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.
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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