We\'ve published a review of Stuffit Deluxe 6.5, the latest release of Aladdin Systems\' compression package. The new version includes a Magic Menu for OS X and a host of other added or expanded features.
OSOpinion.com discusses the security issues relating to the newly revised iDisk component included with Mac OS X 10.1. The new iDisk uses the WebDAV protocol to transmit password data, and author Kelly McNeill claims that Apple\'s implementation violates the standard\'s specificiations, making it easier for hackers to gain password access.
A Reuters piece on Microsoft\'s delivery of Office v.X notes that the Redmond giant has already begun a $6 million marketing campaign for the software package. The article also quotes Mike Connolly, group program manager for Office in Microsoft\'s Macintosh Business Unit as saying that \"No expense has been spared,\" in the development of Office v.X.
Guy Broker followed up on yesterday note about OpenGL support on older machines: \"I have a Lombard PowerBook (ATI LTPro), and also experience the lack of pan & zoom in the screen saver. However, I have run a few of the open GL demos from the Developer Tools package (/Developer/Examples/GLUT) and they run fine, if a little slow. Under 10.0.4 the pan & zoom in the screen saver was pretty slow and jerky, so perhaps they have simply determined that these machines arn\'t powerful\"
Apple has updated the Apple Store page with Palo Alto pictures.
Rob Art Morgan passed along some observations running Quake under OS X 10.1: \"I upgraded my G4/800MP to 10.1 yesterday and installed the latest 1.30 b1 of Quake 3 Arena for OS X. I set s_chunksize to 2048 as Graeme Devine suggested. At 640x480, 32 bit, \"Fastest\" settings, I got 163 frames per second! And at 1024x768, 32 bit, all settings maxed out, I got 120 frames per second! (Graphics card: GeForce3)/ This shows the great potential for the Power Mac running 10.1. It\'s no wonder Graeme and other game designers are so excited about developing hot games for OS X.\"
Tom Bednarz has posted an updated version of Goliath 0.81, which adds initial support for\'s Apple\'s iDisk services as well as WebRFM bug fixes to his open-source WebDAV client.
Stimpsoft has released its Halloween Dock App, which puts \"a glowing Jack-O-Lantern in the dock. It works just like the old Pumpkin.app, except it only runs in the dock, not in a window. It has customizable faces and includes a template to help create your own face.\"
Softmagic has update the first of component of its Project-M cross-media publishing solution, SendStory 1.04, an easy-to-use XML editor. The component uses Apple iDisk as well as any TCP/IP networked server to send and receive the structured XML story that can be used in conjunction with a content management system for re-purposing of the data.
Angelo Scicolone\'s AliasMultiplier 2.0.1, a $7 shareware, is a utility that creates single aliases that can open multiple programs, documents, folders or web pages.
Brian Cox writes about the opening of an Apple retail store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, CA on the first floor of the mall across from Bananna Republic: \"...where the WB store used to be. The entire front of the store is covered with Apple and it\'s huge logo \'coming soon\'.\"
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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