Sonnet Tango firmware patch v1.1 updates the firmware on the Tango FireWire/USB Combo card to improve compatibility with a wider variety of FireWire storage devices.
The three-year-old Mozilla project may finally yield a general-use release of the open source Web browser in the coming weeks, c|net\'s John Borland writes. The evolving repository of program code -- often referred to as the \"tree\" -- has now been restricted to only minor revisions in preparation for a \'1.0\' release.
Microsoft has posted new OS X Intellipoint 2.1 drivers for its line of optical mouse and trackball products, after announcing it would earlier today. The drivers extend programmability options for existing Microsoft mice, including those from the popular IntelliMouse line. Drivers for Microsoft keyboards should be available in mid-April, according to Microsoft representatives. [updated: Drivers now available for download]
Niemeijer Consult today announced that KeyStrokes, the company\'s on-screen keyboard software for the Macintosh, is now available for Mac OS X. The much-anticipated Mac OS X application is the first fully-functional on-screen keyboard to run natively on Apple\'s next generation operating system, according to the developer. KeyStrokes works with all standard Mac OS X applications (including those running in the Classic environment) allowing a physically disabled person to type virtually anywhere a hardware keyboard can be used.
In recent weeks, PC manufacturer Dell Computer has introduced several new computer models that sport faster processors and more memory, but also carry larger price tags for what would normally be successor products. In an effort to maintain profitability on bargain-basement PCs, rising component costs have forced Dell to raise the price of low-end machines and offer relatively marginal improvements, according to a Yahoo! report. Earlier this month, Apple raised the cost of all three iMac models by $100.
Optigold ISP v2.9.6 is a cross-platform business management package that helps with the organization of all aspects of an Internet Service Provider. Version 2.9.6 adds new Web functionality, ACH processing through ECHO, expanded billable tech support, more reporting, a new postcard format and the ability to export individual invoices.
An Ananova summary indicates that Apple\'s new iMac personal computer is one of the quietest machines on the market as a result of high-quality components used in its construction. The iMac lacks the noisy fan found in most home PCs and features a more quiet hard disk drive than previous models.
Palm OS developer Blue Nomad today announced the release of WordSmith v2.1.4 and a TimeSync update for Macintosh handheld users. Both applications now offer full Mac OS X compatibility and support for Palm Desktop 4.0. [Download - WordSmith, TimeSync]
Earlier this week, Boris FX began shipping Graffiti 2.0, a major upgrade to its graphics and titling application billed as \"the only integrated vector-based titling package on the market.\" It offers the ability to create sophisticated animations with flexible animation tools such as Type On and Title Containers for auto-animated rolls, crawls, fades, shuffles and zooms. It also.0 allows users to map text to 3D shapes, and extrude and composite in three dimensions and also supports the addition of third-party Adobe After Effects filters.
Virtix has released Virtix Sample Pack for iMovie, \"the first\" freeware special effects that utilize the new iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. It contains 3 effects: \"Extreme Black and White\" turns an iMovie clip into an abstract high-contrast image; \"Flame adds fire to action scenes; and \"Letterbox\" gives video the look of a widescreen movie. It works with iMovie 2.0.1 in both Classic and OS X.
Extensis has released Suitcase 10.1.2, a free update to its $100 font management utility that includes an updated font manager with support for Auto-Activation in OS X. It has a bug fix for auto-activating fonts in Mac OS X Classic Mode for users with International English operating systems and has added Auto-Activation support for Adobe Illustrator 10 in both Mac OS 9 and OS X. Upgrades are $50.
beAccountable has released beCreative Desktop 2.1, a custom application for tracking time and resources spent on projects. It is designed for graphic designers, marketing and communications companies, service bureaus, printers, consultants, advertising and PR agencies. The $250 application records accurate time logs, project details, vendor information, workgroup collaboration functions, and costing functions.
InterMapper Remote 1.0.1 is a utility that allows administrators to connect to any InterMapper application and remotely display the monitored network\'s topology, view detailed device info, and acknowledge application alarms.
FileMaker to iPod allows users to export data to an iPod from any data source by first importing contacts into this nifty little database first and then selectively exporting contacts to the iPod format. It is a free utility.
Techno Design has released TCP-IP XT v1.4 for QuarkXPress, its remote control application that allows users to control 95% of all QuarkXPress user-interface functionality through an Internet/LAN connection. It has over 320 commands that can provide unattended automatic QuarkXPress document construction, document querying, data extraction and export. It is Euro 2,500 (and a free upgrade to current customers.)
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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