TrufSoft has released HotApp v1.1 for Mac OS X. This update adds embedded paste information and key remapping for laptop owners. HotApp is a utility that lets you control various elements of Mac OS X directly from the keyboard.
cosmicsoft has released starFacts v1.0 for Mac OS 9 and X. starFacts is a free software title for educators that allows them to quickly and easily give computerized speed drills. [Classic, Carbon]
osOpinion has published an article on the unexpected success of the Apple iPod digital audio player. According to the author, Apple has \"proved naysayers wrong.\"
A MacNN reader warns that some users may experience problems with the AirPort Base Station firmware upgrade included in the AirPort Driver 2.01 update. \"Just got off the phone with Apple. [I] ran the software update which set up a firmware update on my graphite base station. It killed my base station, so our friends in Cupertino are sending me a replacement base station. Be careful with the upgrade.\"
Apple\'s OS X Software Update Control Panel offers several updates for International users, providing additional support for languages under OS X 10.1.2. Updates are available for Brazilian Portugese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese. (Users can disable updates by making them \"inactive\" under the \'Update\' menu and can later view a list of \'inactive\' updates via the same menu.)
Apple has released AirPort Driver Update 2.01 via the software update control panel. It includes an updated driver for the AirPort Card and new firmware for the original AirPort Base Station (Graphite). The update brings two significant changes: \"(1) The updated AirPort driver improves robustness and prompts for a password when joining a password-protected \"Computer to Computer\" network....(2) The firmware update for the original base station (Graphite) provides better connections to some Internet service providers that use Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE).\" [Classic] [Updated]
c|net has posted an article that takes a look at what may be a new trend in computer purchasing. The report says consumers are buying PCs with large memory and storage allotments, flat-panel displays and DVD-recorders. The average price of a Compaq computer has risen by 6%, according to executive vice president of Compaq Computer\'s global business units. The release of the latest iMac echoes this trend, with the high-end model expected by Apple to be the top seller.
John Ray, writer and technical consultant, is the lead author for two recent Mac OS X books. \"Mac OS X Unleashed\" and \"Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours,\" have been released in the past month, and are now hitting store shelves. The \'Unleashed\' book is getting \"rave reviews,\" according to the author, and is currently the highest ranked Mac OS X title on Amazon. \'Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours\' is the \"little brother\" of Mac OS X Unleashed -- a streamlined version of the content directed at home users.
Microsoft met income expectations, posting a net income of $2.84 billion on better-than-expected revenues of $7.74 billion for the December quarter ($0.41 per diluted share). Microsoft, which took a charge of $600 related consumer lawsuits, said it has sold over 17 million copies of Windows XP (computers installations and via retail) since the launch on October 25, sold 1.5 million Xbox video game consoles in North America, and that its MSN Internet servicereached has more than 7.7 million subscribers.
Bloomberg has posted an interview with Frank Steinhoff, general manager of Apple Computer Inc. in Germany. Steinhoff talks to Bloomberg\'s Peter Sahla about Apple\'s fiscal first-quarter profit, the design of its iMac personal computers and the outlook for new product designs. [report in German] Bloomberg also notes that Apple was reiterated \"buy\" by analyst Charles Wolf at Needham & Co.
Pocket Software today announced that PocketNotes v1.11 has been released for download. PocketNotes v1.11 is an incremental update to PocketNotes, a notepad application for outlining and planning. Enhancements include Japanese language support, improved skin support and bug fixes. This update is free for all registered users, or can be used as a 30-day trial.
Glenn Anderson has released Eudora Internet Mail Server 3.1 is the latest version of the popular Internet mail server (he licensed the server from Qualcomm last December). EIMS 3.1 offers new Apple Events, performance improvements, Delivery Status Notification information in message bounces, statistics for queue delays/total messages, and support for NTLM (for Outlook/Outlook Express), CRAM-MD5 (POP3), and LDAP authentication. EIMS Admin 3.1 also adds navigation services support, an option to not expor passwords, and better Appearance manager support. Upgrades to the $400 application are $60 for registered v3.x owners and $150 for registerd v2.x users.
Omikron Basic 7.1 adds two levels of undo, a new Symbol listing function, the Library commend, and other enhancements. Prices start at $47 for the academic download version, while the professional version is $143 (on CD).
Photo/Graphic Edges 5.0 is a unique photo-enhancement tool that adds torn, ripped, deckled, feathered, painted, film frames and darkroom styled edges to any grayscale or color image. Version 5.0 features 4 visual effect modules in the same package: Edges, Montage, Vignette and Frames. Upgrades to the $200 application are $130.
ComGrafix has released the full commercial version of its RagTime 5 business publishing software free of charge for private, non-commercial use: "The main difference from the commercial version is a startup window that asks the user to acknowledge that RagTime Solo may not be employed for commercial use." The publishing suite combines word processing, spreadsheet, pictures, drawing, charting, and slideshow as well as offers standard layout functions such as embedded objects, rotation/scaling/cropping, stylesheets (paragraph and document-based), and several import/export routines. A CD is expected to be available soon.
The personal finance manager software, Hold-Up 1.6, improves printing under OS X, has better import routines, and fixes several bugs. The shareware supports management of several accounts, custom categories, routine/scheduled transactions, and has other features. Basic ($20) and Pro ($30) are available in Italian, French, German, and English.
Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.0, a high-resolution, customizable barcode generation and export tool for the Mac. The $65 software can create barcodes in one of 9 formats (EAN-8, EAN-13, ISBN, UPC-A, UPC-E, ITF Variable, ITF-14, Code 39, and Code 128 symbologies) with various settings and can optionally export it as a picture or an EPS file for further manipulation or printing.
Apple yesterday posted a profit of $38 million on revenues on slightly-less-than-anticipated revenues of $1.38 billion, meeting analysts expectations. It also upped its guidance for the March quarter and gave a run-down on its financials and its outlook in yesterday\'s conference call.
Following yesterday\'s earnings announcement by Apple, Salomon Smith Barney has upgraded AAPL to a \'BUY\' from Neutral following earnings and has raised its price target to $27 from $22.
Imaja has released ProtoFont 1.1.2, its $50 font library browsing and spec sheet printing program that can also be used as a \"tool for exploring logotype and headline design possibilities.\"
DealNN has notes on a free copy of Kiplinger Tax 2001 Federal Filing Edition and Norton Antivirus 7. Other deals include Peak LE discounted 30%, deals on Nikon digital cameras, and memory as low as $25 for 256MB.
The $10 shareware text editor, TextWorks 3.1, adds support for the toolbar toggle button in the title bar of the document window, support for live window resizing and support for mouse scroll wheel.
MAKI Enterprise has released Magellan Pro 1.1, an update to its email client that now supports custom port numbers for both POP/SMTP services, custom font sizes, an improved GUI, and other enhancements. Trial versions for Classic and OS X of the $80 application are available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Fuitz of Dojo has update Quake 1.05 and Quake II v1.03, updates to the Cocoa-based versions of the first person shooters. The Quake I update adds support for numeric keypad, five mouse buttons, and other enhancements, while the Quake II update includes both the Xatrix mission and Rogue mission game pack plugins.
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Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW
Carl Icahn dumps Apple stock on China worries
Carl Icahn has sold all of his stock in Apple, citing concerns over sales in China. While he called Apple a "great company" and praised Tim Cook for "doing a great job," Icahn sold his shares after the Apple investor results, garnering a profit of $2 billion over three years. Icahn said of business in China that the Chinese government could "come in and make it very difficult for Apple to sell there." Should the market steady in China, Icahn said that he will re-invest in the company, regardless of the market price. http://cnb.cx/1SCfEdI
August Home HomeKit compatible Smart Lock ships
Smart lock developer August Home today began shipping its second generation Smart Lock, with HomeKit support. In addition to full Siri support, the Smart Lock is also compatible with third-party HomeKit apps like Insteon+, Lutron, and iDevices, allowing for multi-step actuations, like turning on a light when the door is locked or unlocked. The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled retails for $229. http://bit.ly/1SvADlG
Triby third-party speaker with Alexa Voice Service
Speaker and telecom device developer Invoxia has announced the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is now integrated and available on Triby, its device that combines music, messaging and communication functionality in one family-friendly, voice-activated product. Starting today, Triby becomes the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. The Triby retails for $199, with a limited time $30 launch discount. http://amzn.to/1SC4zJG
EDGE shutdown plan on track for 2016 completion
AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stevens has reported that the company is continuing to migrate its customer base as it moves forward with plans to shut down its 2G EDGE network by the end of this year. According to Stevens, the carrier has already repurposed some of the 2G network spectrum in areas where 2G device traffic has dropped off. This incremental approach, he said, means some markets will only have small chunks of spectrum left that need to be repurposed. The freed bandwidth will be used to expand the 4G network. http://bit.ly/1Tyj7w9