Quadmation\'s PlayerPRO 5.9.2, an update to its music editing program (a.k.a., SoundTracker), adds OS X sound input compatibility, bug fixes for OS X, better import/export functions, and QuickTime 5 DLS2 support. Updaters are available for both the freeware and commercial versions. [Classic, Carbon]
Jason Greene notes that LaCie has released SilverLining Pro 6.4.4, an update to its driver utility software for its DVD-RAM/R, CD-RW (FireWire, SCSI, USB), and hard drives. (A list of changes is not available.)
SciFinder 2001, another desktop research tool, allows you to explore research topics, browse scientific journals, and stay up to date on today\'s most recent scientific developments. With SciFinder, no special training is needed. You simply point and click to access more than 19 million abstracts and 35 million substances. (A MacNN reader points to a list of dozens of other scientific applications available for OS X.)
Cambridgesoft\'s ChemDraw 7.0, a popular chemistry drawing package, is now available for OS X. Version 7.0 adds BioDraw,, Name=Struct, AutoNom, ChemNMR, SDK features, and more, as well as the Chem3D and ChemFinder applications and the Chem3D Plugin, to ChemDraw Pro. The $1,600 application is available for $700 to education customers.
Singapore\'s Straits Times Interactive has named the iPod and the Titanium PowerBook among the year\'s top 10 gizmos.
Rick Johnson has updated his free Graffix Select menu plugin 10.0.3 for Illustrator 10 (for Mac OS 9 and OS X) to address a problem in selecting various types of paths.
Edgar Online has posted a detailed chart of Apple\'s financials over the past year, including a balance sheet, cash flow breakdown, and income statement. The chart represents data collected through Apple\'s most recently reported fiscal quarter.
Morning tech news: Toshiba and other mobile electronics firms are eyeing fuel cell technology as an efficient replacement for lithium ion batteries; Oracle plans to lay off 400 to 800 employees in its sales and consulting divisions; Orders for computers and portable electronics are up 2 percent thanks to low interest rates.
Now AAPL Stock: 97.9 ( + 1.47 )
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ