Cameraid 1.2b2 makes some small improvement Juri Munkki\'s $15 shareware digital photography utility package that downloads photos from a variety of digital cameras, performs lossless rotation and transformations, includes powerful viewer (rename, drag & drop and a unique photo grading system for selecting good & bad shots), and batch processing functions.
UsableNet has released Lift Onsite 2.0, dubbed as the \"first Macintosh product to test for Section 508 and W3C accessibility compliance,\" which mandates that federally funded websites make all Internet content accessible to people with disabilities. Lift Onsite offers automatic HTML evaluation, problem identification, customization of guideline checking, rule prioritization, and report generation. It is an free update to the $250 application.
Palm announced revenues of $214.3 million and a 7 cents a share loss for its first fiscal quarter of 2002. It was a sequential improvement and beat Street estimates after a shocking spring-quarter slip, according The Street.
Reindeer Games has released FoveaPro 2.0, a professional version of its Image Processing Tool Kit, an $800 set of Photoshop-compatible plug-ins for processing and scientific measurement of 8- and 16-bit per channel images. Version 2.0 has new measurement capabilities, particularly for shape (including topological and fractal parameters) and relative position (nearest heighbor distance, direction, etc.) as well as additional processing tools and enhanced automation capability (including multivariate expert system feature classification). It is a free update to registered users.
PowerFiles announced today the release of 16 3-in-1 FileMaker Pro Templates, which can help teach owners to use and learn FileMaker Pro. The templates serve can serve (1) as a template or model for building your own FileMaker Pro database, (2) as a learning tool for discovering how to implement certain techniques in your own development and (3) as a fully working solution. The template start at $25.
Team Labs today announced that its computer-based data collection system for science and math education, the ThinkStation Probeware System, is now compatible with Macs. The system allows teachers and students to conduct experiments with real data, measuring data for temperature, light, force, distance, heart rate, pH, and sound. The probeware instantly collects, displays, and analyzes the data from science experiments.
Following yesterday\'s releases (Expander 6.5 and Deluxe 6.5), Aladdin today officially shipped StuffIt Lite 6.5, its $50 suite of compression tools, including StuffIt Expander (freeware) and three shareware utilities: DropStuff (creates StuffIt .sit archives), DropZip (creates .zip archives), and DropTar (a drop box compression utility that creates Tar files). The products are also available separately: DropStuff is $30, DropZip is $20, and DropTar is $20. Customers who purchased DropStuff 5.0 or later as well as DropZip are entitled to a free upgrade to their respective products. Aladdin is offering all StuffIt Lite, DropStuff, and DropZip registered users an upgrade for $20 to StuffIt Deluxe through January 31, 2002.
Casady & Greene\'s Conflict Catcher 8.1 adds new \"Mac OS 9.2.1 All and Base sets,\" updates the Clean-Install System Merge for Mac OS 9.2.1, and has new file definitions and vendor information to the Reference Library. The $80 utility helps manage extensions, troubleshoot conflicts, and provides a wealth of information on system folder components.
After our report earlier today on next week\'s release of OS X 10.1, The Register publication is confirming our report and saying that Apple will announce a dual-processor 800MHz Power Mac G4 Server configuration next week as well.
Yamaha today announced two new CD-R recorders: CRW2200FXZ (FireWire) and CRW2200UXZ (USB 2.0), which says are the industry\'s first 20X external CD-RW drives. The 20x10x40x mechanisms are $330 and $300 respectively and support the 4X-10X CAV mode for high-speed random writing or reading of data, realizing \"floppy disk-like ease of operation using packet writing.\" Each includes MusicMatch software for ripping audio and playing MP3s/CDs and Adobe Photoshop LE 5.0.
Unsanity today released Mint Audio 1.5, which adds several new features such as a 10-band Equalizer with presets and Auto-preset mode, Mac OS 8.6 and OS X compatibility, improved Playlist management, improved access to preferences and commonly used features, Alarm Chime, better memory management, and many more features along with a host of bug fixes to the small, lightweight player.
Robocode is a \"fun programming game that runs on both Mac OS 9 and OS X. It teaches Java by letting you create Java \'Robots,\' real Java objects that battle it out onscreen against other robots. While playing Robocode, you will learn how to write Java code, how to handle events, how to create inner classes, and more.\"
MacNN sources indicate that Apple is planning press briefings next week where it will be showing off OS X 10.1, suggesting that that formal release will be next week: \"In the past these briefings have followed within days of Stevenotes etc where significant announcements have been made; they are simply the regional spin on the worldwide announcement. I think that narrows it down nicely. Shall we say the 25th or 26th for the release?\"
Brian Watson notes that Apple now has new information for the Saddle Creek store in Memphis (\"Coming Soon\"); however, the opening date is not noted: \"Saddle Creek, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7615 W Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN 38138.\" (We recently posted a feature on International Plaza (Tampa).
Adobe today announced that nationwide office supply retail store OfficeMax will standardize its nearly 1,000 locations on Adobe\'s p publishing software suite, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, and Acrobat. CopyMax, its store-within-a-store, provides the latest digital technology for creating, enhancing, and printing documents.
Pangea Software\'s upcoming 3D action/adventure game, Otto Mattic, features Otto the robot, who \"charged with saving unlucky humans from capture by malicious aliens.\" The game is expected to be available from publisher Aspyr Media at retail stores in December 2001.
Apple has posted a few more details on and screenshots from Office v.X for Mac, which is due out in November.
PostalCode has released ASCII Shall Receive 2.0, a $15 keyboard key converter that support conversion between Mac ASCII, PC ASCII, HTML Entities, HTML Integers, Hex values, Hex Escape codes, and Binary as well as new Base 64 and Morse code support. Version 2.0 also includes contextual menu support, HTML-based help, and other enhancements.
Media Design in·Progress has released Interaction 3.6, its XML-based web application server for Macintosh that now performs server-side XSL transformations and upgrades the integrated style sheets editor to cover all properties of CSS2. It is priced at $800 for unlimited license and $280 for personal license and includes complementary components including web based forums, chat rooms, and e-commerce. [price updated]
MECCA 2.0b1, Paramind\'s $30 audio media management utility, can create catalogs of CD, Cassette, Vinyl, DVD, and MD information. CD information can be imported from the remote program files used by iTunes, SoundJam and other CD Consoles. The free upgrade also features one-way synchronization to remote files as well as new features such as XML support, a release \"Watch List\", and an updated interface.
Nikon\'s new Coolpix 5000 is a 5.24 megapixel digital camera that features a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, shutter speeds of up to 1/4,000 second and the ability to capture up to 3 fps at full resolution.
Olympus today introduced its Brio D-230 digital camera, which offers a 2.0 Megapixel (effective) resolution, a 5.5mm f 2.8 lens (equivalent to 36mm in a 35mm film camera), USB connectivity, and a 5x digital zoom.
Olympus has also introduced the Camedia E-20N, a 5 Megapixel digital camera that offers dual mode image capture capability, including a Progressive Scan mode of a 2.5 Megapixel (effective) resolution for taking pictures in very bright light with shutter speeds up to 1/18,000 second.
Pinnacle last week introduced CineWave 1.2, a new version of its professional video creation hardware/software solution. Version 1.2 includes CineOffline, support for 16-bit YUV and 8-bit RGBA codecs, and HD qualification and support for Final Cut Pro 2 with most popular HD formats (1080i and 1080/23.976p).
The MacGIMP project will soon receive improved font and CMYK support with the next release of the open-source image editor \"suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and authoring.\" A packaged version of MacGIMP 1.2.2 will be available mid-October. The author says that MacGIMP will be porting version 1.3.0 to the Mac. Version 1.2.1 is available now and \"runs stably on Mac OS X up through 10.0.4.\"
Apple yesterday posted Macintosh Manager 2.0.3, which is designed to be used to to be used with Mac OS X Server update 10.0.4, bringing the following changes: Mac OS 8 Macintosh Manager clients will now store their documents folder in the correct location so that they will be available from both Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 workstations. If the option \"Copy only Internet or administrator-defined preferences\" on the Global security pane was selected in Macintosh Manager Admin Mac OS 8.x workstations would copy the entire preferences folder back to the server. This problem has been corrected. To use this fix, reset the option in Macintosh Manager Admin and save the changes.
Ogg Drop 1.0a3 is a freeware utility that will encode AIFF and AIFC (.aif) sound files as well as Audio CD Tracks, uncompressed QuickTime soundtracks, and System Sound files into an Ogg Vorbis (.ogg) stream. The Ogg Vorbis Codec, \"a fully Open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format for high quality (44.1-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel,\" supports transparent VBR compression and claims to be higher quality than MP3 files (for the same file size).
Digigami has updated MegaPEG AP 1.5b1 and MegaPEG Batch Encoder 1.5b1, its software solutions for encoding MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 audio/video/system streams from QuickTime or AVI video. The updates \"feature many improvements, notably faster encoding and support for Adobe Premiere 6 and MacOS 9.1\" and free to all purchases after Sept 1, 2001. Owners of earlier versions of the AP (Premiere) plug-in product can upgrade for $80, while those with earlier versions of the Batch encoder product can upgrade for $90.
Derk-Jan Hartman has released his new application Samba Server Config Tool 2.0 for \"those people who like to share files with others in their Windows-network, but do not want to pay for a commercial application....In combination with the Mac OS X 10.1 ability to mount Shares, these people now have all they will need. Before you can install it, you need to have installed Samba X 2.1.\"
osx.macnn.com yesterday posted information about a new Castle Wolfenstein beta, new Agfa scanner drivers, and SQL4X 1.3, a free SQL configuration/installation utility. Other report include the release of Apple Macintosh Manager 2.03 and Derk-Jan Hartman\'s Samba Server Config Tool 2.0. [updated]
Palm today introduced the Palm m125 handheld computer, a mid-range handheld created with a dual-expansion architecture and a two-tone Sonic Silver and Dark Black faceplate.
Business Week\'s latest Apple column, Sowing the Seeds of Mac Mania, talks about Apple\'s retail strategy: \"Critics call Apple\'s new retail-outlet strategy crazy. I say it\'s a brilliant way for the faithful to spread the word to newcomer.\"
Yesterday we noted the release of StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 and StuffIt Expander 6.5 as well as Maxum\'s Rumpus 2.0 ftp server, new MacDesktop pictures, and new USB hubs from Keyspan and Dr. Bott, and news about the Apple Store Tampa.
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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