Electric Butterfly has released Stimulus 1.0b1, an \"integrated software product that works intuitively like a file browser, allowing you to select and view/play all of your favorite images, audio files, and video clips from within a single application.\" The $12 application supports 17 popular file formats, zoom, printing, file properties, and other standard features. [Classic, Carbon]
Mac Beta 4 for Castle Wolfenstein MP is being mirrored by ExtremeSims Website as well as \"the entire [69MB] package for Mac users with no access to a PC.\" The beta application for OS X was created by Graeme Devine: \"The OS X build is looking good. On my G4 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 card I get 90fps in game, while on my P3 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 I get 30fps on the same settings.\"
Agfa recently released an updated ScanWise 2.1b as part of its beta program for texting its scanner drivers for OS X, support most of its SnapScan \"e\" scanners and its 1212u and 1236u scanners.
Following the release of StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 earlier today, Aladdin also released StuffIt Expander 6.5, an update to the free decompression utility bundled with most Macs. [Classic, Carbon]
24U Appearance OSAX 1.2.1 now works also when booted from write-protected disk and fixes a bug where \"better dialogs\" would not correctly appear in front of all windows. Appearance OSAX adds pop-up alerts, display dialogs, open floating text message windows, show progress indicators, and other notifications to AppleScript.
Maxum Development today released Rumpus 2.0, a \"major\" update to the company\'s high-performance FTP server package. Version 2.0 is now a native Carbon application and also adds upload notices, folder sets, user account limits, direct HTTP user account management, and enhanced security (user database encyrption). It is a free update to all purchases within the last year. Upgrades are $80 (Standard) and $120 (Professional).
Afternoon tech news: AMD plans to unveil a chip dubbed the Athlon XP, with the suffix standing for \"extra performance,\" and not a reference to the soon-to-be-released Windows XP operating system; Toshiba is the latest laptop manufacturer to jump on the wireless bandwagon pioneered by Apple with the AirPort standard; The Nimda virus is continuing to spread at a rapid rate, and analysts are predicting that the worm may outpace the infamous Code Red virus.
Design, Inc.\'s historical combat game Ancient Warfare for the Mac will ship with Romans and Barbarian armies and also includes a campaign for the Roman empire in 68 AD when Rome had four emperors. The $25 game ($4 shipping & handling) includes true isometric views of the battlefields, 3D rendered graphics, variable formations (line, box, wedge, etc.), and support for infantry, archers, cavalry, wagon trains, etc. A special offer until the end of October will raffle 3 authentic silver coins from ancient Rome to those who order before that date.
Keyspan is now shipping silver USB hubs, which complement \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s. Both hubs offer four USB ports, support dual power modes, and comply with USB 1.1 specifications. The mini hub version also features a low-power design that extends the battery life of the laptop. The desktop version (UH-4ASL) retails at $40 and the Mini Hub (UHM-4SL) retails at $50.
Aladdin today released StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, an update to its $80 compression utility. Version 6.5 includes new StuffIt Express Personal Edition (available separately), which can create customized drop boxes that can be configured to automate file compression and transfer tasks. It also brings Magic Menu support for OS X, smart expansion of Palm OS files, and DropTar, a new drop box compression utility for Unix.
EarthBrowser 1.5.4, a $20 dynamic earth simulation that shows current weather, webcams, earthquakes, volcanoes and clouds, corrects location information for several cities, updates the webcams, and has other fixes. It is available in several languages.
SQL4X 1.3 offers a free graphical interface for installing and configuring MySQL: \"You will need less than five minutes to install and configure your first MySQL database server. To administer MySQL and to access your databases SQL4X Manager 1.3 is included,\" which provides access local and remote MySQL databases. Two versions of SQL4X Manager are available: Basic Edition ($40), which is restricted to access up to two MySQL database servers and the Pro Edition ($70) with unlimited access to local and remote MySQL database server.
Intelli Innovations has released iPrompter 1.8.6, a bug-fixing update to its prompting software for the Mac.
MacNN reader John Robokos notes a Morningstar.com article discusses the state of the PC industry from the point of view of the HP-Compaq buyout. In terms of Apple, the author says: \"Apple, of course, is a different story, since it builds its own operating system and has proprietary components. Apple sells a differentiated product; the Wintel crowd sells a commodity... But trying to compete in consumer PCs against a low-cost producer (Dell), the maker of a radically differentiated product (Apple), and the world\'s pre-eminent marketer and designer of consumer electronics (Sony)...\"
BTV Pro 5.1 is the latest release of an application that allows you to view, capture and edit video, create stop-motion animations, and also has advanced capture features such as frame averaging, time lapse and motion detection. The new version has the ability to add the image of a clock to frames in timelapse and motion detection, and can make a movie out of a folder of image files.
osx.macnn.com has news of Entourage X, Microsoft\'s popular email client and personal information manager as well as shipment of Maya for OS X.
As MacNN first reported last week, Microsoft today released details regarding Office 10 for Mac OS X, which is now officially dubbed Office v. X for Mac. The software will be priced at $499 for the full release or as little as $149 for upgrades.
Dr. Bott is now shipping of its new T3Hub, an ultra-portable, semi-self powered, 3 port USB hub that weighs less than an ounce and requires no external power supply. It \"supports USB devices that normally require a powered hub such as keyboards, floppy drives, Zip drives, and scanners through intelligently allocating power where it is needed.\" The $34 hub is available in three colors: Titanium for PowerBook G4, Ice for iBook 2001 and Translucent Graphite that fits great with any computer.
As anticipated last week, Microsoft today announced the November availability of Entourage X, its email client and personal information manager for OS X: \"As the cornerstone of Office v. X for Mac, Entourage X for Mac offers many new features and improvements, including a redesigned user interface, calendar and the addition of Office notifications, plus many more improvements that have made communicating and managing information in Office v. X easier than ever.\" Pricing is $500 for the full version of \"Office v. X for Mac\" or $400 for a standalone version. Upgrades are $300, however, for a special limited time, Microsoft will be offering $150 upgrades to those who own any Office 2001 application. It requires OS X 10.1 to run.
Adobe yesterday reported financial results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2001 with revenue of $292.1 million and net profit of $40.3 million or $0.28 per share. Adobe cited a significant decline in Japan revenue as the main reason for missing the targeted revenue.
Maya and SGI have jointly announced the shipment of Maya for Mac OS X. The 3D animation and effects software includes support for QuickTime, tear off menus in the hot box, and a fully Aqua interface. The retail price of Maya Complete for Mac OS X is $7,500 USD, the same price as Maya Complete for other platforms.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 6 new desktop pictures in memory of last week\'s 9-11 tragedies, including In Memoriam, Let Freedom Ring, Never Forget, New glory, Raising the flag, and United We Stand.
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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