PC companies may soon implement \'Freestyle\' technology in new computers this holiday season that promise to offer better control over home entertainment devices. Features of the Windows XP technology include the ability to record TV programs -- much like stand-alone TiVo devices today. Although some analysts remain skeptical, companies like Sonicblue already offer similar technologies, and the PC-centered concept echoes Apple CEO Steve Jobs\' own view of a \"Digital Hub.\"
XEALbc v1.0 is a calculator utility for Mac OS X that surpasses the functionality of most pocket calculator emulators by offering a text editor-like interface with multiple windows and the ability to handle complex equations. XEALbc is a RealBASIC front-end to the powerful bc command line tool in Mac OS X, which implements an arbitrary precision numeric processing language
Apple has released an update for AGP 4X Power Mac G4 owners with ATI graphics cards installed. ATI Update v1.1 resolves a wake-from-sleep issue for Mac OS 9.2.2 users.
European software developer equinux today announced APC Tracker v2.1, an update to the UPS device client application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. APC Tracker now offers Macintosh-like plug-and-play installation and configuration, a new status window and an adjustable shutdown timer. Upgrade licenses are priced at $10; full single user licenses start at $50.
Adobe customers who opted for overnight shipping on Adobe Photoshop 7.0 orders today began to receive shipments of the highly-anticipated Mac OS X release.
Chris Taylor of Time reports on \"How to Hack an iPod\", noting that the digital music player has turned into PDA-type device from the use of hacks -- storing phone numbers, shopping lists and more.
Intego ContentBarrier v1.3 is an internet filter for Mac OS 9 (an OS X version will be available soon) that blocks unwanted sites from being viewed and logs all sites visited. The interface has been updated, as well as compatability with QuickTime 5.0.2 and different ICQ clients in the latest version; price is $40.
Open AG X v1.1 is a Mac OS X and Unix client for the AudioGalaxy file sharing system. It now brings more international support as well as numerous bug fixes. The software is part of the OpenAGs project, and an open source version is available. [OS X, Open Source]
Dartware is publicly beta-testing InterMapper 3.6.1b2, its flagship network monitoring and alerting program that now includces Airport (Apple) and Aironet Probes Cisco), authenticated E-mail Notifications, improved logging, an improved HTTPS probe for Classic, and new SNMP v2c versions of the Cisco and Basic OID probes. [Classic, Carbon]
Unsanity\'s WindowShade X 2.0 brings the familar window effects from Mac OS 9 to OS X. The free update to the $7 shareare adds the ability to minimize all windows by holding down Option while minimizing, the ability to control OS X windows shadows parameters, a new installer, options for playing sounds, limited support for Java-based applications, and other enhancements.
Package Tracker 3.8 brings a \"dramatic\" increase in package tracking and rate calculation speed as well as redesigned U.S. Postal Service tools, Address Validation, City/State Lookup, and Zip Code Lookup. A demo of the $35 utility is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Aspyr Media has announced that Return to Castle Wolfenstein is in duplication for the Mac and expected to be on store shelves by April 29, according to IMG. The $50 mission-based action game is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Sorenson Media today announced the release of Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX and Sorenson Squeeze for QuickTime for Mac OS 9.2 and OS X. The compression tool offers access to several advanced features of its new Sorenson Spark Professional video codec. It is packaged as an optional application for Macromedia Flash MX, offering enhanced videocompression capabilities for higher quality and smaller file size, as well as Two-Pass Variable Bit Rate (VBR), cropping and inverse telecine tools, multiple filters, and advanced editing features. Sorenson Squeeze for QuickTime includes the Sorenson Video 3 Professional codec and also supports One and Two-Pass VBR compression. Sorenson Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX (includes Sorenson Spark Pro) and Sorenson Squeeze for QuickTime (includes Sorenson Video 3 Professional) will be available electronically later this week. Box copies will be available within 30 days. Each product is $300 and bundle of both products is $500.
Other World Computing will begin bundling a free copy of Intech\'s Hard Drive SpeedTools 3.5 with all of its OWC Mercury FireWire drives, claiming that the software accelerates OWC\'s Mercury FireWire drives\' performance drives by as much as 20 percent compared to other drive management software programs, such as Apple\'s stock utility. With SpeedTools: \"several of OWC\'s Mercury FireWire models are now able to provide sustained data transfer rates of more than 40 Megabytes per second.\"
Registration for the annual MacHack 17 developer conference, which takes place June 20-22 in Dearborn, Michigan, ends today. Early registration offers a $50 discount off of the $525 regular conference price. MacHack also announced this year\'s paper finalists, which will compete for the \"Best Paper\" award and will be presented during conference. (Early registration for WWDC also ends this week.)
Advenio Software has released MacXword 1.0, a $15 crossword client, which now runs natively under OS X operating system. It also offers support for multiple crosswords, offers the ability to print crossword grid and clues in either landscape or portrait mode, and allows users to check against and reveal answers. A trial version is available on the Web.
Kingston is now shipping its USB 6-in-1 Flash Card Reader with a dual slot architecture that can read/write to CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard (MMC), SecureDigital (SD) and SmartMedia. The USB-powered device is $60.
Deep Sky\'s HTTP Client Deux v1.1.0 is a 4th Dimension component which provides a comprehensive set of HTTP and HTTPS request methods for use in 4D-based projects. Version 1.1 adds now provides direct support for authentication in all HTTP requests, the ability to add custom request header lines and request timeout values, and support for 4D v6.8.x. It is free to all owners of TCP Deux.
4D today announced 4D v6.8, which brings support for OS X (as well as Windows XP) to its web-enabled cross-platform database development solution. The free update for all registered v6.7 users allows current customers to migrate 4D applications without modifying any underlying code. Version 4.8 also improved contextual menu support, better plug-in administration, and new commands and constants as well as more security options, an integrated TCP/IP component, and interface enhancements such as floating, dockable toolbars under OS X. It is expected to be released on Wedneday, April 17th.
Key Xing 2.1 is a $7 shareware utility which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. Version 2.1 can disable keystrokes for specific active applications, brings more system actions for iTunes, and can copy the full path of a file.
Bare Bones Software today released an update to its $100 email client, Mailsmith 1.5.1. The update adds two optional \"smart\" columns, including a \"From/To\" column and a \"Date Sent/Received\" column as well as a more flexible \'mbox\' file import procedure, and direct support for drag and drop of addresses from the Apple Address Book and Microsoft Entourage.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro v1.04 adds the ability to open individual system preferences with a hot key and the ability to insert dynamic text (date/time and current IP) to system utility that provides the ability to launch applications/folders, type text, siwtch applications, and manipulate the clipboard via the keyboard.
A MacNN reader has posted photos of the DLink USB Bluetooth Wireless Adapter, which recently began shipping from the Apple Store. The $50 adapter uses Apple\'s recently released Bluetooth Technology Preview software release.
Apple today announced that Steve Jobs will kick off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) with a keynote on Monday, May 6, 2002, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The five-day event, which runs from May 6-10 at the San Jose Convention Center, will feature more than 120 scheduled in-depth technical sessions on Mac OS X, including a sneak peak at the next release of OS X, code-named Jaguar.
Now AAPL Stock: 91.91 ( -1.49 )
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