Matt Neuburg has released MemoryStick 0.2, a utility that graphically displays RAM usage under Mac OS X. The update includes interface enhancements and better tooltip information.
Blue Globe Software has released a free AppleScript entitled Terminal Window Here, which provides a simple way to open a Terminal window and automatically change the directory to any folder under Mac OS X. \"Users of Microsoft operating systems will recognize this feature as similar to the \"Command Prompt Here\" Windows add-on.\"
Aportis Technologies Corp. has announced BrainForest Professional Edition 1.1, its \"award-winning\" action item organizer. Along with Mac OS X compatibility, other enhancements include expanded Note editing capabilities, printing features, keystroke shortcuts and commands, along with interface changes. Pricing is $10 for previously registered users and $40 for new users.
Pangea Software\'s adventure/role-playing game Otto Matic 1.02 fixes a minor glitch on the 4th level of the game as well as a problem where characters Tractor and Otto could go through fences on Level 1. The game developer has also made minor changes per user feedback.
Mail Forward 2.0 is a shareware ($12) e-mail forwarding application for Microsoft Hotmail and standard POP mail accounts. Version 2.0 includes an option to automatically forward mail after a specified time interval, an option to leave mail on the server after it has been forwarded, and includes a new User Name field as well as support for SMTP login authentication.
Unsanity today released FruitMenu 1.0, a $7 shareware OS X utility that adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu in OS X.
Earlier today Palm posted a private preview beta of Palm Desktop Software 4.0b, which brings OS X compatibility and also provides improved data compatibility, better synchronization, support for vCard and vCal, private record designation, multiple language support (English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish), and a new dock menu. The software was only intended for internal Palm employees, but download information surfaced to the public.
Watson 1.04 is an update to the utilty that provides direct access to many Web services via a simplified application interface. A public beta of a package tracking service module is also available to registered users.
MusicCity, makers of the highly popular Morpheus file-swapping system, says it plans to deliver a Macintosh verion of the software in 2002 that will also include the ability to tap into Gnutella-based networks. The developer is currently projecting a Spring release.
Motorola, Apple\'s supplier of PowerPC processors who said it would cut more than 9,400 jobs, has filed to sell up to $2 billion in debt securities, common and preferred stock and other securities. The company says it will sell the securities, as needed, to raise capital for general corporate expenses.
The $5 shareware icon creation tool, Can Combine Icons 2.0, adds new features that ease on-the-fly icon creation as well as a new Library that \"offers functionality previously only available in more expensive and complex software at a very affordable price.\"
Rainer Brockerhoff has released Zingg! 1.0, a fast launch contextual menu for the OS X Finder. The freeware utility displays a list of all applications that claim to open the selected file.
Sugar Cube Software has released MP3 Alarm Clock 2.2. New features include random playlists, gradually increasing volume, decreasing snooze time, bug fixes, and other enhancements.
Andrew Burgess writes \"Ableton AG has posted an OS X public beta on its site of Live 1.1b, the audio sequencer. It is quite stable on a 400mhz G4 Powerbook, the software expires after 10 days unless you are a registered user of Live for Mac OS 9/Windows then it does not expire.\"
Morning tech news: Jupiter Media Matrix has released its November 2001 rankings, stating that America Online, Microsoft, and Yahoo! are still the most highly trafficked web properties; A new study reveals that IT spending dropped even lower than expected in 2001, and a rebound is not expected in 2002; Games for Sony\'s entertainment consoles outsold games for its two major competitors combined.
Steve Jobs once again took home a $1 salary in 2001, as Apple disclosed in its annual securities filing. Meanwhile, Apple CFO Fred Anderson took home just over $650,000 in base salary, while Senior Software Engineer Avadis Tevanian and Senior hardware engineer Jonathan Rubinstein each took home just over $450,000.
Apple has disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission that it expects to lose a \"small\" amount of money on its retail store outfit, which has increased steadily in size to 27 stores over the past year. The company blamed the economic effects of September 11th\'s attacks for the shortfall.
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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