PiePants v1.0b2 is a PPTP client for Mac OS X that supports encrypted communications for secure connections to any PPTP VPN. This release includes an enhanced, tab-based interface, support for remote gateway and DNS, automatic connection at startup and other minor refinements. PiePants supports a single PPTP connection at any given time.
Apple has released WebObjects v5.1.1, and update to its suite of Java Server Application creation tools. The update changes versions of several WebObjects class and jar files, which requires some projects to be rebuilt to take advantage of issues fixed in the update; price for the full version is $700.
Mulberry v2.2b4 is a high-performance and scalable internet mail client that uses the IMAP protocol to access mail messages on a server and SMTP protocol to send messages. Updated in the version are numerous bug fixes and better user features; price is $40.
Chaotic Software has released File Manipulator v2.0.1 for Mac OS X & 9 which fixes problems with \'Droplets\' being launched in Classic. The tool allows move, copy, delete and rename of file and folders as well as modification of File Types and Creators; pricing is $20 for an individual liscense.
Gideon Softworks has released FileXaminer 1.0b1 (formerly Get Info), which allows you to modify file and folder attributes that the Finder cannot ( ex. Type/Creator Info, UNIX permissions, and much more...).
Contextual Menu Workshop 1.2 is a free framework for creating Contextual Menu plug-ins for Mac OS X. The package includes four free utilities: InternetLocationCM for creating a new Internet Location file with URL in clipboard and copying a URL from Internet Location file to clipboard; FileUtilsCM for setting different file or folder attributes; BinJugglerCM for encoding and decoding MacBinary III files; and GrimRipperCM for ripping off resource forks.
Palm has released a final version of Palm Desktop 4.0, adding OS X support, improved synchronization & privacy, and vCard and vCal support. Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions are available as betas.
Baker 1.5.4 is a $30 shareware newsgroup utility that fixes several bugs, adds a new update notification feature, and is available also as a Classic version.
The freeware calculator and application-launcher pearCalc 0.4 offers a new autocompletion-feature for application-names, allows the user to customize the transparency, and also provides a new quick store- and recall-feature without the need to select text first.
ABT Data Consulting has a released Speed Download 1.8fc5, offering the ability to set downloads for files with specific extensions, better performance, an updated interface, and other enhancements to the $20 shareware.
Finlay Dobbie\'s \"Think Stupid\" talks about Apple\'s developer policies and his inability to contribute to Apple\'s open-source Darwin project because of age, other obstacles such as restricted access to Apple\'s bug database, and most recently the deactivation of his ADC account.
Apple\'s Discussions area is back online after being inaccessible for more than a week, but is still \"currently undergoing maintenance.\" Apple is offering read-only version and notes that \"any changes made to your profile will not be saved. We expect to have everything normal very soon (next week).\" (Our own discussion area is expected to be back online within the next 4-6 hours).
IGN offers its first impressions of \"stunning new Cinema Display and a bigger, bolder iPod,\" noting the higher contrast ratio and brightness in the new Apple Cinema HD Display.
Brian Dunning\'s Weblet Chat is a finished, working online chat system for Lasso and CDML, offering easy customization and support for both FileMaker 4 and 5. It is $30.
AppMac has released sMailing 3.5, an update to the $60 software for sending personal email messages. Version 3.5 adds a new interface, better performance, group management, the abilit to enable/disable addresses, OS X compatibility and other enhancements. iWarning 2.1 is also an update to its free utility to monitor several email accounts, bring better stability and new dock functions under OS X. [SM Classic, SM Carbon; IW]
Sonny Software\'s Bookends 7 is an OS X-compatible version of the Mac-only bibliography/reference and information management system. It can import references from on-line sources into a personal database as well as use Microsoft Word and Nisus Writer add-ins to produce publication-ready documents with bibliographies. A demo limited to 15 references is available online. The $100 application is available with a $30 discount to students and as a $50 upgrade.
Bare Bones today released Mailsmith 1.5, which brings an easy-to-use mailbox filter creation process, direct reporting ofspam via SpamCop, integrated PGP support on Mac OS 9, and improved OSA (AppleScript) support to the company\'s email client. It also features the \"PCRE\" (Perl-Compatible Regular Expression) grep engine and a Glossary function, with user- configurable key bindings to insert frequently used text. It is available for $70 through the end of May. Upgrades from v1.0 are $40.
MacHack, the Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers, has announced that \"internet pioneer and activist\" (and founder and president of O\'Reilly & Associates) Tim O\'Reilly will be featured as the keynote speaker. Conference registration is $475 through April 15th ($50 off regular pricing) and includes access to all conference events, 3 meals and the conference banque
A MacNN reader notes that a trial version of Epson\'s scanner drivers, which he calls \"very stable,\" are available at Epson\'s developer Website.
Chaotic Software has released File Manipulator 2.0, which adds OS X support to the $20 utility that can create self-contained droplets to rename, move/copy files and folders,change Types/Creators, catalog files, and perform other functions.
PowerLogix today announced its new PowerForce G4 550MHz ZIF card for Beige and Blue G3 Power Macs. The new G4 ZIF card uses the low-powered 7410 chip from Motorola which is \"designed to draw less power and, thus, generate less heat than previous generations of the G4 chip.\" The $300 upgrade runs at 533MHz in a Beige G3 Power Mac and 550MHz in a Blue G3 Power Mac. It is expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.
Saguaro Studios is shipping Oratorio 1.5, a $100 application designed for churches and church musicians. It adds multiple monitor support, more formatting options for slides, a revamped song editor, automatic formatting/printing of set lists, and other enhancements. It combines a music library with presentation abilities for assembly of visuals for a service or event.
Willow Design\'s new Contour Flat Panel iMac case offers protection for the new LCD iMac as well as a few extras. It features sturdy nylon web straps and a comfortable padded wrap handle as well as a contoured, thickly padded shoulder strap. The $178 carrying case is available in black, charcoal, navy, teal, purple, mauve, and red and ships with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftsmanship.
Submissions for the Iconfactory\'s annual icon design contest, Pixelpalooza, are due on Monday, April 1st, 2002; however, this year\'s contest has one caveat: \"We\'ve removed the System Replacement category for legal reasons. If you were planning on entering a Sys. Replacement set this year, you may still do so, but it must be entered into one of other appropriate categories (2D, 3D or OSX) and you must remove all references to Apple, Apple trademarks, logos and names.\"
Matthew Bardram\'s PodNotes 1.1 brings support for notes longer than 1000 characters (by splitting the file into multiple notes) to the application that allows you to create notes to be stored in the iPod contact list.
NEC plans to increase prices on its PCs due to rising prices of parts such as DRAM chips and liquid crystal displays; PC vendors IBM and Fujitsu also expected to raise prices by as much as 20% in April, according to Reuters. Last week, Apple raised the price of the iMac by $100, citing rising component costs as well.
Apple is asking PC users who are eyeing a Mac and those that have recently bought a Mac to \"Share what\'s on your mind\" in an effort to better understand its target audience and its new customer base.
John Vink\'s PhotoPage 1.5a1 adds image mask options as well as the ability to generate invidual pages for photos to the freeware application that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web.
Pariahware has released Contact This! v2.1, a new version of the shareware ($15) Entourage, Outlook, and Outlook Express Address Book import utility (and standalone address book). It offers a more consistent OS X look, the ability to export .VCF files directly to an iPod, and is now distributed as an OS X package.
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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