Black Cat Systems has released Audiocorder 3.2.1. The updated shareware ($19) program, which allows your Mac to act as an audio recorder, fixes numerous bugs, improves the interface, and adds the ability to save recordings as WAV files. [Classic,Carbon]
Unsanity LCC has released Dock Detox 1.0. The freeware \"haxie\" suppresses the bouncing notification behavior of the Dock in Mac OS X.
w00w00.org, a nonprofit internet security team, has found vulnerabilities in AOL\'s Instant Messenger software for Windows. The vulnerability in the latest version (4.7.2480) and beta version (4.8.2616) could allow worms, such as Melissa, ILOVEYOU, CodeRed, and nimda to spread throughout systems using the software. AOL plans on fixing the problem in the next few days.
WiebeTech Micro Storage Solutions, a company that specializes in portable storage solutions for the Mac, is set to release a new line of products on January 8 at Macworld Expo.
MacMuse Software, Shareware for Education, today announced the release of Teacher\'s Toolbox version 1.0. Teacher\'s Toolbox is a utility with 6 modules that assist teachers or parents with common tasks and lesson planning. List Manager, Word Find, Name Manager, Web Sites and Password Vault are all part of the registered version of Teacher\'s Toolbox. TTBox v1.0 costs $12 to register ($75 for site licence).
Einhugur Software has released LongBinaryStream version 1.0, a cross-platform BinaryStream for 2 GB and larger files for REALbasic. LongBinaryStream will automatically switch to the 2 GB files, is \"as easy to use\" as REALbasic\'s built in BinaryStream and is 68K, PPC, Carbon and Win32 compatible. LongBinaryStream is available for $49 as a part of the Einhugur plug-in pack. A trial version is available.
Jasmine 1.5b, a multitrack audio editor/mixer for OS X, is now available for public testing: \"It is a free download and is virtually identical in design to the version that runs under OS 9. Testers are urged to provide feedback to help identify remaining pre-release issues.\"
Several MacNN readers note the release of CarbonLib 1.5 via the Software Update Control Panel in Mac OS 9, although it has yet to be posted as a separate download via the Web. (We do not currently have a list of changes.)
Apple today officially announced the Webcast of Steve Jobs\' keynote as well as the (expected) satellite simulcast on Monday, January 7th at 9 am PST. Apple VP\'s Avie Tevanian and Phil Schiller will also be giving a \"Power of X\" feature presentation on Tuesday, January 8th at 12 pm PST. Jobs\' keynote satellite broadcast will be available on both KU and C bands.
Cocoa eFax (not affiliated with the eFax service) is a freeware Cocoa frontend to the UNIX tool efax, which lets you send and receive faxes. Currently users must an external TIFF-compatible appliation to view faxes; however, future versions will convert received faxes to PDF files. It supports all fax modems, offers automatic reception of faxes (after 1 ring of the phone), and generates an automatic email with the fax as an attachment.
HotApp 1.0 is a $15 shareware utility thats let you take control of various elements of OS X directly from your keyboard, including application launching applications, opening folders, visiting URLs, pasting commonly used text, etc. A limited demo is available online.
QPict 5.0.1 helps organize digital media files (supporting meta data such as ANPA (IPTC) and EXIF photo information) and includes advanced search and batch processing functions. This version adds support for Canon Raw Files and is also available for Mac OS 8.6-9 in addition to OS X. A demo of the $35 application is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Dartware has announced InterMapper 3.6, an update to its network monitoring and alerting program. Version 3.6 saves info on packet loss, response time and availability. It also includes support for background images for maps, response time measurements for devices, SNMPv2c and 64-bit counters, persistent chart data (across restarts), a new outages window, and multiple log file support. It has also announced InterMapper Remote 1.0, a new $200 cross-platform, remote viewer application that displays real-time status of routers, switches, servers and other networking equipment. Both are expected to be released at Macworld Expo next week.
Investment firm Robert W. Baird has downgraded Adobe\'s stock from market outperform, to market perform. As of 2:30 PM EST, shares of ADBE were down $.30 to $30.75 a change of just under 1 percent.
The judge in Microsoft\'s on-going anti-trust trial scheduled a hearing for Jan. 7 on whether to grant the company\'s delay request, filed on Dec. 21. Under the originial plan, hearings are scheduled to begin on March 11.
Afternoon tech news: Bill Gates remained the top charity giver in 2001, with a $2 billion gift to his foundation, down from $5 billion in 2000; Memory prices may be on the rise again, after a 30 percent price hike from Hynix; The Semiconductor Industry Association says that sales rose in November, ending a long decline.
OmniDictionary 2.0 is a free utility from OmniGroup that allows users to look up words via public dictionary servers available via the Internet (it also provides services in other applications for streamlined lookup functions). Version 2.0 adds speech support, history navigation, customization of the dictionary server, and other other enhancements.
FirewireDirect.com has announced the FireWire RAID Vanguard, an external storage device that offers RAID Level 1 and NRAID. The hardware-based RAID offers an auto rebuilding feature that allows full access to one volume while rebuilding the RAID 1 mirror in the event of a hard disk failure. Each RAID Vanguard System contains two drives, with capacities of 160/80GB ($1000), 200/100GB ($1300) and 240/120GB ($1500) of RAID Level 1 or NRAID, also known as \"spanning\" (allows 2 drives to be spanned as a single larger volume).
IDG has issued a statement highlighting some aspects of next week\'s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The company says it expects more than 300 exhibitors at this year\'s show, and claims \"Due to the impact of new announcements from Apple, Steve Jobs\' keynote was moved to one day earlier than previously scheduled.\" Among the companies profiled by IDG as spotlight exhibitors are NewTek, Roxio, Sony, Connectix, Creo, and ThinkFree.
Foxchange Software has released Cave Dig 3, a $15 arcade/puzzle game: \"You control Simon, a small fox with great powers, who is transported in a fantastic underground world. You will have to dig, move stones, travel through warps and ultimately use a laser pistol to escape from the hostile caves.\" A demo is available online.
Epson has released two new projectors under its \"Value Series\" line - the PowerLite 51c and PowerLite 71c. The PowerLite 51c delivers 1,200 ANSI lumens, SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution, a 400:1 contrast ratio and is priced at $2200. The PowerLite 71c is rated at 1,000 ANSI lumens with XGA (1,024 x 768) native resolution, 300:1 contrast ratio and sells for $3000. Both models weigh just under 7 pounds, and use Epson\'s triple LCD system.
US-International 1.0 is a freeware utility (for both Mac OS 9 and OS X) from Rainer Brockerhoff that \"duplicates as closely as possible the Window key sequences, while keeping most of the option-key sequences intact.\"
Essential Reality has disclosed that it will reveal the final product design of its P5 virtual reality glove peripheral at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs from January 8 - January 10. The company says it expects to deliver a Macintosh compatible version of the USB-based P5 soon after its introduction at CES.
AustinSoft has updated DTerm, its $65 real-time debugging application for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The new version now supports CFM programs under OS X (in addition to Mach-O programs)
Wired News has posted a piece titled \"Virtual PC is Virtually Perfect,\" in which author Dave Horrigan profiles Connectix\'s PC emulation software and states \"It\'s one thing to tell PC users that a Mac is better, but to show them that even a PC is better when it runs on a Mac really drives the point home.\" Horrigan praises VPC 5\'s fast Windows XP installation, ability to run nearly a dozen operating systems, and speed.
Giles Williams has updated JewelToy 1.15, his \"fiendishly\" addictive puzzle game, which adds \"a lot more speed and many little enhancements to gameplay.\' He has also updated YaxJournal 1.05, his offline LiveJournal client, to fix a few bugs and bring compatibility with OS X 10.1. [JT, YJ]
Cyclone 1.5.1 is the latest release of Tomasz Kukielka freeware text converter based on that is based on Apple\'s Text Encoding Converter engine. The new version provides a polished OS X styled interface and bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Analyst Gerard Klauer Mattison has upgraded AAPL to \'Outperform\' from \'Neutral\', noting that \"desktops and the maturation of the Mac OS X operating system should accelerate an upgrade cycle among installed base.\" He lowerdc FY02 estimate to $0.52 from $0.55 and has established a price target of $26, saying that he expects AAPL to \"continue to run up before MacWorld Expo on Jan 7 and fall off afterwards.\"
Now AAPL Stock: 92.06 ( -1.34 )
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