a new 3D action/adventure game; the Apple retail store buying experience; price cuts on older Power Mac G4s; record sales for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction; new details on Microsoft\'s .NET initiative; QuickMail for Mac OS X; and Radiohead\'s use of a PowerBook to create its latest online music video. Software releases included The Sims for Mac OS X and GraphicConverter 4.09.
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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