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.
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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