Will Cosgrove\'s $10 shareware Carbon Events Plug-in 2.0 adds full proxy icon support, standard Alert Sheet support, Ask Save Changes & Discard Changes sheet support, and other changes to the REALbasic plugin.
Textation 1.01 is a simple \"point & click\" QuickTime text track editor that also supports creations of Chapter Tracks and HREF Tracks. The $30 application now handles double-byte text samples correctly, displays multiple languages font menu correctly, and has other enhancements.
WebEvent Publish 2.0 is a new version of the basic event publishing application, offering time zone support, custom event fields, categories/filters, email reminders, event export, and a MySQL server backend.
An insider trading report released earlier today revealed that Apple Director Gareth Chang liquidated 60,000 of his Apple shares netting a gain of about $500,000, while former Senior Vice President Mitchell Mandich sold almost 650,000 shares of Apple stock resulting in more than $5 million in gains.
Apple today announced that one million copies of QuickTime 5 are being downloaded every three days: \"The rate of QuickTime 5 downloads has steadily increased since its launch in April, putting QuickTime 5 on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution.\" The press release notes that news, entertainment and virtual reality (VR) content on popular web sites such as CNN, NPR, HBO, Apple\'s movie trailer site, and Honda have helped drive adoption of its streaming format. Apple also noted that it has sold more than 1 million copies of QuickTime Pro ($30 upgrade).
Afternoon tech news: Bankrupt cable Internet access provider Excite@Home said Tuesday that it could cease providing service to its 4.1 million U.S. customers on Friday if it cannot renegotiate agreements with the cable companies that carry its service; IBM will cut about 4.6 percent (about 1000 of its 21,500) of the jobs in its microelectronics division; Toshiba will stop marketing desktop PCs in the US, noting that its \"reach never went beyond more than 1 percent of the country\'s desktop PC market since launching its Equium line of machines in March 1997.\"
Nathan Wolek writes about problems with product keys that ship with Office v. X, confirming our own experience which required a call to Microsoft Tech support and a \"trial and error\" entry of product keys until it worked: \"My copy of Office X arrived yesterday after placing my order on 11/19 via the Microsoft web site. The only problem I had was that the included key was invalid. Called up product support and the lady on the phone told me she had gotten plenty of calls like mine. Apparently 3000 or so copies went out with invalid keys. She promptly gave me a new one and things have been fine since. Maybe this issue is related to the shipping delays others have experienced. They might be trying to contain this key problem by holding back until new keys are generated and printed up. Just a thought.\"
Micromat has quietly released Drive 10 v1.0.3, which adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, support for new machines, a product update feature, and additional volume structure detection and repair routines to the drive utility. [VT]
Nicholas Tripp notes that a \"new mall called \'The Streets at Southpoint\' in Durham, NC is scheduled to open in 100 days, and they just released the mall vendor directory today. \'Apple Computer\' is listed as a vendor. Another Apple Store?\" (Meanwhile, Apple has also confirmed that its South Coast Plaza store (Costa Mesa, CA) will open December 1st, according to emails sent to readers from Apple.)
The Register reports (on a rumor) that the \"PowerPC G5 has been passed for full-scale manufacturing\" and that Apple will ship new Power Mac G5 desktops in 1.2GHz, 1.4Ghz, and 1.6GHz speeds at Macworld Expo in January, if Motorola can increase the chip\'s yield. The new Power Macs will reportedly ship with DDR SDRAM memory, a \"much faster front side bus,\" and Gigawire.
Adham Loutfi writes \"When using iTunes to tune into internet radio this morning, I noticed that there are a whole slew of new offerings under the Radio Tuner, including \'Favorites\', \'Search By Location\', and \'Blind Services\'. As of this time (8:20 am PST), many of these new services, and several of the old ones, don\'t show any broadcasters operating, so it seems they\'re working on updating the service right now.\"
Badia Software has released BigPicture XT 1.0, a $60 XTension that provides the complete solution for managing graphics and links in QuarkXPress. It displays image resolution, file size, file compression and full previews. Other tools allow users to update all modified links at once, swap folders, unlink images and replace any picture with another while retaining previous attributes.
ID3X 2.1, an editor for ID3 tags in mp3 music files, can now apply cover artwork that was added to MP3 files as file or folder icons and now supports large icons under OSX. It also adds a new batch mode for fixing track numbers, has better recognition of MP3 files, offers cosmetical improvements and includes bug fixes.
pearCalc 0.2 is a freeware calculator and application-launcher: \"As calculator it provides the operations +, -, * and /. It also handles parenthesis correctly. As application-launcher it can launch all applications in one of the standard applications directories simply by entering the application name.\" The provides a compact text-field only interface and also provides its pearCalc-service to all Cocoa-based applications.
Readers continue to report further delays in delivery of Microsoft\'s Office v. X, including several forwarded notices of delays from the Apple Store. (Meanwhile, Microsoft confirms that circulating reports of a \"1-year license agreement\" are false.)
SNAX 1.1.7 is a new file browser, replacing the Finder, that can compress/decompress files, convert archive formats, view invisible fille/folders, change permissions and file attributes, hide file extensions, securely delete files, and other enhanced Finder functions. The $32 shareware is localized for Japanese, English, Italian, French, German and Swedish.
Uni Software Plus has released easy beat 1.3.2, a maintenance release to its music software that can compose songs by drawing notes or recording them with a MIDI instrument, view up to 16 tracks, choose from 128 instruments and 9 drum sets, print the score and tabulature, add effects and variations, use an external synthesizer, and create MIDI files or QuickTime movies for the web. It is available for $60, a 33 percent discount for the holiday season.
Evological has released CoolCam 2.1, its $20 shareware webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.1 adds the ability to leave the FTP session open between uploads,and to upload files under a temporary file name as well as fixes file corruption, FTP compatibility, and other bugs.
Trinfinity Software\'s Seagull Video Player 1.1 adds a full screen option (without the menu bar) and a looping option to the video file player that offers playlist options. [Classic, Carbon]
Thore Winther writes: \"France is pushing out Microsoft. A new law that says that all goverment offices are not allowed to use windows! Only open source like Linux... check it out. England is about to follow.\"
Although readers yesterday began receiving shipment notices of BTO PowerBook G4s with CD-RW drives, Leon Dicks notes the option is still not available for order at the Apple Store.
Microsoft has posted updated UAM authentication module, which provides a \"superior method for encrypting the passwords that you use to log into Windows AFP Servers.\" It includes support for NTLMv2 128bit encrypted authentication as well as OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
VesperWorks has released QiPo v 1.5.2, an update to its utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies. It adds a new preferences window (with options to remember remember the watch folder state and window positions) and also improves performance when procesing files/folders.
Correction: We have updated a story posted late last night which incorrectly conflated the recent class-action lawsuits by consumers against Microsoft with the Federal govermment and States antitrust lawsuit. The proposed settlement for the private lawsuits, offers $1.6 billion to the nation\'s poorest schools and has drawn criticism from several parties, including Apple\'s Steve Jobs, while the proposed antitrust settlement by the DOJ is still being reviewed by some States, even after Microsoft offered those states who opposed the deal to pay for all litigations costs (including attourneys fees).
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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