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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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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