ZipCenter v1.6 is a plug-in that adds 5-digit ZIP code functionality to any 4D or 4D Server database. ZipCenter offers fast ZIP Code lookups, commands that perform area searches and files in both ZipCenter and ASCII formats. ZipCenter is available in both \'standard\' and \'advanced\' versions for $99 and $349.00, respectively; discounts are available for multiple-license purchasers.
Xicons has posted a brief tutorial that guides its readers through the creation of Aqua-like effects using Adobe Photoshop. Xicons contributor Matthew Bice outlines the three primary characteristics that make an object resemble Apple\'s Aqua interface: glare, proper Lighting and drop shadow.
Eastgate Systems today announced the release of Tinderbox v1.0, the long-awaited \'personal content management assistant.\' Tinderbox stores notes, ideas and plans; it assists with organization of material and helps its users share ideas through Web-based journals. Writers who create regularly-updated Web journals, Web logs and newsletters can look to Tinderbox for a less tedious method of management. The $95 application is available today.
MuchoFileInfo v1.3 is a utility for Mac OS 9/X which modify\'s files\' creator and type and changes the file\'s finder flags. The latest version includes drag and drop of files onto the MuchoFileInfo\'s icon, better support of Finder flags, and added French support.
PodNotes is a Mac OS X piece of freeware that allows users to add notes to Contact lists in Apple\'s iPod. It uses the clipboard contents and produces a note in any text application which is then saved on the iPod.
Netscape v6.2.2 is an update to the Netscape browser suite for Mac OS 9/X. Included in the suite is Netscape Navigator, Mail, Instant Messenger, Composer and Address Book. The latest version improves Autocomplete and downloading, includes a new Address Book, and enchances security and stability.
PictchToMidi v1.0 is a audio-to-midi realtime converter from PolyFractus. The Cubase-VST plug-in analyses the melody in any audio source (file or live input) and converts it into MIDI notes messages. A demo is available for the $50 piece of software.
Stimulus v2.0 is viewer/player for personal collections for photos, digital music and video clips for Mac OS 9 & X. Features in the latest version are iPod audio playback, enhanced support for 18 file formats, redesigned interface, and improved navigation/speed. The $12 piece of shareware offers a full month of unlimited use before registration is required. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s BlueTooth page talks about the open-specification technology that enables short-range wireless connections between desktop and laptop computers, noting that Bluetooth is to Firewire/USB as AirPort is to Ethernet. Apple\'s BlueTooth Technology Preview 1 software is due in April as a free download.
Hugo Diaz notes that CNN has stopped offering QuickTime video on its website in favor of \"RealOne\", by subscription-based service that only offers video playback via Real\'s RealPlayer (currently not available for OS X).
JP Morgan says that profitability on the new iMacs may have \"come close to evaporating in the current quarter.\" The firm cut Q2 revenue and EPS (earnings per share) estimates to $1.35 billion and $0.06 from $1.45 billion and $0.11 and Q3 numbers from $1.49 billion/$0.12 from $1.56 billion/$0.16. It maintained its \"Market Perform\" rating and its $25 price target.
Macromedia has posted an updated Flash 6.0r23 plugin for both Classic and OS X browsers. [Classic, Carbon]
Sustainable Softworks has created a pre-release bundle ($40) of IPNetMonitorX, now native for Mac OS X, with the Classic version of its popular set of network diagnostic tools, which also includes a free upgrade to the full version 1.0 of IPNetMonitorX when it\'s released in the \"near future.\" IPNetMonitorX v0.9 improves on the Network Utility included in OS X, including an improved Trace Route (with IMCP Trace), UDP scan, DHCP Lease controls, link rate calculator, connection list, TCP Dump for viewing packet headers, and TCP Info. Upgrades are $20.
A MacNN reader has posted photos from Macworld Tokyo exhibition floor.
Sonnet has announced the its HARMONiG3 600 MHz processor upgrade/FireWire combo card, which includes a 600 MHz IBM PowerPC G3 processor, with 256K 1:1 Level 2 cache and a FireWire port for first-generation iMacs. It is due in early in the second quarter of thie year for $400.
hp deskjet driver 1.3 for OS X 10.1 or later offers support for the cp1700-series, cp1160-series, as well as DeskJet 1200-series, 1125, 900-series, 800-series, and 640-series printers with on-printer USB ports. It includes a driver installer, which also installs the newest deskjet printer utility, adding network support via AppleTalk, improved support for automatic hardware duplexing, bug fixes, and speed increases as well as support for DeskJet 640-series printers.
osx.macnn.com has news of a new HP deskjet driver, NetCloak 3.2 for OS X, MacVCD X 4.0 for playback of VCDs, and other reports.
FrakKalk 1.0 is a \"convenient, free way to perform standard operations on your fractions. Unlike handheld calculators, FrakKalk gives you the result of your operation as a fraction, not a decimal....\"
ePhoto, a commercial alternative to Apple\'s iPhoto application, adding the ability to import, store, display and manage video as well as still images. It supports basic photo editing functions, unlimited keywords, instant Web publishing/sharing, and flexible \"visual search\" options. The Java-based application will be available in Q2 2002 as a free download at with up to 750 images per user, with a prosumer and professional version expected later this year.
Alco Blom released a new public beta of its Palm conduit for Web Confidential, improving log messages as well as adding a native OS X Conduit, and a feature to calculate WEP keys. Also included in the download is Web Confidential for Palm 1.3.
Norbyte has released a new shareware ($10) game, Downfall 1.0, which \"takes the Tetris/Columns genre one step further with its 12 uniquely designed implementations of the classic concept, each offering the player a game theme with special bonus blocks and rules that fit the theme, and requiring different tactics to master.\"
NetCloak 3.2, Maxum Development\'s tool for creating dynamic, interactive Web sites, is now available for OS X. Version 3.2 supports both 4D\'s WebStar V and OS X Server, as well as popular Classic Mac servers such as WebStar, WebTen, AppleShare IP and others. It is a free upgrade to the $100 application.
Apple also released its iPod Software 1.1, which adds significant enhancements and new features to iPod (both the new 10 GB model as well as the previous 5 GB model), including audio playback and user interface improvements, more than 20 equalization presets, individual song equalization settings from iTunes, shuffle by album, \"track scrubbing\" (the ability to move to any point in a currently playing track by using the scroll wheel) from the Now Playing screen, an option to display up to 1000 industry-standard vCards (Apple has provided for download scripts to export contacts from OS X\'s Address Book or Microsoft Entourage to the iPod (links below)), and new Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions. A MacNN reader provided some notes about the new update: \"Well, the iPod has been updated and Breakout seems to have be taken away from us. Well, if you\'re one of the many who loved this classic game -- have no fear, it\'s still installed, but it\'s been moved. You can reach it now in /Settings/Legal. Once you have opened Legal, hold down the center button for 5 seconds and Breakout is back on your screen.\" [iPod 1.1, OS X AddressBook to iPod, Entourage to iPod] [updated]
Mireth Technology has released MacVCD X 4.0, a native version of its $20 VCD player that supports playback of Video CDs on OS X. It supports full screen display, file chaining, track selection, speech activated control, advanced playback options, and playback on a second display. A demo is available.
Apple\'s iTunes 2.0.4 adds expanded AppleScript support, and improved stability and performance to its freeware audio application. [Classic, Carbon]
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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