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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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