Maxbulk Mailer 2.0 is the latest release of a mail-merge and bulk mailer tool from Maxprog Software. The new version offers styled text support and the addition of 13 new date tags and 3 encodings for attachments. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader John Linthicum has sent us a photo from a high school in Henrico County, Virginia, where Steve Jobs recently visited to deliver 23,000 iBooks ordered by the state\'s school system. An announcement board in the picture reads \"Charge those iBooks!\"
The Wall Street Journal has posted a compendium of reader input on the issue of wage insurance for workers, including this criticism of Apple\'s system: \"The layoff was very nice with a big cash settlement, but that was because Apple feared lawsuits, not because we had any predefined special rights. At Apple, if you are a contractor, you are a second-class citizen. You don\'t get most of the perks that the \"regular employees\" get, and you cannot do a job with a management role: all managers are regular employees... I don\'t regret being laid off from Apple.\"
Computer Systems Odessa Corp., is telling users that ConceptDraw Mindmap for Classic/Mac OS X will begin shipping at the end of September. The tool organizes and displays ideas in a visual way, utilizing the Mind Mapping technique. The software will be available at the price of $99 (Standard version) and $155 (Professional version).
Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0 Standalone Beta 3 is a Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor written in Java. It supports full CSS1 and CSS2 as defined by the W3C. The new release revamped the user interface and added help functionality. [download form]
MacNN reader \"Little Matt\" has sent in the following report regarding Apple\'s upcoming store in Albany, NY: While visiting Albany for a Labor Day party, my girlfriend and I stopped by Crossgates Mall to see what progress had been made, if any, on the Apple Store to be located there. We figured that it should at least be under construction since the job postings for that location have all but disappeared from Apple\'s site. There is a location on the first floor across from Macy\'s which is sporting only \"Fisher Development\" and \"Brookstone is now located upstairs\" signs. A look inside the holes showed a store far from completion. It does look as if all demolition of the previous tenant\'s space is complete. New construction is beginning. Ceiling grid is still being hung from lifts. Metal studs are still visible in the walls. The lighting is still provided by construction lamps. The space is next to an American Eagle Outfitters and a bed store. It\'s located directly before a diagonal \"jog\" in the mall, so Apple may be able to have some extra window space or an extra Apple logo in this location. The drywall barrier does indeed have a diagonal section.
Trolltech is adding Qt/Mac, the Mac OS X port of Qt, the cross-platform GUI application, to the Qt Academic Program. The addition of Qt/Mac to the Academic Program allows educational institutions to acquire and use, for educational purposes, Qt for Mac OS X for free
Grid 2.0, a spreadsheet plug-in control for REALbasic, has adopted the Einhugur Floating Engine from StyleGrid 2.0 in its latest release. The new engine is object oriented, allows for multiple grids and multiple vieiws, and allows row sharing.
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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e