Macromedia has released Authorware Player 6.0 for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, which allows you to view application created with its Authorware application that generates Web-based tutorials and audio/video simulations. [Classic, Carbon]
Tim Rand writes about the proposted settlement for Microsoft\'s antitrust litigation: \"I find it interesting that the Proposed Microsoft settlement for the Microsoft Antitrust Litigation includes the donation of Macintosh systems to schools. See page 24 of [pdf document] as well as other locations throughout the proposed settlement. What it doesn\'t say is anything about the proportions of non-Microsoft equipment. As well, where it refers to Macintosh systems, it is usually listed as ... or Pentium ... or some such alternative. There are a lot of references to Windows 98SE as the standard OS, but not a version of Mac OS. My guess is that all they would donate would be Mac Office and not anything else. Since this is a class action suit and as computer owners and users includes you and me, we should all review the settlement and give the Court our views of this proposed settlement.\"
Doug Jones notes that iDVD2 for OS X fails to burn 90 minute projects or any project over 60 minutes.
Julian Huff writes: \"Just thought I\'d drop a note that the Limited Edition Planet of The Apes CD-ROM that comes with the DVD states that it requires a 200 mhzPC with Windows 98, 2000, or NT with 64MB RAM. However, when I popped it in my Quicksilver 867, it came up and ran just fine! Mac compatibility is not mentioned on the cover of the CD, but it\'s nice to know that it was thought about and implemented! Now, if only Lucas Arts and other companies would get a clue and start doing this with their DVD content!\"
Ben Spink\'s Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b21, offers now supports Netscape 6 (as well as IE) for Web administration as wellas adds search support for ftp sites, improves directory parsing, IRC bot authentication, and other changes.
HotApp 1.0rc2 adds the ability to execute a system command (e.g. sleep, restart, Shutdown) as well as open a directory in the Finder to the keyboard utility. HotApp SDK, now available, is a free developer kit which can be used for the development of new plugins for HotApp.
Yves Pelletier has released YP Rectilinear Motion 1.0, a shareware ($20) educational software package designed for physics teachers and physics students that allows the user to plot a graph of velocity as a function of time as well as provide a simulation of the motion described by the graph.
Computer Systems Odessa has released ConceptDraw Medical, a special edition of ConceptDraw Professional, based on its powerful vector drawing engine. The $250 cross-platform application can be used for for illustrating, visualizing and demonstrating medical documents. It is bundled with over 120 libraries and 3000 objects as well as images on different medical topics (bones, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, genital, muscles, nervous, and sensory systems). Upgrades are $125.
Richard Kim writes that \"Office V.X comes with a OS X version of Windows Media Player in the Value Pack installer that comes on the CD.\" (It is not yet available on the Web.)
Maxprog has released Loan Calc v1.3 adds printing support to its $10 shareware, currency-independent loan calculator that offers \"everything from monthly payments up to total loan costs and allows you to generate and save to a text or excel sheet the full payments list, from a customizable start date.\" [Classic, Carbon]
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
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