Easy Software Products announced Friday that Apple has licensed the Common UNIX Printing System for use with Apple operating systems and software. The CUPS software will provide enhanced printing capabilities under Mac OS X. It is also anticipated that other Apple software will benefit from the technology. CUPS technology uses the Internet Printing Protocol as the basis for managing print jobs and queues.
Apple has announced the iPhoto contest winners in the People, Creative and Nature categories. Three \"Grand Prize\" and three \"1st prize\" winners have been awarded an Apple iPod and Canon camera for winning in their respective category.
Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg compares the Apple iPod to SonicBlue\'s Rio Riot in a two-product review published yesterday. Although Mr. Mossberg commends the Riot for its out-of-the-box Windows compatibility and larger storage capacity, he likens the Rio Riot to a \"predecessor product\" of the iPod. The iPod receives much praise for a fast 400Mbp/s FireWire connection and pocketsize design.
Mac OS X developer Eric Seidel today announced OpenAG X v1.0 Final. OpenAG X is a client for the Audiogalaxy file sharing system that includes both essential and advanced features. OpenAG X has been in development as public beta software for several months and now sports a redesigned GUI and countless new features. [GUI, CLI]
Apple has released DVD Player v3.1 via the Apple Software Update application in Mac OS X. The DVD software update adds features for DVD authoring, including the ability to select and play the contents of a \'VIDEO_TS\' folder from a local volume as well as AppleScript support for selection and playback of DVD content and a \'wide\' info window layout, bug fixes, and stability enhancements.
DealNN notes that Sonnet Technologies has dropped the price on the Encore/ZIF G4 500 processor upgrade by $100 to $300. The Encore/ZIF G4 500 upgrade is one of the most popular cards from the upgrade manufacturer.
Associated Press writer Matthew Fordahl puts the PowerMac G4 in the spotlight with praise for the machine\'s feature set and case design in his latest review. \"The Power Mac G4s look like a traditional PC tower on style steroids.\" Fordahl also calls the latch-based case design with well-laid-out innards \"eloquent.\"
Adobe\'s LiveMotion 2.0 EPS Support plug-in provides support for EPS files in Adobe LiveMotion 2.0: \"This installation improves on the existing support. It is recommended that all Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 users download and install this updated plug-in.\"
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 2.0.1, which squashes a few bugs and addes the ability to extract emails from file via regular expression and wildcard searches. The $65 application offers dynamic e-mail merge and includes an integrated message editor, a recipient database system, and a message mailer. [Classic, Carbon]
Blosxom is a lightweight \"Weblog-in-a-jiffy\" Perl CGI script for Mac OS X that features simple drag & drop installation, a number of customizable defaults, CSS-styled output, Permalinks, day/month/year \"archive\" views, and Weblogging from any text editor.
Pic2Icon 1.3 is a small utility that creates 128x128 OS X icons for your pictures: \"Simply drop pictures or folders full of pictures onto the application and it will start creating icons, complete with drop shadows and peeled back dog-ears, control over image quality, and support for many image types, including PDF and quicktime movies!\" It now automatically quits after processing and adds an \'Open Recent\' menu.
Eudora Mailbox Cleaner 2.0 is \"a simple drag\'n\'drop application which provides easy one-step migration from Eudora to Mail.app, directly importing Eudora\'s mailboxes and filter files and preparing nickname files for import into Address Book.\" It currently imports Mailboxes, nickname, and filters. Versin 2.0 offers direct conversion into Mail.app, performance increases during import, and other enhancements.
osx.macnn.com has reports on the latest Eudora beta, FutureBASIC R6, PowerGuardian for monitoring UPS systems, Firewalk X 2.0 (advanced firewall application), and a new Folding@home graphical client.
Don Pavlish writes \"Congressional hearings on the draconian SSSCA bill were held yesterday...this is the bill that would force copy-protection onto computers and put people in jail for five years if they disabled this on their own machines. ..Apparently, Disney CEO Mike Eisner isn\'t too keen on Apple\'s \'rip, mix, burn\' slogan. A VP of Intel was also at the hearing, and issued this defense of the slogan.\"
Steve Jobs is among the world\'s top billionaires, ranking 413th, with a fortune of $1.1 billion. Forbes\' 16th annual ranking of the world\'s billionaires tracks 497 people, including 50% of whom saw their net worth fall and the average net worth dipped from $3.2 billion to $3.1 billion. Bill Gates ($52.8B), Warren Buffett ($35B), Karl Albrecht ($26.8B), Paul Allen ($25.2B), and Apple Board member Larry Ellison ($23.5B) round out the top 5, respectively.
Interstudio has announced Domus.Cad v11, a 3D-based architectural CAD for Macintosh, according to Architosh.
Intuit today released Quicken Deluxe 2001R3 and Quicken 2002R3. Both updates include new Quicken online certificates, which are required \"in order to continue using some of the online features of Quicken 2002. If you have already installed the R2 update, this is the only change.\" [2001R3, 2002R3]
Pangea Software has re-released its popular video game Bugdom 1.1.5 as a $20 shareware title. Pangea will donate 50% of all profits from Bugdom shareware sales during the month of March to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The boxed version of Bugdom will continue to be sold off of Pangea\'s web site until inventory runs out.
Trek 2000 will not be providing OS X support for the original ThumbDrive, according to a note from company representative. A new, driverless model \"ThumbDrive Smart,\" however, will support OS X.
The latest beta of Qualcomm\'s Eudora 5.1b21 email client is available. It now supports services in the Services menu (under the Eudora menu): \"However, there is an OS X bug that prevents services from pasting data into Eudora if the service provider as a Cocoa application.\" It also brings a new application icon, LDAP support, better scroll wheel support, and other enhancements as well as restored URL Access.
Apple now offers the iMac-styled Apple Pro Keyboard (White keys) for purchase from the Apple Store for $60 as well as the Apple Pro Mouse (White color) for $60.
Hex Appeal 1.0 an original puzzle game for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X: \"The aim of the game is to unscramble a hexagonal grid of colored pieces in a given number of moves.\" The $15 shareware includes 12 boards, 2 practice modes, a board editor, and \"beat-the-clock\" and regular game modes.
Describe 2.0, now completely re-written in Java 2, adds Flash 5 support to the utility that allows \"developers and the curious to browse the contents of Flash files - examining the fields in each of the tags to see how the Flash file specification is put into practice.\" It can also browse files containing \'compiled\' ActionScript to view the byte-codes executed by the Flash player. It is freeware.
STAZ Software has released FutureBASIC R6, an update to its BASIC programming environment that offers performance increases as well as OS X compatibility. Release 6 provides access to all Appearance Manager buttons and implements all window types including sheets, floating windows, and windows with toolbars as well as advanced features for handling preference files and automated features that move the Quit and Preferences menu items to the application menu when a program is run under OS X. The $170 application includes 1-year of updates on CD--after which the price is $100 per year. It is also available in French, Italian, and Japanese.
Final versions of the Folding@Home 2.1.9 client is available for OS X, offering users the ability to help scientists understand protein folding by \"donating\" the computational power of their computer when it is idle. Command-line (CLI) and graphical clients (GUI) are available. (Readers are encouraged to visit Team MacNN for more information on our effort.) [CLI, GUI]
Toshiba has reduced the price on its 2.2 megapixel digital camera. The PDR-M25, now available for $250 ($30 drop), has an aspherical glass lens, offers a 3X optical/2X digital zoom; a 1.5-inch high-resolution color LCD, SmartMedia card storage; and a macro mode. It includes a soft case, a wrist strap, a protective lens cap, an instruction manual on CD, a USB cable, a Video cable (PAL/NTSC), and 4x Alkaline AA batteries.
BenaTong has introduced PowerGuardian, a $20 application for OS X that monitors a connected UPS (uninteruptable power supply) and performs a safe system shutdown (saving open files) as well as optionally allows for shutdowns to be based on remaining battery capacity (if supported by the UPS).
The Los Angeles Times has published part one of The iMac Challenge, which compares a new flat-panel iMac to a Gateway 500SE: \"From the hardware perspective, neither computer cleaned the other\'s clock. The iMac has style and setup advantages; the Gateway is marginally cheaper and far more expandable.\"
Firewalk X 2.0 is a $35 firewall software package offering the ability to restrict network access by appliction, IP, user, and traffic-type. Firewall rules can apply to IP addresses and ports, both destination and source, subnets, port ranges, incoming and outgoing traffic, and specific devices. It is fully compatible with the system\'s built-in firewall system. [download available again as of 3:45 pm]
Intelli Innovations has released ProSQL 1.1.4, adding support for the display of Japanese characters within database records to the advanced SQL database management software package. Licensing starts at $90. [Classic, Carbon]
Iomega yesterday released IomegaWare 3.5, an OS X-compatible version of its software for formatting, protecting, managing and changing settings on Iomega drives, including Zip, Peerless, Jaz, PocketZip, FotoShow Digital Image Center, and HipZip products. Version 3.5 adds support for OS X 10.1, support for Active Disk titles, and other enhancements. The package includes Iomeag drivers, Password App, contextual menu suport, Mac Help guide, and single installer for Classic and OS X.
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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