osXigen v1.2 is fully-featured FTP (file transfer protocol) client for Mac OS X. This version includes enhanced Web site management, the ability to automatically remove \"obsolete\" files upon synchronization, fully keyboard navigation, French localization and four distinct icon sets. osXigen is available for $20 from JomoSoft.
c|net notes that handheld software sales tripled in 2001, following a sharp decline in the inflated prices of the previous year. The average price of a handheld application dropped from over $40 to $30 or less -- a shift in a trend that could have led to software titles costing nearly 1/4 of the original price paid for a handheld device. The Personal Technology article also notes that Palm Computing continues to dominate the handheld market with 97% of all handheld applications sold in 2001 being designed for the Palm OS.
NaN Technologies, maker of the free Blender 3D application for the Macintosh, today announced that it will cease all operations immediately. Software development will be frozen, and the company\'s website is mostly unavailable until further notice. Shareholders cite an unready marketplace as a cause for the collapse: \"The digital media market has shown that it is not quite ready for the Blender technology offering, both for the Internet and for wireless applications.\"
Barcode Producer v1.2 is a barcode creation utility for Mac OS 9/X. The update now allows a field for barcode prefixes, 1200 dpi support, and drag-and-drop support with AppleWorks, Microsoft Word, and other word processing applications.
Knowledge Adventure has anounced a new grade-based educational series of interactive games. JumpStart Preschool, JumpStart Kindergarten, JumpStart 1st Grade and JumpStart 2nd Grade will be available in May for $30.
Apple has announced Apple Remote Desktop for Mac OS X, which enables users to remotely manage other Mac desktops (OS 9 or OS X) anywhere on a local network, Airport, or across the Internet. Users can view desktops, send text chat, provide remote assistance and get comprehensive system profiles. The tool, designed for teachers, students, and administrators, offers secure password protection and is available now for $300 for a single license, or $500 for unlimited licenses.
PocketNotes v1.13 is an update to the easy-to-use, flexible notepad applicaiton for outlining and planning. Added to the new version is Spanish language support; price is $20.
Tim Bajarin, computer consultant and leading computer industry analyst, explains why Apple\'s new line of Macs (and Mac OS X) will help convert PC users. \"The Titanium has given me some real reasons to consider making it a more integral part of my computing lifestyle. The new Mac OS X is by far the best windowing operating system on the market today.\"
Tranquility v5.0 is a unique $24 Mac OS X game that is now 100% Mac OS X-native. Every aspect of the game has been revised with this release; new OSX-specific features include clipboard capturing and printing of screen shots, exploration of game features and preferences through a full-Aqua dialog box. Tranquility 5.0 is not compadible with Mac OS 9; version 4.5 is avaiable for \'Classic\' Mac OS users.
Nick Hexum of rap-rock band 311 briefly discusses his use of the Apple iPod Hartford Advocate interview \"I had this like really intense sort of Beatles study that I\'d set up for myself, where I put every Beatles album on my iPod.\"
Optigold ISP v2.9.5 is a Mac OS 9/X business application for the management of all aspects of an internet service provider. Optigold ISP can handle tasks from billing to server management; version 2.9.5 adds new Web functionality, new Texas tax calculations, email manager fixes, credit card \'swipe reader\' support, new server event functionality and a customer Web interface fix.
New Ceres Solutions today announced the release of NCS MagiSign v1.3, a collection of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 10. NCS MagiSign eliminates the need for export to another application by offering direct compabillity to more than 300 models of vinyl sign cutting plotters.
JR Hill today announced a new form-fitting iMac Display Sleeve designed to protected the iMac\'s delicate flat-panel display from scratches and debris. The Vinyl and Leather versions sell for $20 and $40, respectively. Willow Design announced a similar product that covers the entire iMac unit; the DC-01 Seabreeze iMac Dust Cover sells for $18.
Seattle-based dBug is starting a special interest group focused on Mac OS X -- Apple\'s flagship operating system. The first meeting is slated for Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00PM (Seattle time) and will be held in the dBug Resource Center. Topics for discussion include Mac OS X rumors, a Mac OS X overview and an open discussion. dBug is a non-profit Macintosh user group for hobbyist and professional Mac users.
Capitol Mac of Richmond, VA recently announced to employees that it will close its doors after twelve years in the Macintosh business. There will be a liquidation sale on Saturday, March 16 to clear inventory. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and Macintosh memorabilia will be sold; products not sold will be put up for auction on eBay. Store representatives cite the opening of Apple\'s own retail outlet in McLean, VA as a cause for slowing business.
Propellerhead Software announced yesterday full Mac OS X support of Reason 2.0, at the Frankfurt Musikmesse conference in Germany. Reason 2.0 is an advanced audio editing studio that includes effects, a polyphonic \'Graintable\' synthesizer several sequencers. The update will sell for $90 to current Reason owners, non-upgrade pricing has not been announced. Yesterday, we noted the announcement of Cubase SX for Mac OS X at Musikmesse.
mathStatica is a Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X application that can solve algebraic/symbolic problems as they relate to mathematical statistics. The software package, purportedly in development for five years, builds on the \"incredible symbolic computational power\" of Mathematica to create a sophisticated toolset designed to manipulate mathematical statistics.
PowerGuardian v1.0.4 is a UPS management application for Mac OS X that supports a wide range of UPS power devices. PowerGuardian monitors a connected UPS (uninterruptible power supply), and if power event is sustained, safely shuts down your Macintosh and saves open work. This version contains support for PowerKinetics BlackoutBuster, CyberPower AVR/SL series, OptiUps PS/ES series, Liebert UPSStation GX and ConeXt AVR series models.
Fungible Software has released iTunes Watcher v1.11, a maintenance update that eliminates bugs from the iTunes monitor application. iTunes Watcher is a background application that provides a small window to monitor what is being played in iTunes -- without the added window clutter of the iTunes application.
Rumpus v2.1 is an update to Maxum Development\'s popular FTP server package for Mac OS 9/X. Among the new features included in the update are: a new setup assistant, packet forwarding on private networks, a revised interface and bug fixes that improve stability and performance. Rumpus version 2.1 is a free upgrade for all Rumpus 2.0 owners; for other users, a $79 upgrade is available.
Medal of Honor may be coming to the Macintosh platform, according to an Inside Mac Games report. Mac developer Aspyr Media today \"informally\" announced that they will publish the Windows hit -- Medal of Honor: Allied Assault -- for the Mac OS this summer.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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