Apple will be hosting the grand opening of its Boston-area Apple Retail Store location in Northshore \"this weekend,\" (September 1st) according to an email from the company sent to select local residents. The first 1000 customers at the grand-opening, which begins at 9 am Saturday morning, will receive a free commemorative Apple T-shirt. (We previously noted that there will be a grand opening of the Chicago Retail Store in Woodfield tomorrow morning as well.) [updated]
Aspyr will be announcing updates for Livin\' Large and House Party today, including a Carbon patch, which are being hosted ant ExtremeSIMS.com: Classic Livin\' Large Data Updater, Classic Livin\' Large 1.2.2 update, Carbon Livin\' Large Installer, Classic House Party 1.3.1 Updater, and Carbon House Party Installer.
Neon Software has introduced LANsurveyor 6.0, a new version of its network mapping, monitoring and reporting applicationthat adds a host of new features including Neon Responder for Mac OS X, tight integration with AT&T\'s VNC open-source screen-sharing application, printer requestsfor paper and toner levels and page counts, SNMP trap handling, and a redesigned user interface. Upgrade pricing ranges between $100 and $200.
Apple has officially announced its much rumored price cuts on the Titanium PowerBook G4s: $2,200 for the 400 MHz model and $3,000 for the 500 MHz model, a price drop of $400 and $500 respectively.
SoftTTY 1.3, a TTY emulator allowing people to communicate with the hearing impaired over the telephone, adds an \"auto-save\" feature to prevent loss of a conversation if your computer crashed.
LaCie has reduced the price of its 24x10x40x CD-RW drive with both USB and FireWire connectivity to $300 after a $30 mail-in rebate. The CD-RW incorporates advanced \"BURN-Proof\" (Buffer Under RuN) technology and comes in LaCie\'s new SE2100 casing and includes BURN-Proof technology, FireWire and USB cables, international power supply, LaCie Recording Utilities and three CD-R discs. An ultra-SCSI version is also available.
Apple will be ending its free CD-RW promo with the purchase of Titanium PowerBook G4 today--about 10 days ahead of the expected Sept 3 end date and one day before it is expected to cut prices on the laptops by either $400 to $500, depending on the model.
Jonathan Krop\'s fiX Movie 1.5 is a freeware extension for Dreamweaver that creates a new menu item so \"that QuickTime movies will have the correct Object tags needed to play in IE 5.5 and greater.\"
Bare Bones today released Mailsmith 1.1.8, which bringsimproved compatibility with certain SMTP servers, a new \"Export\" scripting command for exporting entire mailboxes to mbox format, and other bug fixes to the email client.
Glass Bead Software today announced plans to develop an OS X version of SnapMail, its intra-office chat, messaging and communication application for the Mac office: \"This new version will continue to maintain SnapMail\'s legendary ease-of-use and \'administration-free\' status, but will also integrate the benefits of OS X\'s excellent TCP-IP networking.\" The company has also lowered pricing on the product by up to 20%.
AppMac software\'s sMailing 1.6 for OS 9 and OS X adds a new database engine, file management, better HTML support, keyboard shortcuts, and other enhancements, to the customized email generator.
Wisconsin\'s Appleton school district representatives have positive comments about PowerSchool after it turned to Apple\'s technology following an initial \"disasterous\" investment into software by another company: \"The Canadian firm programming it promised all the bells and whistles an administrator, secretary or teacher could want to keep the flow of student data humming. It was a disaster.\"
MySQLConnect adds support for REALbasic datasources to the $50 database plug-in which gives access to MySQL database servers. A demo is available.
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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