Software developer Peter Ammon has released JPEGDeux v1.3, an open source image slideshow viewer for Mac OS X. Version 1.3 fixes a bug that caused some images to display smaller than intended, adds the ability to display filenames, and provides recursive searches of subfolders.
Googie Drives has announced the release of their new line of Firewire hard drives, which will be shipping at the end of February. The drives, which are fan-less and only 3 1/2\" wide (smallest on the market), come in 40Gb, 60Gb, and 80Gb, and run at speeds of 7200 RPM. Prices are estimated at $230, $270, and $300 respectively. [updated]
Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has published a review of Apple\'s iPhoto software. \"If digital photos are your passion, iPhoto is a strong argument for getting a Mac.\"
Other World Computing has released XpOSfacto v2.11, an update to its utility which allows some pre-G3 Macs to run Mac OS X. Previously known as Unsupported UtilityX, the new version adds support for a wider range of SCSI CD-ROM devices and creation of custom Mac OS X install CDs and assorted bug fixes.
SourceForge member Derk Hartman has updated Samba Sharing Package. The free software, which allows file sharing between Macs and PCs, fixes known bugs in previous versions, adds a new preference pane, and updates the Documentation.
Roarcube Software has released iContact v1.1.0, its $10 shareware utility for Mac OS 8, 9 and 10. The utility, which stores data like URLs, addresses and dates, is now fully Carbonized to work with Mac OS X and now allows importing of URLs. This maintenance release also fixes minor bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
ConceptDraw MINDMAP v1.0.5 is now available for users of the Standard and Professional editions of the organizational software. Version 1.0.5 includes enhanced support for multiple maps, printing improvements and a number of bugs fixes.
Intelli Innovations has announced Barcode Producer v1.1, an update to its $65 barcode generation software for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The update adds the ability to save barcodes in BMP, PICT, Photoshop and TIFF formats and fixes bugs forund in the initial release.
iView has released iView MediaPro v1.4, an update to its photo gallery software. Included in the update are backup features, a new HTML Gallery function and better optimization under Mac OS X.
MacNN Reader Matt Roberts dropped us a note indicating that Apple has placed a large advertisement in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. \"There\'s a slick 12 page advertising insert from Apple in Entertainment Weekly magazine (and probably others) touting the new iMac, iPhoto, the \'digital lifestyle\' and OSX. They even have a de-bunking myth section that explicitly goes after Windows users. It\'s quite impressive.\"
Spectorsoft Inc. has announced the release of its new spyware program, Spector v1.0, which automatically takes periodic screenshots of a PowerPC-based Macintosh and saves those screenshots to a local or network drive. Screenshots can be taken as often as every few seconds, or as infrequently as once every few minutes. The Mac OS 8.0-9.x software is available for $70.
Palm, Inc. has announced that it will will have a presence at the PalmSource Conference and Expo, \"the premier gathering of the Palm OS community.\" Palm OS subsidiary CEO David Nagel will discuss the future of the Palm OS platform in his first address to the Palm OS community. Attendees can visit developer booths to see the latest in Palm-powered devices and peripherals. The expo will take place February 5-8 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Dr. Bott LLC, today announced that it is shipping a new seven-port USB Hub. The fist-sized T7Hub offers LEDs on each port indicating device connection and status of USB peripherals. Dr. Bott now has a full line of USB hubs including the \'thumb-sized\' T3Hub, the \'palm-sized\' gHub and the new T7Hub. The T7Hub is available immediately for $60.
Vincent Jalby has released the final version of his free font utility for Mac OS X. X Font Info v1.0 displays the content of any Mac OS X Font file. X Font Info works with Mac OS X v10.1.1 and later.
Rijdat Software has released CGMailCleaner v2.0, a $30 utility for use with the CommuniGator e-mail system. CGMailCleaner will \'tidy up\' file names and make saved mail messages open in with a selected word processor. CGMailCleaner can be downloaded from Rijdat, but will only function as a 30-day trial. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN Reader, \'Eric,\' reports that Shaquille O\'Neal appeared on last night\'s Fox Sports LA sportscast using an Apple iPod in the gym. \"They showed Shaquille O\'Neal working out in the gym and using his iPod, and he goes on to rave about it. Then they showed 2 Laker players, Sumaki Walker and Jelani McCoy take a limo and go to the Apple Store at the Mall of America where they purchased two iPods.\"
MacSpeech, Inc. announced today it has certified the iMic from Griffin Technologies for use with its Speech Recognition products, including iListen for Mac OS 9 and the upcoming iDictate for Mac OS X. The iMic universal audio adapter is a USB device that allows the connection of virtually any microphone or sound input device to the iBook, G4 Cube, Titanium PowerBook G4 or any other Mac with USB ports.
osOpinion has posted an editorial on the recent controversy over OWC\'s latest processor upgrades: \"Late last week, an e-mail forwarded throughout the Mac community sparked an eruption of controversy as allegations of misleading marketing tactics surfaced against upgrade manufacturer Sonnet Technologies. Online Mac reseller Other World Computing (OWC) stated overtly that Sonnet was labeling its processor upgrade cards with clock speeds higher than supported by the rating of the PowerPC chip inside.\"
MonkeyByte and Sacred Tree Software have released an update to their OS X native game,
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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