According to \'published reports,\' Ernest Prabhakar of Apple Computer informed attendees at the USENIX BSD Conference earlier this week that BSD (upon which Mac OS X is based) is now \"three times more popular\" than Linux on desktop computers. Because Linux\' primary strengths are in server-related applications and uses, columnist Kelly McNeill of osOpinion says bragging about BSD\'s desktop share over Linux \"might be likened to an individual bragging that he is the fastest downhill skier in all of Egypt.\"
SpearSoft has released a major update to its Mac OS X version of Harpoon3. According to the developer, the game runs considerably faster than previous releases because the GUI (Graphical User Interface) no longer lags the rest of the application. SpearSoft says a new update will include cosmetic enhancements.
Black Cat Systems has announced the release of the Rad (GM-10) version 1.3.0 software for the GM-10 nuclear radiation detector. The GM-10 plugs into any Macintosh or Windows computer (using a standard serial port) and detects alpha, beta, gamma, and x-ray radiation. The latest version of Rad includes improvements to the automated uploading of graph images to websites and the ability to print copies of data graphs.[Classic, Carbon]
The latest edition of the Washington Post\'s \"Fast Forward\" tech column takes a flattering look at Apple\'s new iMac desktop computer: \"Most computers might as well have descended from the boxes they were shipped in. Apple\'s new iMac looks more like something evolved from R2-D2,\" says Technology columnist Rob Pegoraro \"And the iMac\'s screen-on-a-stalk is staggeringly useful -- I would call it \"obvious,\" except hardly any other manufacturers offer anything like it.\"
James Meister has provided eight scans from Apple\'s \"Everything Is Easier On A Mac\" pamphlet that outlines why the Macintosh is the easiest and most intuitive platform for creative and business uses. Apple launched the campaign recently with an online Web site that highlights nine reasons the Mac is easier to use than Windows. Apple has been reducing the prominence of its \"Think Different\" slogan as it shifts to a new advertising approach.
Mac OS X developer Eric Seidel today announced OpenAG X v1.0PR2 (Preview 2). OpenAG X is a Mac OS X client for the AudioGalaxy file sharing network. OpenAG boasts many features including robust support of the v520L audiogalaxy protocol and full support for file sharing and downloading. OpenAG is under “constant development” and is available to the open source community.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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