FWB Software today announced the immediate availability of SubRosa Volume 1 - File Utilities. SubRosa Volume 1 is the first installment in a new series of security software applications for Mac OS 9/X. SubRosa Encryptor allows a user to take files and folders and encrypt them; Subrosa Shredder securely erases files or folders; SubRosa Decryptor is used to convert files made by Encryptor back to their original format. SubRosa Volume 1 is now available at the suggested retail price of $30.
Ricoh has announced the first mobile 802.11b (wireless) Digital Camera -- the RDC-i700. The new device features high-resolution still photographs (3.34 megapixels) and full-motion streaming video (320x240 pixels, 10fps). \"Its readiness for connection to wireless 802.11 networks in any digital environment allows multiple cameras to be deployed and monitored simultaneously.\" The $1300 camera comes in a weatherproof housing and is available immediately.
Apple\'s iMac supply problems over the next few weeks will make or break the company\'s second quarter financials, according to Prudential Securities analyst Kimberly Alexy, flagging potential problems.
The OS X backup utility iMsafe 1.5 now has full support for HFS+ files (including support for resource forks) as well as the ability to stop and resume backups. The $13 application offers incremental backups, scheduling options, preservation of file modification dates and permissions, and the ability to backup to any mounted volume.
Yellow Dog Linux 2.2, due out this week, will include improvements, and support for newer Apple hardware, including improved nVidia and Radeon support for digital LCD screens as well as a new user interface00Gnome 1.4 (an aesthetic rival to Mac OS X), the updated v2.4.18 kernel and XFree86 4.2.0--built from a Red Hat 7.2 foundation. Version 1.4 of GNOME also includes the powerful Nautilus file manager, Ximian\'s Evolution email client which includes a contact database, email client (with BCC option), calendar, and import functions for a variety of mail clients.
CharlieX software factory has released an update for their \'handy set of four different on-screen rulers and measure tools\', CharlieX Screen Ruler v2.0. The update adds many new features such as region markers, a launch pad, and other minor fixes and adjustments; price is $15.
Sapphire Innovations has introduced Nozzles Pack Vol. 6, a set of one hundred royalty-free line/glow nozzles for use with Corel Painter. The $15 set of plug-ins adds nozzles that range from \"strands\" to \"wave\" effects.
Classic Menu v2.5.1 brings the \'Classic\' Mac OS Apple Menu to Mac OS X, replacing the system\'s built-in iteration of the Apple Menu. The update to the $10 shareware application adds a Japanese localization, updated menu icons and improved detection of packages, network aliases and hidden files.
MegaSeg v2.1b8 is an application that is targeted at mobile club DJs and other audio performers that need live, continuous music mixes. The latest version -- which now supports Mac OS X -- includes improvements in search speed, multiple sound outputs and ID3 tag handling. The single-user price is $150; a demo is available.
Ambrosia\'s EV Nova, the third game in the Escape Velocity series, has been released for public download. The game is also available via iDisk, located in the Software folder. [updated]
Olympus today announced the Olympus D-380, a value-priced 2-Megapixel camera for $200. It includes a 5x digital zoom, a new self-portrait and image resizing modes as well as the ability to merge two shots into one image, multi-mode flash, auto white balance and digital ESP metering. It will be available April 2002 and will be bundled with Camedia Master Software 4.0 for photo manipulation and management, an 8MB SmartMedia Card, USB cable, strap, and 4 AA Alkaline batteries.
Lexmark today became the first printer manufacturer to ship new 4800 dpi inkjet printers with its new 2002 Z-line of Color Jetprinters. The $200 Z65 offers support for dual paper trays, 15 ppm color/21 ppm black speeds, and 4800 dpi resolution, while its sibling product, the $130 Z55 offers the same print speeds with 3600 dpi resolution. Both offer the new industry-leading resolutions on any paper type. The $90 Z45 has 15 ppm black/9 ppm color print speeds and 2400 x 1200 dpi, while the $70 Z35 offers the same resolution, but 11 ppm black/6 ppm color printing. The entry-level Z25 ($50) functions as either a single or dual-head printing (via an optional black cartridge), offers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolutions and 9 ppm black/6 ppm color print speeds. Availability for all printers is listed as \"shipping soon.\"
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.0, a new $25 software solution that allows users to transfer files between any type of Windows PC and Macintosh. File transfers can be paused/resumed and are protected by secure 448-bit encryption: \"[it] is fully Macintosh aware, correctly transferring flat files from Windows PCs and files with resource forks and custom types/creators from other Macintoshes. Files transferred from Windows PCs have their type/creator set automatically, based on the Windows PC file extension.\" A demo version allows transfers of files up to 1MB.
Pactrick Beard\'s MRJ plugin, which allow Netscape and Mozilla browers to use the Apple\'s Mac OS Run for Java (MRJ) to run Applets, provide compatibility with the latest Mozilla 0.99 release. [Classic, Carbon]
Plextor today announced its PlexCombo 20/10/40-12A optical disc drive, an internal drive that delivers 20X CD-Recording and 10X CD-Rewriting, along with playback speeds of 40X-max CD-ROM and 12X-max DVD-ROM. The $230 four-in-one ATAPI drive is expected to ship in mid-April with a 1 yr-warranty and PC software bundle.
Macromedia has posted Flash Player 6.0r21, the latest version of its browser plugin for OS X and Classic. It supports the latest Flash MX features and has a few bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Glucose Develoment\'s Impasse 1.1 adds automatic firewall startup on startup and interactive packet deny/allow logging tools to its OS X firewall software. Single-user licenses, normally $35, are being offered for $10 for a limited time. A 30-day demo is also available.
ArrayMiner, now available for OS X, is a clustering tool using advanced algorithms to reveal the true structure of your gene expression data: \"Its unique graphical interface gives you the tools necessary to understand the clusters [and] its innovative high-performance clustering algorithms make sure no important similarity between genes goes unnoticed.\" A demo is available.
MacJanitor offers a one-click GUI for executing system-level OS X scripts that are usually set to run at night and on weekends and may not execute because the computer is powered-off. It is freeware.
The $7 shareware Trash X v1.3 offers several enhanced \"trash\" features, including secure deletion of files, immediate deletion of select files, deletion of files on select disks, and the abiltiy to execute OS X system maintenance scripts manually.
The Iconfactory has released a freeware icon utility, IconViewer 1.0, which \"is a quick and easy way to view any and all resources contained within a Macintosh desktop icon.\" It can be used to view the 128x128 resources contained in a particular icon file without changing the desktop/Dock settings to full magnification.
bincat is a command line tool for OS X that will do a hex dump of a file or standard input.
Blosxom is a lightweight \"Weblog-in-a-jiffy\" Perl CGI script for OS X that features simple drag & drop installation, intelligent defaults, CSS-styled output, Permalinks, day/month/year \"archive\" views, and Weblogging from any text editor. Version 0+3i adds multiple blogs under one Blosxom installation and RSS syndication.
Blue Globe Software\'s shareware ($15) fax viewing application, Tiff-Sight 1.2.2, corrects a number of printing problems under OS X, adding the ability to print to non-default printers and properly supporting the Preview function in all printing dialogs.
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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