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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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